Get Down to Business the Al Bacio Way

Life’s best moments are not limited to family occasions, like anniversaries or birthdays. Closing an important business deal or forging that new key working relationship can be just as meaningful. Such occasions call for a sophisticated lunch and a setting to match that. In other words – they call for Al Bacio.

What better way to impress your new business partner or to make them feel appreciated than treating them to an unforgettable authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of one of Bristol’s most beautiful areas, Clifton?

Whether your business partner enjoys seafood, pasta or meat, we have something to suit every taste. We’ll help you dazzle them with some delicious antipasti starters. We’ll impress them further with our vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free mains options that our top chefs will cook to perfection. Finally, we’ll help you seal the deal with an elegant dessert, finished with a cup of aromatic Italian coffee or a glass of champagne to celebrate!

Our award-winning chef’s secret lies in the capacity to transform traditional Italian ingredients and recipes into fascinating new dishes, and presenting them in a way that delights both the eye and the pallet.

And it’s not just us saying it – our customers agree, too! Lisa came to Bristol on a business trip, staying over for one night only. After seeing Al Bacio’s excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and our Certificate of Excellence, she decided to give it a go. This is what she thought of the experience.

“Great food, good friendly service. Had the toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic and basil to start very fresh and tasty. Had the big tube pasta with monkfish, garlic and chilli for my main dish, absolutely lovely. The restaurant was busy for a Monday night, good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this place.”

If you’d like to have an unforgettable dining experience, or experience a memorable business lunch, book your table today.

Parents: Send Your Children off to University in Style

Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday when they were just learning to walk? And look at them now – all grown up, ready to start university this academic year…

Sending your children off to university is one those special moments in life – one to be savoured, and treasured for years to come. At Al Bacio, we’d love to make that moment feel extra special for you and your family, so come and celebrate with us!

Our recipe for success consists of three things – a relaxing and vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff who make you feel at home, and a delicious meal that exceeds your expectations. That’s why we believe the big adventure of starting university should be celebrated at Al Bacio, the authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Clifton.

You’ll be greeted by our friendly team of staff, all of whom hail to Italian shores, including our owner Pino, who enjoys entertaining his guests with singing and little skits, bringing fun and fellowship to every dining experience.

Whether you’re after meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options, our top chefs will ensure that your meal is cooked to perfection and perfectly presented, using only the freshest and most authentic Italian ingredients.

Once you’ve experienced Al Bacio, you’ll be back as friends of the family! But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from our customers who have tried and tested Al Bacio for themselves. This is a review that Barry S. from London shared on our Tripadvisor page, giving us a fantastic five stars.

“Went there with my daughter who is at university in Bristol and two of her friends. The food was absolutely amazing, the service impeccable and the bill, wholly reasonable. I would go as far as to say one of the best restaurants I have been to. Won’t hesitate to return when I next revisit and would encourage you to do the same. All in all a most enjoyable lunchtime.”

Our name Al Bacio symbolises an extraordinary moment, sealed with a kiss – that’s the heart-warming send-off we hope your children will feel if you choose to dine with us. Don’t miss out, and book your table today!


Life is about making memories, and we’d love to share yours together. That’s why we’re always excited to see your photos on Instagram and read your reviews on TripAdvisor as it gives us a chance to find out how you’ve enjoyed your dining experience at Al Bacio. And now, we need your help to help us build our brand-new #albaciomenu on Instagram.

We’re strong believers in the idea that life’s best moments deserve to be celebrated. What ingredients make up a perfect evening? We believe it’s great food, unforgettable atmosphere and snapping that all important Instagram shot to share your great time with friends and family.

How to get involved?

On your next visit to Al Bacio, take a picture of your authentic Italian meal and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #albaciomenu along with the name of the meal. Our head chef Stefano Galbiati from San Donato in Milan only sources authentic Italian ingredients for his signature dishes, and he’s excited to find out which one of his meals you’ve enjoyed the most!

Why get involved?

On the 31st of October we’ll be doing a prize draw of all the entries that we’ve received. We’ll pick one of the posts with the #albaciomenu hashtag and award the winner with a £10 voucher (Terms and conditions apply) for their next visit!

So whether it’s a graduation, a birthday, an engagement or even the news of a new arrival, come down to Al Bacio for an unforgettable and truly Italian dining experience, and don’t forget to share it on Instagram, using #albaciomenu hashtag.

Once you’ve experienced us, you’ll be back as friends of the family!


Treat yourself to a special lunch at just £10 for 2 courses

What do you picture when you think of your perfect lunch? A wonderful setting, a great atmosphere, delicious food. At Al Bacio, we believe that you need just three ingredients – great food, great company and an unforgettable Italian dining experience!

Now you can enjoy 2 mouth-watering courses for just £10 at Al Bacio, made with love and dedication by by our team, all of whom hail from Italian shores.

