Varsha Indian Kitchen

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Good Vegetarian Options
VARSHA is a family owned and operated restaurant. The family is Indo Canadian and brings a unique perspective to Indian Food. A fusion of the two cultures brings their own twist on Indian cuisine. When you come to Varsha you experience the families take on food, but you also experience their family.
Varsha is food. Varsha is family.
Located in historic Chinatown on the corner of Gov't St. & Pandora St. in what was once, one of Victoria's earliest theatres.
What 73 people are saying
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4.1
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3.8
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GillesB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Indian food in a nice little restaurant, we appreciate

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Nick
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food took about an hour to arrive. Server was great. Food was average.

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LNHu
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with the family at Varsha. Ordered loads of food, everything was tasty and we had a good amount of leftovers for our work lunches the next day. The happy hour wine was great and went well with the food too. I would definitely recommend!

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

So disappointed. Five of us were unhappy with the quality of our meal, other than dessert which was enjoyed by all.

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PaulV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

3 of 6 dishes we ordered were not good at all. Avoid chicken tandoori (it is not even close to what tandoori should be like), the pakoras (they were burnt) and the broccoli (served like a huge head of broccoli that we had to ask for a serrated knife to make bite size).

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner and ambience was fantastic. We really enjoyed the meal and will be going back soon. Service was excellent

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jf17
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner. Fast service. Unique menu. We will return.

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Courtney
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The appetizer Cauliflower 250 was so delicious. I cannot stand cauliflower, but I ate way more than my fair share! Would go back just for this dish. The Lamb Curry was my favourite! Wasn't a fan of the flavour of the butter chicken but the others at my table loved it. Rice was perfect and the sweet Mango Lassi was delicious. Would definitely return as it was a delicious and casual experience.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We really enjoyed the food but unfortunately would have liked a second beverage round at our table. The staff were friendly but perhaps short staffed? They seemed very busy. The portions were a bit smaller than I remember...

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Suze
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was rather slow coming out and a table that arrived after us got their food well before we did. But the staff was friendly and the food very good. Will definitely go back.

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Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service.

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ZoeK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous downtown spot with great food! Staff are most friendly and helpful.

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vipGreat2dine
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had to wait 45 mins for our order. We specifically asked our server to bring us dishes as soon as they are ready in no particular order, but all our food arrived together. All of our dishes were cold when they were brought out. The broccoli was severely undercooked and served in an inconvenient size. The Malai Kofta gravy was sour/tangy (not what it should taste like) and the kofta balls were very hard and dry and hadn't absorbed the gravy at all. The Vegetable Pulao was decent and so was the Paneer Tikka but overall we didn't have a good experience.

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vipYumYum
Seattle
116 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. A little slow for server to show up but good service from then on. Annoying flies, food very good, too long between courses as kitchen seemed overwhelmed since a very busy Sunday evening. Worth a repeat visit, needs to be a little cleaner.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great place with some great food and lovely staff.

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JulieC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My butter chicken was tasty but the lamb and beef curries the rest of my family had were not enjoyed. In fact my daughter didn’t finish hers. She said it was hot (spicy) which she’s OK with but there was no flavour. My husband agreed. I had been to Varsha a few years ago and found the food was better then. I was disappointed as we were there to celebrate a birthday and it was my choice of restaurant. Our server was good.

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PeterH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Worth a visit. Good food and friendly service. Walking distance in downtown Victoria. Butter chicken was awesome. Fish pakora mediocre.

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vipAT06
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, and the service was very good. It's casual, and a little noisy, but it's on a busy street. My only real issue is that they don't check OpenTable for reservations. It turned out we didn't need one, but if they had been full, our reservation was NOT on their radar.

GO. The food is amazing.

Varsha Indian Kitchen
Responded on July 19, 2019

Recently open table has changed the way they contact us when it comes to reservations, they used to phone us every time we received but now they don't they just send it to us via a app on a phone, we have asked multiple times to come up with a better solution but nothing has happened yet. You aren't the first one this has happened to. Glad you enjoyed your meal and our service and thank you for dining with us.

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vipfoodie
Hawaii
76 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The people in the front of the restaurant are professional and pleasant. However, the same can not be said about whatever goes on in the kitchen. One of the things that we ordered was Chili Chicken. This is fried chicken with a chili sauce, meaning that both items are separately made. My husband likes such stuff whereas I don't. I requested that the two items, prepared separately, could be served separately: fried chicken served separately alongside the chili sauce. That way I could also enjoy the fried chicken sans such sauce. Apparently I was not the first person to make this request, because the waitress immediately responded "No, they won't do it." I then asked if I misunderstood how this was prepared, separately or not. It was, in fact, prepared separately. So why wouldn't they give us the item separately? You tell me. This makes no sense.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fricken amazing! I may never be able to enjoy Indian food anywhere else. My bar is set very high now.

