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Essence of India

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$$ - $$$
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40367 Tantalus Way | Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish, B.C, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1T0, Canada
+1 604-898-1000
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Great food served by friendly staff. It's a nice quite place with a good atmosphere. The menu has a lot of tasty choices that I'm slowly working my way through.

Thank Craig L
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere and awesome food. Reasonable prices too. I shared with my husband our favourites Kingfisher beers, panak paneer, goat curry with naan bread and tea.

Thank Josee M
Seattle, Washington
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant lives up to its reviews. We were warmly welcomed and promptly seated. The menu provided a nice variety of dishes. I chose the lamb vindaloo. It was flavorful and spiced at exactly the right level based on our helpful server's suggestion. We recommend this restaurant.

Thank Jim G
Winnipeg, Canada
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274 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2016

I happened upon this restaurant while travelling in the Whistler/Squamish area while dining with friends and had an outstanding dining experience here. The food is absolutely authentic to India and extremely delicious. We shared Aloo Tikki, a popular Indian street food and Vegetable Pakoras as appetizers and they were both excellent. My friends, meat eaters, ordered several meat dishes, which... More 

Thank Salsajo
Pemberton, Canada
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

I visit this restaurant at least 6 times a year. The same people great me every time and they remember me. Always start with Tikka Paneer and try a different dish for a main. Great Indian food

Thank marie c
Seattle, WA
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2016

The food at this Indian restaurant is extraordinarily delicious. The restaurant is small and unpretentious. The service is excellent.

Thank bborrus
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 21, 2016 via mobile

Good service! Good food! We went for dinner and the staff was good and location was also nearby in Squamish. Good authentic taste and flavour! Keep it up.

Thank Ash H
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 18, 2016

We had a very nice dinner, the food was just perfect, I don't eat dairy so made me super happy there are options for me. The waitress was knowledgeable, friendly, witty. My husband is East Indian and he said it tasted like in India. I guess without dairy you may loose a little bit of flavour here and there, but... More 

Thank Light C
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2016

i have been to Essence of India several times and have never had a bad meal. The servers were knowledgeable about the food and had good suggestions when given our preferences. I always enjoy the food, finding it flavourful and spicy without burning out my tastebuds. I will go there again

Thank Cheryle B
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

It was our first time eating Indian food. I have heard mixed opinions of that cuisine but decided I needed my own opinion. After sitting and looking at the menu, I asked the waitress what she suggested. After weighing here suggestions, I went with the lamb rogan josh. We also ordered a salad and an order of garlic naan. I... More 

Thank Jeoneiscoz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40367 Tantalus Way | Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish, B.C, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1T0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Squamish
  • Phone Number: +1 604-898-1000
Recently renovated and triple the size, The Essence of India has become the place to be in Squamish. Same fresh authentic food and great service, you will never be disapointed. The menu offers a great variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Make sure to give it a try, you won't be dissapointed!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?