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DARBAR, Emsworth Hampshire,

DARBAR

4.7
4.7
139 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Darbar Restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience offering North Indian Mughalai cuisine introduced to India by the royal kitchens of the Mughal emperors & other regional specialties coupled with an array of cocktails, mocktails, beers and a wide range of wines chosen by connoisseurs.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sun 17:30–22:30

  • Phone number

    01243 430095

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    OLIVER CARDOZO

  • Catering

    Outside Private and Corporate Catering available. Please inquire.

  • Private party facilities

    Large Dining area for private parties of up to 45 covers. Has own bar area. Prior reservation essential. Available on Sunday - Thursday

  • Area

    Emsworth

  • Cross Street

    36/38 NORTH STREET PO10 7DG

  • Parking Details

    Free street parking from 6.00 pm onwards. Two large paid public parking within 3 to 5-minute walks

  • Public Transit

    Emsworth Train Station 3 min walk. Stage Coach bus Service No. 700 (Coastal Service Portsmouth to Brighton) Stop 3-5 min walk

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. AF

    AnthonyF

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best Indian food I've eaten anywhere locally, some unusual curry dishes but very well done, the kemma nan was fantastic as was the rest of my meal will definitely be going back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always everything about the visit was excellent. Can’t praise or highly enough.
  3. GJ

    GrahameJ

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food as usual was excellent, with regional dishes be different from an average Indian restaurant
  4. SA

    SusanA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've been to Darbar multiple times and the service and food are always excellent!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    An authentic indian restaurant with an open kitchen. The food is fabulous, just so different from high street curries, a little more money but worth it for the taste. Spotlessly clean, the staff are very pleasant, very attentive, they were busy but we didnt feel rushed. Aircon! However, it is all about the food which is excellent.
  6. SH

    StevenH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent, will definitely recommend to friends
  7. M

    Meatcoma

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic staff. Lovely food.
  8. KH

    KHels

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious dinner at Darbar last week. The south indian dishes were particularly delicious. Portions are not massive - but the taste was very good! Highly recommend
  9. LA

    LaurenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best quality Indian. Have no complaints whatsoever and I've never been to a restaurant and thought 100% positive.
  10. JG

    JudithG

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with interesting choices. Service very good.
  11. LC

    LorraineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want authentic Indian food then Darbar is the place to go. Food is outstanding.
  12. RG

    RobertG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking at the menu, before booking, gives a few clues to this mot being your regular, same old Indian restaurant. For once, not BIR Bangladeshi anglicised staples but authentic regional (Goan mainly) specialities. Spicing is superb. Thoroughly recommend a visit.
  13. GS

    GavinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good menu; lovely food and good quality. Good service
  14. OL

    OliverL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening very friendly & accommodating excellent food & service will be going again soon
  15. F

    Foodie82

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit. 1st time a recommendation to me, this time I recommended for me and 3 friends. This place does not disappoint and everyone said it’s the best Indian cuisine they g up age had in a long time.
  16. T

    Tanktoptim

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A wonderful Indian restaurant in Emsworth that is well worth a visit. The cuisine is fresh and would say the tastiest curry I have ever eaten. Defiantly cannot compare it to "other" Indian restaurant's in the area. This is high end yet still reasonable.
  17. M

    Mike

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to Darbar 4 times now, never disappoints.
  18. JJ

    JillJ

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic food, a little different from the normal high street indian, which is nice. Each dish had a heat to it though, so if you enjoy hot food it's great, otherwise specify you'd like it milder.
  19. CT

    ClaireT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service. Well worth a visit. Really enjoyed our evening here.
  20. F

    Falk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and friendly and efficient service - highly recommended
  21. JH

    JohnH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always, friendly staff and ambiance
  22. s

    skerrybedell

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, more authentically Indian than you generally get in the UK! Great to have a range of Indian wines. Good vegan selection. Staff very attentive, helpful and friendly. Quite pricey, but perfect for a special treat.
  23. JR

