A Guide to the Best Tapas in Bristol

Looking for the best tapas in Bristol? You’ve come to the right place! An ultimate summer dish, tapas is perhaps one of the most enjoyable culinary cuisines for those special moments spent with friends and family. Whether it’s sitting by the waterfront with a chilled glass of white wine or in the comforting cooling cave of a restaurant, nothing is better with a few glasses of your favourite tipple and some good conversation.


First, we need to start with the real tapas deal in Bristol. Occupying a tiny space at the bottom end of North St, stepping inside El Rincon is like settling down in your favourite armchair at your nana’s house. Visit them for one of their famous paella nights and stay for the live music.


Brought to you by the wizards behind Bakers & Co. on Gloucester Rd, Bravas has long been a stalwart of the tapas scene in Bristol. Visit their cosy bar on Cotham Hill to sample delicious locally sourced dishes and fantastically paired wines. Best to book a table in advance.


Taking up a cool corner of Stokes Croft, this beautifully decorated Instagram-worthy space has been serving up dishes since 2011 after touring their menus at festivals since 2004. Taking a contemporary twist on tapas, their menu changes monthly to incorporate the best of what each passing season has to offer.


Nestled in the heart of the old city in St Nick’s is Pata Negra. A firm Bristol favourite, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they had been here beyond their years. Taking their name from the finest Jamon Iberico, their menu specialised in cured meats, but has plenty for everyone, with a decadent wine and sherry menu to wet your whistle too.


Absolutely idyllic on a summer’s day, hop on a ferry to visit Spoke & Stringer. With a beautiful view of the SS Great Britain and opportunity to dip your toes in the water, it’s perfect for a chilled glass accompanied with a few of their pintxos to watch the sun go down.


New kids on the block Barrika popped up in Old Market towards the end of last year. Ever since, they’ve gone from strength to strength! Serving up a slice of authentic Spanish cuisine from an achingly cool bar in Bristol’s hippest quarter, they are well worth a visit.


Koh Thai offers an alternative take on traditional tapas. Serving small plates of authentic Thai food, it’s a Clifton Triangle favourite! They’ve also won numerous awards over the years for their innovative cuisine.