Spanish Restaurants in Bristol
1. Paco Tapas Spanish restaurant in Bristol Lower Guinea St - BS1
Near the docks, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’s aim is to ‘transport you to Andalusia’ (well that’s what the website says) at his casual tapas haunt (named after his dad). As a concept, it’s “absolutely spot on” and “tapas of the highest quality, with every dish a delight”, alongside a decent list of wines and sherries. “Try to get a seat at the counter for top banter with the chefs and great views as they toss stuff into the open fire”.
2. Spoke & Stringer Spanish restaurant in Bristol The Boat House, Unit 1 Gasworks Lane - BS1
2018 Review: A favourite Bristol breakfast haunt enjoying a “super dockside location, with outdoor seating as well as a cosy interior” featuring “great cycling-themed decor” and adventure sports goods to buy; by day you can enjoy “fabulous brunch food”, and there’s “lovely tapas” Thursday to Saturday night.
3. Bravas Mediterranean restaurant in Bristol 7 Cotham Hill - BS6
Fans “love this place” – a softly-lit tapas joint, in Cotham Hill, which has made a name for its “small plates and Spanish sandwiches done right”; if there’s a caveat it’s that “too many covers squashed into a tiny space” can spell noise and a “rapid turnover”. Owners Kieran & Imogen Waite – also behind Bakers & Co (Gloucester Road) and Cargo Cantina/Gambas (Wapping Wharf) – launched new Mexican eatery, Masa + Mescal, in Stokes Croft, in March 2019.
5. Gambas Spanish restaurant in Bristol Unit 15 Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf - BS1
Taking over the former site of Russell Norman’s Spuntino in Bristol’s Cargo shipping container development (also home to Box-E), a new tapas joint from husband and wife team Kieran and Imogen Waite, who also run the fantastic Bravas in Cotham Hill and Wapping Wharf’s Cargo Cantina. Good initial feedback, but too limited for a rating.
6. The Secret Cafe Spanish restaurant in Bristol St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Street - BS1
A Spanish cafe in a church, run by Sevillian husband and wife Antonio Perez and Alicia Amish.
7. The 3rd Spanish restaurant in Bristol The General Building, 3 Lower Guinea Street - BS1
Apparently not busy enough with running his new restaurant in London (Decimo), Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is also opening this spot (originally planned for March 2020) on the former site of his Pi Shop (tucked between his other two restaurants, Casamia and Paco Tapas); it will have an all-day café, restaurant (with a chef's table, naturally) and a bar.
8. Spoke & Stringer Spanish restaurant in Bristol Unit 8 Clifton Down Shopping Centre - BS8
The popular Harbourside restaurant and deli added a Clifton branch in late 2019; now also open in the evening.
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