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243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada
+1 416-922-5415
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Govinda's is not your conventional, traditional Indian buffet restaurant. I will not even call it a restaurant. It is like a canteen, a pleasant, delightful make shift cafeteria that is elegantly set up in the assembly hall of a church/temple building. The food is prepared in the church's kitchen, and is home made. I was told that they serve different... More 

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Thank Denise T
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant that serves lunch and supper daily. It is a buffet serving. You pay a set fee and you can enjoy all the wonderful vegetarian foods they prepare. Its part of ISKCON Toronto temple so you can also enjoy the temple area when you are there. The menu varies from day to day but I can... More 

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Thank Theran P
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Govinda's does not disappoint. Great vegetarian platter for lunch including soup and salad to start, a choice of 2 desserts at the end, savory pakoras and a great heaping plate of hot food. This place does not advertise itself as a buffet, so don't get other comments about it not being a buffet. This is much better! They serve you... More 

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Thank veggie108108
Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The best piece of advice is to not go in with high expectations of a spectacular vegetarian buffet. Saying that, however, I absolutely love Govinda's! Everyone that works there is warm and welcoming, all of the food is made from scratch with love, and if you're looking for a delicious, nutritious and warm meal on a budget, this is a... More 

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Thank Rebecca L
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

What a disappointment A few vegetarian dishes poorly presented cafeteria style in a steam table All fried items dry and cold Salad served with dried out carrots Tasty peanut salad dressing. . Our service was very good though

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7 Thank 915denise
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Govinda's is an extension of Hare Krishna temple. Most of these temples around the world have a restaurant/canteen open to general public. You don't need to be a devotee or visit the temple to eat at Govinda's. One thing to keep in mind is that it does not seem to try to brand itself as a restaurant - it is... More 

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5 Thank JSmith31082012
Toronto, Canada
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141 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This vegetarian restaurant is in a Hare Krishna Church, formerly a Christian Church which creates an interesting atmosphere. The service is excellent, but the food, completely vegetarian, is average or below average. The problem is that it sits in trays waiting to be ordered. Also, it is not very spicy for Indian style food and in fact can be quite... More 

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3 Thank Howard B
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

I absolutely adore this place! Been coming since I discovered the place in 2001, and always had amazing delicious vegetarian meals. I've never been disappointed, and never left hungry! Portions are VERY generous, the staff is always welcoming, and no other Indian restaurant can begin to complete with the atmosphere! The restaurant is located in the back of the ISKCON... More 

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Thank Danielle M
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Thank you for a great experience. Food was awesome and fresh. Ambience is unique. Love the building and its features. Our server was gentle and took the time to explain the dishes. Fresh salad and app and after such a beautiful meal they even gave us complimentary dessert. We are hooked!

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Thank veggie108108
toronto, canada
Level Contributor
112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

As others have noted, Govinda's biggest selling point is that it is cheap. The food is average to below agerage imho. If you are hungry and dont have much money this will work, but it could be so much better. Some helpful suggestions to bring up the ratings 1) this is otherwise good Indian vegetarian food but add some spice... More 

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1 Thank NicholasNicholas

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-922-5415

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

Staying in Midtown

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Midtown
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