The Sand Bar & Seafood Company

4.2
146 reviews
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£25 and under
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
We take pride in the range of seafood we sell, and we use local, seasonal, organic produce whenever we can. All our dishes are invented, created and freshly prepared in our kitchen, which means we can cater for most dietary requirements. And because we care about our planet, we practise #Meatless Mondays (normal menu still available).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 10am - midnight
Thursday - Saturday: 9am - 1am
Sunday: 9am - 9pm
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Phone number
01702 480067
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Wine
What 146 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dads 70th birthday

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood and very friendly service. Will definitely recommend

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DL
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table on opentable, only to arrive and be told there were no tables but they would see what they could do. We were told to get a drink at the bar and we would be shown to our table, we bought drinks and were then told there was no table. This all happened after the manager accused a member of my party of being drunk. We then had to stand in the rain with our drinks to finish them and couldn’t leave quick enough!!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Most of our group had either fish or seafood and that was both fresh and cooked as listed on the menu. Very popular so noise levels were quite high. Well worth a visit.

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C
Essex
19 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time i've been here in the last few months and still impressed. great to have a seafood focused restaurant right on our doorstep.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I spent a Saturday evening here with my family and we had a lovely meal. The restaurant was extremely busy so service a little slow and just felt the staff could have been a little more attentive. Will certainly go back though as food always to a very good standard.

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

First visit to the Sand Bar, was recommended by a friend and would definitely return! A varied menu and would like to return to try something else. Great for seafood lovers. I pre-booked and requested an outdoor table, was perfect for a sunny day.

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PC
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love it here.... 3rd time in under 6 months... great menu and great value for money. It was really noisy on this visit as a golf club had descended earlier but once they had gone the ambience was brilliant!!!😂

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CD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another very good evening at the Sandbar. Great food, attentive but not pushy service in a lovely dining room. Great value for money as well. Will certainly be returning.

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

Great value and lovely food! V extensive menu

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NR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic vegetarian choices, very good prices and a great atmosphere. Serving staff were first class, a credit to the younger generation.

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E
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants/bar to come back to when I visit home. Nice atmosphere and good food.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was attractive and I liked that the tables were not too crammed in.
We sat at the bar 15 mins before our table was booked and nobody came to get us when the table was ready so we were still waiting 15 mins after our booking. The bar tender then said we should hurry up as the kitchen would close in 15 mins! We explained we were waiting to be taken upstairs to our table, he was quite rude and just repeated that “well you better hurry up”. We had overheard this male bar tender being quite unsavoury to another customer, just not very friendly and a little abrupt in our opinion!!!
The table service was good upstairs, the food was nice and good value. For us personally it lacked something, we found ourselves critiquing the food in a positive way I suppose but this is not something we’d normat find ourselves doing, an example, the scallops which were delicious could have been presented with a little more finess, all was good apart from the whole slice of bacon laid across the top-just a bit odd! I had the king prawns which were also delicious but the dish just lacked something. The sauces with all dishes were excellent!
It was a nice enjoyable experience but could have been better.
Good value but we wouldn’t rush back, sorry 😕

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CG
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Staff were friendly enough, but the food was very amateurish , poorly presented and just not good enough.
Will not go again.

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

Friendly, helpful staff, fantastic service and excellent food. Will definitely return.

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here for my husband's birthday celebrations with family, have had lunch before downstairs which was lovely and the dinner was just as lovely, service was good and the very friendly.overall a nice evening

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TM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, very classy, and amazing, fresh seafood... We had a wonderful evening, thank you!

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VP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

delicious food and excellent value for the good quality

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NB
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited the Sandbar with my wife whilst visiting Southend. The Food and Service were excellent and we will definitely be returning on our next trip to the area.

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SO
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sandbar never lets me down
Food is amazing 👍😁stAff very friendly

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GH
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice table upstairs but bit crushed in with table next to us. Food very good. Wine reasonable price. Very noisy downstairs so be warned when booking table.

