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349 Keilor Rd, Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria 3040, Australia
(03) 9379 2161
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A beloved restaurant of my family and some of our closest family friends, which we will sorely miss now it's closed down and in its place is a Greek restaurant. I have nothing against the Greeks or their delicious tzatziki, but The Lion has been a favourite of ours for over a decade, and has been there to mark many... More 

Thank rebjmccann
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

The food exceeded my expectations. The curries were so tasty. We tried 5 different types of bread and they were all so yum and freshly made. Will definitely return.

Thank Sarah A
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

If you want to eat authentic indian food please do not order anything apart from tandoori starters. Main meal will be a disaster with over expensive bill.

1 Thank Stonecoldaustin
Melbourne, Australia
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We had the lamb Rogan josht and vegetable jalfreze. Deep flavoured, complex but balanced spices and beautiful lamb and vegetables. Just the right amount of chilli. Naans were perfect. Service was impeccable. They have obviously read other reviews and fixed it up. They should remove the lcd TV, it ruins the ambiance. Just a tad on the pricey side, but... More 

Thank Matt L
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The food here is quite good and there are some imaginative items on the "Chef's Specials" listing. However, the service is terrible. We ordered a bottle of wine and were given just that - the bottle plonked on the table! It wasn't even opened, let alone a tasting offered or glasses filled and refilled. And does a restaurant really need... More 

Thank AdeleF
Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The only bad thing about The Lion Of India is that it ruins any other Indian food you try to consume. We've been eating from here for the last 1.5 years, and it's become our favourite place to get or get take away. We eat there at least once a month, the Butter Chicken, the Saag Chicken and Saag Lamb... More 

Thank Joel D
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8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We ordered two dishes (takeaway) and could only eat one bite of each curry. The owners should be ashamed to serve food so bad and is in no way a reflection of good Indian food. If you are after good/half decent food dont go here and let this place ruin your evening..

Thank Musafir r
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Excellent food, always great. I have found the service when you dine in to be terrible so I'll only do take away now.

1 Thank jmmboo
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

People always remember and share bad experiences but fail to acknowledge good places. I do not write damning reviews unless the place was very bad. I went to Lion of India with my wife on a weeknight for dinner. I had heard good feedback from people who had been there. I pleased with the contemporary decor in the premises. We... More 

Thank Gaurav G
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

The food here is amazing. The Chefs Special Lamb Cutlets are fantastic. Service is diabolical. They really have no idea what they are doing. Call ahead for take away to save yourself the angst and still get the great food.

Thank Matthew C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 349 Keilor Rd, Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria 3040, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Moonee Valley  >  Essendon
  • Phone Number: (03) 9379 2161

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