The Carbon Bar

4.6
1018 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
The Carbon Bar:
Where fun-loving aficionado’s, gourmands and bon vivants meet to share un-pretentious snacks, plates and platters delivered with impeccable hospitality in a space inspired by the storied past of a rock’n’roll discotheque, an upstart TV station and a media giant’s studio.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Barbecue
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Hours of Operation

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10pm

Bar: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - Late
Saturday: 5:00pm - Late
Sunday: 5:00pm - Late

Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(416) 947-7000
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Hidde Zomer
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Cross Street
Church St
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Private Dining

We welcome you to explore our Private dining options perfect for any occasion from a corporate event or social gathering. Our team at The Carbon Bar love hosting and we have one of the greatest venues for it.

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What 1018 People Are Saying
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Food
4.5
Service
4.5
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4.1
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were able to get our table an hour earlier than it had been reserv d for. Our table of four opted for the tasting menu. Great way value for the number of dishes offered and the amount of food. The duck confit taco was very tasty, the smoked trout wonderfully prepared with just enough sear, the ribs were the best I have had in years-note that they are smoky so if that is not your taste, I suggest the chicken! The bannoffen pie was superb, even to the non-dessert eaters! Looking forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

BBQ was really good as well as the Mac and Cheese. Drinks were good too. Overall a little pricey.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent. The price was very comparable when comparing with other establishments of food

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This visit was utterly underwhelming. The cocktails were not quite right. The beef skewer appetizer was really tough and chewy. The KFC were oversauced. And we struggled to get our server’s attention throughout our time there, even though the place was nearly empty. Overall, this fell far short of my experience a few years ago. No need to return.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

This is a super spot for delicious BBQ! Loved the vibe when we walked in; super-high ceilings, fun but tastefully and well put together, people of different ages and attire, the Bar was also full of people.
Server was super friendly and attentive with a warm, and casual approach. Ordered a Carbon Margarita and draft beer. Margarita was delish, well crafted, and unique. We split the KFC and was excellent; crispy and well battered with a slightly spicy and sweet sauce that was just enough to coat, but not sloppy and soggy. Shisito peppers were also enjoyable. We split the BBQ plater for two and was a lot of food but we managed to make it through. Liked all the meats and the extra cornbread with chipotle butter was excellent. Did not have room for dessert.
It's a fun and casual spot, but nicer than most BBQ spots of it's kind (probably more expensive, but I didn't feel anything was priced unreasonably).
I would return.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Got the plaster which includes a little bit of everything. Brisket was a little cold but the rest of the food was delicious though

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Made reservations at Carbon Bar for a get together with friends. Service was prompt, food arrived in a reasonable about of time. Had the BBQ paté for a starter followed by the Brisket Burger. Everything was tasty, my only complaint is that the fries were overly salty.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

A favourite haunt. Love everything about the place. Food, atmosphere, service always incredible. Love to bring out-of-towners here. Menu is fantastic. Happy hour a great time to go.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great food (especially the pit meat platter) and great value...a must if in downtown Toronto

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Service was good. Barbecue was good but was a bit pricy for the quality

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Went for a Sunday brunch, had the benny brisket and the TCB Ceasar and my friend had the huevo plate. Great food, brisket is amazing! Soft, tender and just the right amount of flavour. Caesar was good too. My friend enjoyed her food and Mimosa as well. Would def recommend.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Our server barely checked on us throughout our dinner and it took over 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive at the beginning and the restaurant wasn't even full.

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The hostess didn’t tell us our reservation had an expiration time. Our waiter didn’t tell us. Then the manager came and abruptly told us our time at the table had ended because they needed to seat more guests. The waiter hadn’t even asked us if we wanted a dessert. Certainly hadn’t brought the bill, and we still had wine on the table. Rudest treatment I’ve ever received at a Toronto restaurant. This place was my favourite in town and now I won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The menu is fairly small but overall taste is ok. We order a dozen oysters to try first but they didn't bother asking us what we want just gave us half-half. When placing order I did question our hostess what oysters they have today. She mentioned 3 types but we only got 2. My friend wanted to try something new in terms of drinks, we normally like to order house special drinks instead of the regular cocktails. Our hostess wasn't very knowledgeable. I've been to many restaurants where the host may make a few suggestions but she just said we don't have this one drink anymore and took off.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Everything was great but it's a good thing we looked at our bill bc we were charged for 2 extra ppl at our table.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Overall very good experience, will come back!

