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The Mint Room – Clifton

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About The Mint Room – Clifton

Shaking up Bristol’s Indian dining scene with something a little bit different, The Mint Room is one of the city's most acclaimed restaurants, offering gourmet takes on Indian cuisine. For times when a takeaway just won’t cut it, head to this stylish restaurant for Indian dining with some serious flair, boasting a range of exciting modern dishes alongside all of the the time-honoured classics. You’ll find this prestigious Indian eatery located on Clifton Road over in Clifton.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 13:00 - 21:00
The Mint Room – Clifton, 12-16 Clifton Rd, BS8 1AF Bristol

Further Information

After running an award-winning restaurant in Bath, The Mint Room have now branched out into Bristol much to the delight of the city’s aficionados of Indian cuisine, with a branch in the Clifton area. Appealing to both gourmands and curry enthusiasts alike, this high-end Indian eatery on Clifton Road offers traditional dishes with a fine dining twist. Start with meal off with some tawar scallops (plancha-seared scallops with a lime and chilli sauce) or some tandoori quail served with alongside a fried quail egg with apple and vanilla puree.

As well as all of the classic curries, The Mint Room’s main course menu is full of inventive modern dishes and gourmet takes on traditional Indian cuisine. We recommend the paneer parcel (cottage cheese and seasonal vegetables flavoured with curry leaf, black mustard and turmeric in a puff pastry on a bed of spinach, broccoli, sambar sauce and tomato chutney) or the tawa seabream served with bombay potatoes. Make a reservation at The Mint Room for a special dining experience in Bristol, but be sure to book in advance as this Clifton hotspot fills up quickly!

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303 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 303 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 16:58

I keep going back as the food is delicious - spicy rather than hot - and the staff are subtly attentive. Have recommended it to lots of friends, who have all also had very good experiences in this lovely restaurant.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 00:19

By far the best Indian cuisine we have eaten in Bristol. Not your typical post pub curry house but elevated fine dining. We will, and have, returned many times!

1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 22:51

Excellent! Food (we went for the taster menu) was interesting with a great mix of flavours and 2-3 exceptional courses. Good buzz in the place, the only downside being slightly too busy meaning a bit crowded and occasional slow service but I wouldn't want to significantly distract from the overal fantastic experience.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 22:24

Lovely restaurant with fabulous food and a gorgeous interior. I am a fussy vegetarian and they did every thing I asked for the perfect meal. I booked The Mint Room for my Dads birthday meal and he very much enjoyed it. Thank you

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 08:44

This is Indian food at its finest in terms of the quality of ingredients, presentation and service. My paneer makhani was a beautifully fine and creamy sauce and I could taste ithe sauce was made with fresh tomatoes. The food was exquisite and everything was perfectly cooked, (crispy bit soft in the middle Nan's, goregeous rice with no nasty artificial colorant additives and delicately spiced) no sign of any oil. The pinot noir wine by the glass was high quality (wines are clearly carefully selected for the wine list) and the service was professional, courteous, friendly and caring. We were asked several times how the food was and my feeling was that any problem would have been handled well (although the only problem was I couldn't eat any more!). This is my favourite restaurant- gorgeous designer decor, food, wine and service- a treat! Note it is very popular so I would highly recommend booking in advance.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 09:46

An outstanding place with the most exquisite and vibrant food. This is the best Indian restaurant with spectacular food and incredible staff! The food has a contempory style with beautiful unique flavours , and attentive service. It is extremely busy , and yet, you do not feel rushed at all. We followed the suggestions of our waiter and he selected for us the tasting menu and the wines. He was brilliant! This is a real gem in Bristol ,and possibly the best Indian food I have had . I highly recommend a visit. It was our first time eating at the Mint Room ,and we will definitely go back. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 14:43

Excellent. My partner and I have been several times before, but the neighbours who cam with us had never been to The Mint Room. They had high expectations, so we were a bit nervous, as we had chosen the venue. We need not have worried....from the warm welcome, table ready, cheerful staff, stunning presentation, great food....everything was spot on and although we were the last table to leave, there was no pressure. Portion sizes tend to be on the large size, especially with the fish dishes.......so much so that we reluctantly decided against desserts for the first time. That was probably good for the weight loss diet as desserts here are rich.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 09:21

Brilliant restaurant. This was our second visit and we loved the food and speed of service. Only slight issue we had was being made to feel like we weren't ordering enough. We ordered a mains each and a couple of sides but kept getting asked are we sure we don't want more as others usually order more. As we had eaten there before we knew the potion sizes were good and what we ordered was more than enough. I gave a good tip as we really enjoyed the meal, but as soon as we had paid the guy serving us seemed to loose interest and almost seemed disappointed with us. Other than being made to feel we didn't order enough the food was brilliant and I would recommend, despite the odd service.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 12:20

We visited on a Monday evening - the restaurant was not busy but the ambience lends itself to a warm inviting environment despite that. The 4 of us had the tasting menu (7 courses, £35 per head) which was excellent. the flavours were sensational and the presentation visually excellent. The service was attentive without being intrusive and the birthday of one of our group was recognised with a special desert. All in all I would highly reccomend the Mint Room -- I know that we will definitely be going back!

