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Sands Bistro

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Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow what a year 2016 was at Sands Bistro! Had my wedding there on June 23rd. Previously had only been there on a Mother’s Day and was pleasantly surprised with everything about the place including the friendly and professional service, high quality food and great location. Started off meeting the event’s organiser, Natalie, who took us through all the available... More 

Thank GrumpyWitch1973
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A Christmas dinner meal and dancing event with three course meal and dancing. First course came out at 8.15, still waiting for desert at 10.15. Food disappointing. The ham hock terrine starter tasted of nothing and had the consistency of toothpaste. The main fish course was satisfactory but small and desert very poor. Slow service and poor food quality, followed... More 

Thank tricia c
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

15 of us had our staff xmas party at Sands last night. The food was great, staff very attentive and beautiful setting over looking the sea. Finished up dancing the night away to the DJ. The Atmosphere was superb and we will definitely be booking up again next year!

Thank Southendfan1
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I've never been here before, but went for a work Christmas do last night. The surroundings were very nice, we were asked to wait with our drinks in the conservatory area, but them sat ourselves at the table, as I think we were forgotten. The soup starter was burning hot & bland, the male waiter weirdly said he could only... More 

1 Thank Ruby2008095
southend on sea
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We have been here numerous times and was very happy when my work decided to book here for our Christmas do. the staff were lovely and the food was quick, hot, and fresh with large portions. The onion and cheese fondue was delicious. the turkey mains was lovely and plentiful. loved the Yorkshire. I really enjoyed the salted caramel tart.... More 

Thank aljohnson_12
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Pros Nice venue Good food Polite staff Cons Dreadful DJ! Was told the middle bar would be open, it was not. Quick chuck out, lights turned on at the stroke of midnight, grumpy Bouncer kept shouting for us to leave unnecessarily. We didn't even get a chance to say our goodbyes.

Thank Lucy B
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Comfortable eating area, with beautiful views across the Thames Estuary. Nicely decorated with very festive atmosphere. We had a fairly large party of people, all of whom had pre-ordered their Christmas meal. Service was reasonable. Starters were on the whole rather small portions and very bland. Most people went for beef/turkey main courses - the beef was tough and vegetables... More 

Thank sarahlightbody
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Went for a cousins 40th Wedding Anniversary. First time at this restaurant and it was brilliant. Everyone was so attentive and the food excellent, hot and very well presented. Nothing was too much trouble, even when we asked for extra roasties (yummy). The tide was in and the sun was shining which made it even better. Will definitely be returning.

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Went with work colleagues the food was cold a d bland not worth the money best bit was the cheese but biscuits were stale. never going there again.

Thank patricia c
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

A Birthday on a wet Monday in November can sometimes be a little dull - not this year however - Afternoon Tea seemed the way to go - so with a little thought and input from family it was all arranged - I can only say good things - it was a triumph - staff were wonderful very attentive but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?