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This illustrious restaurant sits in a glorious spot on a bank of the River Thames. It was opened in 1972 by brothers Michel and Albert Roux and is now ...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 28 October 2020

For a few years up to 2013 I ate dinner at The Waterside Inn 2 or 3 times a year and regarded it as my favourite restaurant. For the last 7 years I've lived in Tokyo and been unable to go to the Waterside. So,...having recently moved back to the UK, I was looking forward to reacquainting myself with the restaurant and chose it for a special dinner with 2 of my Japanese colleagues and my wife. Sadly, the experience fell far short of my expectations. For 3 Michelin stars the experience has to be perfect. My memory of The Waterside Inn 7 years ago is of exquisite food, flawless service, a serene (but not intimidating) atmosphere and an incomparable location. Only the last of these remains. The food was of good quality but there was nothing extraordinary about the taste experience or the presentation. But my main disappointment was with the service and atmosphere. I realise that Covid-related restrictions have a negative effect on these. However, they do not explain all of the reduction in quality. The restaurant was full and felt very busy. There seemed to be more tables than previously. It was certainly noisy, making it difficult to speak to my guests. Our table was ridiculously small for 4 people, with barely enough room for the wine glasses. There was no clear organisation of the service staff and they seemed to be rushed. We were served by a number of different staff with no consistent standard of service. There was little sign of warmth or passion and some were just brusque. The advice from one sommelier was meaningless. Our main courses were served to the wrong people at our table. If this bad experience was due to some one-off problem on the night I would have expected the maitre d' or one of the staff to quietly apologise before we left but we got nothing more than a cursory goodbye. So I have to assume that this is now the normal standard. Based on this experience, I cannot see how The Waterside Inn deserves to retain its 3 Michelin stars (or even 2). This represents a tragic decline of what was a great restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020

welcoming and great staff specially Leanne she friendly and my 5 year old son has taken a real shine to her. Would definitely recommend going for drinks and food

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 12 October 2020

Great food, great service and affordable wine (not stupidly high prices compared to other Michelin restaurants). Will definitely be back soon!

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 October 2020

Yep, didn’t get away so booked in locally and hit Bray! Included in that was an anniversary trip to The Waterside Inn so a table for two. Tables for two are arranged around the sides of the restaurant facing out so you are both seated...next to each other. Basically, you both have the nosey seat! We went a’la carte and both opted for lobster starter and venison wellington, fabulous and very filling unlike many mentions you hear about small in starred restaurants. Glass of Champagne, a half bottle of Chablis and a bottle of Cote Rotie oh and dessert of plum souffle. Wonderful. Enjoyed it, will come back no doubt. While it might be a shame that the staff had to wear masks (last night before the 10pm closure limit) they were superbly professional in their busy approach to a full service.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 October 2020

Four of us came for Mum's birthday in July. The setting is gorgeous, they have a lovely area outside to have aperitifs if warm enough! Staff were super. One came running out with a pashmina for me when it turned cloudy which was very sweet....The decor of the restaurant was beautiful, the toilets were luxurious (I like a posh 'loo!) and our table was close to the window right next to the river. Food was great, very tasty. Small criticisms - would have been good to see vegan options on the menu as I am normally vegan. The presentation wasn't great on some of our dishes (e.g. the salmon main) not what you expect from a three-Michelin starred restaurant. I agree with the latest review about the menu, we've also had faultless meals in places with less Michelin stars. However, we didn't have the tasting menu, which I believe wasn't available due to lockdown and they had literally just reopened with their a la carte menu. We were just very pleased that they were able to accommodate us given it was in the middle of a pandemic! My Dad had "one of the best steaks he'd ever had in his life" and at 88, having eaten in some of the world's top restaurants, that's saying something! Monsieur Alain Roux himself came out for a chat, which was really nice and made my Mum's birthday even more memorable. Would definitely recommend this restaurant, it's a very special place, just could do with a little modernisation of the menu and tweaking the presentation of some dishes.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 25 September 2020

Don't get me wrong, the dinner was pleasant (as well as the setting, lovely by the river) and the food was generally good (although the rabbit main course was fairly bland and dry). But we left thinking the restaurant does not deserve 3 stars from...the Michelin guide (and not even 2) - it certainly does not exude the same creativity and passion as its peers (we have been to pretty much all 3 and 2 Stars restaurants in the wider London area and just in the last week we went to Sketch and Bibendum - far better experiences!). Obviously when going to the Waterside Inn, we were expecting a totally different experience from the Fat Duck next door, more of a traditional dinner built around some classics etc ... but in honesty even with that in mind we left fairly disappointed. Most of the dishes were conventional, with limited creativity (especially in associating flavours) and no real "wow factor". It was interesting to note that amuse bouches were pretty inexistent (most restaurants of his category would use these to open your taste buds and display their flair in associating flavours and/or experimenting with these). I can imagine the restaurant caters to a traditional clientele not in search of innovation but a long established "name", a grande dame of British coking; but there are plenty of other restaurants doing the same job, and better. The restaurant is a well oiled machine, the service is quick and efficient - even too much so; our whole three-course dinner (+ coffee) was wrapped up in less than two hours and we were even mildly shocked to see that at 8pm - less than an hour after opening - the table next to ours had already changed hands. Of note the service can be a bit formal and lack warmth/passion (as far as I could tell the maitre d'hotel was putting pretty much all his focus and efforts on regular patrons). In summary, I can imagine that the restaurant was a trailblazer in the 80s and 90s ... but that was more than 30 years ago and it may be time to evolve / reinvent itself.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 18 September 2020

Fantastic service, exceptional food and as always a truly memorable experience! From the welcome to our departure nothing to be faulted.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 September 2020 via mobile

Amazing service and delicious! From lobster and beef dishes all were exceptional. The whole experience makes you want to come back for more

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 12 September 2020 via mobile

What a thoroughly enjoyable experience. From the moment you arrive you are made to feel very welcome and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Of course the star of the show is the exquisitely prepared food which lives up to its reputation and Michelin Star...ratings. The scallops and octopus starter was divine as was the fois gras. The main course rabbit was amazing. The raspberry soufflé was an indulgent but delicious was to end the evening.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 11 September 2020 via mobile

There are a lot of super talented chefs in the U.K. at the moment pushing the boundaries of fine dining which is of course is excellent (Clare Smyth, Bosi, Rogan etc) but if you want classic French fine dining cooked to perfection in the most...beautiful location then look no further than the Waterside. We had lunch and the weather was kind so sat out on the little jetty pre lunch for a glass of champagne. Truly beautiful. Once seated in the restaurant the view of the river is still paramount through the wide glass frontage of the restaurant. I am a frois gras lover despite a lot of, even French restaurants leaving it off the menu these days. It was a real joy therefore to have a starter of two substantial seared scallops of frois gras with cherries and sauce. Perfection. Equally, the raspberry soufflé was off the charts good. All the food was stunningly good as you would expect for a 3* Service was incredible. Slick, attentive yet completely charming and non stuffy. A unique experience to be repeated ASAP.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Ismat A
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Response from wadej | Reviewed this property |
There is a small reception room where they serve pre-dinner drinks but no other service was offered
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Response from Whitchurch2 | Reviewed this property |
No, it is a lunch and dinner venue. There is a lounge area but that is reserved for pre and post meal drinks
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