Restaurants

Top Choice British in City Centre

Riverstation

Riverstation is one of Bristol's original dining-out destinations, and still leads the pack. The waterside location is hard to beat, with a view over the Floating Harbour, but it's the food that keeps the punters co…
Bistro in Clifton

Primrose Café

A Clifton classic, as perfect for morning coffee as for a proper sit-down dinner. With its pavement tables and wooden interior, it feels like a Bristolian version of a Parisian street cafe. It's particularly choice …
Seafood in Clifton

Fishers

Bristol's top choice for fish dishes rustles up everything from pan-fried sea bass with chorizo to succulent grilled whole lobster. The hot shellfish platter (£46 for two people) is made for sharing. The simple sett…
Cafe in Bristol

Canteen

Occupying the ground floor of an old office block, this community-run cafe sums up Bristol's alternative character: it's all about slow food, local suppliers and fair prices, whether you pop in for a bacon butty, ve…
Cafe in Bristol

Yurt Lush

Behind Temple Meads Station is this bohemian café bar, based in three interlinked Mongolian yurts next to Engine Shed. Despite its somewhat industrial location, it has the warmth you'd expect from a friendly communi…
British in Bristol

Gallimaufry

The very definition of a locals' cafe, favoured by a resident cool crowd. All the elements are there – upcycled furniture, quirky artworks, scruffy decor – along with a dedication to Bristolian suppliers. The food c…
Market in City Centre

St Nicholas Market

The city's lively street market has a bevy of food stalls selling everything from mezze platters to pulled-pork rolls from barbecue specialists Grillstock. Lines can be long at lunchtime, but it's worth the wait. Lo…
British in Bristol

Cowshed

Country food with a modern twist is served at the Cowshed. The focus is on quality, locally sourced meat – aged beef, wild rabbit, pork belly, plus the pièce de résistance, 'steak on stone', served sizzling on a hot…
British in City Centre

Ox

Gorgeous, highly polished wood, glinting brass, low lighting and cool jazz ensure this sleek eatery resembles a posh Pullman dining car that's somehow been bestowed with some Pre-Raphaelite murals. The food is aimed…
Pies in Bristol

Pieminister

A Bristol institution where gourmet pies have quirky names: Tipsy Chic (chicken and cider), Heidi (goat's cheese) and Moo and Blue (yes: beef and Stilton). All are drowned in lashings of gravy (meat-free if you wish…