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Marben

4.3
4.3
623 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 979-1990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Locke

  • Neighborhood

    King West

  • Cross street

    Portland

  • Parking details

    Paid parking is available across the street just to the east at very reasonable rates.

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Menu

Snacks

  • East Coast Oysters

    lacto dressing, horseradish

    • eachCA$4.50
  • Ramp & Sour Cream PopcornCA$5.00

    • Midnight Oil FriesCA$8.00

      Lloyd's ranch

      • Organic SourdoughCA$8.00

        sourdough, cultured butter, sourdough vinegar

        • Ontario PeanutsCA$8.00

          mussel garum, butter

          • Green Plum 'Olives'CA$8.00

            fermented Ontario green plums, garlic, herbs

            • PIckle PlateCA$11.00

              dill pickle, cauliflower 'kimchi', root vegetables, Lloyd's ranch

              • New Farm Greens SaladCA$15.00

                PEC sumac dressing, pickled beets, radish, dulse, lovage, compressed carrot

                Small Plates

                • Popcorn ChickenCA$19.00

                  Fenwood farms chicken, fermented honey hot, sesame, chive

                  • Fried CauliflowerCA$16.00

                    lime dressing, puffed wild rice, fermented chillies, fresh herbs

                    • Miso-Garlic Sausage RollCA$16.00

                      elderberry ketchup

                      • Sheldon Creek Milk RicottaCA$21.00

                        tinctured tomatoes, lacto-tomato curd, smoked oil, crostinis or sourdough

                        Large Plates

                        • John's BurgerCA$21.00

                          dry-aged beef, beef fat brioche, aged cheddar, Branston, braised brisket, slaw, pickle

                          • Tempeh Quinoa BurgerCA$19.00

                            sesame potato bun, mac sauce, heirloom tomato, cauliflower leaf kimchi, iceberg lettuce

                            • Hasselback ZucchiniCA$29.00

                              smoked harissa, black bean & black walnut hummus, mulberry yoghurt, dukkah, fresh za'atar

                              • Fenwood Farms ChickenCA$32.00

                                maitake, asparagus, roast chicken sauce, corn truffle, corn pickle, Yorkshire pudding miso

                                • Newfoundland Cod & TamalCA$30.00

                                  and-line cod, split pea and shrimp 'tamal', rutabaga ketchup, mulberry chimichurri

                                  Desserts

                                  • Sticky Toffee PuddingCA$14.00

                                    butterscotch, lovage ice cream

                                    • Hob Nob Ice Cream Sandwich

                                      sponge toffee, armagnac ice cream, chocolate oatmeal cookie8

                                      • Pavlova for Two

                                        Ontario strawberries, creme fraiche, basil

                                        Weekend Feature

                                        Available Saturday & Sunday 12-3pm

                                        • The Fry- UpCA$21.00

                                          Fry-Up house smoked bacon, two fried eggs, grilled tomato, sauteed creminis, sourdough toast, whiskey marmalade, fancy baked beans, butter

                                          Last updated: August 24, 2021

                                          What 623 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.3
                                          4.3 based on all time ratings
                                          • 4.3Food
                                          • 4.3Service
                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                          • 4.0Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. EB

                                            ElenaB

                                            Atlantic Canada

                                            16 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on November 14, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food and drinks was great.

                                          2. RF

                                            RaymondF

                                            New England

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on October 16, 2020

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            I've been to Marbens at least 20 times. If was my friends first time. We all loved the experie ce.

                                          3. C

                                            Citygirl

                                            Toronto

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on October 11, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing Thanksgiving dinner! And their wine selection is fabulous.

                                          4. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Calgary

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on October 3, 2020

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Ariel was the best server/bartender - he made our night!

                                          5. A

                                            Alexp

                                            Toronto

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 14, 2020

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Great ambience and food. Service was good too. Will definitely come back

                                          6. KA

                                            KarynA

                                            Toronto

                                            6 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            It was great!

                                          7. AS

                                            AlexanderS

                                            Toronto

                                            7 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Superb as always. The mushroom tempura was to die for and then cut of the sirloin exquisite. Marben always provides !! Great food and great atmosphere vibes

                                          8. T

                                            Torontoeh

                                            Toronto

                                            24 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            24 reviews

                                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Marben is back!! Excellent brunch today.

                                          9. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 19, 2019

                                            overall2food3service2ambience5

                                            For what you get, it is extremely over priced. You’d get better portions at Alo or Canoe. Seasoning needs work.

                                          10. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Chicago

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 11, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food and great service. Took our children and they enjoyed just as much as we did.

                                          11. s

                                            shabs

                                            Toronto

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on July 25, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food, service and super helpful staff

                                          12. J

                                            Jeff

                                            Toronto

                                            10 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on July 7, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always nice to be welcomed back

                                          13. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Toronto

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on June 4, 2019

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            The restaurant looks too dark and small with the back area closed

                                          14. M

                                            sarahM

                                            Vancouver

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 9, 2019

                                            overall2food2service1ambience4

                                            Terrible service - had to flag down our server every time to order and menu is overpriced for the quality of food + portions.

                                          15. J

                                            Judes03

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 9, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always a great location to meet up with friends. Cauliflower and John burger never disappoints.

