The Coconut Tree - Bristol Clifton Triangle

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129 reviews
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Sri Lankan
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Tapas
  • Spicy
Bringing Sri Lankan street food to the UK.
Experience an explosion of flavours in our vegetables, meats & fish along with sweet and fiery Cocotails...
a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine.

Don’t expect a napkin…….it’s a roll of paper towels
Do expect an explosion of flavours in our dishes and sweet & fiery Cocotails
Do expect candles in half coconuts
Don’t expect a massive food bill…but do expect to spoil yourself with drinks
Do expect meats, fish & veggies (lots)
Do expect warm Sri Lankan hospitality
Don’t expect the volume to stay down too long

Everyone is welcome to the table! A great place for parties too.

Special Offers

Sri Lankan Feast x 3 dishes £18pp

Choose any three dishes for lunch or supper from the menu, a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine with meats and fish. Try the legendary ‘Hoppers’ ‘Devilled’ dishes or chicken, or vegetable ‘Kotthus’ the most famous Sri Lankan street food.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 20 May 2019

Ends: 20 November 2019

Availability: Sun-Fri 12:00-21:00

What 129 People Are Saying
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RD
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and Henry our server was super friendly and Great

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CG
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying Sri Lankan food. Loved it! We were recommended some fantastic dishes and all the staff were so friendly and energetic. Highly recommend this place!

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JT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Brilliant family meal for 6. Very impressed that staff sorted us out more suitable table for our needs. Cannot fault food which was all delicious. Only negative was the noise level. Background music very intrusive and causes diners to speak louder to make themselves heard. But five star meal. Thanks

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the vibe. Very good value for money and great friendly service. The cocktails were excellent and the food outstanding.

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CM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service and food was over priced and not enjoyable

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RH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Cramped restaurant and poor, muddled service which was a real shame as the food for the most part was really nice.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue and food was incredible and really good value. Lovely staff

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BG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We took an early booking and it was busy even then, showing it’s popularity. The food was great, not as spicy as genuine Sri Lankan food but really tasty. Surprised that they ran out of 2 dishes before 7pm yet still tried to charge us - be careful on that one! All in all it is a basic and rustic setting but to get a large tapas meal and a drink for £20 per head is incredible value. The service was a bit hit and miss, not overly attentive but keen and polite when they did arrive. Definitely worth a visit and you probably will have to book in good time.

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DA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed how authentic it tasted and the variety however, we found the service to be slow and that they were understaffed. Although the weather outside was warm, the temperature of the restaurant was so hot – I appreciate there are limited things you can do about this but I did joke with my partner that you had brought the heat and humidity of Sri Lanka to the restaurant to make it feel even more authentic. The drinks were good but the service was slow. Although the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and we could see that they loved working there and enjoyed their jobs, we were not provided with any menus upon arrival until we were seen too by the waitress which was some time after that. There also seemed to be a delay with the food. I don’t want this to be deemed as bad review because we would come back and have recommended it to our friends but we just felt the time and attention of the service was poor.

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JG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food. Totally recommend the drunken Sri Lanka cocktail.

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L
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! After a 7 week trip to Sri Lanka last year, I can confirm they really do have the authenticity of the Sri Lankan food! 100% would recommend to friends

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p
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the place is very different, but in a good way, food came fast and tasty,a great concept and it had a genuine buzz , we loved it !!!! my only other comment is that we are in our mid 70s and we got it ; we understood the concept...but i suspect the ultra cool maitre d ' wasn't sure how to approach us.......

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SJ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food, fab music and fab people. This was our first visit and we’ll definitely be coming again. Such a lovely evening out to celebrate Father’s Day. Thank you!

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CW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food with plenty of veggie options. Friendly staff. Good ambience. The food is tapas style so you get to taste many different flavours and set your meal size to your own needs.
My only gripe was that the online booking application was a bit buggy. Best to phone for a table.

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LR
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and fantastic service!!!
Lovely atmosphere would recommend for family venue also.

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PJ
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Tasty and interesting food and tapas style meant you can try lots of different dishes. Service was friendly but efficient and the price was very reasonable. Would definitely recommend it but maybe not for a quiet romantic evening for two.

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IT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Messed up my order twice and the food was very slow to come even once they realised their mistake. However, the staff did give us some stuff on the house but it wasn’t sufficient compensation

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SE
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food and friendly service but music far too loud and lively. Very difficult to talk and we left without having cocktails due to the music.

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SD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and location. Let down by too small tables for sharing food and the noise level.

