Romantic Places to Eat & Drink in Bristol

When it comes to treating that special person in your life, a romantic dinner in Bristol can be whatever you want it to be. From cosy candlelit corners to intimate eateries housed in trendy shipping containers, Bristol has something to tantalise all taste buds. 

Romantic doesn't always mean Champagne and fine dining; no matter what you're looking for, Bristol really does have it all. 

Romantic restaurants 

Want to dine out in style? Head to Bristol's Old City to enjoy perfect steaks, sophisticated decor and a killer cocktail list at The Ox, cosy bistro vibes at Hotel du Vin & Bistro, or dishes cooked over fire at The Granary, housed in one of Bristol’s most impressive buildings. 

Across the city you’ll find a range of Michelin-rated restaurants that never fail to impress, or you can show-off your Bristol knowledge with dinner at an understated neighbourhood restaurant such as Bravas in Cotham, The Metropolitan on Whiteladies Road or The Forge & Fern in Staple Hill

The scenic suburb of Clifton makes for a great date night location, with an abundance of restaurants sure to make your night extra special. The Ivy Clifton Brasserie serves modern British dishes in a beautiful setting, while The Aqua Grand Cafe takes inspiration from the romantic cafes of Paris.

Wind your way through gorgeous Georgian houses to tuck into poolside tapas at The Lido, find a cosy candlelit corner to enjoy Mexican dishes and mezcal cocktails at Condesa, or enjoy some elevated Spanish dishes in the beautiful surrounds of Bar 44

Date night deals 

Treating your loved one doesn’t have to be expensive. Many Bristol restaurants offer midweek dining deals and special hotel and food packages to make your visit extra special. 

Harvey Nichols Bristol Second Floor Restaurant & Bar in Cabot Circus has a great value set menu offer as well as regular supper clubs and cocktail masterclasses. You’ll also find daily offers on food and drink at Racks in Clifton, or check out the latest deals at Noah’s seafood restaurant in the harbour.  

Cocktails for two 

Enjoy a night cap at a romantic cocktail bar in Bristol. Hyde & Co. is the Bristol’s original speakeasy, while The Granary Club is tucked away under a grand former grain warehouse in the centre. The Wellhead boasts some pretty views of the river and Castle Park, or you could visit Bristol’s very own gin boat: 6 O’clock Gin at The Glassboat

Want to try something a bit different? Brozen Bar serve up frozen cocktails made to order with liquid nitrogen, while The Clockwork Rose has a steampunk theme for both its decor and cocktail menu. 

Head to the countryside 

Want to whisk your date out of town for a rural romantic getaway? 

To the north of the city, Curious Kitchen at Aztec Hotel & Spa is a double Rosette award-winning restaurant, drawing flavours from around the globe, and Hattusa at Berwick Lodge has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and serves a range of delicious dishes inspired by modern British cuisine, with an occasional Asian twist. 

1853 Restaurant & Bar at Tortworth Court is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner and fireside prosecco on the edge of the Cotswolds, or few places make as much of a jaw-dropping first impression as Thornbury Castle, where you can dine in the 3 AA Rosette restaurant or book in for afternoon tea

Venture into the stunning Somerset countryside between Bristol and Bath to try the 25-mile menu at THE PIG–near Bath, where many of the ingredients are sourced from the Kitchen Garden in the grounds of the historic country house. 

Plan the perfect romantic getaway

From luxury spa hotels and four poster beds through to decadent set menus and cosy cocktail bars, we've got plenty of ideas for making date night extra special.

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