Bristol for Foodies : 3 Of The Best Places To Eat

For those of you who read my articles, you’ll know all too well that 2016 hasn’t been my best year in terms of travelling. I hate to admit it, but I’ve spent practically all year just trudging about the north of England, hoping to travel elsewhere but never actually getting around to it. But 2017 is here, and this is no longer the case! In a couple of days I’m heading to Bristol for two nights where I plan to see all the sights and eat like the shameful foodie I am. So, whether you’re local to the area and want some date night ideas, or if you’re planning to head to good ol’ Brizzle at some point this year and want some tips & advice on the best Bristol restaurants in the area, here they are, courtesy of moi. Warning: you might feel a bit peckish by the time you reach the end of this article.

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Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge by Kristoffer Trolle on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Top 3 Bristol Restaurants

ZaZa Bazaar

I’m heading here on my first night in Bristol and I’m excited beyond words. With only 2 in the UK (Bristol and Newcastle) ZaZa Bazaar is a very exclusive spot indeed. Basically, ZaZa’s is the biggest restaurant in the country and serves pretty much every type of cuisine in the world. It’s based on the night markets of Asia, but offers plenty of other cuisines. These include British, Italian (pasta & pizza), American, and a special dessert section to finish. Prices vary but they’re reasonable, considering that you can eat as much as you want. Diners pay £8.99 before 5pm on Monday to Thursday, or £9.99 on Friday or Saturday. Between 5pm to 11pm it costs £14.99 from Monday to Thursday, or £16.99 on Friday/Saturday. All-day brunch on Sunday is just £12.99.

Bristol Restaurants
Street Food Festival by StateofIsrael on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Steak of the Art

Like ZaZa Bazaar, Steak of the Art is located in Bristol’s stunning Harbourside area. The restaurant is well known for its artsy, eclectic interior, as well as its impeccable food. If you haven’t already guessed, Steak of the Art serves, well, steak – among other delicious meat dishes. And unlike many Bristol restaurants that specialise in steak, this one is pretty reasonably priced. A 200 g Sirloin Steak costs £16.50, while a 400 g Rump Steak sets you back £22. There are a range of sauces available at just £2, and plenty of side dishes to choose from. A Sunday Roast costs just £11.50 and you can choose from pork belly, roast chicken, sirloin of beef, or short rib of beef. Yum.

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Steak & Chips by Mark Walker on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

The ideal spot for burger lovers, Gourmet Burger Kitchen was first set up in 2001 by three Kiwi guys with a dream. Now, it’s huge – they’re dotted all over the UK and are incredibly popular. If you’re looking for a hearty meal in Bristol (Cabot Circus) at a reasonable price, Gourmet Burger Kitchen is a great option. A classic cheeseburger is served in a bun with house mayo, relish and salad, and diners can choose from Red Leicester cheese, smoked Applewood, mature cheddar or American cheese. One of these will set you back just £6.55 for a 4 oz burger and £7.95 for an 8 oz. There are also plenty of beef, chicken and speciality burgers to choose from, as well as a wide array of delicious side dishes.

Bristol Restaurants
Gourmet Burger Kitchen by yisris on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

So, hopefully now you have an idea of some of the best Bristol restaurants to hit up when you’re feeling peckish in Bristol. If you have any more suggestions for foodie hot spots in this lovely city, please leave a comment on the article. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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