About Carben Restaurant
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.
Global, International, Canadian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday: 5:30-10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday:10:30am-2:00pm
CAN$30 and under
Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Carben Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
An excellent gem of a restaurant at the edge of Westboro. Parking can be a challenge but it is close to bus lines.
our server (forget his name) was super friendly and helpful for our Valentine's Date. We weren't sure on the menu items, but he explained them perfectly. He was chatty, funny, and even recommended other restaurants in the area for us to try! (we're new to the city).
food was fantastic, and presented beautifully.
Price was good for the quality of food and service.
Amazing from start to finish. Great wine pairings. The staff were friendly and answered our questions.
Unfortunately scallop dinner was lukewarm.
Long wait for dinner to be served although understandable when making everything fresh. Would have been nice to have a basket of bread or buns to 'tide us over' while we waited.
Very enjoyable brunch with excellent service. Would definitely like to return to Carben in the evening to experience the dinner menu.
The food and service were amazing
Food was amazing and the service was top notch! Went for my husband’s birthday and we had an amazing meal! Will be going back for sure!
We had a very pleasant evening, a good wine suggestion and well developed flavored meal. Both my wife & I really enjoyed our evening. Will be back again,
The food was delicious - had the octopus as a starter and the scallops as a main. Yum! My friend had the duck which was also tasty. The food was filling and we didn't feel stuffed. The staff was helpful with food and drink recommendations and also to refill water and clear plates quickly. The staff worked together to make sure we were well taken care of and I look forward to going again and trying some other dishes.
Excellent service and great food. Not cheap, but certainly paying for quality food. On par with Ottawa favourites like Supply and Demand and North & Navy.
The food is excellent and the service and knowledge of the servers is very good. The presentation is likely the best I have ever seen. The servers explain each item on the plate. The pricing is very competitive and it is great value.
One word: exceptional. Food service and drink all A++
Always meets expectations! One of the best places to eat in Ottawa. Great food and service at a reasonable price.
The food is eclectic and delicious - mixing flavours that seem incompatible into a taste sensation. The service is perfect - friendly, professional, good timing. Loved everything - the grilled octopus, the amazing duck tartare, the scallops with rabbit meatballs - are you kidding me?! Not to mention the violet/lemon and chocolate melt-in-your mouth desserts... loved the cigar cocktail too!
Outstanding taste and impressive presentation. Warm hospitality. Kudos to our waiter Patrick. Very knowledgeable and attentive. Can't wait to go back as I'm sure the experience will never bore with their changing menu.
We love this place! Carben is an exercise is gastronomic experimentation without the pretension. The menu is small but focused. The result is incredible food, desserts and drinks. In addition, the ambiance is lovely, and the service is excellent. Highly recommended!
Loved our visit at Carben! The cocktails were excellent, we really appreciated the attention to detail. The service was friendly, professional and attentive. Food was top notch - would definitely return.
Carben is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. Great cocktails too. Highly recommended.
All the details done just right. One of the best restaurants in the city.
Fabulous for foodies! Fresh & creative. We had eggs benny - one with pork & one with mushrooms. Dessert was amazing - olive oil ice cream, lemon cake, violet jelly squares etc. Favourite meal in Ottawa!
My husband and I stumbled upon Carben a few months ago and loved it! We decided to return with my family to celebrate my birthday. I still enjoyed it but it was not as outstanding as our first experience. The restaurant was very busy - we were a group of 7 and there was a table of 8 right behind us. Our waiters did the best they could but the level of service was not quite the same as what we received the first time. As for the food we tried a variety of appetizers - squash, mushroom and octopus. Squash and mushrooms were tasty, but the octopus was a bid rubbery and not as tender as we had hoped. The octopus was served with some mini meatballs and they were fantastic. For our mains we ordered Cornish hen and duck amazing! Short rib very good. BC Snapper was underwhelming and a bit dry. Four of us ordered dessert and we all ended up choosing the chocolate flourless cake with dulce de leche, we loved it!
The food is absolutely delightful and well presented. The service is both informative and friendly. I will be returning soon.
