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309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

146 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch

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Winner of the Most Memorable Meal Awards consecutively and other accolades like Best of 99 by "NOW" Magazine, repeatedly recognized as best Indian Restaurant in the City ~309 Dhaba offers a very traditional and pukka Nouvelle Indian Cuisine that makes us recognized as most appreciative Contemporary Indian restaurant. Chef PK's unique approach of adding modern twists to traditional Indian dishes have been repeatedly praised as "Divine", "Unpretentious Eatery", Most Innovative & Taste Intensive Food Ever to Hit Toronto" by the City's top food critics. In the heart of Theater & Entertainment distt. 309 Dhaba Chefs' team invite you to try our Group Menus, Pre-theater Dinners or A-la-carte, pairing with creative martinis like mango martini, masala spiced martini and personally selected outstanding vintage wines to match the robust Indian flavors.
In the words of a CBC anchor - Make it an event!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Contemporary Indian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11.30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sun - Thur: 5pm - 2am
Dinner: Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am
Brunch: Sat & Sun: 11am - 3pm

**Late Night Dining:
Sun - Thurs: 11pm - 2am
Fri - Sat: 11pm - 3am
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Phone number
(416) 740-6622
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
PK Ahluwalia
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Full off-site Catering is available to suit your Board Room, Office or Private Events needs.

Order Online: or
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Cross street
1/2 block west of John St.
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Parking details
Street parking, Public Parking Lots on King Street, 25 meters west of 309 Dhaba. Parking across in TIFF Bell LightBox. Please refer to our website for the map under the Info tab for more information.
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Public transit
TTC on door step, a couple short blocks west of St. Andrew Subway
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Celebrating 15th Anniversary!!
Live Performance every Saturday by Maestro Guru Gene M.

309 Dhaba invites you every Saturday at 7.30pm - as Maestro Guru Gene M. strikes light Jazz, and plays live for an experience like no other!

Limited seats only, reservations recommended.

TIFF Bell Light Box, Princess of Wales, Toronto Symphonay, Royal Alexander, Royal Thompson Hall & Scotia Bank Theatre.

Reservations: | (416) 740-6622
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Special events & promotions
Sun - Thurs: 2am
Fri & Sat: 3am

* ALL U CAN EAT 4 Course Menu: menu offers Shrimps, Lamb, Chicken, Fish, Vegetables, Breads & Rice. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Dec30th, 2015 all week from 5:00 PM - 2.00 AM, Fri & Sat till 3AM. Excludes Tax and Tip.

Now Serving - All U Can Eat "BRUNCH" over 70 items:
Offering 20 fresh daily home made Salads that includes shrimps, chicken, grilled Tawa(hotplate) chicken and or cod fish.
14 Mains, 8 I/Creams, 4 Desserts, Made to order fresh crepes & omelettes, steamed rice & lentil dumplings and much more.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We had lamb vindaloo and two other dishes. The vindaloo was not too spicy but I like a bit of pain with my vindaloo. I would have rated it a medium spicy.
Indian food is best served very hot, in this case it was warm to very warm but most definitely not quite hot. Otherwise a very good meal. I would go back.

1.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Poor service - less than average food - MANDAROTY gratuity added for only 2 person dinner! TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE

1.0Dined on August 12, 2017

The tables were dirty. The service was very poor. The tables did not have basic stuff like salt and pepper. Servers completely ignorant of menu. They did not serve us drinks even after reminding and we kind of gave up. Totally not recommended. The owners should really focus on the place

1.0Dined on July 2, 2017

It was a bad experience, every dish we asked for they didn't had including semolina savory, Punjabi tinda

The server was not interested in serving.... extremely opposite experience to what was written in reviews

4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Great food, reasonable price, friendly staff! It's a very good idea to book in advance, many people had to wait in line.

4.0Dined on June 22, 2017

A great go to before the theatre or for a lunch with friends. Service is great and selection of a la carte is excellent. Fast and food delivers on taste. Enjoy! !

