Mamakas Taverna

4.7
600 reviews
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Greek
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
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.
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JV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and the service were absolutely OUTSTANDING!

L
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Have been wanting to check this place out and for the most part- it did not disappoint. The resto itself is beautiful and they accommodated our request for a larger table: albeit by sticking us in the corner close to the washroom. We ordered meze or tapas-style, definitely something I would recommend in order to get to try as much stuff as possible. We shared a variety of dips, salads and warm apps. The only false note in terms of the menu was the eggplant dish- iman bayildi- which was quite bland and, as the last dish brought out, unfortunately, ended dinner on a less than stellar note. I would book a table here if wanting to enjoy Greek dishes in a more upscale setting, looking to impress or celebrate something special. Our bill for 2 people (including a bottle of white) was close to $250- quite high for Greek food and for not ordering any mains. You really are paying more for ambiance and experience, rather than the value and rustic vibe of somewhere equally delicious like Mezes on the Danforth.

PA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service spectacular. We try to go a couple of times a year. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely love it.

q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was probably the best Greek food I've had since Greek Town in Detroit over 25 years ago. Not fancy, fresh and flavorful.

I would go back on a return visit!

FS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always book Mamakas for those coming in to to Toronto for the fist time. I only sit at the bar as their mixologists know what they are doing and will come up with something for you. They also have some great ideas on what to eat as well.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great consistent food-very enjoyable

GW
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A small well run Taverna with authentic food and a great wine list. Service was spot on with our server having a sound knowledge of both food and wine. Portion sizes are more than adequate so it is easy to over order. Certainly worth a visit if visiting Toronto.

ME
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this restaurant. Can't wait for my next visit there.

H
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from Germany spending time with us so we had a 3 day trip into Toronto

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best !

TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, as expected, however what made this particular dining experience exceptional was the service. Unfortunately great food and great service are not synonymous in many restaurants in Toronto. Too often service is disappointing, with restaurant staff who are generally unfriendly and seemingly entitled. When you work in a society that generally tips minimum 15% even with bad service, I guess some don't feel the need to try. This was not the case at Mamakas. Wife and I had an incredible experience. Well done!

D
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food - slightly odd service (with an attitude) - intimate setting but on the noisy side.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, very knowledgeable and helpful server

PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Server felt like a dude at a tourist trap, using clicheed bs in blatant upsell attempts. Slightly condescending and parts dishonest for the whole night. Food should have been better - was served cold -even the grilled fish. We'll try it again. Hope for a better server and that the cold food was a one off. The atmosphere is nice and the experience could be much more.

CP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding - cooked to perfection and seasoned thoughtfully. Our incredible server was very knowledgeable on the entire menu, making recommendations for cocktails based on our preferences, and suggesting a shared menu selection. He topped it off with a beautiful wine pairing, and made the evening unforgettable for my friends from out of town.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Seated right away at a nice table in the back. It wasn’t to busy or to loud. Service was a bit slow but over all great experience!

JS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The lamb was flavourless. No salt, no gameyness and a lot char.

Everything else was good, the service was outstanding

DS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and wonderful atmos. The server (Rocky? Rocki?) was outstanding. Would go again for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mamakas is a wonderful dining experience. The food was not only stunning but delicious. The ambiance was pretty and the service was great. I would recommend Mamakas to anyone visiting Toronto!!

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and amazing service . The lamb chops, lavraki, eggplant dip and tomato salad are fantastic. I can’t wait to return

a
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

food was great- excellent lamb chops
server was awesome
food was brought quickly

way too expensive
only for special occasions
couldn't do it weekly

BD
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fun cocktails and overall a great place to dine.

TC
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. The service was excellent. The space was lovely. If I had one criticism, it would be that it was quite noisy. But honestly, the best octopus I have ever had.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've been to! Everything was delicious- the meatballs, chicken, etc. was some of the best we've ever had (for a Greek place or not). Service was fantastic, the vibe was great. Highly recommend!

v
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A staple in the repertoire. Great authentic food, fun ambiance and great for groups. The dips are awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphère incroyable. Nourriture divine. A refaire ! Merci pour cette belle soirée !

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DW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Really good food

LC
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mamakas is one of our very favourite restaurants in Toronto. We went with friends and loved the entire dining experience. The food was once again outstanding (dips, lamb chops, chicken and Horiatiki/feta tomato salad our fav's)
Another busy Saturday night at Mamakas but the service and efficiency of all the friendly staff was greatly appreciated!

LB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best and most memorable dining experiences we've had. Thank you to the restaurant and their great staff for a wonderful night.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere! Looking forward to another visit soon.

GZ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy Mamakas

FC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been trying to get to this place for months and finally got a chance to go. Everything was great I wasn't disappointed at all. It was a Tuesday night and it was still fairly busy, im sure the weekends are super busy I will definitely go back when im in that area and have all ready recommended it to a friend who went the following day and he enjoyed it as well.

j
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

authentic to a tee

this is fantastic restaurant. bring your appetite to try it all

KW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great dinner. Housemade flatbreads and dips were great. For two ppl, would be nice to be able to order half portions of the dip because ordering more than one for two ppl is too much.
Delish octopus too!

KB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!! A modern twist on Greek classics!

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, unfortunately the fried octopus was very hard. Excellent service, great selection of greek wines.

U
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and overall experience. The lamb is deliciousssssssssss!

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is OUTSTANDING (& I mean better than in Greece)!

TD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent, the lamb is perfectly cooked and they have a lovely leek and feta pie. The food is not over done so the flavours of the food come through. The service is attentive but not pushy, they plan the execution of the meal and it’s wonderful. The place feels alive without being noisy.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly fantastic service and the food was both inventive and fresh

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