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Carben Restaurant

4.9
580 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.

Support Carben Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 580 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.6
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarielK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, great service by Merideth as always.

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JoanneG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was amazing. The one slight fault was the saltiness of the aioli (I think) in the squid dish. We had a wonderful evening. See you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first time, and it definitely won't be our last. Carben doesn't just make delicious food but they make art

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TracyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, it was art on a plate
Highly recommend the tasting menu

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MoStar
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly a very underrated establishment. The chefs are geniuses, and front of house staff seasoned pros. Can't recommend it enough.

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Sagar
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. We can’t wait to go back.

JK
JohanaK
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, fine dining for a very reasonable price!! Totally recommend!!

TC
TomC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent tasting menu with Asian influence.
Friendly service.

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ValerieR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a great meal with Friends despite covid thanks!

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Kerci
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Carben - the food was outstanding, unique and full of amazing flavours. They were able to accommodate my gluten intolerance with the set menu, making sure I didn’t miss out on any of the dishes. Highly recommend for a nice evening out!

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PatR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was excellent! The food was incredible. I will come back for sure.

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Valerie
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just outstanding, flavourful, well presented, refined.
Service was also excellent, courses coming just at the right pace.
I would not have changed anything

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff! Highly recommend

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MichS
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. I have a shellfish allergy and it was taken care of in the booking so had no interruption to service while there. A bit pricey but the service was impeccable. Enjoyed the visit with family of young adults.

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ElisaMoya
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was good, but even if it was 7 dishes we still felt hungry because they were really small, specifically the duck. The mushroom with sea weed and chicken croquette were the best.

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MarinaL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. So impressed with tasting menu and wine pairings. Blown away by each course. Romantic setting and very trendy. Will be back again multiple times

TN
TNguyen
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful. I was most impressed by the service and atmosphere. The food was tasty, and its quality lives up to its value. We had the short rib, which had amazing taste. However, the portion was slightly large for the flavour, which resulted to an overwhelming taste at the end. We had the cocktails - drinks were awesome. We had a good time - will definitely return.

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FrancineS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table to celebrate my husband's birthday. I had chosen this restaurant because I found the menu interesting. I especially appreciated that the list was not too long and well balanced. The experience in the restaurant was remarkable both for the service and the food. We choose the tasting dishes and decided to try the wine pairing. Every dish was very much enjoyed for their presentation, their taste and the creativity of the chef. We'll be back!

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ImmanuelL
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and fun food in a relaxed environment. Love supporting this local family restaurant that's haute but not snobby.

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WayneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food (as always) terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They couldn’t accommodate my partner’s vegan restriction and we were told that she or I could then not order the tasting menu. This was the reason we went and were left feeling very disappointed. The dishes we did order were well presented but lacking in depth of flavour and overly salty.

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Happydiner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, incredible food and wine: simply amazing.

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Linz
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend the beef short ribs and the chocolate tart.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

-super small portions - expensive

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Bree
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 8 course chefs dinner. The food was absolutely perfect, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive serving staff, and beautiful cocktails for an overall perfect night. We will be back for sure.

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Khris
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible as was the service. Great little restaurant in a great location.

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TerryF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to go to Carben, our server Meredith was perfect, the food is art on a plate, thanks again for a great evening!

Stay Safe
Terry

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vipAlainO
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing value for the 8 course tasting menu and wine pairing! You will not be disappointed , trust me :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, flavourful and creative food.

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RachelS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I genuinely have never felt so drawn into a restaurant experience. I can't recommend this place enough... it's beyond stunning, the food was unlike anything I've ever had, and the music fit the vibe perfectly. Best brunch I've ever had the pleasure of eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's not our first time dining here and it won't be our last. Food is always amazing, and innovative and beautifully plated. But the service is also great and personal while staying professional. Oh and drinks are always great.

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Mich
Ottawa
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The restaurant is beautiful. I’ve always really wanted to love Carben but the food is always really underwhelming for the price.

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner at Carben. We ordered the chef’s special and wine pairings. Every dish was a delight for the eyes and the mouth. We were there on their last night open before they had to close due to the pandemic. I look forward to visiting again when they re-open!

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GenevieveP
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great pick! The food, service, drinks and ambiance was spot on. My partner and I did the Chef tasting menu with the wine pairing and it did not disappoint. Very satisfied.

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richardc
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The tasting menu is extraordinary. We particularly enjoyed the duck tartar, wood ear mushrooms and the scallops. We had a bottle of a delicious Gruner Veltliner from Austria with it rather than the flight of wines and found it went very well, we added a glass of red to go with the last course but that was just being greedy.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for the first time last week on a Tuesday when they had the 2 for 1 large plates (with the purchase of 2 alcoholic drinks). We ordered a 3 small plates to start, 2 large plates and a dessert to share. We were impressed buy the creativity of each dish and the plating is phenomenonal. Overall great food and we were very full with a bit of takeout left over! Our favourite from each was the albacore tuna small plate, scallops large plate and pineapple express dessert! Would come back again :)

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Sfaredrum
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server and beautifully crafted courses! Would definitely go again in a special ocassion.

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Shilo
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did the blind tasting for two - we thought we would be served the same, however, surprised when we were each given something different to try. Enjoyed with the wine pairing - very nice selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was average - nothing to write home about. The noise level was so high it was difficult to have a conversation. My bill came up to $140.00 (incl. tip) which, as far as I’m concerned, is money down the drain. I don’t mind paying that much when the food is good but when it’s average , it’s insulting. The three of us said we would’t go back to Carben.

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DianeD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were excited to try Carben based on write-ups and reviewing the menu. One of our party chose this restaurant over others because of the octopus appetizer. While the menu lists "Small plates" and "Large plates" these are not meant for sharing so are a misnomer. Carben needs to re-name to Appetizers and Entrees. Food was good but portions were disappointingly small. That said, my duck was delicious and of good portion. The other three at the table did not feel the same. This is a place for a nice lunch rather than the celebratory dinner out we had hoped it would be.

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 580 OpenTable diners.

Carben Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.anycard.ca/store/carbenrestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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