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Carben Restaurant

4.8
632 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.

Support Carben Restaurant during COVID-19

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 632 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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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.

KW
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
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational taste experience and superb attentive hospitable service.

PB
PrinceB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

LB
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!).

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RickiS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Carben last night to celebrate a birthday. My wife and I had the Chef’s Tasting Menu as we’d heard great reviews, and it did not disappoint! There was so much attention to detail in each course as well as the service. The flavours were amazing through every course, it’s hard to pick a highlight. I would absolutely recommend Carben!

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ScottG
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, Kevin provided an outstanding tasting menu and an incredible experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious. However, the value for money was poor. We often eat in restaurants that do the small plate style menu, but this went too far given the prices. We ate all but one item on the dinner menu and did not leave full. Even the mains were not truly mains. Dessert was also not good. Poorly plated and cornbread was very dry.

The smaller than expected small plates may be due to the pandemic induced struggle but if so I don’t think this tactic will help as patrons won’t return.

I hope this is taken as constructive and used to improve as that’s how it is intended.

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Shon
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting menu that covers all the dishes. Expensive but good culinary value for what you pay for. Tasty cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and just as important great food. They took their time to share their journey as restauranteurs and as well share about the food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Our experience was terrible ! Very slow service ! Tasteless food, 25 minutes to clear your plates. Etc. etc. etc. I will not recommend or go back

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Cheryl
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu was delicious and generous, great flavours and variety. The owner is a sweetheart who, due to pandemic shortages in staff, was bartending, waitering and, despite being run off his feet, gracious and fun to talk with. Lovely decor and place settings. They deserve to do well.

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Veggielover
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food is great but portions are small. Need vegetarian main courses. Drinks were great!

JM
JocelyneM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We chose the chef’s tasting menu: think of 7 mini plates with elegantly assembled gastronomical sampling of everything on the regular menu, without the hassle of having to decide which ones to pick.
The variety was part of the enjoyment, and if you think 7 courses might be too much to eat, everyone in our party of 4 ate every morsel (except for one tiny bit of pork belly fat-my bad).
We left feeling pleasantly sated, and thoroughly delighted with our evening.
The feast lasted 3 hours - so not a good option if you’re in a rush!

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SamL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. Best staff on the block.

Will return

CP
CatP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very nice dinner. We had the chef tasting menu and it was very good.

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sonf
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Seven course was fun experience, trying a variety is good for any foodie.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Limited menu choice

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went here for the first time and ordered the chefs menu. We got to taste their entire menu and overall it was delicious. Our favorite was the duck breast and the beef bau. Both were absolutely amazing.

Its a small restaurant with very nice decor, was super peaceful and the service was excellent.

It was overall a bit expensive but that was expected with this type of restaurant.

Would definitely recommend.

YK
YusufK
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best tasting menu/ meal I’ve had in Ottawa! Incredible food with gorgeous plating and wonderful service.

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Elizabeth
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner and cocktails, friendly and efficient service. Will be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Phenomenal dishes, as usual!

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AdrienneRS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food is wonderful and delicious, although immensely small portions for the price that is attached. Definitely meant as more of a special occasion, rather than a staple go to for weekly dinners out. Think dinning experience type of restaurant. Furthermore, drinks are aesthetically pleasing, and a relatively on par pricing with other place. The staff were wonderful, engaging - very attentive to patrons needs.

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NDOttawa
Ottawa
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our first fine dining experience with our son. The service was phenomenal and each of the dishes (yes we tried the entire menu). The outstanding dishes for us were the vegetarian dishes which were umami heaven. The restaurant was well ventilated which we appreciated as we have avoided indoor venues this year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef’s tasting menu was delightful!

JC
JasonC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Being served by one of the chef/owners was an interesting and fun experience. The food was excellent, the service was on point and informative. Thank you for the great food and pleasant dining experience

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souks
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service and great value. You have to love a place that doesn't need high end decor because the focus here is all about the execution of the food. The wall of books that details the chefs culinary knowledge makes you realize the food is going to be good. Started off with some great cocktails and then to the appetizers of tomato and pork belly. The pork belly was thinly sliced with a little char and eat bite exploded with flavour. My wife loved her black cod because the skin was crispy and vegetables we so fresh. My chicken was moist accompanied with perfect little gnocchi. The portion size was fulfilling so I could not finish. We have to try the tasting menu next time...and did I mention that for this great meal it was so affordable!

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vipMaureenM
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carben is always amazing. The service, food, wine, etc. is consistently fantastic. It's one of our favourite places to go.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Each dish was created with care, attention and love. I would 1000% dine there again and do the testing menu this time!

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 632 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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