Ivy Clifton Brasserie

4.5
2238 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie is open in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol, located on the corner of Caledonia Place and The Mall, overlooking The Mall Gardens.

Open seven days a week, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie offers accessible all day dining for local residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors to the area, and brings some of the familiarity of The Ivy brand to ceaselessly chic Clifton Village. Tables are held back for walk-ins allowing locals to drop in throughout the day at their leisure, and the menus are all encompassing, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner; not to mention a specially created cocktail menu featuring a variety of classic and contemporary selections.

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie has been designed to deliver the memorable experience that is synonymous with The Ivy’s unique style, in a more relaxed and accessible environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am-12am
(Last food orders 10pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 9am-11pm
(Last food orders 10pm)
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Phone number
0117 203 4555
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sean Burbidge
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop Clifton Village
Additional
Counter Seating, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch
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Bristol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good brasserie food with impeccable service

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KM
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good service. Nice touch with birthday surprise for our birthday diner!

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LW
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Having had several very good experiences prior to this one, it was very disappointing for the standard to slip so far.

The service was very slow, the food was cold and uninspiring, and the restaurant was just far too loud.

I'm going to put this down to hiccup, and hope that standards return to their usual level next time

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LM
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Been a few times before. Food always really good and service usually good, but this time service was really poor. Just not attentive. Shame because it's quite expensive so put me off going bit.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Have eaten here a couple of times. On the plus side the food is excellent with some lovely touches, starters were exceptional. The location and setting inside is excellent as well. However, on both occasions the drink service has ben extremely slow. In addition, on the recent visit, two items that were ordered were not delivered to the table (but nor were they on the bill), perhaps because the waiter did not write the order down but chose to memorise it (which is fine if you get it right). The service was not particularly quick either, with a long long pause between the starters and main course. But overall the negatives did not detract from the overall experience.

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RT
Bath
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second visit, the first we were very disappointed and wrote a poor review but this time eat at lunchtime and were very pleased with super food and service. We asked to be seated in the main area, not st the back, and were accommodated. Will certainly go back.

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B
Bristol
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was ok. It has a good name but unsure if it’s reputation will be as good. Food ok, bit bland, prices ok. Waiting staff ok. Noise and acoustics poor. As usual tables for two are very close to each other and in the worst positions eg main corridor. Soft drinks outrageously priced £4.50 and most of it was ice. We had a nice time but I would hesitate to recommend it and will probably not choose to go back.

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JG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a special birthday. As usual the cocktails were excellent, the food on the whole very good though my partner did not like the sauce that came with the veal and I didn't like the chocolate sauce that came with my dessert but then I don't much like chocolate or toffee and so many menus do not offer more fruit based desserts. Apart from that everything was perfect and the wine was at the right temperature.

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R
Bristol
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a nice place. Portions are a little small but tasty. All dishes would be too small with out adding sides, which bumps up the price. Wine is a rip off, compared to food prices just way too high and poor value. Waiters put food down in front of wrong people on the table, would expect to know who ordered what. Not a fan of 'dissresionary' service charge, but expected at a place like this. Overall Ok, not a massive Wow, would use for business maybe but not with friends and family.

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JW
Bristol
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good afternoon tea in relaxed and pleasant surroundings

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TW
Bristol
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit.We drive over 30 miles to get here.Never disappoints.It was our Anniversary and out came complimentary cute desserts with Happy Anniversary chocolate on top..lovely touch! Can't wait to go back!

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AB
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable lunch with great food and good service.😀

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CL
Bristol
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No idea on value as we were treated by my friend but he didn’t bat an eyelid. Food was lovely, well presented and the whole experience felt like an “occasion”. Highly recommend.

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SF
Bristol
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Disappointed, I booked a high tea for my friends 50th, the atmosphere was very sullen. I wrote on my booking that we were celebrating my friends 50th. Not one waiter made an effort to speak to us, or to wish happy birthday. It looked like everyone was having a bad day,. I always feel service counts for 80% of your experience. The food was OK nothing special, Paul Hollywood would of been disappointed with the flat scones.

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GH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good vegan and vegetarian choices

Staff and service very good standard
Lovely decor and surroundings

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O
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I booked afternoon tea for 2 at 4pm. Member of staff pre called me to confirm my order on the morning of my visit for daughters 40th birthday. Website clearly states that the table is time limited to a 2hr slot. However we were seated over 20mins with no attention from a waiter, only getting a drink after I had called someone over and asked to be served. Then waited a further 10-15mins before our pre-ordered food arrived, Staff were polite but the we felt that we had been forgotten and then a little rushed to finish in the allotted time. On a different occasion I would complain at the time but I did not want to sour the mood for a birthday celebration.
A little disappointing.

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MS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, very friendly and informative staff. Food was of great quality and cooked to perfection. Lovely ambiance too.