1 review so far 5
28.02.2017 08:37

This is definitely an Indian restaurant not a curry house. The décor is tasteful, the food is VERY tasteful and the staff very efficient and attentive. A great venue for a family celebration or couples night out (They put a complimentary dessert in front of our son which was a lovely touch as we hadn't mentioned it was his birthday, they picked it up from our conversation) A Very Enjoyable Evening, Great Food. The only reason I have not awarded The Mint Room top marks is because of parking difficulties (But that's Clifton for you. Out of their control) We will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 07:22

We had the 7 course tasting menu and that turned out to be a great choice. Excellent quality and a very good way to try a variety of dishes. The only slight downside was that due to bare walls, lack of drapes and carpet the noise levels were a bit on the high side. Having said that it is fairly common in a lot restaurants today but does detract from the overall ambience and ease of having conversation at the table. We do tend to not return to such places, but the food here was so good it will be a difficult decision!

1 review so far 6
10.04.2016 09:42

Lovely interior design and the scents when we walked in were very inviting. We went straight to our table so no comment about the bar, though it looked nice. The staff were very attentive. The service was quick. The range of food available was lovely, with a nice mix of fish dishes too. All beautifully cooked (the lamb was melt in the mouth tender) and delicately spiced with presentation you wouldn't find in the average Indian restaurant. I will be trying the tasting menu next!

1 review so far 4
07.05.2017 09:26

Lovely,cheerful welcome from the manager. There was a bit of a mix up with seating as he did nit take our name so confused us with a couple rather than group of 4.The food was faultless. The decor of the restaurant is tasteful and interesting. The service was terrible. Lots of staff rushing around but unattentive. We ordered drinks...they didn't bring them had to call waiter and reorder.. We asked for water,then had to call waiter and ask again. They wouldn't leave jug of water and so had to repeatedly ask for top up. Gave us dessert menu but did come and take our order.Forgot our petit fours. Our friends had been before and had been treated like kings. We were all a bit disappointed.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 09:46

Really friendly, funny, respectful staff. Managed the turn a round very quickly, we got our table after a very short wait once we'd entered. The food was exceptional! Best Indian food I've ever had - salmon was cooked to perfection. Wait in-between the courses coming out was timely, allowing for our food to settle before devouring the next delicious meal they offered. Very reasonably priced menu considering it was Valentine's day. Would highly recommend and will most definitely be visiting the restaurant again!

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 19:55

Brilliant meal, nicely presented by friendly staff. The restaurant was empty apart from ourselves which was surprising. We had a personal and intimate dining experience which we enjoyed. We booked on line which worked well for us but there is obviously a gremlin somewhere in the system because we were told that the restaurant was booked at other times - clearly not. We will go again - but may be better to book by phone if refused by the online booking system.

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 07:30

Absolutely wonderful restaurant. The food is of such a high standard alongside is absolutely delicious. We have visited twice and would not hesitate to return- returning too soon wouldn't be soon enough. The staff are fantastic, they have a wonderful sense of humour and ensure diners feel welcomed and comfortable. The only negative- our table was situated on what felt like a walk way, we were constantly being brushed past which didn't really fit with the exclusive dining experience the restaurant portrays. Other than that, would highly recommend to those looking to try some really special Indian food.

1 review so far 5
02.03.2017 18:01

Service here can be a bit iffy sometimes the staff are just too busy other times it can be attentive. On a busy Saturday night, it was for us closer to attentive though at times you can see that some staff were a little harried / under pressure. The restaurant was very full with multiple table bookings and some parties so made for a lively atmosphere. Food was very good; scallops and monkfish to start we're both very good. Chicken lababdar was also good. Nice wine list too. Recommended for an upmarket Indian experience.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 21:53

Best dining experience in Clifton, and lovely service. The food is really excellent and very well presented. The dining room and restaurant are immaculate and well designed. The formal level of service you get at this type of restaurant is tempered with genuine human interest. It was nice to see a family with four 9very well behaved) kids blending in quite happily alongside older diners. Which I think reflects the comfortable ambience of the Mint Room

1 review so far 5
27.04.2016 22:53

Excellent meal, the flavours are just great. We had a starter and main and the chicken tikka starter was excellent. The service was not quite upto the usual high standard tonight. We were not given the chance to have a drink before the meal as we were taken straight to our table and the waiters were slow in asking for our drink order and constantly reaching across our fellow diners with plates, which is a training issue. However, an excellent meal in good surroundings.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 07:27

An Indian restaurant with a difference. We chose the Feast menu which was 4 courses all beautifully presented. A fusion of tastes and left us feeeling very satisfied but not bloated . We don't usually have desserts in Indian restaurants but the rose icecream and sweet were exquisite. We are looking forward to our next visit to try the taster menu. Excellent service and very friendly staff.

