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POLPO Bristol

50 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NH

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

Great food. Great friendly service. We had the set menu. The tiramisu was the best pudding. Flourless choc choc was flavourless. Roast pork and lentils, was delicious.

Lewis Mcnaughton 08 February 2017
from Bath

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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

3.8 ((((* (based on 18 reviews)
83% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (15)
  • dinner (7)
  • trendy (6)
  • business (4)
  • child friendly (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • value (2)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • private dining (1)
  • ((((* 15 February 2017 by Adam Wells from Bristol

    We went for dinner for valentines night and chose the set menu, the food was amazing. Our waitress was very friendly and welcoming. The service was quick. The only issue I had was that the desert was Tiramisu, which I do not like and would not have chosen as a dessert, it woiuld have been nice if there was a second dessert or a selection of mini desserts to share.

  • ((((* 8 February 2017 by Lewis Mcnaughton from Bath

    Great food. Great friendly service. We had the set menu. The tiramisu was the best pudding. Flourless choc choc was flavourless. Roast pork and lentils, was delicious.

  • ((((( 2 February 2017 by Diane Steele from Bristol

    Food was very fresh and well presented. A very good selection. We just kept to the small dishes and chose 6 between us which was sufficient.
    Only downside was that the sparkling water was a huge bottle for one person.

  • ((*** 30 January 2017 by Richard Webb from Bristol

    We met some friends for a catch up over lunch. The restaurant was not too busy. The restaurant is essentially Italian 'tapas' i.e. small plates. The food was OK, but the service a little haphazard. When we ordered we explained to the waitress that we wanted some food to arrive as a starter course and some as mains. Despite this the food turned up in a random order and our son's food not at all. We asked several times where it was. Eventually a lady, who I assume was the manager, came over and apologised and said that she would take the food off the bill. An unexpected gesture. The original waitress would appear ever now again and start clearing the plates even though we said we hadn't finished. I'm glad we tried Polpo, but we won't be rushing back.

  • ((((* 29 January 2017 by Judith Jordan from Bristol

    Good service and different food

  • ((*** 23 January 2017 by Emily Willis from Bristol

    It wasn't the best. The food was a bit under seasoned. The croquettes were lovely. The service was very strange. It was not explained to us when we arrived how the dishes would be served, due to reading trip adviser we knew it was like tapas service. However we got some dishes. We weren't a big fan of the two we had in front of us, so we waited for our Ragu to come, as we thought we should fill up on that. Nothing came. After being in the restaurant for over an hour we asked the waitress about it and to cancel the order, she said they were waiting for us to finish and give us a break before the ragu!? I am not sure how we would of known that was the case.

  • ((((* 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

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