Best restaurants in Bristol

Bristol is an incredible city. Best known for its famous suspension bridge, iconic music scene, street art and now some of the best eateries in the UK. Banksy's home town has seen a torrent of new restaurants opening in the last 5 years, the torrent has slowed down to a steady and delicious stream and so we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants in Bristol, it's been incredibly tasty work, you can thank us later.

Updated on 18 September 2017

Bristol was named the coolest city in Europe in 2018 and someone - with a lot of time on their hands- has worked out that over 3 Londoners up sticks and moves to Bristol every single day. So its fair to say that the largest city in the South West has set some high expectations, we just had to explore the foodie scene here to see what it's all about and it definitely did not disappoint.

There are a lot of draws pulling us towards Bristol. It's an incredibly vibrant and multicultural city with the beach and the countryside on your doorstep - it's not hard to see why it is the place to be. Sprinkle in some of the best restaurants in the country and were packing our 

 
Whether you’re on the lookout for award winning dining, new foodie finds, quirky venues, authentic food or intimate, family run restaurants Bristol has exactly what you are looking for.

Our list of the best restaurants in Bristol hosts our thoughts on menu items, price, restaurant decor and ambience and (of course) the all-important taste test. Our honest reviews mean you won't miss a trick when choosing your next meal. 

Any Bristolian's who already know the scene well please let us know what you think the best restaurant is, and you never know, it might be added to our list for other lucky people to explore. Contact us at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
The Ox

The Ox

The Basement, 43 Corn Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 1HT

The team behind renowned bars Hyde & Co and The Milk Thistle introduce The Ox. With seasonally evolving menus, incredible cocktails and loud music this hidden basement is the place for a late night steak soiree.
£30 - £49
Steak
British
Wilks

Wilks

1 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, Bristol, BS6 6PG

Dominating at the top of Bristol’s best lists since opening in 2012. Wilks has not only impeccable Michelin starred food on offer, it's also an art gallery showcasing contemporary works from local artists. Tick, tick.
£50 - £79
Modern European
Casamia

Casamia

The General, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6FU

Though Iglesias’s hugely impressive harbour-side restaurant is located in the old Hospital building there are sure to be no casualties in this stylish Michelin starred restaurant. With space for just 35 diners and restricted opening hours this ambitious eatery is one of the hottest tickets in town.
£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Spiny Lobster Seafood Grill

The Spiny Lobster Seafood Grill

128-130 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 2RS

A daily changing menu dependant on the fisherman's catch of the day. From the sea straight to your plate, quite literally. The Spiny Lobster cooks is seafood on an open fire. Dubbed the best seafood in Bristol and it's not hard to see why.
£30 - £49
British
Fish
Thali

Thali

166 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0BA

Starting life as a food truck at Glastonbury festival, Thali has come along way but kept its cool roots. It offers a taste of everyday India with a laid back atmosphere and we want more.
£30 - £49
Indian
Bulrush Restaurant

Bulrush Restaurant

21 Cotham Road South, Bristol, Bristol, BS6 5TZ

Quick! Let’s all rush to Bulrush to see George Livsey’s spin on seasonal British dining. This Michelin Starred restaurant may be neatly tucked away but is by no means hiding. Everyone in Bristol has visited or wants to.
£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
Tare

Tare

Unit 14, Museum Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6ZA

A small restaurant with a big identity. Tare is a 22 cover restaurant situated on Bristol’s harbour-side development inside an unassuming shipping container. Incredible food, real finesse with none of the pomposity.
£30 - £49
Modern European
The Ethicurean

The Ethicurean

The Ethicurean, Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, , Bristol, BS40 5SA

Just north of the Mendip Hills, near the village of Wrington, sits Barley Wood Walled Garden in which this “completely unique” restaurant has its home. Originally built for Henry Herbert Wills and his family at the turn of the century, the carefully-restored Victorian kitchen garden and orchards make for one of the most tranquil settings one could ever hope to dine in.

The restaurant itself – so named for its whole-hearted commitment both to the wonders of the plant kingdom and the appreciation of, and indulgence in excellent food – is located in two rustic glasshouses, allowing diners to be as close to the natural environment as possible while enjoying the spoils of the season. Filled with light and utterly charming, it’s the kind of place you might stop for a coffee and a slice of homemade cake after ambling about the walled garden, and end up staying all day. This is no hardship, since The Ethicurean offers everything from small plates to a ‘guided dinner menu’ that puts vegetables centre stage.

Whether the quality of the food is down to the connection those preparing and cooking it have with the native land (as is their claim), or simply because the kitchen only uses the very freshest fruit and veg, pasture-reared meat and sustainable seafood, is by the by; what matters is just how delicious those dishes are. From smoky ember -baked beets with green herbs and charred chicory to hake with wheat berry, radish, coriander and whey, and honeyed thyme cake with blackcurrant meringue, plum and cream, every dish on the menu sings with flavour.

Drinks, too, are seasonal, wholesome and alive with experimentation. Non-drinkers have a choice of gut-friendly sips, such as kombuchas, kvasses and kefirs, while those looking for a tipple to complement their meal can choose from the likes of natural, low-intervention wines and cider brewed on-site. Exceptional service and a genuine sense of community make this West Country gem a must-visit.

£30 - £49
British
Poco Bristol

Poco Bristol

45 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS2 8JP

Renowned Tom Hunt is the executive chef at award winning Poco tapas. Thanks to cratefuls of locally sourced produce an open kitchen and communal tables Poco is one of the most inviting restaurants in Bristol.
Tapas
Spanish
Riverstation

Riverstation

1 The Grove, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 4RB

The former police headquarters hosts and incredible view across the harbour. The extended dock-side terrace offers unrivalled alfresco in the city. Expect a warm welcome and a cool, laid back atmosphere.
Under £30
Modern European
Bravas

Bravas

7 Cotham Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS6 6LD

Allow the husband and wife team to take you on a tour of Spain, via Bristol, if you will. They take the authenticity of their dishes very seriously, taking their staff to Spain yearly for research. Where do we apply for jobs? 
Under £30
Spanish
The Lido Restaurant

The Lido Restaurant

Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS8 2BJ

Sit poolside in a picturesque restaurant (yes, we're still in Bristol) and dive into fuss free, Mediterranean inspired food. Or throw yourself into the deep end with an early morning swim followed by a delicious brunch, memberships or one off visits available.
£30 - £49
Mediterranean

Looking for even more fine dining inspiration? (who isn't?) Check our our list of the best Michelin star restaurants in London