We’re dedicated to creating special memories for you. Whether it’s your graduation, birthday, engagement or another special occasion coming up, we know that summer is the perfect time to celebrate it. Your special moments deserve an atmosphere that is nothing short of spectacular. So if you want to create unforgettable memories, Come to Al Bacio this summer and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine for just £10 for 2 courses!

Sourcing the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, we bring passion, flavour and exuberance to Clifton, Bristol. We’ll deliver a truly Italian dining experience. Once you’ve experienced us, you’ll be back as friends of the family, as many of our customers have already found!

But don’t take our word for it – hear it from those who have tried our £10 lunch deal already. Some of them loved their dining experience so much that they came back… 6 times!

I only discovered Al Bacio this week … and have already visited 6 times. The food is excellent, cooked and presented beautifully. The £10 lunch is amazing value. The Calamari (proper squid, beautifully cooked) is the best I have ever had.” – cns259

Fantastic Italian restaurant in Clifton. Excellent food and service. Great offer at lunchtime 2 great courses for £10.00. Service was great in a good surroundings. Would recommend this restaurant for business lunches or a family meal.” – Anthony653

We’d like to thank all our customers for leaving such fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor – they really do make our day! Whether you’re a returning customer or you’re trying Al Bacio for the first time, we hope to see you at our restaurant soon!

Celebrate Graduation at Al Bacio!

Graduation. When friends and family gather together to celebrate your success. Like weddings and anniversaries, graduation is one of life’s most important milestones. And just like other major life events, your graduation deserves a grand celebration. It wouldn’t be complete without a hearty meal in a great setting, surrounded by your loved ones.

At Al Bacio, we know that life’s best moments deserve celebrating, and we’d love to make your day feel even more special. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere to match the excitement of your graduation day, then visit our restaurant in Clifton. We’ll bring you a truly authentic dining experience, inducing your day with passion and flavour from the sunny shores of Italy.

You take care of your graduation gown and we’ll take care of the rest. Our wonderful team will ensure that you have an amazing time, serving you mouth-watering dishes from our menu and helping you capture your special moments on camera. By the time you leave, you’ll feel part of our great Italian family, all of whom hail from Italian shores.

But don’t take our word for it – hear it from our customer Bristolian Pip C on Tripadvisor who chose to have her graduation meal at Al Bacio:

“I have come here twice now and could not recommend it enough! The most recent time I went was with my parents after my graduation and we sat outside in the sun, the atmosphere was lovely and the setting was all that we wanted!

The food here is always absolutely delicious, everything tastes so fresh and I couldn’t fault the menu, there is so much choice. ( I recommend the duck as a main!)

The man who I believe to be the owner is absolutely hilarious! He goes to every table and has a chat with them, making everyone feel so welcome. He was making jokes and had us all laughing so much, the service is second to none.

Thank you al Bacio for making my special day even more special, if you want a perfect Italian meal in Bristol, look no further!”

Have you been to Al Bacio before? How was your dining experience with us? Is there anything we could improve? We always want to hear from our diners – your feedback is invaluable in improving our service at Al Bacio. So if you’ve dined with us before, we’d love to hear from you too on TripAdvisor.

Authentic Italian Cuisine Every Monday

Great food, great company and a wonderful atmosphere – that’s the formula to make any memory unforgettable. At Al Bacio, we believe that life’s best moments deserve celebrating, and we’ll ensure that you experience the best Italian cuisine in the perfect setting for just £14.95 every Monday.

We love bringing a real flavour of Italy to Clifton, Bristol. Our head chef Stefano combines his many years of experience in catering with his passion for simple, yet flavoursome Italian cuisine to bring joy to our customers every day. Using the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, he’ll whip up a mouth-watering dish that will excite your eyes and taste buds.

And Al Bacio wouldn’t be the same without our passionate team, all of whom hail from Italian shores. They’ll ensure that your needs are attended to throughout the night, for a truly spectacular dining experience.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what our loyal customers say about Al Bacio on Tripadvisor.

“We came here for our son’s 25th birthday and we had pre-ordered a lobster and Dover sole – what a birthday treat! Great friendly service, food cooked to perfection, the grill Dover sole was to die for and the lobster was just divine. All washed down with fresh oyster to start. This restaurant has got to be the best Italian in town…” – hungrytime from Bracknell

“As we left the restaurant, a member of staff or maybe the owner shook our hands as we left, asked if we had enjoyed our meal and thanked us for visiting. This speaks a thousand words.” – Cath C from Manchester

“Al Bacio is unfailingly fabulous. Not only is the food across the menu second to none, the ambiance, service and whole happy experience is impeccable in a way that is natural and unfussy. Al Bacio is unique. It’s an experience that lifts the spirits.” – Screenplay059 from Bristol

Life is about making memories – let us share them together at Al Bacio. To make a reservation and enjoy 3 authentic Italian courses for just £14.95 every Monday, call us on 0117 973 9734 or email

We look forward to making your evening unforgettable!

