If you’re looking for the perfect date night location in Bristol, we’ve got plenty of suggestions to make your evening extra special…

The Ox

Bristol's seductive steakhouse, hidden away in an unasuming basement in the old city and packed full of old school glamour, with wood-panelled walls and low lighting. Opt for one of their substantial sharing steaks if you really want to impress.

The Ox Bristol
Image: The Ox

Bar 44

Sharing is caring at this opulent tapas bar in Clifton Village, where you can tuck yourselves into a cosy booth or grab a table in the main dining room. Choose from a selection of seasonal and classic tapas dishes to enjoy with a glass of wine or one of their popular G&Ts.

Bar 44 Bristol
Image: Bar 44 Bristol

The Lido

If you want to combine a pampering session with dinner, book in for a spa day at The Lido and then head to their restaurant for some delicious dishes from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired menu. The restaurant also looks out over the open air pool, which makes for a relaxing backdrop while you eat.

Lido Bristol
Image: Lido


Located in a stunning grade 1 listed building, Klosterhaus serves up sophisticated Mittel-European cuisine alongside German classics such as pork knuckle, currywurst and schnitzels. The beautiful bar is a great spot for enjoying their cocktail menu and steins of beer, or you could watch the world go by on their outdoor terrace. 

Klosterhaus Bristol

Image: Klosterhaus


This bustling tapas bar in Cotham still manages to feel comfortable and intimate even when it's full. Request a table in the corner if you want a quieter spot, or perch up at the bar with your date to see the action while enjoying your food.

Bravas Bristol


Another harbourside favourite, Riverstation has been a stalwart of the city's restaurant scene for a long time, and no wonder given its waterfront terrace and great views. Enjoy a more casual bite on the terrace, or head upstairs to their restaurant for à la carte options.

Riverstation Bristol
Image: Riverstation


Enjoy beautifully-cooked seafood from across the UK while taking in views of the river on this glass-fronted quayside restaurant.

Fish dish and glass of wine at Riverstation
Image: FiSH

Hotel du Vin Bistro

If your beau is a bit of a wine connoisseur, there's no better place to take them for dinner than the bistro at Hotel du Vin in the city centre, where a Sommelier is always ready to recommend the perfect wine to go with your meal. 

Across town at The Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin, their restaurant Goram & Vincent has some stunning views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge, whether you opt for a table on the terrace or in the glass-fronted dining area indoors.

Hotel du Vin Bristol
Image: Hotel du Vin Bristol

Thornbury Castle

Take your romantic night out to the next level with dinner in a castle! Just a short drive from Bristol, the historic Thornbury Castle is home to a luxury hotel and restaurant, so you can combine your evening out with an overnight stay if needed. The menu is a mix of traditional British and European dishes, all given a modern twist. Or if you're more sweet-toothed, they do a great afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea by the fire at Thornbury Castle
Image: Thornbury Castle

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

Set in a stunning converted bank in Clifton Village, The Ivy Clifton Brasserie certainly has the wow factor when you walk in. You can choose to sit in the impressive main room or more intimate orangery to enjoy the menu of traditional British favourites. We'd recommend a look at the cocktail menu too!

The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
Image: The Ivy Clifton Brasserie

You'll also find a fun and flirty atmosphere at some of Bristol's most dazzling restaurants such as KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar, or Coppa Club in Clifton Village.

And here are a few other restaurants guaranteed to make your romantic evening:

  • Wilson’s - a charming neighbourhood bistro in Redland, loved by locals and critics alike.
  • littlefrench - a cosy bistro in Westbury-on-Trym, with a menu of comforting French-inspired delights.
  • Otira - one half of a duel restaurant concept in Redland (opposite Wilson's!), with modern dishes inspired by the chef's New Zealand roots.
  • Broken Dock - One of the most picturesque views in the harbour, situated on the corner of Brunel Quay looking out towards Brunel's SS Great Britain. If you can't get a table, its neighbour Spoke & Stringer serves up some great small plates with the same spectacular view.
  • Flow - this restaurant in Haymarket Walk creates spectacular vegan dishes which draw people in from miles around.
  • Pasture - a dazzling steak restaurant in Redcliffe, taking its inspiration from Hawksmoor but with added flair.
  • Pasta Ripiena - taking pasta to a new level, and much easier to book into than its super popular sister Pasta Loco, which fills up months in advance.
  • Box-E - a tiny restaurant in Wapping Wharf making a name for itself far beyond Bristol. Make sure you book in for the Chef's Table.
  • Adelina Yard - another Bristol fine dining establisment lauded by critics, with all the finesse of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants, but not the price tag to match.

Image: Broken Dock
Image: Broken Dock

If you’re looking for a nightcap after your decadent dinner, how about a cocktail in cosy speakeasy Hyde & Co, its glamorous big sister Milk Thistle or in Steampunk-themed bar The Clockwork Rose?  Alternatively, you could pop in for a Belgian beer at The Strawberry Thief or a frozen G&T at Brozen Bar.

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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.

Bar 44 Clifton
Meat at Bar 44 Clifton

Bar 44 is a bar and restaurant that is accessible to all, a family friendly place, offering the highest quality ingredients that showcase their passion for Spanish food and culture

Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro

Critically-acclaimed bistro restaurant, serving fine European cuisine

Goram & Vincent at The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Goram & Vincent at The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Imagine a gritty, earthy smoke house with open kitchen for fire, smoke and theatre, coal fired grills, a smoker and bespoke clay ovens

Thornbury Castle Restaurant
Thornbury Castle Restaurant

The restaurant at Thornbury Castle offers plenty of modern, British inspired dishes, as well as some traditional favourites. All dishes on the dinner menu use only the finest and freshest ingredients, many grown in the castle's kitchen garden and herb garden.

The Lido Restaurant
Clifton Lido food and pool

Critically-acclaimed restaurant overlooking The Lido in the Clifton area


Located in an iconic grade 1 listed building composed of a glamorous restaurant, bar, event spaces and outdoor terraces.