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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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“pizza” (58 reviews)
“oysters” (9 reviews)
“fish pie” (24 reviews)
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Mediterranean, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

2  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 5 November 2017

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

Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We love this restaurant and go regularly especially in the evening. Food is always excellent and tasty and staff friendly. Their Christmas menu is a must every year. Breakfast good too

1  Thank SChapm
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Pizza was very tasty, nice base and just the right amount of topping. Steak was a little tough and slightly too thick for my liking. The peppercorn sauce was very hot, overpowered any other flavour, unfortunately. The salad dressing was very tasty with a cheesy...More

1  Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We previously had lunch here and looked forward to trying breakfast, unfortunately we arrived 15mins after breakfast finished, no problem tho' we opted for a sausage bap each, I had lashings of HP sauce and experienced Sausage Bap Heaven whilst enjoying the gorgeous view of...More

1  Thank AdriansDoppleganger
Reviewed 20 October 2017

When travelling down to Dartmouth, I always stop in Totnes for a walk by the water first. I have passed this place for years, but this year I went in for breakfast. We managed to get a table with a view on a lovely sunny...More

1  Thank Katy P
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Went here for brunch and had great smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Asked if they would look after our cases as we went for a walk and they were happy to do so. Evening menu ok but nothing special.

Thank penkiBristol
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Very relaxing cafe especially when you can sit in the sun overlooking the river. Nice atmosphere. Food is fresh and local.

1  Thank Rockhouse190802
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Pleasant surroundings and impressive Menu. Unfortunately Service and food did not live up to expectations. Food overpriced for quality and shell fish poor quality and not served properly by waitresses who were clearly willing but obviously not experienced. Definitely not value for money and would...More

1  Thank slat9
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hello there, thanks for your visit to Waterside, sorry you only deemed to give us a 3 out of 5. Our aim is to serve simple stylish bistro cuisine and a friendly relaxed atmosphere at a reasonable price. Our menu has always contained a healthy...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Dropped on the restaurant when driving through the area and stopped off because of the location it over looks the riverside and had plenty of outside seating. All Food was excellent half a pint of prawns and antipasti starter with wood fired pizza for mains,...More

1  Thank hughdeedaa
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks for your visit and great review. We hope to see you again next time you are passing through. 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$21 - 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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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