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Waterside Bistro

The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
+44 1803 864069
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We would like to thank the staff at Waterside for a fabulous evening last Saturday to celebrate a special birthday with 30 guests. The food was delicious and everyone said what a great evening they had. This is due to the fantastic staff team -...More

Thank Totnesdiners
Reviewed 5 days ago

We popped in for a couple of drinks during a short stay in Totnes mid afternoon. Friendly atmosphere and service with plenty of space inside and outside which has a lovely view overlooking the river and heaters for cold weather. There were good offers on...More

Thank JamnBecks
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely Saturday evening dinner at the Waterside with 2 friends .. warm and friendly atmosphere on a bitterly cold evening. Two of us had the Devon crab starter which was fresh and delicious and a generous portion .. one of us had the...More

1  Thank Ellsterism
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely Sea Bass, it was delicious. It was most enjoyable and good value for money. Will come back again.

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I recently stayed in Totnes to visit family and visited this spot for breakfast, based on recommendations. We both ordered a full English and were delighted to discover they were two for one in January, making it a total bargain. The food...More

1  Thank Zelda F
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Having secured a late table as advertised, at 9.30pm, for 6 x friends wishing to see in the New Year & celebrate together in a lovely restaurant & setting-we were very disappointed to be 'rushed' along with our ordering of food & then for most...More

1  Thank Jane T
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Whoever we take, whenever we go we always have imaginative choices on the daily specials and great service, which is ideal when there a number of you with different preferences

1  Thank Itinerantur17
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

In a great location overlooking the River Dart with plenty of outside seating. However, we visited on a cold day shortly before Christmas so sat inside the bistro which has presumably been converted from an old riverside warehouse. Good breakfast menu from which we ordered...More

1  Thank 240Bay
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

A friend of mine moved to Australia nearly 3 years ago after we finished university. We haven’t seen her since then but she has decided to come back home to visit family and friends for just 2 weeks. A friend and I jumped at the...More

3  Thank Matthew D
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We took sister and son to this lively bistro. The food and service were excellent. Would visit again and recommend it.

1  Thank Jan P
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thanks you for your visit to Waterside and for your great review. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Matt.

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Dionysis R
Hi Matt B, I am sorry for giving a bad review but I was really disappointed with your food. As I said the service was great, and the environment was great. You asked me what did I order? -prawn and crab salad starter -Grilled Sardines -Steamed Mussels -Olives - bread The food quality was indeed very bad. I was hoping to eat at a restaurant, but I eventually ate pub-quality food. This is fine, and I like eating in pubs, because I don't order seafood, and I also pay 8 pounds (not 47 for two people). In Plymouth we have a Japanese Restaurant (Yukisan), in which if you pay 47 pounds for 2, you will eat food that will remain in your head for ever. I was not expecting that from your restaurant, but certainly I was not expecting such disappointment. As I am a Chef myself, I will give you a few tips, of what went wrong: --prawn and crab salad starter = the prawns were the typical small Chinese boiled prawns that you get them from Tesco. The crab was smelly. Recommendation: you go to the fish monger, and you get fantastic fresh prawns, half price and way more tasty. Regarding the crab , if you keep it in your fridge more than 2 days, I am sorry , it was a but investment, through that away. Offer fresh crab! -Sardines were not crispy (from BBQ/griller) and were dehydrated. Both means the chef cooked them in low heat for long. As a Chef, I am telling you that it needs maximum heat for minimum time. -Mussels: my dear owner, the mussels were fresh, because they were actually alive (otherwise they would not open). So this great alive shell, how did they manage to destroy the easiest dish. Let me tell you the real recipe: garlic in hot olive oil for 45 seconds, you add half a glass of white wine, you add mussels, you cover them and cook for 7 minutes (or until all open), you add pepper/parsley and serve. Instead do you know what your Chef did? he boiled Onions , yes indeed, his recipe is boiling onions, then not steam but actually boil the mussels. Then it was a tasteless watery soup of onions and mussels. The mussel itself has very fade taste, which means it was boiled in water. The only reason why I spend my time to improve your restaurant that I will never visit again, is because if you were investing in a fantastic Chef, you would be packed non stop , and you would have seen only smiley faces. Do something, the restaurant by the river deserves good food. PS: please ask your chef to cook 10 mussels with his recipe , and 10 with the recipe above... best D
14 February 2017|
Response from dawn h | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not certain that you have published an actual review? I think you have just asked a question on my review? Also, I think your review is a little over the top patronising if I'm honest. I'm not exactly sure why you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 23 - US$ 46
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Totnes
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 864069
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Waterside Bistro at the riverside heart of Totnes, is relaxed and comfortable with a wonderful terrace next to the River Dart with covered seating for perfect alfresco dining whatever the weather. It is open from 9am until 11pm every day it serves breakfasts, coffee, lunches & dinners. It has built a reputation for fine local, fresh, seasonal food with an emphasis on great fish and shellfish. As a proud member of Food and Drink Devon, it has a super wine list and great selection of local beers and ciders. From Spring to Autumn there is fabulous Salcombe Dairy ice cream served on the terrace with lots of homemade toppings. It is owned and run by chef/proprietor Matt Buzzo and his wife Delphine.Waterside Bistro has a sister venue called New Walk Restaurant which is located not far away on The Plains in Totnes.
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