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Essence of India

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40367 Tantalus Way | Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish, B.C, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1T0, Canada
+1 604-898-1000
12:00 - 21:30
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Mon 16:30 - 21:30
Wed 16:30 - 21:30
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 21:30
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Garibaldi Highlands, Canada
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88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, great service. Consistent quality, lots of choice make this a winner. Best place to get your fix for Indian food in Squamish.

Thank Madelaine48
Banff National Park, Canada
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place. This place buzzes, constant stream of people coming in for take out. Food tastes good, and portion sizes are large. Goat curry is very tasty with a good balance of spices. Rice was perfectly cooked. Will be back.

Thank zzzzzz95
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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381 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Locals took us to Essence of India in Squamish, boasting that it compared favourably to some of the best Indian food to be had. The meal we shared lived up to their word. Tucked into a strip mall, the diningroom is comfortable and newly renovated. Servers are friendly and food comes quickly. Portions are generous, and we left with lunch... More 

Thank Sassamatt
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The taste of the food was very good. the food was very delicious.The price was good. the servant was kind. If I travel to Squamish again I will go there for lunch.

Thank Rasoul S
Squamish, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

They make the best East Indian food. Service is good. I would highly recommend this restaurant. They also do takeout if you prefer to eat at home.

Thank Jim C
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

The food is so yummy and their staff is great. Great value too. Definitely one of the best restaurants in BC

Thank rippinchick
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This is truly an amazing Indian restaurant with some of the best flavours anywhere. The service is excellent and the chef owner often comes out to say hi. It's very clean but does lack ambiance white table cloths white walls.... none the less a Squamish favourite of many I'm sure!

Thank DoodleArt
Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

They really do have the best quality food for the price. The tandoori ribs are excellent. They have really good garlic naan too.

Thank Mike0987654
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Newly renovated restaurant with outstanding authentic food. The dining room is beautiful but this time we ordered delivery. The food arrived at the requested time, was piping hot and deliciously fresh. Request the level of "hot" that you want, and it will be just as you ordered. The butter chicken and fish pakoras are a must try! Delicious.

Thank princessvizzy
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

On our recent visit to Squamish BC we had the good luck to dine at Essence of India. Cooked and seasoned to perfection! We told the waiter we liked it spicy and he tried to protect us by giving us a 4 but he also brought lots of extra peppers! Too funny! The result was shear heaven. The service superb.... More 

Thank slidell_79

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40367 Tantalus Way | Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish, B.C, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1T0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Squamish
  • Phone Number: +1 604-898-1000
Recently renovated and triple the size, The Essence of India has become the place to be in Squamish. Same fresh authentic food and great service, you will never be disapointed. The menu offers a great variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Make sure to give it a try, you won't be dissapointed!

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