One of the best meals I have ever had, in Ottawa or anywhere including recently NYC, Chicago and Europe. Service was professional and attentive, and the food was first-class. Early seating asked for the table back in 135 minutes which is always a sort of nagging pain in the back of your mind but as it turned out we had plenty of time and never felt rushed so no harm, no foul.
The food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Definitely a new favourite restaurant for us.
One of the best meals I have had! Amazing experience from start to finish. Fantastic service and phenomenal food. The cocktails were unreal good and we loved every moment. Can’t wait to go back.
Fantastic service and very knowledgeable. The restaurant had no problem accommodating to my gluten intolerance.
Had a very enjoyable first time here. The food and service were both outstanding. Can’t wait to come back!!!
Amazing food every time. Great conversation location.
The waiters here are fantastic, genuine care for their customers and great attention to detail.
Everything was beyond excellent. Like always! Thank you for the great evening.
We had an anniversary dinner with my wife, and it was great! Courteous service, creative and delicious cuisine, and exceptional wine list! We had a wonderful time and will come there again! Thank you, Naj and Patrick!
The food, drinks and service were absolutely exceptional. Can’t wait to go back again!
The service was excellent. The server was fully knowledgeable of the food preparation and the wine list. The meal was absolutely splendid. Highly recommend Carben for any occasion.
Delicious dinner, great quality and details. Service was awsome, definitely Carben was a wonderful place
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.
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.
The food was fantastic the servers very knowledgeable and the wine pairing was excellent.
An excellent gem of a restaurant at the edge of Westboro. Parking can be a challenge but it is close to bus lines.
Had a delicious Valentine's Day dinner. Service is always good.
Stunningly good food. Our waiter was superb and had an amazing light touch when I asked for his assistance with wine.
A true pleasure.
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.
Amazing from start to finish. Great wine pairings. The staff were friendly and answered our questions.
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.
Very enjoyable brunch with excellent service. Would definitely like to return to Carben in the evening to experience the dinner menu.
The food and service were amazing
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!
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,
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.
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.
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.
One word: exceptional. Food service and drink all A++
Always meets expectations! One of the best places to eat in Ottawa. Great food and service at a reasonable price.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Carben is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. Great cocktails too. Highly recommended.
All the details done just right. One of the best restaurants in the city.
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!
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!
The food is absolutely delightful and well presented. The service is both informative and friendly. I will be returning soon.
The food was spectacular. The amount of food looked on the smallish side, but upon eating it, it was wondeful and more than enough.