Diwali Indian Restaurant

4.5
62 reviews
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Diwali means festival of lights and this Indian eaterie returns once again to South Great Georges Street. This is a very simple no-frills Dublin restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner. Diwali gives diners a choice of three menus including an Early Bird menu.

Diwali main focus is to bring diners as much of the flavours and exotic spices to their menu from different parts of India as possible. Diwali is a relaxed Dublin restaurant bringing together a mixed management of talented and experienced staff from other successful Indian restaurants.
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JS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a find. We are from the US and we are used to Indian food that is rich in flavor and spices. I was a little worried because the other foods we had tried had not been very flavorful. I was pleasantly surprised to find the food to be of a caliber I have come to expect at home. In addition, the service was great. Our waiter was wonderful and willing to spend time with us, answering our questions about the differences in cuisine in India by region as well as the religious influences that play out in Indian food. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a very good Indian meal.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as always. Diwali never ever disappoints.

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S
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great restaurant
Dear enough for family of 6 but very enjoyable

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KB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice experience! Service was attentive and friendly. They even tailored a dish to my needs making it milder than normal which I appreciated since they were so busy. Would definitely recommend!

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DP
Dublin
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always you get a great welcome from all

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JW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food and friendly staff. Complimentary drink at the end of the meal was a nice touch.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, when in Dublin, GO! MAke sure to have reservations!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We are traveling from out of town, and had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner at Diwali.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Can't say anything about the restaurant apart from one thing - they don't respect OpenTable.ie table bookings. The table wasn't there for us, and we were stood for 20 mins, until eventually we were guided a couple blocks away to an "affiliated" Indian restaurant. In fairness, we did get some compensation in form of a voucher and a few meals on the house, but it doesn't change the fact, that we had not eaten in Diwali as we intended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Friendly service and good food. Complimentary drink and voucher for return meal a nice touch

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10th wedding anniversary celebration

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London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Essen sehr gut recht teuer

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MB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambiance and value. Would highly recommend as favourite ethnic restaurant in city centre.

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MA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant with great and friendly service and good food and eeekday specials

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BR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After four weeks traveling through Ireland and U.K. we chose to share our last supper with our Dublin friends at Diwali. We had eaten in many fine restaurants and visited many famous pubs along the way. Saying goodbye to our friends over dinner at Diwali’s was a wonderful parting gift! Truly fine experience in ever way. Thanks!

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B
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was lovely, service was very poor we had to constantly wave at staff for water and menus. The restaurant was not busy...

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TG
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Superb food with excellent service. Great combination. Highly recommended.

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S
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and plentiful . Family of 6 and we ate all
Thanks Diwali

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, staff were all very friendly and polite. Excellent value too. Would certainly recommend!

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Service was okay but, it is a busy place. I would highly recommend for Indian/Napalease cuisine.

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PO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always good in Diwali and the service quick and efficient.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

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VC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed my visit was there for the early bird but will definitely go back to check out more of the menu

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MA
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Dublin for just one day and wanted to have Indian food. It was superb!

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BS
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Back at Diwali again. As ever, the food, service and ambience was excellent and we will no doubt be back very soon. Up there with the best Dublin Indian Restaurants..

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DP
Dublin
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always made to feel very welcome by the person in charge and all staff very friendly.
Weather you are a returning customer or there for the first time, the best Indian food in Dublin if not Ireland.

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D
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice casual restaurant, food was lovely but nothing to set it apart from any other Indian restaurant. Staff were friendly. No one checked if we wanted anything else like a second drink or dessert but overall a good, easy going place.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal as always. My veganism was taken very seriously and sides were adapted to meet my dietary requirements. Really good value for money. Staff are really nice. Wasn’t rushed out could sit and enjoy our drinks until we were ready to leave

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S
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family of 5 meal Easter Sunday evening. Food was great . Service was great. Bit over the €30 a head but we ordered loads of food and ate it all. Place was buzzing , looked like lots of regulars too, we will definitely go back to Diwali

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty. Service was prompt and efficient. Lovely ambience. I will definitely be back in the future.

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time with my family, great food, great atmosphere, nice & relaxed great choice on the menu staff very helpful will be ma king a return visit with my partner for a date

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J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Heard really good things and was not disappointed. Food was great and the wine very affordable. Would definitely go back.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Pleasant stuff

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London
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Staff lovely gave us a drink on the house
Would go back or recommend it to anyone
Great atmosphere

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

They didn't register our reservation through Open Table, so they didn't have any tables available for a group of 5 when we arrived, even though they had couples eating in tables for 6. They kept saying "we'll sort it in 5min" but no one dining was near finishing so we ended up leaving.
Been there before and the food is good, but would not recommend booking through here...

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service even though very busy - once you were seated it was super

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would NOT recommend this restaurant simply because they could not be bothered fullfilling their obligation to honour my booking. They rang me 48hrs before the appointment to CANCEL pretty simply! No reason other than they couldn't take us at the time they had previously confirmed!!! I was gutted and couldnt get anywhere else given that it was the week before xmas. WORSE SERVICE EVER!

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B
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Good service. Great value weekend feast menu. Nice touch to offer complimentary drink at the end. Busy place but was sat evening. Can’t find any faults.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good value, outstanding staff, nice wine, would recommend.

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