Mamakas Taverna

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Greek
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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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r
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Cute restaurant in a great area! Menu is interesting but portions are tiny and prices are high. Service wasn't great.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Had very positive recommendations for Mamakas. Went with my partner, who had been before. We were definitely disappointed with the meal, something has changed from previous visits, and not positively. Will not be going back in the near future.

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JA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant is great however it is too noisey to be able to talk to people.

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AZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome greek food! Been twice and both times they had fresh ingredients and delicious options.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Had octopus and squid. The charred part of the seafood was very burnt and bitter. I suspect the grill was not properly scraped and the leftover char from the cooking prior became attached to my food. Keftedes were also too salty, but better than the seafood.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It was great!

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, lovely place to eat a modern Greek meal.
We will be back!

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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food, amazing decor! Was my first time there and I was pleasantly surprised and amazed with everything!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, great ambiance, friendly service

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food, we ordered the lamb chops, the octopus, the Greek salad, dips and the potatoes. Everything was to our liking! Our server was very personable and knowledgeable on all dishes and pairings. Great experience and would return!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jamal is an angel! Thank you for making my moms first time at Mamakas special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant serving staff is super friendly and the food is absolutely fantastic!

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VJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner out with great friends.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great! Our server was so friendly and helpful. As for drinks, the hydra punch is a unique and delicious blend. My husband liked their gin martini (very strong). We ordered octopus and lamb for mains, and shared them. It’s the best lamb I’ve ever had! The octopus was also quite good but the lamb is the real star for me.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Mamakas is a very authentic Greece restaurant with an outstanding menu.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service were good. Found the noise level a bit high.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Salad was nice, mushrooms too! Good portions. However lamb chops were 4 small pieces 2 of which were burnt. Server didnt ask how i like it cooked and came medium rare. Octopus was burnt as well.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

ANY TIME DINING IS SUPERB!!! Just make sure you book long before !!!!!!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and experience! Highly recommend the lamb chops!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing food and staff! Worth the price!

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Service and Food was excellent but the music is too loud

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R
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers Day

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mamakas was delicious and the bar was a good place to eat.

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RL
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a business colleague on a Tuesday night. Had a reservation, but at a high top.
It was noisy, but service was prompt and ambiance was good.
Food was outstanding...highly recommend.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I was recommended Mamakas as the best Greek food outside of the Danforth. It is King West meets Europe. Nothing was spectacular on the menu, though the octopus is a must try. The creative combinations may have me coming back. Plus the smell of the bread cooking in the oven. Overall, a pretty good experience.

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W
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat at counter. Great dialogue with servers. Food was great. Server suggested a cocktail, which was good but $15 for a small drink was overpriced. My mistake- never asked price b4 ordering
Sea bass was delicious but wouldn’t order side of potatoes again. Too heavy and not worth it
Been back several times and will return

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mamakas was a delightful spot to dine at. It was my very first time and I must say the food was outstanding. By the time we got through the appetizers I didn’t think I was going to be able to handle the whole grilled fish of the day.

This is a great spot to go to for a date and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to venture out and treat their taste buds to something new.

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SD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the food. We had just experienced the Easter dinner provided by Agora Catering which was superb. Loved every dish.

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A
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good was v good but expensive so would save for an occasion.

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A
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Menu was overall great. The mushroom dish was too vinegary. Not very good.

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A
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I write a cautionary tale. The food was very good. The service however paled in comparison. Our server was dismissive, impatient, rushed - and as a result, I would not return. In a city filled with a plethora of truly fine restaurants, excellent customer service prevails. Insult to injury is that they only issue one bill and automatically add an 18 per cent gratuity without prior knowledge. This should be visibly stated on their website. Happy to reward good service, when received. I would not return, nor would I recommend Mamakas.

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P
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant
Very good selection especially if you are sharing with others. a party of 6 would be great so that lots on the menu can be shared. I esp liked the fact they serve Greek wines as an opportunity to try something different

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service

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P
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The melitzanosalata was exceptional as were the short ribs and mushrooms. We were seated at crowded spot so not great. Overall the food was the highlight but the room and value less so.

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LS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food. Very good service but can be very noisy and crowded.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and fresh tasting with beautiful plating! The restaurant had a nice atmosphere/vibe and an open-concept kitchen in which we enjoyed the show.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent, as it was the service. Our waiter recommended a few excellent things from the menu, suggested which plates can be shared, and recommended a great wine. We will visit again.

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K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good! Good food and great service

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Y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Greek restaurant in the city.

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