3.0Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was very good; however, the service was slow. It was crowded (3 other parties) the night we went and the service was still slow. They did bring the little one a mango lassi, so that was very thoughtful.

5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Fantastic food, lovely setting, great service. Everyone was so friendly.

4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was exceptional .
The service was good.
We will go again

4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

My Family and I had a lovely evening eating, drinking and celebrating. Thank you Dhaba!

3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was really good, but service was bad. I think the owner is employing family members instead of trained servers. The waitress was really attentive and then dis appeared. I had to physically get up from the table twice to get her. The whole meal took an hour and a half...too long!

4.0Dined on April 14, 2017

The service was excellent, the butter chicken was too sweet for my liking but I would definitely recommend it to people with a sensitivity to spices. The garlic Naan was nicely coated and cooked to perfection. We also tried the onion bhaji which was really nice dipped into the red sauce and green sauce. Overall the experience was great. It's a great place to take a Non South Asian too. But for us South Asians, make sure you atleast request black pepper in your food. We sat in a high top overlooking King Street West, which was a great view. The food is affordable as well, not too pricey.

1.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Disappointing service, numerous menu items unavailable, no bartender on a Friday night, no Indian beers--overall a very unpleasant experience. Food itself was good, but everything else fell well short of even the lowest expectations.

4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

We ate at this restaurant before seeing Mrs. Henderson Presents at the Royal Alex. The food was delicious and we felt it was of good value. We will probably eat here again before a show. This was our second time eating here.

4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Fantastic food, but slow service and TV's on the wall somehow take away from the dining experience. Very reasonable prices, fees ingredients and tasty spice blends make this place a good choice.

5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Our server was fantastic!

4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice food. Good service. The only thing which makes me disappointed was Menu. Very limited options.

3.0Dined on February 12, 2017

I used to like Dhaba a lot, which is why I came back this time. We are seated at the back of the restaurant, which is not a big deal, except that the delivery men congregate there while idle. They were quite noisy, and that did not contribute to the atmosphere in a good way.
The table was very wobbly, and we had to make sure the wad of paper stuck under the table leg won't move.
It is all the little details that can take the shine out of a good evening.
After eating I many other Indian restaurants in Toronto, I find the sauces way to heavy on the cream. The lychee martini I ordered was tasting ever so faintly of lychee.

5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. We were seated right by the window which was great. The service was outstanding too!! I would highly recommend this place for fantastic food and attentive service.

1.0Dined on January 1, 2017

Terrible experience. Waited 5 minutes to be given a menu and a further 10 to get a staff member to talk to us. After waiting nearly an hour for food I was given a dish with a hair in it. It was replaced with a new dish but we waited a further 5 mins for rice to arrive. We also never received our starter. TV was playing Indian TV/Music so loud it made conversation difficult.

5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

Creative, Contemporary and eclectic way to go for passage to gourmet Indian. What a treat and tastes offered like to royalty. Professional and pleasant servers with menu knowledge. Skinny little girl is wonderful. Overlooking View of King St. from window is great to watch. Would definitely return and will recommend to anyone. Be open and ask servers to cook as Chef's own way. Chat samosa with gingery kick and cooled down with avocados

4.0Dined on November 29, 2016

Never disappointed with the buffet. Lots of good choices. If I had to suggest any change, it would be the choice of desserts. Maybe rasmalai as another choice instead of the runny rice pudding.

5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

Good food and very convenient location near the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.

4.0Dined on November 1, 2016

Good selection of tasty dishes

5.0Dined on October 3, 2016

We were treated royalties. Although, it was business meeting/discussion over the dinner. My client from UK and my boss was very happy that I chose the right place. Prawns and rack of lamb were the highlights. Butter chicken, venison vindaloo and garlic nan was to die for. We ordered the appetizers as desserts :) Limited but a very good selection of wine list with private reserves - wait, did I say private reserve? I wasn't really expecting this from an Indian restaurant in Toronto- In UK or US yes, but in Toronto!!!! Very friendly and professional service, The lady hostess was humble and professional. The deal matured! Mr Dhaba we love you - I am coming back soon with my family.

