Marben

4.5
527 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The cooking at Marben is Modern Canadian, with a strong focus on seasonality and vibrant local flavours. Chef Chris Locke utilizes his background to create innovative dishes that highlight the bounty of Ontario and Canada. We pride ourselves in using only the highest quality ingredients from local farms and suppliers, crafting all of our breads, condiments, and sauces in house.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 979-1990
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Locke
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Portland
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Parking Details
Paid parking is available across the street just to the east at very reasonable rates.
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Public Transit
Closest transit stops are King and Spadina and King and Portland by TTC on either the King or Spadina Streetcars. A late evening taxi stand is immediately east of Marben.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Please visit www.marben.ca to see our group dining options!

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What 527 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Really great food but the service was a bit slow.

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SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cauliflower appt and burger were great. Fries a bit cold and hard. Overall I like the interesting flavours.

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J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening - delicious food, friendly and fast service.

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BJ
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Great people, lovely environment. Was one of my favourite places to eat for many years. Sunday dinner of the shared steak is just not the same anymore. The quality of the meat and cooking style left a lot to be desired.

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We live in the neighbourhood and frequent Marben often. We are lucky to have a gem so close.

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KN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cocktails, food and service were fantastic. Great vibe and recommendations were friendly and well considered.

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HS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our third visit to Marben and it never disappoints. We went on a Sunday evening and were seated at a great booth/banquette. The acoustics were excellent for quiet conversation even though the resto was quite lively with patrons. The staff was extremely helpful and attentive and really pleasant. Upon a strong recommendation, the three of us split an exceptional sirloin platter that was prepared with melted smoked lardons and a delicious sauce, sitting on a large mound of frites, and with a kale salad as an accompaniment. It was so plentiful that we actually had to take some home. The beers were great, and to top it all off, we were brought an ice-cream cookie dessert with a candle in celebration of a birthday in our group. Now nice. Will we be back? Absolutely!

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LL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food in Toronto! They really pay attention to every detail. The flavours are wonderful and the atmosphere is vibrant and fun!

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The portions were a bit small but ambiance was nice.

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AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First night in Toronto and could not have picked a better place. Staff were friendly and very attentive. Loved the food, loved the atmosphere and set the tone for a wonderful few days.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

We’ve been to Marben many times and love the burger, cauliflower and wine but his time we had a guest and strayed from our routine. Not a good experience....the food was disappointing and the staff were wishy washy on the real gluten free options for our guest and then brought him something that had gluten in it. We will return for the burger but that’s all.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our table shared the meat platter, which was phenomenal, and the kitchen sent over 3 desserts for our friend’s birthday. Friendly service with a solid bang for your buck. Highly recommend!

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great! Service not so good. Our server wasn’t very friendly. It seemed as if it was causing her pain to be there. No introduction as to who she was or that she was going to be our server for the evening.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always. Friendly staff that go above and beyond.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good it made a vegetarian eat chicken.

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J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never fails to impress on all levels. They hit the mark in food, service, friendliness every time we visit

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C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favourite place to eat in the city. The staff are so friendly and helpful with suggestions. And they have one of the best and interesting wine lists in the city. Only to be sampled after you have had a delicious cocktail. Also, Sunday night dinners! The best prime rib roast and Yorkshire pudding in the city!

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was spot on. Couldn't have asked for anything more, very attentive wait staff

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NH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated friend wedding at Marben’s on a Thursday night. The food was exceptional. Each dish from appetizers to desserts were unique and tasty. Every dish had something that made it special. Do not miss the burger.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Wonderful food. A great place to meet with friends we haven’t seen for awhile!

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GA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, we had a fantastic meal at Marben. Excellent service as well! Marben is a favourite spot for us because we can count on great food, an interesting menu, great service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend the pork chop that they have on the menu for summerlicious. It was really delicious, I couldn't believe you can cook pork like that. The fat melts in your mouth like a butter and the meat is cooked to perfection. If you guys go there try the pork chop. Amazing :)

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CZ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I went to Marben for Summerlicious and we had a great time! The food was amazing, in both taste and presentation, and the service was impeccable. Our server was knowledgeable with the wine menu and his recommendations were fitting to what we were looking for. The patio was also cozy and nicely decorated to make one feel homey and comfortable. This was not my first time going to Marben but it was the first time I've brought some close friends. All of my friends had a great time and loved the restaurant, and we would definitely go back there soon!

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WL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful little place with a great patio, even though I didn't actually sit outside the over all ambiance of the place was good.

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first Vivian but I will definitely be back. Exceptional service and great food in a beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very good experience! Great food!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It was a special occasion that I wanted to be just right. Marben went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, cared about our time with them, and we ended up leaving making a few friends with the staff. Jordan was tremendous, we'll be returning because of him, thank you for making our evening special. Oh, the food and drink was great also. I was hoping for more of a busier atmosphere at the beginning, but in retrospect, that would likely have taken away from the extra attention they showed us. Well done Marben!

Christopher Ewert

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Ambience was nice service was great but the food was underwhelming. My boyfriend and I were a little disappointed but maybe it was an off day at the restaurant.

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AA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Excellent food and location. However, for some reason our service was super slow. We arrived at 945pm and got out around 1145pm. The restaurant was not even super busy. Drinks too forever to come. There was long pauses between courses. That being said the food was amazing and delicious.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was phenomenal, we had the absolute best experience at the Chef’s table— the staff was warm, accommodating and far above and beyond our expectations. Thank you so much.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beer pairings with apps were Delish

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OMG That burger and the cauliflower

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R
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant and always experience a different dish on each visit, the staff are always knowledgeable and helpful. Love the overall feel of the place and ambiance.

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OT
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely staff; good food; close to the venue where we were attending a basketball game.

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D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service !

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great wine recommendations, family sharing plates were delicious, and the tomato-ricotta appetizer was life-changingly good. Highly recommend!

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious menu that is big on local ingredients and excellently prepared. Will definitely be returning soon.

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MA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very cool restaurant with very friendly staff. i love the ricotta and cheese, best I ever had! Thanks guys!

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D
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Waitress was rude, food overpriced.

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W
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We went to Marben for a get-together among co-workers. I was excited to try it as the menu looked great. The attentiveness of the servers was quite bad. We probably sat at our table for a good 20 minutes before we had to flag someone down to get us drinks. The drinks were great once we got them, but the initial wait soured the experience. The appetizers were good, but our mains took a long time. The food tasted phenomenal once we got it. From the time we sat down to the time we actually ate it was well over 2 hours. If you go, don't expect prompt service and make sure you have a longer tolerance for the total dining experience time.

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