The Coconut Tree - Bristol Glos Rd

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Sri Lankan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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Vibrant and authentic, TCT Bristol Glos Rd, is modern and authentic interior. Traditional Sri Lankan dishes are matched with innovative 'Cocotails' bringing a taste sensation like you've never had before.

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.
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AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the Coconut tree. The cheesy Colombo and chick peas are worth the visit alone. Staff very friendly and polite

JY
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The food was good, we went for the £20 a head option for our group of 5. Our server asked what we liked and we specifically said that we would all like to try the cuttlefish and the pork, we were told that we would have several servings of each (these were the more expensive dishes). Towards the end of the meal these still hadn't arrived so we asked and were told they had 'run out'. No-one informed us of this! Then the bill arrived and it was approx £20 less than we anticipated, we assumed that this was due to us not getting the dishes we specifically asked for. We paid and left a healthy tip. We were then approached on the pavement by a server to say they had 'forgotten' to put our drinks on the bill so we had to go back in a pay the extra. Very poor service, we felt 'stung'. Won't be going back.

S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and service . Only gripe was the bench seating where we were sat was a bit cramped / uncomfortable

HC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly helpful and lovely staff. Very attentive. Completely delicious food, every dish! We’ll be back!

j
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety. Lunch with a vegan , carnivore, veggie and coconut hater !
Waiter listened to our vague preferences and produced a fabulous array of food. All full , happy and tried something new !
£100 for 4 of us for lunch and a drink each.

CC
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. Was just one server working so service was slow, but he was very nice.

JS
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and such a good relaxed atmosphere.

LW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and good service. The food which is served in small dishes, is fresh and light and beautifully spiced. I recognised some of them from Sri Lanka and they were authentic.

MB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, but they seem to have forgotten one important part of street food is that it doesn't involve a 30 minute wait.

MM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a nice table in the bar by the window which was nice to people watch and was quiet away from the main restaurant area. The food was incredible and very filling and was excellent value we had 8 dishes between us and 2 cocktails each and it came to £60 which was incredible. Haven’t eaten food this good in so long with so many brilliant flavours, I can’t wait to come back. The staff were super friendly too!

LJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant food and service exceptional. I tried the black pork dish this time which has a new recipe and was amazing. I have a friend from Sri Lanka and tasted like her mums cooking! :)

S
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The service was helpful, and friendly - and the food was tasty. However, the restaurant was cold, and the chairs are very high and uncomfortable I couldn’t sit comfortably for my entire meal. I would return as the food was very good but only if I can sit on lower seats and if the heating if turned on - it is February still.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service, decently priced

d
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and a friendly environment. Highly recommended.

BD
Bath
31 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Loved the cuttlefish and goat curry but probably would go parotha instead of rice next time.

KR
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Staff lovely. Great food. Yay

SE
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is a must try. Some genius combinations and all super tasty. All along with great veggie options too.
Staff were really friendly and it’s a very intimate atmosphere. Low levels of lighting can make it a bit tricky to read the menu tho!!
DrinkS we’re great too. A really unique selection of cocktails and a great offer of 2 for £10
The only thing that’s holding me back from a 5 star review is the service on the night I visited. Whilst the staff were super friendly, me and my table did fell a little forgotten. After the food was delivered we didn’t get checked on by the waiters until we promoted for more drinks/ the bill. It seemed like a busy evening with a couple of large parties so a table of three people are quite easy to forget. However, because of the slow service and having to grab their attention every time we wanted something I would hesitate in going back but would recommend, with a caution. But all said, a great place if you have lots of time to chill and people watch. The food really is top quality!!

SM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Different night out. Food interesting but not great. Saturday night so very busy & noisy but staff very friendly. Cash only as internet issues was pretty inconvenient though obviously not their fault

M
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was not good and was our final dish in particular did not have much taste. I don’t feel this was a good representation of Sri Lanka food. The service was very good.

P
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Although the food and flavours were outstanding i cant get head round the fact that it is all sent out together especially in dishes that do not hold their heat, by the time i got round to eating the goat curry it was cold, if you were ordering street food you would not have 6 items at once so this was disappointing as was the lack of room to put all the dishes once they all duly arrived at our small space, with a couple either side of you, you spend your time trying to avoid elbows.
Given each table has around 1.5hrs not sure of the rush. We were done in an hour and considering it was my birthday meal out this felt a little rushed and underwhelming, i was glad i choose to go on a Friday and not wasted a Saturday.
I would definitely go back but next time i will order my dishes in stages so at least they will be hot when i get round to eating them.

