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309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

$$ - $$$
Downtown West
Indian, Contemporary, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
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309 King St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J5, Canada (1/2 block west of John St.)
+1 416-740-6622
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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Markham, Canada
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Great food and wine selection, attentive service and generous portions. The prawns were so flavourful, I couldn't get enough of the sauce and just about rolled out of there!

3 Thank Lucinda8888
Auckland, New Zealand
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Terrible experience. Waited 5 minutes to be given a menu and a further 10 to get a staff member to talk to us. After waiting nearly an hour for food I was given a dish with a hair in it. It was replaced with a new dish but we waited a further 5 mins for rice to arrive. We also... More 

Thank Chris N
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

We went there with our two kids just before catching a Mirvish show. The lunch buffet had a lot of variety but the food was not that good. The butter chicken, which is the only Indian dish my kids eat, was cold. My 10 year old said it was too cold to eat, and it was! The naan bread was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Just went here for lunch after taking a stroll trying to find a place that piqued my interest. Decided that an Indian buffet would provide some choices at a reasonable price point. First impression upon being seated was not positive - they came to propose a mango lassi, which would normally be an acceptable offer, but the glass they put... More 

1 Thank BROWMI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Don't be put off by the entrance to this place, it's just a door on the street leading to the restaurant upstairs. The food and the service were both very good, and reasonably priced.

2 Thank PooleQuirk
Costa Rica
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Don't bother with Just-Eat or anything. These guys will do it directly, and they're very kind and accommodating. Also, yea, the food is killer. Best butter chicken out there.

1 Thank mgreeeen
Southwestern Ontario
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49 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

I watched the chef on OMNI TV today. Here is what I found out about this man who is the chef at this restaurant. Watched Masala Magic Recipes today (Saturday 11/12 at 4:00 PM on Omni. PK Ahluwalia was cutting chicken with his BARE hands for a dish and after the did this, without a TV cut, he picked up... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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108 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Last time here definitely now. Each time it goes downhill. This time the buffet was average and it all looked old and worn in there. Pink chicken... I was eating the chicken cubes whole but eventually sliced in to a few. Most definitely pink on the inside. Not to the point where it was ridiculous but enough for me to... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

What happened to this place? My wife and were spending an evening in Toronto and decided that we should treat ourselves to relaxing dinner. We had not dined at an Indian restaurant in several years. We thought this would a good night to do it. We chose Dhaba based on a glowing review in Toronto Life Magazine. Well, the first... More 

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South West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Tried here on an off chance as we were staying in the Hyatt almost opposite. The food was very tasty, although my wife said the halibut had more sauce than fish. However, nicely served & presented by pleasant staff. Overall pretty good & didn't get the negative vibes that others reported. Would return if ee eere here longer.

Thank Paul H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $22
Indian, Contemporary, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
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: +1 416-740-6622
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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