Bristol is home to three Michelin starred restaurants. Here's the full list of restaurants that have been given an award in the city...

The Michelin Plate

This distinction is given to restaurants singled out in the Michelin Guide for particularly 'Good Cooking' in their area. The current restaurants listed are:

  • Adelina Yard
  • Bokman
  • Gambas
  • Klosterhaus
  • Lido
  • Little French
  • Marmo
  • Tare
  • The Ethicurean - also awarded a Green Star for its focus on environmental practices 
  • Wilson's

Bib Gourmand

This Michelin accolade goes to restaurants which provide "exceptionally good food at moderate prices". Bristol had three Bib Gourmand for the 2020 edition of the guide.

Box-E

A compact 14-cover restaurant located on the top floor of Cargo 1, which is popular with locals and critics alike. Cargo is a collection of converted shipping containers in Bristol's trendy Wapping Wharf development, overlooking the harbour.

The Michelin Guide says: 'Dishes are rustic, assured and flavour-packed; for the tasting menu, book the 4-seater kitchen counter. The panna cotta is a must!'

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Root

Located next door to Box-E, it really goes to show the standard of dining available in Wapping Wharf. Veggies are the star of the show here, with a couple of delicious meatier dishes too - the problem will be deciding which dishes to order...

The Michelin Guide says: 'This busy, welcoming little restaurant occupies five first floor shipping containers on the old wharf. Produce from small local suppliers is used in simple yet flavour-packed small plates formed around vegetables. They have a modern, sometimes intriguing style and inventive touches.'

Root Bristol

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Michelin Star

Bulrush

The latest of Bristol's restaurants to receive a coveted Michelin star, Bulrush has been making waves in the city for its dazzling dishes ever since it opened in the leafy suburb of Kingsdown in late 2015.

The Michelin Guide says: 'At first glance it might appear quite modest but this sweet neighbourhood restaurant comes with an appealingly relaxed and cosy feel, helped along by an amiable team. It’s set over two floors; ask to stay downstairs to soak up the atmosphere from the on-view kitchen.

Top-notch seasonal ingredients are either foraged or organic, and preserving and pickling play a key role on the imaginative, well-balanced and deftly prepared tasting menu. Combinations are original and provide plenty of contrasts and flavours are clear and natural.

The chefs often join the serving team in delivering a dish or two to the table and you can feel their innate pride. The astutely chosen wine flight creates the perfect partnership.'

Bulrush Bristol

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Casamia

Retaining their Michelin star since 2009, Casamia continues to push boundaries and impress diners from across the world. A move from the outskirts of the city into a prime Harbourside location and plenty of exciting collaborations throughout the year has only spurred the team on to bigger and better things. The restaurant was also rated 8th in the UK in The Good Food Guide in 2018. 

The Michelin Guide says: 'Casamia has very clear ideas of what sort of restaurant it wants to be and has set about creating something quite original in this part of the world. For the start, the menu comprises around 20 courses and offers no choices so dietary preferences are not considered. Diners are then all served at once so arrive on time if you want to avoid disapproving looks from your fellow guests. The dishes are sophisticated creations, with plenty of Asian influences on show. Along with various modern techniques, the kitchen also makes good use of the open fire.

The décor is dark and moody and the music loud and unrelenting, so if you’re here to whisper sweet nothings in your loved one’s ears you may need to include some semaphore. Chairs are all pointed towards the open kitchen so you can watch the drama unfold.'

Casamia Bristol

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Paco Tapas

Located next door to Casamia, Paco Tapas is another venture from the talented Sanchez family. Pop in for a luxurious light lunch of gambas al ajillo, olives and patatas bravas, or go in the evening and work your way through as much of the menu as you can. It's hard to imagine tapas getting any better than this.

The Michelin Guide says: 'This buzzy tapas bar shoehorned in the corner of a vast development is the younger sister of Casamia and is named after the head of the family who own it, Mr Sanchez-Iglesias Senior. Sit on the terrace for nibbles accompanied by one of their fine Spanish wines or head for the 8-seater counter set around the large open grill. The décor might be simple, with period grey tiles and a few Spanish prints, but it’s the food that will steal your focus here.

Appealing menus provide plenty of choice and include all the favourites. The authentic, skilfully prepared dishes are packed with flavour and the passion with which they are made is palpable. The “Chef’s Menu” will take you on a best-of-the-best tour of Spain with the likes of clams, jamón croquettes and wood-roast gambas, and be sure to try the fire-cooked bread – it will have you in raptures.

They offer a great range of Spanish wines too, with chilled sherries served straight from the cask.'

Paco Tapas Bristol

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Further afield

Just a short drive or bus ride from Bristol, you'll find a wealth of other award-winning restaurants, often in historic buildings with beautiful countryside views. Well worth a day trip if you're in Bristol for a longer visit!

  • Olive Tree, Bath
  • Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Bybrook, Castle Combe in Wiltshire
  • Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
  • The Dining Room, Wiltshire

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Casamia
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Chef at Casamia

Michelin star restaurant Casamia, brings you a dining experience that is truly seasonal. Not only the delicious tasting menu but the very décor of this intimate restaurant change throughout the year.

Paco Tapas
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Paco Tapas credit Dominka Scheibinger

With jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over the wood fire and sherry straight from the barrel let them transport you to Andalusia.