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“Best Restaurant in Taunton”
Review of Tristans Bistro

Tristans Bistro
Ranked #18 of 257 Restaurants in Taunton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$43
Cuisines: International, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: At Tristans Restaurant and Wine Bar is ran buy husband a wife partnership Ashley and Georgie. We have a monthly menu to keep things interesting and also keeping to seasonal produce.The restaurant itself has intimate tables for two as well as tables suitable for gatherings of friends up to 12 plus it has the benefit of the recently refurbished and redecorated Garden room making it a popular venue in Taunton for parties up to 26 for a wide range of events and celebrations.The addition of the bar and seating area at the front of the restaurant provides a relaxed wine bar feel and we now welcome diners and non diners to sit and relax with a glass of wine, pre-dinner aperitif or post dinner coffee.
Taunton
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Best Restaurant in Taunton”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Great evening, excellent service, superb food and lovely ambiance. I had the lamb which was delicious with beautifully cooked vegetables and very well presented. My husband generally finds eating out disappointing but certainly not on this occasion. The puddings were all home made and finished an exceptional meal off perfectly. My first visit to Tristans, can't wait to return. Thanks to the attentive owner and amazing chef.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Annabelle35
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TristansTaunton, Owner at Tristans Bistro, responded to this review, 20 March 2014
Hi Annabelle
Thank you so much for reviewing us- what a cracking review it is as well so thank you again!
Its a real boost to team morale when people take the time to post such nice words
Hope to see you guys again soon

Best wishes
Cris
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“Less than Stellar Experience”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

We were in town visiting family and were very excited to try @Tristans, as we had heard wonderful things about the food. We made reservations for a Friday night and prepared to be wowed. The restaurant itself has a great, quirky layout. We were walked from the front door all the way through the restaurant to the back room, passing through the wait station and by the kitchen on the way. The menu was a little sparse on choice and service was a little spotty, which was a sign of the meal to come. Our server was kind, but obviously inexperienced. Shortly after we were sat, the room was overrun by a large, boisterous party of 8 or 10 people who were so loud we couldn't have a conversation much below a shout. Not the restaurant's fault, but it did take away from the atmosphere. The food was good, although nothing particularly special. If you're looking for a place to have a solid meal, this place will do in a pinch. If you're interested in an intimate setting or to be rocked by amazing food, you may come away disappointed.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Paul B
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TristansTaunton, Owner at Tristans Bistro, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Hi Paul
Thank you very much for taking the time to review us.

A mixed review and I apologize if we failed to live up to your expectations.

You make a valid point and I fully agree that on the weekends we are a lively venue at times especially as your booking sounds like it was for a table in the garden room which is frequently booked by groups for either private dining or in this case for a small party with other guests in the same room- I can only apologize if they were a little boisterous , I think we shall alter our bookings process to inform guests of these possible conflicts at the time of booking. Had we done so we could have offered your group a table in the front of the restaurant which is far more intimate.

I do hope that next time you are in Taunton you will give us another try and look forward to seeing you again

Best wishes

Cris
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely Meal, Great Service”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Excellent meal with friendly service. The chef even came to apologise as the duck was taking a bit longer than expected to cook. It was worth waiting for.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Juliawoodhead
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TristansTaunton, Owner at Tristans Bistro, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thanks Julia
Great review- much appreciated!

Best wishes
Cris
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Good although limited menu”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Good food and atmosphere but we did find the menu very small, not much choose for a fussy eater. Booking can sometimes be difficult. Would definitely go again though. Loved the duck scaled butter dish.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank MelandNeil
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TristansTaunton, Owner at Tristans Bistro, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Hi Mel

Thank you so much for reviewing us- really pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening.
I see that you last visited us in June last year- since then several new dishes have been added to the menu to improve choice I hope to see you both again soon so you can sample some of these new dishes

Best wishes
Cris
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“60th Birthday”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

At Tristans did us proud once again. Very helpful in the planning of the evening Even offered to put the decorations up for us. There were 15 of us, we had a fantastic welcome, the food was fab, especially the lamb which was absolutely delicious. The staff were great, even put the candles on the cake and brought it through for us with a glass of champagne. Couldn't have wished for more. Well done and thank you.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Maggie W
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TristansTaunton, Owner at Tristans Bistro, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Thanks Maggie
It was a pleasure to have your party at Tristans- the garden room is perfect for private functions like that and we are so glad you enjoyed it.

Look forward to seeing you soon- thanks for reviewing

Kind regards
Cris
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