Balbirs

4.8
1186 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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1186 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JOSIMAR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Not the cheapest in town, but one of top three curries in Glasgow. True quality.

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DavidB
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was excellent as always

KC
KimberleyC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fresh and lovely and flavours are great. We love the ginger bhuna and although they offer it as a lamb dish they are happy to accommodate with chicken or chicken tikka which is great as its so much more flavoursome than a karahi bhuna. Service from the staff is impeccable and they are all so nice and extremely helpful. Their training has been spot on and they are always very smart. Love that there is a bar area attached to the restaurant now and the restaurant itself has a fine dining feel to it. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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MandyF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and great service. You can't go wrong with the banquet menu. Fairly quiet as people are away which made it very relaxing. Highly recommended.

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Alan
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service for food & drinks was excellent. A good night.

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PhyllisM
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal the service was great. One member was vegan and they explained what they could have off and on the menu. As they where looking at changing the menu. They would come over and check everything was ok. Very friendly and helpful. Definitely will be back.

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alisonc
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very enjoyable all round. Each of the five diners in the group were very pleased with their choice of menu. Table service very relaxing.

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AngelaM
Glasgow
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with good service from friendly attentive staff

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CatherineM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food , helpful waitresses and waiters , highly recommended.

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JeanS
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely attentive service. Food was fantastic Highly recommend this Resturant

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MichaelM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our first visit, we loved the food and the set menue was fantastic value.

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pt81
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice modern restaurant with good food & friendly staff.

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Sahiba
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Indian food, exceeded expectations, brilliant service and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.

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Carriemac
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Been to Balbirs many times but very disappointed last night. Prices have shot up. Choice has diminished. Asked for mixed pakora for 4. 9 pieces arrived. Main courses extortionate at £23 with rice and naan charged on top. Drinks expensive too. I know times are hard in the hospitality industry.... But times are hard for us all.

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MarionC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner to celebrate end of term and good results. Always a favourite place for us to eat out. Excellent at handling nut allergy that our daughter has. Friendly and delicious!

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JeanA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent space with good atmosphere. Very friendly and efficient staff! They couldn't be better.
The food was good, although not as good as I remember because everything was over salty.

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Craigos
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. The food is amazing. I'd highly recommend for any occasion.

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Douglas
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Friendly and good service. Top restaurant.

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RogerC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly,efficient and polite staff. Quick service and delicious food. A very well run restaurant.

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Arlene
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We had the 65 to start. It arrived a little cold but was very quickly sorted out and tasted amazing the staff were very apologetic.
Looking forward to out next visit

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RobertB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wasn’t bad and wasn’t great - middle of the road but very expensive compared to other local curry houses in the area

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Johnboy
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning for a curry evening after a long wait during COVID lockdown. Excellent on all fronts. Thankyou Balbir and we’ll be back very soon.

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KRYS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing service, smaller portions than previous times.

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AnnL
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, staff were friendly and informative. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I will definitely return.

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MoiraF
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back in Balbirs since last year due to restrictions.
Delicious pakora and Butter chicken as always. The garlic nan was warm and tasty.
So great to eat in the restaurant again.
Friendly staff and very efficient service.

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Iain
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and one of the best meals I have had in Glasgow, highly recommended. Service, food and atmosphere was all perfect.

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KarenB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious food ever!! 5+⭐️Love dining at the bar area and the staff are lovely too.

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RosemaryB
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food freshly prepared and very tasty. Staff friendly and helpful. Tables well spaced and COVID protocols being followed. Never been disappointed @ Balbirs.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor and friendly staff and manager. Food came quickly and was delicious.

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CharlieB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, background music spot on (loved the jazz). Can’t fault service. Fantastic house beer. Definitely returning.

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vipMitch
Dunbartonshire
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was fantastic to return to Balbirs after such a long absence due to lockdowns. Just as good as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to meet up with friends

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PaulineA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fabulous! There is a great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal & experience. Only suggestion would be peshwari nan needed more fruit.

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MichaelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back after the enforced absence!

Nice to see some some familiar faces, the food was fantastic as always. We went for the Banquet menu, which is great as we get to try dishes we normally wouldn't order. It is really good value also.

Food = great, service = excellent.

Will be back soon.

Well done to all of the staff, new and old, putting in a great effort to get us back to some sort of normality.

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Zebs
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely people, giving a really personal service. Brilliant restaurant, you must taste the 65 starter option

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RogerB
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Been there several times now and always left quite happy. Food was good but for some reason not as good as in the past but no real complaints. The starters were superb - fresh and tasty. One main course - a fish dish - was not thought to be that great but the other three main courses were good. Just a minor "comment".

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ShirleyH
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Balbir’s for a few years and this return trip was outstanding on all levels. Great staff who are knowledgeable and care about your restaurant experience, lovely restaurant and fabulous, fresh food. Highly recommend Balbir’s for a lovely meal out.

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ElliotM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was generally good. I found my main course a bit bland (was advertised as hot) but that could just be down to choice. Starter was very good.

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elaines
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday dinner, beautiful restaurant and a warm welcome from staff. The service and food is amazing . The tandoori chicken was fresh and well cooked ,will definitely return soon well worth a visit.

FAQs

Balbirs does offer 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 1186 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.