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Balbirs

4.6
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1073 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1073 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Excellent service tasty food but my only complaint is that the food was lukewarm not hot. Disappointed really

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MoH90
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, polite and attentive staff and would definitely return.

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Pixiegirl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food! So fresh and delicious ! Can’t wait to return

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JacquelineC
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service. Our go to place for a curry!

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WeeBinky4
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sorry to say, this visit was not up to Balbirs normal high standard.
The waiters questioned our choice of sauce and when serving the meal told us that we couldn’t have an extra sauce,even though we had asked for this to be added to the bill.
The pakora was lukewarm and possibly re-heated. The portions were much smaller in general.
Putting the pakora sauce bowl on the same plate as the pakora was a bit of a ruse to disguise the amount of portions on the plate.
Sad to say, we see a huge decline in all in portion sizes and presentation.
It’s always been a favourite place for our friends and us to meet up and have a treat. Sadly,not this time!

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Johnboy
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back again. Warm welcome and excellent food. Nice staff always make the difference.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The start of our visit to restaurant was good then it all went down hill from there , a couple of things about the service and food made us think we won’t be coming back.

My friend ordered a sizzler dish and the chicken came out cold, staff advised that the reason for this was, the meal was sitting out waiting for the other meals for the table - this must have been for some time for it to be cold! We also waited over 45 minutes for coffee, which was also cold, this must have been sitting out as well and we had to ask twice where this was.

I believe the focus of the restaurant is their delivery/take away service.

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LeoM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Indian cuisine in the west end of Glasgow. Highly recommended.

DB
DavidB
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

another first class meal
the chef never disappoints

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AlastairM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food (although could have been warmer) and great service.
Happy to recommend.

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DavidG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back. The food was delicious and the service was spot on.
Reasonable prices and a lovely ambient restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Haven’t eaten there for a while but didn’t disappoint. Introduced my friends to their Goanese Fish Curry. Absolutely amazing. Will go back soon.

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katiekam10
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balbirs is one of our favourite resturaunts to eat. Amazing service as always and the food is outstanding. Would highly recommend. Katie

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AndreaG
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful authentic Indian cuisine, tastes like home cooked. Best Indian in Glasgow.

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RoddyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Usual high standard. Lovely fresh flavours and great service

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MarieV
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff are always very welcoming nothing is ever too much bother for them
Food delicious
Def be back

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Vince
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is to “die” for absolutely delicious, very friendly staff who ate not overly attentive. Wine list that has something for everyone, is a must when you are in the west end of Glasgow. Would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovley food , very friendly staff 3rd visit we will return again .

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JeanS
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First class service. Attention to detail. Would recommend balbirs for great family gathering.

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Cat1
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is nicely decorated. It was quite busy and has a good atmosphere. The staff were very good, attentive and polite. Our party of four all thought the food was lovely , My favourite was the lamb keema, another favourite was the chicken methi. Great value as we had a 5pm deal. I would highly recommend and will return

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CCCc
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience1

Was ill after my meal with an very upset stomach. The food was nice at the time but about 20 minutes after I was ill. The staff were nice enough but a large group of young boys were sat beside us and were very nosy spoiling our quiet romantic date night. Also no cocktails served on a Saturday night

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vipMitch
Dunbartonshire
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I am a regular visitor to Balbirs and always enjoy their food - a few new meals on the menu this time - we tried two of them and they were very good.

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Lacs
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Staff extremely helpful and attentive without being intrusive. Food excellent as always

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SusanH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant evening slight disappointment that some dishes unavailable due to impending closure for a couple of weeks but enjoyed the prawns achari

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AndreaP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The attention to details was very nice. The food is wonderful and the service is very personal.

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LisaW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, not your typical Indian cuisine, sauces were lighter. Lovely restaurant, great service and good value for money.

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HelenC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food staff very welcoming.definately be back

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous as always, just gets better each time

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GreigC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always terrific, great customer service... the team are always very attentive.

DB
DavidB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant evening with my family - food as always fantastic

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Mo8more
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good variety of dishes on the menu. Food was fresh and delicious.

GD
GrahamD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined in Balbirs on a number of occasions and it remains one of our favourite Indian restaurants in the city. The food is excellent and the staff are not only professional and efficient but friendly and with a sense of humour too.
Well worth a visit.

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Euan
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Having dined previously this visit was very disappointing. The food was reasonable, although not outstanding but the service was lacklustre and slow. Having your dinner abruptly dumped in front of you before the server quickly makes an exit (this happened for every course) didn’t improve on the long wait to order or the even longer wait to try and get the bill. The service we received was minimal and certainly not what we considered acceptable for the price you’re paying.

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Allybally
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Balbirs at least once a month since it opened and not had a bad meal yet.

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RhondaM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Well prepared and presented. Service excellent. Smart and courteous staff. A superb dining experience.

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AndreaG
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic Indian food. Always enjoy the quality of food and service.

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TyroneR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful restaurant with attentive staff. The food was very well prepared and tasty.

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AlanD
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service were very good.
I was extremely disappointed regarding the wine.
I ordered the £30 Rioja and was told the wine list was being changed and I was given a different Rioja.
Wine was fine, but on receiving the bill it was listed at £41.
I did not complain, nor did I leave the £10 tip I would have.

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Dave
Glasgow
38 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and a lovely atmosphere. Will be back before long. Thanks

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AlanT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service. Highly recommend. Handy location for underground

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 4.6 stars by 1073 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.