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TravisG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its the best Indian food in town! We go here all the time

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PhilR
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Varsha! Friendly service, colorful, hot and delicious food, and a vibrant environment. What more do you want? Thanks!

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yogadubs
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, excellent Indian food … delivered and served with friendly and timely service. Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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AngelaL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, bit of a wait for a reserved table and food. Would recommend

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HappyCustomers
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Fabulous Service. We have been here a few times and have never been disappointed. We will definitely return again! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food took a REALLY long time to come out, they were busy but didn’t really seem busy enough to justify how long the food truly took.

Dine around menu was OK, the server didn’t tell us it charged more to upgrade to a veggie burger and the dessert wasn’t good. Wish I just ordered the veggie burger.

It’s unfortunate though, I usually love Varsha and think it’s quite good but this experience was poor. My boyfriend and I planned on coming back for our Valentine’s date (like we did last year) but that has changed now.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great, servers were friendly and helpful. However the best food items on the table was the samosa and masala fries and dip, just sides. The lamb burger was bland and dry and tasted like the patty had been frozen or wasnt quite fresh. The butter chicken was uninspired and lacked spice. The broccoli pakoras were oversized (baseball sized) and lacked seasoning of any kind. Sad to say that I won't be going back any time soon. Nice people but poorly executed food.

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GwenS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Recommend you don't sit close to the door. Door is slow to close, cold air came in

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DeeM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The small amount of meat on the Tandori Chicken was very tasty. I have never been served french fries in an Indian restaurant and 2 or 3 leaves of lettuce don't really make any amount of salad.

The wait staff were very good and the ambiance fine.

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HudsonM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. Excellent food and good service. Also good value. Thank you!

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JAMfromPenderIslandandVic
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, ambience and service. One of our favourite places to go for Indian food.

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vipSarahB
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great, casual dinner at Varsha. They have a very diverse menu, ranging from traditional Indian, to Indian fusion and burgers. I would recommend this place if you're looking for a fun, tasty Indian meal in Victoria!

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DonnaP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was absolutely yummy! Need I say more? I went with a small group and everyone was well pleased with the flavours, portion size and presentation. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I have only two small criticisms. The service was a wee bit slow at first and a large TV showing sports is not necessary in this type of establishment.

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MrsLKing
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience4

While the food was fantastic our server not. Our group of 5 ordered and watched MANY other tables seated after us receive food before we did. Also half our food was assumed to be appetizers when it wasn’t, meaning half our table was without food the whole meal either from eating it before it gets cold as an “appetizer” or eating alone because you only ordered a burger and had to wait for the other (smaller) “main” dishes to be served. I waited for a refill on my cider for over 20 minutes before giving up on flagging the server and having another water. The whole table was irritated by the lack of communication from the server and the fact that she didn’t even address the appetizer mixup made it worse. An apology would have gone a long way. I know Tuesday night teams at resturants are usually not the “A-Team” because you want them working the weekends but this was ridiculous. The restaurant was busy but never so much so that they turned people away, and Tuesday or no they needed to step up to a busy service and failed to from our tables perspective.
Will I go back? Hell yes the Pakoras are phenomenal!!!! Just a bad service day.

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WelltraveledIndian
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Good service but deceiving menu - item ordered did not match what was delivered. Quality of food leaves much to be desired

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SGains
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tasty spot that also satisfied our Vegan friends. Choosing a restaurant for a group of 12 isn't always easy, especially when there are vegetarian and vegan requirements. Varsha worked out well. Mom's samosas were the best I have ever had and came with delicious home made chutney. I even bought a jar on my way out :).
The chicken tandoori, lamb curry and malai broccoli ticked all the boxes for my husband and I. Friends enjoyed the veg pakora and the Mom's Aloo Gobi.
We will be back.

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vipLBG1
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best meal in Victoria- veteran foodie opinion- and authentic indian with a twist. Great value but more so inventive and uniquely yum.

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vipObanone
Vancouver
69 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome dining experience. Cannot wait to return and try some other menu items

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ClaireV
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They should have had one more server but the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Service was great. Food was tasty but the serving portions were small. The butter chicken has 5 small pieces of chicken. Not much for what you pay.

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Varsha Indian Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Varsha Indian Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 590-6252.

Varsha Indian Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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