Mamakas Taverna

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Greek
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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GM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, overall a wonderful experience. The Greek dishes were very well prepared, and authentic.

j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love. Fish is incredible. Love it here

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining’s experiences I’ve ever had! Waitress was amazing, food was amazing and the ambiance was great. 10/10

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lacey as usual made it a wonderful experience

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner at the bar. The bartender, Michael, was awesome. Food was delicious. Great cocktails, too!

KG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants for date night/ special occasions. The menu recently changed and the spanakopita is so good!!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I was very excited to go as it is always booked and difficult to get reservations. I found the meatballs overcooked and dry. The octopus and swiss chard were undercooked and tough. The shrimp and lamb were cooked perfectly. Overall, we were disappointed for the price of the dishes.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place! The food is fabulous, the cocktails are unique and delicious, the service is always on point!

CF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Greek food I’ve ever had! The tzatziki was mouthwatering, as well as the taramasalata, Saganaki, spanakopita and lamb chops! The octopus could have been a little more tender and flavourful, but it was still good. The service was very attentive and the vibe was cheerful. A little bit loud, but that’s to be expected with a busy and popular place. Definitely would recommend!

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Lacey. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made helped make it a very nice experience.

DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was amazing. The only thing that took away from the experience was having to worry about 2 hour seating. It was reinforced with a message phone call to remind me I could not stay past two hours. As it turned out I did not need two hours. A customer should not have to worry about staying a bit past the two hours when out enjoying an evening dinner.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, would return for the food!

RS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite place in town. Service. Friendly. And full of beautiful flavors.

LH
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time here in a couple of years. It was fantastic. Great food, unique excellent wine and fabulous service. We'll be back again and I highly recommend it!

LB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything but the baklavas was Superb.
Baklavas were not good.
Ambiance was also Great

LW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. It was delicious. The waitress was friendly and provided excellent service. We will definitely come back again.

LC
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner as always at Mamakas! My nephew was in from NYC and he loves Greek cuisine. He now is in love with Mamakas just like us!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Anniversary. Great night out.
The tartare resulted in some gastrointestinal disruption. Otherwise would have been perfect

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! Highly recommend for a nice evening out in Toronto!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service.

MT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The wine selection is limited to only wine from Greece. I wish there was more variety because Greek wine didn't taste good. One of the many dishes we ordered was steak and it was just ok despite being one of the most expensive dishes on the menu. We booked the place and indicated on OpenTable that it's for a birthday and it is disappointing that the restaurant seemed completely unaware.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so tasty, service is awesome.

SP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service!

ED
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The sea bass and green beans were cooked to perfection. The potatoes were not truly Greek style and were dry. This restaurant is a fusion of modern and Greek. Personally prefer a little more authentic style, but I would still go back for the seafood.

ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday this past week! Amazing food and a great atmosphere. Already looking for reasons to come back again!

LG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so delicious! Amazing cocktails. Great shareable dishes for a group of friends

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!! Service was great and the ambiance was just right! Will be going back for sure!

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service and ambience is good, food mostly good except for the fish crisp. Tasteless and unappealing unfortunately. The lamb is outstanding.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it all

MB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

You can get much better food for far less. Would not recommend.

r
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Took a good 10min after being seated for someone to even bring us water.
Heard such great things about the food we were unsure what to order, when asking waitress about food details and recommendations she was far less than enthusiastic in her replies. “It’s nice” does not sell describe the different dishes

AB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Mamakas has great food and the restaurant is open concept. Everything was well kept and clean. All the appetizers and seafood we ordered was incredible. Unfortunately they charge for pita bread. The worst part of our experience was the waitress. When asked how the pork dish was, she replied back with "It's okay" and then went silent. She was also asked how some of the appetizers were and her comments were around the same of "good" and "yup." She did not check on us after receiving our food, she cleared the side plates while we were still eating the appetizers and then asked "oh what should I leave for you guys" when the table was already cleared. Also with the bill - we waited 20 minutes and when she was asked again, she stood by the station and spoke with other waitresses for another 5 minutes before we had to remind her a third time. Highly recommend the food but the service could greatly improve, especially for the money you are spending.

J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great, cocktails were great, and most importantly - service was great as well! The bartenders are very nice and friendly, was a pleasure to chit chat with them and they made us feel at home. Overall was a great experience!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fish of the day was really good, Seabream

RF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Love the wine list. One thing I would like to see: some local craft beer on tap. Although I enjoy the Greek beers they have by the bottle.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, there wasn't a single thing that we ate that didn't impress me. A little pricey but well worth it for a nice night out.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! I know truly understand the importance of a flavourful meal.

They were able to accommodate certain seating requests for myself and my partner. Service was knowledgable, friendly, attentive and quick. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to come back !

RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was absolutely incredible. She knew the menu so well and was able to suggest things we would like. The food was outstanding. Very pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Mamakas. Greek/Mediterranean fare with a focus on Seafood, although I had the grilled lamp chops on my last visit. Highly recommended.