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4.9 /6 Excellent 43 Reviews

Ganesha Indian Cuisine

Redcliffe Indian ££ +100
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About Ganesha Indian Cuisine

Ganesha in Bedminster is an Indian restaurant, but not a curry house. They set themselves apart from the standard formula of curries and tandooris, instead attempting to recreate the unique and authentic tastes of South India, with little compromise to British tastes. They’ve been on Bedminster Parade since 2008, and continue to grow and grow, so it seems that the hungry public of Bristol are embracing their styles of cooking, and are happy to experience something out of the ordinary.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 23:00
Ganesha Indian Cuisine, 54 - 56 Bedminster Parade, BS3 4HS Bristol

Further Information

Ganesha is an Indian restaurant that sets itself apart from the standard curry house tropes. Prasad Vanka and Mayur Renukdas are natives of southern India, and they have brought the styles of cooking prevalent in their native homelands to Bedminster Parade in Bristol. Their menu takes in thalis – the small plates of diverse curries typically served at lunchtime, and countless unique specialities of Kerala, Goa, Hyderabad and Pune, with a huge range of spices, cooking styles and ingredients.

The menu is notably different at Bedminster’s Ganesha to that of the standard curry house restaurant. Masala dosa, the rice and gram flour pancake filled with potato bhaji, is a breakfast favourite all over southern India, and at Ganesha, they make one of the best in Bristol. Their vegetarian options are also superb, reflecting the religious diversity of the region, and their seafood selection is also extensive, as the likes of Goa and Kerala have huge fishing industries. Head down to Bedminster for an authentic taste of India – but make sure you book a table in advance!


43 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 43 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 09:54

Great food prepared by people who take pride in what they do. Individual dishes were varied and delicious, so much better than the typical generic Indian food we are used to.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 11:55

Some of the best Indian food in Bristol. It was not that busy over weekdays and the service was excellent. The food arrived very quickly but there was no compromise on the taste or the quality. The Dosa starter was exceptional with the crispy pancake and delicious sauce. There was nothing to fault with the mains as well and were not as greasy as the other Indian places. Overall, will definitely be back to try the other dishes on their menu

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 19:49

The best Indian food we've had in a long time. The Aloo Gobi and Navratan Korma were delicious. The gin and tonic is highly recommended. Service was friendly and quick. We'll definitely be back soon!

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 23:11

Helpful and informative staff who advised on the best dishes. tasty food served in a pleasant environment. Lucky to have this restaurant practically on our doorstep.

1 review so far 5
15.05.2016 12:11

I had been about to head to a different venue when I read the reviews on Ganesha and decided to book here instead. It was my wife's wedding anniversary. (Well, it was mine too I suppose but you know how they get.) Straight away I can say that the food was exceptional. The flavours were both subtle and intense by turn and this was authentic, intelligent cooking at its pinnacle. The Dosa Ghosht (pancake served with a bowl of tender lamb in a delicious masala sauce), along with the best Onion Bhajis I have had, made for perfect shared starters. Ghosht Kholhapuri, a spicy lamb dish, I had all to myself as it was too hot for my wife. (Result!) She opted for the Ghosht Saagwala, lamb cooked in spinach. The accompanying portions of Saffron rice were much lighter than the usual Pilau rice to which we are often accustomed and the Naan bread was beautifully fresh. As they didn't have our first choice of fizz, the manager kindly knocked £10 off a more expensive bottle of champagne. A gesture we much appreciated. I never like to be negative about minor points, especially when a restaurant is busy, popular (as Ganesha clearly is) and is very obviously trying hard. My only gripe was that such genuine and authentic Indian food is slightly let down by the ambience. The restaurant has more of the feel of a student canteen than the special venue it ought to be but perhaps it's this degree of informality which it aims to achieve, in which case my observation isn't really valid. Even so, if Ganesha doesn't exactly have the feel of the grand days of the Raj, our waiter (pleasant and helpful as he was) could do the place a favour by ditching the baseball cap and losing the chewing gum. Innit. Martin

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 09:26

Lovely, fresh tasting food, with many interesting menu choices, and staff happy to check with kitchen re. vegan options. My only tiny criticism is that while browsing menu it would have been nice for drinks order to be taken ahead of food order. But on the whole this is a restaurant we would go back to, and happily recommend to others. Easily makes my top tier of Indian cuisine experiences.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 11:22

excellent food and very helpful service - group of 5 and we had lovely dosa starters followed by a selection of v exotic mains including goan fish, and aubergine in peanut sauce (their best dish) - love the food and service at this place and with a taste card got some meals free too!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2016 07:59

A little gem, Keralan influenced menu, loved the Tiffin. It's fairly ordinary decor, but pleasant enough. If it's not busy the manager will happily chat about the food, and about Kerala, and recommend what goes well together. Gents toilet door handle had come loose, but I don;t go there to try out the handles. Delicious dishes and I;ve been 4 times, never disappoints.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2016 19:06

Maybe the best Indian restaurant meal we've ever had. Iñnovative menu with many authentic dishes, rather than the usual "same old same old" that most UK indian restaurants churn out. Attentive, informative and polite service too. A vegetarian's heaven. 5 star recommendation from us.

