The Coconut Tree - Bristol Glos Rd

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£25 and under
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Sri Lankan
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
  • Tapas
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.
What 175 People Are Saying
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Perth / WA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I went to the Coconut tree when it first opened with my father in law. We were very impressed with the authenticity of the food, spice level and service.
The menu has changed to the point where some of the food is not traditional.
There were not enough shorties on the menu which would be ideal for tapas type food. And the service was terrible. Our food was left on the table for ages before being collected. The food was still tasty however it has lost it’s authentic feel and taste. A little disappointing as we know what the food used to be like.

AW
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcoming friendly helpful staff, wonderful buzzing atmosphere and delicious interesting food that was sooooo tasty!

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first visit we have visited this restaurant and we will definately go again. The food was delicious and managed to satisfy all our diets meat eater/vegetarian and vegan. Ambience was great - even had delicious sweets..... altogether lush

PK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. But service time slow. Very busy and very noisey. But overall really enjoyed it.

AS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really high quality and authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. Food arrived very quickly and the general ambience was relaxed and friendly. Would definitely recommend to anyone for a good value eating experience.

d
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sat next to the toilets which wasn't good. Food was ok tasted all the same .had to share a table which I didn't like.
The place was extremely hot to a point I had sweat dripping down my face. Decor was good tho.no air con

OT
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The coconut tree is an amazing place to visit. The food comes out like tapas and I'm yet to have a dish I dislike. It's great for groups, so you can all try a bit of different dishes.

A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing, however we were in the restaurant for 2 hours and still didn't receive all of our dishes. The staff discounted the food heavily without us having to ask. I would recommend on a quiet night as the food was lovely and staff were helpful despite the business.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken curry on the bone portion was very disappointing - more bone than chicken

Food otherwise authentic and tasty

HA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was so helpful and friendly and the food was really unique and delicious and came in huge portions- recommended amounts were more than enough!

S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was looking forward to this reservation, but sadly was disappointed. The food was just alright - I had the Black pork, cheesy colombo and the egg hopper. The dishes are unique and worth a try but I wouldn't recommend the black pork. It's one of the more expensive items on the list and to me just tasted like pork and gravy. Nothing special.

The ratings are more in relation to the staff. The waiters were all young kids who weren't able to give us advice on the dishes we were ordering and didn't check on us. When several dishes hadn't come after 15 minutes we had to flag them down in order to get them to us. Much to work on, unfortunately.

SF
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasty food served by helpful and attentive staff

d
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value fun restaurant , would recommend to others . Relaxed friendly staff

WV
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a slight mishap where our food order wasn’t placed with the kitchen which resulted in us overrunning into the next reservation booked at the table which was picked up when we were warned our table was booked after us. Once we had informed them that we had yet to receive our food the staff were incredibly apologetic, added additional dishes to our order they thought we might like to try and refused to accept payment for the meal. We had a great time and the food and service was incredible. The staff went above and beyond making up for what was just a simple mistake. I’d highly recommend this restaurant and will most definitely be making a return.

JK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food to far too long to arrive (nearly 1.5 hrs) with no apology or explanation that it would be a long wait. Many new customers arrived and were served a long time before us. The recommended number of dishes by staff was for far too much food.
Otherwise a lovely atmosphere and tasty cocktails.

M
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good food but they had run out of a few dishes and the dishes were brought all at once. Good atmosphere and fun food but seems like they need a bit more organisation to hit the mark

SR
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous veggie food in a great restaurant!
Will definitely visit again.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Calum the waiter was very attentive.
The food was amazing as ever. At times it was quite loud to hear others on your table but overall we had a great time.

CA
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and superb service from T. This was our first visit to The Coconut Tree and we will most definitely return.

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

T, our waiter was absolutely amazing. Great food, amazing atmosphere. Just a great place in Bristol!

C
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reminiscent of our recent trip to Sri Lanka. Good service and great cocktails too.

M
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tasty food and good choice of dishes. Very reasonably priced.

