Top Choice British in Bristol


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 Bristol

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 …
French in Bristol


This converted river barge is great for a romantic dinner, with candlelit tables and harbour views through a glass extension. The stylish food revolves around French and Italian flavours.
Pies in Bristol


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…
Vegetarian in Bristol

Maitreya Social

This Easton eatery has won awards for its innovative veggie food; it now doubles as a snug bar and funky arts-space-cum-music-venue too.
British in Bristol


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…
Indian in Bristol

Thali Café

This long-standing Indian canteen now has four outlets, including this one in Clifton. It specialises in thalis (multicourse Indian meals), showcasing different curry styles from across India. It's licensed too; per…
Seafood in Bristol


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…
Market in Bristol

St Nicholas Market

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

Olive Shed

With tables right beside Bristol's Floating Harbour, this rustic eatery is a top spot for a waterfront lunch. It serves tapas and twists on Mediterranean food; think cured and torched mackerel, mushrooms made pungen…