Fishers combines the intimacy of a neighbourhood restaurant, with a polished menu and attentive, personal service. The entire menu is sourced seasonally, sensibly and ethically.
Fishers Restaurant is located in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol a beautiful Georgian shopping quarter featuring a plethora of independent boutiques, hotels, shops, delis and jewellers… Just a stroll away from Brunel’s Suspension Bridge, Royal York Crescent, the Zoological gardens and Durdham Downs, Fishers is the perfect place for a lunch interlude or a destination dinner.
The staff were friendly and attentive. The food though was disappointing - it was the smallest portion of fish I have ever seen! On top of that most of it was batter rather than fish. This meal was taken off the bill with no question but it should not have been served in the first place.
Good food but quite pricey for what you got. No bread with the fish soup.
We received a warm welcome from staff, but seating too close to feel comfortable, very noisy so difficult to chat to hubby opposite, maybe acoustics ! Both enjoyed starter, soup and white bait, but long wait for main and both disappointed ... Very small portions, both had smoked haddock, mine very dry and full,if bones. Then long wait for bill and had to go to entrance to obtain otherwise a further wait!! Must comment that we did go for set menu and only £9.99 so not too costly but just expected more from this establishment. However, I would give it a further visit and try main menu. Regardless of long wait staff were warm and friendly...
We have been coming to Fishers for years now and whilst the food has always been good the service has varied depending on who is working. However, it will not stop us from coming and now that the website has been improved I am able to book a table on line on a Friday where as whilst I could book on line any other day it refused to allow a booking on a Friday.
I’ve been coming to Fishers for many years. I love that there are so many GF and DFOs. However I was a little disappointed by the quality of the food this evening. The extra supplements for the battered prawns and also the fish and chips were not justified in my opinion. The chips were always something to look forward to but not tonight.
We are planning to return this week and I will be hoping this was just a blip.
May have been a bad night and certainly not the staffs fault, we arrived 8:30 and didn’t get our mains until 10pm, was on the verge of walking when the food arrived. Clearly a badly organised place and full of glum looking customers experiencing the same as us. They compensated us which was good but more honesty rather than apologies would have been welcomed
Our table was at the edge of a dividing wall, felt tack-on and uncomfortable. Some bits of food were over cooked and other bits undercooked (and inedible). Staff seemed rushed and flustered, like they were managing too many tables. So rushed they did not offer more drinks when we were empty and we waited for the pudding menu which never came. Food was over priced, poorly cooked and service was minimal.
Bit crammed in but otherwise fine; staff reacted quickly when drunk was flat and replaced very quickly - thanks
Have been to Fishers several times before but this was a very disappointing experience. Slow service, not helped by being sat upstairs, grumpy man in his own sat behind us complaining of being cold and really not bless eating off the set menu it’s overpriced especially for the portion size. Annoyed to have 10% added to the bill when service did t warrant a tip. Only positive, the smoked mackerel pate starter is amazing.
Disappointed with the overall service seemed really chaotic and staff struggling to cope! Everything we asked for we had to wait for and ask again! No checkback and not as good as they think
This was our first time at Fishers. One of us is a bit fussy about keeping to a low carbohydrate diet so a good fish restaurant was idea. Fishers is a no-nonsense environment with excellent fish dishes. Staff were helpful and very willing to adjut dishes to suit my requirements. Partner had the sole which was presented simply with a delicious cream sauce. I started with very good, fresh whitebait cooked classically in breadcrumbs followed by sea bass with a tasty pesto dressing.
All was accompanied by a vermentino from Pulgia at the bottom end of the wine list but delightfully crisp to compliment the fish.
Certainly somewhere we will return to and explore their menu further.
Busy early Saturday evening.
Lovely staff member greeted us. Table wasn't great cos close to the door.
Two lovely starters of scallops. Perfectly cooked. My Mum's starter of devilled whitebait was ok but certainly not devilled.
For mains we were brought the wrong dishes. The right fish but wrong accompaniments. Quickly rectified but by that time the small ish portion of cos was over and a bit dry.
Great restaurant with lovely atmosphere and importantly great food
The food was delicious and I am already planning on going back soon. I had sea bass which was cooked beautifully.
The set lunch menu was great value for money with a good choice for dishes.
Our waitress was attentive and friendly.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a meal at Fishers.
First time at this restaurant and loved it. Friendly service and was very relaxed. Good range of choices on menu, hope to return soon
Our reservation was on a Tuesday lunchtime in February and the restaurant was unsurprisingly quiet. Food was excellent and the service attentive and friendly. They coped very well with an intolerance of garlic, onion and gluten - no fuss whatsoever and adapted dishes to suit.
