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Light Of India Restaurant

#172 of 2,171 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
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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!!

1 Thank Jen4321z
Ottawa, Canada
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank anti_citrite
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

This family run Indian restaurant is one of my favorites. They remember their regulars and are very welcoming to new patrons. I can only review lunch here as this is the only time we are in the area. Its set up as a buffet. Everything is always warm. The butter chicken is delicious and i can't seem to get enough... More 

1 Thank CS B
Ottawa, Canada
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129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

Consensus for dining on Saturday was Indian cuisine ! One of the better Indian restaurants - Light of India! We ordered vindalloo , chicken with fenugreek, lamb curry medium hot, eggplant rice and nan! All the dishes were excellent! The service was also exceptional as the staff and owner greeted clients warmly! The mango lassi was to die for!

2 Thank court2569
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68 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

We asked for mild curry but it was tasteless- no spices at all. We would have enjoyed a bit of flavour of cardamon or cumin or even garlic- but nothing- pasty and bland. Nan was re heated and also tasteless.

Thank franneee
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We have been at Light of India before. The food is great! However we had made a 6 pm reservation to make sure we would make it to our playoff seats for the Brier on time.We still had not been served before 7:30 pm.

Thank Brenda K
Ontario's Near North, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Meal was very good however desserts need tweaking. Kheer was made with condensed milk, which made it overly sweet, needed more cardamom. The gulab jamun texture was on the soggy side. Service was good and there were return customers.

1 Thank Pleasureseakers
Ottawa, Canada
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217 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

We met up with some friends for lunch at the Light of India Restaurant. Although we could have ordered from the menu we settled on the buffet which seemed to be the choice for most of the customers. A pretty large selection of foods, the buffet covered many favorites from butter chicken to vegetable dishes and a large selection of... More 

1 Thank MKosche
Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm picky about Indian restaurants, since I'm Indian and am generally disappointed by the quality in Ottawa. The light of India is one of the only Indian restos I frequent. Generally fantastic food (the saag paneer, tarka dhal and veggie biryani are faves), big portions, decent prices. Also, they actually offer ranges of spiciness and will bring you spicy food... More 

1 Thank Anansi X
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

I absolutely love this place! When you walk in, it feels authentic, the staff (family ran) are always pleasant to deal with. The main waiter, who I believe is the son, is fantastic. He has a great memory; he always makes a comment every time I go back there. He is awesome at suggesting which dishes goes well with each... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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: (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?