    JohnR

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, terrific service and a very imaginative and somewhat unusual menu. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.
  24. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal and the waiter was very attentive. Compared to the several other Indian restaurants we have eaten at this year I was surprised by the smaller than expected portions - plenty of the sauce with each but not much chicken or goat - probably about half of what I would have expected with the same amount of "sauce". I would not go out of my way to eat there again but, equally, would be quite happy to do so if invited. That means that in all truth I would not recommend it but neither would I counsel against goin there. So neither Yes nor No is a suitable reply to your next question. I have shown Yes though as otherwise it was all fine.
  25. DA

    DaveA

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really excellent food and polite, attentive, service. If you haven’t had it before, the Dosa is well worth a try. Transported me back to eating it as a tasty street snack. My wife is gluten and nut free and the menu catered really well to her needs. Would highly recommend.
  26. C

    Carys

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is extremely tasty, with a varied menu. A lovely twist on your ordinary Indian restaurant.
  27. MY

    MarkY

    Buckinghamshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were looking forward to our meal after reading the reviews however it was disappointing. Stater of onion Bhakti was delicious but the main was watery and tasteless with no heat. I was told it was because it had yoghurt in. A small extra curry was cooked which was ok. Overall disappointing so doubt we will be back
  28. AW

    AngelaW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined at Darbar on a Friday night and had a lovely evening. The service was very friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was exquisite. From the attitude of the staff you can tell that they really care about offering top notch authentic Indian cuisine. I wish we lived nearby and could visit all the time, definitely eat here if you like Indian food!
  29. GJ

    GrahameJ

    Hampshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Darbar offers an interesting menu with dishes not seen in other Indian restaurants. I was particularly pleased to see a Dosa on the menu which I have been unable to find elsewhere
  30. BE

    BevE

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious , authentic Indian food! The only place outside of a big city to enjoy marsala dosas! Friendly welcome , great service and atmosphere. Fabulous!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food Definitely worth a visit if in area
  32. RW

    RobertW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was my 2nd visit to Darbar; fresh and beautifully cooked food. Service and ambience was excellent as usual. In my view, the best Indian restaurant I have visited.
  33. RF

    RowanF

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    More interesting than the usual Indian restaurant - especially the Goan dishes.
  34. DC

    DawnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and staff were amazing owner was lovely and spot on with his recommendation. Found it fascinating how well they knew what was in every dish. However . The reason for the four stars for value was because I think it is not acceptable to automatically add a service charge it should be a personal choice
  35. EW

    EmmaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food Service Great atmosphere Will definitely be back
  36. R

    Rilez1

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family meal on Easter Monday was absolutely delicious, we all agreed this is the tastiest Indian meal we’ve ever had, highly recommend, worth paying that little bit extra for somewhere this good, we will be back
  37. RW

    RobertW

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The best Indian restaurant in the area. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
  38. H

    Halford

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very flavoursome food with good service, a very pleasant evening.
  39. HK

    HannahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious and very authentic, and service was friendly and efficient, if we lived nearer we would go more often!
  40. JB

    JohnB

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Two hours for two courses. Unacceptable even for Saturday night which didn’t seem that busy anyway. Why such restaurants still continue to do takeaway is if they are busy is beyond me. In the past we have found this restaurant well above average but unfortunately not now

FAQs

DARBAR is rated 4.7 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for DARBAR

36-38 North Street, Emsworth Hampshire, PO10 7DG

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    36/38 NORTH STREET PO10 7DG

  • Area

    Emsworth

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sun 17:30–22:30

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Free street parking from 6.00 pm onwards. Two large paid public parking within 3 to 5-minute walks

  • Public Transit

    Emsworth Train Station 3 min walk. Stage Coach bus Service No. 700 (Coastal Service Portsmouth to Brighton) Stop 3-5 min walk

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    OLIVER CARDOZO

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01243 430095

  • Catering

    Outside Private and Corporate Catering available. Please inquire.

  • Private party facilities

    Large Dining area for private parties of up to 45 covers. Has own bar area. Prior reservation essential. Available on Sunday - Thursday

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