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Carben Restaurant

4.8
4.8
727 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.


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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 727 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CK

    CatherineK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    ottawafoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. O

    Ottawan

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is always amazing. Service, food, drinks, unparalleled. Best restaurant in Ottawa in our opinion.
  5. 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.
  6. D

    Derrick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

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

    Catherine

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Solid restaurant all around. The food is always lovely. I love their ever changing seasonal menus. I've been here more than 5 times, and the flavours are light, fresh, and creative (without being over the top). The service has always been great, but the server tonight wasn't quite present on any of our simple requests. She was spaced out.. which I felt was not aligned with Carben. Maybe an off day...
  8. OD

    OliviaD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and very friendly, and the food was amazing. They were also very accommodating of our specific needs.
  9. RC

    RodC

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What can we say? A front of house team that works in perfect unison, food that competes with anyone in the city. A restaurant that remains unassumingly brilliant. Cocktails are interesting and made perfectly, wine list is interesting. This place is impeccable, never misses
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. The new Mushroom dish is delicious and Meredith always makes the best boozy hot chocolate!
  11. ND

    NaoD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Friendly and accommodating staff. Very slow service. Underwhelming taste for the price you pay.
  12. DD

    DarylD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food Awesome service Great value for your money Flavor combinations are incredible
  13. B

    Bill

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I am really glad that this restaurant is still open. It was the last place we visited before the pandemic and the first one after.
  14. VP

    ValerieP

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Recognizing kitchens are emerging from the pandemic, we were happy to see a nice selection of dishes. The scallops were tasy, but didnt need big lumps of pork belly. The by-the-glass wine selection is a bit sparse & not terrific. Happy to see they are open on Sundays.
  15. RP

    RhysP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The quality of the food was excellent with delightful combinations of tastes and textures. Service was efficient but friendly.
  16. AT

    AdamT

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to Carben several times and always have a wonderful experience. One of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa and highly recommend it to friends and food lovers.
  17. S

    Susie

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and cool decor
  18. AT

    ATCamp

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has to be the best restaurant in Ottawa
  19. MS

    MichaelScarn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice Chef’s tasting menu! Absolutely worth every dollar!
  20. JD

    JenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous presentation for this delicious food. Even the serveware is unique and beautiful. Highly reccomend!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carben is one of our top favourite restaurants in Ottawa. In-laws came from Toronto to visit so we chose Carben to celebrate Mother's Day. We've been here at least a handful of times and every time we've received impeccable attentive service. The food is plated artistically but most importantly tastes great. They typically change up the menu so you get to experience different dishes if you visit from time to time. Well rounded dishes that taste good, from small plates(apps), large plates(mains) and even dessert! We don't say that too often as we've noticed some restaurants in the city do better for their apps and are only so-so for mains. We've tried their tasting menu on two occasions and can say we've enjoyed every dish; wine pairing is also an option with generous portions. Other times we did a-la-carte if we were more interested in certain dishes. Worth the price. Thank you Carben for great dining experience. Would highly recommend everyone to give Carben a try if you haven't already!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were impeccable. We did the tasting menu and for a 6 course menu, the portions were absolutely perfect. Absolutely loved it and will be back again.
  23. LS

    LeahS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A very enjoyable evening with amazing food! Would absolutely go back!
  24. GF

    GriffinF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Servers are very attentive and informed on the menu, and the food itself is presented as beautifully as it tastes.
  25. E

    Eric

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Carben is an amazing experience. Well worth the visit. They are attentive and knowledgeable. They worked hard to accommodate our diets and were lovely. I look forward to going back again soon!
  26. SF

    StaceyF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasting menu paired with wine was delicious and soooo much food for the price! I left stuffed to the brim and very happy. The wine selection was excellent!
  27. SG

    SoniaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience during my husband's bday celebration. Staff, service, food and atmosphere were excellent! Everything was above and beyond! They made sure we had a wonderful experience and added a few extras to make our evening even more special! We will definitely recommend Carben to our friends and family and we will definitely be interested in living this wonderful experience again! Thank you all for a absolutely wonderful evening!
  28. CZ

    ChristinaZ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Carben before and it’s always been high quality food and great service but they’ve really stepped it up a few more notches and our meals were excellent! I had the tasting menu with wine pairing, my spouse had the duck. My spouse is a very good cook and only gets excited to go out when the restaurant can do things he can’t and our meals did not disappoint! Go to Carben!
  29. M

    Marie

    Manitoba

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service and a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    6 course meal was amazing. Highly recommend
  32. n

    nicks85

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Great food - ambiance and service not fantastic. Still glad I went band would likely go back bc I wanted to try more of the small plates. Would do the tasting menu next time to be able to try more!
  34. CL

    CarolineL

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly balanced flavours and textures, fresh ingredients, we're lucky to have such a good restaurant in our city.
  35. RG

    RobinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was incredible, would love a bit more of a wine selection, but literally amazing
  36. MM

    MaureenM

    Ottawa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hintonburg gem! Amazing food, service, drinks, etc. Definitely a favourite place.
  37. R

    Robert

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and service! The Black Cod was beautifully prepared!
  38. RS

    RichardS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This was not our first time at Carben, but some things have changed and some have stayed the same. The food was amazing, much better, more interesting and creative than our last visit (pre-pandemic), and the service was impeccable. The restaurant is nicely decorated if a little generic. The only real and biggest complaint about Carben is the noise level. The space has always had this issue, back when it was Burnt Butter it was the same. Because of the narrow shape of the room as well as the full glass windows, sound bounces around and makes a quiet conversation difficult. The owners really need to consider some sound deadening tiles in the ceiling or other means of muffling the noise to make this a truly outstanding fine dining experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our local favourite. Can’t ever be beat. The tasting menu is worth it.
  40. KW

    KrisW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad Carbon is still here. First meal oug since covid and really enjoyed it.

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 727 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 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
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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