About Mamakas Taverna

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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Humbert Street & Ossington Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 519-5996

Website:
http://mamakas.ca/

Executive Chef:
Chris Kalisperas

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Wine

Mamakas Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Neighbourhood Gem (38)
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Special Occasion (33)
Authentic (31)
Tapas (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Casual (22)
Group Bookings (20)
Fun (19)
Cozy (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Romance (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
People Watching (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Pre/post-theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Late-Night Find (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Child-Friendly (4)
Gluten-Free Options (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great Beer (2)
Lunch (2)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Mobile)·Dined 3 days ago

Heard great things about this place. Definitely lived up to expectation. Food is simple but delicious. Server was very knowledgeable. Busy little spot with good reason!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our second time here and the food did not disappoint. Lacey our server was amazing.
We had the Octopus and our only wish was that we could have had more. The fries with cheese were to die for.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

The waitress is professional to explain the wine and the menu. The food is very tasty. Unfortunately, they set too many tables. It's too crowded and it is not a good place to talk. The washrooms are smelly and small can't fit people who is fat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and excellent service! Great for all types of occasions 😊

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

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for sharing plates, well-seasoned food and crowd pleasing.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Great ambiance, clean lines, excellent food, attentive and welcoming service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 7 days ago

The only complaint I would make...the space between the tables causes the server's behind (although very tone) to be over one's dinner plate or close to one's face. Must stress that our server was excellent!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on February 11, 2018

Birthday dinner at our favourite Greek restaurant! The food never disappoints and the flavours are memorable!!

Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant left me a voicemail the day before my dinner telling me my seating was for 2 hours, but I could extend it (they didn’t say how long for). When I called back to extend it, no one answered and the only option was to leave a voicemail, which I did, saying I wanted to extend the seating. I didn’t hear back, so I asked when I first arrived at the restaurant. They told me I had an additional 45 minutes. If this is how they want to arrange their seatings, they should let people know at the time of booking. In general, I really dislike when the first thing a restaurant tells you is when you have to leave.
The service was so-so. We asked for a recommendation for a bottle of wine and the only recommendation she gave us was for a $100 bottle of wine. At that point, we couldn’t really say no. We didn’t have anything else in mind - that’s why we had asked for the recommendation. In my opinion, a good server would give you at least two recommendations, with different price options. Instead, we were pressured into spending $100 on wine.
I had heard great things about this restaurant, but , in my opinion, they seem to be quite full of themselves. I would not go back. I prefer less pretentious.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was TERRIFIC and our Server Christina was Fab-u-mun-do

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Our server was excellent, food delicious as always. Happy to see them so busy on a Wednesday in February! Great neighborhood spot. I highly recommend

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 7, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Toronto. Unbelievably delicious!!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food and service. Was able to get our reservation increased from 2 to 3 in a small restaurant which really made our night. This restaurant has never disappointed.

Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on February 2, 2018

great ambiance, great menu, food quality has deteriorated over the past year. I would hesitate going back.

Tags: Fun
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing service!!! The server and the bussers( food runners) were very attentive! Amazing wine!! The wine was delicious,the server was hesitant to sell that wine at first maybe the price seemed a bit high, not sure but the wine made us very happy. The food was cooked right. Complex flavours done with simplicity and meats cooked well. The garlic sauce reminded me of my childhood as the flavour was bang on to my favourite fried chicken eatery in Saudi Arabia. All in all a definite repeat. There was a bit of noise but not at all bothersome. Loved the casual feel with spots of sophistication!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My favourite restaurant.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for a girls dinner. Neat and hip atmosphere. Was good food, cocktails were ok, not my favorites. But the food alone would bring me back.
A little $$$ for the portion sizes.
Overall a good dinner. I’d go back again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Just thought pricing of some items a bit steep, like the cheese starter , salads and tea. Waitress was very pleasant and attentive and gets full marks. Food excellent. We will recommend you to friends

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Loved it, as usual. Great service, wonderful room and the food was outstanding!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The staters, the mains, the dessert, the wine and the aperitif, not to mention the service, were all excellent

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent as always; food is incredible and atmosphere is well lit and exciting

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Central Texas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

If you're looking for a high end Greek restaurant, then look no further, cause this is the place.
My parents, wife and myself shared a bunch of the appetizers and each got our own meal and loved every bite we took.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Fantastic time. Celebrated our anniversary. They can be a bit cold if you don't have a reservation. We still came back, with a reservation, and are very thankful. Server was a huge help sampling the Greek wine list to find something we liked. Food was very well done. Well executed, well seasoned, we were stuffed.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was so delicious! I wish I went with more people so that I had more options to share. I wanted at least half of the menu! The service was great, our waitress was lovely and was so kind to surprise me for my birthday. She also could answer any questions we had about the menu. We're moving to Mississauga but wish I had gone here more in the time that we lived at this end of Toronto!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I love Mamakas! Honestly the best food and service in Toronto. I cannot say enough great things about this place !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I've been here many times and it's always great. The wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. I'll be back...definitely.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good drinks, Good food, nice ambiance. Just a little bit pricie for the size of porcion they serve.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for a Date
Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We didn’t find the food special... nor did the diners sitting next to us. It was very salty and poor value.

It could have been a better experience if the hostess was welcoming.

Our server was very sweet though. P

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Exceptional food and atmospher, the dips were amazing and very good drinks.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

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

It was a great meal from start to finish. Our waiter whose name is David Fish was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The staff were very friendly and highly knowledgeable about the menu as well as side pairings. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Toronto.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Have been here a few times and it is always amazing. From the food to the service they're always on point.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good but extremely expensive. $200 for 2 people and didn’t order a bottle of wine. Just 2 cocktails each and food.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was our second time, and we were not disappointed. The food was outstanding!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Been to Mamakas a few times and absolutely love it. The ambience is great and the food is fantastic. A bit pricey but worth it. Only thing is, the staff can sometimes be a bit stand off-ish/rude. However I continue to go because I’ve also encountered great staff & love how their menu changes so returning patrons can try new things. Definitely recommend making a reservation well in advance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 15, 2017

Second time here and not our last. This is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Perfection!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Happy Hour
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Exceptional food cocktails and staff. By far best Greek restaurant in Toronto

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing! 10/10 good job. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Most definitely some of the best Greek food we have ever had. The staff was courteous and professional and the ambience great fun. We will tell our friends about this great Greek experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent food. Amazing appetizers. A bit on a pricey side and staff made us feel they were on a rush to provide next seating. Took food away before we were completely done with our meals. We had reservations and were very mindful of how busy the restaurant was on a Friday night. A very good corporate dinner ambiance. Lamb is to die for.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date

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