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About The Carbon Bar

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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Barbecue

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: Saturday, Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
Church St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:

Phone Number:
(416) 947-7000

Website:
http://www.thecarbonbar.ca/

Executive Chef:
Hidde Zomer

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for New Years Eve. 3 or 4 course family style meal. 3 seating times 5-7pm ($59), 7-9pm ($79), 9pm onwards ($99) staying for the night including a featured beverage. It will be a night to remember electric circus style. Credit card required. Cancellation fee occurs after 12/28/17

The Carbon Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Comfort Food (44)
Good for Birthdays (40)
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Casual (36)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Hot Spot (33)
Group Bookings (32)
Fun (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (14)
Pre/post-theatre (13)
Romance (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Brunch (11)
Lunch (11)
Great Beer (10)
Paleo-Friendly (10)
People Watching (10)
Late-Night Find (9)
Cozy (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten-Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

I had read the reviews so i went in with high expectations and i was not disappointed. The KFC, peppers and duck tacos appetizers were incredibly tasty. The BBQ brisket, chicken and ribs were again just so good. Lauren was our server and I would be hard pressed to find a better server anywhere. the four of us were raving about the dinner as we walked to massey hall - convenient . adjust the expectations when you look at the outside but inside its large and wide open with a cool vibe and the food was absolutely spectacular.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot
Food4
Ambience2
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Service and food was great! Hostess never asked to take our coats and weren’t very friendly.

Tags: Great Beer
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is unusual but in a very good way in terms of type and selection. The KFC is a must.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Casual, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. Good menu selectio, lots of tasty apps.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service was great. Only problem.. I told them it was a birthday dinner in advance and whoever called me said she would leave that in the notes but nothing was done? We were just given our bill and left. Normally I would’ve made a fuss about it especially when I made the reservation a week ago and confirmed the birthday two days prior but I didn’t want to spoil my SO’s birthday with a situation like that.

Other than that, the food was incredible and service was excellent. Just wish they actually followed through when I decided to bring my SO to this restaurant for her birthday.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner experience. And Sam rolled out the whiskey bar which was amazing! We will be back!

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed the mixed meat platter! I asked the server if accompanying pickles were made in house. She said “no”, confidently. I ferment pickles so it’s a curiosity of mine. She then returned and said “I lied, the pickles are made in house”. Then I asked if they were fermented and raw/unpasteurized. She finally confessed to not knowing that answer. I eventually got an answer - they’re raw and properly fermented. Delicious & probiotic rich! And the chef who made them is probably proud enough to want the server to know how they were prepared. K, here’s the thing - if you don’t know your product, then don’t lie to me. I’d prefer an honest “I actually don’t know, but let me get an answer for you.” Then, when I had time I’d brush up on the menu details. I’m a server and I take pride in genuine product knowledge and sharing that with the guest. Anyhow, at the end, a sullen and stiff person started processing our credit card. Had a dinner jacket on. Maybe a manager?? He didn’t even look at us. I asked, “Hello, are you an employee here?”, just to be acknowledged! Hilarious. The vibe at the front desk is also tense and lacking a generous warmth, which I don’t think is too much to expect upon an initial greeting. Great food, friendly enough waiter, good cocktail menu and fairly good wine offerings. Just needs a little work on the people front.

Tags: Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I can't wait to go back to this place! Although it was super busy, our food came out quickly, they stayed on top of our drinks and checked on us just often enough. THE FOOD IS GREAT!!! If you like southern comfort food this is one of the best spots in Toronto. I love going out to local spots all over the city, and this is a gem out of the hustle of the core downtown. The only small issues was a server (not our waitress) brought some drinks over to our table and spilled quite a bit on one of our jackets. He didn't say anything and nor did my friend. However, when my friend went to put on his coat, he realized it was actually quite a bit of drink on his coat but luckily his coat is dark. Accidents happen though. We didn't say anything about it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Toronto! It looks small on the outside but it’s big on the inside. The food is amazing ! The platter is a must! They have a great selections for drinks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

After all the good reviews I finally got to try the Carbon Bar and it did not disappoint. Very plain on the outside in a drab area, but inside it was fabulous. Definitely bigger on the inside. The brisket was some of the best I have had in Toronto. Friends had the BBQ combo and really enjoyed the friend chicken. I definitely recommend this spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Arrived to find out Tuesday’s were oyster night which was an awesome addition to the evening. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will absolutely return!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We always have a great time, delicious food and seamless service. Looking forward to next time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Paleo Friendly
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was excellent. Staff very friendly. Took a while to make a drink order.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our waiter mixed up our order a bit but quickly corrected the issues. The food was great all around; the brisket was melt in your mouth and the death by chocolate was decadent. Will go back to try brunch. Oh, and try the Manhattan. It was the drink of choice for the night.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always, Carbon Bar never disappoints. The KFC is out of this world, the pit master platter is the best bang for the buck, and don’t skip the specialty drink menu. Save some money and don’t forgo the full experience!

