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Brunel Raj

$$ - $$$Indian, Asian,
7 Waterloo Street | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BT, England
+44 117 973 2641
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“curry” (39 reviews)
“poppadoms” (13 reviews)
“king prawns” (5 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 11:45 PMAll hours
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7 Waterloo Street | Clifton, Bristol BS8 4BT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with a group of friends and right from the beginning the staff were unfriendly, unwelcoming and it was like it was a chore for them to have us there. They got our drinks order wrong and didn’t apologise, acting as if it was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Eating out is expensive, and it should be an enjoyable experience. Clients should be greeted warmly and treated with respect. There are none of these basics at the Brunel Raj. The staff look, appear and dish out their thoroughly bored lack lustre manner in a...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We like so many have been visiting this curry house for years and have like others put up with the unfriendly and impolite staff and manager. The experience tonight was terrible, the food was a very poor offering of thin and tasteless dishes with all...More

3  Thank lesley954
Reviewed 15 December 2017 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

3  Thank HolidaysBristol
Reviewed 20 November 2017

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

1  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

2  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
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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

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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

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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, Kids, 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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