Carben Restaurant

4.7
417 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Carben is located in Hintonburg and thrives from the vibrancy and support of the community. The restauarant is named after the owners Caroline Ngo and Kevin Benes. It is a play on carbon, which is a compound found in all living plants and animals.



The food at Carben is expressive, modern and ever evolving. We are inspired by local and international ingredients and cuisine. We are always challenging ourselves, our staff and our customers. We love collaborating our food with craft cocktails which are created with the same intensity as our food.



The space was designed by Shannon Smithers-Gay from one80 Design. The space is modern and rustic with a touch of industrial – from the quartz bar, to the personalized back wall, and the large modern light fixtures. We want the space to feel inviting and a place that everyone wants to keep coming back.
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j
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal specially liked the duck confit. Service was fantastic with the server recommending wine pairings for each course. A real joy to eat at this restaurant Jen

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have never had a bad time at this restaurant! The atmosphere is relaxed but upscale. The staff were extremely busy with an unexpected shortage in staff but were still helpful and warm.

The food is incredibly flavorful, unlike any other meal I've had in the city! You MUST get the wood ear mushrooms - I get them every time I go and crave them until I get them next!

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food very well presented and lovely ambiance.

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Y
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is beautifully presented and tastes even better! Congrats Carben.

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was creative and delicious. The service was excellent and very informed.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, great ambiance, nice people. 100% would go again.

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k
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was my first time there and I shall certainly return. Creative, beautiful presentation, generous portions. Good prices on wine.

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MM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip to Carben and both times it was great. The service, food, drinks and value are all awesome. Thanks! We'll be back!

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal experience. Amazing food, service was by far the best I've ever received. Naj was a fantastic server, thoughtful and went above and beyond to ensure our experience was amazing. Took our coats, helped us put our coats on, and walked us out just to hold the door open. 10X10 would recommend. The food was creative and delicious. We will be returning. Thanks Carmen and Naj!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a bit noisy but the food and service were exceptionally good! We would go back.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in reasonable portions. Variety from course to course. Cheerful excellent service. When a glitch happened in the kitchen we were given a glass of Prosecco to compensate - along with a fulsome apology. Will go back definitely.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The wood ear mushroom appetizer was superlatively delicious.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good and it had an extensive wine list. The food was good. However, for the price that we paid ($30+/plate), the main dishes were rather small. For the size of the main dishes there, I believe $20/plate would have been a more fair price.

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IK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, pleasant atmosphere, great service. Will recommend to others.

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DV
Munich
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was exceptional.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal at Carben! The food & service were excellent. I can’t wait to go back!

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, as usual. The Wood Ear Mushrooms are a favourite, and one of the major reasons to keep going back. This month's hand-made chocolate selections were divine!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great interesting beautifully plated food. Friendly interested service.
Will definitely go back again and recommend to friends

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GP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good good, excellent service, Our server was attentive, helpful, and courteous.

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HS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, fresh ingredients and innovative dishes. The only downside was the duck was heavily over-salted.

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OT
Stuttgart Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent experience from start to finish. The food was delicious and well-presented, and the service was flawless. It was my first time at Carben and I will definitely be going back.

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of unusual menu items all cooked and presented very well. Loved everything we had. I had wood mushrooms and scallops. Also it wasn't too loud 2hich we liked.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Wonderful food and pleasant, attentive staff. Well worth the money.

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Food is great (try the mushroom appetizer) and I like the ambiance (pretty quiet). I do dinner business meetings there frequently.

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J
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality small plates with innovative combinations, artistically presented, with generous portion sizes for a restaurant of that calibre. Attentive, friendly servers. Fantastic value! Definitely going back. My partner would not stop talking about the scallops.

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AH
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Food was great. Our daughter is 1 1/2 years old, and we take her out for dinners quite frequently. She was a bit restless during this dinner, but despite that the staff were excellent and welcoming!
Would highly recommend this spot.

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DV
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a good friend. Excellent food, attentive service. Had scallops with a bit of a thai-fusion going on. Lovely! Highly recommended.

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my sister's birthday and it was as good as I remembered from a previous visit. The cuisine is tasty and innovative and the service faultless. I loved the seared duck breast.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!! Honestly one of the best restaurants in Ottawa. Thanks guys!

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JO
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carben is wonderful. We've dined here several times. This time we brought a friend who was visiting from Toronto - very well traveled and food-and-wine savvy - and he was blown away. We all were. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable: gracious, attentive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Carben for anyone who is looking for a memorable dining experience.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service, a bit eclectic, fine gastronomy and originality.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant the first time I went, the second time less but this time will be my last time. I came home hungry with a bill for $150.00. My steak dinner had no vegetables to speak of and no salad. My mushroom appetizer was delicious but I needed more healthy vegetable with the meal. So sorry - I hope you will do well. Our friends loved their meals but they began with steak tartare so probably were feeling more full when their entree arrived.

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CO
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious dishes, comfortable atmosphere and impeccable service. Desserts and cocktails are also exceptional!

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AT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed out first time at Carben, had some drinks and appetizers, will definitely try a main next time!

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DM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Staff are well trained and very knowledgeable. Looking forward to another dinner at Carben.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always always awesome every time we have been. My 13 year old and 10 year old daughters even loved it!

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NB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! The drinks were also delicious.

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Had a wonderful meal. Everything was delicious and reasonably-priced.

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NK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The cocktails were wonderful and the food exceptional! Our "hosts" were attentive, knowledgeable and lovely people.

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OD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were out of this world, as was the service. So competent, nice, funny and attentive. I didn't get your names, but to the lady and gentleman who served my friend I, THANK YOU!

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