Mamakas Taverna

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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.
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LC
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service.

MT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great food.

PS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so tasty, service is awesome.

SP
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service!

ED
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and ambience is good, food mostly good except for the fish crisp. Tasteless and unappealing unfortunately. The lamb is outstanding.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it all

MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

You can get much better food for far less. Would not recommend.

r
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Took a good 10min after being seated for someone to even bring us water.
Heard such great things about the food we were unsure what to order, when asking waitress about food details and recommendations she was far less than enthusiastic in her replies. “It’s nice” does not sell describe the different dishes

AB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Mamakas has great food and the restaurant is open concept. Everything was well kept and clean. All the appetizers and seafood we ordered was incredible. Unfortunately they charge for pita bread. The worst part of our experience was the waitress. When asked how the pork dish was, she replied back with "It's okay" and then went silent. She was also asked how some of the appetizers were and her comments were around the same of "good" and "yup." She did not check on us after receiving our food, she cleared the side plates while we were still eating the appetizers and then asked "oh what should I leave for you guys" when the table was already cleared. Also with the bill - we waited 20 minutes and when she was asked again, she stood by the station and spoke with other waitresses for another 5 minutes before we had to remind her a third time. Highly recommend the food but the service could greatly improve, especially for the money you are spending.

J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great, cocktails were great, and most importantly - service was great as well! The bartenders are very nice and friendly, was a pleasure to chit chat with them and they made us feel at home. Overall was a great experience!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fish of the day was really good, Seabream

RF
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great! Love the wine list. One thing I would like to see: some local craft beer on tap. Although I enjoy the Greek beers they have by the bottle.

AP
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food, there wasn't a single thing that we ate that didn't impress me. A little pricey but well worth it for a nice night out.

BD
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! I know truly understand the importance of a flavourful meal.

They were able to accommodate certain seating requests for myself and my partner. Service was knowledgable, friendly, attentive and quick. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to come back !

RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was absolutely incredible. She knew the menu so well and was able to suggest things we would like. The food was outstanding. Very pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at Mamakas. Greek/Mediterranean fare with a focus on Seafood, although I had the grilled lamp chops on my last visit. Highly recommended.

AC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! A tad lower on salt would make it perfect for me.

P
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, as always. However, as with our previous visits, the hostess/welcome is not immediate. We stood there for a few minutes with no one acknowledging us even though the kitchen is *right there*. Feels a bit uptight/snobby when you first come in. Once seated, staff is always very pleasant and the food is superb! We are working our way through the menu.

r
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always

JJ
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined at Mamakas Taverna for my sister’s birthday. Our server was friendly and gave great recommendations. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the sharing aspect of the meal. The pita was made in house. My favourites from the dinner was the saganaki, lamb chops and surprisingly the potato side dish. I will definitely be returning.

D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been here before and the food was once again amazing. The ONLY complaint I had was that my boyfriend asked for ketchup with his fries and they didn’t have any. I know Mamakas is a hole in the wall, classy establishment but.... I just don’t think it’s too much to have ketchup to go with fries. Every restaurant should have ketchup. Just seemed odd.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, great servers - super attentive. And obviously, great food! Would come back again/10.

TS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The seafood is to die for, delicious and cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend the calamari and mussels.

RS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything tastes delicious. Imagine all the things you love and then make them more delicious and interesting. That is Mamakas.

CM
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It's a busy and cozy restaurant that is easy to get to from downtown Toronto. We were seated promptly but it took a while for our server to show up. When she did she was attentive. She did judge me a bit for ordering a second cocktail too quickly. Not impressed with the "already?".

I adored the tomato salad, the lamb chops were a bit dry, but the dips were great. All in all 3 star experience.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively atmosphere , friendly staff, good food, good service

b
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant but it’s so difficult to get a reservation.
Have to plan it a month in advance

FM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect everyone!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! Excellent lamb chops! Their dips and warm pitas are excellent!!

V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

LM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!! Food was super yumi and service was also great

C
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We made reservations on the last minute... managed to get a table for 10:00pm, arrived at 940 and our table was ready for us! The atmosphere was really great, it’s a vibrant place (a bit loud though). The food was ok, a bit below expectations.

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