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Waterside Bistro

The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
+44 1803 864069
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Mediterranean, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came here on a Saturday with 2 friends. We had reserved a table outside by the river as it was a beautiful sunny day. There was a good choice on the menu and they cater very well for gluten-free diets. We all had pizzas which...More

Thank HappyTraveller4479
Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously very popular place. We went for a birthday meal but really good food moments spoiled by poor service. We were booked for 7.30 pm but the table was not vacant so had to go and sit outside.Had to ask for our starter which took...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frozen lobster very unpleasant cold. Great staff, poor chef. Had veg lasagne instead but, not particularly tasty.

Thank jeanQUEEN77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Varied lunch menu, decent prices, good atmosphere, with appropriately paced service. We ordered pizzas and crab sandwiches, everyone was happy with what they got.

Thank Surreypubfan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered the Crab sandwich which I thought was expensive but came with chips. The chips were lovely, the bread was good but oh where was the crab! All it was was a thin spread of mush. I have had more crab in a jar...More

Thank Ziggyblue
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your visit and feedback. Our aim is to be better than that and you've given us something to work on. We will make sure that our crab sandwiches are consistently full with lovely fresh Devon crab and hope you will be back to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you have a good appetite and want some good food, go to the Waterside Bistro. The have a nice menu with a simple and traditional choice. But the quality and size of the portions is ok. The service is nice. I was there on...More

Thank tripZeist
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Super venue whether it be for drinks with friends or good food. Happy Hour drinks a bonus :-) Lovely outdoor terrace beside the river and easily located at the bottom of the town by the bridge - walk though as no on site parking and...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Good and friendly service from a new waitress, good food and wine well priced. The setting and location were good and convenient. We took the last table available which was by the door and away from the main seating area but it mattered less than...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

The place is relaxed and friendly, staff are the same and we quickly felt welcome. We tasted their beers and chose our favorite, the yummy Dumpling. We had excellent starters my calamari are fantastic served with alioli and my husband had delicious cheesy mushrooms. He...More

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Extremely vegan unfriendly. Really don't bother! not remotely interested in catering for any vegans unless you want tomato soup. And very unhelpful when asked for any other option. Which considering Totnes has a much higher than average vegan and vegetarian population seems remarkably short sighted...More

Thank donna o
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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$ 22 - US$ 44
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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