Marben

4.6
505 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
The cooking at Marben is Modern Canadian, with a strong focus on seasonality and vibrant local flavours. Chef Chris Locke utilizes his background to create innovative dishes that highlight the bounty of Ontario and Canada. We pride ourselves in using only the highest quality ingredients from local farms and suppliers, crafting all of our breads, condiments, and sauces in house.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 710-7697
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Locke
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Portland
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Parking details
Paid parking is available across the street just to the east at very reasonable rates.
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Public transit
Closest transit stops are King and Spadina and King and Portland by TTC on either the King or Spadina Streetcars. A late evening taxi stand is immediately east of Marben.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 505 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend the pork chop that they have on the menu for summerlicious. It was really delicious, I couldn't believe you can cook pork like that. The fat melts in your mouth like a butter and the meat is cooked to perfection. If you guys go there try the pork chop. Amazing :)

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CZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went to Marben for Summerlicious and we had a great time! The food was amazing, in both taste and presentation, and the service was impeccable. Our server was knowledgeable with the wine menu and his recommendations were fitting to what we were looking for. The patio was also cozy and nicely decorated to make one feel homey and comfortable. This was not my first time going to Marben but it was the first time I've brought some close friends. All of my friends had a great time and loved the restaurant, and we would definitely go back there soon!

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first Vivian but I will definitely be back. Exceptional service and great food in a beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good experience! Great food!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a special occasion that I wanted to be just right. Marben went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, cared about our time with them, and we ended up leaving making a few friends with the staff. Jordan was tremendous, we'll be returning because of him, thank you for making our evening special. Oh, the food and drink was great also. I was hoping for more of a busier atmosphere at the beginning, but in retrospect, that would likely have taken away from the extra attention they showed us. Well done Marben!

Christopher Ewert

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience was nice service was great but the food was underwhelming. My boyfriend and I were a little disappointed but maybe it was an off day at the restaurant.

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AA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Excellent food and location. However, for some reason our service was super slow. We arrived at 945pm and got out around 1145pm. The restaurant was not even super busy. Drinks too forever to come. There was long pauses between courses. That being said the food was amazing and delicious.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was phenomenal, we had the absolute best experience at the Chef’s table— the staff was warm, accommodating and far above and beyond our expectations. Thank you so much.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beer pairings with apps were Delish

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG That burger and the cauliflower

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R
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and always experience a different dish on each visit, the staff are always knowledgeable and helpful. Love the overall feel of the place and ambiance.

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H
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely staff; good food; close to the venue where we were attending a basketball game.

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D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service !

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine recommendations, family sharing plates were delicious, and the tomato-ricotta appetizer was life-changingly good. Highly recommend!

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious menu that is big on local ingredients and excellently prepared. Will definitely be returning soon.

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MA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool restaurant with very friendly staff. i love the ricotta and cheese, best I ever had! Thanks guys!

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D
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress was rude, food overpriced.

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W
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We went to Marben for a get-together among co-workers. I was excited to try it as the menu looked great. The attentiveness of the servers was quite bad. We probably sat at our table for a good 20 minutes before we had to flag someone down to get us drinks. The drinks were great once we got them, but the initial wait soured the experience. The appetizers were good, but our mains took a long time. The food tasted phenomenal once we got it. From the time we sat down to the time we actually ate it was well over 2 hours. If you go, don't expect prompt service and make sure you have a longer tolerance for the total dining experience time.

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H
London
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere outside on the patio. Food good, sampled Yorkshire pudding (we’Re from Yorkshire) nearly as good as the real thing!!
Half price wine on Sunday was a welcome discount for our meal.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is always outstanding. Have yet to get good service - just general inattentiveness. But still worth it to go for the food.

