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Darbar Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Downtown Kingston
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479 Princess St # 3, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1C3, Canada
+1 613-548-7053
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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139 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This place looks unassuming compared to some of the other Indian restaurants nearby, but I had it on good authority the food was superb. I ordered a lamb vindaloo, with garlic naan and raita. Wow that vindaloo packed a punch. The waitress warned me it was spicy and indeed it was. Spicy yet oh so tender and tasty. The raita... More 

Thank steve321123
Kingston, Canada
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

The last but one takeaway was wrong this one was just forgotten. Really annoyed as this was our favorite indian in town. Im so mad now i don't think we shall return.

Thank geewh
Kingston, Canada
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

I went to this restaurant alone and wasn't sure what to expect. The wait staff was VERY attentive and helpful. The food was very good and the value was excellent!

Thank Fiona154992
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Many people I've asked where one can find good East Indian food have recommended this restaurant and now I know why. Ideally located close to the university crowds, it's a short ten minute walk the city core near the waterfront. There's a wide selection of many favourites to choose from; I had a Chicken Madras done to perfection. Just the... More 

Thank Richard M
Kingston, Canada
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

Our favorite place to eat Indian food in Kingston. Decor is ok and nice relaxed atmosphere. Service is always good and our toddler has always been accommodated. Love the darbar rice. Naan is good. Chicken Dansak is the best we have found. Decent value. Good meat cuts. Not flashy. Washrooms could benefit from a little spruce up.

Thank geewh
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112 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

People saying stuff like butter chicken " not authentic " must be crazy , its a western dish created for people who don't understand curry or indeed Indian food. Ok so the decor is a bit dated as are the circular windows, but the food was ok, nothing more than that , could have been spicier as with many other... More 

Thank C C
Kingston, Canada
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110 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

It was our first time. Following the recommendations on Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon, we were looking forward to our evening of South Asia cusine. Opening the door we were greeting by the friendly matre'd and an amazing aroma of Indian spices. Promptly seated, provided menus and a plate of poppadum with side of pickled carrots. A nice touch making... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

I ordered papadum, butter chicken, naan and basmati rice, a very traditional and western choice, however, the best thing that I had was the papadum. The butter chicken was absolutely flavourless, and did not resemble any butter chicken I had ever had. The rice was over cooked and the naan was so burnt, you could not rip off a piece... More 

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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

OMG, thought it would be great, but, boy was I kidding myself. Very low light, you would think romantic, bit by the end of the meal, we were asking, what are they hiding? The food was mediocre, to say the least. Decor was old, a musty smell came at you, when you sat towards the back. Service could be better,... More 

Thank littlekeia
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45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

We are from Malaysia so I guess our standard is very high.....we visited Darbar twice over a six months period. Both time the food were just average. The place was nice and cosy and the service above average. However the dishes were just not authentic enough, but still the best in kingston so far. However the Kulfi ice cream was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$23
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 479 Princess St # 3, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1C3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Kingston>  > Downtown Kingston
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Kingston
  • Phone Number: +1 613-548-7053
Darbar is an intimate experience providing spiced-to-order Indian fare, specializing in tandoori & vegetarian dishes. Darbar uses only the freshest ingredients, and chooses organic ingredients whenever possible. We offer takeout and delivery within Kingston.

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