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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” (64 reviews)
“oysters” (9 reviews)
“fish pie” (25 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 23:00 Hours
Mediterranean, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a coffee and latte there. Tastes nice..pleasant location by river. Would go again...cant comment on food as didnt eat although partner said the cakes looked a bit dry but wont score on them as didnt try(just observation)

Thank CommandoBri
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Waterside is in a great location at the bottom of town and next to the River Dart. Unfortunately although the food is ok, the service is off hand and it seemed that staff were more interested in talking to each other.

1  Thank timothy k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great meal here, visited with 5 other family members. Great friendly staff and good food. The oysters were amazing. We did have to query the bill as we had 8 or 9 extra items on there, so someone had a cheap night...More

1  Thank Lori M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Prebooked a meal here for our family visit to Totnes. Lovely seafood and chips! Wine and beer was slightly warm but was rectified on the second round.

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside on the rivers edge and shared an excellent pizza. Friendly staff. Very noisy from other guests and sadly they allow smoking outside which rather spoils having food.

1  Thank pauline r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for a drink while waiting for the steam paddle boat(round robin trip) it was a really hot day so the drinks were very welcome , a very nice place food looked very nice although we didn’t eat there (lobster looked fantastic) nice...More

Thank shaun e
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bowl/pan of pefectly cooked musseles (sans creme......obviously) and a glass of Rose by the river in a perfect setting with wonderfull service!the menu at the Waterside has changed alot since my last visit over 10 years ago.....not all for the good but so relieved...More

Thank a1travelsafe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

had a lovely relaxing meal Sat outside by the river. food was great except the chips were very greasy. would go again.

Thank Caz W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here at the weekend for brunch with friends. There is lots of outdoor seating overlooking the lovely river dart. Seagulls were a minor problem, they seemed to pop in and finish off the remains when a table emptied. Taken off one star because...More

Thank Emma N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A smart and contemporary Bistro in the heart of Totnes by the waterside. Good menu and prompt service. Very generous portions. No parking outside but available nearby.

Thank Stuart H
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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$43
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, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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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