The Coconut Tree - Bristol Clifton Triangle

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Sri Lankan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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 172 People Are Saying
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HB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - highly recommended. Delicious food, brilliant staff and a really fun atmosphere.

C
Bristol
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service very authentic Sri Lankan food. Shame some of the curries were not available on our visit. It was a lunchtime and wasn’t busy. Loved the egg hoppers, reminded me of the last time I ate hoppers in Sri Lanka. Was hoping to have chicken curry with it but they were still cooking it so not available.

R
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really interesting and tasty dishes. Great value for money and lovely staff. Busy and noisy but great atmosphere

B
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away the best restaurant in Bristol. The food is excellent, and not as expensive as tapas type options often are.

FT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant serving tapas style Sri Lankan food. Great service and fantastic food with a lively atmosphere.

S
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond and brought out a bottle of prosecco on my birthday

BC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Lot's of potential, but still disappointing. Menu looks enticing, however the dishes lacked spice and seasoning. The music at the venue was way too loud, and you had to scream to be able to talk to someone during dinner. The staff were extremely friendly.

LA
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at The Coconut Tree! The general atmosphere was fun, the food was great and our waitress, Ella, was incredible! She was very helpful when we asked for recommendations, was super friendly and energetic throughout the evening, and just made the experience that much better.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a really fun place to spend a few hours

RE
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great staff. One of the best meals we have had and will definitely return!

B
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A fun environment with very friendly and helpful staff and fast service. But of the 6 dishes we ordered, to be honest, we would only order 3 of them again (eg loved the 'hopper and the fried cuttlefish'!). But worth a try and maybe the menu will develop.

SB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely night, food was fab.... Recommend the Tuna Clay Pot :)

RJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was nice but the service was slow and inattentive.

I
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

So where do I start. We arrived at the restaurant and it was a good start, the waitress was nice. We ordered our drinks at 7:45 and 5 minutes later then ordered our food which arrived within 10 minutes which just tells you nothing was cooked fresh. The whole point is it’s street food, quick food but not warm and not made when ordered. Food was the most bland food, I’m Indian, so coming to a south INDIAN restaurant we were excited for flavour. I’ve never had to ask for salt before in a restaurant, the most basic of seasoning was needed. Oh by the way, we still hadn’t received our drinks even though we had asked twice about them. It was now 8:30, still no drinks and we were done.

I’d never come back here nor would I ever recommend this place to anyone. If anything I’d tell people to avoid.

It’s perfect for white people, who lack taste buds and think it’ll be amazing. If that’s who they’re catering for then bravo! You achieved what you wanted to do.

The Coconut Tree - Bristol Clifton Triangle
Responded on 9 October 2019

We are a small group of Sri Lankan friends and family living in Bristol & Cheltenham, we’re one big family. We are cooking authentic family & street food recipes from back home (watched over by Granny Gerti 82 who comes regularly to visit our kitchens). Our head chefs are all Sri Lankan born and owners of the business so Sri Lankan street food is our anchor. We prepare and cook fresh daily. Sorry it didn't hit the spot for you. Best TCT

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JC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was good. Service wasn't. We had to keep chasing up or orders. About 5 or 6 dishes never arrived, and the food came out before the drinks (which they had forgotten about).

SK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb! Fantastic service from the start - attentive without being over the top and annoying. Staff very knowledgeable about all the dishes and the drinks and able to make recommendations.
Food was amazing! I’m going to be dreaming about the fried cheese for months and need to go back soon for another fix. Between the two of us we’re vege and Coeliac but we’re able to find plenty of delicious dishes to share without even trying them all!
Drinks were great, though cocktails a little pricey as cocktails tend to be. Some good offers on though 2 for £10 or £12 so it didn’t have to break the bank.
After our meal (which was at 5 as that was the latest I could book a proper table - now I know the layout I’d be happy with a high table) we stayed for a couple of drinks and the atmosphere went from casual to something a bit more buzzing, which was great.
Can’t wait to go back!!

LP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and tapas style food, fantastic service and great atmosphere! Highly recommend this place.

OT
Lancashire
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb service. Great atmosphere. Wonderful food and very reasonable price.

GO
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great night out. Cocktails are amazing and the “cannot decide” menu was great 👍

s
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and buzzing atmosphere would go again

CW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Scrumptious food as always. Excellent value for money and we came away very happy.

KR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic, they had a big party of 50 in, so it was very loud and we waited quite some time for drinks. But considering this, the ambiance, quality of food and service were still impeccable. Our party of five paid £20 per head and there was more delicious food than we could manage. Drinks are reasonably priced with an excellent cocktail list. And our favourite dish, the cuttlefish is every bit as good as it is in the original restaurant in Cheltenham. 11/10!

J
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is absolutely great! Really good prive and a nice atmosphere!

F
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor quality food, some of the dishes felt like they were leftovers reheated for the evening.

k
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First ever visit. Would definitely visit again. Food was great and the staff were very helpful, explains the menu and how things worked

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty tapas style spicy food with great service.

PT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service and delicious food, relaxed atmosphere. Food really good value.

R
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and tasty I'm a little glad the restaurant is far away from me or I'd be there all the time. Well worth a visit, service is great and it's kind to the purse strings as well.

JK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, good service. Would definitely come back.

1
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Excellent meal but we did have to wait an hour for our food, which when it arrived was not what we ordered, despite having been repeatedly assured it was imminent. That being said, the manager comped our meal which was appreciated. We will return, perhaps not for dinner on a Saturday night though!

JS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A little bit different the service was excellent. Very tasty food at a reasonable price

TC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing food with such a vibrant, relaxed and friendly atmosphere- the second you walk in you are greeted with the kind of aromas that are worthy of the title “Sri Lanka street food” and the staff are incredibly friendly. First time there but definitely won’t be our last- you MUST go!

JW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great authentic Sri Lankan/South Indian food good service (thanks Zak) excellent value

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, quick and friendly service and a fun relaxed atmosphere.

NE
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were great and helped steer us through the menu as this was our first visit. Food was great (especially the black pork and the cuttlefish!), plenty of drinks options available and we’ll definitely be going back!

HH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

authentic, warm, spicy sri-lankan cuisine experience with friends was sold and was expected. Disappointment on every count. Burnt chicken curries, bland goat/black pig, disappointing squid. the highlight was a fried cuttlefish. the highly anticipated Hoppers were too thick and tasteless and the accompanying coconut sambol - a true Sri Lankan would not claim...and where was the Seeni sambol. the staff didn't even know what that was, when I asked where it was? I would not recommend my friends. Maybe Saturday night the chefs were off? I hope so, as Sri Lankan food is magnificent and this was so far off the mark. sorry to even write this review.

TK
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was burnt, roti was rock hard, seats were seriously uncomfortable. Interior decor ? What is that about !

S
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great staff. Very enjoyable evening. Lots of choice for vegetarians.

HW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely staff, amazing food and great value for money. Will definitely be coming back and have already recommended you to several friends :)

CP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great however we were put on a small table and our server forgot about us after we had our food. However a man names Jack was another server who was lovely and took puddings and wine off the bill as he noticed the poor service we had recieved.