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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
10:30 PM
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Carben Restaurant

4.7
312 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Canadian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday: 5:30-10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday:10:30am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 792-4000
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sherbrooke
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 312 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Delicious dinner, great quality and details. Service was awsome, definitely Carben was a wonderful place

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KyleC 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

As first time customers, we found that the experience was very pleasant. The food was delicious and beautiful. The nuances of each dish were expertly explained by the server. The cocktails we ordered were creative and tasty. We enjoyed the art and general ambience of the restaurant. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We would be happy to come back and try new dishes and drinks! Thank you for a lovely night.

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Anonymus 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good. The Old fashion was good too. I had two bloody ceasers: one was excellent but the other one was not spicy at all and only tasted tomato juice. Nothing else to say except that we would have really enjoyed a good fresh home-made bread with aromatised butter but we were told that the restaurant was using a « modern gluten-free approach » and was not serving bread(although most clients are not allergic to gluten!) We were disappointed as a good bread is part of the foodie experience and different gluten-free flours can be used for cooking. For the price of the menu, I would expect a good bread, as for any other good restaurants we went in Ottawa.

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jenniferl 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was fantastic the servers very knowledgeable and the wine pairing was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

An excellent gem of a restaurant at the edge of Westboro. Parking can be a challenge but it is close to bus lines.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Stunningly good food. Our waiter was superb and had an amazing light touch when I asked for his assistance with wine.
A true pleasure.

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BobM (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

our server (forget his name) was super friendly and helpful for our Valentine's Date. We weren't sure on the menu items, but he explained them perfectly. He was chatty, funny, and even recommended other restaurants in the area for us to try! (we're new to the city).

food was fantastic, and presented beautifully.

Price was good for the quality of food and service.

Great spot.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing from start to finish. Great wine pairings. The staff were friendly and answered our questions.

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RandyS (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious duck!
Unfortunately scallop dinner was lukewarm.
Long wait for dinner to be served although understandable when making everything fresh. Would have been nice to have a basket of bread or buns to 'tide us over' while we waited.
Excellent service!
Thank you!
RandyS

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very enjoyable brunch with excellent service. Would definitely like to return to Carben in the evening to experience the dinner menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The food and service were amazing

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was amazing and the service was top notch! Went for my husband’s birthday and we had an amazing meal! Will be going back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a very pleasant evening, a good wine suggestion and well developed flavored meal. Both my wife & I really enjoyed our evening. Will be back again,

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SarahDee (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was delicious - had the octopus as a starter and the scallops as a main. Yum! My friend had the duck which was also tasty. The food was filling and we didn't feel stuffed. The staff was helpful with food and drink recommendations and also to refill water and clear plates quickly. The staff worked together to make sure we were well taken care of and I look forward to going again and trying some other dishes.

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YOWKateLovesFood (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service and great food. Not cheap, but certainly paying for quality food. On par with Ottawa favourites like Supply and Demand and North & Navy.

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happydiner (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The food is excellent and the service and knowledge of the servers is very good. The presentation is likely the best I have ever seen. The servers explain each item on the plate. The pricing is very competitive and it is great value.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

One word: exceptional. Food service and drink all A++

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Marie (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Always meets expectations! One of the best places to eat in Ottawa. Great food and service at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is eclectic and delicious - mixing flavours that seem incompatible into a taste sensation. The service is perfect - friendly, professional, good timing. Loved everything - the grilled octopus, the amazing duck tartare, the scallops with rabbit meatballs - are you kidding me?! Not to mention the violet/lemon and chocolate melt-in-your mouth desserts... loved the cigar cocktail too!

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AGAG (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding taste and impressive presentation. Warm hospitality. Kudos to our waiter Patrick. Very knowledgeable and attentive. Can't wait to go back as I'm sure the experience will never bore with their changing menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We love this place! Carben is an exercise is gastronomic experimentation without the pretension. The menu is small but focused. The result is incredible food, desserts and drinks. In addition, the ambiance is lovely, and the service is excellent. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Loved our visit at Carben! The cocktails were excellent, we really appreciated the attention to detail. The service was friendly, professional and attentive. Food was top notch - would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Carben is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. Great cocktails too. Highly recommended.

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Justin (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

All the details done just right. One of the best restaurants in the city.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Fabulous for foodies! Fresh & creative. We had eggs benny - one with pork & one with mushrooms. Dessert was amazing - olive oil ice cream, lemon cake, violet jelly squares etc. Favourite meal in Ottawa!

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

My husband and I stumbled upon Carben a few months ago and loved it! We decided to return with my family to celebrate my birthday. I still enjoyed it but it was not as outstanding as our first experience. The restaurant was very busy - we were a group of 7 and there was a table of 8 right behind us. Our waiters did the best they could but the level of service was not quite the same as what we received the first time. As for the food we tried a variety of appetizers - squash, mushroom and octopus. Squash and mushrooms were tasty, but the octopus was a bid rubbery and not as tender as we had hoped. The octopus was served with some mini meatballs and they were fantastic. For our mains we ordered Cornish hen and duck amazing! Short rib very good. BC Snapper was underwhelming and a bit dry. Four of us ordered dessert and we all ended up choosing the chocolate flourless cake with dulce de leche, we loved it!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is absolutely delightful and well presented. The service is both informative and friendly. I will be returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was spectacular. The amount of food looked on the smallish side, but upon eating it, it was wondeful and more than enough.

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2famacdonald (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

My girlfriends and I had the pleasure of eating at Carben and from the service to the ambience to the food , it was all amazing . The staff took the time to explain the menu in great detail and the food did not disappoint ! A water glass was never left empty and the staff were so friendly and even took time to chat with us between courses . You can really tell they have a passion for what they do! I haven’t had food so good in a very long time ! I’m already planning my next visit ! Thank Carben for a wonderful night out !

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food and wine. Violets are blue dessert was outstanding!!

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