Explore Harden's - The restaurant guide created by you for you

survey result

For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.

Summary

James Wilkins’s “world class” food delights a committed fanclub of his backstreet Redland HQ, where “classical cuisine with imaginative flavouring” is “impeccably served, but in a manner that’s in no way stuffy”. If there’s a reservation it’s the “slightly dull room” – but in a better location this could rival Casamia as Bristol’s most highly rated destination.

£82
Exceptional
Exceptional
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“James Wilkins is one of the best chefs in Bristol” and his backstreet Redland haunt “goes from strength to strength”. The site is a modest one ambience-wise, but pepped up by its superb service (“welcoming, courteous, knowledgeable, efficient, discreet!”) and “his cuisine is exceptional, both in presentation and combination of flavours”.

£78
Exceptional
Very Good
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“James Wilkin’s superbly presented food is a delight to behold and enjoy”, according to the vast majority of reports on his “lovely and high quality” small haven in a Redland backstreet (still remembered by some as Stephen Markwick’s Culinaria, long RIP). Notwithstanding a recent refurb, the ambience is the weakest link, but fans say “it doesn’t matter when the food’s this good”.

£63
Very Good
Very Good
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A worthy successor to Stephen Markwick and Culinaria”; James Wilkins’s “unpretentious”-looking Redland bistro is “deserving of all its awards”; it is clearly now “the best place in Bristol”, thanks to his “amazing” cuisine, and the “superb” service.

£61
Exceptional
Exceptional
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at Wilks?

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
Weds to Sun 9 pm
40

Wilks Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Wilks Restaurant in BS6, Bristol by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Wilks restaurant.
Paul A
From the unprepossessing shop-front style e...
Reviewed 7 months, 26 days ago

"From the unprepossessing shop-front style entrance to the restaurant one passes into an attractive, well laid-out dining room with stylish artworks lining the walls. We were seated immediately, but there was something of a wait before we were given a menu to inspect and a further delay before we were asked if we wished to have an aperitif. The rather unrelaxed francophone staff did their job, but the wine waitress failed to understand that a wine “flight” meant the same as a wine “pairing” for the tasting menu we selected. The latter comprised an amuse-bouche of foie gras and smoked duck salad, a partridge ‘choux farci’ in which I found a piece of bone, halibut fillet, roe deer saddle and haunch, lemon leaf panna cotta, and a citrus meringue sphere. We enjoyed the roe deer."

Report this comment
Martine E
Front of house is welcoming & sets the tone...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 days ago

"Front of house is welcoming & sets the tone for an imaginative and well-priced lunch. The ambience is quiet."

Report this comment
Have you eaten at Wilks?
Post your own review of Wilks and contribute to our annual restaurant review guide.
Post your own review
1 Chandos Rd, Bristol, BS6 6PG
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10 pm
Sunday12 pm-4 pm, 6:30 pm-9 pm

Best British, Modern restaurants nearby

No Man's Grace
British, Modern restaurant in Bristol
£36
Good
Average
Average
River Cottage Canteen
British, Modern restaurant in Bristol
£45
Average
Good
Good
Lido
Mediterranean restaurant in Bristol
£52
Good
Good
Exceptional

Best similarly priced restaurants nearby

The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Bath
£65
Very Good
Good
Good
The Walnut Tree
British, Modern restaurant in Llandewi Skirrid
£64
Exceptional
Very Good
Good
Jesses Bistro
British, Modern restaurant in Cirencester
£60
Good
Average
Average

The 2018 Harden's Guide

2018 Hardens Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

Financial Times

What social media is saying