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MB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

3 of us had the chicken bourginion, which was described as crispy! It was slimey, not very pleasant at all. Also extremely smokey. None of us enjoyed it!

Have been 3 times before and the food was really good, so disappointed overall. My friends were not impressed with their food.

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L
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Although the food was good I wouldn’t say it the best food I’ve tasted? It’s traditional food seasoned and cooked well.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service not very attentive on this occasion. Removing food when not finished. Knife was requested 3 times.

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place for breakfast with friends and family as well as dinner for special occasions.

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AF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Can't fault the service and food. Bristol's best!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and brilliant service. We came here for my partners birthday and even got a little celebration plate for him. Will definitely be going back

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Having been once before for dinner and not having had a great experience I decided I would give it another go and take my daughter and her friends for afternoon tea for her 16th Birthday. Sadly no improvemt. Apparently they have a policy about no balloons, policies need to be visible to customers as I cannot find it! I took 2 balloons to put by our table sadly the shop had not secured them so they flew to the ceiling where they remained! Instead of supporting my daughters friends who were mortified this had happened the rude and loud waitress proceeded to share her annoyance with another waitress for all to hear. Including some lovely gents on the next table who actually left the restaurant and returned with flowers and a balloon for my upset daughter. How lovely! Shame the restaurant were not able to show the same level of understanding and compassion. Food was nice but had to ask for more tea and jam which took forever, service was poor and very slow. I will not be returning and do not recommend this restaurant. Really wish I had not paid the extortionate service charge.

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KC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not inexpensive, but get value as a treat. Service excellent.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid food, well cooked with plenty of choice and a good waitress who was confident with specials being served that day. A good selection of wines did feel Prosecco was a little over priced. A beautiful choice of deserts and I formed that one would take 15 mins to prepare; we didn’t mind at all and it was worth the wait!

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T
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Expectations were high leading up to a Saturday lunch time visit to the Ivy Brasserie.

The quality of the food was excellent - the Shepherd's Pie was sublime.

However, there were too unfortunate negatives.

In a clear commercial desire to maximise income/profits meant the tables were crammed too close together.

The result of this 'strategy' was that it was tricky to hold a conversation with my partner and the overall noise levels were uncomfortably high.

The other issue was with the cleanliness of the table .... the underside of our table had chewing gum stuck to it when then transferred to my partners' jeans .... most unsightly and tacky.

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LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a fabulous lunch on Saturday. Our waiter was excellent very efficient and attentive. The atmosphere was very good and the food was lovely. The chocolate bomb was amazing .....

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BK
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had Sunday brunch on a number of occasions but decided to try the evening menu with friends. The decor and atmosphere seemed to come alive in the evening. We were shown to our table located in the conservatory which had a lovely light, open atmopshere. The tables were such that you didn't feel hemmed in and could talk easily without having to shout. Service was quick and efficient with staff dressed appropriately to enhance the dining experience. They were attentive and there when you needed so no hovering. Food was excellent with a choice to suit us all including gluten free options.
We will definitely be visiting again and the whole experience got the thumbs up from our friends. Thank you.

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Z
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of us went to celebrate our friends forthcoming wedding. None of us had been before. No-one was dissapointed. Food was amazing as was the service. All good. Thank you.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The quality of the food for the price was poor. The steak was "minute steak" on the lunchtime special menu and it was tasteless and thin
The crab linguine was pathetic - tasteless, dry and never to be repeated
I drinking glasses smelt terrible - as if washed next to something containing eggs and the smell was sickening

I wont be rushing back

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J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointed this time after dining here successfully several times previously. Choice on set lunch menu, which we had to ask for because it was not proffered, was a bit disappointing and the execution and quality of some items was poor such as tough steak, stringy green beans, items missing. Embarrasssing as we had recommended to friends who were experiencing The Ivy for the first time and don’t want to repeat it! Staff were good and dealt with our issues well.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for husband's birthday, having been to the Edinburgh Ivy for his birthday last year. Lovely food, beautifully presented, attentive staff, highly recommended

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D
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very classy and elegant restaurant
Ideal for couples and families to dine in style.
Very attentive and friendly staff

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AW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have always had good service and food and this visit did not disappoint.

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PB
Bristol
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and discreet efficient service. Loved it.
Early bird, before 7pm, dinner excellent value for such good quality food.
Definitely recommend.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Usual excellence from welcome thru prompt and attentive service. Great food quality. Fish pie was excellent. Steak sandwich was fine (probably wrong choice). Busy as usual. Tables a little too close in the lower area. Will return soon.

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AW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal with great service. Only complaint was that the green beans were very undercooked so almost inedible. Also next time we would request a table in the upper level as we found the lower level rather noisy and difficult to hold a conversation.

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PT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all round excellent experience, good welcome, excellent service, superb food. Value for money.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Birthday treat from a friend that we managed to coincide with our wedding anniversary!
Great first visit and will definitely return for more exploring of the menu!

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