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POLPO Bristol

50 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

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

Good as always and sensibly priced.

Martin Gutteridge 20 December 2016
from Bristol

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Following the success of the original site in London’s Soho, Russell Norman brings POLPO to Bristol. POLPO reflects the charms of the humble backstreet bars of Venice, with signature Venetian small plates making up the menu, joined by prosecco, spritz and wine. Across the sharing plates menu you can expect to find dishes such as arancini, stuffed fried olives, fritto misto, rabbit ragu with pappardelle, flank steak with porcini and tiramisu.

POLPO Bristol

50 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

Contact +44 1179733100

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Customer reviews for POLPO Bristol

4 ((((* (based on 12 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (11)
  • dinner (5)
  • trendy (4)
  • business (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • private dining (1)
  • romantic (1)
  • value (1)
  • ((((* 16 January 2017 by Andy White from Bristol

    Excellent location, great choice on menu, with highlights of zucchini and basil salad and crab linguini. Service was good, if a little too attentive at times but overall very impressed with first Polpo visit.

  • ((((* 20 December 2016 by Martin Gutteridge from Bristol

    Good as always and sensibly priced.

  • (((** 16 December 2016 by Chefs and friends from Bristol

    I am a caterer so might be a little critical but here goes
    Decor- a bit shabby but guess this is on theme
    Temperature- bit chilly one of my guests kept her coat on.
    Toilet has a useless hand air dryer but clean and smelled fresh.
    Staff- nice guy but dress again was a little shabby, old butchers apron and trainers.
    Stuffed octopus was bland and tasteless without stuffing
    fritto misto no seasoning
    rabbit salad no dressing
    beef shin ragu lovely
    broad bean bruschetta way too much raw garlic and little else
    Pizzetta all ok but not very well cooked could have done with another couple of minutes to brown
    also impossible to cut easily on tiny plates with blunt knife either provide bigger plates or buy the kitchen a pizza wheel and pre cut
    chicken milanese is a pan fried dish this was deep fried and again no seasoning, dry and bland.
    desserts all lovely
    Pecorino was rubbish over mature (tinge of red in the cheese) and then soaked in cheap truffle oil
    wines really nice Valpolicella & Gavi de Gavi
    amazing expresso, lovely grappa.

    Just felt that with a little extra love from the kitchen (6 chefs!) it all could be amazing if seasoned, drizzled and a kick of fresh herbs here and there etc

    That being said we had a great lunch with our team but with two chefs on the table we just expected a little more umffff

  • ((*** 14 December 2016 by Dag Pike from Bristol

    Too noisy - a party of ladies nearby made it almost impossible to have normal conversation. Nest time tell us if there is a party booked

  • ((((* 13 December 2016 by Alex Mccomas from Bristol

    Excellent. Tasty food , good atmosphere and helpful Stagf.

  • ((((( 13 November 2016 by Shirley Sullivan from Bristol

    Great location, delicious food and first class service. A really relaxed dining experience.

  • ((((* 8 November 2016 by Claire Stokes from Bristol

    Very nice food although the service was a bit sporadic. We ordered several dishes, two came then we had to wait 20+ minutes for the rest to arrive.

  • ((((* 28 October 2016 by Harry Lloyd from Bristol

    We both enjoyed the Aperol Spritz. Also the food except the italian sausage which we both left. We liked the atmosphere and the excellent service.
    We both hated the music. Something quiet and venetian wold have added to the ambience.

  • ((((( 17 October 2016 by Belinda Dobson from Bristol

    Very good service and tasty Italian tapas

  • ((((* 10 October 2016 by Lucy Lloyd-smith from Bristol

    Lively atmosphere, great food and service. Only negative was that I prefer to drink wine from wine glasses not tumblers!

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