The River Grille

4.3
248 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
On the edge of the harbour side, River Grille features modern British cuisine and a sophisticated lounge bar. In one of Bristol's finest locations, The River Grille has a pianist on Fridays and live jazz on Saturdays.

Light and airy, the spacious dining room at River Grille restaurant has dramatic light features, sleek furnishings and striking views. The contemporary restaurant features a relaxed and informal ambiance.

The River Grille’s menus showcase the finest seasonal ingredients, locally sourced and simply but deliciously prepared. Highlights include fresh fish and seafood – with specials that include the catch of the day from the nearby fishing port of Brixham – and deliciously tender steaks made from 28 day aged West Country beef, all expertly barbecued on a Josper grill.

Located on Narrow Quay in Bristol, The River Grille at The Bristol Hotel offers contemporary dining in sophisticated surroundings.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 - 10:00 and 17:30 - 22:00

Friday: 6:30 - 10:00 and 17:30 - 22:30

Saturday: 7:30 - 11:00 and 17:30 - 22:30

Sunday: 7:30 - 11:00 and 17:30 - 21:30
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Phone number
0117 900 7844
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Pawel Mikolajczewski
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Parking Details
The cost of the NCP car park next door to The River Grille is discounted to 50% for our diners, or £5, depending on which is cheaper.
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Public Transit
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Entertainment
The River Grille boasts a traditional, modern to classical pianist every Friday night, Saturday we have a Jazz trio or duo and again on Sunday Lunchtimes we have a talented and lively modern pianist.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 248 People Are Saying
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PB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My sister and I love to come here when we meet up in Bristol. The menu is varied and all choices are good. The service is excellent and discreet. Sometimes, if we are lucky, there is a pianist. A lucky find and a good place to sit and watch people outside.

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BJ
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice setting overlooking riverfront - friendly staff and pleasing atmosphere - good starters, but we had seafood main courses which despite good quality core ingredients could have been better - sauces didn't quite hit the mark. Otherwise very good.

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CB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for a Sunday Carvery, we were first to be served, the plates were cold and good tepid.

We did mention this to staff on departure.

Very disappointing as always had a good experience in the past.

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JT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice location with huge windows to watch the world go by. Sadly a bit of building work outside, but nothing the restaurant could control. Service was mostly good. Unfortunately my fillet steak was rather over cooked and I was given an end piece which was falling apart (stringy and tough), rather than 1 decent piece of meat. If I’m going to pay £25 for 6oz of meat it needs to be a good cut, and cooked to order (medium rare not medium well). Replaced without question, but when the new steak had been cooked my mum had finished her main course. Not ideal, no offer of a coffee etc to compensate. Not likely to return.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful
Well worth a visit
Had an amazing time
Xxxx

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CM
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I ordered seafood skillet and honestly was worth every penny absolutely delicious dish.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

On arrival, kept waiting a bit to be seated, felt that staff could of acknowledged us at least ! Once seated things improved ( other than miserable looking waiter pushing my mothers seat back under the table when she was up on her feet talking-she is disabled! Which I thought was rude!) apart from that food was beautiful, lad on carvers was cheerful and accommodating and the waitresses and manager was outstanding. Very good overall, will recommend...will be back!! 👍🏼

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AC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and attentive service. The wine and the scallops starter were lovely. The veggie main course was interesting and tasty but not special, I would go for fish next time. Also had a children's menu which had to be requested from the server. I don't know if they had accessible toilets but the entrance was flat. Watch out for cobblestones in the harbour but that's not a reflection on the Grille House of course.

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Y
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must, they have never given us a bad experience, 3rd visit always spot on. Staff are very attentive and polite.

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H
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was ok over all. The starters were superb, really good. The main courses were amazingly ordinary and disappointing. My steak was a medium rare fillet. It was accurately medium rare but strangely dry , almost as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp and it had very little flavour.

I had a lemon meringue pie where meringue was wet and sloppy and the pastry was as if ready cooked from a supermarket.

My companion had a slow cooked lamb shank which is usually an easy winner but again it was dry with a sauce which had been poured over it and then congealed. . A slow cooked lamb shank usually has the wonderful juices in which it has slowly come to fruition.

The food came with minimal vegetables . Side dishes were ostentatiously expensive. As is the whole menu. We paid £180 for three people including the tip. Enough for a bargain weekend away somewhere. As a family we have dined in some amazing restaurants and understand the costs involved at times and pay willingly when the experience is special. But the whole way through this meal it was short of great.

The waiters were friendly and attentive but far too eager to top up your wine glass. It became a nuisance and a pressure. Half a glass does not need topping up to the brim.

To top things off for me I went to the ladies at 10.35 at the end of our meal . There is only one toilet for the whole restaurant. There was a cleaning person in the loo. spraying the most toxic and pungent fumes. Having entered this airless cubicle, two lungs full of Izal or what ever chemical obliterated all memory of the meal and the wine. At 10.35? The inference also being that I was not required on the premises any longer.

The Maitr d' was charming and as friendly and helpful as he could be. 5 stars for him!

The situation was lovely and we had a table by the window.

However the experience did not in any measure add up to the lush advertisement online and was very very expensive at the price.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the river grille a number of times. It's our favourite restaurant for special occasions in Bristol.

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M
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with attentive staff in a great location

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ET
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great Sunday lunch. Excellent value for money. Great Ambience.

