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“Nice location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Bar and Restaurant

Island Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #399 of 610 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: US$31 - US$44
Cuisines: Bar, European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, View, Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Situated on an island and accessed from the historic Caversham Bridge, the spectacular newly built Island Bar and Restaurant enjoys uninterrupted views of the River Thames.Floor-to-ceiling windows run the length and the sides of the restaurant and the bar and offer a beautiful view of the river. In fine weather the folding windows are opened and both the bar and the restaurant extends out onto the extensive terraces.The modern, relaxed and comfortable ambience creates the perfect settings for both business and pleasure.Creative Cuisine combined with exceptional service will give you the ultimate dining experience.
UK
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

We went as a large party to this restaurant. We sat upstairs and the view is quite pretty for Reading!

We had a 3 course meal of asparagus, chicken and the biggest chocolate mousse ever. All the food was well cooked but not the most interesting - no complaints from any of us though. The service was a bit slow but no orders were mixed up and the drinks were kept topped up.

On the downside, it was very 'echo-ey' as the restaurant was full and noisy with no soft furnishings or partitions to absorb the noise. There was also a Dj which was not really our preferred entertainment over dinner

Overall though, not a bad choice of venue if you're in Reading.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Disappointly poor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

Been there previously and had a good experience. This time the service was poor, they messed the order up and were unapologetic, then when it finally arrived the food was poor quality (chicken burger made from chicken thigh) that none of us are our food. Never again...

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Reading, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and good food with excellent choices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We went for a meal for my mums birthday rather apprehensively after reading a damning report in GET READING newspaper and to be honest had I not paid a deposit which we would have lost we probably wouldn't have gone ! However I called the manager who assured me I could see his kitchen whenever I wanted to and the report had actually said under the screaming headline that it " does not reflect the quality of the food or standards of service " and he assured me my mum would have a nice birthday meal ! ... So off we went , and we were so glad we did as the food was really nice and the setting was beautiful we looked out on the river and the bonus of the sun shining whilst we tucked into moules mariniere , rib eye steaks , salmon , sea bass , lamb steaks and crispy duck salads amongst sone of our choices was brilliant ! Don't believe all you read in the papers I guess because had it been terrible surely they would have shut it down ? Anyway none of us suffered any after effects ( apart from the gin and wine lol ! ) and we will definitely go back for more !

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Samandbarry
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England
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice Bar and Restaurant over looking the Thames”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Just went for a drink, and sat in the sunshine, really lovely setting. We didn't eat, but other people were, and the food looked very nice indeed.

Visited May 2014
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Thank jegkat33
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mk
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

I went with 2 girlfriends and it was perfect. Perfect, service, food, ambience. Just surprised at how quiet it was. Fabulous location. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tim19901990
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