Mamakas Taverna

4.7
539 reviews
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Mamakas Taverna is an elegant 85-seat Greek taverna on Ossington Ave. Owner Thanos Tripi brings a fresh, authentic approach to Aegean food, offering classical Greek dishes against a contemporary canvas. Each plate is thoughtfully crafted to evoke the way Thanos’ grandmother cooked, inviting guests to explore the Greece he grew up with through food, art and music.

Meant to mimic an open market, the room is built of white concrete blocks creating an effect similar to the stucco seen throughout Greece. Mamakas is a nod to heritage, history and family memories – the daily trip to the market for ripe and fragrant tomatoes. Visiting a trusted butcher for fresh paithakia, and the local fish monger for the daily catch.

Recipes passed down through generations. Honest Greek fare with a modern twist. Designed to share. Everything just as Thanos’ family has done through the ages.
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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Our server was so friendly and helpful. As for drinks, the hydra punch is a unique and delicious blend. My husband liked their gin martini (very strong). We ordered octopus and lamb for mains, and shared them. It’s the best lamb I’ve ever had! The octopus was also quite good but the lamb is the real star for me.

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LC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good. Found the noise level a bit high.

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MT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Salad was nice, mushrooms too! Good portions. However lamb chops were 4 small pieces 2 of which were burnt. Server didnt ask how i like it cooked and came medium rare. Octopus was burnt as well.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience! Highly recommend the lamb chops!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and staff! Worth the price!

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and Food was excellent but the music is too loud

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R
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mamakas was delicious and the bar was a good place to eat.

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RL
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a business colleague on a Tuesday night. Had a reservation, but at a high top.
It was noisy, but service was prompt and ambiance was good.
Food was outstanding...highly recommend.

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W
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at counter. Great dialogue with servers. Food was great. Server suggested a cocktail, which was good but $15 for a small drink was overpriced. My mistake- never asked price b4 ordering
Sea bass was delicious but wouldn’t order side of potatoes again. Too heavy and not worth it
Been back several times and will return

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mamakas was a delightful spot to dine at. It was my very first time and I must say the food was outstanding. By the time we got through the appetizers I didn’t think I was going to be able to handle the whole grilled fish of the day.

This is a great spot to go to for a date and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to venture out and treat their taste buds to something new.

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SD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food. We had just experienced the Easter dinner provided by Agora Catering which was superb. Loved every dish.

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A
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good was v good but expensive so would save for an occasion.

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A
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu was overall great. The mushroom dish was too vinegary. Not very good.

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A
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I write a cautionary tale. The food was very good. The service however paled in comparison. Our server was dismissive, impatient, rushed - and as a result, I would not return. In a city filled with a plethora of truly fine restaurants, excellent customer service prevails. Insult to injury is that they only issue one bill and automatically add an 18 per cent gratuity without prior knowledge. This should be visibly stated on their website. Happy to reward good service, when received. I would not return, nor would I recommend Mamakas.

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P
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant
Very good selection especially if you are sharing with others. a party of 6 would be great so that lots on the menu can be shared. I esp liked the fact they serve Greek wines as an opportunity to try something different

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service

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P
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The melitzanosalata was exceptional as were the short ribs and mushrooms. We were seated at crowded spot so not great. Overall the food was the highlight but the room and value less so.

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LS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Very good service but can be very noisy and crowded.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and fresh tasting with beautiful plating! The restaurant had a nice atmosphere/vibe and an open-concept kitchen in which we enjoyed the show.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as it was the service. Our waiter recommended a few excellent things from the menu, suggested which plates can be shared, and recommended a great wine. We will visit again.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! Good food and great service

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Y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Greek restaurant in the city.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Prefer high table to back area
Service was slow to start. We arrived at 9:15 and had first dish (pita bread and dip and one pita was very burnt) was served at 10. We were beyond hungry.
Sea bass serving was the smallest I’ve ever seen at any restaurant yet snd was to be shared by 4.
Frankly, overall, I was disappointed. I had hoped to share an amazing experience with friends from Montreal.

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l
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard great things about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The starters were fantastic, especially the dips, pita and cured swordfish which tasted very fresh. We ordered a variety of mains and the grilled lamb chops were the stand out. They were cooked and seasoned perfectly with herb sauce and tzatziki, so delicious. It was difficult to get a reservation. We're glad it was worth the wait.

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SL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere and ambience was really nice. The food was good but wasn't amazed.

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AS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night I spent. The service is great and the food breathtaking!

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H
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the place, the vibe of the place and the ambiance is fantastic, although I would recommend better attention to the playlist. Food was superb.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was disappointing. Fish came lukewarm and the Imam Bayildi was not cooked properly. When we sent the Imam back, they brought us the half eaten portion instead of bringing us a whole new portion. Service was good.

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food we ordered wasn’t that great for date night. Expected the chicken to be more flavourful.

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PL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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HM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mamakas is so delicious - amazing service and the food tastes just like it does in Greece. Highly recommend the Saganaki and the lamb!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Will be back soon hopefully!

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HL
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Greek food I’ve had.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - a bit expensive. No real complaints.

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RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, very pleasant atmosphere. Our server was excellent and took great care of us.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent friendly staff. Wholesome yummy food with a very decent authenticity to the cuisine.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A fantastic location with a warm and cozy ambience. Great food, wine and cocktails, we’ll definitely be back!

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K
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is incredible! And the service is good too. Some spots of the restaurant could get really loud due to close proximity of other tables, but it's not unbearable.

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