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Durbar, London,

Durbar

4.7
4.7
116 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Durbar is set in the heart of London, One of the oldest Indian restaurants run by the same family since 1956; it has a grandeur and character that perfectly complements its outstanding food and service.
Durbar has gone from strength to strength; Wonderful contemporary cuisine and helpful, knowledgeable staff make it the best all-around up-market sub-continental cuisine in town.
Shamim Syed and his team of chefs have together achieved an exciting innovative approach to fine Indian cuisine, a distinctive knack for layering flavors, and a gift for a stunning presentation. The imaginative Indian and Bangladeshi regional menu changes daily.
The Durbar restaurant is a favorite among west London people for lovers of exciting and extraordinary sub-continental cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Grill, Halal
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7727 1947
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Please contact the manager for Catering on 02077271947 mobile 07460781198 Email durbar56@gmail.com
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact the manager for Privet Event on 02077271947 mobile 07460781198 Email durbar56@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    Notting Hill
  • Cross street
    Just of Westbourne Grove
  • Parking details
    Free Parking on Single Yellow line, paymeter after 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.Free Parking on Single Yellow line, paymeter Saterday after 1.30 pm and Sunday whole day
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

116 Reviews
  1. LocalW2

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. We had a good mix of dishes, including vegetarian, chicken and lamb. All very tasty, with quality ingredients and cooking. Service was polite, efficient, and friendly. Will definitely go back.

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  2. HenryK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place with delicious dishes and a very friendly team of staff.

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  3. Elli

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing indian food, very good and fast service. We loved all the dishes we ordered and most definitely be going back to try some more.

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  4. DavidR

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food with excellent service - very happy customer.

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  5. SteveM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was great. Excellent service. The portions were smaller than other restaurants. Flavor and grade of food was great

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  6. RussellC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and value as always. Late lunch so was a little quiet understandably.

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  7. PatrickB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There are hundreds of places in London to get Indian food. This is the place to go when you are in Baywater. The biriani was chock full of chicken. The lamb in the house special was tender and flavorful. We ordered everything mild and it all was perfectly spiced

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  8. stephane

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It was a delicate and nice food experience. We like the dishes and all the spices of the menu for 2. People service seems quite rough, but is very gentle and nice at all. We'll come back if we go to London again.

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  9. PaulC

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been going to the Durbar for 30 years but on this last visit was a massive disappointment . 1. Madras curry was NOT hot 2. Prices have gone up 3. Food came out ad hoc and cold 4. Food quality mediocre Not returning …

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    pushy waiters trying to make us buy more food / tv on to watch soccer

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is good, the staff are friendly and it’s reasonably priced.

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  12. LGGG

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food. Has been constantly delicious for the past 25 years. They will also make you dishes which were not on their menu and we are only occasional dinners, not even regulars!

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  13. Local

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall this place is fine, but the food was a little bland and the chicken a little dry. Service was pretty good, just not the WOW experience overall.

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  14. NicosN

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was nice but the service could be a bit more attentive. It doesn't have a drinks licence so take your own wine! Overall a nice "neighborhood" restaurant. Would visit it again.

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  15. KajR

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our family's first visit to Durbar, but will most certainly become a regular destination for us, now that we live here. We were looking for an authentic Indian restaurant, and were not disappointed. The menu is broad, with specialties from many parts of India, which will allow us to return for more "regional visits". Every dish that we ate, from a simple Tikka Masala to the House Special tasted great and were beautifully laid out. The service was outstanding, very courteous, yet friendly.

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  16. Michelle

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my local Indian and it’s always good !

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  17. Bakman

    London

    38 reviews

    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I frequent different Indian restaurants for different purposes: Saravanaa Bhavan (authentic vegeterian), Dishoom (excellent chain with good quality and service), Tamarind (luxury), Brigadiers (business), Gunpowder (Hipster. Beers with friends) and of course Durbar for the past 20+ years was my 'go to' local curry house. Unfortunately, 'Durbar' has gone downhill very rapidly. They no longer serve alcohol (there is nothing as nice as a beer with a curry), the quality of the meat is tough, the quantity of the food is paltry, the service is non existent, the prices are sky high and the atmosphere is dire. Goodbye and RIP Durbar. Thank you for the last 20 years. It was good while it lasted.

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  18. StewartC

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food and waiting staff. Very pleasant people. The only downside is that they haven’t got an alcohol licence. They can sell any. But they do allow you to bring your own in. That’s a plus.

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  19. Michelle

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Indian. It’s Bring Your Own Wine these days which I love.

