Balbirs

4.7
1143 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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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 1143 People Are Saying
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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
3 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.

JB
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
2 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

JM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well organised nice staff excellent food

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EmmaB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best Indian in Glasgow, prove me wrong..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic restaurant serving fantastic food. My favourite Indian restaurant in Glasgow. Never dissapointed.

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Whiteyfrom1990
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balbirs is my favourite restaurant in Glasgow and I try and take all of my friends there at some point!

The food is amazing as is the friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to give suggestions and recommendations on what will work well with your dish.

You MUST try the Pani Puri, it’s a starter and a great activity at the table.

I’ve been coming to Balbirs for 5 years now and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable!!!

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LouiseC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Food was nice and well presented

JM
JimM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pretty good : but the prawns in the expensive prawn dish were tasteless. Maybe they were frozen.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience both in atmosphere and food

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AlistairL
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class meal.

Service was efficient and friendly. The instant one of our drinks were finished, they were over to take our order for another one.

Food was spot on.

Will definitely be back.

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CarolineH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first restaurant visit and it was a very nice experience. Clean and tidy. Having visited regularly for a number of year, until moving house, the restaurant layout has changed but the food had not. First class. Helpful waiter with “heat” of dishes and our preferences. We’ll be back.

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ElizabethS
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners ,recommended by family..i am a very fussy eater and i explained to server who was fantastic and very knowledgeable he guided me to choosing a split dish were i was told if i didn't enjoy he would get another dish for me . i loved them both ..
Can't wait to return

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StevenA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and despite Covid, atmosphere was very good. Friendly and efficient Service. Thanks, we will be back

JC
JacquelineC
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately my chicken was very dry and hard so didn’t enjoy my meal as I’d hoped to

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Bearsfenfinest
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Balbirs serves excellent Indian food. We had a lovely evening. Service very good too! Will be back soon!

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Shez
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food as usual. Would recommend salmon and bhel poori as starters they are both very moreish. The main dishes are consistently good. The only downside was being asked to leave our table at 7.15 (booking was for 6pm). We were not told table was only available for such a short time.

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Tazfiend
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly welcome, and a pleasant atmosphere, always get an evening off to a good start. The lighting in Balbir's is subdued, without being too dark, and the sound levels reasonable. The staff were friendly and attentive, without being over familiar or constantly hovering at the table. The food, of course, was excellent.

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Calum
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Very COVID secure too. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

JB
JillB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service and very well organised in light of current social distancing. Will be back !

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JamesC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service,reasonably busy even with vivid but nice and relaxed and prompt service

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Bigbhoy45
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been to Balbirs several times I thought the menu maybe limited because of COVID 19. However I was not disappointed to see the full menu was available. The standard of food is immense as with the service and the pricing. One of if not the best Indian restaurants in Glasgow.
I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

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SandyD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not visited for some time. Ourselves and our friends ,first time at Balbirs, had an excellent evening

Sandy Dalziel

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RussellC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food & Service as always. Will certainly be back.

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DarylG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Need a bit of background music. The young lady who served us was great, very polite and attentive. Good service. Thank you.
Will visit again.

JR
JimR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always delicious was looking forward to the meal and wasn't dissappointed. NIce Service attentive but not intrusive and very courteous. Lovely experience. Good to be back.

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Smokey
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been using Balbirs for many years and again it didn't disappoint.

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vipfoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, delicious food, relaxed but refined environment. Best Indian restaurant in Glasgow

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EileenB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top notch meal. Highly recommend the lamb ginger bhoona. Meat so soft and flavoursome. Salmon tandoori as a starter always a winner too. Very well run.
Not cheap but good value

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GordonM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. Well orgaised in respect of COVID procedures.

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Andrew
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wife’s birthday, anniversary and starting new job all in the one weekend. Having lived near Balbirs when it opened and until about 4 years ago, we had been to Balbirs quite a few times and always been impressed.

Now with kids and living north of glasgow we don’t get out much and decided we could trust Balbirs for our special night. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Indian is my very favourite food and with lots of good Indian restaurants in glasgow I admit I’ve become a bit of a curry snob. But this was just about the best I can remember. Absolutely wonderful.

We ordered more to take home with us before leaving so we could enjoy it for a couple more meals 🙂

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 4.7 stars by 1143 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.