4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Food is delicious. We arrived for 2 pm and were not told that the buffet closes at 2:30. We didn't really get a chance to try different things

2.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Although they list an extensive menu online they in fact we're only offering a Pretheatre dinner menu for either $30 or $50
Both menus were exactly the same except the higher priced one offered option of a lamb dish that was not on the lower priced one. So unless you wanted that one entree you should order the $30 menu
I had the Shrimp first course with two large shells on shrimp. It was very messy to remove the shell covered with the delicious sauce but it was ver good. My main course was Chicken Masala which was white meat chicken in a excellent sauce and a very generous portion. The meal includes Basmati rice and Garlic Nan both of which were delicious. HOWEVER I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT BECAUSE the service is very poor and the waiter unprofessional. It took more than a half hour to get my first course and the same delay for the next. The restaurant was almost empty but the waiter said they were busy with take out orders. They put your used utensils back on the table for you to reuse. When some rice and sauce spilled on table it was ignored by staff. Finally I called another waiter to clean the table and he said DONT WORRY WELL CLEAN IT AFTER YOU LEAVE!!!!
This is so poorly run that despite the excellent cuisine I will never return and suggest you find one of the other Indian places to dine.

4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

The food was so delicious i have tried the butter chicken and lamb priyani all was excellent.Also, the atmosphere was nice in up stairs.

5.0Dined on August 23, 2016

We ordered the Dhaba family share platter with tandoori meats and vegetables. There was plenty of food for two. A bit too salty for my taste but overall very good. I would come back ~ Vancouver visitor

2.0Dined on June 22, 2016

Decent Indian food, but the service was truly amateur night.

3.0Dined on June 14, 2016

Enjoyed the food and service, the waiter was extremely helpful.

4.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Upstairs from street level. Attentive service that reminded me of some Indian restaurants in London.
Stared with Venison Tender Tikka. Lamb Vindaloo for the main. All well prepared and tasty.
Only thing that took away from the experience was that the air conditioning was not working. Dining area was quite hot.

5.0Dined on March 31, 2016

We ordered the dhaba grill appetizer.. It was unique and creative. Very tasty. The butter chicken and garlic Naan were awesome as well.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

These guys make some really good food!
Venison was the best I've ever had and looking forward to eating there again!
Thanks guys

3.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Was there last Friday, the food was generally good but nothing to say WOW about. A bit pricey and they need to work on their taste and quality more. The service was good and friendly.

5.0Dined on November 3, 2015

Honestly the best Vegetarian option buffet I've ever had. It was that good.

3.0Dined on October 8, 2015

Dhaba is located on the second floor with views onto King West. The best seats are the ones near the windows so that you can peer out. The butter chicken here is very good, with large, succulent cubes of chicken. However, the standout is the garlic naan, which I think is the best I've had anywhere. The service is slow and not particularly friendly, but the food is solid. I would definitely go back just for the garlic naan!

5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

309 Dhaba pulls of an authentic Indian taste, with some added modern elegance.
We ordered butter chicken, and lamb vindalo, with some naan, and raita. The portions were plenty for the two of us. the chef at 309 does a phenomenal of capturing true Indian flavours, and he is able to successfully add a modern touch without losing the authenticity of the dish. We also ordered the Avacado Chaat Papri I have to say this was my first time having it with Avocado but wow did make such a difference, it was delicious. The naan was cooked perfectly, and the pineapple Raita added a nice balance to some of the heat. The butter chicken was one of the best I have had and the lamb in the Vindalo was very well cooked, however I do think the vindalo could have used a lot more heat, but none the less really good. We also ordered Manhattans to drink and they were mixed perfectly. The service was good, in the sense that everyone was quick, but it would nice to see a few smiles, but that doesn't take away from the quality of the food

3.0Dined on September 12, 2015

It was busy with the TIFF, so service was slow. Food was excellent when it arrived

4.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Food was terrific. That said, once the evening crowd arrived and filled the restaurant the servers forget about our table of two completely.


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