Dianne's

4.4
280 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
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 280 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Took awhile to get our food but other then that it was amazing

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MN
Toronto
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Less than satisfactory.

Let’s start with the menu. We were handed a special brunch menu, and had asked if we could order from the dinner menu – dinner started officially in 1 hour. There seemed to be some resistance to accommodating that request and the waitress stated there were only a couple of differences between the brunch and dinner menu. Not true, as we checked the website. Pushing past this opposition, we ordered from the limited brunch menu. I ordered Lobster roll [came with fries she said were the best – not, they were standard overcooked frozen fries] and my sister ordered the battered spicy shrimp roll. My lobster roll at 28$ came with, not 1 but 2 soggy, tasteless sandwiches – such a disappointment. The shrimp where over battered and overcooked… not resembling shrimp at all really. They were also very salty. Neither of us finished our meals.

We rarely saw our waitress, and heaven forbid we might want a second glass of wine [hello? If the 28$ shrimp roll isn’t the money maker aren’t the drinks?]

It got complicated when we wanted to pay and get out of there. We had a credit to use – we had given it to our waitress when we first sat down so she was well aware of it and had the entire meal to work it out. The bill, which came from a different server that we had to chase to get… did not include the credit. Apologetically she left to sort it out. It came back with a Manager this time and still no credit applied. Oh my heavens – by this time we have invested so much time into this visit we were tapped out of patience. The bill finally came correct and we paid and left. Won’t go back. Can’t recommend. It’s mediocre food at best and inefficient, novice service on top.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Calvin, was outstanding. He was attentive, knowledgeable and steered us to great choices. He’s probably one of the best servers we’ve ever had anywhere. A total gem! The shrimp appetizer and burgers were off the charts delicious. We would definitely go back!

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J
Toronto
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. The only disappointment was Dianne ‘s did not have Halibut.

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DL
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in a great spot near the Lake. The waitress was great, the local beer I had was exceptional and the meals both my wife and I had were perfect. we both had different shrimp dishes and they were perfectly prepared and served. The pricing was fair for the size of the portions. We were very impressed.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came from Ottawa and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Being a former Nova Scotian, I really enjoyed the authentic N.S. lobster rolls, Can't even get these in Ottawa and I'll be back for more Our waiter was wonderful too - very personable and helpful. Wonderful place for lunch.

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J
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We highly recommend the haddock and shrimp. In fact, they were so good, esoecially the shrimp, we may order them separately next time in hopes of bigger portions.
The beef brisket was not bad, but I didn't recognize the cocoa and coffee flavour as advertised. The lobster roll had good portion lobster pieces and the fish chowder was satisfying.
Ambience was casual comfy. Sitting on the patio on a warm day should be nice but faces the street/parking lot. Was a little disappointed that open table asked for our occasional (birthday) during reservation but the information was not addressed at all by the staff, but that's just nitpicking :P On the other hand, the reservation process was great.
Price was fair for such good food in the heart of downtown.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy restaurant with cool decor. Service was great , Abbey was very helpful and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the tacos. It’s not your typical boring seafood place ,the Baja twist is unique. Will definitely be returning.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous everything- food, service. Very tolerant of our young children. We will definitely try to get back to Kingston just for this restaurant

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JO
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was very pleased with the service I received from understanding staff.

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RR
Toronto
2.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

The only good part of the dining experience was the service, other than that we were not impressed!

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DR
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner for my daughter’s graduation from Queens University. Our reservation was for a couple of hours later, but the staff arranged for us to sit early . Dianne’s is one of my daughter’s favourite restaurants , so we decided to celebrate her graduation there . Food and service were great!

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OT
Calgary
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Second time there. Food was good, found it to be just a bit on the pricier side. Nice corner location. Nice and efficient waitress.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!! The Crab Cakes are phenomenal!!

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PK
2.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Service was great - the rest disappointing. Would not recommend.

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T
4.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have eaten here five times in three months. Do I need to say more?

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LT
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

the food was good, the staff were friendly and the ambience was cheerful. Tas, our server, was a gem!