Italian music nights on Tuesdays at Al Bacio

Are you looking for a place in Bristol to celebrate a special occasion and create unforgettable memories? Then Al Bacio, Ristorante Italiano in Clifton, is the perfect place for you. Sourcing the very best ingredients that only true Italians would use, we bring passion, flavour and exuberance to your evening. And we’re now hosting authentic Italian music nights every Tuesday, so you can experience a true flavour of Italy in a fun and relaxed atmosphere for only £14.95 for 3 courses!

A true flavour of Italy in Clifton

Al Bacio is the love child of Giuseppe Guarini, who is better known as Pino. Born in Taranto, in the South region of Italy to a traditional Italian Family, Pino used his experience, business skills and passion for food to open Al Bacio in 2013. Every day since then, he brings a unique mix of food, fun and fellowship with the very best in Italian Cuisine to all his customers. Once you’ve experienced Al Bacio, you’ll be back as friends of Pino’s family!

Traditional Italian Cuisine with a contemporary twist

Our head chef Stefano Galbiati will ensure that you have the very best dining experience. Using his capacity to transform often overlooked, or even forgotten, traditional Italian ingredients and recipes with fascinating and modern techniques, he’ll present them with elegance and imagination to delight both the eye and the pallet. Stefano’s cuisine maintains authenticity of flavour and – above all – simplicity, but combined with a contemporary touch.

The perfect, authentic atmosphere

Great food needs great atmosphere, so it can be enjoyed and truly savoured. To compliment Stefano’s cooking, we’re introducing authentic Italian music nights every Tuesday at Al Bacio. Come and join us next Tuesday to see Michele Tota live at Al Bacio and enjoy an unforgettable evening, with the best Italian fine dining experience at only £14.95 for 3 courses!

So whether it be graduation, birthday, engagement or even the news of a new arrival – come and celebrate with us. Our friendly and dedicated staff, all of whom hail from Italian shores, will ensure that you have a truly Italian dining experience.

Book now on 0117 973 9734 or email

 Speak and cook Italian! 

Speak and Cook Italian

International House Bristol is proud to present the first Italian cookery workshop in Bristol run entirely in Italian.

International House Bristol and Al Bacio restaurant are putting their skills together in order to offer this exceptional workshop bound to be of interest to anyone learning Italian or with a love of Italian cuisine!

What better way to improve your linguistic skills than by extending your gastronomic repertoire? Suitable for adults of all ages, the course is designed to maximise exposure to the language in a relaxed social setting with the added bonus that you create a delicious meal to be enjoyed by all involved.

The Theoretical Component

The aim of the course is to improve your Italian while learning how to cook Italian dishes, emphasising speaking and listening skills, and to enable participants to acquire the necessary vocabulary to complete the cooking task under the instruction and guidance of Al Bacio’s expert, native-speaker Chef, Stefano Galbiati. Participants will be supported by their very enthusiastic Italian teacher, Simona Marante, who will be on hand to deal with all linguistic queries.  The session will be conducted entirely in Italian, thereby maximising the benefits to participants. Not only do you get to listen and respond to native Italians, you also get to eat the result of your efforts!

The Practical Component

The objective is to be able to produce the following; Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico, and a traditional Italian desert, Tiramisù. Participants will watch and listen to Stefano as he demonstrates his skills thereby learning how to produce these beautiful Italian dishes. Learning a language through doing a task is a well-recognised method and adds an element of fun and excitement. In addition to preparing and eating the meal, participants will be introduced to a number of Italian wines allowing them to choose the best one to accompany their mini-masterpiece.

Workshop n.1 

Recipe for a 2 course meal of 2 different pasta dishes and a delicious Italian desert:

Main dishes: 

  • Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto
  • Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico


  • Tiramisù 

In this workshop, you will learn the origin of fresh pasta and how to make it. Pasta has an old pedigree, going back hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Unravelling the long and often complex history of this dish, you will have a look at its origins and some of the myths surrounding it.

You will learn to make the sauces to go with it and why each pasta shape has its own different sauce.

Date: 29th March 2016
Times: The workshop runs for 3 hours from 6.30-9.30pm and is open to all students of Italian.
Location: Al Bacio restaurant, 95 Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1LW, Bristol.
Maximum number of participants per workshop: 12.
Cost per person: £30 for a 2 course meal including drinks (a glass of Italian wine (or two!) that matches the food prepared on the evening) and all the teaching involved!

For bookings: Register your interest by filling the enrolment form at or call us on 0117 9067660 to book your space by 24th March.

International House Bristol contact person: 
Yaelle Hartley (Foreign Languages Coordinator)
Tel: 0117 9067660  Email:

Working hours:
Mon-Tue: 9-12.45pm,  Thur: 9-2.15pm, Fri: 11-3.45pm