Dianne's

4.2
325 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Just steps from the waterfront a classic East Coast Kitchen meets the flavours of Baja Mexico! Think Lobster Rolls, Fish N' Chips, Oysters & Fish Chowder along with Guacamole & Tacos. From the Smokehouse, BBQ with a Mexican twist; Smoked Pulled Pork 'Carnitas', Chicken 'Tinga' & Beef Brisket 'Xocolatl'. Plus savory Grilled Steaks, Burgers, Fried Chicken, Salads, Sandwiches and more! From the bar; ice cold Craft Beer & Local Wines on tap! Premium Whiskies & Tequilas, refreshing Cocktails and the City's best fresh-squeezed lime Margaritas! All served in a casual, fun & vibrant atmosphere. Children's menu, vegetarian & gluten-free options available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Mexican, Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am -4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 507-3474
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Shane Whalen
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Catering
The Black Dog Hospitality Group is pleased to introduce our new catering division!
- Bespoke corporate lunches and party/holiday platters available for pick-up or delivery.
- Select from artisan cheeses and charcuterie, canapés, seafood platters and more.
- Our acclaimed chefs use the best, fresh, seasonal, and (whenever possible)
local ingredients.
We understand the importance of creating a lasting impression for your clients or guests!
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Clarence
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Parking Details
On street parking or in one of the many municipal lots located nearby.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
What 325 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LV
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A first visit but not to be our last. Our server was great...offering suggestions and sharing options.
Four of us had 4 different meals....all great.
Not to be missed in the Seafood Poutine.
A Kingston gem.

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C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A nice Sunday lunch “en famille”.

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WH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was good!

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere. Fantastic fish cakes, good wine menu and friendly service. Definately will return for another seniors date night.

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M
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Womens bathroom out of order.only men's bathroom available with part of it out of order and very little light and down a flight if stairs. Questionably clean restaurant. Food mostly fried things. Fish & chips has 1 piece of fish & lots of fries.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner-- the fish & chips (haddock) - crispy batter just the right thickness & the mixta salad with grilled tuna. Black beans, corn, mixed greens, etc. YUM! - the tune had crispy edges and was tender inside -- I could cut it with a fork. The mixta salad with the added grilled tuna is a Weightwatchers Freestyle 0 pts dinner except for the roll & a bit of light salad dressing, and of course the wine! Even the Happy Hour bucket of mussels with the curry sauce was great, maybe a couple of WW pts if that. Too full for dessert. Waitress was attentive and patient with our late arrival & smart to order our mains at the same time as our appetizer, even though they were served separately. Will probably go back for lunch with a group soon.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was and service fine, and the beer was good with a nice local selection. But what made me look twice (when the bill came) was the 2 X $4.00 charge (for the 1 soda pop each) that my kids had..? Wow, they almost could have had a beer for the same price.. too bad they are still under age!
Sorry kids, lets just order water next time, and we'll just smuggle your colas in.. Doh!

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P
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fish was the best - the fries could have been better a little boring but I have had some great fries lately in my travels. Have only been once but will definitely go back.

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. I had the fish and chips and it was very good.
It had a light batter and plenty of fish and was not oily. My wife had the tacos and loved them.
We would definitely go back on our next visit.
The place gets full very fast, so reservations are recommended .

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Poutine was good and so was the fish and chips. Unfortunately our fish tacos were not fresh. Portions could be a little bigger for the price,
Thanks.

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PH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

It was my husband's second visit but my first. Our main courses were quite good ( tuna steak and brisket/chicken combo) but a little pricey for value. Our appetizer was a real disappointment and after one bite sent it back . On the menu it was described as a spicy tequila infused shrimp dish for two, but it had no flavour and the shrimp tasted over boiled and rubbery.
Our server was very accommodating, apologetic and took the item off our bill.

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TQ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

The food was really bad. Very little and the price was hideous. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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RY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Unfortunately my niece wasn't working, so 3 relatives missed their chance meeting.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here was amazing. We loved every bite of it.

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MB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Very cool place!

