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309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

Downtown West
Vegetarian Friendly, Indian, Contemporary, Balti
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309 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J5, Canada (1/2 block west of John St.)
11:30 am - 2:30 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Barrie, Canada
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our third visit to this restaurant. We normally enjoy a package deal while enjoying a show. Dhaba never disappoints. This visit we had the pleasure of enjoying the menue rather than the buffet. Ever bite was a treat. Our server was absolutely amazing! We WILL be back for sure!

Thank canadamaus
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For five years, this used to be our 'go-to' restaurant for a lunch time Indian buffet: food selection great, flavours savoury, service very good. We should know having lived in India for several years. However, we returned from Central America this late May and after excitedly going to Dhaba for a treat, we were dumbfounded. Cleanliness gone downhill. Service gone... More 

Thank Jack A
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Very conveniently located on King, second floor with views overlooking the street. Started with the Lamb trio - Really Good I had British Style Balti with the husband having the goat, it's on the bone but sooo tasty. Both had great flavour. Service was good too. Would defo go back next time we are in Toronto

Thank Sallndmark
Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We recently visited this place, as it was open till late, and we expected some authentic Indian food, after a long day of site seeing. Food was average but service was really SLOW. It took almost half an hour for meal to come, and kids by that time had started sleeping. Had to get the food packed for hotel. Given... More 

Thank Anuj S
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131 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Can't say enough about this place. Excellent Indian food prepared with proper spices. Every dish we tasted was superb. Whoever blends the curry and other spices deserves an award. Hot but not too hot. Just perfect. This place is located upstairs on busy King Street. Well worth the climb.

Thank John C
JJFSToronto, Executive Chef at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence, responded to this review

Dear John Sir, Thank you for being appreciative and motivating to me and my team. We are glad that you were able to experience, taste and enjoy the heat in dish you ordered the way you would love it. I will share your good wishes and blessing to rest of my kitchen gang. My team and I look forward to... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Everything was perfect. The brunch buffet has a large selection of salads and Indian dishes, as well as dessert. Many vegetarian choices. The service was impeccable, waiters were available and attentive. A wonderful experience overall, highly recommended. Come early to beat the crowd :)

Thank Evyatar T
Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

No taste/flavour in food. Food was not fresh. They didn't label starter at all & it was hard to predict from the appearance whether it is veg or non veg. The plates were not clean. Poor standard for downtown Toronto.

Thank ljnaik
JJFSToronto, Manager at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence, responded to this review

Dear IJ Naik, We are sorry to hear that your experience was not that great. Will you please advise the details if you went in lunch or dinner. It does look like you went in lunch buffet as you are talking about the labels. To my full understanding all the hot food items do have the clear labels except the... More 

Collingwood, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Fantastic Indian food. We had two different chicken dishes and it was all excellent. Very reasonable prices for downtown Toronto theatre district.

Thank Catherine E
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Lunch buffet is well priced with a big selection. Some not so Indian salad choices are there to satisfy the less adventurous. The rice pudding dessert is worth a try for a change. Turn up just before 12pm to avoid the line for the buffet and get a good table. Book ahead if you are a large group. The restaurant... More 

Thank David S
JJFSToronto, Manager at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence, responded to this review

Dear David S. Thank you for being detailed and sharing your thoughts. Since we do cater to mix office crowd from multi cultural society all around us - and the kitchen approach is to make sure all gourmet salads prepared including shrimps, chicken, fish and vegetarian choices are used with multi flavorful spices and fresh herbs from local farmers in... More 

Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

I travel to India several times a year and have for a decade now. I love Indian food. This Lamb Saag was amazing. Better than most and the best I've had outside India. Service was very attentive, but it was a slow Monday crowd.

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JJFSToronto, Executive Chef at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence, responded to this review

Dear Earl M. We would like to thank you for the appreciative words. I will share your sentiments with my team. My Kitchen brigade looks for ward to hosting more of your visits in the near future, when visiting Toronto. Sincere Regards - Chef PK! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $23
Vegetarian Friendly, Indian, Contemporary, Balti
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery, Television
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 am
11:30 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J5, Canada
    (1/2 block west of John St.)
  • Public Transportation: TTC at door step, a couple short blocks west of St. Andrew Subway
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighborhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: 14167406622
Five hundred years ago, roadside best restaurants called Dhaba began serving the fresh best Indian food dishes to the travelers of highways and local communities. From the centuries, the best Indian food has been enjoyed at Dhaba's around the Indian Globe. In the year 1998, PK. Ahluwalia the chef owned restaurant 309 Dhaba was created, that offers a dining experience that customizes the menu at your table and prepares special request for allergies or vegetarians, and has been recognized as best among Indian restaurants in Toronto. 309 Dhaba has been called "Inventive", "Innovative", "Astonishingly Good" and "Divine" by the City's top food critics. Cater a Board Room, Business Lunch or Office Party or order online with free Indian food delivery on your door step in downtown Toronto just on your door step. One visit and you will know why 309 Dhaba is repeatedly named not only one of the top Ten Restaurants in Toronto, but best Indian Food restaurant serving the unique Indian Cuisine in restaurant row of entertainment district on king west restaurants in downtown core of toronto in Canada.

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