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Rafiks

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141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
01228 599889
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first...
Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Another trip to Rafiks with family. Parents, sister and hyper-active nephews. As ever food was excellent - wanted something hot this time so the scallops and fish were off the menu today but try them they are really very, very good. The owners know our family very well - parents are regulars... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Another trip to Rafiks with family. Parents, sister and hyper-active nephews. As ever food was excellent - wanted something hot this time so the scallops and fish were off the menu today but try them they are really very, very good. The owners know our family very well - parents are regulars - as my father is a coeliac knowing... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Really excellent food at reasonable price although we only ate off the set menu the food was really good wine was good as was the service

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Recently visited this restaurant the Poland's were very nice, the dips a little on the sparse side. I odred lamb and asked if it Was tender and it was very tender. The only down side the window seat felt cold, it wasn't particularly chilly that evening. I politely asked if the heating was on. I was told it was in... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Wow. Never had Indian food quite like this. Its a bit special. Didn't recognise most things on the menu so we just decided to go for it. As vegetarians (but eating fish) the choice was plentiful, interesting and lots of fish dishes. Nice staff and very good service. Live in Scotland but it would be worth the 2 and a... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

visited Sunday evening had the special menu. A real bargain lots of food between us all. Visited here due to all good write ups on here. So please we did best Indian we had all had will defo be back soon lovely place and staff. Was nice and relaxing meal wasn't rushed at all. Great place

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Gainsborough, England, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We booked in for valentine's night purely based on reviews on here and we was not disappointed. Set menu was excellent and at a very good price. Staff were friendly and helpful Atmosphere was very nice, the place was packed but was not too noisy which was nice One of the best Indian meals we've had. Will definitely go back... More 

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Widnes, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We chose Rafiks during a recent visit to Carlisle purely based on the reviews here on TA and I have to say we were slightly underwhelmed after all the gushing praise from other visitors. The staff were friendly and welcoming but the food was distinctly average and at over £70 for three of us definitely not cheap. The restaurant was... More 

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Fife
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49 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited here for dinner on TA recommendation. Excellent range of food, mainly specialising in fish, nice atmosphere, clean surroundings, polite staff and very good value for money. Couldnt fault it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I was going through Carlisle with friends after a coast to coast cycle, it has good reviews in tripadvisor so we gave it a go. A nice atmosphere and Service with a smile from all 4 members of staff was a bonus but the food was amazing. My chilli chicken dish was served on a slate, it was smokey and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We are from out of town. Stopped here with the kids on New Years Day on the way home to London. Ok, it was very quiet but the food was top notch. As good as anything Tooting Broadway has to offer!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: 01228 599889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.

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