The Carbon Bar

4.5
1190 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.
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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere but felt rushed as food came out WAY too quickly for most people's liking! Great if you're in a rush though.

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GT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great drinks menu and food to match. As long as you don't mind paying slightly more for BBQ this is the place to go.

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RN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience for a special birthday dinner. Great food, and we had a lovely young Irish server.
It was a little too noisy but I expect that in Toronto restaurants.
We will come back soon.

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TK
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and service just wish the food options were healthier and/or more to choose from.

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I
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great spot. First date, dinner, even romantic evening. The food was great and place is cozy , yet has a funky design. Try to sit at the bar or the mezzanine.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I've been coming here for the last few years, the food and service isn't the same.

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JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food, great service.
Well done Carbon Bar !

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J
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the chef’ choice multiple course meal. All courses were excellent. The bartender maybe us some sample mamba margaritas complete with a flaming heart. Overall a very good dinner. We were in town for a convention and ate here twice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, a bit overpriced but nonetheless it was delicious. We had the alligator Nuggets to start, probably not my favorite. A bit too over battered, it doesn't allow you to REALLY taste the meat. Then we had the squash salad and Cesar, both very delicious and full of flavor. After we shared the BBQ platter. The meat was very good, super tender and the BBQ sauces were delicious. I personally think they are expensive for what you get but you pay for the ambiance too. We finished off with the death by chocolate cake, which was delicious! Would I go again? Sure... But it wouldn't be a place I would necessarily brag about.

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the room and the cocktails

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CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food. Very cool bar and great place to bring a date.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing as usual and the server was friendly and on point.

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V
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Great cocktails. Excellent service. Very cool building & decor.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carbon bar had a really cool vibe - high ceilings, brick walls, and awesome light fixtures. The cocktail menu had cool twists on known drinks. We did the Carbon Experience (aka Chef's Tasting) and they were accommodating to my lactose intolerance. We had a delicious and very filling meal for a great price.

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EQ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful decor and ambience. Great place for a date night. Wish the meat portions were larger for the BBQ meat, but no complaints otherwise!

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DL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and food was awesome

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LB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I order the pit master platter and while I love the chicken, the ribs this time were the best yet. Great flavour throughout the meat. Always one of my favourite meals.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good service, great atmosphere

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautifully setup. Great vibe. Definitely going back. Not too loud considering all the high ceilings and hard surfaces. A lot of thought was put into the layout, alcohol selection, menu and food prep.

Loved Ivan and the bourbon cart. That alone is worth the visit.

The food was good. We had the bbq platter for 2. The sauces were very good especially the coffee bbq sauce paired with the brisket.

Quantity was very good; we took plenty home and had no room for dessert. Really liked the crispy chicken. Would have liked a bit more depth of flavour on the ribs and brisket. 2 years ago I would have said the bbq is best in a Toronto but Toronto food keeps getting better and I am getting spoiled.
Yes I had my veggies. The deep fried cauliflower was very good.

I was also intrigued that there is a lot of seafood choice. Nextime I may try the paella.

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I liked the space.. it's really cool but the food was just ok. We had ceviche...not that great. Chicken and biscuits...just ok and the Brisket was good.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place ! Totally recommend this restaurant. The food is incredible and perfectly cooked. Thanks for everything!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was amazing, the portion sizes was just the right amount and I loved the fact that everything came one after another instead of all together like most restaurants

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TT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food made me extremely sick after. It was price fixe for Valentine’s Day.

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K
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have a date night or not so pretentious dinner in the east end. The food was great but a little too much for someone who isn’t a total meat lover. Service was on on point and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. Overall excellent place for the service, location, and “hip” dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to carbon bar for a while , it’s always been on the top of my list . I was extremely impressed on Valentine’s Day how they handled making our evening romantic and intimate well maintaining the charm that is carbon bar . Special s/o to the Managment for accommodating a fried chicken lover 👌🥂

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Atmosphere, service and BBQ was good. But everything was very overpriced. I don't have an problem paying more for a fantastic meal but you can get this quality of BBQ for much cheaper and the quality is adjusted as good. The only food we had an issue with was the clams casino which was inedible. The clams were rubber and couldn't be eaten. Over it was okay but I wouldn't recommend with all the other fantastic restaurants in the city.

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M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second Valentines Day at Carbon Bar as we enjoyed it so much last year. This year didn’t disappoint. All of the courses were great. We loved the KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) and the blistered peppers.
The main was very filling and we couldn’t finish it but they were happy to give us a takeout container.
Loved the ribs ... wish I could do ribs as well.
Great place if you love meat.

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DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Serving staff ate a good portion of my son's birthday cake

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous restaurant. The staff were great, especially Lisa and the bourbon Santa!

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service and ambiance. Can't wait to go again 10/10.

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PK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food wasn't great for a vegetarian. The drinks and ambience were nice. A little overpriced but in general a hip place.

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great. service is great!
food amazing

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DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, tried the cod this time for a change and it was good.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went as part of our kid-Free getaway and it was amaizng. The food, the atmosphere, the service, all of it. We did the Carbon Bar Experience and we did not regret it. We loved every single dish we were served. My husband also asked the bartender to surprise him with a cocktail and she did just that, taking the time to come talk to him and learn his tastes before making him a unique cocktail that he loved. We would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BBQ smell bit me once we got through the door. The food was excellent, the portions huge.
Can’t wait to get back there

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was horrible. Took 30 min to get a drink and another 15 to take our food order. They weren’t sure who was our waiter and the manager that night was no help. The food was very fatty and greasy. We have been many times. Not sure with this service I would ever go back. Audrey

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AS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cocktails were great. Meat was excellent although it was expensive

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D
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Nice design aesthetic. Food was great tho I didn't love the jalepino corn bread or its whiskey butter personal taste on that aside ... I will be back!

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a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The space is gorgeous, felt like I was in another city. Most restaurants in Toronto are not this grand.We took advantage of the Winterlicous menu and it was a very good introduction to Carbon Bar and will keep this place in mind as a repeat option in the future. The menu is the perfect size for me with not more than 6 options per course. The service was very friendly and helpful when it came to ask for recommendations.

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