Carben Restaurant

4.7
370 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Canadian
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Hours of Operation

Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30-10:00pm

Dinner: Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 792-4000
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Sherbrooke
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 370 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend so the expectations were high. It did not disappoint. In a great neighbourhood, right on the main street. Lots of natural light, clean and spacious. Greeted at the door promptly. Seated by a window to people watch as well. A wonderful selection of drinks, from hand crafted cocktails to a large wine list. Staff very informed of the menu. A varied menu of appetizers and main. Presentation was lovely, food was fresh and delicious. Capped off with dreamy dessert. It lived up to our expectations. We met one of the owners and it made for a nice connection to a gem of a restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I quite enjoyed Carben, however my wife was only satisfied:
1) ordered the octopus however I did not enjoy it or the beef meatballs served with the dish. Almost seems they tried too hard to get many flavours on the plate. I actually sent it back. I then ordered the tuna and this dish was really good, great balance of flavours.
2) the mushroom veg appetizer was outstanding, highly recommend this, as was the polenta veg dish
3) I ordered the pork chop, and thought it was also outstanding, cooked right and perfect accompaniment.

The dessert was nice, especially the brownie.

We noticed this was a low carb, gluten free type of restaurant, no bread was served.

Good cocktails and a limited wine list, although decent wines.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Server had great suggestions. Food was interesting and delicious with fair portion sizes. Prices consistent with other higher end restaurants. Overall, great meal!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It's a great restaurant. Really good mix of flavours. Beautiful presentation. Foods are exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Can't rave enough about Carben! My husband and I went for the first time this past week and can't wait to go back. It was by far the best meal out we've had in years (apps, mains, desserts - and drinks!) with phenomenal service. We highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We enjoyed the chef's creative menu as we celebrated two birthdays. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Fantastic food and exceptional service. A must try when in Ottawa and you want to avoid the tourist traps.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Excellent gourmet experience. The flavours are creative and ther service super. Highly recommended

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

great meal for the both of us. unique plating and amazing flavours. only issue of night staff didn't really tell us about our plates so we were left to figure out all the foams etc on our own. they did however give us details for our desserts. great place looking forward to our next visit

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Went to for Sunday dinner with friend. Quite a nice place with delicious food. The duck breast impressed me, especially the sauce just made this dish to a higher level. Soft duck meat and crispy skin...Just amazing, still thinking about them...Definitely will come back again and try other dishes, maybe brunch next time.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great brunch spot. Service was good and not too busy.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Service was great and our waitress was very welcoming but the food was salted to the point that you couldn’t enjoy the flavor of the meal. Ambience was nice but the saltiness of the food ruined the overall experience.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Loved it - Indian inspired duck breast was amazing

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My friend and I celebrated our birthdays at Carben, and it was lovely. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was amazing - beautiful presentation AND very delicious. I highly recommend sticking around for the dessert, as the Earl Grey inspired crueller is delectable! My friend and I had a wonderful experience here, and I will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Subtle fusion, perfectly plated. Appropriate wine pairings. Inspired mocktails!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Lovely experience, top attention to details and personal service.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Dinner was very creative and delicious! We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

You guys are awesome! On our second visit, we called ahead because my wife is vegan, and you made her a special vegan dinner and dessert, it was fantastic... Small space, and can be a little noisy, but great food, and great service!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Absolutely outstanding ... on every level. The dinner platings were beautiful canvases followed by sumptuous flavours. My brain was on overload trying to take it all in!
We will definitely be back...

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

After hearing rave reviews from friends, I finally had an opportunity to give it a try. Food was spectacular; I started with Steak Tartare, followed up by Cornesh Hen, and finished off with their Midnight Chocolate cake. Beyond impressed at how creative and fresh everything was. I'll definitely be back in the future!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fanfreakntastic! Was there for brunch today, and nothing but a massively positive experience. The coffee, the eggs with bacon (pork belly), the potato cakes, the focaccia and salad. Scrumptions flavours.

