Balbirs

4.8
1170 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
From opening his first restaurant in 1973, Balbir is recognized as a pioneer of Indian food in Scotland. He has always been know for his low-key but exceptionally high level of food and service. Serving Indian Royalty such as Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain, to be the favourite restaurant (in Scotland) of jazz greats such as Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, its fare to say that Balbir’s is a timeless restaurant with a wealth of history. Over the past few years, we have invited some very talented and creative chefs over from India, Nepal and Pakistan to join and work alongside our established team. Our dishes are prepared using the finest ingredients available to us. On this menu, you will find both dishes prepared using traditional recipes from various regions of India and some contemporary dishes that have been re-invented taking advantage of good local produce and modern cooking styles.

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Experiences

  • Balbir's Classic Banquet Menu

    £28.00 per person

    Jun 5 - Jun 30, 2021

    Start with our refreshing Bhel Poori. Followed by a fried flakey Bhatura Bread served with tangy spiced chickpeas. Next, Fresh Scottish Salmon, lightly marinated then dry roasted in our charcoal tandoor. Selection of Curry dishes. Chicken Chetinad, Chicken Butter Masala, Lamb Ginger Bhoona, Punjabi Tarka Daal, served with Pilau Rice and Garlic Naan bread. Gulab Jammin with coconut ice cream.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1170 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MoiraF
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back in Balbirs since last year due to restrictions.
Delicious pakora and Butter chicken as always. The garlic nan was warm and tasty.
So great to eat in the restaurant again.
Friendly staff and very efficient service.

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Iain
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and one of the best meals I have had in Glasgow, highly recommended. Service, food and atmosphere was all perfect.

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KarenB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious food ever!! 5+⭐️Love dining at the bar area and the staff are lovely too.

RB
RosemaryB
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food freshly prepared and very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful. Tables well spaced and COVID protocols being followed. Never been disappointed @ Balbirs.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor and friendly staff and manager. Food came quickly and was delicious.

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CharlieB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, background music spot on (loved the jazz). Can’t fault service. Fantastic house beer. Definitely returning.

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vipMitch
Dunbartonshire
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was fantastic to return to Balbirs after such a long absence due to lockdowns. Just as good as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to meet up with friends

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PaulineA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fabulous! There is a great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal & experience. Only suggestion would be peshwari nan needed more fruit.

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MichaelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back after the enforced absence!

Nice to see some some familiar faces, the food was fantastic as always. We went for the Banquet menu, which is great as we get to try dishes we normally wouldn't order. It is really good value also.

Food = great, service = excellent.

Will be back soon.

Well done to all of the staff, new and old, putting in a great effort to get us back to some sort of normality.

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Zebs
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely people, giving a really personal service. Brilliant restaurant, you must taste the 65 starter option

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RogerB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Been there several times now and always left quite happy. Food was good but for some reason not as good as in the past but no real complaints. The starters were superb - fresh and tasty. One main course - a fish dish - was not thought to be that great but the other three main courses were good. Just a minor "comment".

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ShirleyH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Balbir’s for a few years and this return trip was outstanding on all levels. Great staff who are knowledgeable and care about your restaurant experience, lovely restaurant and fabulous, fresh food. Highly recommend Balbir’s for a lovely meal out.

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ElliotM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was generally good. I found my main course a bit bland (was advertised as hot) but that could just be down to choice. Starter was very good.

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elaines
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday dinner, beautiful restaurant and a warm welcome from staff. The service and food is amazing . The tandoori chicken was fresh and well cooked ,will definitely return soon well worth a visit.

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vipDG68
London
44 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service.

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PaulM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, food was great. nice atmosphere. As always a great experience

DB
DavidB
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a meal at Balbirs never disappoints again spot on

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Ellen
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was great, attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious, each curry as tasty as the last.

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RosemaryB
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff very polite and helpful. Food was so fresh, well cooked and very very tasty. Definitely going back.

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JimM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a truly outstanding restaurant. Definitely the best Indian food we have ever experienced. They should have a Michelin star !!

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Glenn
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience - staff were kind, knowledgeable and there was no way in which I could fault the food or experience. A perfect way to enjoy a quiet birthday

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Allybally
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been disappointed with this restaurant, food delicious,staff very professional service excellent will definitely be visiting again.

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AndrewS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out side lockdown was lifted - what a great experience, I felt safe and the food was to die for.

Superb.

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Lyndaisms
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food. Booked to go again! It’s our regular.

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DBG3
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went for lunch during Covid Protection Level 3. Food was excellent and service very good. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

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SCon
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food - a must to try for any discerning Indian food diner.

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EileenW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Balbirs has adapted very well to the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.
Enjoyed our meal and had good service.

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DavidM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, excellent service- great place to eat.

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Ellen
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service attentive but not intrusive and they have made all the necessary changes to combat COVID.

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JenB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat. The banquet is always delicious. Staff are so knowledgeable and attentive. Family run, and it shows in the way they go the extra mile to welcome you.

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SoniaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Very limited and overpriced menu if vegetarian! Would not return as expected a far greater selection of vegetarian choices especially in an Indian restaurant :-(

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Clarabella
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time in restaurant . Was fantastic
Will definitely come again

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Thomas1953
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at balbirs on a good few occasions and just as on previous ones this one was excellent food was up to the usual high standards as was the service, with the current vivid restrictions we new it would be difficult to get a pub for a drink before dining so we met in the bar area which suited us perfectly, if you’re looking for the best in Indian food then you must give balbirs a go.

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AmberM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Balbirs are just so attentive and can not do enough to help you. The food is very high quality and delicious! The cocktail menu is vast and after trying a few different cocktails I can confirm they are all amazing. The atmosphere is lovely even without music due to Covid. You can tell the restaurant is cleaned to a very high standard. Will definitely be back.

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SusanB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful staff who were ever helpful x

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food attentive staff

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Scott
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian Restaurant in Glasgow
Food quality outstanding

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JenM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff lovely as always, food superb apart from chicken being slightly overdone in one main but the sauce was bloody delicious so I’ll let them off.

FAQs

Balbirs does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Balbirs also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0141 339 7711.

Balbirs is rated 4.8 stars by 1170 OpenTable diners.

Balbirs does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://vouchers.giftvouchersolutions.com/vouchersales/choose.aspx?c=BALBR%22.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.