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Mamakas Taverna, Toronto, ON

Mamakas Taverna

4.7
4.7
723 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 519-5996

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Kalisperas

  • Neighborhood

    Queen West

  • Cross street

    Humbert Street & Ossington Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 723 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience

  2. M

    Michelle

    Toronto

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A great experience again as usual. Even in a pandemic situation.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall1food4service1ambience3

    Tonight’s experience was very bitter sweet. I have been looking forward in dining at Mamakas for quite some time since I moved to Toronto. Overall, the food was fantastic, the saganaki, lamb chops and etc. was delicious. However... the service or more like, lack there of service was horrendous. to be honest we are asian Canadian patrons and in light of everything happening in the World, tonight’s service really discouraged me in dining here ever again. Our one server, L****y was very very unprofessional. I could count the number of words she spoke to us with my hands and toes. Her demeanour in being our server was screaming reluctance and all of us could see her forced smile. We are not diseased stricken leppers, we are dining guests and patrons of a restaurant and should be treated with respect and served as you would to any other guest. We asked her what was the size of the “hand made pitas” were, for an idea on how many to order, she condescendingly chuckled at us and said “its the size of a normal pita”... not very professional. To say the least, aside from taking our order, placing dishes down, clearing plates and giving and paying for the bill, we did not get much service. We were quite disappointed with our experience as the food in itself was incredible. Quite lacklustre. I’m normally one to tip well for great service and this is the first time in my life I have left a restaurant leaving ZERO tip after dining and a few blunt and honest words to our server. That is how bad the service was for us. Overall, I would recommend this place for food and hope the service is not consistent with our experience. My hope is management sees this review to please enforce some sensitivity and customer service training that is much needed. As a person who has joyfully worked and served in the restaurant industry, this is disgraceful.

  4. J

    Jarvin

    Toronto

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you, Jamal and company for such a delicious and wonderful dinner!

  5. NH

    NaomiH

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our waitress was excellent in recommending wine and dishes for us to try - even recommending us to get one less as our eyes were bigger than our bellies. It's hard to choose a favourite between the stuffed squid, lamb chops, cheese saganaki and broccoli, but the lamb and the broccoli were front runners - absolutely delicious. Need to return to try everything else on the menu

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I dine in here before Covid 19 hit the country. The overall experience was stunning; the food, service, and wine. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her food and wine recommendation was on-point. Although the restaurant was pretty busy and crowded, we were well looked after.

  7. T

    Tgasp

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious tyrokafteri (they have a different name for it on the menu but that's how I know it) dip. Still thinking about it days later. Definitely a buzzing and crowded space on the weekends, but the food makes up for it. Great service, too. A must try.

  8. VL

    VlassiosL

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Real Greek food...not the Canadianized versions you see elsewhere. If you have the food culture...don't water down..there is no need. Mamakas is the place for Greek food in Toronto. The service person was amazing food was perfect.

  9. w

    worldwideeater

    Italy

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If it was closer to home it would be our local! Always delicious and fun. Good place for just the two of us or with a group.

  10. SJ

    SalimJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food and equally amazing service!

  11. TL

    ToniL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at the bar, service was amazing. Probably some of the best Greek food we have ever had! Paired with a really nice bottle of white wine. Will be back for sure!

  12. NE

    NancyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Every dish we had was exceptional. Fresh food, prepared perfectly, outstanding flavors, textures, aromas. And reasonable prices. We'll be back. If you can't get reservations, you might be able to sit at the kitchen bar and watch the chefs - that can actually be more fun!

  13. T

    Teressa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Everything is delicious 👌🏻👌🏻 The only thing to me it’s quite noise, the music in the background it’s too loud... besides that everything it’s great !!

  14. j

    johnny

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    best greek restaurant in toronto. attention to detail, excellent quality

  15. JV

    JennyV

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my boyfriend here as her has never been before. One of my favourite places on Ossington. Excellent food always and service. Will be back soon!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was excellent- best we have had in some time. Food was delicious- we ordered a number of dishes and shared them amongst four of us. They did a good job of advising on appropriate portions - just enough for everyone. Dips were a bit over priced however - only negative but it was outweighed but all the other positives.

  17. GP

    GillianP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been twice now, once with my boyfriend and once with my family. Both times were amazing. The food is delicious and you feel like you’re in a little restaurant right in Greece. The wine is Greek as well so we got to try some that we wouldn’t be able to anywhere else necessarily. Definitely give it a try!

  18. LP

    LoisP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceeded our expectations! We sampled a number of delicious menu items, and all were outstanding. Quality of service matched the quality of food!

  19. S

    Shazza123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Brought my Mum here who previously never had Greek food. She loved it!! Really tasty food, great service, our server was fantastic!! overall fabulous experience

  20. EG

    EthanG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My anniversary of my birth.

  21. AT

    AlineT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waiter was very friendly, the service was super fast and the food was excellent

  22. AA

    AliciaA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience5

    The food quality was not up to my expectations. Octopus was cold and burned, the beef was cold and hard. The waiter was distracted although restaurant was not that busy. I don’t think the flavour palate resembles the flavours of Greece. The decoration is very good and music selection as well.

  23. TF

    TravellingFreeBird

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty casual meal with a good pal at the Bar.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Client meeting out of town.

  25. m

    mrsc

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food!! Great service!

  26. F

    Fariba

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality food, fresh ingredients and great recipes makes this place special. Will certainly come back:)

  27. CW

    ChantalW

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience3

    Portions are becoming smaller and prices are increasing. Food quality and taste is still good.

  28. PO

    POHAP

    Montreal

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience!!!

  29. MH

    MaiseH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food & service as always The lamb chops are a must!

  30. A

    Alex

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The lamb was unreal, as well as the drinks. The ambiance and lighting were very comfortable, and the noise level was also very tolerable, as I was able to hear the person I was with clearly without struggling. Great service!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall1food5service1ambience5

    Waiter was extremely pushy on us to buy more food. I felt very cornered by him. Also he refused to give us one of the items in the menu that I had the half size just last month (2 lamb chops instead of 4). I won’t go there again. Very cheap mentality.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food & service.

  33. SF

    ShangaraF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    The food wasn’t great. But dips and pita were to die for. Drinks were very well made. Bonus: They were incredibly sweet, they provided 2 glasses of champagne for our anniversary complimentary. Fantastic Service, host.

  34. G

    Glutton

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our mains were very delicious and flavourful. The Melitzanosalata dip blew my friend and I away (I still dream of it). I was disappointed that the Saganaki was not served in flames. The apple and beer sorbet was no good. It tasted like apple puree baby food. I never leave food on the plate but I couldn't make it past 2 bites.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    Server did not ask questions regarding choice of flavor palate

  36. A

    Alex

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great spot for authentic greek food! Its on the pricey side but you definitely get the quality-worth.

  37. MJ

    MJay

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, impeccable service-as always! Always love eating at mamakas.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Greek food in Toronto. Have the eggplant dip , lamb chops , Greek salad and saganaki Highly recommended meal with amazing service

  39. SG

    SteveG

    Toronto

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely food and experience! We have been a couple times this past month and will be back again soon. Thanks

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food and Ambiance is very good. Always busy when we have visted, that is a very good sign.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Mamakas Taverna is rated 4.7 stars by 723 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Humbert Street & Ossington Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Queen West

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Kalisperas

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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