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243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada
+1 416-922-5415
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best piece of advice is to not go in with high expectations of a spectacular vegetarian buffet. Saying that, however, I absolutely love Govinda's! Everyone that works there is warm and welcoming, all of the food is made from scratch with love, and if you're looking for a delicious, nutritious and warm meal on a budget, this is a... More 

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Thank Rebecca L
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

What a disappointment A few vegetarian dishes poorly presented cafeteria style in a steam table All fried items dry and cold Salad served with dried out carrots Tasty peanut salad dressing. . Our service was very good though

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7 Thank 915denise
Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Govinda's is an extension of Hare Krishna temple. Most of these temples around the world have a restaurant/canteen open to general public. You don't need to be a devotee or visit the temple to eat at Govinda's. One thing to keep in mind is that it does not seem to try to brand itself as a restaurant - it is... More 

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5 Thank JSmith31082012
Toronto, Canada
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141 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This vegetarian restaurant is in a Hare Krishna Church, formerly a Christian Church which creates an interesting atmosphere. The service is excellent, but the food, completely vegetarian, is average or below average. The problem is that it sits in trays waiting to be ordered. Also, it is not very spicy for Indian style food and in fact can be quite... More 

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3 Thank Howard B
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

I absolutely adore this place! Been coming since I discovered the place in 2001, and always had amazing delicious vegetarian meals. I've never been disappointed, and never left hungry! Portions are VERY generous, the staff is always welcoming, and no other Indian restaurant can begin to complete with the atmosphere! The restaurant is located in the back of the ISKCON... More 

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Thank Danielle M
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Thank you for a great experience. Food was awesome and fresh. Ambience is unique. Love the building and its features. Our server was gentle and took the time to explain the dishes. Fresh salad and app and after such a beautiful meal they even gave us complimentary dessert. We are hooked!

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Thank veggie108108
toronto, canada
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103 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

As others have noted, Govinda's biggest selling point is that it is cheap. The food is average to below agerage imho. If you are hungry and dont have much money this will work, but it could be so much better. Some helpful suggestions to bring up the ratings 1) this is otherwise good Indian vegetarian food but add some spice... More 

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1 Thank NicholasNicholas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This place is awesome. I wanted to go to this place, because in Ecuador I used to lunch in a restaurant called "Donde Gopal" that is managed by the Krishna community, and it didn't let me down. Food is awesome and the guys who serve you are great. This place is a "must go" in Toronto and I would definitely... More 

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Thank Juan Andrés P
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Food is very food nor very spicy neither blunt. There are multiple choices.The atomspher at the place makes the food more delicious.

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Thank Amit S
Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

A good multi-course lunch of Indian style food, including soup, salad, main dish with several selections and desert was both tasty and filling, all for a $10 contribution (no tax needed) to this non-profit charitable group. In a nice and relaxing large room with high ceiling and without the high noise level in most restaurants at lunch time. They also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-922-5415

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

Staying in Midtown

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Midtown
Midtown is a dynamic part of Toronto with some of its most stylish high-rise residences and heritage buildings. The area sees busy shoppers with bag-laden arms balancing lattes in paper cups as they travel from one luxury brand to the next, taking advantage of the proximity of high-end shops. The reflecting pools, jogging trails, and nature treks of the Rosehill Revision are always a hub of outdoor activity, and after a workout from either running or splurging, many take advantage of the spas and massage parlors Midtown has to offer. Away from the bakeries, boutiques, and glamorous old theaters of the district's center, locals use the weekend to embrace the more suburban feel of Midtown's parks, tennis courts, outdoor markets, and the manicured grounds of Casa Loma, while families indulge the area's state-of-the-art playground and learning facilities. Of course, no high-brow district is complete without a healthy counter-culture: Midtown boasts some of the wildest street art and full-wall graffiti of any neighborhood in Toronto.
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