Mamakas Taverna

4.7
570 reviews
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Greek
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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

Always enjoy Mamakas

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FC
Toronto
1 review
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.

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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

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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!

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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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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, unfortunately the fried octopus was very hard. Excellent service, great selection of greek wines.

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U
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal and overall experience. The lamb is deliciousssssssssss!

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is OUTSTANDING (& I mean better than in Greece)!

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TD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is excellent, the lamb is perfectly cooked and they have a lovely leek and feta pie. The food is not over done so the flavours of the food come through. The service is attentive but not pushy, they plan the execution of the meal and it’s wonderful. The place feels alive without being noisy.

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly fantastic service and the food was both inventive and fresh

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto!! Never had a bad experience and I have been here about 20+ times in the past 2 years!!

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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
11 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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C
Toronto
10 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
7 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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