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WB
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Pros:Great service (Mandy) You were exceptional ,Great food. Cons:Poor parking, and expensive.

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RH
Toronto
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptionnal food and service as always. Highly recommend. Best burger in town as far as we are concerned! The fries are excellent as well. Actually everything we have ever had is excellent.

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J
4.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very good.
Hint: less sauce on brisket
Try the mussels and calamari.

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K
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to Dianne’s numerous times and am always blown away by the delicious menu, overall vibe, and fabulous staff. This is one of my favourites in Kingston. Worth the drive from Ottawa (just plan to stay in the city over night because once you arrive you will want to stay for a while)... highly recommend. I brought friends from Ottawa on Saturday and they fell in love with the place.

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D
Toronto
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in Kingston for our annual bowling tournament and we came here for Dinner. We arrived during happy hour so took advantage of the half price apps and drinks. The food was delicious. Service was great! No complaints. Nice location...after dinner we walked down by the old train station and took some pictures including with the KINGSTON sign! We will go back next year!

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SL
3.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Our server, Maggie, was superb. My spouse and I ordered the chowder, which was very good, and the fish and chips. While I appreciated the ability to have a salad rather than chips, we both found the fish and batter very bland and we did not like the accompanying sauce at all. I do not know how our friends enjoyed their meals but we certainly enjoyed getting together and were able to chat and enjoy ourselves comfortably.

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JO
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am never disappointed every time I visit Dianne's. Great service and great food.

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KG
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an awesome as usual, lobster rolls are always excellent. Our server, Calvin was amazing, he made our night. He was funny and extremely helpful and knowledgable . Highly recommend.

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KM
4.0Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Six old retired guys thought it was good , food was good especially the chowder and fish cakes. We will return.

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AB
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food , would definitely recommend to friends

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OT
Atlantic Canada
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite place in Kingston.

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OT
Toronto
4.0Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had dinner at Dianne's on Friday night and, at 5:00pm, all tables were reserved and full, despite the poor weather. Food, as always, was very good. Portions are a good size. Tables are a tad on the small side (and are close together)and get crowded with plates, cutlery and drinks. Dianne's is noisy. Not usually a problem, but two of our tablemates have poor hearing, so the noise bothered them.

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MH
Toronto
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, such a great dining experience! Highly recommend fish tacos and mixta salad. Delicious!

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JC
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My boyfriend and I just tried out Dianna's to see how it would be and we were very delighted with the food, service and atmosphere! It was a quiet night, but the waitress was very kind to really answer all our many questions. The special was delicious and we cannot wait to return:)

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KD
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had date night for my husband and i and had not been to Dianne's. Nice ambiance , good service and good food, we both had the fish cakes and haddock, shrimp and fries. Definitely one of the nicest fish and chips ive had. Would go again!

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TB
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were going to the Foreigner concert...4 middle aged women needing a night out. Kalvin our server was beyond fantastic ..knowledgeable and friendly. Not Fake. I like it when someone teaches me something I didn't know about something I am consuming !! His recommendations were fantastic as well . The young lady serving the table beside us was nice as well....nice when you see teamwork. We will be back !!

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, great food. Good mix of meat and seafood. Both the lobster rolls and the Dianne burger were excellent. Would definitely repeat.

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DR
5.0Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Diane's is my favourite restaurant in Kingston. I love the atmosphere; it's both casual and stylish. I especially love their Tuna "Poke" and tacos. The tacos are a great deal too!

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TL
Toronto
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and we were first table of the day and welcomed warmly.

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MJ
Toronto
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tequila Shrimp was delicious! Main courses were also excellent - I had the steak and my partner had tacos! Wine on tap is always wonderful as well!

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DW
2.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We went twice but never again. The seafood was teŕrible. It tasted dried up prefrozen and tasteless. Staff was friendly but didñot know about food when asked.

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S
Toronto
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1st time at Dianne's and the food, drink and service were great. I had a great view of both my wife's smiling face And Kingston's beautiful city hall all evening - everything was perfect.

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S
Toronto
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday evening dinner taking my Queens students out for a treat. They loved it. Reminded me very much of a Halifax style eatery, great food and relaxed atmosphere!

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