…simply seafood

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Seafood we love & love to share!

Every night, tired fishermen guide their fishing boats gently into the harbours of Brixham and Cornwall, bringing their hard won catches fresh out of the sea to be sold on the fish markets there. Every morning, before most of us are awake, our people bid at the auction for the fish that inspires us, that we think you will like the most, and it is then delivered direct to us at our restaurant and fishmonger. 

Our team specialise in cooking over the open fire of our Josper grill, adding a distinct flavour to our food, which is inspired by our teams’ travels and work around the world. We cook in paper, salt and flame, and every day have a different menu celebrating what is in season and the catch of the day.


Fresh from our fishmonger

There is no better time to decide ‘enough with packaged meals, if we’re locked down again, let’s eat something fresh, something good for us, something real!’ Whole fish to buy if you choose, or whatever part of it you like. Ones you will know like the freshest Turbot, Sea Bass and Sole, to the obscure but delightful fish caught close to our shores, like Golden Hake, and the accurately named ‘pig faced’ bream.

Oysters from all around the country; mussels, crabs, lobsters, prawns, a host of fresh shellfish bringing the taste of the sea to you to share as if you were there.

You can choose from our display and have it prepared in exactly the way you want by our fishmongers, whether scaled, deboned, filleted, or whole. They will be able to tell you where your fish, oysters, mussels and lobsters are caught, and help you with information about the sustainability of the fishery along the South coast of England where our fish is responsibly harvested.

If you are wary of doing it justice when you are cooking it yourself, Barney will be more than pleased to help you with recipe ideas and cards for you to take home, or see Charlie’s films of ‘How to cook’ with different fish at Spiny@home.

We are open:

In the fishmonger

Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm 

Saturday 9am to 3pm 

(Pre-ordered fish available for collection anytime)

In the restaurant

Lunch 12pm to 2:30pm, Dinner 6pm to 10pm

 Come & say hello!



A day in the life of Spiny…

If you wonder what happens to enable your favourite food be delivered to your table fresh every day, this short film shares a little of what we do, and if you have never been, you can feel what it might be like to be there, enjoy.

View the film.



We were discussing fish with a group of our regular customers at a wine tasting we held, and we asked that as they all seemed to love eating our fish in the restaurant, how many cooked it at home. When the answer came back hardly any, and we asked why, the view across everyone was that they had no real experience of how to cook it well, or the different dishes they might do. 

Meet our fishmonger Barney

Meet our fishmonger, Barney

Bristol born and bred from just round the corner in Cotham, Barns is not a stranger to the hospitality industry, with 30 years working in a number of highly thought of venues across Bristol from The Pony & Trap, Primrose, The Glass boat & Blue goose.

Amazing every time

Amazing every time! I’ve been here twice now and it just keeps getting better. Fantastic seafood, lovely atmosphere, and friendly staff! Just Devine.
Date of visit: October 2023

Just wow

Oh my god! Put this on your list to visit, we had the best family meal! Service was excellent, food was incredible! Fresh, tasty, and perfect portion sizes! I had the lobster – it was the best lobster I have ever eaten! Highly recommend this place!

Nigel B

Don’t miss this one

What a gem tucked away halfway up the hill. The food was some of the best seafood we have had in a long time and beautiful presentation. Portions are very generous. Service is top draw even though they are busy. Good fairly priced wines. I suggest you book and if you are in Bristol don’t miss this one out

Date of visit: July 2023

The best fish pie we have ever had!

Oh my goodness, that has to have been the best fish pie we have ever had! Stand outs was the sheer volume of beautifully cooked soft fish, the tastiest white sauce, the best ratio of potatoes to pie filling and …..those eggs!!!!!!!!

We had our crab , fish cake ( amazing 🤩 thank you) and salad starter….
then simply savoured the pie. 

Our children, usually tolerate a fish pie but they really really loved and appreciated it!

We’ve had such a lovely evening because of this….really….what a treat.

What’s on the menu for next week??

Thank you x

Janine & Family x x x

“Best fish restaurant in Bristol”

Fantastic restaurant. Lived in Bristol since 1977 and, it does not get better than this. Ambience, table clothes, knapkins, service spot on. Fish soup just incredible. Lunch time and early evening menu great value. Use it for all business lunches.

“Amazing fish restaurant!”

We came here for our daughter’s graduation celebration…. the food was superb … fish of the highest quality… cooked to perfection!
And get this …. the desserts were unbelievable…! What a bonus ….Highly recommend this place .

Easily one of the best restaurants in Bristol

“The freshest catches are always deliciously prepared by the talented boys and girls in the open kitchen. Excellent wines and attentive staff complete the package. Easily one of the best restaurants in Bristol.”

The best fish pie we have ever had!

“Fab evening at the Spiny Lobster. Food was really good, service was very professional from Kyra and her team. Our table was managed by Kyra and Lilli – 5 star service. Would recommend.”

Another fantastic visit to Spiny Lobster

Another fantastic visit to Spiney Lobster , the food and service was superb. I had Halibut and my wife had the Monkfish and both dishes were sublime and perfectly cooked. Sides of buttered potatoes and minty crushed peas were also delicious. We look forward to another visit soon.


“A really lovely, friendly & efficient front of house team combined with chefs who don’t muck about with the beautifully fresh fish but just cook it brilliantly; what more could you want?!

“Amazing Fresh Seafood

Great location in the centre of Clifton. Very popular destination for fresh, seasonal seafood. Excellent choice with daily changing menu. Fishmongers attached.
A most enjoyable lunch, made special as a celebration for our son’s graduation.

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PLEASE NOTE: Lunch is Tuesday-Saturday 12.00pm-2.30pm & Dinner is Tuesday-Saturday 6.00pm-10.00pm