The Spiny Lobster Seafood Grill

British, Fish·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Spiny Lobster Seafood Grill

Silver Award

Mitch Tonks made his name with the Fishworks chain a few years ago, and he is now back in the game, pursuing his piscine passions with a clutch of eateries in the West Country. Following the success of Rockfish Seafood and Chips in Dartmouth, he launched this Bristol sibling in 2009. Delicate touches and flashes of inspiration are applied to a menu that runs from devilled monkfish livers or scallops roasted in the shell with white port and garlic to Devon skate with sauce ravigote or gurnard cooked over fennel with leeks and butter. Seasonal partridge and haunch of venison add a meaty interest, while rice pudding with damson jelly is a typically calendar-friendly dessert. The food is backed by a commendable wine list and service comes from sharp staff who know their stuff.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Fish
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Based on the Clifton side of Bristol, The Spiny Lobster is a restaurant and fishmonger from Mitch Tonks offering beautiful seafood dishes, using freshly caught produce. With an ever-changing menu depending what has been delivered on a given day, this place is a must for seafood fans in Bristol. The Spiny Lobster's particular speciality however, is cooking over the open flame of a Josper grill to give the food a distinct flavour. With a meat option also available every day as well as a selection of vegetarian options, there's something for everyone at The Spiny Lobster.

Sat on the corner of Whiteladies Road, the restaurant’s wooden facade gives it somewhat of a traditional seaside feel. The inside feels rather upmarket though with the bright and airy dining room decorated in muted tones and the tables all covered with white table cloths. The walls are largely decorated with various framed fish-related pictures, and shelves full of wine.

In terms of the daily food menu, you can expect starters such as grilled Atlantic prawns with chilli jam, fusilli with braised octopus, chilli and bay, and vegetarian dishes such as stracciatella and winter tomatoes on toast. Main courses roasted over the fire might include grilled mackerel with pickled rhubarb and horseradish, and monkfish tails with garlic and parsley; while other dishes  such as tranche of turbot with chicken and tarragon sauce are also available. The short but sweet daily selection of desserts tends to be based around traditional classics such as Bakewell tart and Eton mess. There are also a number of cheeses available.

An extensive wine list covers a number of different countries and regions and there is also a nice selection of dessert wines also available. There are of course a number of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to pick from depending on what takes your fancy.

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

0117 9737384 0117 9737384


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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