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Al Fresco Dining Bristol

What better way to spend a sunny day than a spot of Al Fresco Dining in Bristol? From chic patios to harbourside terraces and pub gardens, we run down the best places to enjoy some Al Fresco Dining in Bristol.

Ensure you make the most of those precious, fleeting rays by visiting the best alfresco dining options in Bristol...

Lido

Lido

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. 

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

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

Telephone: 0117 933 9530

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Aqua

Aqua

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!

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Spinnaker, Portishead, BS20 7AW

Telephone: 01275 842590

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Aqua

Aqua

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.

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2RF

Telephone: 0117 973 3314

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Aqua

Aqua

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!

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 4RR 

Telephone: 0117 915 6060

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The Apple

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. 

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB 

Telephone: 0117 925 3500

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The Olive Shed

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. 

Al Fresco Rating: 3/5

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

Telephone: 0117 929 1960

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Grain Barge

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. 

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

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

Telephone: 0117 929 9347

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Square

Square

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!

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

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

Telephone: 0117 921 0455

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Severnshed

Severnshed

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.

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Telephone: 0117 925 1212

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Arnolfini

Arnolfini

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. 

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Telephone: 0117 917 2300

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The Albion

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.

Al Fresco Rating: 3/5

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

Telephone: 0117 973 3522

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