Mamakas Taverna

4.7
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691 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Greek
Mamakas Taverna is an elegant 85-seat Greek taverna on Ossington Ave. Owner Thanos Tripi brings a fresh, authentic approach to Aegean food, offering classical Greek dishes against a contemporary canvas. Each plate is thoughtfully crafted to evoke the way Thanos’ grandmother cooked, inviting guests to explore the Greece he grew up with through food, art and music.

Meant to mimic an open market, the room is built of white concrete blocks creating an effect similar to the stucco seen throughout Greece. Mamakas is a nod to heritage, history and family memories – the daily trip to the market for ripe and fragrant tomatoes. Visiting a trusted butcher for fresh paithakia, and the local fish monger for the daily catch.

Recipes passed down through generations. Honest Greek fare with a modern twist. Designed to share. Everything just as Thanos’ family has done through the ages.
What 691 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The food wasn’t great. But dips and pita were to die for. Drinks were very well made.

Bonus: They were incredibly sweet, they provided 2 glasses of champagne for our anniversary complimentary.

Fantastic Service, host.

G
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our mains were very delicious and flavourful. The Melitzanosalata dip blew my friend and I away (I still dream of it). I was disappointed that the Saganaki was not served in flames. The apple and beer sorbet was no good. It tasted like apple puree baby food. I never leave food on the plate but I couldn't make it past 2 bites.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Server did not ask questions regarding choice of flavor palate

A
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great spot for authentic greek food! Its on the pricey side but you definitely get the quality-worth.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, impeccable service-as always! Always love eating at mamakas.

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Greek food in Toronto. Have the eggplant dip , lamb chops , Greek salad and saganaki Highly recommended meal with amazing service

SG
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and experience! We have been a couple times this past month and will be back again soon. Thanks

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and Ambiance is very good. Always busy when we have visted, that is a very good sign.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reliably amazing

VC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best lamb chops I’ve ever had! The food, wine, ambiance, service and location are phenomenal!

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and phenomenal food, as always.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food that reminds me of Greece. Octopus grilled exactly right. Real retsina and ouzo. And excellent service. Not our first time and not our last time.

ER
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Disappointed. In a competitive restaurant landscape you need to up your game. Mamakas has slipped a bit. missing that extra something.

Edward.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service and ambiance! Best greek food in Toronto.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I was celebrating my 3 year anniversary with my partner, and it was such a great experience! Our server Lacy was phenomenal, they greeted us with complementary champagne which was lovey! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and energetic, the drinks were unique and super tasty. Overall amazing experience, will definitely be back and bring more friends!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food & service. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar - great meal and the bar tenders were great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we had was delicious

FP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good food and decently sized portions in a very cozy setting. I would recommend pairing the more unique dishes like octopus with the basic dips and pita. The cocktails are definitely worth a try, they do an excellent job of incorporating greek liquor into crafty drinks. Only problem is that food comes in no particular order so it's not easy to combine dishes. Also we had a long pause just waiting for the latter half of our order to come out. I definitely felt we were overpaying for very simple ingredients, though the food is excellent.

RM
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here more than once. The food is delicious - most dishes are meant for sharing. Great restaurant!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We don’t get back here often but when we do, we feel very lucky to dine in this special place.

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food, great vibe. Brought our kids and they were very accommodating.

s
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu, service was great and they were very attentive to my food sensitivities.

SG
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A wonderful spot for great Greek food.
It is perfect for several people to share different dishes family style.
When we left our dinner we immediately booked a reservation to return with our whole family.
See you again soon!

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Another fun evening. Food was excellent and ambiance lively and fun. Highly recommended

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Service, Amazing Food, best Greek food outside of Greece!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Everything was great as always. Only issue is there were many fruit dlies

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!! I will be going back for sure.

GM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service, overall a wonderful experience. The Greek dishes were very well prepared, and authentic.

j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love. Fish is incredible. Love it here

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dining’s experiences I’ve ever had! Waitress was amazing, food was amazing and the ambiance was great. 10/10

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lacey as usual made it a wonderful experience

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing dinner at the bar. The bartender, Michael, was awesome. Food was delicious. Great cocktails, too!

KG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants for date night/ special occasions. The menu recently changed and the spanakopita is so good!!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I was very excited to go as it is always booked and difficult to get reservations. I found the meatballs overcooked and dry. The octopus and swiss chard were undercooked and tough. The shrimp and lamb were cooked perfectly. Overall, we were disappointed for the price of the dishes.

GT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love everything about this place! The food is fabulous, the cocktails are unique and delicious, the service is always on point!

CF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best Greek food I’ve ever had! The tzatziki was mouthwatering, as well as the taramasalata, Saganaki, spanakopita and lamb chops! The octopus could have been a little more tender and flavourful, but it was still good. The service was very attentive and the vibe was cheerful. A little bit loud, but that’s to be expected with a busy and popular place. Definitely would recommend!

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service from Lacey. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made helped make it a very nice experience.

DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and service was amazing. The only thing that took away from the experience was having to worry about 2 hour seating. It was reinforced with a message phone call to remind me I could not stay past two hours. As it turned out I did not need two hours. A customer should not have to worry about staying a bit past the two hours when out enjoying an evening dinner.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great experience, would return for the food!