Colonel Saab

4.3
38 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
Located on High Holborn, close to the British Museum, the restaurant is elegantly designed and filled with original Indian art and antique furniture including century old items made for Maharajas which take diners on a journey through Indian culture and history.

The menu reflects regional accents with a contemporary viewpoint. It is food that observes the established traditions of Indian cooking but breaks the rules a little by Executive Chef Sohan Bhandari. Our menu goes beyond a 1970’s “Curry”, beyond street food and into a world of real Indian flavours. Our signature dishes include our traditional lunch Tiffin, Khaati Rolls , Colonel Saab’s smoked lamb shank and figs poached in Assam tea cognac.

The bar is a great meeting place and afterwork destination serving signature house cocktails created to compliment the menu.

Colonel Saab’s two beautiful private dining rooms ideal for any event up to 26 guests.

Experiences

  • Vegan-aury Menu

    £29.95 per person

    Jan 4 - Jan 31, 2022

    Vegan-uary If you haven't heard of Veganuary yet, don't worry we're here to tell you all about it! A whole month dedicated to healthier eating and doing more for our planet. Colonel Saab 's Menu already has a large varietyof vegetarian and vegan dishes, and now our culinary experts have come up with a whole vegan set menu from only £29.95 per head . Pair that with our wonderful 0% Alcohol Gin and naturally low Tonics, And start planning your detox so that January won't have to be so blue after all!

Offers

  • January Special Food 50% offer

    Jan 4 - Jan 31, 2022

    50% OFF ALL Al a Carte Menu. Please note: To use the offer, a minimum of two courses per person must be ordered, e.g. starter and main or main and dessert.
  • January special 30% offer

    Jan 5 - Jan 29, 2022

    30% OFF ALL the authentic dishes from the a la carte menu at our Indian Restaurant. Please note: To use the offer, a minimum of two courses per person must be ordered, e.g. starter and main or main and dessert.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Mon - Tue 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Wed - Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Sat 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 38 People Are Saying
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4.5
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kazi
London
128 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant staff, and ambience. Food hit and miss. Main course lamb was a little under seasoned, and meat was quite rubbery.
Starter lamb chops and bread and butter pudding were great.

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Tugty
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Majestic setting. Wonderful staff and the food was amazing. We walked in with big expectations and they were met!!!

Try the Vegetarian menu if it is on during your visit. But no worries if not, the regular menu has dishes from all over India. In fact, this is a “best of all regions” approach and it was a delight for our whole family!!!

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RishyG
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good, slightly on expensive side esp for dinner menu. Starters such as the chaats were appetising but have had better starters in other Indian Mayfair restaurants.

Mains were really good - pakeezah and cauliflower confit are amazing with the naan. Portion sizes of mains were really good too.

Good experience and ambience

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HasinaK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was really looking forward to eating Colonial Saab, but when we got there we were made to sit on chairs to low for the table we sat in.

We were given a set menu and were not told that we could choose the al le carte. I felt we were forced to eat from the New Years Eve menu. The price was quite a bit compared to the amount of food we were give .

I was sad we were made to sit upstairs and didn’t get a chance to eat from the Al le carte menu as I would have chosen different food.

It was not a great visit 😔

Colonel Saab
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Hasina , Thank you for taking taking the time to highlight issues with you dining experience. We tried to spread people Around so the we can keep some distance for our guest safety only . our Mezzanine area is most loved area with traditional sitting .But I would like to take this opportunity to apologise that we did not meet your expectations when you dined. We kindly ask that you contact gm@colonelsaab.co.uk so we can discuss further with you. Many thanks. Atul Joshi

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vipFrancisNg
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Have eaten here many times previously but the experience on New Year’s Eve thus time was bad because the touted New Year Menu was very pricey as compared to the portion size and I believe there was supposed to be a 20% discount on a la carte items until 31 Dec 2021 but was not given on my bill. Leaves a very bad taste after my many previous good reviews. May have to think twice about coming back again.

Francis

Colonel Saab
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear FrancisNg. Let us 1st thank you for all the positive feedback and for all the visits in last few months. i would like to offer you and your guest glass of bubbly on your next visit as a token of regards. Also would like to apologise for the miscommunication as their was no 20% discount or any discount offers on 31st Dec Night. However we will make sure that we will respect your friendship with us & it would be reflected in your next visit. Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely authentic Indian! If you want your standard masala or korma don’t go here because they only do authentic Indian quinine! It was unreal though!

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vipChaz
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service! Would come back again! :)

RB
vipRoBh
London
48 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with authentic Indian food. Loved the beef & lamb main courses. And the veg was great too! QuInt decor reminded of India in the earlier 1900s beautifully done up! Just one person was a little slow with service but everyone else was very helpful & attentive. All in all, great experience and will definitely return!

Colonel Saab
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for your comments and the Colonel Saab are all delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience, we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

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AshleyF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor and professional service (thank you, Saifur). Classical Indian with an original twist - delicious

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavours
Decor was lovely and so is the history

AF
AdamF
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

an absolutely delicious lunch and an interesting menu

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LucyB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, food was excellent and the service was great, attentive but not overbearing.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for your comments and the Colonel Saab are all delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience, we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

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VertikaS
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good but the service could have been better. The drinks came much after the starters and were not good either. The place was also noisy. The ambience is beautiful and the staff can do better with the experience one can have there. Overall - great food, not so great drinks, great ambience and can do much better with service :)

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viprddd39
London
22 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent distinctive Indian offering in a memorable space. Very welcome short menu with plenty of options for everyone. Friendly and attractive service.

