The Carbon Bar

4.5
1139 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
The Carbon Bar:
Where fun-loving aficionado’s, gourmands and bon vivants meet to share un-pretentious snacks, plates and platters delivered with impeccable hospitality in a space inspired by the storied past of a rock’n’roll discotheque, an upstart TV station and a media giant’s studio.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us at The Carbon Bar for our Special Valentines Day Menu. Come and enjoy our 5 course menu priced at $85 per person (tax and gratuity extra). We will be featuring some new (one night only) menu items including steak tartare and clams casino...but paired with our favourites of course.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1139 People Are Saying
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H
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening and great food and drinks! Service was great and the French fries should not be missed.

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NB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Would go back for sure.

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

Only have one issue. Made reservation for 6. Was told we had to be out by 8 and we had to move our table to the bar if we wanted coffee. I've been there before where I've waited 20 minutes or so to get my table. Not a big deal so don't see why pressure was put on us to move. We decided to go elsewhere for coffee. When we left there were many open tables and the bar was empty (suggesting whomever had our table had not yet arrived). Not sure why pressure was put on us. Put a damper on the evening for me.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at our first visit to Carbon Bar. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. It was hard to choose what we wanted, so many of the meals sounded great. Our food was delish. We had the octopus paella and the brisket. We started with the Korean Fried Cauliflower and it is a MUST TRY. We are already planning to go back to try their tasting menu. The chocolate skull “Boozey Bites” were the perfect end to our meal.

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SJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had a lovely time at The Carbon Bar. Due to snowy weather we were 20-25 minutes late to our reservation - the staff was very accommodating and in no way made us feel bad. Our server was super friendly and attentive. We shared the fried green tomatoes as a starter, then I had the paella and my partner had a mix of the brisket and ribs - we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The staff was VERY patient and accommodating of special meal requests. All in all a wonderful experience, we will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time all around!

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N
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely venue and service was excellent.The Banoffie dessert is a must!

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

Southern Fried Chicken was the favourite
Pass on the coleslaw
Squash salad is great
Cauliflower Buffalo style is something to try .
Usual fare ribs brisket etc pretty good but too rich and intense. Once a year maybe is OK.
Staff are the strong point. Excellent
Really nice night out!

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N
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been to carbon bar a few times and thought I would try it one last time. Definitely the last time I would go. The food used to be better but now it’s just overpriced. For a restaurant that specializes in bbq the ribs were so dry and lukewarm. On top of that the service is bad. My actual waiter was ok but the bartender was beyond dumb. One of the managers offered to pay for my drink due to the ridiculously poor service(but I don’t think he did).
Wouldn’t go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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WE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, exceptional BBQ with an inviting cozy atmosphere that feels fancy. It was my first experience at Carbon Bar - but it's my NEW FAVOURITE spot in town!

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LW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to carbon bar as a group of 6. The place was busy and had a great vibe to it. Service was great, laid back and fun. The food was great and we all left feeling full and happy. Overall a great spot to go as a group.

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p
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Third time going to Carbon Bar for dinner and drinks. Love the unique ambiance of it - very chill, but interesting all in one. Food has never disappointed and the cocktails are always on point! Love trying different things every time. Definitely recommend.

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was delicious!! great atmosphere. not cheap.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a special occasion with friends. It was a Sunday evening, and surprisingly quiet. Carbon Bar continues to be a top choice for a night out with friends and good food.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

It was my boyfriend's birthday and he was craving ribs so I started searching for a well-known barbecue place and stumbled upon the Carbon Bar. When we got there the place from the inside looked absolutely amazing so I was pretty happy with my choice, however that is where my happiness stopped. The server was nice but seemed to be pretty spaced-out, we ordered drinks and they took forever to come, my sister-in-law ordered a drink and after 20 minutes he came by and said to her: "did you order a drink by the way, I don't remember what it was."

I don't understand how that can happen, I was a server and totally get that when it's busy things can get out of hand but that is poor service and he didn't seem apologetic. Our food came before our drinks and the excuse was that the bar was backed up. My wine took over 30mins to come.

Now to the food...my boyfriend ordered the ribs which were $25, plus another $7 for fries...he got six pieces of ribs that did not have a lot of meat on them and we're not the greatest. Safe to say he didn't enjoy what he was craving.The brisket however was absolutely delicious and so was the boozy chicken.

Our server was nowhere to be seen half the time, it took us over 15mins to get ketchup for my niece 🤦🏼‍♀️. I will not be going back. The food was subpar and the service was just horrible.

