The Carbon Bar

4.5
1035 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10pm

Bar: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - Late
Saturday: 5:00pm - Late
Sunday: 5:00pm - Late

Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(416) 947-7000
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hidde Zomer
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Cross street
Church St
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
What 1035 People Are Saying
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PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was enjoyable. Service was awful. The service started out well. We were attended to immediately upon sitting down and our food arrived quickly. The food was great. However no one came back to see if we wanted more coffee after delivering the first cup. One member of our party ordered the prix fix special but the desert arrived 15 minutes after we paid the bill. We reminded the waiter/bartender before the bill arrived, while paying the bill and 15 minutes after paying the bill. When he finally brought the truffle there was no apology, he just hastily set it down and left. Well, at that point so did we. It’s unfortunate because the food was good and it was a restaurant that we could have gone again to if not for the poor service.

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

For everything in life, the best approach is to under-promise and over-deliver. I feel like the Carbon Bar sets itself up for the opposite. And I can’t quite put my finger on why, maybe it’s the price point, maybe it’s the menu, but my chicken (apparently cooked sous vide) arrived cold to the touch. I mean cold. It was a bit beyond me how something that they “wanted to ensure was cooked” could be refrigerator cold in the centre, next to the bone. They were very apologetic and brought two side dishes on the house and a fresh meal - so really can’t complain about the service - very solicitous - but maybe their kitchen is lacking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible. In the first 5 minutes, four different servers asked for a drink order. Then, for the remainder of the evening it took roughly 20 minutes or more to have someone visit the table. Empty plates were cleared after a half hour for both apps and mains. Between dessert menu and ordering dessert was another 20 mins, with nothing to drink at the table. Service is a joke here.

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M
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed another evening at Carbon Bar prior to a TIFF screening. Was happy to find I’d landed there at happy hour. It was $6 for a glass of white, red, rosé, prosecco, or draught. They also brought a little bar snack for the happy hour that was a tasty pulled pork, black bean concoction. We had the rose and it was lovely.
Service was helpful, friendly, and not intrusive.
We had the KFC, duck tacos, and the corn bread fritters. All good. All recommended but the duck tacos stole the show.

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RP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of or the best brunch location in Toronto. Often quiet in the first hour which I prefer, order up the buttermilk pancakes, they are the best in town. You will not be dissapointed. Great comfort food and make sure you ask for Ivan when you come in. The best host/manager in any restaurant I have been too. He will make you feel welcome and will take good care of you.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a tasty, reasonably priced meal! Great service... Definitely recommend!!!

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ML
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager Ivan was great and the staff made us feel at home.
Visiting from Ottawa and they were very helpful.
Great food and excellent service.
Music could be lower to allow for conversation.

Marc

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The salad selection was extremely poor, considering the remainder of the menu was very meat heavy. The meat was good. The sides were all good except the collard greens (100% bland, awful) but way too expensive! It was my birthday, so I was happy to have a night out without kids, and the vibe was great. I was just disappointed because I want a big delicious salad or veg heavy dish with all that meat. But, I was very happy they gave me one of those awesome chocolate skulls!! We'll be coming again.... but I'm going to wait a while and hope you add another salad to the menu in the meantime!

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Hmm....conflicted......food was amazing, beautiful space....amazing high ceilings......half price oysters on Tuesdays....incredible.....duck tacos were delish......split a rack of ribs with my wife.....equally delish.....wines by the glass are well thought but quite pricy.....now the conflicted part.....service was not very good.....it wasn’t busy, waiter was forgetful, plates not cleared in timely fashion, no quality check was done...ordered 2nd glass of wine was forgotten.....had to order again.....seemed more interested in resetting his section.....the only time he was genuinely prompt was when he abruptly dropped off the bill.... not going to pile on, but service was not great and these are simple steps of service.....

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started our nite at the bar. The bartenders were fantastic. Great attention to detail, and very entertaining

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AM
Cologne Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buon bar con barbecue. Assolutamente da raccomandare!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great Service.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Pancakes were dry. I could taste the baking soda. The lemon yogurt on the pancakes tasted like sour cream or yogurt gone bad.
If the service and atmosphere was poor, but the food was great, I would come back. In this instance it is the the other way around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Too many interruptions by the waiter

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SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great place for foodies

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GG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As it was my wife's birthday. It would have been nice if the restaurant offered her a rose or a cocktail.

