Date night? Trying to impress a new squeeze? Hoping a friendship will turn into something more? Say no more. What you need is a list of the best romantic restaurants in Bristol and thankfully we have the best of the bunch. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, may we suggest a kebab and a wander along the Avon?
This Bristol institution has just gained its first Michelin Star, which means you know it’s going to be good. We’d recommend if you’re pushing the boat out that you head straight for the tasting menu. Choose from eight or nine courses, depending on the day of the week, and enjoy dishes like bbq trout with red cabbage gazpacho, and horseradish, or heritage tomato, sheep’s milk ice cream, and nettle. It’s a tiny spot with just a few tables, so you get to get all up and close and personal with your date.
Is there a better way to bring the romance than to sit eating dinner overlooking Welsh Back? We don’t think so. So head down to Adeline Yard, an acclaimed restaurant run by two hospitality veterans. This bright and airy space and eat their incredible food that includes dishes like Orkney scallop with English peas, cured sea bream, and game consomme with autumn vegetables, truffle, and steamed brioche. Make sure you round it off with one of their desserts, dishes that they’re famous for perfecting.
No one knows more about romance than the Italians (except maybe the French). Which is why we’ve brought you to Pasta Loco, an upmarket Italian restaurant that’s getting rave reviews. Except you won’t find much in the way of overcooked pasta here. These guys serve up food like gnocchi with cavolo nero and courgette, orzo risotto, and mussels in steamed sherry. They make their own pasta daily, and even have gluten free versions if you or your date has specific food needs. So, head down, order the pappardelle, and make like Lady and the Tramp!
Boats are romantic. Yeah, things didn’t work out too well fo Jack and Rose (he definitely could have fit on that door) but there’s no denying that sitting by candlelight on the water brings out the love in us all. That’s why when making a list of the most romantic restaurants in Bristol, we had to add in Glassboat. Serving up a French menu (romantic), under the river’s lights (romantic), your date will be delighted to dine here. Try out treats like the Marseille style fish stew, Scottish girolles, or roast Devon Ray, or grab some of their famous oysters, they’re an aphrodisiac don’t you know.
Fancy getting some bites to share with your date? Rosa Tapas is THE place to head. Their menu is short and sweet, with three meat, fish, and vegetable options, accompanied by classic tapas sides like patatas bravas, and padron peppers. (Thankfully, less choice means less arguments usually!) Best of all? They do three tapas for £12 at specific times Mon-Sat. The low lighting and cosy tables make this the perfect place to bring a new squeeze, or a long-standing love.
What’s more romantic than looking after the planet so we can all continue to love a little longer? Nada. Which is why, next on our list of romantic restaurants in Bristol is The Ethicurean. Sure, you need to travel a little out of the city to get here, but we’re sure you’ll like the extra time together. Focusing on local produce, and growing much of their own ingredients in their walled garden, you know that whatever you eat will be the freshest it can be. Taste dishes like Cornish plaice and mussels, or classic Welsh rarebit gert salad with their own ferments, and wash it down with a scrumpy that’s made from their own apples.