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Brunel Raj

#659 of 1,297 Restaurants in Bristol}
$$ - $$$Indian, Asian,
7 Waterloo Street | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BT, England
+44 117 973 2641
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“curry” (38 reviews)
“poppadoms” (13 reviews)
“king prawns” (5 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7 Waterloo Street | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BT, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for 18 years and considered it to be the best Indian I’d ever had. Not anymore! The staff are just awful and the manager even worse! We visited on my birthday and a very loud table sat next...More

Thank HolidaysBristol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been visiting this curry house for years but the last couple of times I have eaten there I have found the staff to be very unfriendly and rude. Its such a shame as the food is lovely and I like the ambience of...More

Thank JGolder1970
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

" not impressed the table was booked well in advance for 8pm on Friday 3rd Oct....I mention date and time because if my brother law and his wife go back again I expect them to get better service than we received this time " You...More

Thank Jacqueline478
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Food was really nice and tasted fresh and a good portion. staff friendly would go again. the steps downstairs was a little steep and you need to be careful. dear or needs some tlc as wallpaper hanging off in places.

Thank karenZ9651FP
Reviewed 6 September 2017

It was our first time to this restaurant we went on a Wednesday at 8pm just assumed it would be quiet -but how wrong we were which was a great sign for us they just asked us to call back at 8.30pm and sure enough...More

Thank Kim H
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

It was a real shame that our dinner was spoilt by indifferent service and an incorrect bill. Make sure that you check your bill carefully and whatever you do don't order soda water, it costs £4 per glass, at least that is what I was...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We booked a table for 10pm after an afternoon of cocktails in and around Clifton and by the time it came to the curry we were pretty hungry! The food was excellent as it always is. We probably visit 6 - 8 times a year...More

Thank john06evans
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We ate here recently, it was busy. The service was okay, a bit slow. The curries we had were fine but not really full of flavour and they didn't taste very fresh. The one just had dry fresh chillies sprinkles on top but that didn't...More

Thank AnanB
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This was the 2nd time I have been here. The 1st time I felt that the quality of food was very good, but the staff were slightly off-putting as they seemed to be on our case all the time. This 1st visit was on a...More

1  Thank 50Dave
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Worth booking in advance, excellent & delicious food and large portion sizes. A wide variety of foods to choose from on the menu.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Waterloo Street | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 973 2641
In 1997, the four brothers opened the Brunel Raj, authentic Indian cuisine. The name of the restaurant compliments its location in Clifton Village. ‘Brunel’ came from the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was best known for the creation of the Great Western Railway, the famous SS Great Britain and the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The second name Raj, comes from the Sanskrit work rajan, which means ruler or king. The name ‘Brunel Raj’ thus translates to ‘King Brunel’, paying tribute to Bristol’s most well known merchant, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.Since opening its doors over 10 years ago, Brunel Raj has received great publicity and praise from local press, along with a string of catering awards; including being listed in the Top UK Restaurants by Hardens in 2001 and 2003.The main restaurant seats 48 and is available for small parties subject to booking and availability. We also cater for business and private parties as well as conferences and weddings.
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