The Shalimar

4.5
49 reviews
£25 and under
Indian

About

Located on the Dale Road, The Shalimar Restaurant is a traditional and charming Indian eatery that is one of the best places in town for family nights out, al fresco luncheons, and relaxed business functions. Spacious with plenty of outdoor space, The Shalimar is filled with chandeliers, plush carpets, fountains, comfy seats and sofas and brass statues, and the vibrant, welcoming atmosphere here will make your dining experience here a memorable one. The Shalimar has an authentic Indian menu featuring all of your favourite curries plus some unique house specialties, and the bar serves Cobra and Kingfisher on tap and a fantastic collection of international wines.
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Miles
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow couldn't fault this place. From the moment we walked through the door too leavening. The staff was faultless very friendly and nothing too much of a ask. The food was superb and good portion sizes to, which we ended up taking home a doggie bag, this place left me with the feel good factor which topped my night off. Great parking too. Would definitely go back again soon.

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michellef
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Indian, we travel from Chesterfield as there is nothing in Chesterfield that can beat this place.
Beautiful freshly made food, delicious every time. Never had a bad dish and we have been loads of times.
Very Highly Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and staff will be revisit when able. Great variety and very flavoursome.

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Alison564
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for my dad's 80th birthday. They had decorated our table with banners confetti and balloons. They made us feel very welcome. . Service was friendly and efficient and the food was plentiful and lovely. They even gave my dad a birthday cake, with a massive sparkler in it , and a card from all the staff. A lovely occasion made even more Went here for my dad's 80th birthday. They had decorated our table with banners confetti and balloons. They made us feel very welcome. . Service was friendly and efficient and the food was plentiful and lovely. They even gave my dad a birthday cake, with a massive sparkler in it , and a card from all the staff. A lovely occasion made even more special by all the staff at the Shalimar. Thank you by all the staff at the Shalimar. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tried to book a table at short notice here before only living about 15 minuets away in Matlock but they were full but again leaving it last minuet so we ordered a delivery, well all I can say after that I really wanted to have a sit in meal and was not disappointed in any way. The staff were very polite and not in your face but were attentive to your needs. The food was truly in my opinion exceptional and worth every penny. I can't wait to go back again for our next treat. But if you have time all I can say is book early and give it a go I don't think you will be disappointed .

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As usual a very good meal. Excellent service. We have visited before and will be returning.

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StatS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects , service neither too slow or too hurried.
No faults !

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Fabfood73
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Very helpful to disabled people. Made a special birthday very special for a 91 year old!!!

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JamesQ
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with my wife. Food very good, fast efficient friendly service and large car park for its many customers. Will definitely return. Many thanks to management and staff for an excellent evening

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food even better service would recommend to anyone

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GordonJ
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian restaurant ! Superb food, drink and staff.
Overall a wonderful culinary experience .
We will return when we are next in the Peak District.

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Budha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

On holiday in the dales but decided we would look for an indian restaurant so checked on line
We saw the reviews for shalimar and remember driving past on the way to Matlock so decided to give it a go
We parked in their car park and entered into a little bit of asia
It had a lovely feel with furniture and decorations to match
We were met by warm and friendly staff who helped explain different dishes and offered to cook some of our favourites from our local indian restaurants
We declined and chòose from the balanced and varied menu and found the starters and main meals advised to be really well cooked and presented we really enjoyed both but over indulged and did not try the sweet menu
We feel spoilt for choice for restaurants living close to London but this restaurant was up there with the best and capped a lovely week in the peak district

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CarolB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn't been to the Shalimar for a while but have friends that go regularly and so when all the family were discussing where to go out we decided on the Shalimar. We had an excellent meal with plenty of choice for everyone. It wasn't full but you got the impression that there was plenty of space even if it had been, they have enough room that they don't have to squash the tables too close together. We will certainly be going back soon.

