Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

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Middle Eastern
Enjoy a spectacular view of the Aga Khan Park while sampling food inspired by the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Diwan’s elegant interior — complete with floor-to-ceiling windows — features 19th-century wooden panels hand-carved and painted in Damascus.
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

When possible, my friends from France and I always attend any new exhibit on during their stay. And part of the visit is a meal at Diwan . It’s such a beautiful space, and their kitchen tailors a menu that reflects the special exhibition taking place. And that food is always delicious.

AP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere at this restaurant. Friendly stuff.

JB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Look forward to going back.

LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had never been there before Friday the 22nd but was so impressed I returned with another friend on Saturday the 23rd. In both cases my friends had been there before and were impressed with it too. I intend to recommend it to friends and to return myself. Our server was excelllent, as was the food.

MH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is excellent food in a very elegant setting. We enjoy coming here for a special treat quite regularly.

LO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place to go with friends or family. Will do it again soon. Attention was very nice and food delicios.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely. The waiter was exceptional. He even spoke italian to us and conversed with our friend, well spoken and friendly and helpful. Food was yummy. We made great choices. We would all consider returning. Definitely have already recommended it to friends.

M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

They were wonderfully accommodating and patient with my friend's and my dietary restrictions.

BR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great restaurant - combine a tasty exotic lunch on a Saturday and Sunday with a gem of a museum.

m
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very chic restaurant. We all ordered something different and all three meals were delicious and full of flavours.

RF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall we had good experience and we enjoyed lunch , however, the restaurant floor looked not vacuumed ,

C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff, professional, answered all our questions. Wonderful that the hand carved wall panels were brought from Damascus to Toronto, beautiful. I was hoping to have been able to purchase the bowls used for shared appetizers ie the beef hummus, the gift shop did not have them and I think they would be rather nice for guests to be able to use at home, great size. Had they been available in the $40-$50 range I would not have hesitated purchasing one or two. I enjoyed the gift shop however the jewellery, scarves etc. are stunning but costly. The museum is a pleasure to tour, this was our third visit and we will continue to bring our out of town guests. Thank you to each and every person who made our visit special.

OT
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was very flavourful and delicious. Servers were professional, friendly and patient in answering questions about ingredients. Great view of the Ismaili Centre. Wonderful experience and we would absolutely return!

PH
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service exceeded our expectations.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a special dining experience. Remarkable menu coordination with current exhibition makes for intelligent cultural eating with flair. A great way to explore new cuisines.
Excellent wait staff. I bring friends from different walks of life to Diwan with success.

FT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

At first seating for lunch
Assigned seating against a wall and took 20” minutes to confirm
(Table was not reserved - when enquirer for 3rd time, was told by hostess ok w her but server had to agree
Food was excellent however service did not match expectation for Facility managed by Mark McEwan
Hope this comments stimulates change

f
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

one of the best middle east restaurants in Canada. Perfect combination of Lebanese and South Asia cuisine

MP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service. The food was divine. The venue was stunning. Can’t wait to come again!

NA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The ambience is beautiful. The chicken dish we ordered didn't indicate it was chicken leg. Neither my friend nor I eat chicken leg but didn't have a choice. The lamb kebabs were on skewers. Again, the menu did not state this. It was difficult to eat. The menu needs to be more specific. It was an average experience, overall.

RP
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very interesting menu and great food and service.

AF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience5

Positives: The ambiance, the staff and service, and the setting at the Aga Khan Museum. Stunning.
The appetizer Baba Ganoush was delicious however didnt like the heavily spiced and fried bread and pita slices. Negatives, all of our starters and mains were way too spicy. My sister ordered a beet salad and it was so small, there were like 3 small peices of beets on her plate with a few sprigs of lettuce. That is a rip off for $16. I was so looking forward to going to Diwan as I love middle eastern and African food.
I will not return and will not recommend.

HT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service, excellent. A very LOUD venue, so just be aware. No washrooms in the restaurant itself, but they are located in the museum. Accessible washrooms are only on the lower level.

F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A lovely restaurant however there was a large group that used a microphone and it was very disruptive. It was a birthday celebration and they didn’t offer a birthday dessert to show appreciation for our patronage and the massive disturbance of the party with a microphone.
Food was delicious and ambiance wonderful!

MH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I would certainly recommend the Diwan to my friends. In fact I took two of them who had never eaten at the Diwan before. Quest what, they also really enjoyed the food. They also liked the fact that it was not at all noisy. So we could talk without screaming at each other. Also the man who was looking after us was very good.

By the time they finished eating they were wanter to come back many other meals.

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is always great and the atmosphere is wonderful. We especially look forward to seeing Kelly who is our favourite server. She is more like our friend.We also of course find no fault with any of the other servers. We always look forward to our time at the Aga Khan.

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a memorable afternoon!! The ambiance is wonderful from decor to phenomenal food and superior service. It was an absolute pleasure to celebrate my 50th birthday at the Devine restaurant.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Good experience but expensive. Wonderful cultural environment. Menu trying hard to create east -west hybrid dishes which sometimes do not work out but usually enjoyable

JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a beautiful setting with attentive service. The food is both interesting and very good. My wife and I found the citrus-crusted ahi tuna two ways exceptionally good.

(Menu changes periodically and matches the theme of the main exhibition at the museum)

Overall, highly recommended

s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place amazing architecture and food. Menu changes often and is brilliant. Staff is friendly and attentive. Not a rushed feeling at all. Peaceful elegant delicious food.

AK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazingly good! Service and ambiance was excellent. Would definitely recommend, a must!

R
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tasty food, beautiful presentation; friendly service, nice environment -- we enjoy the meal

DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Music for dining with guests was terrible......jazz music is not what we would call good
dining music....perhaps a violin/cello/piano would be more suitable for a relaxed dinner.
We had to almost shout to each other at one point...the sax was blaring!!!!
We would probably rethink bringing guests for dinner.

S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love coming to Diwan and experiencing cuisines from different cultures. I love how their menu changes to reflect the current exhibits and yet our favourites are always a constant. Excellent ambience, courteous staff and great service.

MH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy the Diwan for its lovely setting, attentive service and original food. A great place for special occasions such as birthdays or family gatherings. We are never disappointed.

WJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Diwan continues to delight and surprise me with every visit. I try a different entree each time and the kitchen sends the most delicious food, artfully displayed, piping hot and fragrant. Servers are discreet, patient and attentive. this is my go-to restaurant for impressing new friends. Although I love the current menu, I am looking forward to menu changes that will reflect the change in the museum collection. I love the creativity that matches the food to the artifacts on display and welcome the upcoming culinary adventure into West Africa

PN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would go back again.

JS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Wine list and dessert menu ; disappointing
Beer shown on the menu (Ricard's red) not available.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The ambiance and service at Diwan was outstanding. We very much enjoyed the delicious food!

MB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Diwan has a beautiful view of the Aga Khan Park (an urban oasis) and the Ismaili Centre (an architectural gem with a crystalline dome).

Diwan has an equally beautiful interior decor with 18th century Damascus panels. Food and service is excellent.

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