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Al Fresco Dining Bristol

Make the most of the sunshine and enjoy dining in the great outdoors. From chic patios to harbourside terraces we run down the best restaurants in Bristol with al fresco dining areas.

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Location: Portishead

About: With a view of the Marina and a large piazza for alfresco dining, Aqua in Portishead is well suited for an outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy a selection of Italian cocktails, aperitivos, grappas, the best espresso coffees or a glass of something indulgent from the extensive Italian wine list. Book online here!

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Homemade Italian Fish Cakes £9.95
  • Pan Fried Duck Breast £13.95
  • Grilled Lobster £19.95
  • Butternut Squash Risotto £9.95

Address: Spinnaker, Portishead, BS20 7AW

Telephone: 01275 842590


Location: Welsh Back

About: Aqua Welsh Back has is one of Bristol’s original and finest waterside dining destinations. With its convenient city-centre location overlooking the water, this is the perfect venue for all occasions. The light and stylish restaurant opens onto the riverside terrace where diners can enjoy heated alfresco dining until late into the night. Book online here!

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Chicken Caesar Salad £10.50
  • Braised Pork Cheeks £13.50
  • Homemade Italian Beef Burger £9.95
  • Baked Aubergine £10.95

Address: Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 4RR 

Telephone: 0117 915 6060


Location: Clifton

About: For those who wish to combine fresh air with their food and drink, Aqua Whiteladies boasts a lovely street side dining area to enjoy a light lunch or bite to eat on a summer's day. Book here.

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Kingsbridge Devonshire Oysters £14.00
  • Crab Salad £5.95
  • Rabbit Ragout £12.25
  • Veal Milanese & Herb Spaghetti £12.95

Address: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2RF

Telephone: 0117 973 3314


Location: Clifton

About: Located in the heart of Clifton, the Lido is an al fresco haven tucked away from the bustle of the city streets. The Poolside Bar serves a daily changing tapas menu with a variety of hot and cold small plates including patatas bravas, charcuterie and marinated olives. Precede your meal with a dip in the large swimming pool to stay cool. 

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Crispy fried puntillita (baby squid), alioli £8.00
  • Chorizo & cider £6.00
  • Charcuterie board £9.50
  • Tortilla £3.00

Address: Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ

Telephone: 0117 933 9530

The Apple

Location: Harbourside

About: Cider, sunshine and waterside socialising are all a part of The Apple's charm. Located on a beautifully converted Dutch barge in the heart of Bristol’s Old City, its large sun-drenched quayside terrace and deck bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a menu of sumptuous, wholesome, west-country inspired dishes and locally produced ciders. 

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Cheeseroller’s Sandwich £7.50
  • Frenchman’s Sandwich £7.50
  • Fatman’s Sandwich £8.50
  • Spaniard’s Sandwich £8.50

Address: Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB 

Telephone: 0117 925 3500

The Olive Shed

Location: Harbourside

About: Situated a stone's throw from the water's edge, The Olive Shed offers the best of the Mediterranean. Whether you're looking for a delicious lunch time snack, an evening meal, or just want to share a few tapas dishes with a glass of wine in the sun, this is the perfect spot to dine when the sun comes out to play. 

TGtB Recommends: 

  • Milk Fed Lamb Rack £19.00
  • Venison Stuffed with Morcilla £17.00
  • Spanish Tortilla £12.00
  • Roast Grey Mullet with Prawns & Wild Garlic Stuffing £16.00

Address: The Floating Harbour, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN

Telephone: 0117 929 1960

Grain Barge

Location: Harbourside

About: Bursting with character, this historic converted barge makes for a great place to soak up the harbourside in the sunshine. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city while tucking into Grain Barge's hearty gastro-pub staples and vibrant, wine and ale menu. 

TGtB Recommends: 

  • The Barge Burger £12.50
  • Salmon & Haddock Pie £8.90
  • Pulled Pork Bap £6.90
  • 8oz Rump Steak

Address: Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4RU

Telephone: 0117 929 9347


Location: Clifton

About: The Square's al fresco terrace is the perfect summer dining spot - by day it's filled with warm sunlight, and plenty of shade for those wishing to take a cooling break. By nightfall it's awash with warming heat lamps and hidden fairy lights. If the weather gets a little too chilly, don't be afraid to ask the barmen for a blanket!

TGtB Recommends:  

  • Cornish Turbot & Braised Pork Belly £15.50
  • Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast & Braised Trotter £14.95
  • Rump of Devon Lamb £16.25
  • 8oz Rib-Eye Steak £17.50

Address: 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB

Telephone: 0117 921 0455

The Albion

Location: Clifton

About: Renowned for its modern British cuisine, real ales, extensive wine list and sunny courtyard, The Albion is a firm al fresco favourite located at the heart of Clifton village.

TGtB Recommends:  

  • Oven roasted Chew Valley Rainbow Trout £14.50
  • Pan fried Sea Bass £15.50
  • Slow Roasted Blade of Beef £16.95
  • Wild Mushroom & Cannelloni Bean Cassoulet £13.50 

Address: Boyce's Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA

Telephone: 0117 973 3522


Location: Harbourside

About: Perched on the edge of Bristol's Floating Harbour, every seat on the al fresco deck boasts an impressive view of the city's skyline on a sunny afternoon. On the menu, you'll find traditional and modern British dishes and international cuisine, served up with Severnshed's own unique twist.

TGtB Recommends:  

  • Chicken Breast & Chorizo Fire Sticks £16.95
  • Flash-grilled Minute Steak £10.85
  • Seafood Linguini £11.75
  • House Fajitas £14.95

Address: The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Telephone: 0117 925 1212


Location: Harbourside

About: Arnolfini's Mediterranean-inspired menu tastes even better on a sunny afternoon. Sit outside and enjoy pavement dining as you people watch. There's plenty of spots to catch some rays, or if you'd prefer, some shady trees to seek refuge under. 

TGtB Recommends:  

  • Anchovy, Black Olive & Caper Toast £3.50
  • Fennel Salami, Gorgonzola & Sage Pizza £6.50
  • Taleggio, Shallot & Parsley Toastie £6.25
  • Slow-Cooked Venison Ragu £9.50

Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Telephone: 0117 917 2300

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