Pukka

4.7
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322 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Indian

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"At this refined, yet casual, Indian restaurant, the portions are large, the wine list is top-notch, and the ambience encourages sharing."
{Condé Nast Traveler's list of Toronto's 20 Best Restaurants}

"There’s lots of competition among the top-tier Indian restaurants in Toronto, and Pukka is at the top of that list. Punjabi curries, vindaloos, paneer, and butter chicken—all the comforting hits from the subcontinent can be found here. And while the food is uniformly excellent, it’s the wine list that’s the standout. Created by sommelier Peter Boyd, it’s a mix of thoughtfully considered bottles that pair well with whichever dish you order (ask the staff for recommendations)."
{goop.com - Toronto Travel Guide - Eat}
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 342-1906
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dinesh Butola
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Catering
Pukka is pleased to offer full-service catering services for groups of any size and budget. Please contact harsh@pukka.ca to discuss options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arlington Ave.
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Parking details
Free parking available on residential side streets. Paid parking available on St. Clair Avenue and Green P parking lot across the street from Pukka.
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Public transit
TTC streetcar stop at Arlington Ave.
Subway transfer at St. Clair West station on the University-Spadina line.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food. Modernized, elevated Indian cuisine!

J
Toronto
139 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paneer cheese with spinach and mushrooms one of the best dishes in TO.

t
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

MG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish is a masterful fusion of unique tastes, elegantly presented in an environment in which one can show up in shorts or dress up for fun. Service was prompt and non-intrusive. The restauranteur is a wonderful host and all in all, a delicious and delightful evening

RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I think Pukka makes some of the best Indian food I've ever had. We brought a friend from Manhattan to the restaurant this Saturday. He too said it was the best he ever had . . . and better than anything he had had in New York City.

I love the vegan tikka masala and the Punjabi chicken. But everything we've had at Pukka has been delicious. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, amazing service.. With such quality of food I would suggest that they should have more things on the menu...

BT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The first time I had the Indian food, which is not only tasty; but well designed! I strongly recommend it; the prices are really reasonable!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best and tastiest curry in Toronto. In a city where Indian restaurants vary wildly in quality, Pukka stands out!

WS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were both delighted with all the food we ordered. Flavours were just perfect. We had a chance to look at the regular menu and plan to return soon to try some of the other delicacies. Services was excellent and - despite the intense heat outside - we were quite comfortable. We will be back soon.

AK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The summerlicious appetizer portions were pretty small and the flavor was lacking in the beef kabobs. The butter chicken and the braised beef mains were pretty good but the desserts were nothing special. It was a very hot evening and climate control inside the restaurant was very poor. I was literally sweating and was told that the AC was running at full capacity. Please invest in a better AC system so that your patrons have a better experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food in a nice compact patio.

s
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’m not usually a fan of Indian food but Pukka was fantastic. Had the brisket and the butter chicken and the Pukka Chaat, very tasty, drinks were good, I would have liked to see some authentic decor, the space is a little stark, but the food is very good

LA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to be back. Love the food, the owners and the service. Attentive without being over the top.
Thank you until the next time.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Never disappoints!

WS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Front of restaurant completely open on a very hot humid day - interior air conditioning completely overwhelmed so while food was great it was a sweaty experience.

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yum, yet again! Thanks Pukka :)

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always
Cannot wait to come back
Best chaat !!

LL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for summerlicious and all 3 courses were great. The butter chicken was amazing; highly recommend!

JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Indian food. Particularly enjoyed the Punjabi chicken and South Indian vegetable curry.
Reasonably priced and good selection of drinks. Good ambiance but tables are quite close together and it was difficult to avoid hearing boring neighbouring conversations.

OO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves inventive and beautifully flavourful dishes that are a joy to look at, smell and eat. Traditional Indian cuisine is given a fresh and fearless rethinking that works just wonderfully, and I love that this place offers a good selection of interesting and substantive dishes for vegetarians and vegans to enjoy. The eggplant tartare, the pukka chaat, the vegan tikka masala and the french green beans made the vegetarians at our table feel very sated and happy indeed, and the meat eaters raved over the gunpowder prawns, the butter chicken and the brisket. The spicy lemon water was a tart and refreshing non-alcoholic drink in the summer's heat, and there was a nice election of beers plus aperitifs and digestifs on offer as well. Yes, OF COURSE we will be going back.....

EJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food and service. Was busy because of Summerlicious but everything was well executed. Would highly recommend.

SB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Indian food with great atmosphere. The set menu was great value and I recommend the pickles.

a
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Try the Shrimp & Fish! No to the ribs. Solid apps...Chaat, Eggplant & Okra Fries.

KW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for summerlicious! Food and service were fantastic! :) would love to come back!

Highlight of the meal was certainly the Pukka chaat, braised beef short ribs and the butter chicken! Make sure to order a side of garlic naan and roti as well!

CF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pukka never disappoints. The Summerlicious menu is fabulous.

HB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really impressed. Many of the dishes although fusion style were very authentic, according to my son who had just got back from India. And my daughter who normally doesn't eat Indian food, loved every dish we ordered. Would definitely go back again.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, terrific presentation and dishes I have never seen before. Chicken Tikka is to DIE FOR!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

G
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic as always.

The only thing I was disappointed about was the fact that not all my food was packed even after I had asked specifically. When I went home and checked I found a lot of food was missing. I hate wasting food so was really surprised that the wait staff would do that. Other than than it is a great place.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Great balance of flavours. The South Indian vegetable curry had a delightful mix of vegetables, not just carrots and potatoes. The eggplant tartare had just enough spice. The crackers were not crunchy enough but complimented the eggplant tartare very well.

Service was attentive. Some restaurant it feels like you can only get served by the waiter assigned to your table. However, not here. Everyone was nice and approachable, and most importantly, more than willing to help. I really appreciated this.

The ambiance was great. They had the patio opened for those who enjoy eating outside in warm summer weather.

JK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pukka has been around for quite a while now and has survived lots of change on St. Clair West. Just keep doing what you're doing! Don't change a lot!

MS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pukka never disappoints! The food is beautiful to look at and absolutely nop-notch. Can't wait for our next visit.

SJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian food in the city! I will absolutely be back.

MR
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pukka was outstanding! Our waitress Megan was super helpful letting us know how to order. I highly recommend the Ribs and the Lamb lollipops. Overall a great birthday dinner for my boyfriend!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully inventive food with great flavours. A very enjoyable night out with superb food.

YS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service love it

H
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Servers were great and the food excellent! Had some superb appetizers and among them was the Gunpowder Prawns-outstanding! The entire meal was fabulous—right down to the rice pudding & chai after dinner. Would make it a routine stop if we were local. An outstanding meal and experience.

d
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic combination of the traditional and inventive dishes - very welcoming, reasonably priced. Gorgeous gunpowder prawn appi followed by a smooth spicy beef brisket and a butter chicken with a daal makhani on the side - all totally awesome! Be back very soon

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable

TS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and once we were seated the service was amazing. However, when we arrived, we weren't seated for a half hour because the table that was assigned to us was taking their own sweet time leaving and no one rushed them out of the door.
The food more than made up for it because the food was DELICIOUS and very different from anything in Toronto!

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