Browns - Bristol

4.4
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23 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY The Browns building in Bristol is modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice and was once part of the outstanding Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It was restored to its former glory in 1992 and is now very much part of the landscape. Bristol is a city of bridges, boats and beautiful churches with the stunning Georgian Queen Square at the centre and the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge. So come and join us at Browns for a great atmosphere, delicious food, sparkling fizz and cool cocktails!
What 23 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.2
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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, lovely space. Dim the lights and you got it covered.

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We love Browns but on this busy Saturday night our mains were not up to par with the standard to which we are familiar when we visit Browns. My steak was undercooked and the replacement was overcooked (I asked for medium). My partner’s salmon fillet had bones inside that were not removed. However the management genuinely apologised, offered us complementary drinks, and brought out fresh mains that were honestly cooked to perfection. We will return; many thanks to the staff for making the best of our visit.

B
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Table was very small, felt very squished and rushed, small things like not enough cutlery or water glasses, dedpite the restaurant not being busy. However, the food was nice, we each enjoyed our meal choices, I wouldnt head back in a hurry, but it was alright!

C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really lovely people, just a little bit loud

TP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food served by so helpful waitress . Was a pleasure.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can’t really comment on brown as opentable confirmed my reservation which wasnt confirmed by brown who rang me on the day to tell the table was not available which ending with me having to cancel all my plans as it was to late to book any where else

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall2food4service4ambience4

The meal was nice but we were messed around with the table, and had to go an hour earlier than the time we booked on open table and were fobbed off with an excuse.

N
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice venue, arrived early and table was ready for us. Service was very good and so was the food. I would go again.

D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fine food overall

s
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service very slow no t enough staff for a busy period

CR
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Last ate in Browns a few years ago so I was looking forward to the meal. Surroundings were lovely as was the attentive service but the food was a let down (apart from the pea and mint soup which, let’s face it, is difficult to mess up). On arrival we were informed that there was no chicken. This substantially reduced the number of available options on the menu. No specials were on offer either. So, myself and my partner went for the salmon and horseradish fishcake with salad and sides. The fish cakes were on the table as soon as the starters were taken away. We both stared at them for a while wondering why they were so very mahogany brown.
Deep fat fried to within an inch of being edible. That said, we were hungry and ate them. We both suffered gastric consequences later that evening. Note to self: cook your own in the future and don’t go back!!

LS
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Turned up to be told they did not have a booking for us showed them proof we had a booking confirmation and fortunately they managed to find us a table, enjoyable evening after the worrying start

LS
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An enjoyable meal In a relaxed atmosphere with good food.

m
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

To be honest it’s Xmas and the place was full of party goers so I don’t think it’s fair to judge it against our evening.

The food was ok and it arrived on time with a smile which is more than you often get at this time of year.

I would go back when it’s more ‘normal’

My sons brownie and ice cream was fab !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sunday luncheon for birthday. Food only just warm on delivery to table. Plenty of veg, roast beef tough and a fair amount of gristle. To be honest, could have got better at a local pub and cheaper. Fish and chips good. Choc brownies very good.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They said they had no record of my booking through open table despite my confirmation email and number. They blamed third party booking sites such as open table as allowing people to book tables which are already taken. They eventually offered a seat by the bar but I found another restaurant to eat at.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A mixed experience for my party of 6 for a late lunch on Saturday. Nice ambience with an interesting menu. Restaurant wasn't particularly busy but service was slow and not especially attentive. shepherds pie was good, Burger okay. But mushroom tagliatelle was too dry. This was my first visit to Browns for quite a few years, and on this experience it will be several more years before my next.

C
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good food but service took too long. Took a long time to be seated.

MY
London
80 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good option for business meals - quality was good and service very good.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely restaurant, the food is incredible and the waiters/waitresses are very accommodating.
We went the the restaurant an hour early in the hopes they could move the time forward and they were more than happy to help. My grandparents loved it.

F
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, a view echoed by all in our party of 5. Lovely building too.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a table of 13 on Mothers Day the restaurant could not have made the occasion any more special. There were 5 Mothers / Grandmothers / Great Grandmothers in the party everyone of them came away singing the praises of the food and especially the staff. 5 ⭐️'s seems rather meagre.

OT
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The building and ambiance was good, the music a little loud and didn't really fit.

Service was slow and we had to ask for everything, and attract attention from staff.

Food average, nothing to get too excited about. The mashed potato was gloopy and clearly had sat around for quite some time.

Not high on the list for a second visit I'm afraid!