Watsons Bistro

4.5
267 reviews
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£26 to £40
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International
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Local Ingredients
Thank you for choosing Watsons Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you to our Bistro.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International
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Hours of Operation
Closed Mondays
Tuesday - closed until April 10th then open 5.30 - 8.30
Wednesday – Thursday 5:30 - 8:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 12pm – 2pm, 5:30 – 9pm
Sunday - 5.30 - 8.00pm


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Phone number
01492 596326
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Beer, Outdoor dining , Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 267 People Are Saying
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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We travelled 1 hour to get to the Bistro as we were holidaying in Porthmadog. We had been there 3 years previously & had a lovely meal, this time we were celebrating Anniversary of 31 years. Unfortunately we did not get same ambiance. My chicken was not cooked and had to be returned to kitchen , I did get an apology and they asked my husband if he would like his meal kept warm whilst doing me another chicken. By the time it arrived I did not have an appetite. We didn't stay for dessert and paid in full with another apology.

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Just a very good eating experience. Friendly staff and great food. Value for money.

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M
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to visit Watsons Bistro, great food and service

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EB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked here for my mum and myself when we stayed overnight in the delightful town of Conwy. I checked reviews online and I wasn't disappointed. The bistro is so welcoming and the staff polite and helpful. The food was excellent and generous portions. We will definitely return.

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JM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had looked forward to this very much as it was a gift from a friend. We found the restaurant tired we where seated in a corner my husband had a wall to look at. When we sat down we had a shabby cushion on our chairs as the chair had no padding. The food was disappointing. Don’t think we will rush back. Very disappointed

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JB
Wales
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have dined here on more than one occasion and have always found the staff very friendly as well as efficient, the menu imaginative and the food delicious.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Our 2nd visit but did not disappoint. The service was outstanding and the food excellent. Will return next time we are in the area.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and service. Wouldn’t hesitate in returning

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SR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Last visit was a few years ago and was fine but not impressive. What an improvement! The lunch menu offers a good choice of absolutely delicious food at a very reasonable price. A lovely surprise - will definitely visit again soon.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with my family for a late dinner. My husband is celiac so asked what was suitable and the waitress was easily able to advise, in detail, what he could and couldn't have. We have never experienced service like that before. Food and service were exceptional. Will definitely be back again

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F
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Would definitely recommend, the food was amazing and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

Will definitely be returning. Well done Watsons Bistro, keep up the good work.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came upon the Bistro when out for a walk. It doesn’t look much from the outside but it’s lovely inside. Food delicious, not a great choice of drinks but the food more than made up for it.

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sea Bass and Lamb Shoulder were fantastic! Loved this little nook in Conwy.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Watson's on several occasions; and will continue to go back. The food is always simply delicious.

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H
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their meals were amazing. Every staff is very kindly. I absolutely recommend you this bistro and you can see the historical castle wall if you have an outside seat.

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JR
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service makes us regular diners there.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening meal at Watsons.
Fantastic service.
Good choice of menu.
Could not ask for more.
Really excellent

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JH
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

V enjoyable meal - however table booked via 3rd party app that didn’t reach restaurant as staff surprised when we arrived as no evidence of our party’s booking/reservation in their records/diary - fortunately they found us a table and quality of food and experience was great - certainly recommend and return ourselves!

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G
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and the food was fantastic. Had the seafood fritters followed by the ox cheek.

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J
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening with great food and service! Hope to be returning soon!

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AW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

super meal. Service was excellent and unobtrusive. Great evening

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m
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Many thanks had a superb meal ,staff were excellent, food was very good highly recommend

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J
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menus and the early bird is excellent value. Good selection of wines at reasonable prices and excellent service. A lovely ambiance throughout the evening. Would definitely recommend and return for a go at the a la carte menu.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday meal in this hidden gem in Conwy Food was brilliant and lots to choose from on the menu Staff were very friendly We will be going back again soon

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w
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Met a few friends for a catch up over an evening meal. The food was superb, we chose 3 different mains....all were delicious and well presented. The staff are friendly, the ambience is good. Will definitely be back

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BS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A pleasant bistro very nice for our last holiday night. The ambience and service was very good, unfortunately some ingredients of dishes were over salted. When this was mentioned, the staff were quick to find replacements. The solero icecream was delicious it enhanced a rich pannacotta. I would recommend this restaurant.