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CT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot! Went here with my girlfriend. Tried the Korean fried cauliflower (recommendation from the waitress) and it didn’t disappoint! We then had the bbq platter (forgot the name lol) but it came with brisket, fried chicken, ribs, fries and multiple sauces. It was amazing. The brisket was the highlight of the dish! If you love BBQ you need to have the brisket!!!

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DP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy The Carbon Bar. Meat platters are great for sharing. Would be nice if you could choose your side with the platter instead of always fries - we left most of ours on the table. Drinks are a bit pricey - $13 for a 5 ounce glass of wine. Service was excellent - they are very attentive without being obtrusive.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. It’s a bit pricey but definitely worth it if you’re craving some good BBQ. The cocktails are great, I had a gin and tonic - first time I was ever asked my preference of gin! It was a nice touch!

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N
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went out to celebrate a 19th birthday. The atmosphere was very cozy and clean. Our waiter Paul was very kind and genuine. He did a fantastic job. We ordered the Mac N Cheese and some ribs. Both were presented well and tasted great. It was a great experience.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Carbon bar for new years eve and had the set 4 course menu. The food was really tasty with good porition sizes. The service was brilliant and all the staff seemed really friendly.

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really good for New Years but wasn’t a fan of people huddled beside our tables waiting around. It seemed like we had to get out of there fast.

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LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, amazing service, beautiful place. My favorite place in Toronto by far.

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WC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service, there was three of us. The cocktails here are great! We had the platter with the ribs, brisket and chicken. It was excellent! Good vibe, great space.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The building itself was amazing and beautiful, our waitress was friendly and the food was well worth the cost. Ive been here before but it gets better each time i eat here

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TK
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and overall experience. I asked the waiter to make me a drink and told him things I like and he brought me a great drink. Highly recommend.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always carbon did not disappoint. Absolutely awesome!!!!

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R
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 50th Birthday

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J
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great ribs and sides as always. I made a reservation ahead if Christmas season but somehow got a small table in the bar. There was loads of free - comfortable - tables in the dining room. That was definitely a sore point.

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JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Good service, good cocktails, great carnivorous fare!

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome! Eat there you won't be sorry. Smoked everything, delicious!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food service was too fast and drinks too slow!

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RR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice experience. Food was good. Not greasy at all. Little pricey and service was friendly but slow at times.

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TT
Toronto
100 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good meal made better by good service. Our waiter gave a great recommendation on reducing the amount of food we ordered. Was a great suggestion.

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PF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had to wait about 25 mins for our table. They made sure that was not going to make our experience negative so they offered us starters on the house which was appreciated. Service went very well, food really tasty and surprising. Staff was careful. Make sure to take the green peppers in the starters menu. It is a little bit too noisy if you are looking for a quiet conversation. Overall, I would recommend you give it a try and make your own opinion !

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DG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is good but pricey for what it is. Beautifully decorated room but the noise level is high, perhaps exacerbated by the very high ceilings. Service is so-so and food takes a long time to arrive.

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AM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great experience at the Carbon Bar - Cocktail list could use some development, octopus was a little overcooked but the BBQ items were outstanding! Great experience, highly recommend.

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AR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was horrible. The minute I walked in and advised of my reservation, the hostess advised we only have our reservation for 2 hours. I advised I was not aware of that. She then advised that I should have been made aware of the 2 hour reservation when I made the reservation. I advised I did not see that and she told me it was there and that I missed it. She then said that once the 2 hours had elapsed they could probably make other arrangements for me and my group (5 of us total). Once our 2 hours was running out, the waiter asked us if we wanted desert. We replied no, so he brought the bill. We then asked if we could order another drink, and he advised we can go to the bar since our 2 hour reservation had ended. He was short and curt, which was absolutely unnecessary given there were available tables in the restaurant. We felt like he was pushing us out. Instead of offering one of the tables to us (which was still empty when we left), he reminded me my reservation had ended and that we could just go to the bar. I understand restaurants are attempting to encourage more clientele with the 2 hour reservation, but to practically tell a group that is spending money (we spent $400 and would have spent more) that they can no longer occupy a table is ridiculous. At that point, we refused to give them any more business and left. This service left a bad taste in my mouth and I will not dine there again.

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere. Modern and unique. Our waitress was amazing, attentive and knowledgeable. Food was delicious and served very quickly. We had the platter for 2 and. 4 people could have easily eaten from this, if you added an extra fry. The brisket and fried chicken are amazing.

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P
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cuisine was imaginative and delicious, the service was excellent. In particular the service staff were very professional in that they didnt constantly interrupt the table conversation wanting to know how we were feeling about their service. I will be back soon.

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