Will definitely return and encourage everyone to give it a try!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I went there for dinner with my boyfriend and I guarantee that we both have loved our experience and the food at Carben!! We had very good service, each plate is dressed with creativity and the food is amazing!!! We live in Montreal and we promised ourselves to go back for sure! We highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Our first time to Carben and our waiter was fantastic in explaining the menu and delivered excellent service. All six of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

An amazing experience! The food was incredible as well as the service and ambience. Would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Carben had phenomenal food, and that staff were incrediblly friendly and welcoming.

The pricing is a little on the expensive side for your portion, but the taste is out of this world. I highly recommend Carben if you are looking for something that has very high cuisine, with a more casual feel. Great for a date night where you want to impress but you aren't required to be in very formal attire.

If I could afford it, I would eat here on a regular basis.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent food and outstanding service, it is noisy and the wine list is limited but certainly a great place for a great meal with family and friends. This was our second visit.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great meal at Carben. The menu changes for best seasonal ingredients and a more creative food experience. The service was outstanding. A little pricey with drinks but well worth it for a special meal with friends or special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Carben is a fantastic restaurant. Exceeded my expectations. The service was friendly and professional. The wine list was short, but carefully selected. The food is carefully crafted and presented. The explosion of flavour will literally bring you pure bliss. I cannot wait until my next time.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Tried this place because there were good reviews and wasn't disappointed. The mushroom appetizer was super tasty. Cornish duck main was wonderful, although could have used a bit more meat. Otherwise, very nice dishes and would go again.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The service went above and beyond, just like the food. Thank you for a fabulous meal.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had such a wonderful dining experience at Carben. Each plate was unique and so flavourful, and our sommelier was excellent. He really went above and beyond and we actually learned a lot about wine! We will be back. Cannot recommend enough.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Amazing food and exceptional service, highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent dinner, attention to all details.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Not my first time there and as ALWAYS, the service, the presentation and the food = EXCELLENT.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I first went to Carben when it opened a few years ago, and was very impressed by the friendliness of the staff (one of the owners was working that night), the great list of original cocktails, the somewhat minimalist (but not cold) décor, and most importantly, the originality of the menu and Carben’s commitment to sourcing local ingredients. I returned last week for a birthday dinner, and both me and my girlfriend, who had never been, were equally impressed with every aspect our evening. It is safe to say that Carben has lost nothing in the few years that have passed since I was last there, and has probably even improved a bit in terms of plating and presentation. We ordered the octopus and beef tartare appetizers followed by salmon and striploin mains, and there is nothing that we would have changed about any of these dishes. The culinary techniques employed were masterful, and some of the molecular gastronomy at play (see photos) reminded me of my last meal at Atelier, albeit at a much more affordable price point and more down-to-Earth atmosphere. Worthwhile cocktails include Where’s My Cigar?, the Toronto Cocktail and the Sparking Pear, although we had six in total that night and all were enjoyable. I also noticed that some of the same staff were working at Carben, and in the restaurant business, it is indeed a rare thing to retain staff for years, which likely speaks to how well the owners treat their staff, which is further reflected by how well the staff treats their customers. Carben is highly recommended, and we will be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Carben is consistently impressive. The drinks, food, and service were all stellar. Their plating is an absolute work of art. Highly recommend for a special dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The server was pleasant and attentive from the moment we walked in till the evening was completed. The dishes were imaginative, flavorful and well presented. We shared the both the octopus and mushroom appetizers, both seem to be popular and for good reason. The scallop entree was wonderfully prepared and the duck entree did not disappoint. A great destination in the Hintonburg neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The dishes were aesthetically beautiful and came out very quickly. The salmon ceviche appetizer was good - a little too acidic for me personally. The duck and steak were cooked perfectly but the flavour profile (along with the sides and sauces) was hit and miss for me. Overall it was a good solid restaurant but lacked a little bit of flavour.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great good with impeccable service. Creative and fresh. Love going back again and again!

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