Marben

4.6
508 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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/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, Patio/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 508 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Very good experience! Great food!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Beer pairings with apps were Delish

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

OMG That burger and the cauliflower

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Amazing food and service !

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Waitress was rude, food overpriced.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Nice atmosphere outside on the patio. Food good, sampled Yorkshire pudding (we’Re from Yorkshire) nearly as good as the real thing!!
Half price wine on Sunday was a welcome discount for our meal.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food is always outstanding. Have yet to get good service - just general inattentiveness. But still worth it to go for the food.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Service was impeccable, food was scrumptious, and drinks were Devine! Definitely would recommend this place!

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

A request was put in for the patio, but I guess you can’t reserve that. So we ended up having to dine inside with no AC on a hot evening. It was really hot and muggy inside and they had a ton of lit candles around the restaurant and bar, which I understand is apart of the ambience, but they could have kept them off while their AC was not working. Knowing it was hot, servers in my restaurants would have offered free cold non-alcoholic drinks or cold cloths, not just ignore it.
We had asked the server for a drink that didn’t come and was even given the drinks from the next table over of which of course they took back. It wasn’t busy at all on a Tuesday night, just the patio which is small, so not sure what the lack of focus was about with many people working.
The food was good, but was a bit pricy for what you were getting and I am a chef, so I know value perception/food cost.
Even though it wasn’t a bad experience, I don’t think I’d come back when I live in a city full of restaurants.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Service great. Food good, not great (but I have very high standards) but still very good. Would recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent service! Jason était un as; il nous a servi comme des rois. La joue de bœuf était succulente; pour le reste, l’agneau et la morue, on n’a pas été hautement épaté. La cuisine manque un peu d’inspiration et de refinement. Autrement c’est un bel endroit et un restaurant qui pourra sûrement faire mieux en mettant l’accent sur la cuisine. J’y retournerais dans un an ou deux pour voir si la cuisine s’améliore.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Very cosy , large choice, very good food - was a good night !

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful comfortable atmosphere, with a friendly group of staff.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Neighbourhood Gem for sure! We love the ambiance and this quite but energetic place a short walk away from where we live. Everyone is always so accommodating and kind. Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

From the moment we arrived to our leaving the service and the food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

good food and first class service maybe a little ward inside but it was a warm evening!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a great time at Marben. Our table had every shareable, the oysters, the 20 oz steak and the desert platter. Especially good we’re the, smoky margaritas, cauliflower and beef cheeks. Good night with good friends.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food and service were both excellent. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and the waiter really made it special. Food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We loved the decor, the food, and the wine. 1/2 price bottles on Sundays is a perfect deal. We did have to wait quite a long time for our meals but our friendly server made it up to us. We are looking forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were disappointed at waiting almost 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. I understand this can happen through no fault of the management but I think we should have been offered something beyond a simple "sorry." It also took 3 tries before we received the correct bill. Otherwise the food was good, the place is attractive but kind of noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was phenomenal, service was excellent, ambiance is fantastic. Highly recommend for any occassion - and The Cloak downstairs is a supercool haunt for drinks/snacks!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We shared an order of dashi mussels - wonderful flavors with chile and ginger. The Canadian Viognier was also outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fantastic restaurant! We try to get here as often as we can.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Saturday night dinner with six friends...
Service and food were very good. The table platters are a great option for groups of four more. The booth we had was bit too tight. A table would have been better.

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