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e
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to get our table an hour earlier than it had been reserv d for. Our table of four opted for the tasting menu. Great way value for the number of dishes offered and the amount of food. The duck confit taco was very tasty, the smoked trout wonderfully prepared with just enough sear, the ribs were the best I have had in years-note that they are smoky so if that is not your taste, I suggest the chicken! The bannoffen pie was superb, even to the non-dessert eaters! Looking forward to a return visit.

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

BBQ was really good as well as the Mac and Cheese. Drinks were good too. Overall a little pricey.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The price was very comparable when comparing with other establishments of food

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KP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This visit was utterly underwhelming. The cocktails were not quite right. The beef skewer appetizer was really tough and chewy. The KFC were oversauced. And we struggled to get our server’s attention throughout our time there, even though the place was nearly empty. Overall, this fell far short of my experience a few years ago. No need to return.

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D
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a super spot for delicious BBQ! Loved the vibe when we walked in; super-high ceilings, fun but tastefully and well put together, people of different ages and attire, the Bar was also full of people.
Server was super friendly and attentive with a warm, and casual approach. Ordered a Carbon Margarita and draft beer. Margarita was delish, well crafted, and unique. We split the KFC and was excellent; crispy and well battered with a slightly spicy and sweet sauce that was just enough to coat, but not sloppy and soggy. Shisito peppers were also enjoyable. We split the BBQ plater for two and was a lot of food but we managed to make it through. Liked all the meats and the extra cornbread with chipotle butter was excellent. Did not have room for dessert.
It's a fun and casual spot, but nicer than most BBQ spots of it's kind (probably more expensive, but I didn't feel anything was priced unreasonably).
I would return.

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Got the plaster which includes a little bit of everything. Brisket was a little cold but the rest of the food was delicious though

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Made reservations at Carbon Bar for a get together with friends. Service was prompt, food arrived in a reasonable about of time. Had the BBQ paté for a starter followed by the Brisket Burger. Everything was tasty, my only complaint is that the fries were overly salty.

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DM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favourite haunt. Love everything about the place. Food, atmosphere, service always incredible. Love to bring out-of-towners here. Menu is fantastic. Happy hour a great time to go.

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (especially the pit meat platter) and great value...a must if in downtown Toronto

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D
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good. Barbecue was good but was a bit pricy for the quality

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D
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a Sunday brunch, had the benny brisket and the TCB Ceasar and my friend had the huevo plate. Great food, brisket is amazing! Soft, tender and just the right amount of flavour. Caesar was good too. My friend enjoyed her food and Mimosa as well. Would def recommend.

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a
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server barely checked on us throughout our dinner and it took over 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive at the beginning and the restaurant wasn't even full.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

The hostess didn’t tell us our reservation had an expiration time. Our waiter didn’t tell us. Then the manager came and abruptly told us our time at the table had ended because they needed to seat more guests. The waiter hadn’t even asked us if we wanted a dessert. Certainly hadn’t brought the bill, and we still had wine on the table. Rudest treatment I’ve ever received at a Toronto restaurant. This place was my favourite in town and now I won’t be back.

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AE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is fairly small but overall taste is ok. We order a dozen oysters to try first but they didn't bother asking us what we want just gave us half-half. When placing order I did question our hostess what oysters they have today. She mentioned 3 types but we only got 2. My friend wanted to try something new in terms of drinks, we normally like to order house special drinks instead of the regular cocktails. Our hostess wasn't very knowledgeable. I've been to many restaurants where the host may make a few suggestions but she just said we don't have this one drink anymore and took off.

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SV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but it's a good thing we looked at our bill bc we were charged for 2 extra ppl at our table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall very good experience, will come back!

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PG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

the restaurant was really nice and clean and the service was very good. we liked Luka. however the menu is mostly meat with no vegetables. we ordered a platter for 3 and it was all meat with a few pickles and two orders of fries. it's ok if you are a carnivor! and it was expensive for meat and deep fried food. i would not go back there again, nor would i recommend it to anyone. we were disappointed with the menu.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always is a lovely experience

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great vibe, and great decor! Absolutely love it here. Been a couple of times now and by far my favourite spot.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good summerlicious menu! Great ambiance (modern diner).

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C
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were there for a business meal. Great restaurant, awesome food and our waitress was wonderful!

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j
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They don't mention anything about summerlicious. Also, i thought the waitress said $28 for the scotch. Turned out to be $38.00

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GE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing cocktails (Summer is coming) and beef brisket!

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I
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I like barbecue meat however, it is incredibly salty. The KFC bites were actually amazing, were the bar options and the cappuccino.

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