Durbar

4.2
96 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Durbar is set in the heart of London, One of the oldest restaurant 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-round up market sub-continental cuisine in town. At both lunch and dinner there’s a brilliant, lively scene that just won’t stop.
Shamim and his team of chefs who have together achieved an exciting innovative approach to fine Indian cuisine, a distinctive knack for layering flavors and gift for stunning presentation. The imaginative Indian and Bangladeshi regional menu changes daily.
Dish of the day and lunch menu are also available. Sublime Indian cooking with a different zest that reveals some flavors that exist nowhere in the west. The Durbar restaurant is a favorite among west London people for lovers of exciting and Extraordinary sub- continental cuisine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 96 people are saying
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MarkN
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Durbar is a fantastic, friendly Indian Resturant. I can recommend the deliciously hot Chicken Naga.

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vipDimitrisK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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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Mitch
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MikL
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal and very friendly nice staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipWhiters
London
51 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and good service. Some original things on the menu, such as a venison special, which was delicious.

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Madeline
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Simply delicious! Excellent Indian dishes. Lively place & friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Indian food! Very friendly and frequented by regulars, which is a good sign.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great local spot, prices are fair , service is good and food is excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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HistoryBuff
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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CLAIREL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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VEGARJ
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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OliverTriebel
London
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always! I'm a regular there over 15 years.

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vipVanaV
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ChiaraP
London
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service very thorough. Try their specialties!

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BonAppetit
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

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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vipEdH4
Hawaii
404 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very good food & service, but a bit pricey. The chicken vindalo was most tasty, as were the basmati rice and garlic naan. I appreciated that I was given time to finish my beer after eating dinner, as this is not always the case in Indian restaurants. I would definitely consider returning the next time I am in Notting Hill.

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BobC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Sadly my daughter was inadvertently served a dish with nuts to which she is extremely allergic and had a medical emergency. The owner was very apologetic, but the damage was done, and sadly this was the first time she had Indian food, so has a very negative impression. Be careful of this place, afterwards we learned the waiter did not write down the allergy after we mentioning.

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LilyO
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was a birthday booking of which there was no acknowledgement of by the staff. Also, whilst the staff were friendly, the service was very, very slow and it took over 15 minutes before we were served our first dish. I ordered the calamari to start which was horribly soggy and seem like it was soaked in extremely salty soy sauce. My main, the Nihari was very tasty but sadly very oily. My friend also found his food very oily. The rice and naan we ordered were lovely. Sadly, not the best experience and I dine out a lot. Maybe because we went on a Monday evening...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as usual- best curry in London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had to wait around20 minutes for our table as the restaurant was very busy and it was Christmas week but the food was very good and the service as staff were very kind, attentive and accommodating .

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LaetitiaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have dinner at Durbar every time we come to London and its always a pleasure! Food is delicious.

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IRMAKK
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

portions of the starter (vegeterian plate) was extremely small compared to the price.
the waiter serving us was not kind.

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PaulB
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient staff and delicious, super tasty Indian food.

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Dave
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and customer service in a very nice quaint restaurant.

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HammyT
Glasgow
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Booked on the day via the app as decent reviews and within walking distance from our Maida Vale apartment.
Our table wasn’t quite ready, as restaurant was jam packed. We were able to wait at outside tables as weather was good so we didn’t mind.
Everyone enjoyed their choice of meal, which were all good quality and full of flavour.
Agree with previous reviews about waiter being a tad overpowering, pushing us to order certain things. Aside to this I couldn’t fault service, cleanliness and food that was good value. Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone in search of decent Indian food in the Notting Hill area.

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vipAvianEquine
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and an excellent experience! Durbar is a family-run Indiana restaurant that's been open over 60 years. The food is flavorful and aromatic. We knew we ordered too much food because there were so many dishes that we wanted to try, but nothing went to waste. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Everything about Durbar is casual, but the food is simply wonderful.

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OliverTriebel
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dubar Tandoori Restaurant is my absolute favourite over many years for Indian food in London. I always pay a visit, when in London.

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elin
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A little bit disappointing evening, the lamb dish was not very good, it was tough. Also we over ordered so we left quite a lot of the food. The place is a bit crushed and you feel slightly rushed by the waiters. I have been here several times in the past and I remember the food being outstanding.

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TheresaF
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, but service is a little uncomfortable...pushy to get you to buy more, but not very helpful or responsive to requests (e.g. took us asking four times to get tap water).

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vipDorotheabondgirl
Atlanta
99 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far this is the best Indian restaurant in all of London!

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rmonihan
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was looking for some good Indian cuisine while in London and found it only blocks from where we are staying. Durbar is excellent food with fine service, at a reasonable price.
My wife, no fan of Indian food, enjoyed her tandoori chicken immensely.

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LaetitiaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to London we go to Durbar. We' en never been disappointed. Food is delicious, staff is very kind and prices are totally ok.

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Vantage
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

authentic flavors in a neighborhood location that made the 30 minute walk from our hotel well worth it.

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HowardW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Indian food I have eaten in either USA or London

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NaomiS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Established Indian restaurant which nails it in every area for this category of eating. Would recommend to all.

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 4.2 stars by 96 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.