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Balbirs

4.8
4.8
1219 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
From opening his first restaurant in 1973, Balbir is recognized as a pioneer of Indian food in Scotland. He has always been know for his low-key but exceptionally high level of food and service. Serving Indian Royalty such as Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain, to be the favourite restaurant (in Scotland) of jazz greats such as Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling, its fare to say that Balbir’s is a timeless restaurant with a wealth of history. Over the past few years, we have invited some very talented and creative chefs over from India, Nepal and Pakistan to join and work alongside our established team. Our dishes are prepared using the finest ingredients available to us. On this menu, you will find both dishes prepared using traditional recipes from various regions of India and some contemporary dishes that have been re-invented taking advantage of good local produce and modern cooking styles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Halal

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0141 339 7711

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Balbir Singh Sumal

  • Catering

    Please email the restaurant . hello@balbirs.co.uk

  • Private party facilities

    Please email the restaurant if you would like to book a private event. hello@balbirs.co.uk or call on 0141 339 7711 ___________________________ Tuesday to Thursday we can also offer the main dining room for private events. Room can accommodate 60 guests. ___________

  • Neighborhood

    Glasgow

  • Cross street

    Church Street, (Byres road)

  • Parking details

    Free after 6pm, not too difficult to find.

  • Public transit

    Kelvinhall Subway Station - 2 mins walk

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

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    Notable Wine List

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    Special Occasion

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    Best Overall

  • Glasgow

    Best Food

  • Glasgow

    Notable Wine List

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  1. TG

    ThomasG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had to go one last time before it shuts for good. What a loss for Glasgow! Not really much more I can say. It was sad to see the owner bidding goodbye to the regulars, but he has the place near Tarbolton, so get on down there. It's like an old friend going away... :(
  2. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was 10/10. Food was delivered quickly, tasty and warm. Loved the setting of the restaurant. Even though we dined at a busy time this didn't impact our experience or the service we received. Everyone was great and we loved the food and value for money!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing xx
  4. R

    Rhonda

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and lovely staff. Well worth a visit Never disappoints Such a friendly atmosphere
  5. IR

    IanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. The staff were well informed about the dishes and helped us with what dishes could be matched with each other. Food was very tasty with the lamb chops being amazing.
  6. BM

    BrianM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great curry as always , sad that the restaurant is closing down but all good things come to an end sometime
  7. DC

    DavidC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We were greeted when we arrived and the staff were all lovely the table was in plenty of space and large enough to take our party of 5 comfortably, the service was very good and our choice of food was discussed with a more mature member of staff which we found very helpful, food was excellent, The kingfisher lager was very good, service very good and cost was bhearable, DC
  8. S

    Sara

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. The best Indian in Glasgow! The food is excellent, and the service and ambience are thoughtful and considered.
  9. JM

    JacquelineM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, lovely surroundings and cheerful, helpful staff. Can’t fault it at all
  10. RB

    RobertB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food - best in the west end!!!
  11. JM

    JimM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food excellent,,staff very happy to help with choice of meal..Waiters we're very polite and eager to serve...overall excellent, will defo be back..
  12. S

    Sandie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We asked the server if the lamb rogan Josh could be chicken instead of lamb - No we couldn’t do that .I then asked if I could have a half portion and was again told No because that’s only Mon- Fri.There was only a handful of tables in and I didn’t think either of these requests were too much to ask for . We were not asked if we wanted more drinks when our glasses were empty and I had to ask for more . The food was lovely but the service was slow. There seemed to be staff standing around and it looked quite poor. I have been here before and had a better experience so hopefully this was a one off .The server did recommend dishes to my husband but I have been in other restaurants where changes were not a big deal. Disappointing night to be honest
  13. D

    Denny

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Balbirs is the best Indian Restaurant in the West end of Glasgow and beyond. The food is second to none. Impeccable service and value for money for both service and food.
  14. DC

    DionneC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both service and food was amazing. No request was too much.
  15. EI

    ElizabethI

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff and fantastic food. I am visiting from Canada - I came 5 years ago and had to return!
  16. PA

    PaulineA

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, great ambience and friendly staff. This restaurant never disappoints.
  17. SR

    SusanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as usual always enjoyable Friendly staff Food amazing
  18. A

    Angie

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Great food as always. Only thing that was disappointing was the male waiter who we overheard raising his voice to one of the young female waiters (this wasn't very pleasant).
  19. HM

    HughM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, great service & location. We chose the banquet option which was more than worth it.
  20. LF

    LouiseF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always in Balbirs - come back time and time again.
  21. IM

    IsobelM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Service and food fabulous. Would definitely go back
  22. AH

    AlanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner was nice. Robot leading us to our table was brilliant.
  23. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food indeed. Great choice, wonderful service and a good night overall. Only issue was it was far too dark. Lights dimmed so much that had to use phone torch to see menu. Restaurant kindly raised light levels thereafter so all good 👍
  24. SS

    SandraS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deceptively large restaurant,the decor is lovely. The food was superb,the best curry I have had for years.I’ve been thinking about it ever since haha. Staff were friendly. I can’t wait to go back.
  25. CM

    CaroleM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both food and service excellent as always. Love the option of having small plates
  26. S

    Swiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and very tasty. Brilliant service and atmosphere.
  27. LB

    LewisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Balbirs is up there with the best Indian dining you'll find in Glasgow, very hard to beat.
  28. FA

    FionaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staff all very friendly. Lovely restaurant.
  29. J

    Johannes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Indian food and plenty of gluten free and dairy free options. Lovely dark ambience. A must go!
  30. RG

    RakheeG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was average but very expensive. The ambience was dark and it was hard to read the menu too.
  31. L

    Lain

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal celebrating my husband’s birthday. Staff friendly and attentive. Birthday cake delivered to our table by a robot singing Happy Birthday to you !
  32. d

    davidf

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food very good service and at reasonable prices
  33. A

    Allan

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good experience , service excellent, lighting good , food beautifully cooked and presented. Menu varied and range of good choices for all tastes and preferences
  34. MF

    MandyF

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy it at Balbirs. Best curry in the West End and great service. We get the banquet for two which is fab. Highly recommended :)
  35. WB

    WallaceB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We went for the Banquet option for 4 of us. This is priced at £32.50 per head and I have to say I did not really think this was the best value for money. Don't get me wrong the food was excellent quality however it was the quantity for 4 people. The most noticeable part being one small tray of rice for 4 curries for 4 people ! I have been many times in the past 15 years but this was first time I have been left hungry afterwards.
  36. AW

    AlistairW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is excellent, if a little expensive … service a bit slower than we expected. Overall, though, a lovely meal!
  37. ER

    EuanR

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. Loved it. Can’t wait to go back
  38. B

    Barclay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In this age when so many good things never seem to last, it’s reassuring that Balbir’s is as good as it’s always been! The food is just simply the best Indian cuisine you’ll find in Scotland - possibly the UK - and I’ve been eating curries in Glasgow for more than 35 years. I was a fan of the Balbir’s restaurant that used to be near Charing Cross decades ago, and the standard of cuisine and service has always been consistently top class. Staff are well-trained, know their stuff and the service is efficient whilst being discrete. I just hope Balbir’s will always be there and prove to me that not everything that is good has to come to and end!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First class , thanks
  40. PA

    PaulineA

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and friendly, attentive team.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Balbirs using the Order Online button. Balbirs also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Balbirs also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0141 339 7711.

Balbirs is rated 4.8 stars by 1219 OpenTable diners.

Balbirs does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Deliveroo
Google Map for Balbirs

7 Church Street, Glasgow, G11 5JP

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church Street, (Byres road)

  • Neighborhood

    Glasgow

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Contemporary Indian, Halal

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free after 6pm, not too difficult to find.

  • Public transit

    Kelvinhall Subway Station - 2 mins walk

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Balbir Singh Sumal

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0141 339 7711

  • Catering

    Please email the restaurant . hello@balbirs.co.uk

  • Private party facilities

    Please email the restaurant if you would like to book a private event. hello@balbirs.co.uk or call on 0141 339 7711 ___________________________ Tuesday to Thursday we can also offer the main dining room for private events. Room can accommodate 60 guests. ___________

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