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“Great find...”
Review of Al Bacio

Al Bacio
Ranked #25 of 1,624 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$39
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located on Queens road, Clifton our restaurant offers a unique and welcoming environment in which to share life’s best moments with friends and family.
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great find...”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Excellent food and service, great atmosphere too. Friendly welcome at the door and the food was very good value..

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank JJJD86
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Favourite Italian”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Have now been here a few times and on each occasion the food and service has been great. Always look forward to return visits.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank bris2222
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Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“What a successful formula - great service, great food, great presentation - top-drawer Italian food”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The team running this place deserve every success. San Carlos, for years now, has been run like a pressured production line, moving people through quicker than they want to be moved, even for high-spending business customers. These guys had had enough and broke away to set up this place - so you get all the quality of food, cooking, presentation, and family-feel service from the waiting staff.

Look, it's not 'cheap' (we paid £125/couple, including 10% service, but then we did have 3 bottles of wine between 4) but, if you want the quality all round then you get it in spade-fulls. Having said that, if you just want a one-course pizza, that's also fine.

The guys deserve every success, and it looks like they've got a winning formula as it was packed out.

Most enjoyable evening we've had out with friends for a long, long time

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank woodshap
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Went with six friends for a birthday celebration a Friday night. The first table we were sat at was very noisy - unable to hear our conversation over the cackling of the neighbouring tables. We were able to get reseated at a less noisy table but this is not the place to go for a quiet intimate meal.

And so to the food. Poor. Several of the party had fish which was disappointing - overcooked and tough. I had a calzone for my main course which was like I would imagine an Italian Cornish pasty to be. Service wasn't great either.

So, if you go here stick to the basics and avoid those tempting more expensive dishes as they could well disappoint. I won't go back; I dislike paying good money for bad food.

9 Thank Roger S
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274 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We visited al bacio to celebrate my mum's birthday after hearing the fantastic reviews. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed. When we arrived, the serving staff were in a state of complete chaos. We were seated relatively quickly however one of our party was not given a menu and despite the fact the waiter promised he would get one, it never arrived. The confusion continued when we tried to order and a number of the waiters claimed they could not take our order despite just standing around doing nothing which was extremely bizarre!

We ordered the prosciutto bruschetta to share which was lovely to start. However the main was rather disappointing. Two of us went for the monkfish and king prawn special which was extremely good portion-wise but rather disappointing in terms of flavour. The sauce was rather bland and did not really add anything to the dish. When you are paying 17.95 (and then paying for sides on top) you really expect something with a bit more wow factor. The tiramisu for pudding was nice.

Overall I would not return to al bacio. It was a nice evening but the food was not amazing and the service was a bit of a mess.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Brit_travellerUK
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