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The River Grille

#84 of 1,246 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
12:30 - 22:30
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Sun 12:30 - 14:30
Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:30 - 22:30
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I booked for my mum and I to have Mother's Day lunch weeks ago. Had a phone call at 7pm last night to say that there had been an error and they were fully booked. This left me with 2 days to try and find an alternative, which I assume to be one of the busiest days of the year.... More 

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Manchester UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess you'd have to say that it did feel like a hotel restaurant rather than a stand alone venue, which I'd expect to have a bit more of a buzz. We were just dining but found the atmosphere a bit quiet - as it was a Wed evening it was also pretty empty. They had some nice Veggie options... More 

Thank ITTS
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this review

Dear ITTS, Thank you for taking time to write us a review. I am sorry to hear that your dinner expierence was disappointing. I have passed your comments to our Head Chef and we will work to improve on our quality of food. I do hope you may consider us again. Yours sincerely, Raivo Korotkovs Food and Beverage Manager The... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had breakfast here and if the lunch and dinner are of the same quality you won't be disapointed. Nice view of the river

Thank Larkins2014
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this review

Dear Larkins2014, Thank you for an amazing review. I am pleased to read you enjoyed your experience with us, something I hope you will repeat again in the near future. Kind regards, Raivo K Food and Beverage Manager The Bristol More 

London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice restaurant that we stumbled across, and turned out to be a real treat for me. Food was really good, and the service was quite simply outstanding. Greg deserves a special mention for his above and beyond customer service. What an asset to the place. Given how well-decorated / even fancy, the place looks, prices were reasonable. Highly recommend... More 

Thank Steven C
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this review

Dear Steven C, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review. I am pleased to read you had great experience with us. I have sheared your comments with Greg already and need to say he was very proud to read your comments. We look forward to welcome you back in near future. Kind regards, Raivo Korotkovs Food and Beverage Manager... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sometimes one feels the urge to treat oneself in the culinary department. With food options abundant in the foodie capital of the United Kingdom that is Bristol, the competition is fierce! One such Sunday, my partner and I decided to do exactly that and meet some friends over dinner somewhere nice. I've always walked past the River Grille restaurant and... More 

Thank Eleimon G
Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying in the Bristol Hotel with friends and decided to eat in the hotel restaurant on the Saturday evening. Our orders were taken while we were having a drink in the hotel bar and when we were called to our table the starters were ready to be served. The staff were all very attentive and helpful and seemed... More 

Thank Peter R
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Turning grill into grille does not mean better and despite giving this four stars it could still do more. The menu choice is limited, a bit safe, and clearly designed to serve the hotel it is attached to rather than really grab any passing trade. You might not go here if you were adventurous, you also might not go here... More 

Thank Stephen D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice place, very nice location, very polite staff. Good entries, but less good the meat: too burned outside. And calling itself "the grille" can be a problem!

Thank Alessandro M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

This was my first time dining at The River Grille, and most certainly won't be the last. I follow strict gluten free dietary requirements and all the staff beared this in mind and gave me fair warning if any dishes were 'unsafe'. The staff were all so friendly and the setting was beautiful. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Thank Lewis J
Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I took my daughter and friends for afternoon tea as a birthday treat.... the sandwiches were hard clearly made hours earlier, I requested no mustard on booking and again when we arrived, they came with mustard , I complained to which they bought out replacement sandwiches they weren't much better and it would of been nice if you could actually... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 62
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 900 7844
Boasting stunning Harbourside view, The River Grille features some of the best produce in the South West and ingredients that speak for themselves. With a sleek lounge bar, The River Grille is also home to a pianist on Friday evenings and Sunday lunch times, and a Jazz band on Saturday evenings.
Head Chef Matt Lord writes the a la carte menu quarterly to make use of the best seasonal products, together with a very successful daily specials menu which features many local dishes including some beautifully prepared fish dishes. The beef is 28-day dry aged West Country beef and is cooked on a Josper charcoal grill; favourites from the grill include a West Country 8oz sticky Bourbon & brown sugar rib eye steak, a rack of Nailsea lamb with coriander & green chilli and a Creedy Carver chicken with lemon & thyme. The delicious desserts include a buttermilk panna cotta with apple & summer berries and a cherry clafoutis with cherry ripple ice cream - of course the ice cream is home made! For cheese lovers, there is a plate of West Country cheese with a Bramley apple chutney. In addition, there is a pre theatre/early dining menu available each evening from 5.30-6.45pm, and express lunches from Monday to Friday with a “build a board” concept. On Sundays, a traditional carvery is available.
The light and airy dining area has striking light features and mahogany furniture, with large windows that allow diners to look out over the water. The River Grille Bar is complete with a glossy finish and quirky white grand piano.
At the Centre of the city, the River Grille Restaurant is a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station and right on the Narrow Quay Harbourside.

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