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103 King Street North Waterloo, Waterloo, Quebec N2J 2X5, Canada
+1 519-883-1314
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been in Canada for about two plus years and live in Ontario and BC. This is one of the better ethnic food in a smallish city. The service was a little bit slow but very attentive. We love the goat curry. The Bhuna lamb was average, we have eaten much better Bhuna lamb. The Vindaloo chicken was pretty... More 

Thank anaest
Cambridge, Canada
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155 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Here now for the lunch buffet. Very small selection. I was underwhelmed compared to other Indian buffets I've been to. Food is just ok. The butter chicken is probably too spicy for most (and for a buffet). I don't mind it but people would definitely have issues. Also it had chunks of dry chicken in it. It should be tandoori... More 

Thank PortL15
Stuttgart, Germany
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Have tried most of the Indian restaurants in the region and so far this is our favourite. Pleasant atmosphere -- although the last time we were there they were playing some kind of hip-hop for background music (kind of out of place for comfortable dining). Nice variety, very good, skillfully prepared Indian dishes, naan, and drinks. Reasonably priced. Friendly service.

Thank Richard B
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Many delicious dishes to choose from. We have never been disappointed with what we have ordered. Service is friendly and quick. The naan is amazing.

Thank ElaineMH
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111 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

I was really impressed by the service at the Empress of India. Our waitress was very sweet, helpful and the service was quick. The food overall was quite average. It lacked flavour. Nothing was awful, but it definitely didn't live up to many other Indian restaurants I have visited.

Thank Lauren_skye
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108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

A group of us met for a celebration and unanimously agreed that Empress of India was the place to go. We were not disappointed. The food was very good. Our server was good, but she was alone where there should have been two servers, thus, run off her feet.

Thank Ndoy
Conestogo, Canada
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48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

At first I didn't know what would be behind the doors as it looks a tad uninviting from the street, however the food and service are fantastic. I think they have the best lamb sheesh kebabs ever! Their garlic naan is amazing and I'm now addicted to the bhoona curry. At other places the oil can be overwhelming and often... More 

Thank Kate H
Waterloo, Canada
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Went for the lunch buffet. Almost everything tasted like fennel. Overpowering fennel, not even in moderate quantities. If I wanted to eat fennel, I WOULD EAT FENNEL. There was a small selection of food available (compared to Masala Bay!) and the best dish (the tandoori chicken) was constantly empty. It was the only dish that did not taste like fennel.... More 

Thank BobobUnicorn
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

I went for dinner to Empress of India tonight for dinner with my friend and was so disappointed. It was not busy and it still took almost 40 minutes to get our pops and cold appetizer. We ended up cancelling the main part of our meal and walking out after another 30 minutes of waiting for our food! Never never... More 

Thank BeckaEmma
Stuttgart, Germany
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, well-spaced tables, polite snd friendly staff, and very tasty food with ample variety. Never could find much to fault in several visits here over the years. Instead of the shallow aluminum bowls common in many rival Indian restaurants, in which curries rapidly cool to room temperature long before you can finish them, Empress serves curries in warm earthenware... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 King Street North Waterloo, Waterloo, Quebec N2J 2X5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-883-1314

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?