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

Lovely restaurant, outstanding food. Loads to choose from would recommend to everyone and definitely will be going back again

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a
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

food was nfine but foe ther second time in two weeks there were no oysters. Not impressed

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

We always come here for a catch up! Lovely food and peaceful surroundings.

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PC
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and friendly staff. Food was delicious and great value for money. This is in my top 3 of local restaurants.

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NJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

A perfectly pleasant place for lunch but certainly not extraordinary. When we arrived it was buzzing downstairs but even though we had booked no table had been reserved. We were put upstairs and had a nice windows seat but were the only people up there throughout our meal despite being assured others had booked. So a tad quiet and no atmosphere. The menu was varied with lots of seafood which was the reason we selected the restaurant. It is not that clear what constitutes a starter and how the set price meal can be assembled. The physical menu itself is not a great advertisement for the restaurant - just a amateurish word document using different colours .
Our starters were very nice - my herring salad was tasty with a sharp dressing and my partner enjoyed his fishcake. We did have an issue with our main. We both ordered bouillabaisse which was advertised as containing cod, clams and prawn. I had zero cod in mine but salmon instead whilst my partner had mainly salmon with a tiny piece of cod. Salmon is considerably cheaper than cod and is questionably farmed which is an issue for my fisherman partner in particular. When raised with our waitress the response from the chef was not convincing. The fish is ordered as a mixed pack and contains so little salmon it is not worth listing on the menu.Anyhow it tasted fine but was not what it should have been. Wines selection was reasonable and complemented the meal. Waiting staff were unfailingly pleasant and helpful.

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E
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Terrible food.Avoid. Cold greasy food.
Very overpriced.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly staff, we arrived early but they managed to get us table. They did forget to bring dessert for birthday like requested on opentable . If you are going for special occasion be sure to call them first to arrange surprise dessert if you like that sort of thing

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KL
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Have eaten here before and never had any problems in the past but the most recent visit was a whole other story!

My friend asked what was recommended on the menu as she is gluten free so just wanted some advise from the staff, but was told by the manager that she should know her own allergies better then the staff which we found really rude.

Everyone received their drinks at the same time apart for one of our group who had to wait 10 extra minutes.

Mains didn't all arrive at the same time.

My friends partner also had a small complaint about one of the desserts and was told he can just go into the kitchen and complain to the chef (which he did as the waitress wouldn't have dealt with it).

Overall wasn't the best dining experience for my birthday!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming venue. Every time we have been to the restaurant, staff are friendly and attentive. Previously we had been for lunch which has been calm and inviting with a range of food to meet all diners needs. This time we attended on a Saturday evening. Down by the bar was vibrant and welcoming with a good atmosphere. We were seated upstairs which was quiet but fairly well attended by other diners.
The food is great value for money and well worth a visit.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening, food was delicious and the mood felt very cosy and romantic. Will be going back!

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NM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow and unorganised, food was average and waited over 10 minutes for my side dishes to go with our main course after asking for them twice. Shame

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KG
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, very large portions! Good value for money. Bar downstairs is a little noisy but this can’t be heard upstairs, overall would recommend if you’re a food lover!

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S
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance 😀😀
Very good value for money

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d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food with friendly staff. Special attention was paid to my two children (2 years and 7 months respectively) with nothing too much problem for the staff. All-in-all a really pleasant dining experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely food attentive service and good value. Certainly be visiting again.

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PC
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolute gem! Food was excellent and very reasonable considering the quality and varied menu on offer. Service was great and very friendly, whole place had a lovely atmosphere.... 2 courses including drinks came to £55.... will definitely return!

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GH
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter here for her birthday. She loved it. The 15.99 menu for 2 courses was fabulous.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Although the prices are very reasonable, the food quality was very poor. I ordered the jambalaya and I sent it back as it was extremely bland (just tasted of rice and tomatoes) and very little seafood was in there. Very disappointing but the waitresses were very attentive. I won't be going back in a hurry which is a real shame because it's a lovely local venue

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OT
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends over from Australia and really wanted decent food in a decent restaurant and we were not disappointed. Fantastic place and the food was excellent. Waitress was superb.

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