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Carben Restaurant

4.8
4.8
760 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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 792-4000

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Benes

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events are available. Please contact info@carbenrestaurant.com

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    At the corner of Wellington Street West and Sherbrooke in Hintonburg!

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 760 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KL

    KimL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We made a last minute change in restaurants and were not disappointed! 4 of us had the Chefs tasting menu and were blown away with each dish! Fresh, local and delicious, our server Skyler offered us insight and fun facts into each coarse and how it came to be. She was very knowledgeable, kind, patient and hard working! Her service made the experience even better! This was all of our first times eating at Carben and will certainly return!
  2. TP

    TheresaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The tasting menu was a mini tour de force, for the price I thought it was exceptional. Cocktails were like art in a glass. I would go back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying the chefs tasting menu with one guest with a strict dietary restriction. The staff was extremely helpful in the accommodation and the food was amazing all around. Thank you so much
  4. K

    Kathleen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the chefs choice tasting menu, best way to sample a little bit of everything. Excellent service from Skylar. Beautiful looking plates, an amazing variety of ingredients and the most perfect dessert to finish it off.
  5. M

    Meg1

    Ottawa

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben Food + Drink has been on my list for some time and it was worth the wait. • Friendly knowledgeable service staff. Beautiful crafted cocktails, elegant plating, fresh seasonal ingredients, well balanced plates. Overall, wonderful evening both pleasing on the eyes and palates. We highly recommend.
  6. D

    Didi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, beautifully presented and always great descriptions of each course.
  7. B

    Bounty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous inventive food, extraordinary service. Will definitely be back!
  8. S

    Sari

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Service is terrible. Takes away from how incredible the food is. Completed my dinner last night without plates or drink ordered.
  9. DH

    DanH

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We waited 45 minutes for our table to be free even though we reserved. But we were fine with that. Main issue is that the food was just ok for very expensive price. 45 dollar beef t strip loin was just ok at best. Dessert was poor and the waitresses kept coming to table to chat which was annoying. For the price you are so much better off goi g to supply and demand, Wellington gastro pub or whalesbone.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit slow and chaotic off the start, but they were clearly short-staffed like many places right now, and they apologized and made up for it. After the first drink the service and food were excellent. We had a great meal and great time, and will definitely be back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our favourite special date night place! Never disappoints. It was busy - so bustling and loud. The service started out a bit slow and the servers looked a bit frazzled but it became better as the evening wore on and the place thinned out a bit.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience for a ladies dinner. Service was initially on the slower side but our server more than made up for it by acknowledging the pace - without being asked - and working to adjust the rest of our experience (including complementary top up on our wine glasses). Food was exceptional as always. Will be back - this weekend, actually!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great find in Ottawa, such a wonderful restaurant with amazing food and passionate service. Menu was well explained and nicely curated. Plating of each course was beautiful and everything tasted great with complex and balanced flavours. Honestly this restaurant rivals some of the good ones where we’ve dined in Paris, France. We would definitely come back next time we’re in town again.
  14. i

    ilovefood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben is a gem. It's the type of high-class dining experience that is not overly prissy. You walk in and the ambiance is quite chill, but the food is spectacular. The duck and steak were impeccable, and our server, Skyler was fantastic. She knew so much about the food and really added to the experience with her humour and enthusiasm. This is definitely a restaurant to visit when you are in Ottawa and is a good entry restaurant for those wanting to experience fine dining without the intimidating, exclusionary culture that makes you question whether you belong there.
  15. A

    Amanda

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You cannot go wrong at Carben. The good is excellent, the service is even better and there’s something for everyone on the wine list.
  16. PF

    PamelaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu and it was awesome. I rarely ever eat fish and the trout was my favorite. Thanks for amazing meal.
  17. J

    Jojo

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Server was friendly and attentive. Food was very good.
  18. RL

    RobL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my husbands birthday. Fantastic meal, service and cocktails. Excited to return!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner at Carben. We got the tasting menu and were pleased at every dish- in particular the rainbow trout and hanger steak were absolutely incredible, best food i’ve had in weeks. Kevin was awesome as well. We loved the time and care and effort put into every dish- we’ll definitely be coming back, great experience overall and recommend for anyone considering Carben
  20. WM