The food was spectacular. The amount of food looked on the smallish side, but upon eating it, it was wondeful and more than enough.
My girlfriends and I had the pleasure of eating at Carben and from the service to the ambience to the food , it was all amazing . The staff took the time to explain the menu in great detail and the food did not disappoint ! A water glass was never left empty and the staff were so friendly and even took time to chat with us between courses . You can really tell they have a passion for what they do! I haven’t had food so good in a very long time ! I’m already planning my next visit ! Thank Carben for a wonderful night out !
Great food and wine. Violets are blue dessert was outstanding!!
All the food was very very good, interesting flavour combinations. The duck breast delicious.
The server knowledgeable and friendly.
The food was superb and the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time.
Knowledgeable & friendly service, food was creative, well prepared & presented.
Amazing food. Flavorful and delicious. Very respectful and friendly server. The owner came to say hi. Lovely
Best dinner out in a very long time!! Outstanding!!
I did not enjoy the shrimp appetizer. The texture of the shrimp part of the appetizer was rubbery and it diminished the flavour of the shrimp.
The cod dish was flavorful but the portion size was pathetic, especially considering the item price. There was too much salt in the rappini.
The chocolate dessert was delicious but, again overpriced.
Second visit - great food and exceptional service.
Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I everything was well prepared and every mouthful was full of flavour. Served were knowledgeable and friendly. Definite return visit in the future.
Great food. Great service. Incredibly friendly staff.
The service was impeccable and the food and wine was truly memorable.
We bought a painting by a local artist that was exhibited at the restaurant.
A great evening. We will definitely be going back.
Fantastic restaurant! Food was delicious and service was great. Ambiance was very nice as well. A little pricey, but definitely worth trying.
Guaranteed a wonderful dinner. This has been our 4th or 5th visit. We have introduced many friends to this quaint with restaurant. We wanted to enjoy a special dinner with guests coming from out of town. Their dishes are artistic as well as full of flavor. The starters are delicious and worth sharing. It is hard to pick just one. There is such a unique combination of sides and tastes that compliment the main entry. The menu is not large but just the right amount of options so that you don't waste time humming and hawing over it. I had the duck with a hint of curry and our guests had the Cornish hen which was exquisite. We will be back for sure.
Innovative cuisine with superb service in a relatively quiet relaxed atmosphere. We went with friends and had one of the nicest dinners we've had in a long time. The decor is simple, but the plates are all hand made stoneware. And then there's what goes on the plates. Every dish has a Carben "play" on what you might find elsewhere. They pride themselves on finding a way of tweaking the dish that brings out the best in the ingredients, adds some interesting combinations of flavours and scores high on presentation.
The menu changes often to reflect seasonal ingredients. Prices are in the mid to high teens for starters and high twenties for mains.
As for the rest, great cocktails, great desserts, nice selection of digestifs and a very nice espresso.
Now on to the service. Absolutely outstanding. Service was attentive but discrete. Our water glasses were always filled, but there was now hovering or "how are you enjoying it so far" after you've taken the first bite. Also, the service was warm and friendly. We had the feeling that we were guests rather than customers.
The service is fabulous, the view and the atmosphere is fantastic. This is one of the most outstanding restaurant in Ottawa. This night is great.
We entertained some out-of-town business colleagues at Carben Restaurant recently and our experience was exceptional! This quaint restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere throughout this culinary delight. Our server welcomed us to Carben Restaurant and proceeded to explain our special food experience, since this was our first time at this fine establishment. Our server was friendly, polite and very knowledgeable about the menu offerings. We also appreciated the fact that the staff took notice of our discussions and never interrupted us - we barely knew they were there until needed. The drinks and food were absolutely delicious. Carben Restaurant uses local ingredients to offer a very unique presentation for anyone's palate. The portions were very reasonable as was pricing. Even with a drink, an entree, coffee and dessert, I never had that feeling of being stuffed. Overall, this was an exceptional dining experience. We'll definitely be entertaining more guests in the future. Well done!
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