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Light Of India Restaurant

#260 of 2,182 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, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to LOVE this restaurant - cozy atmosphere, friendly talkative staff, and great indian food ... I suppose the atmosphere is still there, but the food has taken a very pronounce turn for the worse - in fact, the food is not even remotely reminiscent of the what it used to be - I'm sure they've changed over the... More 

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Thank daleparent
Ottawa
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52 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the years we have frequented this restaurant because we like Indian food. In the recent years I have been disappointed in the declining quality of the food and the pricing. While I enjoy the flavours I feel the chef or owner is taking short cuts with the ingredients. In particular the chicken appears to be largish chunks of compressed... More 

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Thank Rosemary1938
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Indian restaurants around the world is a highlight of any traveler looking for meat-free delights. I've never written a TA review before, nor am I a specialist in 'Bengali' cuisine - nor is this a vegetarian restaurant - but I felt instantly compelled to submit my thoughts after a visit to this establishment on a recent visit to Ottawa.... More 

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Thank david k
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have lived in the downtown core for quite some time, and this is one of my favourite places to come for Indian food in the city. The food I get is always hot, freshly made and delicious. I particularly recommend you try their Chana Masala (their version is sweet, rather than savoury) and their Shrimp Dupiaza. While the food... More 

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Thank Tina-Mostow
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

I brought a friend of mine who is Indian to this restaurant. He said it was the best chicken masala he had tried so far. None of the food is prepared in advance there, which is great because you know that each course has been made especially for you. And the naan bread was freshly baked from the same day.... More 

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Thank Bianca D
Ottawa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

For special occasions or just because we always order Indian food from here. I can say with confidence everything on the menu is superb! For the quality of the food I think it's well priced. My daughter loves the onion bahji my husband loves the chicken korma, and I love the eggplant dish. Nice dining room, good service, but we... More 

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Thank LizWOttawa
Ottawa
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162 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

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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Gatineau, Quebec
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

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
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
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?