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Shafali Restaurant

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Byward Market Area
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308 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario k1n-7e7, Canada
613-789-9188
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, good service 2 out of 3 times

I've been there 3 times in the past 6 months. The food have been amazing all the time. Good spices, good ambiance. It's a small restaurant but it is cozy. The tables are a bit small though. I've been served twice by a wonderful lady who was smiling and very helpful and patient with all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Elisa W
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Gatineau, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I don't consider myself much of a ''curry connoisseur'' but I can say, without a doubt that this is the best stuff you will find in the capital city, 100% guaranteed! The food was fantastic.

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My family and I had the pleasure of attending a cooking class at Shafali in the Glebe last Saturday (February 7th). The class was taught by Salim (the owner), Auntie Gi (the chef) and Sadaf (the most wonderful assistant). Service was incredibly friendly and Salim was nice enough to customize the menu to accommodate difficult dietary needs (peanut, nut, chickpea,... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I've been there 3 times in the past 6 months. The food have been amazing all the time. Good spices, good ambiance. It's a small restaurant but it is cozy. The tables are a bit small though. I've been served twice by a wonderful lady who was smiling and very helpful and patient with all the questions of my boyfriend... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Sometimes you trip over a really good restaurant and the accidental discovery is memorable. Shafali is in the Byward Market area and is a delight for the palate and the temperament. From the warm reception to the knowledgeable commentary on the menus (food and beverage), this is an excellent Indian restaurant. On a previous visit (fighting a cold), I had... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is another great little restaurant in Ottawa that needs more attention. The food is fresh and authentic and the services is very good.

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Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There are three Shafali in Ottawa but I go to the mini-resto in the Byward Market Square building. Friendly service with freshly made Naan bread and I have never been disappointed with the food. they will even gladly add extra Tikka sauce if asked.

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Maryland
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32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The food here is delicious! The use of different spices are in the perfect combination. They will increase the "heat" if asked. The owners genuinely enjoy their job and care about their customers. The service is fantastic and attentive. The restaurant is small, cozy and very clean. We opted to eat-in. Serving size is filling. My mouth wanted more but... More 

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Mississauga
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81 reviews 81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

In a dark corner of the market is this very good East Indian food take out. Shahab and his family are excellent hosts, however seating is limited. The food is very good and the prices are to match. I would recommend this take out to anyone looking for good East Indian food.

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19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We visited upon a suggestion from a friend familiar with Ottawa. Our server was polite and took the time to explain the menu to us. I ordered a combo which included samosas, butter chicken, rice, a vegetarian dish, and dessert. The spices were just right in every dish. I wished the portions were a little larger, Friends at our table... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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240 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If you like good basic Indian food while in Ottawa, then you have to try this place out. Flavor Flavor Flavor is the name of the game with this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 308 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario k1n-7e7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: 613-789-9188

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 17
  • Cuisine: Indian

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