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Chalkie2
Derbyshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visted with my wife and was met by friendly welcoming staff with nothing being to much trouble. Food was outstanding, when they realised we liked our food hot and spicy they gave us an extra hot chilli dip(wonderful) to try with our fish starter and our mushroom starter. Had two wonderful mains (garlic chilli chicken and Lamb rezzila) served with great nan bread's and pelai rice. Great touch on leaving helped us back on with our coats and because it was raining walked us to our cab under there umbrella. Well done to EVERYONE at Shalimar will call back next time we visit the area

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Mike47
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to book on the Internet , good parking, good food ouickly served but no pressure to vacate table. All staff very helpful and friendly .

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OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food quick service will eat there again

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PrudenceHoneybun
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal with work colleagues. Staff were exemplary; particularly our waiter who went out of his way to assist with menu choices - much appreciated. Dishes were prepared to suit individual pallates. Very pleasant surroundings and altogether a most enjoyable evening.

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Sajed
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited last week for my wife's Birthday and was a fantastic experience. The staff were lovely and attentive, food was delicious and my wife even got a free birthday cake.

Thanks for a lovely evening.

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clarabella
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, easy to book, attentive staff and really friendly atmosphere. Food was delicious and plentiful and great value. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to everyone

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pincher
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my daughters a had a great evening meal realy nice food looked after .(I was in a wheel chair)

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Poacher
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 6 on a weekend away in Matlock celebrating my 58th birthday. From entering at 7.45 on Friday evening to leaving the Shalimar we could not find fault with the restaurant, food or the staff. There was a really nice ambiance about the place. We sat in the nicely furnished waiting area over a drink perusing the menu and spot on 8.00 ( our table reservation time ) we were asked to take our seats. The menu was excellent in its options offering something different from our normal Indian Restaurants back home. The staff were all kitted out in uniform and looked very smart. The service even extended to them bringing a small dish with the sauce my king prawns were going to be cooked in to see if it was to my liking. An excellent touch. The manager / owner ( Ali ) was also very welcome and professional. He even called us in the afternoon to check that we were still coming and if we needed any help in arranging a taxi he would organise that for us. We took up his offer and the taxi arrived at our apartment on time and this was followed by him personally taking time at the end of the evening to run us all back in the restaurants own 8 seater taxi. Without wishing to wax lyrical about everything we ate etc etc we would whole heartedly recommend the Shalimar to anyone in this area of the Peak District. The food and service was second to none, both the food and drinks were very reasonably priced and finally the other one thing we appreciated, the tables are set out with plenty of room between you and the next tables allowing easy access and conversation.

Trevor Cope
Sleaford
Lincolnshire

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vipRichardM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite Indian restaurants in Europe !!! Try it you won't be disappointed

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Leanne
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food , very good service , efficient and curtious, food fresh very nice , would recommend definitely ........

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rustynath
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A lovely place where staff are instantly welcoming from the moment you walk in. It is a nice balance of formality, where you could eat in smart clothes for say a date, or casual clothes for a birthday party, and neither would be out of place.

The food wad good, and staff asked if we wanted our dish hotter or milder.

The prices were average for eating out, but the food was lovely.

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Shalimarvellous
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Shalimar is a really friendly Indian restaurant just a few minutes drive from our home. They are always very accommodating with both service and food options. They stock locally brewed beer too!

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OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and outstanding customer service!
We will be back soon.

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Rmbrkfld
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my brother struggled to find somewhere nice at late notice for Mothers day, but I found the Shalimar via Google and thought it was great.

We were greeted with friendly staff, who took and hung up our coats. The service was very fast for the most part, and the restaurant itself is a very quiet and relaxing place. The food was very nice, although looking forward to trying different things as I really stuck to my usual indian order!

The prices I would say are mid priced to what I've had before, but the setting is worth paying that little extra to enjoy your evening. Everything is very tidy and clean.

I was asked where I was from, and the staff member gave us 3x £10 off vouchers, for the 3 couples. Very kind, and will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Shalimar as my choice for my birthday meal, it was another excellent meal, with lovely festive atmosphere (very close to Christmas) and was very busy. However the attention from the staff was as good as ever and when they discovered it was my birthday an unordered cake arrived with a large indoor firework, happy birthday was sung and on leaving they gave me a birthday card with a voucher for money off our next visit. All completely unexpected, very thoughtful and a nice end to a lovely day. The friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food mean that we will be returning very soon, excellent job Shalimar and thank you

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NottsPig
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The venue is nice, the food is delicious, the staff are really friendly and funny its just a little expensive in my opinion.

