Carben Restaurant

4.6
556 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Carben is located in Hintonburg and thrives from the vibrancy and support of the community. The restauarant is named after the owners Caroline Ngo and Kevin Benes. It is a play on carbon, which is a compound found in all living plants and animals.



The food at Carben is expressive, modern and ever evolving. We are inspired by local and international ingredients and cuisine. We are always challenging ourselves, our staff and our customers. We love collaborating our food with craft cocktails which are created with the same intensity as our food.



The space was designed by Shannon Smithers-Gay from one80 Design. The space is modern and rustic with a touch of industrial – from the quartz bar, to the personalized back wall, and the large modern light fixtures. We want the space to feel inviting and a place that everyone wants to keep coming back.

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What 556 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

-super small portions - expensive

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Bree
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing 8 course chefs dinner. The food was absolutely perfect, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive serving staff, and beautiful cocktails for an overall perfect night. We will be back for sure.

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TerryF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a treat to go to Carben, our server Meredith was perfect, the food is art on a plate, thanks again for a great evening!

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Terry

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vipAlainO
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing value for the 8 course tasting menu and wine pairing! You will not be disappointed , trust me :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, flavourful and creative food.

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RachelS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I genuinely have never felt so drawn into a restaurant experience. I can't recommend this place enough... it's beyond stunning, the food was unlike anything I've ever had, and the music fit the vibe perfectly. Best brunch I've ever had the pleasure of eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's not our first time dining here and it won't be our last. Food is always amazing, and innovative and beautifully plated. But the service is also great and personal while staying professional. Oh and drinks are always great.

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Mich
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent. The restaurant is beautiful. I’ve always really wanted to love Carben but the food is always really underwhelming for the price.

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner at Carben. We ordered the chef’s special and wine pairings. Every dish was a delight for the eyes and the mouth. We were there on their last night open before they had to close due to the pandemic. I look forward to visiting again when they re-open!

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GenevieveP
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great pick! The food, service, drinks and ambiance was spot on. My partner and I did the Chef tasting menu with the wine pairing and it did not disappoint. Very satisfied.

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richardc
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The tasting menu is extraordinary. We particularly enjoyed the duck tartar, wood ear mushrooms and the scallops. We had a bottle of a delicious Gruner Veltliner from Austria with it rather than the flight of wines and found it went very well, we added a glass of red to go with the last course but that was just being greedy.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for the first time last week on a Tuesday when they had the 2 for 1 large plates (with the purchase of 2 alcoholic drinks). We ordered a 3 small plates to start, 2 large plates and a dessert to share. We were impressed buy the creativity of each dish and the plating is phenomenonal. Overall great food and we were very full with a bit of takeout left over! Our favourite from each was the albacore tuna small plate, scallops large plate and pineapple express dessert! Would come back again :)

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Sfaredrum
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing server and beautifully crafted courses! Would definitely go again in a special ocassion.

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Shilo
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We did the blind tasting for two - we thought we would be served the same, however, surprised when we were each given something different to try. Enjoyed with the wine pairing - very nice selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The food was average - nothing to write home about. The noise level was so high it was difficult to have a conversation. My bill came up to $140.00 (incl. tip) which, as far as I’m concerned, is money down the drain. I don’t mind paying that much when the food is good but when it’s average , it’s insulting. The three of us said we would’t go back to Carben.

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DianeD
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

We were excited to try Carben based on write-ups and reviewing the menu. One of our party chose this restaurant over others because of the octopus appetizer. While the menu lists "Small plates" and "Large plates" these are not meant for sharing so are a misnomer. Carben needs to re-name to Appetizers and Entrees. Food was good but portions were disappointingly small. That said, my duck was delicious and of good portion. The other three at the table did not feel the same. This is a place for a nice lunch rather than the celebratory dinner out we had hoped it would be.

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JoseeL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food, service was excellent. Ambiance is cozy and energy is good

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DougS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A moderate choice selection on the menu but the food was prepared with exceptional presentation and creativity. The tastes and spicing effectively complemented the food choices and the serving sizes were sensible.

