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 18 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…


Absolutely loved this place…..

Spotted whilst driving through looking for somewhere to eat – looked appealing and fancied fish. Lovely staff really friendly, welcoming room with open plan kitchen, simple menu and really well cooked plates of food. Would love to have something like this in our neighbourhood! (March 2022)


My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful lunch here. I love the fact everything is fresh and the menu is updated daily. We will certainly be going again soon. (March, 2022)


Fantastic Seafood

Cannot remember the number of meals we have had in this wonderful sea food restaurant Took our family who were visiting last night from London and I quote “The best sea food meal we have ever had” Thank you for another wonderful evening (March, 2022) 

Wonderful fish restaurant

My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful lunch here. I love the fact everything is fresh and the menu is updated daily. We will certainly be going again soon ( February, 2022) 

Birthday Heaven!

Visited with my wife and daughter for her birthday. Great atmosphere and felt nice and welcoming, we really liked the layout of the restaurant. Staff were amazing and made it a great experience. Food was on another level, basically awesome. We have eaten at many seafood restaurants before and this one is a keeper. Will return had a great time. Kudos to the chefs. (January, 2022)

We had a fantastic evening here last fri. The food was superb and served by lovely friendly staff who made us feel special. Thank you to all the staff, can’t wait return (December 2021)

Beautiful lunch

Great service in unpretentious surroundings of this lovely seafood restaurant.
Focaccia to start was fresh and light which was followed by scallops and cuttlefish as first course.
We shared the crab on ice and sea bass as mains both of which were excellent accompanied by new potatoes and patron peppers.
Salted caramel ice cream and cheese selection with brandy finished off an excellent meal. (December 2021)




“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 .