Welcome to The Oldest Italian Restaurant in Bristol

There have been a few changes since Giuseppe got his first job at the restaurant 35 years ago, but what hasn’t changed is our love of authentic Italian cooking. 

Originally “Marco’s” after Marco Berni of the “Berni Inns” Family, the restaurant opened in 1961. One of Bristol’s most Famous families, the Bernis created Britain’s earliest iconic restaurant chain, starting it from venues like the Rummer, Hole in the Wall and Horts in Bristol’s Old City.

After Giuseppe ran the restaurant for 35 years, Marco offered it to him, to carry on Bristol’s oldest Italian food tradition.

From the early morning trips to the market to source the best local ingredients, to watching the dough rise for the perfect Italian pane – we still love bringing the best of Italy to Bristol.

Italian food is about great, fresh ingredients and a little flair, so whether you’re stopping by for lunch or celebrating over dinner, we want you to relax and enjoy a real Italian meal, with a real Italian service in the heart of the Old City.

Book online with us, or call the restaurant to book a quick lunch or plan a special event.

Opening Hours

After 4pm please ring to book as e-mails may not be responded to until the following day.
Please note that opening times may change subject to the government guidelines.

Monday - Thursday
12 noon - 2.30pm then
5.30pm - 10pm

Friday & Saturday*
Open all day from 12 noon

*Saturday bookings accepted by phone only


Find Us

We’re based in the heart of the Old City near St Nicholas Market.  Find us on the map and pop in, or give us a call.

59 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ

0117 926 4869