Mamakas Taverna

4.7
443 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Greek
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(416) 519-5996
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Kalisperas
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Cross Street
Humbert Street & Ossington Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Wine
What 443 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JL
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always LOVE dining here. Service and food is amazing. The food is outstanding. Order the Lamb!

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b
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great spot, fresh food, full nod to Greek Food, but didn't leave with a heavy stomach

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was beyond excellent. Very knowledgeable, highly attentive, but in no way intrusive. I’ve dined at Mamakas several times before, the food and service is always great, but (I unfortunately can’t remember his name) took it to another level last night! Looking forward to going back soon

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing spot we always go here for special date nights and the food and service are always incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. The food is a too fast. We don't have time to enjoy

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

2nd time I’ve had the sea bass. It was better the first time
Fish wasn’t hot off the grill
Overall the food was outstanding as usual
Great service in aiding with wine pairing

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. the food was excellent I would go back in a heart beat.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Place

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the most incredible meal! From the wine, to the most tender and juicy lamb chops (actually some of the best I've ever had), to our amazing server Crystal. She made our night so fun and easy going. We loved the atmosphere and decor. We will definitely go again. And probably again.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really delicious food & all round great, lively atmosphere.
Wouldn't hesitate to go again.

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NG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Mamakas! I have been several times and the food never disappoints.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious! Bar seats were uncomfortable though!

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F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here with a large group for a friends birthday and had the prix fixed menu,

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food with a great ambience. Perfect for dinner before going to the theatre down the street!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Staff were grumpy and the food was just ok.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service. Recommend

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DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We drove into the city for a night out and were impressed with the atmosphere, knowledgeable service staff and the food was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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

Very cozy place and super friendly bar tender/owner. The food is fresh, authentic and creative at the same time.

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for my birthday dinner with my parents. The ambiance was so inviting yet still very stylish. I felt like I was in Europe again! The food was fantastic, and our server was attentive and friendly. Officially now one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto.

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a
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Greek food, my new go to place for dips in the city!

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PF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was prepared with care except for one appetizer, the halomi which was not melted or hot enough. Everything else was great. Always busy but our conversation at the table was heard by all. So we had a delicious and comfortable evening. Ate a bit early which was the only reservation we could get. I like dining at 7p.m. at the earliest. We had to take a 6:00 p.m. reservation. Evening ended way too early.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Started and small dishes were great.
The main dishes were cold.
Pork souvlaki was overalls creative. However the server organised a refund.

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

We truly enjoyed our first, and won’t be our last visit. Mike and Jimmy were wonderful to talk to and the food was amazing

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Greek salad (Horiatiki) was $19 and basically 2 sliced tomatoes and a little feta on top. It tasted fine, but should have been cheaper, and was like 90% tomato. I would have liked more of the other ingredients to shine, or they could re-name it as tomato salad. The spanakopita was great, but again, $15 for what amounted to four bites, is too much. The mains were more fairly priced and portioned, and tasted quite good. Overall, it was good food, but nothing to write home about, and some of the portions don't fit the price points.

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FF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent inventive food

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

went with my brother. we sat at the bar. bartender was very friendly & helped us navigate the menu & wine list. seated next to very friendly, seasoned neighbours who had their personal recommendations.
great dinner with just the right amount of food & added bonus, a fantastic sulphite free, organic red - no hangover. will definitely return.

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MN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food (elevated Greek food that tastes absolutely amazing that comes in decent portion sizes; the dips & pita bread are to die for), fantastic service (had Lacy twice now and she’s both attentive, extremely pleasant and warm and can really recommend a bottle of wine!), and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere (not too loud but still lively with a romantic feel). Would highly recommend visiting but be sure to make a reservation.

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F
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is great but it is small portions for the amount of money you are paying.

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DF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We unfortunattly arrived really late for our booking due to a lare taxi but they still honored oir booking and made us feel welcomed. The staff were really freindly.
The food was good.

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C
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner and the ervice was excellent.!

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CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Brought in out of town guests and it was the perfect evening! Our server was very patient and attentive (especially with the wine) and all the food was wonderful.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing food and service. The plates are shareable which allows you to try different things in one sitting.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were great as usual. They changed up the menu and it was refreshing to get a new twist on the halloumi which is a personal favourite.

Would have been nice, however, to have some sort of acknowledgment of my mother’s birthday at the table - we did note it on the reservation.

Otherwise, still highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve always loved this spot!!

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great food. The flavours of each dish was exceptionally delicious. The ambience of the entire venue was perfect; the décor, the lighting and the music. We had a wonderful time!

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LM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food amazing and staff amazing, great time!

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb dinner for 8 with the prix fixe menu plus a few extras. Excellent service from Lacey.

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service !!! I was very pleased
this modern Greek restaurant is fantastic .

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing great food and vibe

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AT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Get the chicken you won’t be disappointed.

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