HH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal here, it was our first visit and Ben was absolutely fantastic at helping us out with navigating the menu and suggestions on what to order. His recommendations were great, we loved the Dahl and Roti’s together and the Cheesy Colombo was fab. We got the £20 taster option and what originally looked like small portions when they came really did go a long way and the two of us were stuffed by the end with plenty more to spare! Thank you, we will definitely return.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firstly, very knowledgeable waitress (Natty) and liked that she made recommendations from the menu.
The food was also delicious. Good atmosphere, reasonably priced and good value.
Overall 5*
Would go again and recommend.

PR
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and choice of dishes. Great place for groups on Gloucs Road area.

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

Great food and really helpful friendly staff 😁. Fast service and lovely atmosphere.

JK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

As always the food is fabulous which is why we always go back! Service could be improved buy any issues are always recognised and resolved to be fair. We specifically booked a standard table as I am very short and hate clambering up and down on the high top stools but when we got there we had been given a high top. When I asked we were moved though.

NA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A delicious range of spicy food including a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Their desserts were very good too.

G
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We went for Father's day and booked on line and noted that there was a special offer of 3 free dishes. We enquired when we ordered that this offer still applied which was confirmed and proceeded to order 12 dishes. My main issue was that the food kept coming out at different stages, we had to ask on 3 occasions to check, and 1 dish never turned up at all. On receipt of the bill we had been charged for the missing dish and never received the discount for Father's day. This was rectified to our satisfaction. It would have been nice to have had the same waiter/waitress throughout instead of several of them serving us at different times. The food was fantastic.

PE
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

although the food was amazing, it took quite a long time for the food to arrive since ordering. It wasn't easy to manage hungry restless kids in a tightly packed place.
If I were to return to this place, it would be only for the quality and taste of the food.

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Recommend booking a table (people were queuing when we left). So glad we went early evening, as it got very noisy. We really love the food, and the staff were great. Only one toilet was working when we were there.

KG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit to the coconut tree but came with some friends who hadn’t been before. A party of 6 and we all had cocktails and a range of food chosen. Everything was delicious - love that they add new items to the menu frequently but leave the popular dishes. Highly recommend the cheese! Noise levels were very high and it was a little hard to hear each other at some points. Service was good but we did wait for quite a while to pay our bill but it was Friday night so it would be expectedly busier for the staff. Overall a great night out.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No-nonsense seating & furniture sets you up to get right on into the task of ordering from the great array of different dishes on offer. Flavoursome, distinctive, and adventurous! And a great selection of drinks to accompany. We'll DEFINITELY be back.

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

Had high expectations following the Jay Rayner review but sadly the food didn’t live up to them. Very very hot in the restaurant and had to shout to each other to be heard. Service and staff were excellent and I liked the fact the food came out in dribs and drabs. I loved the Hopper and Pumpkin curry but the black pork and chicken curry weren’t memorable. The prawns were served pipping hot and very tasty and my daughter and her boyfriend had an amazing amount of choice which isn’t always the case being vegan. Would come again but would recommend going for dishes that you wouldn’t ordinarily choose

A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were very friendly and helpful while we decided our menu choices..our table was ready for us on our arrival and the venue was welcoming and pleasant to eat in.
Will definitely be going back to try more things on the menu!

ES
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Had been recommended to go to Coconut Tree by friends but unfortunately was very let down - service was poor - had our orders taken and other than that they didnt come over at all, they were also rude at times. The food was disappointing - everything tasted of turmeric. The toilets were disgusting. They were playing 90s RnB all night which didnt really seem fitting for a Sri Lankan restaurant. Definitely won't be going back.

JB
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, and excellent price. For 2 of us it came to under £40 and we both had 2 drink each and enough food to satisfy our very hungry appetites. Would highly recommend, we will be going back... also as an extra bonus 3 x JT tracks in a row...!

s
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food. Great variety and flavours. Service could be better though

OM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really delicious food and lovely atmosphere. We ordered mostly vegan dishes, and every single one was really tasty. The best food I've had out for a very long time. The staff were l really friendly and helpful, and the restaurant itself is really lovely and we'll set out. I highly recommend this restaurant.

TW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful meal once again, one of my favourites in Bristol!

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