1 review so far 5
13.07.2016 12:33

We had an excellent meal. It was a Saturday night, and the restaurant was lively and had a nice upbeat atmosphere. Service was great. Food arrived in good time even thought it was busy, and all the dishes we had were extremely delicious. In particular, the halibut was very fresh and beautifully cooked. One minor comment, the water provided in the jugs tasted awful - could be vastly improved as it detracts from complete pleasure in the dining experience!

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 07:44

Amazing service, superb decor, and most importantly the food was exquisite. I would describe as "very posh Indian with a twist". Staff here are brilliant and gave excellent advice on what dishes went well together and advice on suggested wines for particular dishes too. Average cost for table of 4 here would be about £180 including drinks. Not cheap but more than worth it.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2016 06:39

The welcome was charming and friendly. We took guidance on our choice of food which when served was very tasty. There was a happy buzz in the restaurant and the many staff quietly circulated filling wine and water glasses without being prompted. A suitable fuss was made of the birthday boy which was also charming. What a gem, we will come back again soon

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 09:22

Everything about The Mint Room exudes charm, taste and style. The menu is varied to include traditional, house specialities as well as interesting vegetarian choices. The attention to detail in the presentation of dishes and in the service is outstanding as is the food itself. My only criticism is that I felt the dining tables were a little too close together.

2 reviews so far 6
16.11.2016 12:52

The food there was truly amazing! We ordered tandoori chicken tikka as a starter, chicken lababda, lamb shank and chicken makhani as main dishes. All were delicious but each dish depends on your taste, next time we wouldn't get the chicken lababda. Along with the bill we were offered white chocolate coated mint leaves and dark chocolate raisins. A must go!

1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 21:51

Great food, good service and lovely ambiance. Few possibly new serving staff there and it was a bit muddled at first, few dropsies which made the whole restaurant jump, and we felt they could have bent the rules and made my friend an onion baji for a starter seeing as they were available on one of the mains, but hey said no... Other than that it was a great night and much enjoyed.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 12:14

We really enjoyed the mint room - the atmosphere was great on arrival - lovely decor and warm welcome. The menu was just the right length with lots of innovative Indian dishes. We chose the seven course set menu and were not disappointed - beautiful flavours and a great wine list with suggested pairings! We will be back

1 review so far 3
25.06.2016 16:33

Unfortunately there was a very large group of people at a nearby table who were very noisy and completely unaware of other diners. We were unable to hear ourselves speak and the management should have politely requested that they were more considerate. The service was very slow, there did not seem to be enough waiters and our table felt ignored for parts of the evening. This really did spoil our enjoyment of the food. We were a party of 4 , 3 of our main courses came out together but one was much later and the sauce was tepid. I suspect it had been sitting around while the waiters served this large group.

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 13:05

Had a great meal, the staff offer exceptional service and the food was full of vibrant and wonderful flavours. Portion sizes were ideal and the cocktails were well made. A special thank you to the front of house staff, they made the effort to engage us and definitely made the experience even better. Would go again!

1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 10:53

This is our 5th visit now and each time we are made to feel so special. The whole evening was truly amazing...without a doubt the best Indian food in Bristol, made even better by the management and waiting staff who are true professionals. Can't wait till our next visit...hope to see you all again soon...x

1 review so far 6
10.04.2016 17:41

Last minute reservation made for dinner on 9th April. The staff were attentive & friendly, and we enjoyed some light hearted and amusing 'banter' with our waiter. The food was delicious and good quality. The price we paid was appropriate for the high standard of our overall experience. Definitely recommended for contemporary Indian dining.

1 review so far 5
23.12.2016 18:10

The Mint Room is an amazing place. Brilliant atmosphere and attentive staff. We had the 7 course meal as a Birthday treat and the food was outstanding. Amazing flavours. My partner had a special pudding and a happy birthday song too which was an added bonus. The only disappointing thing was that the sea food was slightly over cooked in the sea food curry.

