Mamakas Taverna

4.7
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709 reviews
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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JV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my boyfriend here as her has never been before. One of my favourite places on Ossington. Excellent food always and service. Will be back soon!

GP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been twice now, once with my boyfriend and once with my family. Both times were amazing. The food is delicious and you feel like you’re in a little restaurant right in Greece. The wine is Greek as well so we got to try some that we wouldn’t be able to anywhere else necessarily. Definitely give it a try!

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! We sampled a number of delicious menu items, and all were outstanding. Quality of service matched the quality of food!

S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Brought my Mum here who previously never had Greek food. She loved it!! Really tasty food, great service, our server was fantastic!! overall fabulous experience

EG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My anniversary of my birth.

AT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter was very friendly, the service was super fast and the food was excellent

AA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

The food quality was not up to my expectations. Octopus was cold and burned, the beef was cold and hard. The waiter was distracted although restaurant was not that busy.
I don’t think the flavour palate resembles the flavours of Greece.

The decoration is very good and music selection as well.

TF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty casual meal with a good pal at the Bar.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Client meeting out of town.

m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!! Great service!

FL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality food, fresh ingredients and great recipes makes this place special. Will certainly come back:)

CW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience3

Portions are becoming smaller and prices are increasing. Food quality and taste is still good.

PO
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food & service as always
The lamb chops are a must!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The lamb was unreal, as well as the drinks. The ambiance and lighting were very comfortable, and the noise level was also very tolerable, as I was able to hear the person I was with clearly without struggling. Great service!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Waiter was extremely pushy on us to buy more food. I felt very cornered by him. Also he refused to give us one of the items in the menu that I had the half size just last month (2 lamb chops instead of 4). I won’t go there again. Very cheap mentality.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & service.

SF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The food wasn’t great. But dips and pita were to die for. Drinks were very well made.

Bonus: They were incredibly sweet, they provided 2 glasses of champagne for our anniversary complimentary.

Fantastic Service, host.

G
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our mains were very delicious and flavourful. The Melitzanosalata dip blew my friend and I away (I still dream of it). I was disappointed that the Saganaki was not served in flames. The apple and beer sorbet was no good. It tasted like apple puree baby food. I never leave food on the plate but I couldn't make it past 2 bites.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Server did not ask questions regarding choice of flavor palate

A
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great spot for authentic greek food! Its on the pricey side but you definitely get the quality-worth.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, impeccable service-as always! Always love eating at mamakas.

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Greek food in Toronto. Have the eggplant dip , lamb chops , Greek salad and saganaki Highly recommended meal with amazing service

SG
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and experience! We have been a couple times this past month and will be back again soon. Thanks

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and Ambiance is very good. Always busy when we have visted, that is a very good sign.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reliably amazing

VC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best lamb chops I’ve ever had! The food, wine, ambiance, service and location are phenomenal!

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and phenomenal food, as always.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food that reminds me of Greece. Octopus grilled exactly right. Real retsina and ouzo. And excellent service. Not our first time and not our last time.

ER
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Disappointed. In a competitive restaurant landscape you need to up your game. Mamakas has slipped a bit. missing that extra something.

Edward.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service and ambiance! Best greek food in Toronto.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I was celebrating my 3 year anniversary with my partner, and it was such a great experience! Our server Lacy was phenomenal, they greeted us with complementary champagne which was lovey! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and energetic, the drinks were unique and super tasty. Overall amazing experience, will definitely be back and bring more friends!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food & service. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar - great meal and the bar tenders were great.

OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we had was delicious

FP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good food and decently sized portions in a very cozy setting. I would recommend pairing the more unique dishes like octopus with the basic dips and pita. The cocktails are definitely worth a try, they do an excellent job of incorporating greek liquor into crafty drinks. Only problem is that food comes in no particular order so it's not easy to combine dishes. Also we had a long pause just waiting for the latter half of our order to come out. I definitely felt we were overpaying for very simple ingredients, though the food is excellent.

RM
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here more than once. The food is delicious - most dishes are meant for sharing. Great restaurant!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We don’t get back here often but when we do, we feel very lucky to dine in this special place.

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food, great vibe. Brought our kids and they were very accommodating.

s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu, service was great and they were very attentive to my food sensitivities.