Diwali Indian Restaurant

4.3
70 reviews
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€30 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
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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4.0
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3.9
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4.0
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great place for a causal meal with such friendly staff. Will always come back.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We used to love Diwali. This time the food was not edible. The tandoori chicken was so dry— it was difficult to chew. We left less than half a meal.

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C
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Shocking experience, made feel like everything is an effort. Staff were very poor, no organisation. Waiting over a half hour and received our main courses before our starters and there was no apology. Finally finished our mains got the dessert menu and waited over 15 minutes for someone to come back to us. Told them we just wanted the bill, which was wrong and the waiter seemed to be annoyed at the fact we told him it was wrong. Would never go back.

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j
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes I would friendly and helpful staff I would go back it's been a while both my wife and myself were there

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Early bird is great value

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GC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was very tasty but we asked for the Masala to be spicy and this was agreed to. It was not spicy at all. Delicious, but not spicy as requested. It was difficult to get anyone's attention due to the fact that they were so busy but when we did get someone the service was great.

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PR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful meal, great service and the staff were both attentive and very pleasant. I couldn't recommend it more. Looking forward to our next visit already

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely meal in Diwali last week. Food was very tasty and the service was great👌🏼 Really good value in the early bird menu and will definitely be back 😊

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JS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 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 6 March 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 23 February 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 14 February 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 2 February 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 31 December 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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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 29 December 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 24 December 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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D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 December 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 29 November 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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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

10th wedding anniversary celebration

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Essen sehr gut recht teuer

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MB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 October 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 11 August 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 29 July 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 27 July 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
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 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 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 June 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 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always

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SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 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 19 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and service

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VC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 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
64 reviews
Dined on 28 April 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 21 April 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 14 April 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 6 April 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 4 April 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 1 April 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 14 March 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 10 March 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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