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309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
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
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11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 02:30
Fri 11:30 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Poole
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Costa Rica
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Southwestern Ontario
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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126 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 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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122 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 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.

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Indianapolis, IN
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Went here on a Wednesday evening at about 5 pm before going to a Jays game. Sat at a table right by the window overlooking King street so people watching was fun. Started off with the venison tenders appetizer, then lamb vindaloo for main course with rice and garlic naan. Food was excellent! Waiter was very courteous, kept my glass... More 

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Dhaba's quality seems to deteriorate every time I visit. The food is extremely mediocre and the only reason for their popularity seems to be their all you can eat lunch menu. While I have never eaten their lunch, I imagine it provides great value for money. Aside from extremely average food and nothing to write home about, their staff has... More 

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JJFSToronto, General Manager at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence, responded to this review

Dear Nammy, Thank you for sharing your sentiments. I am on your side as no one has right to be rude to any of the patrons. I have personally spoken to our executive chef and would request to provide the details of your dining time and date so we can investigate like who was your server and who was the... More 

Barrie, Canada
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139 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is our third visit to this restaurant. We normally enjoy a package deal while enjoying a show. Dhaba never disappoints. This visit we had the pleasure of enjoying the menue rather than the buffet. Ever bite was a treat. Our server was absolutely amazing! We WILL be back for sure!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$23
Cuisine
Indian, Contemporary, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:30 - 02:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 02:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 02:30
Thursday
11:30 - 02:30
Friday
11:30 - 03:00
Saturday
11:00 - 03:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-740-6622
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.

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