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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
  • "Carbon is a fantastic place. Great food for those who love their meat and love it BBQ'd! The name is a good hint of what you find on the menu. Its all delicious, well prepared and served with care. Lots of great and unique drinks on the bar menu as well. The street is rough here but Carbon is a great place to meet friends or to dine with clients"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The food was great and our service was fantastic. Wonderful value for the quality of food and a great time."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Fabulous fried chicken skin snacks, amazing pork croquettes and spectacular southern fried chicken enjoyed with delicious Perrier-Jouet in a beautiful, contemporary environment with wonderful service!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Had my birthday dinner at Carbon Bar. Tried majority of the menu items and didn't find anything particularly great. The service was excellent, though a bit on the slow side. Would come back, but only for cocktails."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This local area bar and restaurant is great for a date, drink and loud conversation. The high ceilings and loud music makes communication a challenge. You would do better to text one another. Food was decent. Their speciality, a BBQ hodge podge of brisket, ribs and fried chicken was tatsty. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Upon arriving, we were greeted with a friendly welcome. They did inform us that they didn't have a highchair, but were very accommodating and warmed our baby's food for us. We were there early (5:15) and they were just doing a team meeting, and it filled in by the time we left. The food was amazing, and very friendly staff with seamless hand offs between servers. Food was fresh and a big enough serving. Also, was pleasantly surprised to find that they had large format bottle of Labatt 50! By the end, they even knew our daughters name. We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were a group of 7 celebrating a birthday...delicious food and very attentive staff"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I didn't appreciate BBQ was the primary focus, so was pleasantly surprised. As a bit of a BBQ cook and afficianado, I must admit to being impressed. The side ribs were moist with good flavour, nice bark and quite tasty. The brisket was superb with a wonderfully smoky flavour and extremely moist. the chicken was very crisp and yet still moist inside. Good job! Place got packed pretty quickly for a Tuesday night. Service was pretty good, though I felt potentially rushed, which would be the only thing that would irk me. Then again maybe it was just enthusiasm from front of house to get me sat down or from the server to be proficient."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Everything about this meal was great! We started with cocktails and kettle corn (one of the best Manhattans I've had in the city). We ordered the platter with slaw and fries. The food came out in about 5 minutes; straight from the smoker apparently. The brisket and ribs were divine. The fried chicken was slightly fatty but still spiced nicely. The service here was impeccable-very attentive and friendly. We were even given a glass of rosé after our meal while we sat and chatted, which was the perfect ending to a delicious meal!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Without question, the best barbecue in TO. The plate with pork ribs, beef brisket, and fried chicken was supernal, the fries and slaw ideal accompaniments. Tuna tartare and fried chicken skin starters were amazing. The goat cheese ice cream with honey and roasted peaches with sweet corn ice cream and fresh local blueberries were a perfect ending. Finally, the service was prompt, professional, and very helpful: the server recommended 2 meat platters for the three of us. We would go back in a minute, and have already recommended Carbon Bar to friends."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Very limited menu. I ordered brisket, it was so fatty, I had to cut out the fat. Rhubarb sorbet was too soft, almost melting!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Oysters, kale salad, ribs, octopus, grilled peach with corn ice cream, chocolate bar ( more a bite ). Everything was delicious. Although we waited at least 30 mins after the oysters to get the mains. Service was friendly overall but spotty. Our waiter seemed to be having an off night. And why tell us to have to vacate the table by a certain time, when the food weren't served in a timely manner, and there clearly were other tables available? We stayed way past our time slot and enjoyed desserts and coffee. There's room for improvement, I suppose."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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
  • "For the price, the portions are rather small. The octopus was only one tentacle & parts were too chewy to eat."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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