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MP
Dubai
19 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was perfect for a lovely night out as a family. From the time we arrived until the time we left the staff were attentive, accommodating of our children, service was timely, food was lovely, and meal was as good as it gets. This is an excellent restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was awwful, the waiter did not smile at us at all. The waiter ignored me when I asked questions most of the time. Inconsistency in crockery, myself and a friend ordered the same item and was given completely different styles of the same cup. My guests were not impressed and the bad service ruined our night considering it was NYE and paid £235 for our evening. Management arguing with my guests when they asked for the bill. Asked to leave early while still drinking coffee to seat other guests but was not told there was a time limit. Meat was not cooked to how I asked, waiter argued with me telling me it was, it was medium rare but i asked for medium well. I had to apologise to my guests unfortunately. If it was better we probably would have spent a lot more money, it was definitely not worth the money I paid.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pre-theatre meal. The website showed a pre-Theatre menu so booked on open table stating under "Select an occasion" pre- theatre meal. Turned up at restaurant to be told only the Christmas menu at £35 was available. No apology given

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M
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We picked this restaurant based on your reviews and unfortunately came away very disappointed bearing in mind the cost.

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G
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, delicious food and friendly staff. Recommend 👌🏼

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were in a Bristol for one night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I spent time researching restaurants in the area and, having read other reviews, booked this one but we were disappointed.

The menu is limited and two options on the menu were unavailable, with one being substituted for what we would class as an everyday supper dish - spaghetti and mushrooms! We found the standard of the food we had was average and no more, and as the pricing is a little above average we expected more. We would have expected to be offered bread and we would also expect to be asked if everything is ok at least once during the meal. Our pre-dinner drinks took ages to arrive so we were still drinking them when the starters arrived.

The dessert was a total rip-off! Our summer berry Eton messes were a glass full of cream with 2, maybe 3, small pieces of meringue and a fruit sauce swirled through it. One sliced strawberry sat on the top! At £7 each we expected better.

The restaurant wasn't that busy when we were ready to leave but no-one saw us out and we were left to collect our coats ourselves. Perhaps we expected too much but for a meal for two costing over £100 we would definitely get better service, food and attention in Surrey or Central London.

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PB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good, well done team

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Staff seemed unorganised, and seemed to forget we were there at times

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EP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came for an evening meal here to celebrate our anniversary. It was my first time in Bristol and I am so glad we chose this restaurant.
The staff we very attentive, offering great suggestions from the drinks and food menu.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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GC
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, pleasant, helpful staff. Ok food, salad leaves a little tired.
Good cocktail bar upstairs.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food with a view over looking the waterfront. Close to night life to carry on the evening. Wish it was a little cheaper though.

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S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to river grille several times ,this time we were celebrating Fathers Day.As always ,the food was excellent,the staff very pleasant,and in a perfect location...Well done again River Grille,we will spend many more Sunday's with you.Thankyou for making Fathers Day Special,my in-laws who travelled from Bedfordshire ,absolutely loved it .😄

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JR
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation on Open Table 30 minutes before arriving, and they said they didn't have a table for us, but they ended up pushing two circle tables together. The service was extremely slow. It took about 30 minutes to get our cocktails. The food also took a long time. The servers were quite rude and pretended not to see us when we tried to get their attention. When we ordered our second cocktails, the bartender brought them over himself, and he was very nice. The view and food were great, as were the dry martinis, but I wouldn't go back due to the service.

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RU
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Grille is one of the most wonderful Restaurants in Bristol. A superb food quality combined with an outstanding service makes it a reference and a place to visit.
The pre-theatre menu is a very good choice and definitely value for money.

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OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great pre-theatre meal; good service and the food only disappointed slightly because the steak was a little fatty. But other than that the food was excellent. Would definitely visit again. An enjoyable experience.

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j
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great tasty food! the staff were all friendly and welcoming and were able to offer recommendations. Lovely view looking at the river.

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lemon tart !

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Main course took an hour to come

After waiting for desert was told pastry chef had gone home so no desert

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CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So please we found this on our weekend trip to Bristol with friends . The food was outstanding, the service attentive and personal, we could not praise this restaurant more highly for our first night in Bristol. Well priced for quality of dining experience.

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, and outrageously good service. Loved it.

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R
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was poor quality. Will not be returning.

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JA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a family meal for daughters 20th birthday and it was fabulous! Gorgeous cocktail 🍹 lovely food and fantastic atmosphere we had a wonderful time thanks very much we will definitely return and recommend

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OT
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Great Service & Setting, unfortunately let down by the food. Had the Sunday Carvery, but the veg was over cooked, roast potatoes dry and the meat (Lamb & Beef) was really tough.

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G
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service , delicious food , lovely restaurant.

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OT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely atmosphere, we dined on a Saturday night and at around 7:30 they have a jazz band playing its was brilliant! The food was delicious as were the passion fruit cocktails on arrival! Would definitely return!

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OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was perfect the food was amazing the table looking out to the river couldn't be any better, the service was excellent the staff were very polite and couldn't do enough to make the evening any better we have already booked our next visit and cannot wait so thank you for making it so lovely.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Had a 17.45 reservation for pre theatre meal so the place was virtually empty & had no atmosphere. A little bit stuffy for this part of the city,Stags & Hens cruising past,but was excellent value for money.

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