The Carbon Bar

4.6
1072 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 1072 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. A little bit pricey but worth it. Tasty food.

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

Everything was excellent but a bit on the pricy side.

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AP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, very helpful and great to talk to. We started with the Crocodile bites, which were okay, I wish it was grilled or made without so much batter as I almost couldn't taste the meat itself. My partner and I shared the Beef Brisket, which was amazing!!! Beef was melting and tasted so good. Our friends ordered the burger, which was a big disappointment, it was dry and heavy, the fries that came with it were great though.

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JK
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great barbeque-inspired food in a contemporary setting. A meat lover's dream. Try the crocodile bites.

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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service and The Carbon Bar never disappoints. Try the pit masters platter. Amazing!!

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RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Creative bbq and side dishes! Good service and fun ambiance. Portions could be a little larger.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carbon Bar was definitey a great choice for date night, the atmosphere was great, the serving staff and bartenders were exceptional and the food was very well done,
Would recommend to anyone who asks

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AP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been a few times now. Love the vibe and BBQ is up there with some of the best in TO. Great bourbon selection. For a treat, ask for the bourbon cart to make a table side visit.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just great. Amazing service. Highly recommended immense. Cool staff

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NZ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We came at the end of the night. The food was great but our server went home before billing us...the guy who took over didn’t come to us until like 25 minutes after we were ready to pay..

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best smoke brisket ever!

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and the meal didn't disappoint. Brisket was soft and succulent. The buttermilk chicken was sublime and the ribs were delicious. Definitely worth a second visit.

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Duck tacos are the bomb! Can’t go wrong with the platter and like how they’ll accommodate the tastes of different diners and tailor the platter to your preferences when in a group. Excellent fries and dip! Delicious cocktails too. We keep coming back!

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SP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great bbq, staff on point, ordered perfectly for family style with knowledgeable staff.

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DG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We arrived on time for an 8:30 reservation (confirmed by Open Table) only to have to wait 20 minutes to be seated--with very little in the way of apology. We then ordered cocktails before we ordered food only to have the drinks arrive after our first course--this time with no apology for the long delay! The food was pretty good overall although not particularly memorable--ceviche was tasty; octopus paella was the best dish; the seafood boil was disappointingly bland. The space and the decor are beautiful, the best part of the experience, but the noise level is high (perhaps created by a lot of echoing with the extremely high ceiling). Not sure we would return.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We came in and were seated promptly. Our server came by within a few minutes and made drink recommendations. The house drinks were tasty and the wine list wasn’t huge but it had enough of the basics that we could find something we liked. We ordered the Korean fried cauliflower - incredible! For mains we ordered the beef brisket (also phenomenal) and the ribs(good), collard greens (tasty) and the fries (good but nothing special). The lighting is dim and great for a date night. The music is a little louder which adds a nice vibe without being too loud. Service was also good and we didn’t feel rushed. Overall, would recommend for meat lovers looking for a good vibe on a weekend night.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood platters and oysters were superb . Great service as well

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M
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From start to finish it was an excellent dining experience. The Carbon Bar is the best BBQ in Canada!

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HN
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with friends for my husband's 40th birthday and were NOT disappointed! The food was mindblowingly good. Cocktails were excellent. Service was exceptional. KFC, fried green tomatoes and hush puppies were so good, and the pit master's platter was to die for. So glad we went. Would definitely recommend and go back again. Well done!

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LO
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good overall but food is not in big portion. The fishmonger meal was a bit disappointing.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BBQ platter is by far the best brisket, fried chicken, and ribs that I've ever had. And the decor of the restaurant is so cool! Not at all what you would associate with BBQ. One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto.

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EL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service .
Server was the best I’ve ever had.
Comfort food, Mac n cheese a must

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience, is always & has been amazing and accommodating since the first I’ve been to Carbon bar . I highly recommend the pit master platter to cover all bases & the kfc , filled up by death by chocolate 👌. Thank you again to the staff

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VF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Cheddar Hushpuppies and the Pit Master Platter for 2 with a side of beans and every bite was amazing! The beef brisket melted in our mouths! Highly recommend.
Service was great and staff was very friendly. Despite being busy, food came out quickly and staff checked on us multiple times.
Would visit again !

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot to go for any occasion - had the brisket and it was amazing, definitely worth the $25! Will be coming back.

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P
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ribs and beef on the saving plate were delicious and the Korean cauliflower starter wears spicy and tasty. Great fun evening.

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FC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for fun dinner with friends! Food was awesome!

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HL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and we enjoyed everything so much the first time, we ordered the exact same thing again! Raised by Wolves was a complex cocktail that involved bourbon and fire and came garnished with a mint leaf, wedged in place by a cinnamon stick that formed a bridge across the the untroubled "waters" of my glass. Amazing. Don't let the name of the best appetizer ever fool you; KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) is a sweet, hot, sticky, crispy dish of heaven on earth. It is so satisfying and savory, its hard to believe this isn't chicken! There were lots of interesting appetizers but we went straight to the pit for the brisket. Tender slices of beef, served with sides of sauce and coleslaw. The couple next to us was having a burger with a slice of brisket and their golden brown fries looked so tasty, we had to order some of our own to keep from staring at theirs. Whatever you do, save room for dessert. The Banofee Pie is a nirvana inducing combination of butter, and some kind of gooey goodness with sliced bruleed bananas on top and bourbon infused whip cream on the side. There are no words to describe it other than heaven on a fork.

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great Blueberry pancakes and the chicken & waffles game was strong! Definitely going back to Carbon Bar

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Got the platter, not enough food and no where near worth the price. Though a loaf of corn bread in there for $150.00?!?

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a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Anomaly. Waiter was slow and we had to chase him for service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with amazing food! Little priceier than we would’ve liked but don’t regret going at all!

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated earlier than our reservation...points Sever amazing....points The food was spot on

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
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 on September 14, 2018
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
15 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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NH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with my brother and Dad and they loved it!! Super awesome waiter, food was spectacular and vibe was chill for basically any type of event. Absolutely would go back, a must eat if you’re in Toronto.

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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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