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Gateway To India Restaurant

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202 Fourth St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 1T2, Canada
+1 250-755-4037
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Manitoba, Canada
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816 reviews
528 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Craving Indian food, and headed for this place for it's high rating on Tripadvisor. It was mid afternoon, after 2pm, so a late lunch. Sign said open, so we walked in. Took a while to get attention, and we were the only ones there. Server wasn't able to make a Mojito or Caesar, and there was no one else to... More 

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nanaimo bc
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132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Still my favorite in Nanaimo for Indian cuisine. Twenty years of consistantly great food. The best pakoras and samosa in Nanaimo. Moms favorite is butter chicken. I love the authentic tandoori. Very authentic, quiet, adult atmosphere. Stop in for a meal or take away. They cater too!

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Tofino, Canada
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89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We are new to Nanaimo and are enjoying exploring local restaurants. I love Indian food, but had been reticent to go here because the outside is about tho polar opposite of the interior. Thanks to a previous reviewer who mentioned this! Anyway my husband and I had a lovely dinner about two weeks ago, butter chicken, and eggplant dish, naan,... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I ordered take out for the wife and I. We got nan bread, rice and butter chicken. When I first walked in the restaurant it was about 1/3 full and I was pleased with the atmosphere. It seemed very ethnic and with raving butter chicken reviews I was excited to try it out for the first time. I walked up... More 

Thank Skucy
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I've been going to this place before it was renovated back in the day. The ambience back then was nothing special but the prices were awesome and the food even better! There are other Indian places in town but I'd say that they charge 25% and their portions are 25% less! I've taken family to this place and fed 8... More 

Thank Casey L
Nanaimo, Canada
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Have never had yellow butter chicken, usually it comes out in a creamy tomato based sauce, this was a curry with cream, naan was burnt even samosas were bland. Felt like I wasted my evening and money, will continue to drive to Ladysmith to the Spice Hut

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I'm having a hard time with this review. There are so many things right and soooooo many things wrong with my experience here. Firstly as others have mentioned, it's understaffed so prepare for a wait. I arrived at 540pm today and waited 30 min for my food as the dinner take out rush was well started. I ordered Butter Chicken... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food, great space, friendly staff... But not enough staff. Been three times and each time e has been good but always understaffed. They do their best but takes a LONG time for drinks and service. Not staff fault but owners need to add some help.

Thank NanaimoJeff
Cobble Hill, Canada
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We went there yesterday for a special birthday lunch. I'd dissected people's comments to decide what to have so we ordered butter chicken, spinach paneer, lamb vindaloo and samosas with mango chutney and three pieces of naan. Rice came with our order. I must say the naan was -out of this world-. The best I've ever had, or made (and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Stopped on the way back to Denman Island after a long day in Victoria~ were we glad we did! The food was fresh and wonderfully spiced, the service adequate (prepare to wait at dinnertime for your food to be prepared- we didn't mind, we ordered appetizers to stave off the hunger pangs), and the interior just beautifully decorated. Comfortable seats.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Asian, Indian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 Fourth St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 1T2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-755-4037
Gateway to India has been located in the heart of Nanaimo for over 20 years. Specializing in Indian cuisine, we provide our community with authentic Indian dishes. Dine in our modern contemporary Indian designed restaurant where we are capable of seating up to 100 patrons. We have a full bar and lounge where we specialize in making the best tasting mojitos!Find our food in local grocery stores and costco.

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