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Carben Restaurant

4.9
657 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Carben is located in Hintonburg and thrives from the vibrancy and support of the community. The restaurant 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 book shelves, and the large modern light fixtures. We want the space to feel inviting and a place that everyone wants to keep coming back.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 657 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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Food
4.9
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Sushilover
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding dishes. Love the sweetbread that is comparable to Michelin starred quality!

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serguil
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place in town. Food is good, service is great, and it's just such a nice place to be, very intimate atmosphere.

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KateM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience as always! We had an eight-course menu tasting. Would eat at Carben every night if we could. ;)

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GriffinM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Definitely on the more pricey side but worth it for an occasion.

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TeresaP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant! Food is top quality, menu is small but has a nice selection, and staff are knowledgeable and just the right level of service. Make sure you get dessert!

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vipBJamesB
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The trip we made from Toronto to dine at Carben was worth it, without a doubt. Having dined in numerous places across Canada, this is certainly one of our best experiences. The tasting menu with wine pairing was a delicious kaleidoscope of flavors with introductions to amazing wines. The care and hospitality were impeccable throughout the night. Carben is certainly a place not to be missed!

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DeanF
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was amazing. We had the Chef's menu which gave us a little taste of almost everything on the menu. My only complaint is that it got a little noisy as the tables around us filled up. The staff was amazing - 5 star service for sure.

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Ottawan
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently the best dining experience in Ottawa. Superb hostmanship, combined with innovative and delicious cuisine and wine selections. We always choose the taster's menu in order to sample as much of the menu as possible. This restaurant puts the "hospitality" back in the hospitality industry.

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Monika
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great presentation - I am a repeat visitor with my work colleague and friend, and have never been disappointed by any item on the menu. I always get to try something new, and everything is always cooked to perfection, and delicious every time. The desserts are also to die for - I'm not keen on overly sweet desserts, and Carben's always hits the spot: they're always full of flavour and the perfect amount of sweetness to top off a delicious meal!

The waitress was as pleasant as always, and so very patient with us!

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Igho
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. We went there for dinner, had the duck tartare, albacore tuna, rabbit and beef short rib, they were all very delicious and beautifully presented.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and vey friendly, accommodating service from staff.

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Aarash
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great vibe, great food. It would be nice if it was a tad darker inside as I found it bright with the street lights from the large windows.

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SteveB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love a tasting menu that has a lot of variety as well as portions that are big enough to feel like I'm eating something and not just sampling. On top of that the courses all went together really well with each other, and were appropriately warm and comforting for a kind of slushy dreary late November day. I felt that the safety precautions were handled well but in a way where you could relax and enjoy yourself once you were comfortable.

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AllisonM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at Carben. Very creative and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic evening.

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RobertA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. We were a little disappointed in the number of selections available for the Main Course . We did realize Cabens has a limited menu but only offering 2 main courses was not enough selection. On top of this it was different to the Website menu which we checked only a few days before our reservation.
All in all the meal was excellent the service great but the selections available for main course were disappointing.
I would recommend a call to the restaurant before you arrive to check the menu so you aren’t disappointed in what is offered. Don’t rely on the Website.

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vipDebD
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing chef’s tasting menu! Wonderful staff. Lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole meal was excellent but the BREAD was the highlight of the night

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Zara
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish that was presented to us was unbelievably delicious! Staff was super nice.

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AndriaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carben was excellent, as usual. We tried the tasting menu which we felt was great value. Food was excellent, staff were very kind and the restaurant is cozy and modern. A go-to for us when we want to enjoy creative dishes, and they never disappoint!

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SusanE
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and the food was phenomenal. Will definitely be going back.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good food and a lovely evening out. Good value for money.

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BaileyM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing. Meredith and Jillian are so sweet and consistently excellent. We love going back!

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NicholasQ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fiancé was vegetarian, and the chef prepared a special dish for her to accommodate, and it was amazing. Great fine dining restaurant with small plates and seasonal and local food.

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KevQQottawa
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for the great experience! We had the best anniversary dinner!

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OliverB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent spot. We've been here 6 times over the years. It's one of my top 5 In the city. CHEF Kevin and team do a really great job. Merrideth and rory gave great knowledgeable fast service. We will be back and this is coming from a Chef himself!!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the plate presentation was fabulous. The service was excellent, the waiters were very knowledgeable and well articulated. Lovely evening, I would greatly recommend this place, one great discovery for me for the Ottawa food scene.

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KristaW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first indoor dining experience since COVID was excellent! Took such great care of us, managed food allergies superbly- creating tasty substitutions when required so we could all enjoy the chef’s table!The food and drink were amazing! Easy to give the experience 5 stars!

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Crob
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, experience and service. 15/10 if not better

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fooders
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. We had the tasting menu for two. Their eggplant dish was to die for, ans the quail was incredible.

The hospitality was amazing here — all the members of the Carben team were extremely friendly and thoughtful towards every element of our dining experience.

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PrinceB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was incredible. Cornish hen was unreal. Our server Meredith was tremendous! She makes a really good hot chocolate:)

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu was amazing. Each dish was creative and delicious. My husband and I enjoyed everything that we were served and look forward to going back again next time we visit Ottawa. Highly recommend! The service was amazing as well

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing tasting menu showing a very talent chef and kitchen team. Every course was beautifully presented and delicious.

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Genee
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first experience at Carben. The food tasted like paradise and the staff was even more amazing!

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SylvieL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we have eaten here many times. The food is always delicious and imaginative.

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JacobH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Although my wife and I had had a lovely time, the food was expensive in comparison to the portion sizes.

I had ordered the $38 salmon main course. The meal was good, but I was still hungry at the end.

That being said, the service was great and the atmosphere welcoming. My only concern would be the food portions that I felt they could have been more generous.

SL
SpaceLazer
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely amazing service, amazing food, and amazing experience. We went here for our anniversary and we couldn’t have made a better decision. We ordered the tasting menu along with some cocktails and everything was spectacular. Every single meal took us by surprise and we loved how the servers walked us through every plate before we dug in. There wasn’t one dish that we felt was lack-lustre; everything was above and beyond our expectations. The freshness and quality of the ingredients was apparent from first bite, and masterfully prepared as well! The windows were open so there was occasionally loud cars passing by. We were also there for about 2 1/2 hours, so if you’re getting the tasting menu, be sure to not have plans immediately after dinner. Overall we loved Carben and we will definitely be coming back in the future.

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Ottawan
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational taste experience and superb attentive hospitable service.

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PrinceB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great! But the service was unreal. Absolute perfect!

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Lite58B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was fantastic as usual. Menu, while somewhat limited, was full of flavour and chef's skill. The only knock is the dessert selection (nothing chocolate!).

FAQs

Carben Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 792-4000.

Carben Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 657 OpenTable diners.

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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