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome from friendly staff. We ordered from the early bird menu, very good value with a good choice of starter, main and dessert. The service was quick, but not rushed and the food was beautifully cooked . The fresh bread served as a nibble while we waited was delicious. Of particular note was the roast Welsh lamb, and the homemade ice cream. Definitely worth a visit!

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MK
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. One of the best I have ever had. Food , service, ambiance all superb. I will be back here whenever I can. Thank you Watsons for making our evening fantastic

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NR
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was a good dinner rather than outstanding. The monkfish and the cod were good, but there was no flavour in the shrimp risotto and the mashed carrot tasted very strange (cardoman perhaps, but too strong). To us also the restaurant was a bit lacking in atmosphere.
However, what really concerned us was a lack of cleanliness. Our table surface was tacky to touch, the top of the pepper pot was dirty and had not been wiped for some time, and the place mats (brown with a cream edging) were grubby and frayed around the edges. The candle holder on the table had been used but not cleaned for a while, and generally the furnishings looked tired and worn. Our table looked out onto a patio where the awning was torn and held together with bulldog clips. Even the card machine used to pay was sticky and had a cracked front. Also the menu on the outside of the building doesn’t reflect the one you are handed inside - again in our view just a lack of attention to detail. If the management doesn’t pay attention to the customer facing bits, you do wonder what happens where the customer cannot see?

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KJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at lunchtime, service was excellent and very professional. Food was delicious. Would recommend

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IA
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal as we caught up on old times with an old school/family friend. Restaurant was ideal for the occasion and we will certainly return on our next visit back home

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious from starters to desserts. The staff were very helpful and knowledgable about the dishes. They were also very attentive without having to hover by the table, and our courses were very prompt but not at all rushed. It was the nicest dining experience I can recall having for a long time! We don’t manage to go out for dinner alone very often and so to do so is a treat reserved for birthdays and anniversaries. Watsons Bistro did not disappoint and made our evening very special.

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IA
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The overall experience was good but small things just stopped it from being very good.

The table was wonky & the waitress had to keep putting a wedge under it as apparently "there was a knack to it".
Also, there was no candle on our table so upon request, the waitress put one on but it burned out after 20 minutes.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had to wait for our table for 10 minutes, but they gave us a free bottle of wine.
Excellent food and service, we have been going here for years.

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G
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good Time, tasty food and the People werde very nice

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RR
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating, as our group changed from three to two. We had made reservations for dinner, but had been traveling and had a late lunch. So, we ordered salads only which were delicious. My salad of asparagus, broccolini, new potatoes, brie and a poached egg ( a special that day) was the best salad I’ve had in the UK. My husband had the crispy duck salad which he liked very much.

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KD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - excellent service and a wonderful menu, will be back.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Watson's on a number of occasions over the years and have always had a good experience with the food and service.

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S
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The outside terrace area where we sat do an early evening drink before dinner was dirty with litter and cigarette ends strewn about and dirty tables.
The waitresses repeatedly asked if we wanted to order dinner despite explaining we were relaxing and happy to come to the table at our booked time.
The table we were sat at was tiny and very wobbly and when I asked to be moved to an unoccupied table the waitress simply kicked a wedge under the table vase and left us on the table.
My wife went to the ladies toilet, which was blocked and full and unfit to use and the gents wasn’t very salubrious when I visited.
The food was the saving grace of the evening, but we both ordered short rib of beef as our main course and I am certain that whatever cut we had, it wasn’t short rib.
We had looked forwards very much to our visit which should have been the high point of a special day. Unfortunately front of house service and the general cleanliness left a lot to be desired.

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V
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I wanted to come here since the place said it was Welch food! Fantastic food! We each got the 2 course meal with an entree and dessert. I had the lamb and was very satisfied with it!! The chocolate tart special for dessert was only average! My boyfriend had the English toffee dessert and it was amazing!!

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