Mamakas Taverna

4.7
605 reviews
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Greek
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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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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

JV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the food and the service were absolutely OUTSTANDING!

OT
Las Vegas
13 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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was great! Seated right away at a nice table in the back. It wasn’t to busy or to loud. Service was a bit slow but over all great experience!

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

The lamb was flavourless. No salt, no gameyness and a lot char.

Everything else was good, the service was outstanding

DS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and wonderful atmos. The server (Rocky? Rocki?) was outstanding. Would go again for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mamakas is a wonderful dining experience. The food was not only stunning but delicious. The ambiance was pretty and the service was great. I would recommend Mamakas to anyone visiting Toronto!!

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and amazing service . The lamb chops, lavraki, eggplant dip and tomato salad are fantastic. I can’t wait to return

a
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

food was great- excellent lamb chops
server was awesome
food was brought quickly

way too expensive
only for special occasions
couldn't do it weekly

BD
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, fun cocktails and overall a great place to dine.

TC
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. The service was excellent. The space was lovely. If I had one criticism, it would be that it was quite noisy. But honestly, the best octopus I have ever had.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've been to! Everything was delicious- the meatballs, chicken, etc. was some of the best we've ever had (for a Greek place or not). Service was fantastic, the vibe was great. Highly recommend!

v
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A staple in the repertoire. Great authentic food, fun ambiance and great for groups. The dips are awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphère incroyable. Nourriture divine. A refaire ! Merci pour cette belle soirée !

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DW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Really good food

LC
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mamakas is one of our very favourite restaurants in Toronto. We went with friends and loved the entire dining experience. The food was once again outstanding (dips, lamb chops, chicken and Horiatiki/feta tomato salad our fav's)
Another busy Saturday night at Mamakas but the service and efficiency of all the friendly staff was greatly appreciated!

LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily one of the best and most memorable dining experiences we've had. Thank you to the restaurant and their great staff for a wonderful night.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! Looking forward to another visit soon.

GZ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoy Mamakas

FC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have been trying to get to this place for months and finally got a chance to go. Everything was great I wasn't disappointed at all. It was a Tuesday night and it was still fairly busy, im sure the weekends are super busy I will definitely go back when im in that area and have all ready recommended it to a friend who went the following day and he enjoyed it as well.

j
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

authentic to a tee

this is fantastic restaurant. bring your appetite to try it all

KW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great dinner. Housemade flatbreads and dips were great. For two ppl, would be nice to be able to order half portions of the dip because ordering more than one for two ppl is too much.
Delish octopus too!

KB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! A modern twist on Greek classics!

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