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Light Of India Restaurant

#210 of 2,184 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Glebe / Dow's Lake
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730 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3V4, Canada
+1 613-563-4411
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ottawa
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310 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This used to be one of the best Indian restaurants in Ottawa. No longer. Service was haphazard and the curry was gloppy and tasteless, except for black pepper. The owner/manager thinks he is entertaining, not.

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Thank JazboOttawa
Gatineau, Quebec
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Light of India is easy to miss when driving by, on Bank St. But if you miss it, you're missing out on a real gem. This has been my go-to Indian restaurant for several years, running. The restaurant is family-owned and operated, and service can often include good conversation. I've learned a lot about India and the food they serve... More 

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Thank MapleGeo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

For roughly $40 per person (including tip) we had the most phenomenal meal. My husband and I ordered the Arjuana combo for 2 which included poppadoms, three small appetizer plates, two curries, rice, and naan. We did a couple substitutions (beef curry instead of shrimp, onion bhaji for samosas, etc.) and ended up with the most amazing meal. The curries... More 

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1 Thank Jade L
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Visited here with friends who live in Ottawa Staff was very friendly, service was not rushed. Owner took time to check in with us frequently and helped with recommendations on what to order We ordered 8 dishes and shared amongst the group . One guest was a vegan and there were lots of options for them All the food was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We got takeout from Light of India last week while in Ottawa. The food was delicious, not too spicy but full of natural flavours. Unlike other Indian restaurants we've been to, they don't throw in lots of salt to artificially create flavour - the flavour is in the ingredients. The menu is organized by degree of heat, which helped me... More 

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1 Thank Roger H
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

This is the, in my opinion, the best Indian restaurant in Ottawa. The Kashmir chicken is my favourite and the best I've had anywhere. The service is slow for a reason, they take their time creating Indian dishes that are consistently tasty and delicious. I've been going here for 20 years or so and have never been disappointed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

I have gone there twice. The lunch buffet was a good experience with nice atmosphere and a variety of good tasting Indian food available for about $14.00. My second visit was for supper. Cost me about $20.00 for a few pieces of chicken floating in a bowl of tasty curry sauce. Service was only average both times. I would recommend,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Little expensive but, I felt like it was worth at the end. Had customised service. Like home cooked food. Not crowded. Thank god, no need to pay for street parking after 5:30 PM.

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1 Thank RGMark
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Great food and great atmosphere. Only complaint is the slow service, which seems to be the norm for Indian restaurants in Ottawa. Eggplant Bhaji is just as mouth-wateringly delicious as the waiter claims!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Been here a few times and it's definitely our favorite Indian restaurant in Ottawa. The service is a bit slow but charming. The waiter we normally have is quite funny and genuine. We love the butter chicken, lamb korma and beef or chicken vindaloo (not for the faint of heart - very spicy!). Their wood fired naan is to die... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
Indian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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: +1 613-563-4411

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