F
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was a bit of a mixed bag - some was really good, like the Cheesey Columbo, but some was very average, for example the potatoes.

There were a few things unavailable on the menu, and we found out one dish we ordered wasn't available when the rest of our food came out. We ordered something to replace it but were still waiting for it when we'd finished the rest of our food. Both dishes were on the bill but this was rectified.

Overall it's a great setting and nice for a change, but I wouldn't go back.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, lovely relaxed atmosphere, will 100% go back again. Staff were all lovely too- knocked off one star because we waited quite a long time for drinks at the start and it wasnt busy.

KB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, brilliant service and very friendly staff! Will definitely go back again

EB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Everything was delicious and there was so much to choose from. Only thing is that the room was very cold!

GH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for a date, the server was really knowledgeable about vegan food and the cocktail menu. Food came quickly, altogether and was piping hot and delicious! Outstanding restaurant, would highly recommend

LM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and really tasty food. Thanks for a great night out!

S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Meal was very nice. But the seating arrangements were a let down. Didn't expect to book at table, to end up sat on a high stool at a very small bar looking directly at a brick wall. Was very uncomfortable.

JT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Second time I’ve been, this time I took my whole family. With all of us who have visited Sri Lanka multiple times we thoroughly enjoyed it and the food was very authentic. Only one downer was that there was a guy drilling the wooden benches when we were sat there, it was very noisy and not enjoyable, it could have been done once the Restaurant was closed. Other tables weren’t happy with the noise either. Apart from that brilliant meal and had left overs for dinner that night 👍🏻👍🏻

MJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Superb food, slow but friendly service (but to be fair it was pretty packed). Main gripe would be it was v hot in the restaurant, otherwise would definitely recommend.

TS
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there and food is amazing. Only had the vegetarian options and they were all delicious.

N
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, great resteraunt. Only marked down slightly as it was really loud so conversation was difficult. A small gripe that's just down to my age :-)

d
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, outstanding cocktails and very friendly staff. Food was really interesting and super quality.

SH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazingly tasty food and yummy cocktails!

AO
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the Coconut Tree, I've been to the Oxford, Cheltenham, Clifton and now the Cheltenham Road restaurants. I've given 5 stars because the food was excellent, as always, and the staff were lovely, as always. However it was a busy night and we (a table of 4) waited around 45 minutes before any food arrived, then when we had finished everything, we were still waiting for 2 out 4 egg hoppers ordered at the beginning, which after another 15 minutes or so, we cancelled and ordered dessert instead. We had a great night, and the food was delicious despite this and I will be coming back for more.

MV
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very busy but the service was very good and food tasted great. Dishes arrived at the different time which suited us as we were sharing. Very happy vegans.

FC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. I had the pork belly, special rice, Hopper and the roti bread. I’d forgotten that the roti bread they do those absolutely amazing and the hopper is great too. A side dish I had which was probably a Christmas related one was the Brussels sprouts and cashew nuts. Oh my God this was one of the most moreish things I’ve ever eaten. I’m planning to go back in between Christmas and New Year and hopefully they’ll still have this on the menu

SR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with really friendly staff! Food and drink are tasty and the place just overall has a fun atmosphere! Would definitely return!

LD
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Bringing Sri Lankan street food to Bristol.
Experience an explosion of flavours in vegetables, meats & fish. This was the tag line that made us want to try the food but sadly I have to say we never got an explosion of flavour. The only thing we liked was the cuttlefish and at first the belly pork tasted good too but the recommended cashew dish which was destroyed by a satay sauce and the chicken wings covered in a sweet and sour sauce turned it into something that I highly doubt you could find on any Sri Lankan street. Maybe if they had a Chinese takeaway! The hopper dish they say is a must try was just a pancake in a bowl with an egg in it and a small bit of garnish. Not anything I would rant and rave about. If we ever went again I would only order the cuttlefish and the flat bread out of all the dishes we tried. All in all I'm sorry but I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who is a true food lover as I fear you will be as disappointed as we felt after leaving. The good thing is that it does fill you up so at least you don't walk out feeling hungry. Oh also they don't mention that you have 1hr 30 minutes until they expect you to leave. They are even rude enough to tell people you are in the way. I booked the table two days in advance to be treated that way and to have them attempt to seat us on a cramped window seat. It truly was terrible customer service. All in all it was over priced what I would call hipster food. Go somewhere else and get better food for half the money.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would recommend The Coconut tree, great food, great service and fantastic recommendations, relaxed atmosphere, I would go again!

FS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Drinks were slow to come out but that is all I could fault amazing evening!