Diwali Indian Restaurant

4.5
90 reviews
€30 and under
Indian
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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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food was delicious as always and everyone made us, especially the children, feel welcome.

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SeamusA
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food, friendly service, good hygiene, we will be back to visit this restaurant again.

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vipJudie2000
Dublin
42 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Indian / Nepalese food in location that’s so near Grafton St. Great value, gorgeous wine & great service. Thanks to our waiter Rana. All staff very nice. Spotlessly clean.

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LouiseM
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was absolutely fabulous, would highly recommend the onion bhaji.
The tv was a bit loud, didn’t bother me but it did my Mam.

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issy
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal very friendly staff and excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent meal, very nice ambience

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Rowena
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience in Diwali. The staff are so helpful and friendly they gave our group complimentary drinks and starters!
It was an ideal dining experience

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Geece
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely food, nice ambience, staff were very helpful, and we were offered a gift voucher and a free side dish as an apology for not having one of the dishes we ordered. Will come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Early bird great value for money

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Vibrant and busy restaurant, service excellent. Food so tasty, Indian food turned up a notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food is always good and service is great. Wine list is poor but overall a very good Indian.

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BarbaraP
Dublin
8 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We went for food on a very busy night of the year so service was definitely under pressure but in overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited on one of the busiest nights, Christmas Eve just as the shops were closing. The place was packed but once we got seated the service and food were still the same standard, fabulous. There is always a good atmosphere but just better.
The food is amazing you will not be disappointed and all the servers are super nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always!

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Katiezig
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food fab as always live the restaurant Seating a bit cramped not very private Staff excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Waiter brought us the bill and stood there with card machine the minute our plates had been cleared and while my brother still had half his drink left. We were rushed out to accommodate a larger party who had arrived.

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vipJudie2000
Dublin
42 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Diwali. Superb atmosphere. Staff totally amazing & special mention to Rana who made sure we had a fantastic evening.
Food is totally DELICIOUS. It’s always packed & always great. Thanks to all at Diwali for your superb service & excellent food. 10/10 👍🏻

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Katiezig
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was my first time in the restaurant We had a fantastic meal enjoyed the food it was excellent Very pleasant staff I’ll definitely be returning very soon I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was great, service could have been friendlier. It was really busy but you did feel like the next one on the list vs real care taken over what we wanted - we were just the next table to be fed, which was a bit disappointing. But it was humming with loads of people in there. Rogan Josh was one of the best we’ve had in Ireland!

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leem
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I’m a regular here, old style decor but that doesn’t take from the experience! Great food, very friendly service and fantastic atmosphere-looking forward to my next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipSusanC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

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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Ciara
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

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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jamesm
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Early bird is great value

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GagaC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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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PhilippaR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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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JulieS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JM
JoannM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Sandrac18
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

KB
KateB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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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DesP
Dublin
15 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always you get a great welcome from all

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JackW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

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Disappointed
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10th wedding anniversary celebration

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Essen sehr gut recht teuer

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FAQs

Diwali Indian Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 475 0091.

Diwali Indian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.