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Waterfront Communities-The Island
0.6 km from Toronto Union
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Finest Indian Restaurant in Downtown Toronto
$15 - $31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Indian, Healthy
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Street Parking, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a very fine Indian restaurant. It adds a touch of authenticity and luxury to well-known recipes. We had onion bhaji (nicely done), paneer tikka (very nice) and vegetable biryani (top notch, more than just rice with vegetables thrown in). The buttered naan is...certainly something we will try at home. If I had a slight criticism to make I would suggest improving the lighting in there. The blue led lightbulbs in the light fixtures are a little aggressive.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 September 2021

I have been to this restaurant for the first time after the Covid lockdown. Wow! The food we had was delicious…. Lamb Khadai was the best I have tasted in Greater Toronto Area. Just the right blend of spices, and salt rightly added that we...don’t realize if it was less salty or more salty. Chicken Biriyani, even though one may feel a bit overpriced seeing the menu, that thought is soon eliminated when it’s scooped to the plates. Believe me! You won’t get as many chicken pieces anywhere else, without compromising the taste… Very attentive and well mannered servers too… I am sure I am gonna visit this place every month.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have to say we encountered The Best Indian food here in the memorable while. Tandoori Salmon was just Devine. Shared some Chicken tikka. Amazing. Tikka masala and coconut curry was out of the world. Our Vegan, Vegeterian friends were very happy with their meals too....Daal Makni was my favourite. Staff was humble and accommodating. Took great care of us. Delightful experience. High quality and Very reasonably priced. Very Very hard to find this place. Walked by twice. No signage.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 30 May 2022

Beautiful, Beautiful Indian restaurant in downtown Toronto. Ambience is amazing. Food is fantastic. We were a group of 9 and we ordered a whole bunch of dishes and shared. Every dish was prepared well. The chicken pakoras. Chicken Kanab. Tikka masala. Dash panir daal Makimi...garlic naans all were absolutely amazing. Good portion sizes and very reasonably priced. The quality of food is topnotch. White linen exquisite China. Clean washrooms and friendly folks makes this place a great destination. A soul filling meal. Special thanks to Fairmont concierge who recommended this place.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 28 May 2022

Best Indian restaurant we have tried in Canada. Homely Indian food. Sparkling clean place. Courteous service. Everything we had tasted fresh and delicious. Visited twice in our four day stay in Toronto. Walking distance to and from happening places in downtown.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 May 2022

Best, Best and The Best Delicious Indian cuisine in Toronto. During the weekend on Sep 25/21 for the first time I walked into this restaurant with a friend. What a Great ambiance, delicious food, and friendly staff. Impressed with this heavenly place! We ordered Lamb...Khadai and Chicken Biryani, -Unbelievably enticing the well-seasoned dishes, smells great spice blend and rich in taste. I always though of boneless CB, and they served Chicken Biriyani with as many chicken pieces (Boneless). Although for some it might look pricey, I strongly believe its worth value for money- “Well! You get what you pay for”. Lamb khadai was yummy with Butter Nan. Hats off to the Owner/Manager/ more importantly the chef and whole crew members. I strongly recommend everyone at least one time go to this amazing place, recommended for small or bigger groups as it’s a big place. I want to go this place again!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 28 April 2022

We always been hunting for a good Indian Restaurant in Toronto. Finally we were able to hit a good one close to everything Toronto has to offer. Raptors are in playoffs and after three years we are watching them live. And whenever we are here...we stay close by. This place was just 3 blocks from our hotel. Lovely ambience, delicious food and friendly service. This place is a bit hard to find and the people smoking on the door front could make you miss this place.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 11 April 2022

You cant enjoy Indian curry and Naan without messing your fingers. And when the food is good you tend to lick your fingers. No matter how hard you try not to. This place is hard to find though we walked past twice. Glad we called...and figured out how to find the place. There was a scaffolding covering the entrance. Hadnt had such good Indian food for ages. Good selection of Vino too.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 20 March 2022

Having tried most of the known Indian restaurants in Toronto we were so delighted we came here. Beautiful ambience, sparkling clean place, courteous staff. Food was delicious. Fresh flavorful without being greasy and over powering spices. Perfectly prepared. Hard to find places like these.higkly satisfied.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 19 February 2022

Amazing Indian restaurant serving flavorful food. Great location, beautiful ambience to go with one of the Best Indian Food we have experienced. Their Prawn coconut curry and tikka masala with Garlic Naan and rice was jsut out of the world. The service was good too

Date of visit: February 2022
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Benares is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5