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very tasty food. Well prepared, authentic and good ingredients. Service was friendly and helpful. Casual and comfortable environment with nice furnishings. Very nice ambiance. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great meal! Super Service!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Been here several times and it unfortunately gets better every time I'm there. One if my favourite places to eat.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 18, 2017

So good! Had the Korean fried cauliflower based on the server recommendation, so good. And I hate cauliflower. Literally the food was out of this world. Try the margarita, it's unbelievable.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We loved our night!

Got a large booth for 6-8, that was great!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Best service experience of all time. From when we entered to when we left. Great job!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had the BBQ ribs with Mac and cheese ...Mac and cheese great but ribs just ok. Also tried the brisket which was delicious...should have ordered that instead. Ordered one of the specialty cocktails which was delicious

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience2
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The restaurant is lost between a BBQ smokehouse and a nicer restaurant in all aspects: Decor, atmosphere, service, food, and prices. The large dining room and car are nicely decorated, yet service staff wear a t-shirt uniform; there is loud, outdated music playing, and patrons range from casual groups (some loud and obnoxious) to parties celebrating special occasions; the menu is a split between unique appies and entrees, and flat-out southern style BBQ including large share platters - both sides of he menu similarly priced at around $30-40 per meal.

My experience was good on the food side but lacking in every other respect. Our seafood and fish entrees were delicious and reasonably sized, and cocktails were okay. The music was distracting, and the party next to us was very loud and rowdy, clearly talking about us and pointing, and sometimes yelling and waving handkerchiefs over their heads. After dessert, we were brought the bill without even asking as if we were done, and the bill was missing items we ordered from the bar. Overall, the experience was lacking and definitely did not warrant the bill at the end of the night.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I went to this restaurant for her birthday and we had a really good time. Food was great and ambiance was good. Special mention for Gareth, great host.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fresh seafood, Great bar. Korean fried cauliflower is revolutionary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Been to carbon a few times. The meat or seafood share platters are great. Brisket is the best

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I️ really like the ambiance here and the idea of more upscale bbq. The food has not been as good the past couple of times. Cocktails, service and the room itself are all great. We had the bbq platter this past time and it was just ok. The brisket was weak compared to most better bbq places in Toronto (it used to be better), the ribs were a bit dry and the chicken had a mushy layer between a great crisp batter and perfectly cooked, moist chicken - almost like the chicken was cooked first then battered and fried where the inside of the batter was still raw. The sauces were a bit lacking in flavour compared to some other places. Would love for the food to get upgraded back up to where it was the first few times we visited over the years.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent find. Service is attentive without being oppressive. Best brisket outside of Texas. We will be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Ottawa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We arrived 2 hours early to our reservation and were seated promptly. The waiter quickly recognized we were not in a hurry. The Carbon Bar specializes in smoked meat and Bourbon. My wife, a vegetarian, found plenty on the menu to choose from. We had the Peppers and the KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) to start. Both were yummie. I enjoyed the delicious Beef Brisket and my wife enjoyed the Salmon. To finish I savoured one of their delicious Bourbons especially selected for me by the Bourbon master. The service was impeccable. Next time we are in Toronto, we will be back.

Food2
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Second time coming and food has changed..to preparation of the food to the taste of the food made the feeling of coming back horrible

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always good food but some delays between guest meals arriving 10 minutes before rest of party received food.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food place to accomodate needs of a keto diner. The brisket benny was very filling with teo perfectly poached eggs and lashings of hollaindaise, did not need the mile high biscuit, would have been way too much!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

So great! Transforming electric circus into a hip resto-bar was an awesome idea.

Service was awesome too :)

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great experience. We opted for the tasting menu which had ample food and selection.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 1, 2017

Had an excellent meal. Recommend the KFC Korean fried cauliflower and the pit masters platter.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We enjoyed the food. We ordered the chicken and waffles and the huevos al carbón. Presentation was great and everything tasted very nice. To our surprise we only paid $50 for two people and it included coffee, main course and a little chocolate desert.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great place. Visited during a weeks holiday in Toronto with my wife & teenage kids.... food & service were v good, would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great Service, good wine and creative cocktails and the food was great. This was our last night in Toronto and we were not disappointed

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always fantastic. Nothing else to say. Service and quality are top notch.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The meat platter was definitely worth it. The seafood was a bit underwhelming, but I suppose it's more for the exquisite tastes. We went for my parent's anniversary, and we were hoping for a bit more than just a candle on top of our desert, but nonetheless, good overall.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups

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