Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and if you’ve spent the first month of 2019 giving up meat and dairy for Veganuary or denying yourself alcohol for Dry January, you’ll no doubt be dying for February to roll around so you can undo all that good work and indulge in all the food and drink you missed out on before.
Whether you’re looking to wow your significant other with a three-course dinner that is simply to die for at one of Bristol’s most romantic restaurants, wanting to woo that special person at an appropriately casual eatery that won’t scare off your date, or you’ll likely end up alone and wallowing in single self-pity by stuffing your face with as many calories as you can, this bustling city offers so much choice come February 14th.
From romantic candlelit dinners overlooking the water to binging on the best burgers in the city, make the most of the most romantic month of the year with our guide to the best places to eat out in Bristol this Valentine’s.
Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB
Dining out destinations don’t get much more romantic than this and if you’ve never visited this Bristol landmark we can’t imagine a more ideal time of the year to visit. Stroll down the charmingly cobbled Welsh Back and you’ll instantly fall in love with this characterful boat-turned-restaurant. Escape from the cold and snuggle up inside this enchanting venue as you and your partner enjoy an indulgent three-course feast and soak up the stunning views of Bristol’s iconic Floating Harbour lit up by the lights of the Glassboat.
Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ
Housed in the heart of the leafy and lovely suburb of Clifton, Bristol’s Lido is the perfect spot for a Valentine’s Day dinner you and your date will look back on fondly in years to come. Known for its attractive Victorian swimming pool and restaurant headed up by one of Bristol’s most celebrated chefs, Freddy Bird, take a seat on the upper mezzanine overlooking the sparkling blue water and indulge in an impressive meal that effortlessly demonstrates the Mediterranean influences, signature flair and exciting flavour combinations for which the chef is known. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Bristol’s Lido will be offering a special menu priced at £40pp for 3 courses.
38 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1RE
Modelled after the Doge’s Palace in Venice with a relaxed and opulent style that brings to mind the chic brasseries of Paris, two cities known around the world for their romance, there are few more beautiful locations in Bristol in which to enjoy a classic and elegant seasonal meal showcasing the finest, freshest, and most flavoursome produce along with a delicious cocktail to wash it all down with.
Situated in a perfect location at the top of Park Street within easy walking distance of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the SS Great Britain, why not take an entire day this February and impress your date by exploring the best of Bristol and finishing with a show-stopping dinner at an establishment that simple oozes understated glamour!? Their Valentine’s Day menu this year includes delicious dishes such as Roast Fillet of Salmon with prawns, lemon, parsley butter and butter Red King Edwards.
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB
Sitting on Bristol’s floating harbour with some of the best waterside views in the city, Severnshed, with its sleek and stylish décor that brings to mind a New York warehouse, makes the perfect spot for a relaxed yet romantic date this Valentine’s. Sit inside at one of Severnshed’s circular booths as paddle-boarders leisurely pass by and order a drink from their impressive and cool bar area while you enjoy breathing in the tantalising aromas drifting from the open kitchen. From February 14th to February 17th this year, enjoy three-courses off of their enticing menu and a glass of Prosecco for just £29.95pp.
Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4PS
For a relaxed dining experience perfect for when you’re still getting to know a person or when you know a person so well that you know they can’t be fussed with pretentious and overally formal dinners out, Prince Street Social’s modern and stylish setting is sure to impress. Situated in the beating heart of Bristol’s vibrant downtown office district and within short strolling distance of the city’s many theatres, hotels, and shops, relax in this welcoming establishment with one of their original house cocktails, a glass of wine from their extensive list, or perhaps a beer brewed at The Prince Street Social’s sister venue, King Street Brew House, just around the corner.
If you book a table for a three-course meal at The Prince Street Social this Valentine’s Day, not only will there be Prosecco on arrival, but they’ll also match your drinks.
Bristol Harbour Hotel, 49-55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT
Located in the magnificent Bristol Harbour Hotel on Bristol’s charming and historic Corn Street, The Jetty promises an elegant dining experience that can’t be beat. Housed in two iconic former banks on one of Bristol’s most famous streets, step out of the hustle and bustle of the city and into the serene and sophisticated ambience of this truly special restaurant. With an interior that boasts opulent furnishings, stylish splashes of colour and Art Deco details, this grand space will make your date swoon. From the delicious modern European dishes on the menu and a cocktail menu that perfectly infuses timeless classics with original and striking flavours, to the impeccable service that will make you feel at ease, this February, you and your date won’t regret journeying to The Jetty.
Spyglass, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB
Just because its Valentine’s Day needn’t mean you have to pretend you’re a fancy person if you’re not one. Elegant and expensive three-course meals are all well and good, but sometimes, if you’re being honest with yourself, you’d rather just a simple and satisfying burger to stuff your bellies with, and burgers don’t get much better than those found at Three Brothers Burgers.
Boasting the same stunning views of Bristol’s iconic Floating Harbour as Glassboat Brasserie but offering a completely different experience, this boat-turned-restaurant is always full with lively and trendy groups – perfect for an anti-Valentine’s dinner with all your single mates – but also offers plenty of cosy spots if you’re looking for something a little more intimate but not too formal.
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