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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Canadian

Hours of Operation:

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

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday:10:30am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Sherbrooke

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(613) 792-4000

Website:
http://www.carbenrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Carben Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.8

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (12)
Romance (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Pre/post-theatre (8)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten-Free Options (4)
Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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Business Meals (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was superb and the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Knowledgeable & friendly service, food was creative, well prepared & presented.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food. Flavorful and delicious. Very respectful and friendly server. The owner came to say hi. Lovely

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Best dinner out in a very long time!! Outstanding!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Food3
Ambience2
Service4
Value1

 
·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

Second visit - great food and exceptional service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food. Great service. Incredibly friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! Food was delicious and service was great. Ambiance was very nice as well. A little pricey, but definitely worth trying.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were there on a Thursday night, and it was not very busy. The service was excellent, and All three courses were creative, artfully presented, and delicious. My one wish for improvement would be to have an inexpensive "filler" course, I.e. Order rice at the end of the meal.
I am an active person, and I could have used some more calories. That said, I have a reputation for eating a lot, so I'm sure real foodies would not need it. Wonderful place, we plan to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I were there on our date and our server was excellent. We are Muslim and our server and his colleague were very accommodating and went out of their way to help us with our dietary restrictions and make us feel welcome. The food that we chose was delicious and looked like art. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second time at Carben and we were not disappointed! Our server was extremely knowledge from suggesting cocktails to entrees that suited our tastes. The presentation of the plates were artistic and the food was amazing! We'll be back soon - thanks for the excellent experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had a great meal and drinks. Thank you for the great service!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall, the food was just okay. Presentation was excellent, portion sizes were as expected, but it missed the mark as far as depth and variety of flavours. A bit on the pricey side, but to be expected in that neighbourhood. Service was speedy, professional and personal, and the restaurant was clean and inviting. Not a bad time, but just meh.

Food4
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Although the food and service were both very good, the noise level in the restaurant required the two of us to almost shout across the table at one another to be heard. We are not big people (or big eaters) but the portions were quite small and we actually left hungry so value for money was not great. Food was beautifully presented but we won't be rushing back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

Keen attention to my gluten free diet with gorgeous presentation.
Fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 7, 2017

Superb in every sense of the word! The experience was complete with both genuine hospitality and exciting, creative food options. A wonderful visit where we left thanking our hosts extensively.

My visit included the sublime smokey mushrooms, and a gorgeous salmon dish rich in flavour. Enjoyed a lovely glass of Spanish tempranillo!

Looking forward to returning Thanks to the amazing team, keep rocking it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Extremely kind staff with a way with words. Naj gave us beer samples because we seemed confused about which one to get! Extremely accommodating as I am a vegetarian and made sure to let me know there was gelatin in the violet cubes in the lemon cake dessert. Full of outstanding flavours and so much thought put into the stunning presentation. Wish we got 2 Wood Ear Mushrooms, the miso was so unique! Definitely going again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My first visit but definitely not the last!
Had dinner with three colleagues. We each ordered something different and shared tastes of each other's meals. Everything was top notch, really creative and super tasty.
The cocktails and "mocktails" were fantastic. The service was superb.
I highly recommend this little gem!

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Best dinner I've had in Ottawa. The dishes were well-presented and aesthetically pleasing, with exciting combinations of flavours and textures. The service was impeccable - the waiters were attentive, and provided a thorough rundown of the menu. I noted in my reservation that the dinner was to celebrate my partner's graduation, and the bartender delivered a lovely surprise (a root beer-inspired cocktail - my husband's favourite soft drink!). Can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent food - a really creative kitchen but the evening was somewhat marred by a very noisy group of women - we ended up asking to be moved as far away from this group so that we could hear ourselves talk.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fantastic food, service and value. Highly recommended to everyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was our first time at Carben. The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable and very engaged! You could tell they were proud of the food they were serving. The duck and steak were excellent! We will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Timing was perfect. Patrick was knowledgeable and had a great attitude. Made us feel special.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

It is wonderful to find a restaurant with such passion about food, combined with exceptional skill in preparing food. The cuisine is interesting and well balanced, some of the best dishes I have ever had, I would highly recommend it to all those who value excellence and exquisite food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Went there on a quite weekday night for an anniversary. We were welcomed with attentiveness and warmth. The food was fantastic, this is where you go to taste food and not fill up on French fries. The service was outstanding, the dishes were well thought out and a delight to eat. Not for the faint of wallet, but worth every penny.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Sparse interior & portions for price point . Miniscule pieces of vegetable don't fill healthy nutritional standards . What was served was tasty . No bread to curb the cravings . We all left hungry .

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Delicious food, great service, would acquire recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great first experience! The attention and care in regards to my gluten intolerance was super appreciated. Portions are on the smaller side, but we left feeling satisfied.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on August 25, 2017

See my review on TripAdvisor.
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Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 20, 2017

Service was excellent; very knowledgeable staff! Food was amazing - great hybrid of delicious comfort food and molecular creations! Beautiful presentation. Ambiance is lovely too.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 17, 2017

My husband and I shared all the small plates except for the carpaccio, and the food was simply AMAZING! We were visiting Ottawa for five days and this was by far the best restaurant! We also dined at Beckta and Fauna, also very good, but Carben was hands down the most exciting of the three.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Superior service and excellent, inventive, enjoyable food

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

Very good food combinations and wine pairing. Excellent service.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Petite adresse en dehors du centre ville de Ottawa. Ce fut juste excellent !
Je recommande fortement cette adresse pour plusieurs raisons :
@ service très agréable
@ produits frais

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