Clifton restaurants: Bristol by the bridge. Clifton is one of Bristol’s most interesting districts. It’s also prime spot in this river port city for a quick bite or more formal dining, with places to eat in Clifton amongst the best that Bristol has to offer. Take a stroll through the streets and admire the many grand examples of Georgian architecture. Clifton is an affluent area, with its history intertwined with Bristol’s foundation as a major slave and tobacco trading post. Unmissable is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose 19th-century steamship SS Great Britain – the first screw-driven iron steamer – is moored at Bristol Harbour as a museum ship. All this sightseeing is going to make you hungry, so check yourself into one of the many cafes, bistros, and restaurants in Clifton for brunch, lunch or dinner. All sorts of international cuisines are on offer in Clifton restaurants, with a cluster located along Clifton Down Road and south of Clifton Downs itself – a great place to bring some takeaway for a picnic with family and friends.