Dianne's

4.3
306 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
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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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 306 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
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DT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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SM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
158 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
13 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
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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MB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely place for family and friends to dine. Fish and chips were exceptional. Overall service was very good. Waiter and staff greeted us with a smile and worked hard to cater to all customers. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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AF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I saw Diane's on "You gotta eat here" and knew the next time we were in my hometown we would have to go try the seafood! The seafood poutine, lobster rolls, & fish and shrimp were all delicious. The kicker was the grilled Mexican corn w the lime dressing & cojita cheese topped w pickled jalepenos. Wowzer! We'll be back!

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MF
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My daughter is crazy about poutine, so the draw was the seafood poutine on the menu, but everything we had was wholesome, fresh and tasty; the service was excellent and the ambience was pleasant.

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PS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The seafood poutine was good but the lobster rolls were the real show stopper. Service was also excellent.

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KL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food quality and presentation was excellent, we waited too long to be served our food, 45 minutes. There was a little miscommunication between server and kitchen apparently. Overall we were OK, less waiting would have improved our total experience.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 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 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
4 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
17 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!! The Crab Cakes are phenomenal!!

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