Best restaurants in Bristol Harbourside

With so many wonderful spots across the city, it can be hard finding that perfect place for a couple of cocktails or some al fresco dining. If you find yourself in the area, these harbourside restaurants are worth a visit. Because sometimes you just can't beat a good view…

Updated on 09 April 2024

Like lots of trendy areas now, Bristol Harbourside started out life as a thriving industrial area – playing host to a busy dock – and has been modernised into a buzzy home for shops, bars and restaurants. What was once an area devoid of attractions is now one of the most exciting areas of the city, and Bristol's best harbourside restaurants also number amongst some of the best restaurants in Bristol, period.

Bristol residents and tourists alike flock to this fashionable area during the day to explore the quirky shops in Wapping Wharf, while the evenings see the area become a food and drink hotspot. A particularly popular spot by is CARGO, a retail yard made from converted shipping containers, which plays host to a range of exciting independent eateries. These harbourside restaurants in Bristol are perfect for when summer rolls around and it’s finally warm enough to sit outside. It doesn’t really get better than a couple of waterside drinks and some al fresco dining as the sun sets.

We’ve done the (very demanding) job of working out the best Bristol Harbourside restaurants for you, so that next time you’re in the area you shouldn’t be hard pressed to find somewhere serving up delicious food. With everything on offer from top notch street food to fine dining restaurants with stunning views of the water, there is plenty to get your teeth into when it comes to Bristol Harbourside restaurants. These are our picks of the best restaurants in this fashionable area of the city. We’ve also included a section on our favourite harbourside cafés for when you’re just on the hunt for a coffee and cake rather than a substantial meal. We’ve included restaurants at all price points too, so that there’s something for all budgets.

Take a scroll through our favourite Bristol Harbourside restaurants below and be sure to click through and book a table if something takes your fancy.

The Olive Shed

The Olive Shed

Floating Harbour, Princes Wharf, Bristol, BS1 4RN

This Mediterranean restaurant boasts a delightful waterfront location, as well as a fantastic tapas menu to pick at with a drink. Boasting a large outdoor terrace, you can really embrace the sunshine whilst tucking into small plates of all your Spanish favourites.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Tapas
Spanish
Three Brothers Burgers

Three Brothers Burgers

Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB

Sometimes only a burger will satisfy a really intense hunger, and we’ve found the perfect place to get your fill. Three Brothers Burgers serve up incredible combos at really reasonable prices, all cooked from a permanently moored ship!

Under £30
Burgers
International
Stable Pizza Bristol

Stable Pizza Bristol

Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5UH

This one’s for the pizza lovers. Stable Pizza is a popular industrial-style pizzeria specialising in organic sourdough pizzas and cider. Toppings are locally-sourced and include slightly less traditional offerings like slow-roasted pulled beef and Naga harissa marinated jerk chicken. 

Under £30
Pizza
British
Arnolfini Café Bar

Arnolfini Café Bar

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Based inside Bristol's famous Arnolfini contemporary art gallery, the Arnolfini Café Bar spills out onto an al fresco decked area on the harbourside. This picturesque spot is the perfect place to come for coffee and cake during the day, or a pint or two in the evening. 

Under £30
British
Paco Tapas

Paco Tapas

3A The General, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6SY

Run by award-winning chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, you know you’re going to be getting dishes a little bit more special than your average patatas bravas at this Bristol-based tapas bar. Plates here are colourful and bursting with flavour, showcasing the very best seasonal ingredients.

£50 - £79
Tapas
Spanish
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Harbour House

Harbour House

Queen Square, Bristol, Somerset, BS1 4RB

Harbour House has an impressive array of choices - from pub classics to well stuffed sandwiches boasting a menu that offers something for everyone. With both indoor space and a covered terrace overlooking the river, you can't go too far wrong location-wise either.

£30 - £49
British
Bars
Gastropub
Salt & Malt Wapping Wharf

Salt & Malt Wapping Wharf

Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WD

What more could you want than fish and chips by the Harbour? Salt and Malt at Cargo are offering a selection of small plates, along with a classic menus of cod, haddock and all the rest. Grab a table or pick up a box to go.

