Mamakas Taverna

4.8
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675 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.
What 675 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious

RM
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 30 November 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 30 November 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 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

SG
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A wonderful spot for great Greek food.
It is perfect for several people to share different dishes family style.
When we left our dinner we immediately booked a reservation to return with our whole family.
See you again soon!

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another fun evening. Food was excellent and ambiance lively and fun. Highly recommended

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Service, Amazing Food, best Greek food outside of Greece!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great as always. Only issue is there were many fruit dlies

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!! I will be going back for sure.

GM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, overall a wonderful experience. The Greek dishes were very well prepared, and authentic.

j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love. Fish is incredible. Love it here

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining’s experiences I’ve ever had! Waitress was amazing, food was amazing and the ambiance was great. 10/10

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lacey as usual made it a wonderful experience

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner at the bar. The bartender, Michael, was awesome. Food was delicious. Great cocktails, too!

KG
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants for date night/ special occasions. The menu recently changed and the spanakopita is so good!!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I was very excited to go as it is always booked and difficult to get reservations. I found the meatballs overcooked and dry. The octopus and swiss chard were undercooked and tough. The shrimp and lamb were cooked perfectly. Overall, we were disappointed for the price of the dishes.

GT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place! The food is fabulous, the cocktails are unique and delicious, the service is always on point!

CF
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Greek food I’ve ever had! The tzatziki was mouthwatering, as well as the taramasalata, Saganaki, spanakopita and lamb chops! The octopus could have been a little more tender and flavourful, but it was still good. The service was very attentive and the vibe was cheerful. A little bit loud, but that’s to be expected with a busy and popular place. Definitely would recommend!

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Lacey. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made helped make it a very nice experience.

DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was amazing. The only thing that took away from the experience was having to worry about 2 hour seating. It was reinforced with a message phone call to remind me I could not stay past two hours. As it turned out I did not need two hours. A customer should not have to worry about staying a bit past the two hours when out enjoying an evening dinner.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, would return for the food!

RS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite place in town. Service. Friendly. And full of beautiful flavors.

LH
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time here in a couple of years. It was fantastic. Great food, unique excellent wine and fabulous service. We'll be back again and I highly recommend it!

LB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything but the baklavas was Superb.
Baklavas were not good.
Ambiance was also Great

LW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. It was delicious. The waitress was friendly and provided excellent service. We will definitely come back again.

LC
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner as always at Mamakas! My nephew was in from NYC and he loves Greek cuisine. He now is in love with Mamakas just like us!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Anniversary. Great night out.
The tartare resulted in some gastrointestinal disruption. Otherwise would have been perfect

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! Highly recommend for a nice evening out in Toronto!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service.

MT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food.

PS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The wine selection is limited to only wine from Greece. I wish there was more variety because Greek wine didn't taste good. One of the many dishes we ordered was steak and it was just ok despite being one of the most expensive dishes on the menu. We booked the place and indicated on OpenTable that it's for a birthday and it is disappointing that the restaurant seemed completely unaware.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so tasty, service is awesome.

SP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service!

ED
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The sea bass and green beans were cooked to perfection. The potatoes were not truly Greek style and were dry. This restaurant is a fusion of modern and Greek. Personally prefer a little more authentic style, but I would still go back for the seafood.

ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday this past week! Amazing food and a great atmosphere. Already looking for reasons to come back again!

LG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so delicious! Amazing cocktails. Great shareable dishes for a group of friends

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!! Service was great and the ambiance was just right! Will be going back for sure!