                                          16. T

                                            Tin2

                                            Toronto

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on April 27, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I love everything about this place. Server was very attentive. They have good variety of cocktails. Food was great! Ordered John’s burger, and it was delicious, black angus was served medium with braised brisket with brioche bun. Hands down, one of the best burgers in the city. I also love the ambience, cozy and suitable for a perfect date spot.

                                          17. HR

                                            HollyR

                                            Indiana

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 11, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a wonderful dining experience at Marben. The food was delicious, the drink selection on point, and everyone was extremely customer-focused and provided wonderful service.

                                          18. l

                                            lizzie831

                                            Toronto

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 11, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great burger!

                                          19. AE

                                            AandE

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was amazing and our server was outstanding. Friendly, informative and very knowledgeable about the menu item....a sure delight. It was a fantastic evening!

                                          20. LS

                                            LisaS

                                            Toronto

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 6, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Really good brunch! Our server was very attentive. We were celebrating my partner's birthday and they gave us a broughnut on the house! Would definitely go back.

                                          21. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Washington DC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 5, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Marben was beautiful and delicious. For our first night in Toronto for a quick trip, it did not disappoint. The food was creative and yummy. I ogled the freshly baked brioche so much that the chef personally delivered a complimentary bun to our table. It. Was. Amazing. Made with beef fat instead of butter and just as delicious as that sounds. My chicken dish was a bit small and left me feeling a tiny bit under-satisfied, but overall, this place is excellent. Highly recommend.

                                          22. B

                                            Brian

                                            Toronto

                                            10 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on April 1, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            John’s Burger is a must have!! This is my favourite burger in Toronto 😁 Thank you Marben!

                                          23. JM

                                            JeffM

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Great place. Very comfy and homey feeling. Food at brunch was fantastic. Quick, simple, no fuss. Found the food was reasonably priced as well. Parking is a bit of a pain, gotta get lucky or pay up. Definitely will come back to marben for brunch. Can still taste to brough-nut......

                                          24. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 31, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food was great and so was the service. Very good atmosphere

                                          25. JR

                                            JessicaR

                                            Toronto

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 23, 2019

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing flavours and delicious food, however appetizers are very small portions. Difficult to share with more than 2 people, even if you get multiple apps. Main meals were impressive. Steak entrees have only a small garnish accompanying. Really great service and overall love the atmosphere! Would return to try the family style main meal.

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 17, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The service at Marben was fantastic! Jordan was extremely knowledgeable and super friendly! Food was amazing too!

                                          27. CV

                                            CedarValleyFoodLover

                                            Orlando

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 16, 2019

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Food was very good, service was beyond excellent. This will not be our last time to eat at this restaurant. I whole heartedly reccomend this restaurant

                                          28. RK

                                            RobertK

                                            Toronto

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and service. Not cheap but I believe value was there. So nice to have a place that has zero TVs; classic soul music thru lunch was terrific. My son said it's a definite 'come again' place.

                                          29. J

                                            Jazzi

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 12, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The burger is fantastic! and great habanero sauce recommendation by our waitor

                                          30. EE

                                            EEMG

                                            Toronto

                                            18 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on March 9, 2019

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            Highly recommend. The minor complaint would be the servings on the ploughman board were small, however everything was very tasty.

                                          31. KC

                                            KarenC

                                            Naples

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 8, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Loved the place, loved the space!! Great food and great value . Will definitely return.

                                          32. AL

                                            AmandaL

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 3, 2019

                                            overall3food5service5ambience4

                                            Would recommend for an expensive date. Found food to be absolutely delicious but very over priced and very small portions

                                          33. F

                                            Foodielover

                                            New York Area

                                            5 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on March 2, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Awesome meal and amazing cocktails- we sat at the bar which was really fun. Julie and Jason (Bartender’s) were amazing!

                                          34. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Toronto

                                            10 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on March 2, 2019

                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                            Service was slow to start. It got better as the meal went on.

                                          35. LC

                                            LisaC

                                            Toronto

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 2, 2019

                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                            Definitely found it over priced. Things have changed - it’s like the quantity of the food went down but the prices went up. Good ambiance Service was amazing

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Manitoba

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 1, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The staff at the restaurant were very professional and welcoming. The food was amazing, as were the drinks.

                                          37. JK

                                            JaniceK

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 1, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Marben. I would like to return sometime with the whole family.

                                          38. BW

                                            BonnieW

                                            Vancouver

                                            8 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on February 28, 2019

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Service was fantastic and friendly. I felt the restaurant was welcoming. The food was comforting and delightful - variety of textures and flavours. It was a business dinner and Marben provided exactly the type of experience that aligns with my business' brand (local, sustainably sourced ingredients, friendly, unpretentious atmosphere). My guests were impressed.

                                          39. RM

                                            RachaelM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 23, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great staff, loved the touch of picking your own egg.

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 22, 2019

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            John’s burger was amazing, but Monique stole the show. She was next level Lit. No wonder she got on the jumbotron

                                          FAQs

                                          Marben is rated 4.3 stars by 623 OpenTable diners

                                          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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                                          Google Map for Marben

                                          488 Wellington Street West Toronto, ON M5V 1E5

                                          • Cross street

                                            Portland

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            King West

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Brunch
                                            Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
                                            Dinner
                                            Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                            Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Canadian, British, Gastro Pub

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Elegant

                                          • Dress code

                                            Smart Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            Paid parking is available across the street just to the east at very reasonable rates.

                                          • 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.

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Chris Locke

                                          • Entertainment

                                            null

                                          • Additional

                                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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