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WL
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. We had the fish and chip combo and it was delicious. Our waitress was very sweet. Service was fast. Decent price. Would definitely go back to this restaurant.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was amazing! The fishcakes were so delicious and we shared four tacos and a salad. We were on vacation in Kingston and so glad we ate here. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Diane's was recommended to us as an "excellent" place. We have eaten in many fish restaurants and although the food was good, the portions were small and consequently expensive for what we got. The fish and chips was good but the two pieces of fish were small compared to what we have seen in PEI, Halifax, and even Muskoka. The serving of fries was not generous and we especially did not like the fact that the fries were salted for us. What was most surprising is that the order of mussels at $18 did not even come with fries. That is standard in all the restaurants where we have ordered mussels. Consider also that the portion again was small, only 23 mussels where normally an order would be between 35-40 mussels on a plate. Serving 23 mussels for $18 plus another $5 for fries makes a very expensive dish, especially for just mussels. So unfortunately, although the food is good, the value is not.

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DT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Visiting Kingston for the first time, glad we took a recommendation and ate at Dianne’s!

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WF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Not a good dining experience. Fish served undercooked and not fresh. One serving was not what was ordered. Noise level high. Surprised with attitude of server who stated she knew the order was not correct but served it anyway. Fish was replaced however.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Ok place but way overpriced. Great service and mussels for starter were tasty but fish and brisket didn’t live up to the significant price tags Vs local alternatives

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Sorry to say we had a bad experience at Diane’s having to wait an hour and a half for our food. The server was fantastic though.

Food was so so, as they appeared to have kitchen staff problems.

Went to the restaurant explicitly because we saw it on “You Gotta Eat Here.” On the way through Kingston on a motorcycle tour down to Lake Placid.

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D
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Dianne's is definitely a fun and funky restaurant on the waterfront in Kingston, ON. We were in Kingston on vacation and loved the place and the food. If we are even in Kingston again we would definitely go back

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

nice restaurant with great atmosphere very convenient location and great service

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SP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Calamari was fabulous, chicken taco was dry- not flavourful, beer red fox was great.

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l
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine list was dissapointing. Unless they add some better wines by the glass, won’t go back.

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RB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific place, friendly efficient service
The fish cakes were outstanding
Beer options were great
I would definitely return

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NE
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Jackie our server was wonderful and attentive. Food was excellent

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DJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Unfortunately, food that was ordered was not worth the price you paid for it. Salmon was over cooked, steak had no flavor and it could have used another vegetable besides the mushrooms & fries it came with. Tacos were ok. Ambience was great but bc of our experience we probably won’t go back.

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TB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food! Fish cakes we really good and the eggs Benny was filling.

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time in Kingston and was worth driving all the way from Toronto. Highly recommend if you are looking for a great seafood spot.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Excellent food but expensive for portions given. Staff were friendly.

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GL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Very expensive for what we ordered. $138.00 For lunch including drinks.
Lobster rolls were completely tasteless.
Calamari was excellent. Seafood routine sounded good in the menu but was barely ok.
Will not return.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

East Cosst meets Mexico ! Can't say enough good things. Service was fast and friendly. Excellent food. We will be back on our next visit to this lovely city

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It would b great if there were accessable washrooms as well. Other than that had a WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE. Enjoyed our evening immensely 👍👍👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lobster Roll and fries are a Must. The special artic char was awesome.

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t
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very fresh and excellent. Will definitely come back again!

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the drinks were delish, the service was awesome (Thank you Lizzy! You made the night that much better!) and the patio was beautiful. HIGHLY recommend making reservations as they are busy (for good reason)

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We saw Diane’s on a television show and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The food was great (definitely made fresh in house) with some unique flavours. The staff was very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed or wanted. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated but could use an update in a few places (bench seats need reupholstering) and there wasn’t much space between tables (we didn’t feel stuck in another groups conversation but just tight to get around). For the things that mattered though, it was great. We will definitely go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The fish cakes were to die for! We found the poke bowl too spicy (maybe mention it to people who order it?). Wish we had been hungrier, we would’ve definitely tried the tacos!!! Great place, can’t wait to go back!

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