Balbirs

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£26 to £40
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Indian
Opening almost immediately to rave reviews from all the major food critics, it didn’t take long for the restaurant to reinstate the ‘Balbirs’ brand as one of the more prominent names in the Scottish Indian dining scene.
Balbir’s is the first and possibly the only Indian restaurant in Scotland to have obtained both the ‘Healthy Living’ award and the ‘Eat Safe’ food certificate from the UK governments Food Standards agency.
What 998 People Are Saying
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SK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, my favourite restaurant. The staff are exceptionally friendly and courteous and really make the visit a delight. Great food, great atmosphere. Well done!

LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Off to a slow start (no menus given when we were seated), however, after that, everything was absolutely perfect! Food was delicious and I would definitely return and recommend.

JC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favourite place for Indian food. The vegetable pakora is the best we’ve had. Service is always good sometimes too good! But rather that way than the opposite

b
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice meal in Balbirs with exceptional service. Not the cheapest Indian food in Glasgow but certainly one of the best!

SB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic meal at Balbirs and would definitely go back. Amit was first class in making our night.

DG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a delicious meal, served by pleasant and friendly staff.

M
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great. Would definitely recommend and will be back

JG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very plesent staff very good quality food would recommend it to friends and family

GF
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Warmly welcomed and given a nice table towards the rear of the restaurant. Food was tasty and not overwhelming in terms of quantity. Was nice to leave an Indian restaurant without feeling totally stuffed!
Would certainly return when next in Glasgow.

PG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at 6pm on a Saturday, relatively quiet but filling up by the time we left. Lovely surroundings, seemed very clean, attentive but inobtrusive waiting staff who were very good at explaining the specific meals. Food was excellent. Will definitely return. Very happy customer. Peter G

JC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table ready on time, food was lovely and staff were attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

JC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here many times and have only once been disappointed. But this visit was top notch. Food and service were great

m
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was very hit and miss. The manger was very defensive when we complained advising we should have said something before and that there is nothing he can do now. Actually there was something he could have done. He could have taken the chicken dish off the menu and we would have returned. We unfortunately will not be able to return which is a shame as the food has always been very good. Overall he didn’t seem like he cared very much about it. I’ve also review on Facebook and trip advisor and wouldn’t have done so if the manager had rectified the situation. I.e. removed the chicken dish from the bill

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usual very high standard maintained. Table request accommodated. Looking forward to our next visit.

JD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Mixed experience with the food. Some really lovely dishes and mediocre other stuff.

Service was awful. Took about 20 mins and about 6 requests to different staff to get a sparkling water for one of our party. No one person seemed to own a table so we had multiple visits from different staff on the same stuff. Left untended fir long periods too. Seemed like no one really knew what was going on!

WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both my wife and myself enjoyed the food and the ambience of the restaurant we would recommend Balbirs without hesitation, and we look forward to our next visit.

AN
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and wine, fantastic setting and great service. Have already told everyone that would listen. Will return for sure..

JS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great thanks

NW
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

imo the best & most consistently outstanding Indian restaurant in Glasgow. Been going for over 10 years & frankly nowhere else compare.

JS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal starters were delicious
Main courses the best I have ever had
Wine list superb and reasonable price good vegetarian selection and thoroughly enjoyed.
Staff were lovely and not intrusive no request was a bother
Relaxing atmosphere lovely surroundings we all really enjoyed our evening I would highly recommend I will definitely be back
Well done to all staff we really appreciated all your effort thank you

s
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

After arriving we waited 2-3 minutes before anyone attended to us.
When we were seated we ordered our drinks which took 15minutes to arrive buy which time our starter had arrived and we had finished it.
Not the service we have been used to at from previous visits, and as this was our anniversary and we don't get out often as we have kids it took the shine off the night.
But we will go back for another try

LB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant with good food. Friends and I meet there several times a year when I come down to visit from Moray. We had set menu B between 4 of us. Good range of meats and flavours and more than enough for all!

MJ
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will struggle to find a more complete package than Balbirs. The food is excellent, the staff are friendly and courteous. The location of the restaurant and the booking system are all very convenient.
We opted for the vegetarian options this time around and although we are not vegetarian, really enjoyed it. Looking forward to our next mean at Balbirs!

JM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

we had not been to Balbir's for a while but decided to celebrate our anniversary there. We were seated in what looked like an overflow room away from other dining guests. The food was not great which was a great disappointment especially for the price we were being charged, will not return or recommend. it is such a pity because I remember on my first visit being treated like royalty having my chair pulled out napkin placed on my knee all the special touches have gone !!!! take the bill and not even see you out of the door

WB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent ambience.

K
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal and very attentive staff. Would definitely recommend.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have dined here 3 times previously .We asked for chicken tikka and swap the potatoes for rice. We were told if we did this would need to pay for rice as no replacements allowed.This was odd as the last 3 times we had rice between us. I thought this was not flexible at all. After our main meal no one approached us for dessert/drinks/coffee/bill. We had to wait until we asked a considerable time later. I hope this was a one off as usually we have a great experience so a bit disappointing

A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal in Balbirs with friends. The waiter was spot on with his recommendation when we couldn’t find a specific curry on the menu. Loved the chicken 65!

J
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Balbirs on a special celebration. The whole visit was a delight. Well informed service, excellent food chosen on recommendation and a friendly hello from Balbir. My guests were delighted. Well done.

DC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service that’s friendly and efficient but doesn't encroach on your privacy.

S
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent but prices slightly higher than expected

D
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience as always...great food, great service, what's not to like? :)

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant stands out in terms of the food it serves. innovative, well presented and extremely tasty!
Service is excellent from well trained attentive staff.

NM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service-love the salmon tandoori -pleasant unfussy service and no long waits

D
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m always impressed. Fantastic customer service and exceptional food. I’m also of the opinion that the staff get the tips, unlike other high profile establishments.

c
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Amazing food and wine, tremendous value for money. Brilliant, personal service. Always go that extra mile, so clean. So accommodating to my 91 year old Gran. Go if you get the chance. Thanks Balbirs 🙌🏼👏🏼🥂🇮🇳

F
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We used to go to Balbirs regularly and thoroughly enjoyed it and it was good value for money. Since changing the restaurant layout things changed, food was still good albeit things we ordered had been remved from the menu, and have now reappeared at a considerably higher price for what looks like the same amount! Not worth the huge cost increases, they’re are good alternative Indian restaurants that serve great food and don’t break the bank!!!

ST
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Nice relaxing atmosphere on a weekday in nice environs. Staff friendly and attentive. Food was delicious - especially the monkfish. Would come back again.

DH
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Another great meal at Balbir's. The food was, as usual, very good, although all three of us felt that the legendary "Chicken 65" starter was not quite as tempting as it used to be - the coating seemed different both in texture and taste. However, everything else was excellent.
The service was a little unattentive, often requiring multiple attempts to catch someone's eye, but, once "caught", all staff were very helpful.
Overall, a good experience and one we shall repeat again (and again).

ES
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and comes out relatively quickly. Staff are so friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and cuisine.