    WiningwithMel

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is absolutely AMAZING. Service was alright but our server had a lot of trouble hearing us as well as other patrons, so communication was an issue. It might have been because the music was too loud. Prices have gone up significantly compared to the menu on their website, so I experienced a bit of sticker shock. Still a great choice for a special occasion.
  21. DG

    DavidG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, one of the better date nights we've had in recent memory. Do recommend.
  22. MB

    MurrayB

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu is a special experience. Presentation and taste outstanding. Service was superb
  23. OB

    OliverB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always love going to this restaurant. Has been a favourite spot for my wife and I for years . Always enjoy the degustation tasting menu. Lots of work goes into making food like this. Highly recommend!
  24. S

    Shilo

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the tuna and mushroom appetizers, followed by the steak and rainbow trout mains. Food was beautifully plated and very tasty!
  25. S

    Spiderperson

    Ottawa

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails, food, ambiance and service. When I have more time I’ll sure to return and try the tasting menu.
  26. TK

    TylerK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We went to Carben for our anniversary, and were very disappointed. The hostess was nice and helpful but our server took 10+ minutes to say anything and after we ordered appy and mains he didn't speak to us the remainder of the night. It took 2 hours for us to receive 1 appy and 2 mains. Food was fine but seemed like steak and duck sat under heat lamp for 20 minutes. Maybe it's cuz we didn't order drinks and thus the server wasn't interested in a tip for a bill with only food but it took so long for everything and he ignored us completely for 1.5-2 hours. It took 45 minutes to receive a shrimp appy, and another 45-50 to get the mains which had room temperature meats Tables that came in after us got their food before us. The server made a point to talk to them about kitchen issues but never spoke to us, about anything. It made no sense and we were very disappointed. Will no recommend or go back.
  27. F

    Fred

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been there before so we were not sure what to expect, but the evening was perfect the food and the staff are what made it perfect. Went with the chef's special and when it was served we were told what each dish contained and how it was prepared. I would recommend that you give Carben a try.
  28. NR

    NancyR

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a table of six and we had an amazing time. The service and food were incredible. I highly recommend.
  29. JB

    JessicaB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time trying out the tasting menu. Everything the chef made was absolutely decadent, from the starters to the mains. I felt so special and happy that they were able to accommodate my dairy allergy, didn't feel like I was missing out on anything!! A must-go to in Ottawa!
  30. MR

    MyleneR

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben fait partie de notre voisinage et nous aimons nous y rendre à pied, nous assoir à la terasse sur le trottoir de la rue Wellington pour observer les gens, sentir le poulx de notre quartier. La nourriture est délicieuse et tous les plats sont originaux. Il y a beaucoup de créativité dans cette cuisine. Les cocktails sont délicieux et le services amical et impeccable.
  31. PW

    PhilW

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, food and wine. The salmon appetizer was superb and the duck breast main course tasty and tender. The Oregon Pinot Gris a great match with the salmon. What more can i say.
  32. CH

    CatherineH

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant with great food and service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant with new combinations, great products and close service. Bud luck meet a noise group.
  34. AF

    AndrewF

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely amazing meal! We shared all of the small plates and all of the desserts ...and every little flavour in each dish was superb!!!
  35. CK

    CatherineK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Wonderful food. Presentation was really beautiful. Lovely evening and highly recommend!
  36. o

    ottawafoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing!!! Also better priced than other high end restaurants. Very underrated... you must try it! Not when in a rush though as food comes out at a slow pace.
  37. O

    Ottawan

    Montreal

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unfailingly the best dining experience in Ottawa. Taster's menu is superb as are the wine pairings. Incredibly hospitable service, from personal greeting on arrival, to a final touch which we have not experienced anywhere else; our waitress consistently escorts us to the door, which she holds open for us as we are leaving.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is always amazing. Service, food, drinks, unparalleled. Best restaurant in Ottawa in our opinion.
  39. WF

    WordFoodie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is beautifully presented. Perfect for special occasions. When the weather changed resulting in the patio being closed, the staff moved our reservation to indoors and called to alert us to the change right away. My one complaint is how noisy the environment is, even at only half full. Some people might feel that the space has a nice "hum"; others, may find it too noisy for a quiet conversation on a date.
  40. D

    Derrick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and tasty food. Would recommend to a friend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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 is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Carben Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 760 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Carben Restaurant

1100 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y7

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    At the corner of Wellington Street West and Sherbrooke in Hintonburg!

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin Benes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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