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  1. Distance: 0.36mi
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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.8

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (34)
Neighbourhood Gem (29)
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Good for a Date (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Romance (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post-theatre (5)
Brunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Group Bookings (3)
Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined 2 days ago

An excellent gem of a restaurant at the edge of Westboro. Parking can be a challenge but it is close to bus lines.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Great spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing from start to finish. Great wine pairings. The staff were friendly and answered our questions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious duck!
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.
Excellent service!
Thank you!
RandyS

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very enjoyable brunch with excellent service. Would definitely like to return to Carben in the evening to experience the dinner menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food and service were amazing

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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,

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 16, 2018

One word: exceptional. Food service and drink all A++

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always meets expectations! One of the best places to eat in Ottawa. Great food and service at a reasonable price.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Carben is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. Great cocktails too. Highly recommended.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

All the details done just right. One of the best restaurants in the city.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is absolutely delightful and well presented. The service is both informative and friendly. I will be returning soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was spectacular. The amount of food looked on the smallish side, but upon eating it, it was wondeful and more than enough.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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 !

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food and wine. Violets are blue dessert was outstanding!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 15, 2017

All the food was very very good, interesting flavour combinations. The duck breast delicious.
The server knowledgeable and friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

 
 (Ottawa)·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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 1, 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

 
 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 23, 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

vip
 (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 8, 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

 
 (Ottawa)·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

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