Carben Restaurant

4.7
393 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Carben is located in Hintonburg and thrives from the vibrancy and support of the community. The restauarant is named after the owners Caroline Ngo and Kevin Benes. It is a play on carbon, which is a compound found in all living plants and animals.



The food at Carben is expressive, modern and ever evolving. We are inspired by local and international ingredients and cuisine. We are always challenging ourselves, our staff and our customers. We love collaborating our food with craft cocktails which are created with the same intensity as our food.



The space was designed by Shannon Smithers-Gay from one80 Design. The space is modern and rustic with a touch of industrial – from the quartz bar, to the personalized back wall, and the large modern light fixtures. We want the space to feel inviting and a place that everyone wants to keep coming back.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30-10:00pm

Dinner: Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm
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Phone number
(613) 792-4000
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Sherbrooke
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 393 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.9
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top quality small plates with innovative combinations, artistically presented, with generous portion sizes for a restaurant of that calibre. Attentive, friendly servers. Fantastic value! Definitely going back. My partner would not stop talking about the scallops.

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AH
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Food was great. Our daughter is 1 1/2 years old, and we take her out for dinners quite frequently. She was a bit restless during this dinner, but despite that the staff were excellent and welcoming!
Would highly recommend this spot.

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DV
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went with a good friend. Excellent food, attentive service. Had scallops with a bit of a thai-fusion going on. Lovely! Highly recommended.

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my sister's birthday and it was as good as I remembered from a previous visit. The cuisine is tasty and innovative and the service faultless. I loved the seared duck breast.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!! Honestly one of the best restaurants in Ottawa. Thanks guys!

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JO
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carben is wonderful. We've dined here several times. This time we brought a friend who was visiting from Toronto - very well traveled and food-and-wine savvy - and he was blown away. We all were. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable: gracious, attentive and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Carben for anyone who is looking for a memorable dining experience.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service, a bit eclectic, fine gastronomy and originality.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I loved this restaurant the first time I went, the second time less but this time will be my last time. I came home hungry with a bill for $150.00. My steak dinner had no vegetables to speak of and no salad. My mushroom appetizer was delicious but I needed more healthy vegetable with the meal. So sorry - I hope you will do well. Our friends loved their meals but they began with steak tartare so probably were feeling more full when their entree arrived.

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CO
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative and delicious dishes, comfortable atmosphere and impeccable service. Desserts and cocktails are also exceptional!

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AT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed out first time at Carben, had some drinks and appetizers, will definitely try a main next time!

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DM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Staff are well trained and very knowledgeable. Looking forward to another dinner at Carben.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always always awesome every time we have been. My 13 year old and 10 year old daughters even loved it!

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NB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! The drinks were also delicious.

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Had a wonderful meal. Everything was delicious and reasonably-priced.

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NK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The cocktails were wonderful and the food exceptional! Our "hosts" were attentive, knowledgeable and lovely people.

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OD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and drinks were out of this world, as was the service. So competent, nice, funny and attentive. I didn't get your names, but to the lady and gentleman who served my friend I, THANK YOU!

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is far and away my favorite restaurant in town. The restaurant is small but the flavours are huge here. Have never had a bad experience here. The service is always personal.

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c
Ottawa
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1st visit there - EXCELLENT !! Limited menu but everything looked great ..... the smoked mushrooms were superb !!! Chic interior, attentive service. Will go back !!!

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JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Accueil très agréable. La cuisine est très créative du coup elle peut un peu déstabiliser..
Nous aurions aimé du pain (eh oui nous sommes français)
Le prix est quand même élevé.
L'athmosphère était parfaite. Et le serveur vraiment très gentil rien à redire là dessus.

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B
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can’t say enough. The service is the best in the world. Seriously, feels like they know you. They walk you out. They make recommendations that fit. And the food, you’ve just gotta try it yourself to really understand. It will bring new meaning to, “it’s a party in my mouth.” It’s art.

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FL
Ottawa
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Can’t go wrong with Carben. Highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!! Food was filling even though portions weren’t large. Service was amazing. Ambience was great.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved trying the dishes at Carben with a little molecular gastronomy flair - very delicious and the presentation was stunning. Best scallops I ever had. Service was also great - very attentive!

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LQ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend so the expectations were high. It did not disappoint. In a great neighbourhood, right on the main street. Lots of natural light, clean and spacious. Greeted at the door promptly. Seated by a window to people watch as well. A wonderful selection of drinks, from hand crafted cocktails to a large wine list. Staff very informed of the menu. A varied menu of appetizers and main. Presentation was lovely, food was fresh and delicious. Capped off with dreamy dessert. It lived up to our expectations. We met one of the owners and it made for a nice connection to a gem of a restaurant.

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J
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I quite enjoyed Carben, however my wife was only satisfied:
1) ordered the octopus however I did not enjoy it or the beef meatballs served with the dish. Almost seems they tried too hard to get many flavours on the plate. I actually sent it back. I then ordered the tuna and this dish was really good, great balance of flavours.
2) the mushroom veg appetizer was outstanding, highly recommend this, as was the polenta veg dish
3) I ordered the pork chop, and thought it was also outstanding, cooked right and perfect accompaniment.

The dessert was nice, especially the brownie.

We noticed this was a low carb, gluten free type of restaurant, no bread was served.

Good cocktails and a limited wine list, although decent wines.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Server had great suggestions. Food was interesting and delicious with fair portion sizes. Prices consistent with other higher end restaurants. Overall, great meal!

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S
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It's a great restaurant. Really good mix of flavours. Beautiful presentation. Foods are exceptional.

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BR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't rave enough about Carben! My husband and I went for the first time this past week and can't wait to go back. It was by far the best meal out we've had in years (apps, mains, desserts - and drinks!) with phenomenal service. We highly recommend!

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M
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the chef's creative menu as we celebrated two birthdays. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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FL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and exceptional service. A must try when in Ottawa and you want to avoid the tourist traps.

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RM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent gourmet experience. The flavours are creative and ther service super. Highly recommended

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AC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

great meal for the both of us. unique plating and amazing flavours. only issue of night staff didn't really tell us about our plates so we were left to figure out all the foams etc on our own. they did however give us details for our desserts. great place looking forward to our next visit

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to for Sunday dinner with friend. Quite a nice place with delicious food. The duck breast impressed me, especially the sauce just made this dish to a higher level. Soft duck meat and crispy skin...Just amazing, still thinking about them...Definitely will come back again and try other dishes, maybe brunch next time.

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I
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch spot. Service was good and not too busy.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great and our waitress was very welcoming but the food was salted to the point that you couldn’t enjoy the flavor of the meal. Ambience was nice but the saltiness of the food ruined the overall experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved it - Indian inspired duck breast was amazing

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AA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I celebrated our birthdays at Carben, and it was lovely. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was amazing - beautiful presentation AND very delicious. I highly recommend sticking around for the dessert, as the Earl Grey inspired crueller is delectable! My friend and I had a wonderful experience here, and I will definitely be coming back.

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OT
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Subtle fusion, perfectly plated. Appropriate wine pairings. Inspired mocktails!

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MD
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience, top attention to details and personal service.

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JT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was very creative and delicious! We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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