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Light Of India Restaurant

#277 of 2,193 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Glebe / Dow's Lake
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730 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3V4, Canada
+1 613-563-4411
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I regularly go to this restaurant as it has become a lunch time go to place. The interior is relatively small with room for 35-45 patrons and a small buffet at lunchtime and for dinner. Price is reasonably inexpensive but the food is good. The owner is usually there and greats his guests with an authentic welcome. Naan, mulligatawny soup,... More 

1 Thank Sunisamust
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I used to LOVE this restaurant - cozy atmosphere, friendly talkative staff, and great indian food ... I suppose the atmosphere is still there, but the food has taken a very pronounce turn for the worse - in fact, the food is not even remotely reminiscent of the what it used to be - I'm sure they've changed over the... More 

Thank daleparent
Ottawa, Canada
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Over the years we have frequented this restaurant because we like Indian food. In the recent years I have been disappointed in the declining quality of the food and the pricing. While I enjoy the flavours I feel the chef or owner is taking short cuts with the ingredients. In particular the chicken appears to be largish chunks of compressed... More 

Thank Rosemary1938
Level Contributor
10 reviews
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Visiting Indian restaurants around the world is a highlight of any traveler looking for meat-free delights. I've never written a TA review before, nor am I a specialist in 'Bengali' cuisine - nor is this a vegetarian restaurant - but I felt instantly compelled to submit my thoughts after a visit to this establishment on a recent visit to Ottawa.... More 

Thank david k
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have lived in the downtown core for quite some time, and this is one of my favourite places to come for Indian food in the city. The food I get is always hot, freshly made and delicious. I particularly recommend you try their Chana Masala (their version is sweet, rather than savoury) and their Shrimp Dupiaza. While the food... More 

Thank Tina-Mostow
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 December 2016

I brought a friend of mine who is Indian to this restaurant. He said it was the best chicken masala he had tried so far. None of the food is prepared in advance there, which is great because you know that each course has been made especially for you. And the naan bread was freshly baked from the same day.... More 

Thank PackSack
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

For special occasions or just because we always order Indian food from here. I can say with confidence everything on the menu is superb! For the quality of the food I think it's well priced. My daughter loves the onion bahji my husband loves the chicken korma, and I love the eggplant dish. Nice dining room, good service, but we... More 

Thank LizWOttawa
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316 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This used to be one of the best Indian restaurants in Ottawa. No longer. Service was haphazard and the curry was gloppy and tasteless, except for black pepper. The owner/manager thinks he is entertaining, not.

Thank JazboOttawa
Gatineau, Quebec
Level Contributor
38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Light of India is easy to miss when driving by, on Bank St. But if you miss it, you're missing out on a real gem. This has been my go-to Indian restaurant for several years, running. The restaurant is family-owned and operated, and service can often include good conversation. I've learned a lot about India and the food they serve... More 

Thank MapleGeo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

For roughly $40 per person (including tip) we had the most phenomenal meal. My husband and I ordered the Arjuana combo for 2 which included poppadoms, three small appetizer plates, two curries, rice, and naan. We did a couple substitutions (beef curry instead of shrimp, onion bhaji for samosas, etc.) and ended up with the most amazing meal. The curries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 730 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3V4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Neighbourhood: The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 613-563-4411

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