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RH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, food was scrumptious, and drinks were Devine! Definitely would recommend this place!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A request was put in for the patio, but I guess you can’t reserve that. So we ended up having to dine inside with no AC on a hot evening. It was really hot and muggy inside and they had a ton of lit candles around the restaurant and bar, which I understand is apart of the ambience, but they could have kept them off while their AC was not working. Knowing it was hot, servers in my restaurants would have offered free cold non-alcoholic drinks or cold cloths, not just ignore it.
We had asked the server for a drink that didn’t come and was even given the drinks from the next table over of which of course they took back. It wasn’t busy at all on a Tuesday night, just the patio which is small, so not sure what the lack of focus was about with many people working.
The food was good, but was a bit pricy for what you were getting and I am a chef, so I know value perception/food cost.
Even though it wasn’t a bad experience, I don’t think I’d come back when I live in a city full of restaurants.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service great. Food good, not great (but I have very high standards) but still very good. Would recommend.

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Jason était un as; il nous a servi comme des rois. La joue de bœuf était succulente; pour le reste, l’agneau et la morue, on n’a pas été hautement épaté. La cuisine manque un peu d’inspiration et de refinement. Autrement c’est un bel endroit et un restaurant qui pourra sûrement faire mieux en mettant l’accent sur la cuisine. J’y retournerais dans un an ou deux pour voir si la cuisine s’améliore.

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HL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cosy , large choice, very good food - was a good night !

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L
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful comfortable atmosphere, with a friendly group of staff.

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SW
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighbourhood Gem for sure! We love the ambiance and this quite but energetic place a short walk away from where we live. Everyone is always so accommodating and kind. Can't wait to come back.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived to our leaving the service and the food was fantastic!

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J
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good food and first class service maybe a little ward inside but it was a warm evening!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Marben. Our table had every shareable, the oysters, the 20 oz steak and the desert platter. Especially good we’re the, smoky margaritas, cauliflower and beef cheeks. Good night with good friends.

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DL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and the waiter really made it special. Food was delicious.

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KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the decor, the food, and the wine. 1/2 price bottles on Sundays is a perfect deal. We did have to wait quite a long time for our meals but our friendly server made it up to us. We are looking forward to returning.

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h
Memphis
19 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed at waiting almost 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. I understand this can happen through no fault of the management but I think we should have been offered something beyond a simple "sorry." It also took 3 tries before we received the correct bill. Otherwise the food was good, the place is attractive but kind of noisy.

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EB
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal, service was excellent, ambiance is fantastic. Highly recommend for any occassion - and The Cloak downstairs is a supercool haunt for drinks/snacks!

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SN
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared an order of dashi mussels - wonderful flavors with chile and ginger. The Canadian Viognier was also outstanding.

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GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! We try to get here as often as we can.

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GG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Saturday night dinner with six friends...
Service and food were very good. The table platters are a great option for groups of four more. The booth we had was bit too tight. A table would have been better.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was magnificent. The service was exemplerary and the overall experience was one of the best I have ever had in a Toronto restaurant.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable dining experience with a good meal supported by a great staff. Our server Jason was simply awesome. He was very knowledgeable and attentive. We will surely drop by again.

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D
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spouse had been before with a friend. Local food is featured, nice ambiance, but found it quite dark. Outside seating will be nice in the summer. As a vegetarian, I find eating out very tricky. There were two veg options on the appetizer list and one main. We shared the ploughmans platter, spouse eating the meat part, myself the cheese. Was tasty, but extremely tiny portions of two kinds of cheese (two slices of one and a tablespoon of the other). Meat selection more varied and larger portion. Huge portion of greasy toast. (Please stop with the 'expeller-pressed rapeseed - canola is canola - nasty). The meat selection was apparently delicious. Spouse ordered pork belly, I had the one main - roasted Veg (mostly root) vegetables with mushrooms. Belly good, accompanying rutabaga, meh. Veg dish was fine, but a very small portion and just that and a very dark (black) sauce that was devoid of flavour. We shared the rhubarb apple dessert - very nice. Spouse's cocktail excellent. Cafe Americano delicious. Nice atmosphere, better than average food, trendy, but don't expect to be full, but you will be out $130.00.

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