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The Carbon Bar
The Carbon Bar
  • Address:
    99 Queen St East
    Toronto, ON M5C 1S2
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

The Carbon Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecarbonbar.ca
  • Phone: (416) 947-7000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: Monday - Friday 4:00pm - Late
    Saturday 5:00pm - Late
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Carbon Bar
The Team from Nota Bene brings you The Carbon Bar:
Where fun-loving aficionado’s, gourmands and bon vivants meet to share un-pretentious snacks, plates and platters delivered with impeccable hospitality in a space inspired by the storied past of a rock’n’roll discotheque, an upstart TV station and a media giant’s studio.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We have been back several times. This restaurant has become our "go-to" for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, drinks, and atmosphere. Our waitress could have been a little more cheerful. Its Friday night, we were having fun she could have played off that. She kept it pretty cold, not what you are looking for on a Friday night. Bit of a buzz kill."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I think that this place in time with Chef Lee's growing menu and service. This place will have a long life just as Note Bene has. Strongly recommend it. Take time to look at the drinks menu as it is always changing. Go with an appetite."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Mouth watering BBQ, pulled pork tacos, brisket, delicious croquettes. Large portions, go hungry! Really nice wait staff. Great cocktails!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "First time here, food was great tasting, reasonable pricing and the staff was very friendly yet professional. Thank you for a great experience. Would definitely dine here again"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my second time here. First time was 2 weeks after it opened and it was amazing, which is why I came back. I wasn't nearly as impressed…both the brisket and chicken was dry and I found the platter at 27$ a head, expensive. Collards were great, cocktails were out of this world. Server was fantastic with extensive knowledge of the wine list!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A friend and I decided to try dinner at the relatively, new Carbon Bar restaurant on Queen St. East, on Friday, July 18. It was a wonderful experience, great food, excellent service, quiet for a conversation but sufficient background music to add ambience. Enjoyed it, will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The BBQ platter is incredible. Everything is tender and moist and tastes smokey like BBQ should...except the fried chicken which is just moist and crunchy and great! The "Burnt Ends" appetizer might just be my favourite new things. Really crispy bits of brisket with butter lettuce to wrap it in and eat."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Beyond impressed with the service. We had intended on staying all night but the bar cleared out around 11, we were one of the last ones there at midnight which was a shame."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service was incredible! My husband and I were extremely happy and will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday evening. Our server, Sam, was fantastic! The menu is a little usual and he spent time explaining the different choices. We tried the brisket and ribs. My boyfriend and I were blown away - no sauce and yet, so yummy! We will have to go back to try more things on the menu! When I made the reservation on open table, I was called back by the hostess to let me know that we would only have the table for 2 hours - which I find a little perculiar. It's understandable if I am not ordering anything or sipping on a glass of wine, but if I want appetizers, entree, desert and a couple of bottles of wine, 2 hours is rushed. Our waiter never made us feel rushed, which made the evening that much more enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Carbon Bar is a restaurant I'd definitely go back to and recommend to family and friends and strangers! Ambience was amazing and the food even more so! Our server was great and everyone was very accommodating to last minute changes in my reservations"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was very creative & delicious. I especially enjoyed the pork ribs and raw salad. Our server also made the evening very special - she gave us excellent suggestions and was attentive but not intrusive. Overall, one of the best dining experiences we've had in the city lately."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went there on recommendation. Will go back. Will recommend. The service and food were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Service was amazing. Food was just okay. I was expecting more for the cost of the meal."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "food was amazing! Service was just a bit too fast."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I brought my wife day after our marriage. We got a great table and service. The food was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at the Carbon Bar. Great cocktails, food and service. We will go back for sure! The only issue is that the tables are a too close together."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took mates from the UK and US here for a group dinner (X8) (my 3rd visit), service was still fantastic, bar staff are brilliant, and the food. Not a huge menu but that's not an issue. The Brisket, Collard Green and the Slaw are my go to items. The Hot Mess I tried for the first time, it was so tasty... good enough to have on its own. Great decor, great space, super happy it's in my neighbourhood. I've only been for dinner so can't comment what its like during the day but take it for what it is an enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our first night in Toronto, we were happy to enjoy craft cocktails at the Carbon Bar. The interesting menu included the "Hot Mess" which sounds like something you might avoid for a first date, but it was delicious Pork, sweet potato, cheese - nothing wrong with that!