Ivy Clifton Brasserie

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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was good but one persons dish was served with a cold sauce- it had not been heated and the waitress was decidedly unfriendly

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I
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible, terrible service. Food delivered to the wrong people, drinks not delivered, had to repeatedly ask for things. Itseemed like no one had a proper grip on what was going on. Average food and very noisy.

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AS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing atmosphere and comfortable seating, decor interesting with lots of foliage, was a chilled place for afternoon tea and fizz

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MH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and attentive but not overbearing staff. Cracking cocktails particularly the non alcohol options. Chicken Milanese v good as was Fritto Misto

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at lunch time here as a family with my daughter. Service was attentive and professional.
The food was delicious and great choice to cater for everyone.
A lovely unpretentious atmosphere enjoyed by all.

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LJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were lovely and couldn’t do more for us, it made the whole experience a great one

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IL
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the food was amazing and service was good without being over attentive. To start some spicy olives and smoked almonds to nibble while sipping on an Ivy G&T, followed by chicken liver parfait for me and Crispy duck salad for my partner, we’ve both had these in the past and never disappointed.

I then opted for Ribeye on the bone 12oz/340g with Parmesan chips, a bit pricey but worth every penny. My partner had the Veal paillard, this is thinly beaten veal loin with mushroom sauce, green beans, rocket and Parmesan, it looked lovely.

Will be going back very soon.

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JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Second visit the same as the first with over a years gap.

Clueless waiting staff, inattentive and disinterested, quite frankly lazy. Food is massively over priced and not really that good.

I actually live on the same street as this restaurant and can say with assurance that the people attracted to it can keep it.

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

We went especially for their afternoon tea (£18.95 per person). The building itself is elegant and the service was good. There was a choice of teas, but with a fixed selection of food. The chicken truffle rolls were delicious, but the cucumber sandwiches on plain white bread were tasteless, with only 3 open salmon sandwiches provided on rather dry bread. The sweet cakes were good, especially the small custard doughnuts. The sultana scones were moist and buttery but the amount of cream and jam provided was about half of what was really needed. Overall, reasonable value for money although an "optional" 12.5% service charge was added. We have had better elsewhere, however the location here makes it worth a visit.

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Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday

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JP
Bath
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. There were 4 adults and a 1 year old in our group. We ate early 5.00 booking. The food was good and we were all very happy with the service.

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SB
Bristol
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food, reasonably priced, served in a very pleasant interior, topped off with superb service. What's not to like?

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

Really nice food with excellent service. Would definitely recommend!

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J
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely food in really pleasant surroundings.

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LF
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I visited the Ivy yesterday with several friends. The table was booked for 2pm. I didn’t realise afternoon tea didn’t start until 3pm but that was my own fault- so we said we would just have the brunch menu (a lady did kindly check if we could have afternoon tea early but understandably this couldn’t be accommodated).

The first very frustrating part of our visit was the fact that you don’t have allergy labels on your menus. It is incredibly frustrating to have a menu that you simply can’t pick from, and then have to ask a member of staff what you can have- only for them to say, “what would you like”, when what you would like- is to know what I can have! I have not come across this is any other restaurant recently!

We then waited 40 minutes for our order to be taken. At which point it was nearly afternoon tea time so we asked if would be have that instead due to the time and they said that was fine.

When the tea came- the final tray was nearly placed on the table when the waiter had clearly remembered that I needed a gluten free afternoon tea (I clarified this with him 3 times when ordering- three!). Rather than being honest, and explaining he forgot- he tried to cover it all up. He sneaked off with that tray, very quickly when he thought I hadn’t seen and removed a portion of the afternoon tea and then came back and placed it on the table and said mine would be coming separately. Everyone makes mistakes, but the fact he wasn’t just honest really was the worst part of it all! I then waited a further 15 minutes for mine to come out (there was no mention of a delay, nor an apology when it arrived late) absent of strawberries for the scones and with a scrumpled very up receipt in one of the desserts! The dessert was replaced.

All in all, for what is supposed to be an upmarket offering- it was extremely disappointing. I didn’t mention anything whilst there as I was seeing friendly on what is a 1 in 3 month meet up.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch with excellent service. Only complaint was that the salmon main course dish was not very warm. We sent one back.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and exceptional service. Would highly recommend and plan to return in the near future.

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

Lovely setting and atmosphere was great. But we felt the food was pricey for what it was.

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EP
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I brought my husband here for his birthday, unfortunately, the staff were slightly uncommunicative about his allergy requirements. We ordered our food, and part of my meal never actually turned up, despite us reminding a waitress so i left my steak until it had gone cold as i was waiting for the sauce. Slightly disappointed overall as we were really looking forward to this meal.

