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“Awful!!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Royal Raj

The Royal Raj
winterbourne, Bristol, England
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Ranked #153 of 1,530 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $31
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Awful!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you enjoy an nice Indian meal then please avoid this restaurant. Apart from poor service, who didn't know what to say (and nervously laughed) when I informed them that our meal was OK at best, the food is far from authentic.

We ordered 2 separate dishes which upon arrival both looked and tasted very similar. Their use of onions to bulk up the meal is also an indication of cost cutting at the expense of a flavoursome meal. We also asked to have our meal as "Madras hot", I think it was an insult to Madras as it was one of the blandest meals I've ever had.

The decor is very dated and the staff seem very uninterested and inexperienced all of which meant that the meal was one to forget.

The best part of the meal......the chocolates with the bill, says it all really!!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Superb meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This Indian restaurant is by far the best i have visited for excellent service relaxed surroundings and great food well worth a visit.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best Indian in the south west!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This is my regular eat and eat out place for indian food. Before I attending Royal Raj I actually didn't enjoy indian food, always found the food very greasy & oily. Wanting top class service and food look no further!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Only if you care about your business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

We used to visit this local restaurant on a regular basis but feel that with the less presence of old manager service standards are going down, head waiter now seems to be in control of the operation but regret to say that not a pleasant person at all, over friendly to some and very arrogant to others ( this is not only our view other locals also think the same) always seems to be in a rush all the time even when only a few other guests sitting. I must say whenever we are there on a sunday things look very different and calm. waiter who takes our order is very polite and caring and honestly feel that with the supervision of the manager this young boy should be given more chance to be in front and I am sure this can definitely benefit the business and may bring us and others back. Good luck Royal Raj

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good Indian food at a good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

I visited with some friends from work. Inside it is a bit dark and the fish tank is gone. The menu looked 'cut and paste' in places with some of the dishes looking very similar! However we had 4 different mains including Madras, Patia and a couple of 'Chef Specials'. They were all excellent. The naans were particularly good, tasting great and huge in size. I would recommend and visit again.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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