Darbar Baltimore
Darbar Baltimore

Darbar Baltimore

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.darbarbaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 4105638008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Anil Rajput
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are proud to offer full-service catering. Please contact us at (410) 563-8008 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Darbar would love to host your next event! Please contact us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Vinay Wahi 4105638008

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolfe & Washington
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Darbar offers 1 complimentary private parking spot for our dinner guests. Street parking also available.
A word from Darbar Baltimore
Exotic...Indian. Prepare to be lifted to another world. Darbar is the newest Indian restaurant in Baltimore. The atmosphere at Darbar is casual and inviting, offering fresh food with a friendly and attentive staff. Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun as having "expansive and rich flavors" and "satisfying" and Baltimore Magazine says "the food will win you over." Darbar offers an extensive wine and beer list and a fully stocked bar. Our chefs endeavor to create a large variety of savory clay oven tandoori dishes and exotic curries for your pleasure. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of the best of fine Indian cuisine. We offer Vegan & Vegetarian options. Catering and delivery also available for special events and large groups. The restaurant serves a sumptuous lunch buffet and offers complimentary parking to our dinner guests.
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Darbar Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)romantic (4)special occasion (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Yummy!
    PSG2013VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    You are treated warmly on arrival. The owner and servers are all very attentive. Food is terrific. On this visit since we were hungry started with the kulcha with cheese mushroom and onion to provide some substance. Entrees - my standby, the chicken tikka massala did not disappoint, buttery tomatoey and addictive. Tried the lamb chops which were tasty though a bit more done than my preference of med- rare. Did not order the saag this visit but it is usually very well done. Still want to try the eggplant so another visit is in my future
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family restaurant
    FishOilGuy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were in Baltimore for a tradeshow - took my wife and small children out along with our sales team and sales reps - about 10 people all in all. We ordered a bunch of dishes and shared everything. Staff was wonderful and friendly and put up with my overactive toddler. Enjoyed all of the dishes, especially the lamb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I adore Indian food. The Ambassador has always been a special place...and while Darbar does not have the same ambiance as the Ambassador, it's food is minimally as good if not better. It's great Fells Point has such a gem. And the staff is wonderful...clearly interested in making sure you have a great night there. I highly recommend Darbar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LindaG
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Delicious food. Attentive service. Don't forget to ask for your 15% discount
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service Oriented
    chasteresa
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful proprietors of the restaurant. Service was excellent - they have 2 older teenagers who were superb (nice that they hired them at their age). Food was delicious. Dessert was different - it was Indian rice pudding we experienced for the first time. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Food
    ecfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is your standard Indian Restaurant, but it's very good. All the classics are well done and the bread is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Darbar 8/15/14
    Cate
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A wonderful place to go for an evening dinner with family and friends. The service is fantastic and personal, the food was plentiful and interesting, and we didn't have to deal with the rowdiness of an open bar area. That alone makes it worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food
    egettleVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was incredible, and they were willing to make things off menu as well (my wife wanted Mattar Paneer, which wasn't on the menu, and they happily obliged). That said, the rest of the service was ok, and the ambience was just ok as well (though it's hard to hold anyone to the ambience standard set by the Ambassador Dining Room). Would go back for their chicken Masaledar every day of the week.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 92 reviews are from the Darbar Baltimore reviews archive.
  • Excellent menu
    docgmVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Darbar starts the meal with three delicious relishes to complement the generous plate of papadam: all spicy but not too hot. The menu features all the traditional Indian offerings but they feature more tandoor options than most others. Service was very attentive and everyone enjoyed their selections. I would certainly come again when I visit Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JaninBaltimore
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food and service-a neighborhood gem-highly recommend it for any occasion. The wait staff goes above and beyond
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    NieceeS
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I and 11 of my co-workers wanted to do something different for lunch. I ran across the DARBAR while traveling down Alice Anna Street one day. On the spur of the moment on Thursday we set plans to go. Made reservations through Open Table Friday morning. The lunch buffet was perfect. Had many choices of Indian food for those who have never eaten Indian Cuisine before. They too loved it. The service was great. Would highly recommend this restaurant for a great time out, while enjoying some delicious food.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you cabbie for the suggestion
    TravelingTexanVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Baltimore is filled w/ restaurants & the ethnic food has been superb. My cabbie who was Indian suggested this place and the lunch hour buffet did NOT disappoint. Wonderful. Masalla, saag, lentils, fresh naan and a mix of chutneys. Yum. Very fresh if you're the first patron of the day, too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian Gem in Fells Point
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Tasty and expansive lunch buffet allows diners to sample several entrees (chicken, fish, and vegetable) appetizers. The chicken tika masala was well seasoned and very flavorful. Our server was attentive and knowledegable. P.S. Note the complimentary parking in Darbar's lot opposite the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian food
    CiciVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    This was some of the best Indian food we had had in a while, with a larger and more interesting array of choices beyond the usual dishes. Everything we had was delicious. The only slight negative was our waitress, who was good at serving but completely clueless about the food. The owner came over at some point, though, and was very helpful. All in all it was a very enjoyable meal. I plan to return very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow Service and Unappetizing Food
    lovefoodVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The lamb rojan josh tasted stale and old. The lamb itself was dry and tasted like bad quality beef. I would not recommend.
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  • Valentines Day Catastrophy
    HonestOpinion
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Simple set of facts tells this story. Reservation for 815, we showed up at 800. There's no host, just a bunch of backed up reservations crouding the entrance. We were sat as if we ddnt have a reservation ie after those with a later reservation time. Finally sat down at 840. Ordered very fast, got apps fast, main dishes took 40 mins, no apologies from anyone. Request check at 945, ddnt get it til 1000. No apology or realization by anyone that our experience was anything less than 100. Conclusion: This is a family run catastrophe. Grossly underestimated their service time resulting in major backup. Reservations need to be treated as such - especially on valentines day. Kitchen got seriously behind. At least apologize so I can be forgiving.
