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5.2 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews

The Waterside Restaurant and Bar

Shipley European, British ££ +100
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About The Waterside Restaurant and Bar

Formerly know as The Cut, this Shipley institution right by the water along Wharf Street has refurbished itself in look and concept, renamed itself The Waterside Restaurant & Bar, and brings locals and Bradford foodies looking for an escape a great selection of modern British cuisine made using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. The Waterside Restaurant & Bar has fast established itself as one of Yorkshire's favourite rendezvous spots for couples, friends, and colleagues looking for a restaurant that can truly accommodate any and all occasions. The stylish but unpretentious canal-side restaurant offers a relaxed setting perfect for a get together with friends or an intimate dinner with that special someone. Take advantage of their early bird à la carte menu and look out for spectacular seasonal chef's specials, prepared with the freshest ingredients available.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday Closed
The Waterside Restaurant and Bar, 7 Unit B, Wharf Street, Shipley, BD17 7DW Bradford

Further Information

Dear Diners, for reservations of four or more people, please contact the restaurant directly. Please note that for Reservations for upwards of 10 people we charge a £10 deposit.


The Waterside Restaurant & Bar sits on the banks of the canal that links Liverpool and Leeds, along Wharf street in the Bradford town of Shipley. It’s great to take advantage of good weather and dine al fresco, but otherwise The Waterside offers a lovely interior in which to enjoy a range of modern British dishes. The a la carte menu changes with the seasons, and you can be sure to find new and exciting dishes to choose from each time you visit thanks to the imaginative kitchen crew’s restless search for the best.

The Waterside Restaurant & Bar sources all its meat from the longest established butcher in Bradford butcher J. Hutchinson, who set up shop way back in 1889. All the meat here is locally-reared and traceable. Fish and seafood is delivered fresh to The Waterside’s waterfront kitchen in Shipley from Ramus in Harrogate, one of the most respected fishmongers in the country. This makes for superlative steak nights and delicious dishes like the bass fillets with pak choi, cauliflower and sweet potato or the loin of monkfish with smoked bacon, new potatoes, spinach and rosemary.

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35 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: mute
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 13:43

What a wonderful surprise - we hade a great time. Both food and service were excellent - great value for money. Lovely atmosphere - will definitely be going back and have already recommended to others.

1 review so far 6
12.01.2017 20:14

Th service was great, our hostess was all you could have asked for. The food was delicious. Will definitely go back again. Away for a month but later.

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 09:52

First visit for us and will definitely be going again , food was brilliant all cooked to perfection, nice short menu not over powered by pages and pages , lovely setting by the canal , service was very good ,, I don't mind paying that extra for GOOD food , thank you

1 review so far 6
04.01.2017 10:47

What a gem of a restaurant! Great food backed up by wonderfully attentive service. We will return when next in the area and would recommend anyone to visit.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 08:21

Strongly recommended restaurant tucked away near central Shipley in a pleasant and quiet setting right by the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Another brilliant meal and evening, with no drop in standards after a recent change of owner. My mushroom risotto starter was perfectly cooked and intensely mushroomy, while the salmon in a pastry wrap (en croute) was very good, as was my partner's smoked salmon salad starter and canon of lamb main course. We usually share desert, and the apple tarte tatin was deliciously caramelised. Front of house and general ambience also as excellent as ever. Not dirt cheap (though not terribly expensive either), but the quality makes Waterside very good value. Worth a journey, book now.

1 review so far 4
16.11.2016 09:59

The Quality of food was fantastic, however what it gained in quality it lost in quantity. Both me and my partner were still hungry after the main course. Also on their website they posted that two courses before 7pm was £14. When we received the bill it was £15 for two courses, I asked the very nice waitress about it and they said it was an old menu. Whilst the £1 didn't bother me much it would have been nice if they kept on top of it considering I got the £14 price from there website only 4 hours before we went to eat!

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 11:54

Our first visit to the Waterside and certainly won't be our last. Very friendly and informative regarding our aperitfi's. The food was of high quality and very tasty, with a lovely ambience and views over the canal. The staff where attentive withoutbeing over the top. Overall our experience was very enjoyable. It is nice to see a top quality restaurant in Shipley.

1 review so far 5
19.11.2016 17:15

Fantastic food from the super tasty oxtail risotto starter to the succulent turkey main. A great take on traditional Christmas pudding finished off a fab meal. A good range of beers to choose from (no fancy wine for me, though I'm sure there was some). Service was just quick enough, could have been a little more attentive however.

1 review so far 5
25.09.2016 11:32

Small, but interesting menu. Friendly welcome and good service. Our food in general was very good, except for my duck breast which was not. The restaurant dealt with my complaint very well; the owner came out to apologise and offered a glass of prosecco and we were not charged for my main course. We will return.

