There are restaurants, cafes and bars aplenty in Bristol, with something sure to suit every taste and every budget. If you’re new to the city or simply want to try something new, check out some of our favourite places to eat in Bristol.
Where to eat in Bristol for an authentic Mediterranean brunch
The Mediterranean Souk Kitchen is famous for having one of Bristol’s quirkiest brunch menus. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will be delighted by their signature dish of shakshuka – eggs poached in a delicious spicy tomato sauce with onions and peppers.
There are plenty of other choices too – the menu is a well-curated selection of treats, with veggie and seafood options, including grilled Cornish sardines and mackerel and even the traditional full English with a Mediterranean twist.
No Souk Kitchen brunch would be complete without trying their astonishing speciality drink, the harissa Bloody Mary. There’s no excuse not to – a virgin version is available for non-drinkers and it’s every bit as delicious.
Where to eat in Bristol for succulent seafood
Elegant and distinguished, the Wallfish Bistro is an absolute must for seafood lovers visiting Bristol.
The Wallfish’s nibbles menu alone consists of four different varieties of oyster, served steamed, baked, fried, grilled and of course raw on the half shell, alongside dishes of radishes and the finest Sicilian nocellara olives.
Lunch at the Wallfish Bistro may be a little more costly than a few alternatives, but it’s worth it for freshly-caught lobster, squid and ray, flawlessly cooked and dressed with a glass of Kir on the side.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, choose from a selection of decadent desserts including roast peaches with amaretto, platters of local cheese and scoops of homemade ice cream.
Where to eat in Bristol for artisan wine with your meal
With its wooden floors and minimalist decor, Bar Buvette offers guests a truly Parisian feel despite its location less than a block from the River Avon.
This stylish bistro serves only biodynamic organic wines from a carefully curated selection of artisan producers, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the UK.
Sample marinated artichokes, braised cuttlefish and a whole range of delectable cheeses and charcuterie, accompanied by jams made from owner Peter Taylor’s French orchard and sourdough from a local bakery. It’s an exquisite tapas-style dining experience.
If you’ve still got room after sampling all that Bar Buvette has to offer, round things off with a superb custard tart. You won’t regret it.
Where to eat in Bristol for Chinese food
Chefs prepare food from all eight regions of China and serve them in an all you can eat buffet format at COSMO Bristol, which earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018.
COSMO offers food from a variety of cuisines from Japanese teppanyaki to a classic carvery, so guests who’d prefer to sample food from other countries will also be satisfied. If you really can’t make your mind up you can also try a multitude of dishes served in tiny portions from the tasting kitchen.
The buffet consists of metres of dishes and desserts as well as a full bar so you can enjoy a variety of alcoholic drinks and bottomless soft drinks alongside your meal. As if the spectacle of all that food wasn’t enough by itself, COSMO has live cooking stations so you can enjoy the spectacle of watching the experts at work.
Where to eat in Bristol if you’re vegetarian or vegan
Cafe Ronak is a delight. The cosy atmosphere of this family-run independent cafe is enough to make any guest stay for one more coffee, which is Ethiopian, fairtrade and sourced from Wogan Coffee, one of the most eminent artisan coffee importers in Bristol.
The cafe is equally good for all day breakfasts, brunches and lunches. It specialises in meze, including baba ganoush, falafels and homemade hummus, served alongside delicious salads. If you’re not a coffee fan, sample one of Cafe Ronak’s lovely fresh smoothies alongside your meal.
The cafe’s interior is rustic and if you visit in the summertime you can enjoy your food and drinks outside in a charming courtyard behind the cafe.