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fantastic food, we just shared some platters with fish and meat, good wines as well. It was a bit tight to be seated in a round circle with 8 of us, but we had a great time!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "If you go to Carbon, try to sit in Lorne's section. He was the most attentive and responsive server I have had in recent memory and really made the meal memorable. The food was good. We had the raw salad and the Pit Master. Salad was yummy though just a bit too much dressing. Pit Master was good. Love the variety (brisket, ribs, fried chicken). Not my favourite BBQ in Toronto (that still goes to Hogtown in the Beaches) but decent. Also had the cole slaw and fries. Both good. And the space is gorgeous! Would be fun to go with a large group and order lots of dishes but we had more than enough for two people."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our server wasn't even slammed, yet the service was terrible. She was extremely inattentive and practically ignored us. With so many incredible restaurants in Toronto, you can't afford to slack on service. I won't be returning."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and service is excellent. Bar makes good cocktails."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We found our experience at Carbon Bar to be significantly overpriced for what we received, and won't be returning."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The fish platter was good but the prawns and crab knuckle were impossible to eat. It was very expensive. $50.00 however the oysters were outstanding. The main course was good but not Note Bene quality. I would not associate Note Bene to the Corner Wine Bar. For those who are regular customers of Note Bene, it sets up a false expectation. The dinner was too expensive. Same cost of Note Bene but not near the value. We will not return but we are going back to Note Bene next week."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love the high ceilings as keeps the place cool and airy. when busy you get a great vibe, but you don't have to shout to be heard - best of both worlds. Staff are always helpful and obviously well-trained. Food is always great and cooked with precision."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Went to carbon with a friend for dinner. The good was absolutely fantastic! The service was great and the waitress was very knowledgable about the menu and the alcohol. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a great place. It's got a really cool vibe to it. Great fun atmosphere with great music playlist. The staff are all very friendly too. The menu is wonderful and everything sounds great on it. Unfortunately the food did not quite live up to expectations. It was pretty good overall, but not as great as it sounded on the menu and although nothing was bad, nothing stood out as spectacular either. But all in all it was a great night out at a really hip and interesting place."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Tried the Carbon Bar based on a recommendation from a friend. The food we ordered was great - we went with the Pit BBQ platter, and loved it. Service was mediocre. Our server was very pushy, not very friendly, and over complicated things when one of us tried to ask for an accommodation for an allergy. If we had a different server or someone more pleasant, I would have rated this experience much higher."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Chicken skins and fried oysters were a great starter. Brisket was great but the fried soft shell crab was amazing "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is about as good as Southern BBQ gets north of the border. Don't miss out on the BBQ pork croquettes."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had excellent service on Saturday night! Good food too."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nothing wrong with this place. The food was bang on but only been here once and we tried everything. Menu could be larger and the wine list needs improvement. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "To have run out of ALL menu BBQ items for an 8:30 reservation does not bode well for the future ...which is too bad because the food that was available was very good and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great dinner at Carbon Bar! We started off with the halibut ceviche and the scallops for appetiers, then tried the burger, pork tacos and beef brisket. All were amazing! Our waiter was outstanding and extremely helpful with suggestions. Great atmosphere and vibe too. We ate very well and would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Dinner was awesome, the drinks were good. The crisp chicken skins sounded great, but they were pretty bland and greasy... Other than that the rest of the food was awesome."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "got a group of friends after seeing some pics of the bbq meat platter. was not disappointed, but not floored either. the platter comes with thick cuts of brisket, pork ribs, and fried chicken, with some pickles. some sides of fries and veggies rounded out our meal. the brisket was very good, ribs also good, but the chicken for me was the best. de-boned pieces of thigh and leg with the skin fried crisp and juicy. price wise was a bit high for what you get, but fits the upscale atmosphere. i would go back, but not too often. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Funky great place to go that serves fabulous food. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Tasty and mouth-watering selection of BBQ'd meats. Drinks are a little on the pricey side, but that's to be expected when every other hotspot is charging $16 for a cocktail. Server forgot our raw salad app. nonetheless a nice dinner option if you're hungry and in the mood for meat! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014