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MimiL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Was our third visit, firstvvwas awesome, second was ok, this time, presentation was not there,,no imagination. Looked More like they were trying to show off the beautiful plates by pushing the food all to the end of one side of the plate are usually bring my own Peppermill because I like my pepper but I had forgotten it that night I was shocked to find out they don't have pepper mills haven't seen that happen in maybe 20 years not likely to go bad or recommend

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Traveller23
Ottawa
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a set menu and we did not know what to expect. Absolutely delicious.

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GlennC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal! Excellently service. Never disappoints.

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JessBB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautifully arranged food on gorgeous locally-made plates that's also creative & delicious, & a laid-back, pleasant atmosphere. Also, tasty cocktails!

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KrisK
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, great vibe. Recommended.

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JacquieS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Interesting food, but portions were small for the price. Appreciated the mocktails as well as the accommodation for dietary restriction. Liked the fact that it was warm in the restaurant for a cold day and all of the windows in the restaurant.

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MarieR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Loved. loved, loved the food! The ambiance was great. We didn't have to yell at each other to have a conversation and the tables are far enough apart that we weren't sharing our conversation inadvertently with our neighbours and vice versa. Prices in keeping with other restaurants of the same calibre. My only 'issue' was that our server was a bit too 'in our faces' ... he was trying to connect but overdid it. I didn't go there to talk to him.

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catherinel
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

very good, non run of the mill food, with great flavour and texture, using not the usual ingredients. Knowledgeable and attentive service. Good wine list.
Noise level quite high

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ChristineB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Was looking forward to this evening but menu was pretty limiting and food was served at lukewarm temperatures. We ordered all large plates and shared and walked away unimpressed - nothing stood out. Atmosphere is sparse and a bit pretentious.

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MarkB
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful first time experience. My partner and I each had the five course tasting menu and were surprised that we each received an entirely different menu, allowing us to effectively share ten different dishes. We can't wait to return.

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GlennC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carben was a very nice discovery. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The variety of tastes made the meal memorable. Fantastic service from beginning to end. We are looking forward to returning.

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Brunello
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We had the tasting menu. I think the fish and the ribs were the best dishes that day. The duck tartare was not the greatest, but maybe it’s just my preference. Not sure if it wasn’t as fresh as it should be or the spices were slightly off. The squash dish was a bit meh and bland, but again perhaps it’s just my preference. The space is very pleasant and inviting. I would give this place another chance but I don’t think I would go for the tasting menu again. The service was OK, but I think they do better if the table is less than 3-4 people. It becomes difficult for them to coordinate the dishes if there are more than 5 people. The highlight of the dinner was the desert: a citrusy popsicle with some merengue: truly spectacular. Overall, while the place did not take my breath away, I think it may be worth a second look.

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PeterJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent New Year's Eve 5 course blind tasting menu. Great value for the variety and quality of the dishes served. All dishes were excellent and served in a timely manner. Optional wine tasting was also excellent and we were able to share the glass between two people since it was quite a bit of wine. Servers were fantastic, very friendly and helpful. Overall a very enjoyable evening and we plan to return at some future date.

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vipDarleneL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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Jliu99
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A menu full of very interesting and innovative dishes. We shared the albacore tuna and the wood ear mushrooms and I have to say, these were some of the best small plates I’ve ever had! The smoked wood ear mushrooms are like nothing I’ve tasted before. All of our mains (scallops, lamb, short ribs) were also phenomenal!

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NickK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely amazing. We had the tasting platter and it was two hours of bliss. Amazing food and drinks and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food!

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LukeP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thank you for the amazing experience. Finally a place that can make duck something special again.

JC
JeanC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Chef’s menu with wine pairing is the way to go. Just fantastic!

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Neighbour
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Carben is always an amazing place to share a meal and to share laughs. The food is wonderful, the service is impeccable, and the desserts are out of this world.

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SandraP
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu was succulent and service was very friendly.

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CarlaV
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter was amazing - professional, good humoured and provided excellent recommendations. The 4 small food plates we had were incredible. I would go back.

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Carben Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 556 OpenTable diners.

Carben Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.anycard.ca/store/carbenrestaurant.

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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