KoolBa

4.6
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605 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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KoolBa is Glasgow's premier Multi awards Indian restaurant, located in the heart of Merchant City; an area well know for stylish bars, restaurants and entertainment.
What 605 People Are Saying
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YvonneB
Glasgow
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was friendly and efficient. Will definitely return.

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TracyM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Koolba in the Merchant City many times and have tried different dishes, the food has been delicious every time. The staff are very friendly and efficient, it’s very reasonably priced and value for money! I would definitely recommend this restaurant all day long, if you are looking for good quality Indian food

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DannyB
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely meal from the 3 course lunch menu, would recommend to anyone.

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LynseyM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal and afternoon in Koolba. Waitresses were attentive and helpful throughout. Food was delicious, highly recommend dining here!

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CraigC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Starters were amazing, best Indian sharing platter I’ve ever had and would come back just for them!

The mains were a real let down, no real depth to the sauces and we had to send the sea bass curry back, in fairness the staff dealt with our disappointment without a fuss and credit to them for their overall service especially given the tough environment

Garlic nann out of this world, make sure you get it well done though!

Was prepared to spend a bit more time normal but do think they have pushed the prices to the top end

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JohnF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time here. Food was outstanding as were the staff. Highly recommend this place. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , fab restaurant and excellent customer service

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Lorc
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent meal and good service lacking atmosphere as no background music but this is due to current covid situation

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williamw
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice surroundings. One of the best Indian restaurants in Glasgow.

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Scobbie
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had another fantastic meal would recommend the tandoori monkfish

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DiSh
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the meal was delicious and well priced. staff are lovely and very attentive. highly recommend this restaurant.

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Emma1
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My most favourite Indian restaurant. We go for every occasion

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PolMoireach
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in since lockdown lifted. Felt very safe cos of COVID-19 changes. Food, drink & staff as great as usual.

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CarolineN
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Meal was nice. Small starters. Place was empty no atmosphere.

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AinslieM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service one of the most underrated restaurant in Glasgow

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LindaY
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, outstanding value , will be back.

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ChristineS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place ,Moorish decor lovely staff & food , definitely good value for what you experience.

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ClaireMcG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The best Indian in Glasgow in my opinion. Love the South Indian Garlic Chilli sea bass curry with coconut rice. Beautiful. Had popadums and chutney and spiced onions for starter. Even the garlic nan was so light. It is pricey but, in my opinion, worth every penny. Service was very good also.

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MarkH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual, best curry in Glasgow.......

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LindaY
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well organised, great staff and great food will definitely be going back

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John
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate our wedding anniversary we decided to have lunch in our favourite Indian restaurant, the Koolba, located in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Once again the food was outstanding and the staff were attentive as always. Received a lovely surprise, a large slice of chocolate cake from the staff to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary. Looking forward to going back.

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AyrUnitedsupporter
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of the meal and service were excellent. Lovely food, with attentive service but not at all obtrusive. In these times of "the virus" attention to hygiene was first rate. Strongly recommended.

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GaryB
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always and currently in the eat out to help out scheme

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was nice enough in general, although quite expensive for the portion size that is given. There was quite a draft due to there being a door that is always left open (this would be fine in summer, but it was 8pm in September so it wasn’t really suitable). The restaurant itself looks lovely and authentic to its credit.

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SarahH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and nice staff. Good value having the pre theatre.

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Amol
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious, staff were friendly and all restrictions in place to feel safe whilst dining. Will definitely be back!

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OwenH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing best curry I have had in a while and the staff where great when asking them about the menu.

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Leannemac1
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and service was fab. Would recommend it

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JamesM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was brilliant. The skewers of grilled meat were super fresh and tasty. The vegetable saag was one of the best non meat curries I’ve tasted. Starters, breads and rice all very good. Staff were lovely as well.

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Taco
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Honestly some of the best Indian food I’ve had in a long time. Everything we ordered was so tasty (poppadoms & dips, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala see, rice & naan). Service was also really good.
Only negative was there was no lunchtime menu available during the Eat Out to Help Out campaign, which I thought was a bit disappointing. Even with the £20 discount it was quite a pricey lunch.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had not been in for a while but no worries as service and food still as good along with great staff,will be back

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JackieR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a party of 5 all first time at KoolBa and we really enjoyed it. The waitress was so nice and friendly with great service. Really good selection of dishes to choose from and we were very happy with our choices. Will definitely be back

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JoanE
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian/Persian meals anywhere and the staff are so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I stayed in Glasgow for the Bank Holiday weekend and KoolBa was on our “must visit” places. They did not disappoint. Their vegetable pakora was light and crunchy, and their mixed vegetable dopiaza was flavoursome & delicious. My wife loved her Tikka Massala too.

KoolBa never disappoint. They serve the best Indian food in Glasgow.

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MartineM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as usual. I have missed coming here over lockdown and was still a bit hesitant to venture out. However this wonderful Indian/Persian was all sorted to make the experience as safe and enjoyable for all. Nicely full but not over packed, the staff were all masked up and the food was amazing as usual. It was a real boost to get out and really heartening to see that all of the Merchant City is putting the safety of customers first. Can't wait to go back!

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RamonaC
Perthshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a regular at Koolba I couldn’t wait to visit again after lockdown. I wasn’t disappointed - food amazing as always and customer service second to none. I feel safe and well looked after.

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GordonM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First meal out since lockdown and Koolba was an excellent choice
Covid ready and great staff
Food was excellent

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christineb
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as usual service good as always very popular place I would certainly recommend

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ZainabA
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service received upon arrival and was taken straight to our table. orders were taken fast and food arrived quick even though we were told there might be a wait. Had the Persian mixed kebab platter and it was just perfect. Food was piping hot and we were well taken care of by servers. The first time trying here and definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The food was good but the service was not covid friendly in the slightest.

First of all, the staff had their masks hanging below their noses and on occasion below their mouth. They would have been as well just not wearing one. Our waitress touched our poppadoms with her bare hand and regularly was close to dipping her tie in the food. Multiple times members of staff leaned across us, social distancing was not even a consideration. A one way system is in place which no one, including the staff, follow. The tables were filled as usual, not socially distanced as they should have been. The toilets were a disgrace, clearly these were not being monitored and cleaned regularly. Taking all of this into consideration we did not leave a tip, the waitress noticed this and said nothing other than ‘would you like a receipt’ then walked away from the table with no other pleasantries.

We are regular customers to Koolba but unfortunately this visit has left us with a bad taste.

KoolBa
Responded on 27 August 2020

thanks for your visit, We have invested a lot of time & money in our restaurant to follow the Government guideline for Covid-19 code of working, we have clearly shown & following social distance and hygiene steps require and we have photographic proof of it. therefore we reject your claim here and if you so worried about Covid-19 issues try to dining in your own kitchen and don't try to destroy hard working people jobs out there.

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FAQs

KoolBa does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

KoolBa is rated 4.6 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

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.