Ivy Clifton Brasserie

4.5
1914 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
What 1914 People Are Saying
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DW
5.0Dined a day ago

Food was excellent and staff were very attentive without being intrusive.

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CW
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Lovely experience for a special occasion. Expensive but ok as a ‘one off’

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CR
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fabulous, attentive service from beginning to end. Food was out of this world and a delightful end to our daughter’s graduation celebration. Amazing!!!

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JF
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Graduation Brunch for my daughter-lovely setting, food and service. I would recommend this to anyone with a lunchtime ceremony

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H
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent ingedients, both fish dishes were high quality but the sauces generally were a bit overpowering and detracted from the dishes rather than added to them. Noisy for a Thursday

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SJ
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Have been several times and as usual this restaurant down not disappoint. It is very much an expensive treat.

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IV
3.0Dined 3 days ago

By mistake we added a service fee to the bill without noticing that 12.5% had already been included and only realised this after arriving home. Although we should have looked more carefully, it was disappointing to find that the member of staff processing the payment did not point it out to us.
We do not like the fact that service is added automatically, as it should not be assumed that customers will leave 12.5% or even that it is merited automatically.

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JO
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Lovely venue for graduation meal. Enjoyed the beautiful afternoon tea, staff were very attentive and made it really special

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EH
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Was a lovely meal to end my graduation day. The menu had lots of choice to suit all members of the party. Fabulous staff& delicious food. Brilliant place to celebrate my graduation

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SM
2.0Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant is really noisy. Service is not quality enough. We were very disappointed !

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MR
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Only one gripe about this place and something others should keep an eye out for.

If you ordered something that wasn't listed on the menu i.e. you ordered the special or a whiskey after your meal the price tags were through the roof.
Everything else is priced fairly for the quality you're getting, matched with great service, venue, staff etc the whole experience is great.
Getting the bill and finding out the special was twice the price of the meals on the menu without being given notice was quite a shock. A few bob extra as it's the special, no problem it's the special!
I felt it would have been polite to show that one meal was double the price of the other meal though.

Finding out a whiskey was twice the price you'd pay at an upmarket cocktail bar also a shock. Went to The Milk Thistle after, Bristol's premium and best cocktail specialists, and checked the price of the same brand there and it was quite literally half the price The Ivy was selling it for. Stick to the reasonably priced cocktails or check the wine menu.

I'll probably eat there again but next time prepared that the products they sell, that don't clearly list a price, come with a shocking price hike compared to everything clearly listed on the menu.
I hope there's nothing sly about that...

The food is good but as soon as I had a mouthful of my main I wanted to google whether it was a chain or independent....if you're a foodie you'll know what I mean by that. I went on a friends recommendation and it didn't cross my mind to check this.
Absolutely no complaints on the food you just can quickly tell it lacks the individual flair of an independent kitchen and the food is uniform across all their restaurants.

Oh 12.5% is the standard service charge no matter your table size by the way....the irony is I would have tipped more due to great service but when a restaurant forces me to pay a tip they can get what they forced me to pay.

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R
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent. When the food was slightly delayed they brought some olives and almonds. Highly recommend the tuna- it was delicious. Light and airy interior. I’d love to go back and try the afternoon tea.

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e
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was fantastic - we were well looked after and given recommendations etc. Would 100% recommend!

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SL
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was friendly but painfully slow.
Sea bass was disappointingly dry and overcooked, should have been sent back but would have been awkward in the circumstances. Blackened cod,steaks, veg and pudds all delicious. Great buzz.

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AF
4.0Dined 5 days ago

We went to The Ivy for lunch after my daughter’s graduation. This was our first visit to that particular one. It is a lovely big room with a pleasant ambiance. The food was good although the steaks we had were on the tough side. The service was excellent until it came to dessert and our waiter forgot to put the order in. He did apologise after we asked where they were and he deducted the cost off the bill. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience.

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JW
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food , great service and fitting venue to celebrate my sons graduation.

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AB
4.0Dined 6 days ago

We booked the Ivy Clifton Brasserie to celebrate the graduation of my daughter from Bristol University. The Ivy were extremely efficient and professional in all of our interactions culminating in the meal itself which combined great dishes and attentive service. Our particular table for seven was situated at the back of the restaurant in the glass house area overlooking the small but beautifully planted garden and was perfect for our needs. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience delivered through a slick and professional operation. A little expensive for general dining but perfect for special occasions.

