The Spiny Lobster is your own, local seafood restaurant, owned by us, the team, to share the food we love with people who think the same. We’ve been on Whiteladies Road for 15 years with a restaurant and fishmonger and a great loyal following locally and from visitors to Bristol and to Clifton.

The Spiny Lobster offers a wide ranging, daily menu, designed for lovers of the best seafood and meats; we specialise in cooking over the open fire of our Josper grill, adding a distinct flavour to our food, cooking at over 350 degrees on charcoal, and searing in the flavour and the freshness of the fish.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Don’t take our word for it…


Perfect birthday dinner for my other half

We had an absolutely delightful meal at the Spiny Lobster for my partner’s birthday. Good food (fish and lobster), lovely white wine (Picpoul) and the staff were really nice too. Highly recommended.


Incredible service and delicious food

This gem of a restaurant is at the top of Whiteladies Road and is such a wonderful find! The staff were all incredibly professional and efficient. The oysters were totally delicious, as were the huge king prawns and the lobster, which was most definitely fresh! The recommended sides were super yummy. The ambience of the restaurant was perfect; fun and buzzy. Great for date night, family or friends. Highly recommend to all.


Fantastic Seafood

We had dinner at this lovely restaurant recently and it was excellent. I had oysters to start and they were great. For our main course we went for a whole sea bass which was grilled and then served filleted. It was amazing – beautiful fresh fish with a lovely favour. The wine list was very reasonably priced. The service was attentive and efficient. If you are in Bristol and want some excellent seafood then try this restaurant.



I adore seafood so I was so excited to try the spring lobster. I was not disappointed! I’m really picky but everything was faultless from the stunning presentation, perfectly cooked food and such friendly and professional service. I had such an enjoyable dining experience and am delighted at the value for money. Generous portions and lovely cosy interior design. Would recommend to everyone. 


The best fish restaurant in Bristol.

Awesome fish, so fresh, sourced daily from Brixham. Menu changes daily. Excellent wines. Highly recommended. 



“My wife’s birthday was made extra special by this fine restaurant. The food was excellent, the service was first class and nothing was too much trouble. If there was a 6 star option I would give it. Thank you very much.” (February 3rd 2018)

“The Spiny Lobster is an amazing restaurant. Great food with a daily changing menu. The staff are incredible, can’t do enough for you. Well worth a visit if you love fresh seafood. 10/10 see you again.” (October 27th 2017)

“A lovely evening made even more so by the friendly waitresses and the fact they took into account it was my husbands 30th and had complimentary glasses of sparkling and put a candle on his dessert.

“The fish was fresh and the waitress knowledgeable about the menu. My prawns were large and succulent and my husbands crab claws on a bed of ice so fresh however could have been larger variety as it was so hard getting much flesh out of them. My hake was perfectly cooked and the rhubarb dessert just the right amount of tartness. Overall a lovely meal on a rainy night”. (February 23rd 2017)

“The friendliest people you will ever meet AND delicious food! :).” (August 10th 2017)

“As always, a lovely meal with friendly staff. Highly recommended.” (November 22nd 2013)

“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 .