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Light Of India Restaurant

#178 of 2,197 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
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
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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 

Thank Bianca D
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 

Thank LizWOttawa
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312 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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.

Thank JazboOttawa
Gatineau, Quebec
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

Thank MapleGeo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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 

1 Thank Andrew F
Toronto, Canada
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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 

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.

1 Thank Soshogun
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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: +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?