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2018

the restaurant was really nice and clean and the service was very good. we liked Luka. however the menu is mostly meat with no vegetables. we ordered a platter for 3 and it was all meat with a few pickles and two orders of fries. it's ok if you are a carnivor! and it was expensive for meat and deep fried food. i would not go back there again, nor would i recommend it to anyone. we were disappointed with the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Always is a lovely experience

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great food, great vibe, and great decor! Absolutely love it here. Been a couple of times now and by far my favourite spot.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Very good summerlicious menu! Great ambiance (modern diner).

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We were there for a business meal. Great restaurant, awesome food and our waitress was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2018

They don't mention anything about summerlicious. Also, i thought the waitress said $28 for the scotch. Turned out to be $38.00

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing cocktails (Summer is coming) and beef brisket!

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2.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I like barbecue meat however, it is incredibly salty. The KFC bites were actually amazing, were the bar options and the cappuccino.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Just a fantastic burger. Prob. the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Delish! Get “the experience” so so flippin tasty! But you better be hungry cuz it’s like 6 courses...we definitely had leftovers. Shout out to our servers and kitchen staff...service was very fast. Shelica is a hot gem of a server! Definitely want to return for brunch even if I am from Ottawa.
PS FRIED GREEN TOMATOES FTW

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went with my boyfriend and another couple of friends and we were all very impressed. We ordered the BBQ Platter for 3 and it was delicious. The brisket and the fried chicken are certainly the stars. We also had some oysters and they were deliciously fresh.
Service was very good and the hostess made us feel very welcomed the second we walked in.
I will most certainly come back on many other occasions.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The old CITY TV building. Nice looking room with good acoustics. The food presentation was 1990's. Small portions on a large plate so, poor value. Food quality was just average. Server could not understand that I simply wanted a large glass of ice for my water. The bar looked good but for dining, not a do-over. Carbon Bar should go off the air.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

I always have an amazing time when I am at the Carbon Bar. The service, staff and food is amazing. Everything on the menu is delicious!

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Overpriced for what it is. Can get better food elsewhere for the same price.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We went in on a Friday evening around 5 PM and found that they were just getting started for the night. The decor was a kind of rustic chic and really made an impression.
Great food and really welcoming staff. The food was presented nicely and tasted delicious.
Would definitely recommend for a casual late lunch or dinner on busy evenings after work.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Tasty food but my God the salt. We took in a week's worth of sodium. Ease back a bit

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The burger seemed a bit bland but texture wise very nice. Atmosphere was enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We got the meat platter for two and split it between three people, plus a salad, it was definitely enough food for everyone. Service was great as always, brisket is the best, drinks were tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Fantastic as always. Was slow getting bill / settling up.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This was our first time at The Carbon Bar and it was a great experience! The staff were attentive and made sure our group was able to enjoy our meal.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent service. Excellent ambiance. Incredible ambiance.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent food and drinks. Our server (Phyllis) was amazing - she was very attentive and engaging. Spent a lot of time explaining and making recommendations. The whiskey cart was insane - it's worth ordering a drink of Bourbon or Whiskey. Arrive hungry - they serve a lot of food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Foodie heaven! Craft cocktail lovers' delight! Hands down one of the best restaurants I have encountered. The carbon/smoked theme runs throughout the menu, to include food and drinks, but for those who are not into smoked meats (or fish), there is a shellfish menu. Delectable food and drink! Sublime experience! p.s., the fried green tomatoes alone are worth repeat visits!

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Ambiance was good, service was good, food was not. I had a chicken dish with Huckleberries. Chicken was bland and undersalted; roasted potatoes also didn't have any salt, pepper or spices. Huckleberry sauce was EVERYWHERE on the plate... maybe to cover up the other lack of taste? I didn't even finish it. I also ordered the s'mores dessert, and I was underimpressed, I could have made it in my own kitchen for a lot less than $14.
My companion ordered the $8 "virgin cocktail" and she got a glass of grapefruit juice. I found it very overpriced for the food we received and I won't be eating dinner here again.

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