We paid £50 for 2 of us and we shared a rice and a naan and didn't have any alcoholic drinks. I think £11 for a main should really include rice at the least. I've eaten in Indian restaurants in the past of the same standard that include rice with the price of a main. I've also had complimentary poppadums' and chutneys from other places. It was £5 for 4 poppadums' and a tray of dips at the Shalimar.

I enjoyed the evening overall though. But next time I want an Indian I will stay in Notts. It wasn't worth the travel time plus the £20+ more it cost to eat here when I can get just as good for less on my doorstep.

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danroslyn
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2014
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We didn't like the food but the manager did everything he could do to help resolve the situation. Perhaps we made some poor choices but overall we still didn't find the standard of food was anywhere near what we can get at Australia Indian restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice food in a nice atmosphere. A busy restaurant but not over crowded. Obviously a popular place so it's best to make a reservation. An excellent menu with some different house specials.

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firsttimers
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the Shalimar. The ambience was excellent in the restaurant and staff were very welcoming to my party of four. The menu is extensive and has a large choice for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. I am of Indian origin so look at the food served very critically. My party chose a range of dishes and based on a taste of those, I can fully recommend the food. For the critics of this establishment, let me say that the staff/owner asked us how spicy we would like the dish to be and the dish was adjusted to our specification. This suited our palate and my party was very pleased with the 3 course meal. I will try this restaurant again and check that the outstanding meal we had was repeatable before giving 5 stars.

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Kaliouta
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced and lacking in character, this restaurant reminds me of a motorway services in its location and blandness. The cost of the food cannot be justified by its quality, it's just run of the mill indian. I have experienced much better in Birmingham at half the price.

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MB74
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter discussed the menu and asked about our preferences for spices and after selecting our mains he brought some samples of our dishes to ensure we were comfortable with the level of spices.

The meal was superb, with well balanced flavours and one of the best naan breads in ages.

We would certainly recommend this restaurant to all, well worth the visit.

RG
RachaelG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was no 1 on trip advisor and it did not disappoint! The staff were very friendly and efficient, the food was delicious. The quality of the ingredients were excellent and I would definitely rate the food above the average Indian restaurant. The naan bread was also delicious. If in the area I would recommend a visit to this establishment.

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gman298
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to a fair few Indian diners,but I must say this one is one of the best my wife and myself have been too.The staff were very helpful and friendly .The owner came over on many occasions to talk to us as it was our anniversary weekend.The food was excellent and value for money!!!!

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Angel
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other restaurants could learn a thing or two about service from the Shalimar. We visited on a busy Saturday night (but because of the excellent food and service I suspect they are always busy - so I would recommend booking). They had 8 members of staff working and even the owner was clearly pitching in to make sure their customers were served seamlessly but what made it special was everyone kept an eye on every table which made the service outstanding.

The food equaled this outstanding service with a comprehensive menu and had clearly explained spicy levels. The waiters knew about the food and were happy to explain and offer advice. I wanted lemon rice which wasn't on the menu but they happily provided it and it was wonderful.

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Iann22
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I booked here based on the Trip Advisor reviews which made this restaurant the 5th best Indian Restaurant in the UK, and unfortunately (maybe because of heightened expectations) I was not overly impressed.

The service was attentive and very friendly, but the menu and the food were predictably familiar and nothing special.

NB. This restaurant is a £15 taxi ride away from the centre of Matlock

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Hayley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful place , wonderfully friendly staff and outstanding food/ need I say more !!

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Excellent
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit to our favourite Indian Restaurant. Excellent food, great atmosphere, very attentive staff. We wouldnt go anywhere else. Every dish we have every had is superb. You must try this restaurant. In the top 10 curry houses in the UK and I understand why.

FAQs

The Shalimar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01629 735999.

The Shalimar is rated 4.5 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.