3 reviews so far 6
11.09.2016 18:59

An excellent meal from start to finish, great service as always with food to match, the fillet steak was cooked to perfection and we even found room for a dessert, we'll be back soon as the new menu starts next week.

1 review so far 4
22.07.2016 21:14

Food and drink was superb if just a little overpriced bearing in mind the lack of ambience. It was disappointing to be the only customers all evening but we did have the maitre d'it's full attention. The location and restaurant itself seemed 'temporary' and the surrounding area appeared 'tired'. Menu choice was limited but sometimes that can be a good thing.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 09:03

Great service and even better food! Had a lovely meal here after a recommendation from a friend. The menu is varied and all of the dishes served were excellent. Will definitely recommend to others and be back ourselves!

1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 08:25

Had a great night, food was fantastic, well worth a visit. Not the easiest to find but worth the effort. Parking was ok nice view of the canal, nice area to sit outside whether permitting.

3 reviews so far 6
31.07.2016 08:55

Another excellent meal, and even though it was an unusually busy evening due to a private party the service was still attentive and there were no delays in our food coming to the table.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 17:39

excellent food, we had fillet and it was beautiful. I had the cheese board for one and ended up sharing and it was very nice good selection of cheese. beautiful setting and excellent staff

1 review so far 6
03.04.2016 15:22

Good food reasonably priced. Staff members were extremely helpful, especially when adapting dishes to gluten free, though unobtrusive. The location and decor are pleasant and comfortable. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 13:24

Just awesome, we all had a great time, the atmosphere was superb, the staff were really friendly and the food excellent. We will definitely be returning to that restaurant again.

1 review so far 5
10.08.2016 18:44

Nice restaurant setting but the weather let us down a bit. We opted for the lunch bits which were good. Also my wife and I went for the £10 shared mix of puds - very worthwhile.

2 reviews so far 6
07.09.2016 07:36

The food was delicious. Steak was out of this world. We went at a very quiet time so felt like we had the place to our selfs. Defiantly recommend x

1 review so far 3
29.10.2016 15:53

The main course was promising but the side dish was getting cool by the time the main dish arrived. Restaurant decor was very plain, although the canal location doubtless makes the venue nice in summer. The staff were courteous but lacked enthusiasm. Overall, given the relatively high prices charged, I cannot give this restaurant a higher rating.

1 review so far 6
18.07.2016 12:27

Great tasty food, excellent service, with lovely setting. been before and definitely will return. The menu can be adapted to your taste with the assistance of chef.

3 reviews so far 6
24.04.2016 09:50

Excellent food, wine and service, the triple chocolate dessert to share between two was especially delicious and the perfect end to the meal, we will be back!!

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 10:43

A lovely restaurant located beside the Leeds/Liverpool canal. The service was excellent and the food was great. We will be visiting this little gem again.

1 review so far 6
03.10.2016 09:45

We enjoyed a wonderful meal. If you like quality food but not out of the way prices you owe it to yourselves - try it.

2 reviews so far 5
02.07.2016 10:23

Good atmosphere,pleasant surroundings, friendly helpful staff, excellent food the only improvement would be to add a couple more main dishes to the menu as it is quite limited.

1 review so far 5
30.09.2016 08:58

Really nice lunch. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the autumn sunshine which was unexpected at this time of year. Great place for a business meeting

1 review so far 5
22.09.2016 06:56

Restaurant is is in a lovely location. The food and service is excellent with a great range of drinks. Will definitely be returning again for another meal.

1 review so far 5
18.10.2016 10:36

A nice intermit restraint with friendly staff and reasonable food. The portions were a bit on the small side for me but not for my partner.

1 review so far 3
11.09.2016 07:40

I was disappointed with the quality of the food and felt the price was overly priced for the standard of food. Service was adequate, only my wife and I and another couple were here. I feel this place would be ideal for lunch.

1 review so far 5
03.07.2016 06:11

Lovely food and reasonable wine list. Fabulous outside seating for good weather times. Bit pricey but OK. Staff very helpful and pleasant overall would recommend.

1 review so far 5
01.09.2016 09:08

Great food, service & setting, went for a special occasion & wasnt dissappointed. Set next to canal & sat outside which was nice. Would recommend

1 review so far 4
15.02.2017 11:41

Very nice quality meal with a good choice of options, not so impressed with the choice and price of drinks. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff, will re-book again in the future.

1 review so far 4
08.09.2016 07:42

The food I had was very nice, the service was quick and efficient. The only slight downside was the limited choice on the menu, particularly the vegetarian selection.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 13:06

great food great place great staff brilliant thanks. will recomend

1 review so far 2
27.08.2016 23:45

Used to be ok some years ago, but must have changed owners. Restaurant dead, food pretty average. Much better options locally, such a shame :(