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Bristol, a wonderfully vibrant city known for its art, culture and food. With its plethora of pop-up stalls, street food and restaurants you won’t be short of finding somewhere special to go. If you’re here visiting the city, or merely want to find somewhere new to go for dinner, then check out our best places to eat in Bristol. 


Box E

The Wapping Wharf development at the Bristol Harbour, is slowly becoming the food hub of Bristol. Within renovated shipping containers comes an array of the best restaurants in Bristol, one of which is Box- E. 

Located on the top deck of one the shipping containers this popular Bristolian restaurant uses seasonal ingredients within its British fare offering both an a la carte menu and a seven course tasting menu. 

Its owners set up a joint savings account ago over 14 years ago with the aim to buy their own stove when they had their own restaurant. Today this stove is familiarly known as Sandra and the premise of Box-E is built all around her. 

Box E, Bristol Restaurant ©Box E

10 Cargo 1, Bristol BS1 6WP



Another situated at Wapping Wharf, Root provides modern, veg- led small plates. Championing forward thinking, its restaurant works with local suppliers and producers to create a ‘more veg, less meat’ ethos. 

Root, Bristol Restaurant ©Root

Unit 9, Cargo 1 Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WP



Located in Totterdown, Bank focuses on speciality coffee and brunch during the day, then transforms into a restaurant at night offering small plates focused on showcasing the best ingredients that they can find that reflect the current season. 

It also offers a well curated selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails to create drinks that maintain the character of the ingredients used. 

Bank, Bristol Restaurant ©Bank

107 Wells Rd, Totterdown, Bristol BS4 2BS



Marmo is a stylish Bristol restaurant and wine bar in the heart of the city. Offering a changing menu of meat and fish, its menu is guided by seasonal and local sourced ingredients. 

Their extensive wine list also makes it a popular place to visit, with it showcasing European producers who farm their vineyards organically or biodynamically with minimal or no chemical intervention. 

Marmo, Bristol Restaurant ©Marmo

31 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1RG 



Inspired by the culinary delights of Spain, Bravas provides classic Spanish tapas, with a menu that changes daily to take advantage of the seasonal products available so that they use only the best. 

The softly lit restaurant provides an intimate experience where customers can feel the welcoming atmosphere to feel both relaxed and at home.

Bravas, Bristol Restaurant ©Bravas

7 Cotham Hill, Redland, Bristol BS6 6LD


The Ox

This stylish steak house is tucked away in a basement beneath the Commercial Rooms in the centre of Bristol. Known as the best steak in Bristol, the restaurant offers prime cuts of steak all cooked on their famous Josper oven, alongside small plates, deserts and of course, the Sunday roast. 

Also including a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes to cater for all, The Ox is also cousins with Hyde and Co and The Milk Thistle, well known cocktail bars, so you can expect an impressive array of crafted cocktails to enjoy too. 

The Ox, Bristol Restaurant ©TheOx

The Basement, 43 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT



Beginning in 2004, Tom, Jen and Ben toured the uk’s best festivals offering local, seasonal and sustainable food which has seen them gain widespread acclaim. 2011 saw them set up shop in Stoke’s Croft, an area of Bristol known for its vibrancy. 

This rustic cafe/ bar serves global tapas with an ethical spin, using only local and organic ingredients. 

Tom is also the founder of ‘Forgotten Feast’, a Social Enterprise that works on projects throughout the UK to revive the cooking heritage and to help reduce food waste.

Poco, Bristol Restaurant ©Poco

45 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP



Helping put Bristol well and truly on the national food scene, this Michelin star restaurant offers refined British dishes inspired to tantalise all five senses all within a harbour side restaurant that seasonally changes it decor. 

Offering a culinary experience, their tasting menus provide around 20 courses cooked over an open fire in full view. 

8, The General, Lower Guinea St, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6FU


The Ethicureuan

A true food experience, the Ethicurean is set in a beautiful Victorian walled garden with a backdrop of the wonderful Mendip Hills. It is this setting that sets a deep connection between the restaurant and the land they grow all of their produce on. 

Ethically conscious, all produce is responsibly sourced and beautifully presented offering food that sets all of its guests on a culinary journey. 

The Ethicurean, Bristol Restaurant ©TheEthicurean

Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, Bristol BS40 5SA


Seven lucky gods 

Seven lucky gods is a contemporary, Japanese bar and restaurant offering Asian small plates and sushi, all within a buzzing atmosphere, right in the centre of Bristol’s harbourside in the Wapping Wharf development. 

Seven Lucky Gods, Bristol Restaurant ©SevenLuckyGods

Unit 26, Cargo, 2 Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RW


The Bristol Lido

The historic Lido in Clifton was originally built in 1849 as the Clifton Victorian Baths. This award winning restaurant also offers a poolside bar that offers great food in a relaxed setting. The restaurant offers great views overlooking the pool on the original viewing gallery. 

The Lido, Bristol Restaurant ©LidoBristol

Oakfield Pl, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BJ



If award winning pies are your thing, then you need head on down to Pieminister.

Owners Tristan and Jon decided to create Pieminister after travelling around Australia eating pies everyday which fuelled their desire to redesign the ‘humble British pie’. Their success spread fast with a stall at Borough Market in London and then a pitch at Glastonbury. 

They now have 3 places in Bristol at St Nick’s Market, Stokes Croft and Broad Quay, alongside other various restaurants across the country. 

Pieminister, Bristol Restaurant ©Pieminister

7 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA


Little French

This independent, family owned restaurant is firm favourite in the Bristol food scene. This French food is served by produce- led ingredients sourced from all across Europe. Paired with an exceptional wine list, Little French is the best place to experience French cuisine in Bristol. 

It’s relaxed, bohemian vibe has also been meticulously designed by the Chef’s wife to create a classic French bistro vibe. 

Little French, Bristol Restaurant ©LittleFrench

2 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7QB


Thali Cafe

The Thali meal originates in India, where it uses seasonal, local and organic food where they recycle as much as they can. This Thali cafe in Easton reflects the spirit of India beginning as a food truck at Glastonbury festival. 

Fast forward to today and Thali showcases all of the dishes from Bombay to Goa. Plus, they are the first Indian restaurant to be awarded a Three Star Sustainability Champion Rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2013.

Thali Cafe, Bristol Restaurant ©ThaliCafe

64-66 St Marks Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JH


Jamaica street stores

This family owned kitchen offers local, seasonal and sustainable food which is focused on acquiring produce that reflects what the brothers Charlie and Phillip have enjoyed eating whilst growing up in the West Country. 

In their words Jamaica Street Stores offers ‘Unfussy, homely and delicious’ food. 

Jamaica Street Stores, Bristol Restaurant © JamaicaStreetStores

37-39 Jamaica St, Bristol BS2 8JP


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