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  20. MRKD

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was terrible. Service as terrible - it took over 25 mins to get lemon water, and when asking they were saying it’s coming constantly. The table next to us ordered starters and they were waiting for over 45 mins. There were 4 tables with people, rest of the place was empty so they can’t even use the excuse of them being busy. Had to chase 3 times to get the bill. Upset and disappointed as this place as per open table had good reviews? The whole experience was abysmal.

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  21. MarkN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Durbar is a fantastic, friendly Indian Resturant. I can recommend the deliciously hot Chicken Naga.

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  22. DimitrisK

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Incredibly dry and tough chicken. Perhaps it was the day’s batch but they gave us 2 dishes with chicken breast and both were inedible (the sauce and overall flavor was good, but the meat was too dry).

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  23. Mitch

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top 3 Indian meals that I've had in London. Service was quick despite restaurant being full and food was delicious. The lamb shank curry!!

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  24. MikL

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We're regulars at the Durbar and, dining in there for the first time since lockdown found the food as good as ever and the welcome if anything even warmer.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic evening at Durbar, the food was delicious and staff just wonderful. 4 of us had our first meal out since lockdown and it was perfect

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and very friendly nice staff

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best Indian food within the Notting Hill, Bayswater, Holland Park area. Special recommendation of the Jeera chicken and Achari Lamb. The grilled tandoori Chicken is also excellent along with the Lorient Special chicken and all the delicious vegetable dishes. A family run restaurant where you feel you are eating as part of that family. Don't go anywhere else.

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  28. Whiters

    London

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and good service. Some original things on the menu, such as a venison special, which was delicious.

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  29. Madeline

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Butter chien was okay, dessert was not good, service was okay.... it was so noisy ! I couldn't even talk to my friend in front of me....

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Simply delicious! Excellent Indian dishes. Lively place & friendly staff.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Indian food! Very friendly and frequented by regulars, which is a good sign.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local spot, prices are fair , service is good and food is excellent

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighborhood place in Bayswater/Knotting Hill area. Lots of folks stopped in to get carry-out. We were greeted so warmly when we arrived. Low-key and comfy atmosphere. Staff was very helpful and accommodating with my needing to order gluten-free dishes. YUMMY starter made of chickpeas and potatoes. Chicken tikka masala was fantastic. LOVED it.

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  34. HistoryBuff

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered 3 meals for 4 of us and had plenty of food. Last time we had to take food home. All 7 meals we tried were flavorful and all different. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting good quality Indian food at a reasonable price.

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  35. CLAIREL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very pleasant evening at Durbar we were a large group and the waiters were helpful and welcoming all the wau through the place can be very noisy when full but the lovely food ans staff makes up for the noise!

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  36. VEGARJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our favourite indian when in London, and has been since early 2000! Small restaurant, so it’s smart to book a table. Always friendly. Excellent food!

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  37. OliverTriebel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great as always! I'm a regular there over 15 years.

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  38. VanaV

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd time at Durbar's and in fact, we are going there again this evening. The Indian food here is truly delicious. A mingling of flavors that you really want to savor and take your time to enjoy. We had the samosa trio and calamari appetizers. Divine. For dinner we ordered several dishes to share including the king prawns, the chicken vindaloo, a very good lamb dish and rounded everything off with garlic naan, raita, and lemon rice. An exquisite Indian meal that is very hard to find in the States. They also have some great South African wines on the menu and dessert was delightful - banana fritters with Mango Ice Cream. A lovely evening - great food and service.

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  39. ChiaraP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service very thorough. Try their specialties!

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  40. BonAppetit

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Durbar was a very clean, nice environment with good portions of food. We found the chicken korma and chicken tikka masala to be a little too sweet for our tastes, but others might not have an issue with that. Naan was delicious, but most naan is!

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FAQs

Durbar does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Durbar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7727 1947.

Durbar is rated 4.7 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

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


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Durbar

24 Hereford Road, London, W2 4AA

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Just of Westbourne Grove
  • Neighborhood
    Notting Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–11:30 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Grill, Halal
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Parking on Single Yellow line, paymeter after 6.30 pm Monday to Friday.Free Parking on Single Yellow line, paymeter Saterday after 1.30 pm and Sunday whole day
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    020 7727 1947
  • Catering
    Please contact the manager for Catering on 02077271947 mobile 07460781198 Email durbar56@gmail.com
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact the manager for Privet Event on 02077271947 mobile 07460781198 Email durbar56@gmail.com
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