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  • great food, below average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the food was great but they were a little backed up for the holiday so it took some time for us to get started. They also didn't fill up my water cup often enough and when we were done it took about twenty minutes for someone to bring us the check. the food was amazing though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Valentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The tables were spaced at a good distance apart so you felt private but still had and energetic atmosphere. This is my first time having Indian food and I enjoyed it very much. I got a lamb dish and ordered it mild and it was great! The service was great! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Indian right in Fells!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Just moved to Fells Point in November 2013, and had been meaning to try out Darbar. I love Indian food - have been a regular at The Ambassador in the past. I have to say Darbar's food was as good if not better. Ambassador is a lovely and formal dining experience...while Darbar is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant (while modern looking on the exterior, inside it's just what one expects in Fells - exposed brick, etc. - very cool). The staff was so interested in our satisfaction. The food was awesome. If you like your food very spicy, which I do, just ask...and they will deliver...it was AWESOME and SPICY! A great restaurant...I can assure you I will be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Darbar - Best Indian in Baltimore
    Cykosomatic
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Darbar's food is consistently excellent. Our friends (former Baltimore residents) return from Michigan just once a year and we let them pick any restaurant for our annual dinner and they always pick Darbar--because it's ALWAYS delicious! Service is great, too! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry on Christmas
    2XmasDiners
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    If you are looking for a moderately priced Indian restaurant, Darbar is a good choice. Located in Fells Point, the dining room is decorated with paintings and other art work with an Indian motif. The service was timely and attentive, and our orders arrived promptly. We ordered Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Dal Bukhari; all were medium spicy and delicious. Our only complaint was that there was no one at the hostess station when we arrived, and we had to wait a considerable amount of time in a cold vestibule before we were seated. It could have been just that the restaurant was understaffed on Christmas evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    sally
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    1. great food 2. good portion size 3. attentive staff 4. limited beer selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food. A lot of
    FoodLover
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Great Indian food. A lot of my friends recommended Darbar as one of the more authentic Indian restaurants in Baltimore, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above Avg Indian - Nice Atmosphere
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    If you like Indian Food you will enjoy Darbar. The soft lighting and service is great and is romantic. One of the best Indian Restaurants in Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious
    Tomcat1585
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    New to Baltimore and missed great Indian cuisine. Not anymore. Can't wait to frequent here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic Indian
    DrschafesVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Ordered the lamb vindaloo and it was terrific. great flavor and great heat..Every dish was wonderfully aromatic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick dinner before a show
    esperanza
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    quiet, quick, good service, good food, good location, urban street parking
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Food was amazing and staff was wonderful and extremely attentive. Not one complaint. Took our boys 4 and 10 and they had a good time and were even given a scoop of ice cream.. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    medoraVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    The first impression is the restaurant itself which is nice. The second impression wasn't so great......both menus handed to my husband and me had dried food on them. In the hopes the kitchen is kept cleaner we ordered and were very pleased with the food. It is spicy and you can get it in hotness to taste. Doesn't really have a bar but some liquor. I ordered a cosmo. The waitress said if I told her how it's made and she has the ingredients she'll make one. I had wine.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and feel guilty
    GlobalTravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    First time and feel guilty about that since live in the neighborhood. Very friendly staff who enjoy explaining the food. Food is excellent! Make sure you discuss level of spicyness with them. Indian beer too!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I've been to Darbar several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    I've been to Darbar several times for the lunch buffet. It's very good and very reasonably priced. The buffet selection changes frequently, but they've always had tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, and saag, which are all very solid. I've liked the chickpeas and the lamb in particular. There is some reserved parking across the street, which is a big advantage in Fells Point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • All of the staff members were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    All of the staff members were attentive and friendly even though we arrived late for our reservation. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Have been a number of times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Have been a number of times great staff and first class Indian Cuisine - great to find an Indian Restaurant (our favorite food) so near Fells Point and Little Italy. Refreshing change great decor too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friend and I arrived at
    GoodFoodHonVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    My friend and I arrived at 5:10 as the restaurant was supposed to be open at 5:.00. When we arrived we stood at the door waiting for someone to greet us but the staff was still vacuuming and we had to wait to be seated. The restaurant was freezing cold and we had to ask for the heat to be turned on! The server took a while to take our order and my food was fair but my friends food was awful. I would not return to this restaurant nor recommend it to anyone.
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  • I've been here three times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    I've been here three times (with 5 or 6 friends) -- each time was excellent and all found their dinners superb.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fantastic Indian food. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    Fantastic Indian food. The best I've had in all of Maryland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food. Very good at accommodat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Great food. Very good at accommodating people with allergies and the staff was friendly too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Indian food in a nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Great Indian food in a nice setting. It's great that a restaurant in the city has parking which is a plus. The owner stopped by to check on our meal and us which was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Good food, service was very good and overall meal was very enjoyable. Definitely would come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here twice. First
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    I've been here twice. First time it wasn't that great, but this time the food was really good. Service is a little slow though. The owner came around and was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate