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India Bistro

1157 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N2
Tel: (604) 684-6342 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Best Indian Restaurant Hands Down
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

All the dishes are great at this place. I'd go only for the lunch buffet as the value is awesome - I believe it's something like $11 per person or something. Selection of items is decent and the Butter Chicken is yum yum yum!!! I believe the Naan is unlimited as well - at least we've never been told there's a limit.

I would avoid dinner as it can get pricey. The portions are smaller than the typical East Indian Restaurants, which are pretty damn small to begin with, so you'd definitely need to order like you're ordering tapas dishes.

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Dine here if you're afraid to leave the West End for Indian Cuisine
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I ate here with some people from work. The server was rather surly and suggested that we go for the buffet even though half our group wanted to order off the menu. The buffet was average with series of generic Indian dishes and little for dessert. The a la carte food was slightly better although it took nearly 30 minutes to arrive. The decor is ok though. The main drawback was the servers attitude and poor service after our initial seating. I won't be back since I'd rather make the trek to Main Street or Commercial any day.

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Favorite for Lunch Especially!
By AllergyLady of West End, Vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:37am [Dine in]

We have been happy and well-fed customers of the India Bistro for many years and would like to echo the praise so many have for this wonderful little gem on Davie Street. The people who own and run this restaurant actually care if you are having a great dining experience! They are kind and helpful, engaging in conversation without being intrusive, and well versed on the history and preparation of the dishes.

Asking a question or specifying preferences will get you exactly what you want to eat. The quality is consistent, regardless of whether it is lunch time at the buffet or an evening dinner party for a birthday party. The staff are very, very pleasant and it is a pleasure to be so warmly received and richly fed in such an interestingly furnished room...

We knew nothing of Indian food or spice before becoming customers and are now very happy to have more knowledge every time we visit.

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Good Food, Good Place, Good People
By Bruce Damask of Victoria BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

Our family has an amazing time. The restaurant was very busy and the music was very nice. We were welcomed by a nice gentleman who seated us and explained the menu to us. The food was very delicious and we just loved the butter naan, th laasi, and the tandoori chicken. I must say we eat a lot of east indian food but this place just amazed us. I know for sure we are going be regulars at this place. The servers were very polite and our food came out hot and sizzling. Its the best indian food i have had in Vancouver. This place is a must try. Just make sure you tell them how hot you want the food. Here are some tps, try the butter naan, butter chicken, the daal is smashing and the fish is rocking.

Bruce and Samantha Damask & Family.

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Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous
By Victoria M of Surrey BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Fabulous Fabulous Faboulas Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous.
My friend told me about this restaurant. I tried it out and it was just fabulous.
Best India food i have ever had. The food was yummy, i mean really yummy. The fish curry was amazing. They actually have like a real clay oven that they make the naan in.People you must try it out. If you enjoy Indian food this is the place to be. Very good service also. Good staff . Im definately coming back for more.

Awesome place.

Victoria McIver
Surrey BC

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Delicious East Indian food at good value
By Chris Datona of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Took the in-laws out for some food over the weekend . Ended up at his nice cozzzzy Indian restaurant called India Bistro(on Davie Street). They were very nice to my famiy and friendly with my young kids. We are vegetarians they had great options for us. The naan bread was just amazing best naan ive had. My wife enoyed the mixed vegetable dish. The place was lit with candles, the staff was helpful, the surroundings were very comfortable. I felt the food was well priced. We ended the night with some indain tea. We had to wait about 5 mins to be seated , but at the end the wait was worth it all. We are definaely going to back there. Chris

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Great Food
By Sita Dukic of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 19, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

Both me and my friend visited India Bistro over the weekend. We were very impressed. The food was finger licking good. The Methi Chicken with the naan roti was too good. The server was very polite and did a great job explaining the menu to us. The Aloo Gobi was fantastic- i even ordered some to go. The place was packed and happening. cozy and relaxed ambience. A nice warm welcome by the host. Service was on time. Great Indian Food. I will go back again & again & again.

S.Dukic from North Vancouver.

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What A Disappointment
By annabelle38 of abbotsford, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 11:37am [Dine in]

Out for our weekly date nite - we went here because I had seen it mentioned on this site with fairly good reviews. The restaurant is really cute - BUT the food not up to par and not authentic for sure. My boyfriend who has eaten alot of indian was not impressed when he saw the Onion Bhajia - they were onion rings, and not good at that. The butter chicken base was campbells tomato soup - he watched me eat it to see if I would notice, it was unmistakable. The Aloo Gobhi was just fine. The onion naan was so salty on top I couldn't even eat it. On the upside our server was really great, and like I said the decor is cute. Otherwise it needs some work.

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Pretty Darn Good
By ALM of Victoria (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

Ended up here early for a friends Birthday. Was immediatly encouraged to sit at the bar since the table wasn't prepared yet. Engaged in some very pleasant conversation with a friendly bartender. It was almost torture to have to wait for the rest of the group to show up since the wonderful smells from the kitchen were so mouthwatering. When it did come time to eat the food did not dissapoint! Chicken tandoori was very tasty and prawn massala was awesome. I'm a little wary ordering seafood since I've had some bad prawn dishes before. Lucky this is not the case at the India Bistro. The prawns were perfectly cooked and the sauce was full of flavour. Service was very friendly and relaxed. Would come back again for sure.

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Excellent Food
By Aman2007 of Calgary,Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

Indian Bistro offers an extensive selection of Fusion Indian chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes. I especially like the chicken pakoras.

It's always fun to go with a group so you can share, but for the single dinner Indian Bistro offers both a vegetarian and with meat combination dinner that changes nightly. At lunch they serve a remarkably good buffet, which is also an excellent way to experience new dishes.

Indian Bistros biggest shortcoming is its atmosphere. The reliable cooking, decent-size portions and resonable prices do a lot more to make the place attractive. Whether you a fan of Indian food or a neophyte, Indain Bistro should curry your favor.

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Best Indian Curry/Happy Customer
By PrincessPalvi of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

Wow! First time visit was so good but today was amazing. Great service by Fiona. Very High class looking. Memory of food smell was tempting and was haunting us to come back to India Bistro. Their seating is so welcoming atmosphere. There is smile on staff's face. Their Dine out menu which we didn't know of until we were there yesterday night. We tried their Lamb Maze, which is so good that I want to go there again just for that. My friends ordered orange kulfi something new for dessert. it was mouth watering. I could only share as I was so full with other items. But have to go there again to satisfy my taste buds. I am craving for their other menu items also to try next visit. Go try them out. you would fall in love with India bistro. Good Job. Keep it up. Cheers.

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There are better in West End
By KickAssDude of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Ambiance - Interesting decor, looking like a movie set out of The Arabian Nights.

Service - They did not fill our water at all. We ordered a bottle of wine and they keep pouring our wine glasses up to the top. We feel like they are rushing us (or they were). They try to buss our table as quickly as possible so that you will pay the bill and get out of there. One more suggestion, smile should be free.

Food - I have to say is average. Don't get me wrong, food is good but ... is average good. It didn't leave an impression stamp in my head.

Overall - When it comes to food, I am a pretty easy marker. But there are better Indian Food out in West End like "All India" which is just across the street. Also one more note, we ordered a bottle of white wine which they suggested to be their exceptionally well rounded white wine for spicy food. With tax it works out to be $50 and BOY, we had a big disappointment.

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best indian food..by far.
By supergoss of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 7:38am [Dine in]

must try excellent quantities of delcious mouth watering curry with the garlc naan..(thats what i ordered)
with kalamari as a starter and u r in heaven
best indian food i have eaten so far since i came here( 2yrs) ago.
:)
great ambience and excellent food.

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A gem
By stoor of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 6, 2006 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

We ate at India Bistro the first time about a few months ago and have been regulars since. India Bistro has a great vibe on a friday or saturday night, as the street outside (Davie Street) is bustling with action.

The whole experince starts with their infamous doorman, who is just vibrant. Their food selection is great, not too much and not too little. the prices are quite reasonable and the serving sizes are just right...i hate it when the servings are much too big and end up in the garbage.

Service is great, the servers are very attentive and if you're in a hurry you know you never have to wait too long for the food. Overall my partner and i are always happy when we walk out the doors

ps: the decor is very nice, it has a very comfortable feel to the place, a very warm feel...nice place for a first date...first dinner and then just walk down to english bay for a stroll on the beach

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cardboard butter chicken
By mizthang of west end (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

We ate here around 2pm today for the buffet and i gotta say that the butter chicken tasted like cardboard...it was DRY. pretty much everything looked 5 hours old and the guy working there confirmed it. I've been to other indian buffets on main and they routinely refill their buffets with fresh food. When I complained to the waitress she told the guy and he came over and I asked him if he would make a new one and if he tasted it himself so he can see how dry it is he said "no...we make it fresh every morning...you are the first person to complain about it" He repeated himself three times about the fresh every morning thing..hmmmm...

So assuming that the buffet stuff was cooked ONLY in the morning, that makes the food 5 hours old??? he didn't even apologize about it, he just told me to go and eat something else off the buffet. =(
I didn't bother, all I had was just a few bites of the mushroom salad and our pockets are out $19.15 for two.

Besides all that..the selection is poor, flavours are bland, the service is a disgrace and I'll never set foot in here again.

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Never Going Back
By BJH of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Very disappointed with the service. We were sitting without our food for about 30 minutes and when asked for our food, the waitress looked puzzled and told us that food is ready. From this point we waited another 20 minutes to get our food.
This was very strange since the restaurant was only about half full on that particular evening.
Food is okay, nothing special. But the service really turned us off and we will never go again.
There are so many other indian restaurants that are better in town.

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Smells Great But Taste Has Yet To Catch Up
By SingleGuy of Seattle, Washington (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

The "quirky" doorman's name is Jerry Gaugin. The best word to describe him is 'effervescent'. Jerry knows that the best dining experience is one that comes with a bit of theatricality. Hence the persona and the ethnic outfit. The persona is authentic; the outfit makes him look a bit ridiculous. But still, it's all in great fun. India Bistro is thriving on the energy of being a new joint on a tired street. On any given day it's packed, the din of conversation is lively, and the dining room is thick with a blend of aromas. Waiters are inattentive; they will help you but you have to ask. I think it's a product of being over busy. Once my food was brought to my table not a soul paid attention to me. (By the way, I was seated at one of two tables consisting entirely of patio furniture. I know I was a single diner but that's just gauche and uncomfortable. Perhaps they presume there's no money to be made off me even though I ordered an expensive cocktail with my dinner and tipped generously). The "cucumber salad" was more tomatoes and bell peppers and generally characterless. The Lamb Palak (boneless cubed lamb in spinach puree) was equally characterless, the lamb just this side of undercooked. The naan was the saving grace: fluffy, flavorful, buttered just right, and served piping hot. Portions of food are generous. Well, they are for singles who can't take a to-go container after dinner because your hotel room doesn't have a refrigerator and your next stop is a nightclub. Then there was that lady in a beautiful sari (I learned she's the owner's spouse) who just roamed through the dining room keeping a hawk's eye on everything. It would be less creepy if she actually interacted with the diners. Instead she looks like she's making sure we don't pocket the silverware, which, by the way, were oversize and clumsy to use. With a few improvements, India Bistro could be really good. It's not there yet.

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Good Indian Food, Enjoyable Experience
By lori-o of Point Grey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2005 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

India Bistro is a good Indian restaurant — not the best in town, but a solid choice for good food and an enjoyable experience. The food is tasty, but (if you want) not at all spicy. The muligatawny soup was different but very good (be sure to add a squirt of lemon). The garlic naan was fantastic! The prawn vindaloo was very flavourful. And the serving sizes were just right — not too big and not too small. On top of that, the service was very good, including the famous doorman/host.

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A nice random find
By kammage of The Punjabi Market (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I first discovered this place when a friend and I were on our way to another restaurant. We decided to go here before we got to the other one and I can honestly say it was a good idea to do so.

The food is great, albeit the servings are a little on the small side when it comes to appetizers. As for service, it's been hit and miss for me. Sometimes the server is quite pleasant and other times I've had a server that was pretty cold.

Overall though, I still come to this place for good eats. Looove the extra spicy butter chicken!

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Davie Village's Best East Indian
By sblessley of Vancouver West End (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 9:48am [Dine in]

The restaurant is actually in the West End, Davie St between Thurlow & Bute. We had dined there before and enjoyed it, and went back last night. We weren't disappointed.

The food is delightfully authentic (we're anglos, but we've been to India many times), and unlike a lot of places (the one across the street, for example), you can actually convince the waitstaff that yeah, you really _do_ want the food spicy. Canadian spice-sensibilities tend to run mild, so you need to ask for "hot" if you want an ordinary Indian level of spice. The restaurant draws East Indian customers, always a good sign in an ethnic restaurant.

We ordered palak paneer (spinach/cheese), lamb tikka, and garlic naan. Each item arrived piping hot -- we actually had to wait a bit before the naan was cool enough to pick up.

The tikka was particularly impressive. Uniform, spicy chunks of tender lamb, prepared medium rare (well-done lamb is not a pretty thing), served on a bed of mild onions in a "sizzle plate" (as are often used for fajitas).

Service was good but the previous time we were there it was downright fawning. We were outside and a bit out of view so I can forgive the less-snappy service.

One more thing: "cheap" beer: $4.50/pint for Granville Brewing draft products!

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