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Light Of India Restaurant

#96 of 2,159 Restaurants in Ottawa
#108 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 2
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  • 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
Tastiest Indian food in Ottawa

I've been going here for years and I've tried the others. light of Indian is consistent and the service is always friendly and attentive. The butter chicken is THE BEST that I've ever had and the Beef Vinadaloo, and Lamb Korma are outstanding-and I've eaten Benagli food all over the world. My only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2013
Jack S
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

It was a busy Friday night, and it took forever for them to take the order and for the food to arrive (50 minutes, to be precise), but the waiter was so friendly and cheerful, that I can't say I minded much. They did refill the water often, came to check on us, so it wasn't like they abandoned the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

I've been going here for years and I've tried the others. light of Indian is consistent and the service is always friendly and attentive. The butter chicken is THE BEST that I've ever had and the Beef Vinadaloo, and Lamb Korma are outstanding-and I've eaten Benagli food all over the world. My only (small) complaint is that the owners are... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Food was very tasty and delicious. The place was clean and tidy, the service as good. This is typical Bengali food not same as you would find in other Indian Restaurants. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I first got introduced to this place by a friend so said that the place was pretty good and man did it live up to that expectation. Great friendly service and delicious food. Its a smaller restaurant and its always packed and busy! The menu is varied and there are too many dishes to choose from but my friends and... More 

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Caledon, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I don't know what the other reviewers ate but this is positively,definitely absolutely the WORST Indian food I have ever eaten in entire North America. For this to rank in the top 40 restaurants in Ottawa has to be a joke or testimony to poor choice of Desi food in Ottawa. Everything sucked from service to atmosphere.The chicken tikka was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Today was a very dull day in Ottawa with the weather so we went here for brunch. It was the best butter chicken I have had since little India in Singapore along with an amazing egg plant dish I will drop by more often and I can see why they have been here for over 30 years they are great!

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I love Indian food and this restaurant is one of the best I have ever had so far. We had saag gosht and chicken curry. They actually used fresh spinach for the saag (I have never seen that before in any Indian restaurant), and the chicken tasted amazing. Patient and warm servers, big volume of the dishes, and nice atmosphere.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have been going here for over 20 yrs but the last several times the food has not been as good as it was and a huge disappointment. We ordered take out this time and even though they always had great naan bread, the past several times it hasn't been as good - too dry and not at all as... More 

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Ottawa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Light of India is a fabulous restaurant for a date, group of friends or even casual business get together. Their all-you-can-eat lunch bruches are an amazing value -- freshly prepared. The dinner atmosphere is intimate with great service. Fresh somosas. Great naan -- both regular and garlic naam. Butter chicken is their signature dish. I would rate their butter chicken... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

First time visit to the Light of India turned out to a very satisfying dining experience for us. I had Bangalore Pal chicken and my wife ordered the lamb biryani, while my mom ordered chicken Pasanda. Service was friendly and efficient. Food was nicely presented, Portions were more than adequate and attractively presented. A warming rack was brought to the... 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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?