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Carben Restaurant

4.9
4.9
786 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Carben is located in Hintonburg and thrives from the vibrancy and support of the community. The restaurant 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 book shelves, 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 792-4000

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Benes

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events are available. Please contact info@carbenrestaurant.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    At the corner of Wellington Street West and Sherbrooke in Hintonburg!

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 786 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. SS

    ShellS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were fantastic. Will definitely be returning.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu and it was divine! The half price wine bottles (Wednesday nights, I believe) was such a pleasant surprise!
  3. EP

    EvelyneP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben has surpassed the previous splendid visits we had before the pandemic. They offered an amazing prix fixe menu with wine pairings that were just the right size and left you anticipating the next course. They had 3 folks at front of house who were working fiercely to make this a great evening for everyone. We had seats at the bar and they were lovely to speak with or just watch as they hustled to make everything right. The kitchen succeeded on all counts. Well done!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening enjoying the chefs menu. We also had the accompanying flight of wine - great pairings. The dishes were very detailed and full of flavour. The service was great - very knowledgeable staff who did a lovely job explaining all the different components. The last time we were here was pre pandemic and it was just as memorable an evening this time around.
  5. DM

    DaveM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remarkable food and dining experience! Can't wait to go back.
  6. AF

    ApparentlyFoodie

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef tasting menu was delicious and looked amazing. Drinks were delicious too, though next time I'll have to try the wine pairings.
  7. TF

    TerryF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish a great experience, one of my favorite places to dine..
  8. ST

    SteliosT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food. Service a little slow and the space was cold.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our overall experience at Carben was exceptional. After years of walking by this cute little restaurant, we finally decided to give it a try and have no regrets, other than we should have gone and try this little gem years ago. We opted for the chef tasting menu and were wowed! The flavour profiles were amazing, every plate was well balanced, and the overall ambiance was just perfect. From the moment we walked in to the time we left, Carben offered us an amazing experience - staff, food, ambiance and at a very reasonable price!!! This little gem is a must try and definitely a place we will go to time and again.
  10. JG

    JoanneG

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Carben a number of times and it never disappoints!
  11. SK

    SeanK

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent presentation. Also top-notch friendly service. 100% recommend and we will be going again for sure.
  12. SD

    StephD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely evening, the service and atmosphere were nice and cozy, not pretentious. My partner and I had the 6 course Chef's Tasting menu. I tried the wine pairing and everything went very well together. He had a refreshing gin cocktail. We both especially enjoyed the tuna and cornish hen but every dish was fantastic! I'm not usually big on dessert but I was very impressed with the chocolate bundt cake, it was not too sweet and very well balanced. Would definitely go back for another meal!
  13. JF

    JanetF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!! The service is impeccable, friendly and expert servers and the food is delicious⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  14. KB

    KirkB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular, service was impeccable. Will be back soon.
  15. F

    France

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time and hope to be back soon! thanks
  16. V

    Valerie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  17. l

    louisea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, will be back and let other know to check it out!
  18. CO

    COrtiz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot believe I haven’t been to this restaurant before. The food, service and atmosphere was amazing. Will definitely go back and recommend to family/friends
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't know how many 5 star reviews I can give Carben. For a wide variety of reasons we do all of our life celebrations here and have never regretted it and today was no exception. I will say that of all the amazing things I've had here, the duck this time might be the best I've ever had. Oh and drinks on point as always
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is truly a gem. Their menu has a great variety for all dietary restrictions. Our group of 4 opted for the tasting menu, however one of our guests was vegetarian, and the staff didn’t hesitate to find a solution. The result was 3 of us doing the tasting menu, and our vegetarian guest had 3 courses in unison with our courses to ensure we dined together, a brilliant solution. The tasting menu was absolutely delicious, each dish was perfectly portioned, balanced, beautifully plated, and packed a ton of flavour, and their focus on sustainability and sourcing locally is inspiring. To top it off, our server was very kind and patient with us all evening. He clearly explained every dish to us in detail, ensured our drinks were well attended and was very friendly and charming. Overall an excellent experience, I can’t wait to return!
  21. L