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M
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I read very positive reviews before coming. Did not live up to expectations. Food was okay but it was difficult to discern tastes between different dishes in some cases.
Service varied through the dinner. Sometimes it was v good. One waitress spilled the sauce from the dish over one of the group and on the jacket that we had to put on the floor - nowhere to hang anything.
Waited a good while for second round of drinks, then had to go to the bar to remind staff.
Prices were reasonable.
Based on this experience, I wouldn’t return or recommend.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing food. We went for the option of letting the servers choose and to say the amount was generous would be an understatement! Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing.

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HF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Lovely young waiting staff. Devilled prawns disappointing overcooked and breaking down haedctofind among the onion and sauce. Cheese in a very similar sauce to the prawns so would like waiting staff to have warned us of this and not had both. 5Cs was good and fresh tasting. Fish hot pot a bit tough and dry. Red rice fine. Roti tasty. Okra not that special. Fish balls with ketchup very disappointing- something less dense with a more Sri Lankan dipping sauce would be better . Nice concept and good staff but menu needs improving to seem fresher and more balanced.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I’d recommend trying a meal here as they have so many different street food options. However on the night we attended they had staffing issues so our food was delayed - fine for us but not the kids. The management were apologetic and friendly though and the kids enjoyed their desserts. The free kids chicken rice should’ve been ideal (and a good portion) but it was a bit too spicy for my kids - not judging the restaurant on that, just as a warning for others, as depends on your children’s tastes.

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JD
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food at a great prices. Unfortunately the table seating is backless stools maybe try the bar stools if you have back issues.

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VW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food, so much flavour in every dish we tried. The staff were great and explained the menu and made dish recommendations.

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g
Warwickshire
13 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It was just OK we were famished but the food tasted just OK nothing special so probably wouldn't choose to visit again. Novelty of Sri Lankan cuisine was an experience so try it once it might be to you taste.

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, waiter made recommendations for amount of food (3 dishes per person) and rice and bread to mop up the main dishes. They said the food comes as and when it's ready, but unfortunately the rice and bread came last to the table so we we ate most of the curries etc without rice or bread. Personally, I'd suggest they always bring these staples out with the first batch of dishes. We ate as a group of 6, 3 dishes per person and a "hopper" was a lot of food, and we could have made do with 2 each. All being said the food was very tasty and the bill very reasonable.

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BK
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve been wanting to try out this restaurant for ages and weren’t disappointed. Really friendly staff who were happy to serve and help with the menu. Good relaxed atmosphere. We were served quickly with drinks which we thought were reasonably priced. Food was served in individual dishes so tasting and sharing was easy. Having had Sri Lanka food on a recent holiday we were pleased with the use of spices. We’d certainly revisit with friends.

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SM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really friendly service. Goat curry delicious and the cheese dish devine. Will be back as more dishes to try.

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VC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and not very expensive! Worth a visit.

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NP
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Extremely short staffed on a bank holiday weekend, the Coconut Tree Clifton was still a fab, fun meal out with incredible food. The poor staff who were on shift repeatedly apologised for the slow service and some mix ups with our order, and we could see they were trying their very best to keep things running. The food was delicious, great value for money, and the restaurant had a good vibe - cheerful and full of chatter but you could still have conversation and hear everything going on around you. We will definitely be back - I can only imagine that on a better day with full staff, we would have had an exceptional time

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AJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family meal. The staff were wonderful and the food was delicious.

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e
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was amazing but the service was not great. The staff member who served us was constantly on their phone, forgot our drink and even though it was empty, we were left waiting around for the bill for a long time.

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PS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with excellent food. I will be returning soon.

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N
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Really tasty interesting dishes. Good to try new foods. Egg hoppers are amazing. Relaxed casual interior. Second visit & wasn’t disappointed.

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OD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff were both really amazing! Everyone we dealt with was super friendly and accommodating and the food came very quickly (considering there was 11 of us!) They even brought us a complimentary round of shots as it was my birthday

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VP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the decor and the tapas formula. The staff was very attentive to our needs.
We shared 7 dishes between 2 which was plenty. The food was nice and we liked most of the dishes, especially the black pork. The prawn and squid curry was a bit too watery for my liking (lots of juice rather than contents) and a bit bland. The beetroot was good and the chicken wings very very hot.

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H
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice evening, food was good although some dishes were vey spicy. Cocktails were ok, expected more. Service was good and very friendly. Music was very loud, difficult to have a conversation.

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OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good sized portions, great service and value for money!

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CS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Couldn’t recommend this place enough! Food is epic!

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