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POLPO Bristol

50 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

((()* Italian
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

Great food and a lovely atmosphere. Service was fantastic

Ruth Wilkins 22 March 2017
from Bristol

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Following the success of the original site in London’s Soho, Russell Norman brings POLPO to Bristol.

Reminiscent of Venice’s charming backstreet restaurants, POLPO specialises in Venetian small plates and spritz. Hand-rolled meatballs, freshly-stretched pizzettes and fresh colourful salads head up the menu. The main menu varies with the seasons and favourite creations include cuttlefish & squid ink risotto with gremolata, roast stuffed pork, lentils & radicchio and crab & chilli linguine. For dessert, choose from a variety of classics, such as tiramisu or Venetian ricotta doughnuts with cinnamon sugar.

In addition to the main menu, POLPO Bristol offers a great value all-day set menu, and daily changing specials to look out for on the blackboard. Aperitivo Time takes place every day from 4-6pm. Sip on a refreshing Spritz and enjoy some delicious bar snacks like black truffle crisps & Bella di Cerignola olives, for just £5.

Find Polpo Bristol a 2-minute walk from Clifton Down Rail Station.

POLPO Bristol

50 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

Contact +44 1179733100

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Customer reviews for POLPO Bristol

3.7 ((()* (based on 29 reviews)
79% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (18)
  • dinner (13)
  • trendy (11)
  • romantic (7)
  • business (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • private dining (3)
  • value (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • ((((( 22 March 2017 by Ruth Wilkins from Bristol

    Great food and a lovely atmosphere. Service was fantastic

  • (**** 21 March 2017 by Simone Dougall from Bristol

    1. The place seemed to be run by untrained teenagers
    2. There were two different types of very loud music playing at the same time.
    3. Our food came out person by person. We did not eat a meal together. Most of the food was cold - and it was not enjoyable at all.
    4. The final dish (pizza) for my son. Had been completely forgotten, even though we kept reminding the waiter. We were told that the pizza was now being made as our table was being cleared. We waited with our coats on and had to put it in a box to take home - it was stone cold. My son didnt have anything to eat for the whole awful evening.
    5. I (female) booked the table, choose the wine, ordered everyones food, made the complaints and was paying the bill. However, the manager insisted on only referring to my husband - at which I took great offence and found very sexist.

  • (((** 20 March 2017 by Suzie from Bristol

    Didn't like having to book online. Enjoyed all the dishes we had other than one in particular which was not as it should have been but staff happily removed from the bill.
    Nice seating at the rear though lots of kitchen noise as a result. Waitress very nice but unfortunately she had not nice armpits which isn't great when leaning across your face.

  • ((((( 20 March 2017 by Lucy Pavey from bristol

    cool restaurant and staff, great atmosphere and delicious food. also great value. under £40 for bread to start, 2 mains with sides, 1 dessert and 2 soft drinks.

  • ((((( 17 March 2017 by Toby Oliver from Bristol

    Lovely booth seat nice and cosy/ private not too packed together. Nice friendly staff.

  • ((*** 13 March 2017 by Leona Briggs from Bristol

    Music too loudly be able to talk. Sprouts cold and soggy and roast potatoes undercooked. After all the hype it was very disappointing

  • ((((( 7 March 2017 by Tom Williams from Bristol

    Great service and great food

  • ((*** 6 March 2017 by Amanda Weekes from Bristol

    We had a table of four, the food was fine, the staff and service were very nice to begin with, but our biggest problem was how loud the music was, for a restaurant it was ridiculously loud, we were sat fairly close to each other but still couldn't hear each other, having to shout to be heard. We asked for the music to be turned down twice to which both waitresses answered that the music was loud for some songs and not on others! Having my own café/bars I found it hard to believe, as our music is played through Ipods as I suspect Polpo's are too, in which case this shouldn't be a problem. No one turned it down and in the end we left early as it was too uncomfortable to keep shouting at each other. We all agreed that we had never eaten in a restaurant before where the music is so loud. If it was just a bar or even confined to the bar area that's understandable but not in a restaurant. We were not the only people to complain and we found it unbelievable that the staff seemed so reluctant to turn it down - they didn't turn it down, even when we asked for the bill as it was too loud! I've eaten there 3 times prior to last night and never noticed the music being particularly loud. Unfortunately this has put all of us off ever visiting again.

  • ((*** 6 March 2017 by Bridget Bishop from Bristol

    Staff were great. Food was ok, not bad but not fantastic either. The rabbit was extremely chewy and not pleasant at all. Nobody raved about the food apart from the deep fried olives and affogato. The real problem was the loud music, we were sat beneath the speakers and could not hear what each other was saying.

  • ((((( 5 March 2017 by Kellie Peakman from Bristol

    Stylish but cosy atmosphere, super friendly and helpful staff and great music playing. The food was gorgeous, the melt in the mouth beetroot gnocchi and zucchini and basil salad were amazingly satisfying with brilliant balance of flavours. Lots of interesting and creative dishes on the menu and a very interesting wine list to accompany them, all for really good value. Our overall experience was excellent.

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