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B
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend visited the ivy on Saturday night for our 1 year anniversary, we loved the whole night and thank you for being a big part of it the place, the staff and the food were exceptional, thank you hope to visit again soon!

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PM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable evening excellent food and very pleasant staff. Lovely flowers

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice to see such a venue in Bristol, I know it has been there a while but it was my first trip. The freshness of the ingredients, friendly service and all round quality really make the place very special. I had a rib eye steak on the bone and it was as a good a rib eye as I have had in the UK. lovely wine selection that is not crazy expensive. Just the job for a treat lunch

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AK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and buzz was super, really nice setting with service to match - attentive and professional while still friendly. Food was very good, felt very fresh. Not amazing, but solid quality and value was excellent given the ambience. The truffle rice ball snack was very nice indeed though :) Beer on the expensive side for a 330ml bottle.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and good service. We were given a table near the entrance which was not ideal. Ask for a table further into the middle of the restaurant.

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M
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Due to high level of noise the waiter could not hear us, and as a consequence brought the wrong tea. Replaced it straight away. Restaurant was full and as it was an old bank with hard floors the noise level was high. We have been before when it was not so busy and it was a delight. Food was excellent and a lovely treat

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KM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, environment cocktails, all wonderful. The only thing that stops me from giving top marks is that despite booking a table and then restaurant not being at capacity, we were given a table right next to the servers station so I was constantly getting my chair knocked on the aisle. Maybe that table shouldn’t be there.

Also I still have concerns as to whether the server got the service charge we were billed as I know The Ivy has a practice of using service charges to supplement staff wages. A loop hole MPs are looking into

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MS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were left sitting at the table for 15 minutes before being asked if we would like a drink. My daughter's plate was dirty. When our drinks arrived half an hour after arriving the server gave the tea to my daughter and gave me her orange juice. The afternoon tea eventually arrived, but the server did not explain what was on the tier. The tier was uneven and rocked when touched. We were given no cutlery, I used my tea spoon to eat one of the cakes, my daughter used her fork. I would not go back and I would not recommend it. The food was however nice, the experience wasn't.

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BC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful evening, the food was fantastic (the main vegetarian option seems to change every season and is always delicious and the arancini are a must have!) We had a beautiful table in the conservatory and it turned a friendly catch up in to a very special evening - I’ve already booked again!

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LH
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Sorry not to get a table in the orangerie as requested, but it was lovely regardless. They gave me a cute pudding for my birthday as i’d said it was my birthday when booking. The service was just a little slow, but everyone was friendly. It was a good experience all round really.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service very good. Wonderful atmosphere. A lovely space. Also very good food. All 6 of us loved it.

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CW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All excellent need I say more

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

Dress standards wasn’t really that strick as we thought.not everyone coming in smart casual.
Lovely place for special occasions 🙂

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KD
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect venue four our 12th wedding anniversary lunch.

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M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner for my son’s 21st. We all really enjoyed it.

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B
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely decor and was warmly greeted. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was very good but not great value for money. The service was okay but I did not think it was worth the around 12% service charge which is unfair and excuse the pun, left a bitter taste.

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

The service was very poor on this visit. We had to wait a long time once we sat down - when we did eventually get served the waiter bought our main out the same time as our starter. Our waiter topped up our drinks once and never asked how things were. There were lots of waiters in the room but our one obviously felt we didn’t need looking after. It was my brothers birthday treat and I was disappointed as to how we were treated. When we were ready to leave we had to wait for ages to ask the bill and on the end I got up and asked another waiter for it. For the amount of money I spent I don’t feel we got value for money at all.

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RW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had booked a table for 9 to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary with our family. To our surprise we were given a private room which was perfect for our group. The service was excellent throughout the evening and everyone enjoyed their choice of food. To cap it the head waiter brought out a “happy anniversary” treat for us and gave us a box of truffles to take and enjoy at home.

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

First visit to Ivy. Put on a very small table in lower part of restaurant. Four people one side, two the other, so close everyone could hear others' conversations. I felt very claustrophobic by the end and coul not wait to leave. Waiter was super efficient but seemed rather snotty perhaps because we chose pre-theatre? Did not give us desert menu for pre-theatre but ALC, and then only one spoon even tho we said we were sharing choc desert. Not great and certainly would not return.

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AW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the decor and feel to the place, as we were seated and served in a quick and friendly way. The cheese and ham omelette was to die for and the marmite crumpets off this planet with great coffee! Attention to detail was brilliant and the small pastry with a candle for my girlfriends birthday was the icing on the cake. Would recommend highly for a treat!

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HH
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great evening for husbands birthday . Definitely eat here again

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