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Balbirs

4.7
4.7
1206 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 6 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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. SR

    SusanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as usual always enjoyable Friendly staff Food amazing
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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 👍
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. S

    Swiss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and very tasty. Brilliant service and atmosphere.
  11. 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.
  12. FA

    FionaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staff all very friendly. Lovely restaurant.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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 !
  16. d

    davidf

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food very good service and at reasonable prices
  17. 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
  18. 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 :)
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First class , thanks
  24. PA

    PaulineA

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and friendly, attentive team.
  25. L

    Laurapops

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic ambience, service and food as usual. Have missed Balbirs so much during lockdown. Great to be back! The buzz around told me others felt the same! Excellent quality night out all round.
  26. SC

    SandraC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great staff - the only Indian restaurant to go to in Glasgow for a special night out!!
  27. U

    Usman

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , lovely food great atmosphere would highly recommend
  28. AL

    AnnL

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. My family have enjoyed a few meals here now. Absolutely first class! The food is so special. I have recommended this restaurant to a few people now.
  29. LK

    LilyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always, thank you Neki and team! Will be back.
  30. J

    Johnboy

    Glasgow

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome, nice table, professional service and great cooking again.
  31. JM

    JohnM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish we shared was stunning. Been years since tasted curry that good definitely be back soon.
  32. AC

    AnnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing … never had a bad meal yet … would highly recommend the banquet
  33. YL

    YvonneL

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the banquet, food delicious as always. Was lovely to finally get back to Balbirs, service excellent, not rushed, great meal
  34. H

    Helen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Menu wasn't quite what I was expecting and found my curry to be quite salty however everyone else seemed happy with their meals and the starters where fab. Staff and atmosphere was lovely.
  35. c

    currygirls

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time we had managed to meet as a group for more than two years. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table by the lovely robot. Staff were helpful and attentive. Food was delicious.
  36. r

    richarda

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Starters and mains were great the ice cream was not. Too icy tasted cheap not what I would have expected of balbirs
  37. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm completely biased as I've been visiting Balbirs since Elderslie St. 1979 and for 44 years now. The restaurant in Church St is simply fine dining and service to the highest standard. Balbir always keeps ahead of the trend and the food and surroundings are fantastic. I even travel 15 miles for take out regularly. My boys and I had another great dinner there last night and are already looking forward to going back. Thanks Balbir.
  38. CM

    ColinM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food, service and price. Music was just a bit loud
  39. D

    Delighted

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints, always a treat! Had a lovely evening... Thanks😊
  40. c

    colind

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glasgow is blessed with a lot of good places for getting a curry. When I'm looking for a place where I know the service will match the food and I will have an all round great experience Balbirs is our go too. Also, the robot cat waiter thing should be seen!

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 4.7 stars by 1206 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 6 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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