    Lmn28

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Did the tasting menu, everything was great! It was a filling meal! Our server was awesome, super personable!
  22. DB

    DebraB

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful tasting menu!
  23. MM

    MangohM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was outstanding. We did the tasting menu and each course was better than the last. The kitchen even rushed our menu to get us out the door on time for a show. I'll be back when we are not so rushed. The owner brought out some of our dishes and was really lovely, as was our server. Warm, contemporary environment with a wildly well priced tasting menu. Thank you!
  24. RB

    RussellB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went on a Friday evening and had a great time. We choose the 6-course tasting menu,which was very well portioned. After the meal we were both satisfied. We enjoyed the pace of the meal(2hrs 15mins) and the ability to socialize. My favorite dishes were the Sable fish which was perfectly cooked and the dessert which was excellent. Of the 6 dishes most were very good with the exception of the game bird dishes which was salty and not particularly tasty. Other than that we had a great time, the service was good and the atmosphere was really good for a date night. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
  25. PF

    PatrickF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Carben provided a great backdrop to get a few couples together and enjoy wonderful food and great wine. The service was excellent and the timing between dishes was perfect. We were a party of 6 and sampled many of the menu items. Everything was top notch. We’ll be back.
  26. FN

    FrancoisN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu (six course). Every plate was flavourful. We will repeat the experience.
  27. AK

    AKAE

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a wonderful little spot for great food and service
  28. MB

    MarcusB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly friendly serving staff and delicious food. Time flew for all the right reasons!
  29. KL

    KimL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a last minute change in restaurants and were not disappointed! 4 of us had the Chefs tasting menu and were blown away with each dish! Fresh, local and delicious, our server Skyler offered us insight and fun facts into each coarse and how it came to be. She was very knowledgeable, kind, patient and hard working! Her service made the experience even better! This was all of our first times eating at Carben and will certainly return!
  30. TP

    TheresaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The tasting menu was a mini tour de force, for the price I thought it was exceptional. Cocktails were like art in a glass. I would go back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying the chefs tasting menu with one guest with a strict dietary restriction. The staff was extremely helpful in the accommodation and the food was amazing all around. Thank you so much
  32. K

    Kathleen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the chefs choice tasting menu, best way to sample a little bit of everything. Excellent service from Skylar. Beautiful looking plates, an amazing variety of ingredients and the most perfect dessert to finish it off.
  33. M

    Meg1

    Ottawa

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben Food + Drink has been on my list for some time and it was worth the wait. • Friendly knowledgeable service staff. Beautiful crafted cocktails, elegant plating, fresh seasonal ingredients, well balanced plates. Overall, wonderful evening both pleasing on the eyes and palates. We highly recommend.
  34. D

    Didi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, beautifully presented and always great descriptions of each course.
  35. B

    Bounty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous inventive food, extraordinary service. Will definitely be back!
  36. E

    Eater

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Really delicious plates but small portion sizes that may not justify the price.
  37. S

    Sari

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Service is terrible. Takes away from how incredible the food is. Completed my dinner last night without plates or drink ordered.
  38. DH

    DanH

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We waited 45 minutes for our table to be free even though we reserved. But we were fine with that. Main issue is that the food was just ok for very expensive price. 45 dollar beef t strip loin was just ok at best. Dessert was poor and the waitresses kept coming to table to chat which was annoying. For the price you are so much better off goi g to supply and demand, Wellington gastro pub or whalesbone.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit slow and chaotic off the start, but they were clearly short-staffed like many places right now, and they apologized and made up for it. After the first drink the service and food were excellent. We had a great meal and great time, and will definitely be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our favourite special date night place! Never disappoints. It was busy - so bustling and loud. The service started out a bit slow and the servers looked a bit frazzled but it became better as the evening wore on and the place thinned out a bit.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Carben Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 792-4000.

Carben Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 786 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 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Carben Restaurant

1100 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    At the corner of Wellington Street West and Sherbrooke in Hintonburg!

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Benes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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