Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead restaurants: 10 of the best

The best restaurants in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead. Credit:, Juice Images

The best restaurants in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead. Credit:, Juice Images - Credit:, Juice Images

Feeling peckish? Well, fear not, because our towns have some of the tastiest restaurants in the area. A wide range of delicious delights can be found in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead, which are sure to satisfy even the hungriest of stomachs and the tightest of budgets. Here are 10 of our favourites.

Scoozi Ristorante, in Hill Road.

Scoozi Ristorante, in Hill Road. - Credit: Archant

Scoozi, in Hill Road, Clevedon:

If you’re after a sophisticated evening meal which is both affordable and delicious, look no further than Scoozi. Conveniently situated in the middle of Hill Road, Scoozi’s wood-fired oven turns out incredible pizzas, alongside traditional-but-irresistible Italian pasta dishes and modern cuisine. Booking a table here is highly advised, as any food-loving local will tell you.

Venga, in the High Street.

Venga, in the High Street. - Credit: Archant

Venga, in High Street, Portishead:

Gone are the days when good tapas could only be enjoyed in far-flung corners of Spain. Instead, delicious, authentic tapas can be found right on your doorstep at Venga, in the High Street. The menu is enough to tempt even the pickiest eater, with lamb, chicken and potato dishes comprising just a handful of choices. In addition – weather permitting, of course, as this place makes it hard to remember you’re in Somerset and not the Costa del Sol – you can sip sangria and relax in Venga’s luscious garden.

Il Paradiso, in High Street, Nailsea:

Il Paradiso is ranked top of all Nailsea restaurants on TripAdvisor – and with good reason, too. It serves up generous portions of Italian favourites, such as lasagne, alongside meatier dishes like chicken and juicy steaks. It’s well worth whetting your appetite before tucking in to a main course, though, as Il Paradiso’s starters (such as the stuffed mushrooms) are simply fantastic.

Mon Plaisir, in Copse Road, Clevedon:

Mon Plaisir has a formidable reputation on the Clevedon food scene. This family-run eatery has been around since 1968, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that its fantastic food and warm hospitality has led it to stand the test of time. A range of menus are on offer, depending on what time of day you plan to dine, meaning that even regulars are always finding new things to try. Its fish and chips are, quite simply, exquisite.

Junior Poon, in Hill Road, Clevedon:

Is Junior Poon the best Chinese restaurant in North Somerset? There are many people who’d argue exactly that, owing to its extensive menu choice and friendly service. Junior Poon offers just about every Chinese and Szechuan dish you could possibly imagine, plus extras. Booking is advised, as this place is consistently busy with Clevedon families, friends and foodies.

Gilly’s Café, in High Street, Nailsea:

Even during the middle of a weekday, Gilly’s is packed with people from all walks of life. This charming little bistro-café prides itself on catering to individual tastes, and has recently started opening for evening diners. Gilly’s is about far more than just sandwiches and snacks (although these are also fantastic) – some of its evening choices include rabbit, onglet steak and Asian spiced duck breast.

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Indian Open Kitchen, in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea:

This popular takeaway, which opened in 2013, also offers a formidable eat-in experience for those looking for a tasty curry in Nailsea. The knowledgeable staff at the Open Kitchen are only too happy to answer any curry-related queries you might have, and the food really is second to none. In addition, this place also offers guests the chance to see their food being prepared, meaning there is no doubt about the quality and care which goes into every delicious dish.

Antonio’s, in High Street, Portishead:

Mammoth pizzas are the order of the day at this family-run, authentic Italian – and they really do not disappoint. This small and quaint restaurant is renowned for serving mouth-watering dishes which are high in flavour, but low in price. Although the menu offers an extremely wide choice of food, keep your eyes peeled for the specials board, which is regularly updated.

The Atrium, in The Courtyard, High Street, Nailsea:

The Atrium team prides itself on its passion for serving good quality British food, which has been carefully sourced from its trusted list of local suppliers. It offers a fine selection of home-cooked cuisine, and its Sunday roast never fails to get your taste buds tingling. Its sharing platters are perfect for catching up with a loved one over delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bottelino’s, in Harbour Road, Portishead:

Bottelino’s has been a firm favourite in Portishead for some time - and rightly so, in our opinion. The restaurant has won tons of awards for its charming take on classic Italian cuisine, but what really sets Bottelino’s apart is its stunning location. Guests can choose from more than 150 seats which overlook Portishead’s gorgeous marina, making this a stylish spot to enjoy a wonderful meal.

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