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SeanF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service. Colonel staff were attentive to all our asks. Every dish got a rave review in our party. We all eat Indian food regularly, so great to find new dishes to us on the menu, as well as old favourites with a tasty twist.

Will definitely be back.

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IanT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good venue, Good people and great food. price was average for London.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and the Colonel Saab. Team is delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is absolutely sublime, the service is attentive if and warm..

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vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is good as always but a bit pricey though - there should be some discounts or food promos for loyal and regular customers like me

Colonel Saab
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you, we hope to welcome you back to Colonel Saab soon.

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Aisha
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One the best restaurants I’ve visited this year. The food was soo good and flavourful. There wasn’t a single thing that we ordered, that didn’t taste great. The service we received was phenomenal, not only did they take great care of us throughout our meal but also gave a tour of the place, detailing some of the historic pieces that make up the decor. I really could not recommend this place enough.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for your comments and the Colonel Saab are all delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and the food was amazing. Our waitress was lovely and added the right touch to our evening.
Thanks again!

Colonel Saab
Responded on 26 November 2021

Thank you for your comments and the Colonel Saab are all delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

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PunemH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to eat, service was outstanding, food was lovely. Excellent venue for friends family couples. Nice bar. No faults. I would definitely party there again.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 24 November 2021

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

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SaRa
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Great ambience. Superb decor. But food menu and taste was very bad. The servers were also not well trained enough to explain the dishes properly. Lastly, the price was exorbitant. Won’t visit again.

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vippjaylondon
London
47 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ironically had I paid any attention to the on line reviews of this restaurant I would have not dined there. Allegations of small portions, high cost and average food are complete nonsense. The food was exquisite, delicate and full of flavours. The portions were not huge but perfectly sized. The cost was below an equivalent high end Indian restaurant in the West End. The room was amazing and the staff attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend a visit.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 24 November 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and the Colonel Saab team are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic good and tasty food with grandiose furnishings- quality food though a bit pricey 👍👍👍

Colonel Saab
Responded on 18 November 2021

Thank you and hope to welcome you back soon

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Shpat
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Spent my 30th birthday here and was grossly underwhelmed. The small selection on the menu combined with the extortionate prices made it really difficult to enjoy the dinner carefree. I know how to spend money when it's worth it but the food itself was sub par. A good dish or two but nothing I wouldn't be able to buy elsewhere for half the price. And some really essential dishes left off - no lamb, no side salad, only 2 curries to choose from The waiters kept coming over to ask if everything's fine, and gloat about the history of the place. When we just wanted to be left alone. It all felt very amateur for a restaurant thats priced so dearly. It was a relatively empty place at first, with people who had clearly booked last minute after work showing up. A ras malai birthday treat finally came after not so subtle prepping, which sweetened the end of our visit but at the same time is a pretty standard touch for any restaurant to add.

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JoAnna
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nice and polite service. Great ambience.

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AlistairH
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice venue and newly opened. I’d say the restaurant has a few areas it can improve on.

Service - the waiter was too forceful with his own suggestions and liked to suggest the most expensive items on the menu.

Value - very pricey considering the potion sizes, I’d say I could have got an equivalent dish for half price elsewhere. Portion of rice (is small) was £5.95

Overall it was nice enough but I wouldn’t recommend to friends because of the above reasons.

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vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is good as always but without the promotional price discount, it is quite pricey overall. We nonetheless came back for the 4th time as we liked the food at Colonel Saab.

FN
vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasty food and fantastic ambience

Colonel Saab
Responded on 4 November 2021

Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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AD55
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent decor, the fine detail of all aspects of the interior are a treat to the eyes.
Food was excellent! Portions were sizeable and more importantly flavoursome. Great range of veg and non veg.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 21 October 2021

Thank you for your comments and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Colonel Saab, we do hope to welcome you back in the very near future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I shall not return.

FN
vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent Indian cuisine with traditional flavors - opulent surroundings with good ambience

Colonel Saab
Responded on 19 October 2021

We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and the décor. Thank you for supporting us in our soft launch period. We hope to welcome you back to Colonel Saab in the near future.

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vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good tasty Indian cuisine with opulent surroundings and nice ambience

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vipFrancisNg
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Indian cuisine and very tasty full of spices and flavours

Colonel Saab
Responded on 19 October 2021

Thank you for your comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to welcoming you back to the restaurant in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious and the decor was really pretty however I went during the soft launch and some the staff seemed to not know what they were doing. Some staff didn’t seem to be professional and was inattentive.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wish the very best and great success for your new opening.
The food reminded the taste of truly Indian flavours combined with some attentive service.
A few hiccups but would iron out with times.
Overall a beautiful decor combined with tasty food and an attentive service.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 19 October 2021

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed the food and our beautiful décor. We look forward to welcoming you back to Colonel Saab in the near future.

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Harj82
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food hands down is wonderful and a real joy. The service needs to have some kinks Ironed out and then it will be fab.

Colonel Saab
Responded on 19 October 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are delighted that you really enjoyed the food. We have taken onboard your comments about the service and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Colonel Saab using the Order Online button. Colonel Saab also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8016 6800.

Colonel Saab is rated 4.3 stars by 38 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.