BBC Good Food team has dined its way around Bristol to produce the pick of the best places to dine, from ‘cheap eats’ to top-flight restaurants for a ‘special occasion’.
Although many of the choices will come as no surprise to the city’s army of foodies, there are also a few hidden gems on the list well worth seeking out.
Take a scroll through our photo gallery to see what BBC Good Food reckon to be the best restaurants and bars in Bristol.
Where: 3, The General, Lower Guinea Street, Redcliffe, Bristol ,BS1 6FU. Best for: Special occasion. BBC Good Food says: ‘Paco calls itself a family-run tapas restaurant where Peter Sanchez and his brigade of chefs are cooking at the top of their game. This place is special, and one of Bristol’s finest.’ Photo: Nick Hook Where: Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, Bristol, BS40 5SA. Best for: Special occasion, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘If you fancy getting out into the surrounding countryside, head for The Ethicurean, a beautiful restaurant overlooking a walled garden with breathtaking views of the Somerset hills’. Where: 128-130, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2RS. Best for: Special occasion, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Simply prepared super-fresh fish, mostly caught off the Devon coast and many cooked over an open fire. Glam, grown-up and quieter than many local restaurants, Spiny Lobster is a good place for a romantic dinner’. Where: 3 Nine Tree Hill, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS1 3SB. Best for: Cheap eats, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘It’s plain to see that this Korean restaurant is very popular. Queues-out-the-door popular. Arrive early and grab a seat. It’s a short menu, and both the fried kimchi rice and beef brisket ramen arrive in blisteringly hot ceramic bowls and continue to cook at the table’. Where: Units 11-15, City Business Park, Easton Road, Bristol, BS5 0SP. Best for: Casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Wrap up warm and brave the elements in the outdoor seating space or sit at the trestle tables among the brewing tanks. A welcoming and original destination that’s very Bristol’. Where: 2 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QB. Best for: Child-friendly, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Little French in residential Westbury Park is exactly the sort of family-run restaurant Bristol needed. Unpretentious cooking packed full of flavour’. Where: 31 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1RG. Best for: Casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘The short, modestly priced and largely Italian influenced menu drives you to order many of the little dishes, switching things around, always with wines to match’. Where: Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ. Best for: Special occasion, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘A winner for its stunning location alone (overlooking a Victorian lido), but also for the amazing food with hints of the Moorish and the Mediterranean’. Where: 1-3 York Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5QB. Best for: Special occasion. BBC Good Food says: ‘Cousins Dominic Borel and Ben and Joe Harvey stick closely to their roots, and the menu here is all-out Italian. The menu is classic trattoria with pasta made on the premises and fantastic aperitif and antipasti’. Where: 64-66 St Marks Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JH. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, child-friendly. BBC Good Food says: ‘Bristol’s popular Thali café in Easton serves up fresh Indian ‘roadside’ dishes using local suppliers and sustainably sourced ingredients. Particularly good for veggies and vegans’. Where: 50 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2NH. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, child-friendly. BBC Good Food says: ‘This pizzeria offers about eight options of wood-fired pizza and a short but enigmatic drinks list. There’s also a daily changing menu of specials’. Where: 21 Cotham Road South, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5TZ. Best for: Special occasion. BBC Good Food says: ‘Michelin-starred Bulrush just seems to get better and better. Chef George Livesey’s classical training with the Roux brothers shows in his elegant eight-course tasting menu’. Where: 277 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP. Best for: Cheap eats, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Serving one of Bristol’s most interesting brunch menus, Souk Kitchen offers dishes like broad bean falafels, carrot and beetroot salad with tahini and lemon’. Where: Unit 10 Cargo 1, Bristol, BS1 6WP. Best for: Casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Box-E is a cute pint-sized (18-seat) restaurant housed in a container with a brilliant short wine list. There are just four seats at the bar for a chef’s table experience’. Where: 8a Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LN. Best for: Casual dining, cheap eats, child-friendly. BBC Good Food says: ‘Another great veggie hangout, if in the slightly less salubrious surroundings of the ‘bear pit’ (the locals’ name for the underground roundabout in the middle of town). It's well worth the detour, though, for imaginative vegetarian and vegan dishes’. Where: 24 Chandos Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PF. Best for: Casual dining, special occasion. BBC Good Food says: ‘The deceptively simple food is based around a weekly changing menu, using ingredients they have grown, gathered or hunted themselves’. Where: 7 Cotham Hill, Bristol, BS6 6LD. Best for: Cheap eats, casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘This popular little tapas bar, run by Kieran and Imogen Waite, does the classics such as tortilla and patatas bravas really well, but also have less common tapas such as presa à la plancha. Always packed’. Where: 51 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1EN. Best for: Casual dining. BBC Good Food says: ‘Kask serves remarkable wines, cheese, charcuterie, good bread – you know the drill. It’s a trailblazer for Bristol’.