With some of the best views in the city, the restaurants around the water are not to be missed in Bristol. Whether it’s a drizzly November morning or a beautiful May evening when you visit, there’s loads of options for you to settle into and enjoy the walk along the harbour to reach them. Here we highlight just a few.

Brunel’s Buttery

A bonafide Bristol institution, there is a queue at Brunel’s Buttery come rain or shine for its coffee and bacon butties. No airs or graces, but that’s not what this place is about and yes chips in a cone for breakfast is acceptable.

The Stable

If relaxed dining with friends or family, good pizza and a fine selection of ciders is your thing, then make sure you get over to The Stable. A young west-country brand deliver on their promise of extraordinary toppings, which are sourced from the best producers and growers in the region.

Spitfire

A new ‘dude food’ restaurant for Bristol with unbeatable views overlooking the Floating Harbour, opposite Brunel’s Buttery. There are two huge smokers in an open kitchen and Barbeque cuisine to rival the finest in the city.

The Olive Shed

Just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the Olive Shed serves up some of the city’s best tapas. You’ll feel positively continental as you sit next to the huge double doors and watch Bristol’s most famous ship, The Matthew sail alongside the harbour.

Pumphouse

Situated in a prime waterside location close to where the city docks meet the River Avon, this acclaimed gastropub is housed in a former Victorian pumping station. Under the leadership of chef proprietor Toby Gritten, who is famous for his foraging, you can enjoy tasting menus, simple British cuisine and a huge collection of gins.

Za Za Bazaar

The perfect option if you have the whole family with you. This is Europe’s largest restaurant with endless food options to match. For one price you can return to the international food stations from Thai to Indian street food, as many times as you wish and catch a view of the harbour while you’re at it.

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