2 reviews so far 6
20.12.2016 10:25

Easy to locate and near Bristol City Centre. Exactly matches up to website. Appealing decor, wonderful food and and a great atmosphere. Staff were friendly , service was good , prices were reasonable and we left feeling happy. We would go again.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 08:12

We had a family meal and enjoyed delicious Indian regional dishes, try the dosa (pancakes) with delicate and fresh flavours. Recommend Ganesha in bedminster for authentic Indian food and very friendly and helpful staff.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 09:02

A very good place to eat. The staff were polite and friendly. Food was fairly priced, cooked perfectly, tasted delicious and served in a timely manner. Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 13:27

Great night spent with the boyfriend, friendly service and the food was top notch. I would recommend going here for a date night or a few friends to enjoy a cosy evening.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2016 00:01

The food was excellent; the people were nice. I can't fault. The only improvement would be to the experience, a suggestion being if the staff were dressed in traditional indian attire.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 16:50

really excellent food and great service. lots of unusual dishes and flavours. the dosas were particularly good. well priced and good value. thoroughly recommended. convenient fro centre and for south bristol

1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 09:26

Excellent food and service. Atmosphere was good and staff were friendly. Everyone should try the Dosas, they're the best! Food seems to be more traditional than a lot of other Indian restaurants which make it stand out.

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 14:25

Very nice food. Although I was surprised to see that a service charge had been added to the bill. Not normal for this type of restaurant and I only noticed it after I had given a tip.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2016 16:55

Excellent food and lovely staff - we spent a very pleasant evening at Ganesha and were glad we had booked because it was busy at 7.45pm on a Saturday evening.

5 reviews so far 6
29.12.2016 10:06

God was great, good selection of dishes you don't usually see and also a great range of veggie dishes too. Good prices on the menu and friendly and helpful service.

1 review so far 5
23.01.2016 10:18

My husband and I had a lovely meal at Ganesha, the staff were really helpful and the food great. The menu was a pleasant change to most Indian restaurants. I would visit there again.

1 review so far 6
11.05.2016 20:45

Fantastic meal and great hospitality and help from the manager. The menu is Bangladeshi and had some exciting new dishes to try. I would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 08:39

very enjoyable great food and service i have been to ganesha three times now it is a good restaurant i would recommend it for a great meal

1 review so far 6
27.12.2015 12:18

Welcomed by very helpful and friendly staff. Authentic Indian menu with many different and/or unusual dishes. Marvellous food which promised much and delivered in all respects. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
29.11.2015 21:49

We had a great experience at Ganesha. Food was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend this restaura n t.

1 review so far 5
03.03.2016 10:27

Good food, unusual menu, authentic Indian cooking, great flavours. Recommended for taste of real India. Stands out as good restaurant for Indian food in the whole area of Bristol, Somerset.

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 06:14

This was the best Indian food we've eaten, outside of India. We are vegetarian, so can't compliment the meat dishes - but would thoroughly recommend!

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 19:39

Friendly and helpful staff, interesting menu, every item that we ordered was a success, liked the crockery. Plenty of choice, and all seemed freshly made.

1 review so far 5
10.04.2016 13:27

Really tasty food and fun staff. Quite a large menu, but the waiter made some good suggestions. A bit pricey for Bedminster, but we did enjoy the overall experience.

1 review so far 4
07.02.2017 03:49

You will find that Ganesha serves delicious authentic food. Excellent service. Comfortable atmosphere. The only negative is that it is a bit pricey - and there is a compulsory service charge addded to bill. 😬

1 review so far 4
02.05.2016 10:52

Table was ready for us when we arrived and the food was good although the pickle tray was quite small for five people.We just thought the restaurant itself needed a bit of an update.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2016 12:08

The restaurant was good, and the service was fantastic, although they did not find our booking through quandoo. We had a great meal as a family.

1 review so far 5
18.08.2016 00:18

Great food, location was perfect - staff really friendly too. We shared a mixture of starters that were really fresh and great sharing plates- would return

1 review so far 5
16.05.2017 18:34

Great to taste an authentic Indian meal with a difference. Well done to the chef and all the waiting staff who were there on the night.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 09:00

Great food great staff toilets could do good with a freshen up but loved it never the less. Waiter very helpful. A nice bunch of guys

1 review so far 3
18.12.2015 05:22

Not sure they had our reservation but seated is quickly regardless. A large party meant that service was very slow and erratic. The dos however was worth the wait and staff very apologetic. Will go back not at Xmas time to try again.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 06:51

Great food and friendly service. The dosas are really good as a starter. The menu is authentically Indian, not 'British Indian'. I recommend visiting here...

1 review so far 4
06.05.2016 14:23

First visit to Ganesha ; Staff and service were good; food all very good. Cost at £30+ / head more than we would normally expect to pay

1 review so far 4
10.07.2017 10:29

Experience was good and food was fine. But food could have been slightly better. Otherwise,ambience was fine and little more of South Indian dishes will be better

1 review so far 2
17.07.2016 09:31

Service quite slow although we weren't in a hurry. When the mains arrived the tandoori chicken was still raw. Sent back and the same pieces of chicken were put in the oven and returned, still not cooked. Such a shame as the last time was brilliant.

1 review so far 1
07.05.2017 12:39

Says 4 and a half stars I wouldn't give it half a star, will never be eating here again! RUBBISH meals come out at different times, had my rice 6 minutes before my curry, staff didn't understand English very well, was gutted that me and my girlfriend had a night off from the kids and this place was unfortunately my choice due to PROFESSIONAL reviews will never be so naive again!

1 review so far 1
27.11.2016 07:47

Restaurant was empty at 8pm on a Saturday night. We didn't stay to eat as there was no atmosphere whatsoever and it is never a good sign when there are no other customers!

1 review so far 1
24.09.2016 07:34

Basic food. Poor service from waiters, owner serving with jeans and a t shirt. Cob webs all over restaurant. No soap in toilet. Basic Failures!

1 review so far 1
27.02.2016 08:12

I will not go and pay second visit, their food is substandard. Please don't try Masla Dosa that was worst and veg platter is same.