1 review so far 5
24.12.2015 13:01

Lovely food as always, would be nice to see one or two plain food options for children, slightly challenging to get a 4 year old something she would eat. As expected from this restaurant the staff went out of their way to try & find something she could eat. It was a real nice Xmas menu for the rest of us, loved it

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 21:34

The food was fantastic. It was my birthday and I only mentioned it in conversation during our main meal then for desert they brought out a lovely desert with a candle and sang happy birthday. It was very unexpected and very appreciated. Can't wait to go back for more delicious food :)

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 12:28

The mint room is an excellent modern Indian restaurant which offers unique speciality dishes as well as a few traditional curries. Go for the house specials to really experience the skill of the chefs. Service is excellent - I didn't even tell them it was my mum's birthday - they just saw her opening a card - and the produced a cake.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 19:22

i came with four friends as my choice for our curry club all these have never been before but all agreed it was the best indian they had ever had i was confident this would be the case once again the food the service was excellent thanks and see you soon

1 review so far 4
28.07.2016 10:43

The food was excellent and exceptionally well presented. What a shame the service was so bad, and would probably prevent us from visiting again. Manager was good but as the restaurant filled up he was unable to carry the inexperienced waiting staff. They didn't understand the menu, were not at all proactive and very slow. Why does it take 20 minutes to make a coffee? I would really expect better from a restaurant charging these prices.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 07:06

Sublime food, ambiance and service. The taster menu should not be missed. Parking nearby is an issue, limited pay and display bays, the majority are "Residents only" and only become free at 9pm. However, all said and done my favourite Indian restaurant in Bristol - I have been to many!

2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2017 21:44

Excellent service and food - a really special place, and not overly expensive. The starters were excellent (mine was a gravadlax with mango, avocado & crab meat which was really different). Main meals just the right size and great quality ingredients. An excellent place to celebrate a family birthday today!

2 reviews so far 6
02.08.2016 19:12

To celebrate our purchase of a new home I took my husband to The Mint Room. I had visited previously and the second time was even better than the first. My husband was very impressed and now that we live close by we will definitely be visiting again soon

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 09:28

Service excellent; staff friendly and engaging. Food was excellent. The manager was very accommodating by allowing us to have smaller dishes from the main course selection as part of the 'Tour of India' small plates section. And they were very generous when they realised we were getting married!

1 review so far 6
25.03.2016 16:49

We enjoyed the taster menu which we felt was good value for money and a good way to experience a range of dishes. Service was exemplary and the waiters were knowledgable about the menu. The only downside for us was the lack of draught beer. Would definitely return.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 16:06

Amazing food great staff a very good front of house everything to make your dining exerperience special cant wait to go again very soon. Easy to book up also good choice of food and cooked as it meant to be just amazing taste on the taste buds.

1 review so far 3
18.01.2017 18:52

The food was excellent, 5* for food! However, as well as ordering 2 cokes, I asked for water as it is normally something to have alongside paid drinks. I was charged £5.50 for the water without even being told it wasn't free. In principle, this is very opaque, which is never good! I was offered 'still water' or 'sparkling water'. Assuming sparkling would come at a price, it was not explained clearly that still was also a charge. £5.50 is a small amount, but in principle, it was very poor, and caused confrontation.

2 reviews so far 6
20.01.2017 10:39

Excellent. Been meaning to go there for ages but never got round to it. Lovely setting. Staff great without being intrusive, very friendly. The food was absolutely delicious, and quite reasonably priced. Not your traditional curry, but all the better for it. Will definately go again

2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 13:16

3 of us went for dinner on Saturday, and were not disappointed. We were greeted and served in a prompt, friendly and professional manner, and the Maitre D was especially attentive and even witty! The elegant food was exceptional and surpassed our expectations. Very highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2016 18:39

Excellent friendly service and fantastic food. Nice ambiance. Scallops perfectly cooked. Complimentary dishes were a nice touch. Also went with 3 kids who found enough dishes to enjoy. 2 vegetarians in group were happy with the selection and the fish and lamb dishes were very good.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 11:49

The Mint Rooms Restaurant turned out to be the best Indian food I have ever tasted, I dined with 7 members of my family and we all thoroughly enjoyed the Mint Room experience, the Staff were very accommodating which was why it all went so well.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 09:56

Excellent food, beautifully presented. This restaurant is buzzing, friendly, efficient and well organised. I can't fault any aspect of our meal for 4 last night. Definitely give it a try. Parking in Clifton can be awkward before 9pm though, due to the residents scheme.

3 reviews so far 5
29.04.2017 09:09

The food here is very much a fusion of Indian and Western, and it works! There were 2 of us and we had different starters and mains - all were excellent. For dessert, we had 3 different flavours of icecreams and these were all very good and rounded the meal off nicely.