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J
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a lovely graduation meal made even more enjoyable by the fantastic waiting staff!

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s
2.0Dined 6 days ago

45+ minutes to be served and the delay was poorly handled; a brasserie style restaurant like this should be able to take the strain when its busy, it should be a well oiled machine. No sign of a senior experienced maitre d' running the show, the team are too young to be unsupervised. They did, without prompting, reduce the bill to compensate and deserve credit for that. Nevertheless I wouldn't go back.

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DW
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was very good, service fine and ambience relaxed.

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IR
4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great dining room. Nice ambience. Food all Delicious and well cooked. Service just right. Attentive but not too much attention. Overall, good value per head based on the quality and quantity of the offer. Ivy group has got this right consistently across other restaurants (from our small sample of three in last month or so).

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KF
5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Food was lovely and the atmosphere. Have previously been to the Ivy for dinner and really enjoyed it. Staff were lovely and friendly and super efficient! Looking forward to next visit.

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TC
5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Stylish Art Deco interior, artworks and flowers all greatly admired by my guests. Our waitress was outstanding, with an admirable balance of welcoming friendliness and professionalism.
The yellow fin tuna was particularly noteworthy - perfectly rare with a seared sesame crust.

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OT
5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Breakfast with my special lady

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SH
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Excellent night out for family occasion..Food and service excellent. Only one thing to call out - most expensive item on menu was fillet steak and my Dad found it quite chewy. Wine expensive too!

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D
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Very attractive interior, great food and service, and excellent value.

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J
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Went here for my graduation celebrations. Staff all charming and great service. Scallops for starter incredible. Fillet steak was one of the best I’ve ever had, and the side of spinach was also great! Lovely setting, great for special occasions. Only problem was it was a warm day and there was a lot of flies at both the bar and eating during our food but staff very apologetic.

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SG
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

great friendly service and food was delicious and arrived in perfect time despite being very busy due to graduation.

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DJ
4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

We spent an excellent evening .... HOWEVER my husband is coeliac and must have a very strict gluten free diet. This was notified at the time of booking ( a couple of weeks in advance ) and some gluten free bread was requested. This request was obviously neglected- furthermore there is very available for guests with such allergies. Most restaurants these days can provide a gluten free menu. To maintain its excellent reputation the Ivy needs to address this.

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LC
5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Another enjoyable birthday celebration at the Ivy on Thursday for afternoon tea, which is delicious. Every mouthful tastes good and we all left relaxed, happy and full. Our birthday girl chose the venue having spent her 21st birthday afternoon there last year, and what a good choice. A mix of vegetarians and meat eaters between us and not a crumb was left. Thank you Ivy Clifton.

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JP
5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

good service and excellent food. Good choice from set menu but al a carte is even better

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C
5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Lovely venue, beautifully presented tasty food in a stunning building.

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D
3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Think of The Ivy Bristol as a slightly upmarket Browns restaurant or the budget price alternative to The Ivy in London, but sadly overpriced for what you receive, especially the wine list.

The decor is beautiful, the staff were friendly and attentive (although I would suggest not mixing wine bottles in ice buckets so not to mistakenly pour the incorrect wine, as they did with us), and the food was okay(ish) but certainly not good enough to make you tell others.

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BV
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Excellent service and ambience. We were treated fantastically and couldn’t fault it.

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ET
4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Service was a bit slow and they forgot the milk for the afternoon tea.

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KB
3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

A truly stunning setting with great ambience. What let us down on was the attentiveness of the staff. We went for an afternoon tea and weren’t offered any refills on our tea, no one checked to see if we were enjoying our food and it took an hour after us finishing our food to get the waiters attention to get the bill. So sad that this has let them down as everything else about the place is superb.

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JL
4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Send off meal for vegetarian god-daughter who much appreciated the attention she received re her dietary requirements.

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VW
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Fabulous food and service which could not be faulted in any way. They made my husband’s 40th Birthdat celebrations genuinely special and memorable.

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OT
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The food was delicious and the staff most welcoming

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MF
4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

A pleasant enough get together in delightful seroundings. Service up to scratch. A little slow if one had been pushed for time. Disabled guest treated with patience. Another guest who had fixed ideas as to what a green salad should consist of was courteously listened to.

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