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Pukka, Toronto, ON

Pukka

4.8
4.8
590 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Indian
  • Neighbourhood gem
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Good for special occasions
"At this refined, yet casual, Indian restaurant, the portions are large, the wine list is top-notch, and the ambience encourages sharing."
{Condé Nast Traveler's list of Toronto's 20 Best Restaurants}

"There’s lots of competition among the top-tier Indian restaurants in Toronto, and Pukka is at the top of that list. Punjabi curries, vindaloos, paneer, and butter chicken—all the comforting hits from the subcontinent can be found here. And while the food is uniformly excellent, it’s the wine list that’s the standout. Created by sommelier Peter Boyd, it’s a mix of thoughtfully considered bottles that pair well with whichever dish you order (ask the staff for recommendations)."
{goop.com - Toronto Travel Guide - Eat}

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 342-1906
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Dinesh Butola
  • Catering
    Pukka is pleased to offer full-service catering services for groups of any size and budget. Please contact info@pukka.ca to discuss options.
  • Private party facilities
    Pukka is available for seated or stand-up casual events. Please contact info@pukka.ca to discuss options.
  • Private party contact
    Derek Valleau: (416) 566-7725
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Clair West
  • Cross Street
    Northwest corner of St. Clair West and Arlington Avenue.
  • Parking Details
    Free parking available on residential side streets. Paid parking available on St. Clair Avenue and Green P parking lot across the street from Pukka.
  • Public Transit
    TTC streetcar stop at Arlington Ave. <br />Subway transfer at St. Clair West station on the University-Spadina line.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 590 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Indian

590 Reviews
  1. Elaine

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always love the food and service but unfortunately our table was next to a very fun party of 15 and the noise level was intolerable

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  2. Nette

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Made reservations for their Summerlicious menu. Food was outstanding, service was efficient warm and friendly but the noise level was deafening. There was no room on their patio. In their defence the restaurant was packed which was great to see. But when considering a return trip should it be earlier later, or perhaps takeout. But will not book for the same time as we could not communicate with each other and isn’t that what “eating out” is all about?

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  3. TedD

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for Summerlicious. Good selection for 3 courses. Whole meal was very good but the cauliflower appetizer was the standout.

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  4. YoavK

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Over the last 10 years, I’ve been to Pukka approximately half a dozen times. I am grateful that they have not just survived but are thriving post pandemic! Moreover, it is remarkable for a restaurant to stay so consistent in their food quality and service for over a decade. Not an easily attained achievement. On this visit, my fellow diner and I ordered from the Summerlicious menu. I can never resist and pleased to see their signature appetizer: String Chaat. on the Summerlicious prix fixe menu. While taking inspiration from, it’s an evolved and more exciting version of Chaat Pappri. The other innovative app. is their Smoked Eggplant tartar. Presented in a pâté form, surrounded by bite crackers. For our mains their Butter Chicken which my fellow diner said had real finesse. Perhaps because of a retrained use of ghee. My choice was an equally pleasing Goan Fish Curry. In which the protein was properly cooked. Without over cooking it. A common faux pas in too many restos. With a very tempting quad of desserts, it a challenge for some to choose one. For me there was no debate as I knew that they are gelatos are sourced from Queen Streets’ Death in Venice . Rather than the more traditional vanilla or chocolate, their Raspberry flavour is my default. As it’s close to just picked pure fruit as one can get! Service is attentive and prompt without being overly familiar and obtrusive.Resulting in an incredibly satisfying and enjoyable dining experience. Which explains the ratings and kudos from several travel and dinning sites from both sides of the 49th. parallel. As their website states “not your mother’s Indian”. While it may be untraditional and yet I very much doubt many mothers or fathers can cook at this level. A fine establishment that is worthy of your custom.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. ArunaG

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and how well the servers know the menu.

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  6. Ericw

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent value!

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  7. EllenF

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. Same for the service. I was returning for my second visit after 2 years and it was exactly as terrific as I remembered.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our ( girlfriend’s night out ) was a delight. Surprised to benefit from Sunmerlicious. The pricing and choice and size of doses allowed us to each choose different apps and main and has a taste of very different dishes. Pukka has always been a cut about other Indian restaurants. Xo rubies to delight.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Picked Summerlicious options.. Appetizers were salty, gave the feedback to correct in main course. Main course 1 dish was fine other was with bland , chunky chicken pieces. Desserts were fresh and ok. Feedback and support was given to server. Manager promptly made the meal free which was denied by us and then gave 50% off as a trade off. We paid the entire bill at the end compensated thru tip to match total bill. All in all pretty positive staff but tastes are aligned towards their clientele that sometimes goes against indian cuisine texture, taste and spices. Location is not great either as compared to similarly priced restaurants in Toronto.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We forgot about summerlicious and got a few new dishes I hope will end up on the regular menu, for example cauliflower gobi

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pukka using the Order Online button. Pukka also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 342-1906.

Pukka is rated 4.8 stars by 590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pukka

778 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1B6

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Northwest corner of St. Clair West and Arlington Avenue.
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Clair West
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Free parking available on residential side streets. Paid parking available on St. Clair Avenue and Green P parking lot across the street from Pukka.
  • Public Transit
    TTC streetcar stop at Arlington Ave. Subway transfer at St. Clair West station on the University-Spadina line.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dinesh Butola
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 342-1906
  • Catering
    Pukka is pleased to offer full-service catering services for groups of any size and budget. Please contact info@pukka.ca to discuss options.
  • Private party facilities
    Pukka is available for seated or stand-up casual events. Please contact info@pukka.ca to discuss options.
  • Private party contact
    Derek Valleau: (416) 566-7725
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