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About 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.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wolfe & Washington
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are proud to offer full-service catering. Please contact us at (410) 563-8008 for more information.
Darbar offers 1 complimentary private parking spot for our dinner guests. Street parking also available.
Chef Anil Rajput
Private Party Facilities:
Darbar would love to host your next event! Please contact us for details.
Private Party Contact:
Vinay Wahi: (410) 563-8008
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Darbar Baltimore Ratings and Reviews
Some of the best Indian I've had in the US for sure. Don't be put off by the storefront/decor- this is good stuff! Family owned joint where grandma came out to talk to us and see how we liked the food. I'd recommend going all out for the Traditional Thali for a taste of everything. We had that, the Darbar special, and Rogan Josh & I honestly couldn't pick a favorite curry. Reminded me of brick lane but with much nicer service!
My family and I came here after my sister's graduation ceremony. We were trying to find restaurants that were open late and not only were they open an hour past most restaurants, they were very accommodating to us and did not rush us out. They also have a separate parking lot but it is a walk away.
Can't beat a great buffet, 2 soft drinks and tip for $30. I went all vegetarian on this one and everything was delicious. More fresh vegetables for the salad section would be a welcomed addition. There are several Indian uses for cucumber (which they had there) to make appetizing salads. A little pickling and curry and they would make that part of the buffet equally as appetizing and the rest.
BTW, dessert was included with the Buffet, but I did not over indulge. Overall really good, especially for the price and variety of dishes.
On a business trip to Baltimore I wanted to find a local Indian resturant and found Darbar. The staff at the resturant were really nice and helpful. Coming from Europe I asked if they had a similar dish to a bhuna, my favourite dish, the gentleman walked me through the best dishes on the menu and even said he would make me a bhuna if I wanted one.
The food we had was very delicious, I recommend this resturant and will definitely be back!
Darbar is a very nice place to go eat if you want good Indian cuisine in a pleasant setting. The staff is friendly and attentive to good service. It is quiet enough for good visiting. We have gone there with small groups of six or eight and been very pleased with our evening.
Went to Darbar for our first time last weekend. My first impression was: "Whoa! This place is way to nice to be an Indian restaurant." Decor was very nice. We were seated immediately, although the host misread our reservation and seated us at the wrong table. The waitress returned several minutes later and asked us to move to a smaller table, which was awkward. Servers were very attentive. We ordered the lamb korma and lamb vindaloo, along with some breads and mango lassis. The korma was good, nothing too special. The vindaloo was unbearably spicy. When the owner noticed that we weren't eating the vindaloo she quickly replaced it with a less spicy sauce, making the dish much more palatable. The mango lassis were delicious. Overall good restaurant, but probably will turn elsewhere for our next Indian food experience.
We were excited by the reviews to find this gem in Fells Point. Unfortunately, all the vegetarian dishes we ordered fair and not noteworthy as we'd hoped. The bengan bhartha was too oily and lacked any taste. The one exception was our tandoori paneer tikka, which a little on the dry side was excellent in its spices and tandoor flavors. Overall, the service was prompt, but when we asked one of the dishes to be served to us, the server seemed to spill them all over us and the plates! Too pricey for the food and service.
As usual the food was outstanding but for some reason the food coming out of the kitchen was extremely slow even though it was not a totally packed house. Our waiter did his best to satisfy our needs in light of the slow kitchen. But we will still come back - love the food and the owners!
There seemed to be a lot of private conversation that was easily heard at our table concerning a room or hotel reservation with a member of the staff. I assume they also manage a hotel that uses the restaurant for the intake, which is a little odd. This was our first impression.
Because we were two ladies taking our time and enjoying each others company we were in no hurry to order, in fact my friend is Indian and I wanted her help explaining the menu. So we were served the bread and toppings as we reviewed the menu. We next ordered soups and asked to keep the menu so we could discuss and make our choices. When our server returned with the soups and asked if we were ready to order our meals we replied not yet. She said, "ok we're open til 10" It was before 8 when this conversation took place and there were less than 4 tables seated, they were not busy. Yet we felt rushed for no reason. Our server was sitting at the bar eating for most of our visit. Basically the servers could be educated on pacing service depending on the customer.
The food was very good and the portion sizes were plentiful. The table service of plate removal and water refill was good. Not fine dinning and the nest time I want Indian I will try someplace different, I just wasn't that impressed.
Free parking across the street awesome!
Darbar had delicious food all the way from the chutnies, rice, naan, and the main courses! The restaurant was quite, but had families as well as couples on dates--- old and young!
My only "issue" was our food took an extremely long time and our server didn't communicate to us what was going on. Other than that we had a great experience!
If you want absolutely delicous Indian cuisine, Darbar is the place to go. Pretty surroundings, great service and outstanding food. Five of us each ordered something different and had starters - and shared. Everything was yummy on its own - not at all "one sauce fits all" like some indian restaurants we've visited. Defintiely a "go back to" place!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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