Mamakas Taverna

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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.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Amazing food, there wasn't a single thing that we ate that didn't impress me. A little pricey but well worth it for a nice night out.

BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal! I know truly understand the importance of a flavourful meal.

They were able to accommodate certain seating requests for myself and my partner. Service was knowledgable, friendly, attentive and quick. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to come back !

RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our service was absolutely incredible. She knew the menu so well and was able to suggest things we would like. The food was outstanding. Very pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at Mamakas. Greek/Mediterranean fare with a focus on Seafood, although I had the grilled lamp chops on my last visit. Highly recommended.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible experience! A tad lower on salt would make it perfect for me.

P
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, as always. However, as with our previous visits, the hostess/welcome is not immediate. We stood there for a few minutes with no one acknowledging us even though the kitchen is *right there*. Feels a bit uptight/snobby when you first come in. Once seated, staff is always very pleasant and the food is superb! We are working our way through the menu.

r
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious as always

JJ
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We dined at Mamakas Taverna for my sister’s birthday. Our server was friendly and gave great recommendations. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the sharing aspect of the meal. The pita was made in house. My favourites from the dinner was the saganaki, lamb chops and surprisingly the potato side dish. I will definitely be returning.

D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I’ve been here before and the food was once again amazing. The ONLY complaint I had was that my boyfriend asked for ketchup with his fries and they didn’t have any. I know Mamakas is a hole in the wall, classy establishment but.... I just don’t think it’s too much to have ketchup to go with fries. Every restaurant should have ketchup. Just seemed odd.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience as always!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot, great servers - super attentive. And obviously, great food! Would come back again/10.

TS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The seafood is to die for, delicious and cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend the calamari and mussels.

RS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything tastes delicious. Imagine all the things you love and then make them more delicious and interesting. That is Mamakas.

CM
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It's a busy and cozy restaurant that is easy to get to from downtown Toronto. We were seated promptly but it took a while for our server to show up. When she did she was attentive. She did judge me a bit for ordering a second cocktail too quickly. Not impressed with the "already?".

I adored the tomato salad, the lamb chops were a bit dry, but the dips were great. All in all 3 star experience.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lively atmosphere , friendly staff, good food, good service

b
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant but it’s so difficult to get a reservation.
Have to plan it a month in advance

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing! Excellent lamb chops! Their dips and warm pitas are excellent!!

V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience

LM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great!!! Food was super yumi and service was also great

C
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We made reservations on the last minute... managed to get a table for 10:00pm, arrived at 940 and our table was ready for us! The atmosphere was really great, it’s a vibrant place (a bit loud though). The food was ok, a bit below expectations.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our special request for a table for 6 that was quieter (one of us has hearing issues) landed us at the Chefs Table st the front of the restaurant. It was quieter but also gave a great view of the chefs working their magic. The whole experience was stellar - from the wonderful server to every single dish we ordered. We were in Greece for a month and this rivalled our best food experiences there!

M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved this place! We had the lamb chops and the fish, a few of the dips, the watermelon salad and a regular Greek salad and were blown away by all the flavors! Will be back!

MJ
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Greek food with a refreshing tasty update. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to offer suggestions when asked. He was friendly and present when necessary but not noticeably hovering. We will be coming here again.

EB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A bit too noisy and expensive but the food and service were excellent

JV
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the food and the service were absolutely OUTSTANDING!

OT
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrated my moms birthday at Mamakas and had a wonderful experience! I had been here once before and liked it, and somehow the dinner still surpassed my expectations! We had taramosalata dip with warm pita which was deeeelish, shrimp saganaki with the most amazing feta mousse to top it off.. the classic horiatiki salad, and lamb chops. We shared everything, and it was more than enough food for the 2 of us. Our server was awesome - very welcoming and accommodating. Would definitely come back here again!

L
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Have been wanting to check this place out and for the most part- it did not disappoint. The resto itself is beautiful and they accommodated our request for a larger table: albeit by sticking us in the corner close to the washroom. We ordered meze or tapas-style, definitely something I would recommend in order to get to try as much stuff as possible. We shared a variety of dips, salads and warm apps. The only false note in terms of the menu was the eggplant dish- iman bayildi- which was quite bland and, as the last dish brought out, unfortunately, ended dinner on a less than stellar note. I would book a table here if wanting to enjoy Greek dishes in a more upscale setting, looking to impress or celebrate something special. Our bill for 2 people (including a bottle of white) was close to $250- quite high for Greek food and for not ordering any mains. You really are paying more for ambiance and experience, rather than the value and rustic vibe of somewhere equally delicious like Mezes on the Danforth.

PA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service spectacular. We try to go a couple of times a year. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely love it.

q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was probably the best Greek food I've had since Greek Town in Detroit over 25 years ago. Not fancy, fresh and flavorful.

I would go back on a return visit!

FS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always book Mamakas for those coming in to to Toronto for the fist time. I only sit at the bar as their mixologists know what they are doing and will come up with something for you. They also have some great ideas on what to eat as well.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great consistent food-very enjoyable

GW
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A small well run Taverna with authentic food and a great wine list. Service was spot on with our server having a sound knowledge of both food and wine. Portion sizes are more than adequate so it is easy to over order. Certainly worth a visit if visiting Toronto.

ME
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE this restaurant. Can't wait for my next visit there.

H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friends from Germany spending time with us so we had a 3 day trip into Toronto

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the best !

TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food, as expected, however what made this particular dining experience exceptional was the service. Unfortunately great food and great service are not synonymous in many restaurants in Toronto. Too often service is disappointing, with restaurant staff who are generally unfriendly and seemingly entitled. When you work in a society that generally tips minimum 15% even with bad service, I guess some don't feel the need to try. This was not the case at Mamakas. Wife and I had an incredible experience. Well done!

D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really good food - slightly odd service (with an attitude) - intimate setting but on the noisy side.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, very knowledgeable and helpful server

PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Server felt like a dude at a tourist trap, using clicheed bs in blatant upsell attempts. Slightly condescending and parts dishonest for the whole night. Food should have been better - was served cold -even the grilled fish. We'll try it again. Hope for a better server and that the cold food was a one off. The atmosphere is nice and the experience could be much more.

CP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding - cooked to perfection and seasoned thoughtfully. Our incredible server was very knowledgeable on the entire menu, making recommendations for cocktails based on our preferences, and suggesting a shared menu selection. He topped it off with a beautiful wine pairing, and made the evening unforgettable for my friends from out of town.

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