A trip to Bristol doesn’t have to be an expensive one. We have plenty of options to suit a range of budgets, whether you’re a student, lone traveller or have the family in tow (we know how costs can add up!).

In addition to the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end cocktail bars, Bristol also has more than its fair share of cheaper food and drink.

Here are some tips on enjoying Bristol’s award-winning food scene without breaking the bank…

Street Food

One of the best ways to experience Bristol’s diverse food scene on a budget is with street food, and you have plenty of markets to choose from, but the jewel in the crown has to be St Nicholas Market in the city centre. 

With over 60 stalls in total across the market and a large variety of international cuisines on offer, St Nick's is one of the most popular places to eat in Bristol. The streets outside also play host to a vegan food market on Mondays, a farmer's market on Wednesdays, and an extended street food market on Tuesdays and Fridays.

You'll also find a variety of other stalls and cabins around the city centre where you can grab a cheap meal on the go, such as the much-loved Falafel King on the Harbourside, The Kitchen of Anatolia and Edna's Kitchen in Castle Park, and Rana's Dhaba in Broadmead.

St Nicholas Market Bristol
Image: St Nicholas Market


Another cost-effective way of eating in the city while catering for a variety of tastes is to head to one of Bristol's buffet restaurants.

Cosmo on Clifton Triangle serves up a range of international cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican and even Japanese teppanyaki. Lunch is priced from £14.99 per person, and dinner from £17.99. Reduced prices for children under 155cm and nominal charge for under-5s.

The huge Za Za Bazaar on the Harbourside conjurs up the vibe of a bustling street market, with several live cooking stations taking you on a tour of five continents, from freshly-made tacos to stir frys, pasta dishes and Indian curries. Enjoy lunch from £12.99 per person, dinner from £18.99, or eat for £18.99 all day on Sundays. Children 11 years and under dine half price, children under five are free. Student discounts are available.

Cosmo Bristol
Image: Cosmo

Special offers

Many of Bristol's restaurants, bars and cafes have discounts for students, families and carers, as well as seasonal deals and offers throughout the year. Head over to our Special Offers page to find out more, otherwise here are a few foodie highlights...

  • The £7.50 lunch at Three Brothers Burgers is great value for unbelievable quality. Enjoy their classic burger (or Portobello mushroom burger) and fries for only £7.50. Available Monday – Sunday until 5pm.
  • Dine in at Fishers seafood restaurant in Clifton after 9pm, Sunday to Thursday, and enjoy any of the delicious fresh catches that are still available on the menu for just £9.
  • Get 50% off sushi on Sundays at Yakinori, or pop in on Mondays to enjoy 50% off dishes from the vegan menu.
  • Get any 2 courses for £10, every Tuesday at No.4 Clifton Village.
  • Combine film and food on Tuesdays at Watershed - any valid cinema ticket holder will be entitled to 30% off any main dishes from Watershed’s menu, and the offer is valid all day.
  • The burgers at Racks in Clifton are usually £10, but on Mondays (from 5pm until 10.30pm) you can buy 2 for the price of 1 - it's up to you whether you bring a friend or have them both though...

See more food and drink deals here.

Three Brothers Burgers
Image: Three Brothers Burgers

Early evening and pre-theatre deals

If you're planning on an early dinner or seeing a show and need to eat beforehand, you've got plenty of great value options in the city centre...

  • Drop in to Bambalan any time before or after the show (up until 10pm) and claim 20% off your food bill when you show a valid ticket to any event on that day at any of Bristol’s theatres or music venues.
  • Get 2 courses for £12 between 5.30pm and 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, at The Square Kitchen.
  • Cathay Rendezvous offer a pre-theatre menu of 2 courses for £12.95, or 3 courses for £15.95. Available Sunday-Friday from 5.30-7pm.

  • Bambalan Bristol
    Image: Bambalan

See more venues that offer these deals on our Pre-theatre Dining page

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St Nicholas Market
St Nicks Market Corn St

Established in 1743, St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for being home to some of the best food in the city.

Cosmo Restaurant Bristol
Live cooking at Cosmo Restaurant Bristol

At Cosmo Bristol, you can enjoy over 100 dishes from around the world - from China, Japan, Italy, India and more.

Za Za Bazaar
Za Za Bazaar, Zaza Bazaar, Zaza Bazaar Bristol

Take your taste buds on a food tour of the world at Za Za Bazaar, Bristol's finest banquet-style global cuisine restaurant

Three Brothers Burgers
Three Brothers Burgers

Three Brothers Burgers is situated right in the very heart of the 'Beermuda' triangle on Welsh Back, Three Brothers Burgers offers a selection of burgers and dogs with craft beer, shakes, sundaes and floats.

Yakinori Bristol
Platter of sushi

Yakinori is an independent, family owned Japanese restaurant serving Noodles, Sushi, Ramen, Katsu Curry, Bento, Grilled Dishes & Sake in a fun and vibrant setting!

No.4 Clifton Village
No. 4 Clifton

No.4 is located in the heart of Clifton, a beautiful and historic location of Georgian buildings, and the perfect place to relax in Bristol.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

Racks Bar & Kitchen
Rack's Bar and Kitchen

Racks Bar and Kitchen, one of Clifton’s best venues, is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a restaurant with excellent table service and a delicious array of breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

Bambalan Bristol burgers

The latest venture from the Hyde & Co group, Bambalan burst onto the Bristol food scene in May 2016 and has fast become a firm favourite for laid back drinking and dining ever since!

The Ox Bristol
The Ox Corn Street steak

The Ox is a bastion of simple, top notch, British fayre. Situated in the heart of the Old City, you’ll find a menu packed with the choicest cuts of prime steak and tasty, meaty morsels.

The Square Club
The Square Club

Located in Clifton, The Square Kitchen is a fantastic fine-dining restaurant using locally sourced ingredients. Come for the food, stay for the lower-deck cocktail bar, where the bartenders will wow you with their vast repertoire of cocktails!