£30 - £49
Fish
The River Grille at The Bristol Hotel

The River Grille at The Bristol Hotel

Prince Street, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 4QF

For Harbourside views you don’t get much better than The River Grille, with its floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the water. Looking for a relaxing ambience, good food and occasional live music? The River Grille is sure to deliver. 

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
Gambas

Gambas

Unit 12, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

Another star player in Bristol's exciting Cargo development on Wapping Wharf, Gambas serves authentic Spanish tapas, specialising in prawns, as the name might suggest. Take a seat out on the terrace to enjoy stunning sunset views from your seat.

£30 - £49
Tapas
Spanish
Riverstation

Riverstation

1 The Grove, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 4RB

At Riverstation, everything is made in house – whether that’s the bread you start your meal with or the ice cream you tuck into as a finale. This restaurant is housed in the former headquarters of the riverside police, affording it front-row seats to views of the harbour. 

Under £30
Modern European
Casa

Casa

The General, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6FU

The site that once belonged to renowned Bristol restaurant Casamia is now Casa - a smart Italian run by the Sanchez-Iglesias family (who also run Paco Tapas next door). Sitting next to the very picturesque Bathurst Basin - with its moored boats and pastel terrace houses - is a lovely bonus too.

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
No 1 Harbourside Bristol

No 1 Harbourside Bristol

No.1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5UH

This South Western gem has a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, meaning you can dine in comfort knowing that everything you’re eating has been carefully and locally sourced. Regularly-changing menus reflect what’s in season, to make the most of the best ingredients of the area.

Under £30
Burgers
British
Harbourside Kitchen

Harbourside Kitchen

Brunel's SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY

If you’re just after a light bite, rather than a full evening meal, Harbourside Kitchen could be the perfect place to stop for lunch. Located alongside Brunel’s historic SS Great Britain, it’s a pretty novel location to tuck into the likes of soups, sandwiches and cakes. 

Under £30
British
BOX-E

BOX-E

Unit 10, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP

Another restaurant within the CARGO development, BOX-E has been winning plaudits since it opened in 2017. The 14-seater restaurant, run by a husband-and-wife team, comes complete with an open kitchen and is perfect if you're looking for something a little more special without breaking the bank.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Under The Stars

Under The Stars

Narrow Quay, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4QA

A floating restaurant and bar housed on Bristol’s Narrow Quay, Under the Stars serves tapas, cocktails and pizza from its indoor dining room or top deck al fresco terrace. A cosy and unique experience, with unrivalled views and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. 

£50 - £79
Mediterranean
Spanish
Root Bristol

Root Bristol

Unit 9 Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6WP

Putting veg at the centre of each dish, Root is a casual small plates restaurant in Bristol’s harbourside development which has a seasonally-led menu. There’s the occasional bit of fish or meat, but mostly this is all about fantastic local, seasonal veggies.

Under £30
International
The Granary

The Granary

32 Welshback, Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4SB

This all-day eatery offers menus of creative yet comforting cuisine with options of small plates, flatbreads and grills. Bright and vibrant, every inch of The Granary is bursting with colour from the tiled open kitchen to the funky seats at the Chef’s table.  

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Vegetarian
Vegan
Barbecue
Fish
Tare

Tare

Unit 14, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

This 20 cover restaurant sits pretty on the waterfront in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf development. Here, you’ll find an ever changing six course set menu showcasing seasonal ingredients with these dishes from across Europe. For something more casual be sure to try the Tare Bistro next door.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Bars
Bistro

Bristol's dining scene is vast, offering a number of top spots no matter the time of day. Looking for somewhere for some avo toast or poached eggs to start your day? Why not check out our guide to the best brunches in Bristol. Or, if you're on the hunt for some dainty cakes and sandwiches to fill your afternoon, we've got you covered with this guide to the best afternoon tea in Bristol.

For something a bit fancier, be sure to have a gander at one of these Michelin star restaurants in Bristol to find the best places for tasting menus and fine dining. 

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