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Light Of India Restaurant

#187 of 2,312 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$
The Glebe / Dow's Lake
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730 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3V4, Canada
(613) 563-4411
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Indian Charmer

We met out if town friends for dinner and they suggested the Light of India. We haven't experienced Indian food a lot so we were delightfully surprised. First the owner himself greeted us warmly and helped us navigate through the extensive menu. He made some excellent suggestions based upon our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Bnzboy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Had a great meal at loi food never disappoints. Always a good feed when i hsve gone. Good staff and nice atmosphere .

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Thank Andrew W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

We met out if town friends for dinner and they suggested the Light of India. We haven't experienced Indian food a lot so we were delightfully surprised. First the owner himself greeted us warmly and helped us navigate through the extensive menu. He made some excellent suggestions based upon our preferences for meat, rice and vegetables. He also pointed out... More 

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Thank Bnzboy
Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Enjoyed this restaurant. Excellent variety of dishes. Korma dishes are very good as well as the curry. Service can be slow, but the food is worth the wait. Overall, I would recommend this place to friends.

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1 Thank Sammags0
Mississauga, Canada
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

OK food taste and quality. Service was atrociously slow on a Saturday. I was surprised since it is a better part of town (Upper Bank Street/ Glebe area). Little run-down restaurant. We are from Brampton area so we know good Indian cuisine and what authentic Indian tastes like. It was authentic but taste was mediocre. It was meh... That pretty... More 

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Thank Kamiizumi
Toronto, Canada
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177 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

I found this place by accident while looking for a previously visited restaurant The server was very helpful first on the phone and then in person. The buffet is not huge but the selections were very good with enough vegan choices to satisfy me and almost burst my pant seam! The samosas and pakoras were very good but a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I partook of the buffet lunch last week and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. This is a cozy, neighbourhood restaurant in the Glebe and the staff are friendly and always happy to see you. The buffet consists of salad, appetizers such as soup, pakoras, onion bhajii and samosas with appropriate sauces available. The mains included beef curry, butter chicken, tandoori chicken,... More 

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Thank Helen V
Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

All the dishes have much the same sauce, and are greasy and not very hot (temperature wise). The buffet dishes are the same every time I have been there. I stopped going there about 2 years ago.

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Thank Kathy D
Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

When we want Indian food this is the only place we go! The food is delicious with plenty of veggie options. The servers are super friendly and the restaurant has a very authentic feeling in both energy and decor. The service can be a little slow at times but they bring you some papadum to snack on. We have tried... More 

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1 Thank travelbugemmy
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a quiet, authentic Indian meal, you cannot go wrong with this restaurant. The decor is nice, with plenty of decoration. The staff are well-dressed and professional. Pricing is more than fair. I'd recommend the butter chicken, it's some of the best I have had. Also really good is the vegetable baji and my favourite... the... More 

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1 Thank Lee T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Light of India is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. The food is incredible, and the staff are really pleasant. My favourite dishes are the eggplant bhaji and the chana masala. I love it for lunch or dinner - lunch is a great deal because it's a flat price for buffet. One of the best things (and it's small but meaningful)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 730 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3V4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Neighborhood: The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Phone Number: (613) 563-4411

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?