Outdoor Restaurants In Bristol

Eating outside? We're all for it. Not only is it a great way to top up your tan, but it also provides a welcome break from stuffy dining rooms and gives us a taste of the cafe culture that we crave. And it seems that this city is more than happy to oblige, with an eclectic mix of suntrap beer gardens, swanky waterside balconies and alfresco terrace seating to choose from. Take a look at our pick of the best outdoor restaurants in Bristol and embrace the European way of life, mon ami.

Known for its quintessentially British menu and sophisticated interiors, Browns Brasserie & Bar is a no-brainer if you're after a place to take mum and dad. Pick a table within the stunning building, or on their patio, and enjoy a classy brunch of lobster Benedict, a Sunday roast or push the boat out with an afternoon tea. 

No.4 Clifton Village

35 user reviews 4

Housed inside a stunning Georgian mansion, No.4 Clifton Village's outdoor seating extends into a number of secret gardens, ideal for those after something more intimate. But it's not just a pretty face. The award-winning kitchen dishes up delectable bites including squid ink with prawn and crayfish mousse, roasted aubergine and slow-braised ox cheek. 

The Bristol Stable

633 user reviews 4

The Bristol Stable is knocking up doughy slices and fun vibes in their cool harbourside joint. Grab a table in their outdoor dining area and enjoy a local craft brew whilst watching pros in the open kitchen rustle up a selection of sourdough pizzas, with everything from pulled slow-roasted lamb shoulder to rapscallion BBQ jackfruit, sriracha chicken to ham hock.

Mall Clifton Bristol

30 user reviews 5

With a three-tiered patio and summertime BBQs, the Mall Clifton is seriously raising the game on alfresco dining in Bristol. Meet your mates for a relaxing afternoon catch-up in the sunshine and try out some of their artisanal spirits before snacking on calamari, sticky pork belly and burgers.

Racks Bar and Kitchen

67 user reviews 4

A sports bar, cosy eatery and popular private hire venue all in one, Racks Bar & Kitchen is a top restaurant with outdoor seating in Bristol. Along with their menu of British classics, they also host regular BBQs in the summer months, meaning you can get your fix of burgers galore without the aggro of cleaning up afterwards.


131 user reviews 5

Riverstation has got to be up there as one of the best spots to enjoy alfresco dining in Bristol, with a ground floor terrace and an upstairs balcony offering beautiful waterside views. As for food, the kitchen serves up mouthwatering dinners, brunches and Sunday lunches, whilst its drinks list is also a force to be reckoned with.

A late-night pub and live music venue, No.51 Stokes Croft also has a brilliant beer garden for those of you looking for an afternoon drink. Handmade burgers, delicious salads and wood-fired pizzas are the order of the day, whilst an impressive array of beers, wines and spirits are on hand.

A place where paintings and fine cuts some together, Steak of the Art houses a small outdoor seating area at the front of their restaurant. Take a break from gawping at impressive designs to munch on some ribeye, pork shoulder or a chestnut loaf for the non-meat eaters.

When it comes to alfresco dining in Bristol, Lido is definitely one of the quirkiest restaurants around. Located metres away from an outdoor swimming pool, the award-winning restaurant offers diners the opportunity to take a quick dip in between courses of Sicilian citrus salad, pork bavette and charcoal black bream. Thirsty? Their extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more.

Wagyu burgers, steamed mussels, truffle mac 'n' cheese.... whilst the outdoor seating maybe a little smaller at this one, the menu at Graze Bar and Chophouse makes up for it tenfold. Head to this Queen Square meat haven and chow down on grilled bites, all washed down with local brews from Bath Ales.