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“Good food but horrible service”

309 Dhaba Indian Excellence
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Ranked #928 of 8,440 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $15 - $22
Cuisines: Indian, Contemporary, Balti
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Cross street: 1/2 block west of John St.
Transit: TTC at door step, a couple short blocks west of St. Andrew Subway
Description: 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.
Stratford, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good food but horrible service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Our food was great but our waiter was terrible. Given there are so many other great restaurants in the area we will not return.

  • Visited November 2012
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toronto
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I usually order food for delivery from this restaurant and I love and savor the food but 2 months ago for the first time I dined there. The food as usual was excellent but my problem was with service; our waiter must have hated his job and loved to show it. When we got there, this restaurant lacks warmth and atmosphere.

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was recommended to us by the concierge at the hotel. I had the Lamb Vindaloo, and it was spicy, but not too much, and just delicious. My husband, who cannot eat very hot food ordered the Chicen Tika Masala, and he loved it (me too!). We were going to the theater afterwards, and it was just walking distance, so everything was just perfect.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank nana0101
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Wirral
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good quality Indian in downtown Toronto”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We chose the combination plate to start, and this was a good choice: some of a number of different dishes. We chose a butter chicken and a spicy lamb dish for mains, and everything was very good. Reviews I can see says that it is both the best and the worst: I lean more towards best.
But the service was rather slow, and my reservation with opentable was "cancelled" after we had already been there.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Ian H
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Tacoma,WA
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Dhaba is Dha Best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Ok. My second 5 star review in as many days....you Toronto folks are lucky. Butter chicken and cashew porcini mushrooms both excellent. Given the rush of the crowd for TIFF week, I was thankful for the relative tranquility of the 2nd floor location. Attentive service and clearly pride in a job done well.

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