Have been to the restaurant before and it was excellent but this visit was disappointing. Restaurant was empty others than one other couple. Service was very good but food was a let down
Having booked a table for 6 at 8.30pm I wasn’t too surprised when they couldn’t seat us on our arrival at 8.15pm. We left for a quick drink, returning at 8.45pm and were promptly seated. Drinks were eventually ordered and served but orders weren’t taken till after 9.30 and food didn’t arrive till after 10.00pm. There was obviously a problem with staffing in the kitchen but it’s highly frustrating to book to eat at a sensible evening time and then not be able to eat anything till much much later. The food was fairly good - bouillabaisse was excellent, chowder not so, sea bass, tuna and cod main dishes all very pleasant if not exactly inspired. Waitress didn’t really know what to say and spent much of the evening avoiding my eye - it wasn’t her fault and she removed the service charge in recognition of their difficulties. Can’t really recommend although if we’d been served at our expected time it would probably have been at least a four star review
Went with a business colleague this week and had a very pleasant experience, I started with the battered king prawns and my colleague had the Mussels both were very good, it took a time for our order to be taken but the food came quickly after ordering and was clearly freshly cooked.
For mains he had Tuna and I had fillet of Sea Bass both were excellent, to wash it down we had a bottle of Viognier which was very acceptable for Dessert I had Lemon Posset which was delicious and my colleague had the Crumble which he thoroughly enjoyed, it was a very pleasant experience.
Good value for the early evening menu but not a lot of choice.
Lovely situation, delicious food, fabulous service - would go again and again and again!
Lovely food and wine. We will be back soon. Thank you. Would love another veggie option (I eat some fish and no meat/polutry). The cod I had was divine!
Service excellent. Food beautiful.
Only slight negative was having to wait for the toilet as only one!
Informal, pleasant environment reminiscent of a beach shack cafe. Friendly, helpful staff and service was very prompt. Excellent ingredients well prepared and not overcooked (always a risk with fish) Prawn and scallop starters both excellent. The cod main course was promising except mine was lukewarm. However, a replacement was produced very quickly. Reasonable wine at reasonable prices.
All in all, a very good restaurant
Great characterful local independent fish restaurant which serves excellent reasonably priced food
Excellent food , really enjoyed it 😀
Thank you Fishers Restaurant for a lovely evening. We were in Bristol for the weekend, visiting from London and were recommended Fishers by a friend who lives locally. We were looking for good, local seafood and we certainly came to the right place. The staff were attentive and friendly and made us feel welcome straight away. Warm, cosy atmosphere. The type of restaurant that makes you want to stay and have another glass of wine after a meal. My partner is Italian and commented that it's the first time he's had such fresh, tasty seafood in England... Something that's hard to find in London as so many places will serve you up from-frozen seafood. Would highly recommend the Oysters and the seafood sharing platter. Very reasonable prices when you consider what you're getting - £50 per head with a bottle of wine, a wide selection of seafood and dessert.
Staff were friendly and food was very nice. Would not hesitate to go again and would recommend this restaurant to friends and family
Fishers is great - anything on here that could be seen as a negative are very minor things and come down to my personal taste rather than anything they are doing wrong. Firstly the food is stunning, fresh, perfectly cook and well presented. Wholesome and filling but high end without pretensions. The staff are attentive and welcoming. The lighting is a little bright for my liking and the table cloths a little cheap and cheerful for the money you are paying but these are meaningless niggles really. It's not the cheapest restaurant in Bristol but they are doing something very right to sell be there when so many others have failed. Can't wait to go again.
I believe the food changes daily and the menu evolves as they select the best fish of the day so yo can visit quite a few times and always find something interesting to excite your tastebuds.
We brought one of those 40 pound voucher which you can eat anything on the menu. We enjoyed it very much and would return again.
We came here on a first date, both a bit nervous, but the Irish waiter was brilliant, and very funny. He put us at our ease (and in a cosy corner!) and we had a great night. Food was fabulous and only marked down because we chose extra scallops with the sharing platter and were only given 4 and also because there was no organic wine....minor points, which did nothing to detract from this lovely restaurant.
If reliably cooked fresh fish and seafood is your thing then Fishers ticks a lot of boxes, we have been going on and off for over a decade to this Clifton local and it's never let us down, it's survived the economic ups and downs of the last decade, so must be doing something right. It's not particularly flash, but that not the point - it's about well cooked locally sourced (South-West) fresh fish. There are some nice wines on the list, the Provence Rose slipped down all too easily and we were onto a second bottle before the mains. My only quibble is the 10% service charge which is automatically added to the bill.