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“A negative end to an Ok evening” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Marben Restaurant

Marben Restaurant
488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1E3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
+1 416-979-1990
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Ranked #225 of 6,548 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $101
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Portland
Transit: Closest transit stops are King and Spadina and King and Portland by TTC on either the King or Spadina Streetcars. A late evening taxi stand is immediately east of Marben.
Description: Marben is a bustling and vibrant Toronto restaurant, located in downtown's wellington west neighbourhood, renowned for its warm hospitality and award winning seasonally driven, modern Canadian cuisine inspired by Spanish & Northern Italian cooking.
Toronto
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A negative end to an Ok evening”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Food is mediocre at best--nobody at our table of 8 liked their entree. their burger was supposedly award winning but it was a big lump of dry meat. their sherry braised beef had a weird taste of star anise. The topper was when they charged us for a late no-show of our group ($33 cash grab) and then proceeded to get into an argument about why they were right about this policy. Up to that point I could have forgiven the food experience...but the lack of professionalism of their manager who kept on escalating the conversation and arguing with our host just ruined the evening for all of us. Hope they enjoyed the extra $4 they scalped off each of us...because we will be telling everybody about this place--i.e. why they should never go.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Oakville, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Food & Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Marben is an amazing find! The atmosphere is hip and a little bit retro - but with none of the pretense of other Toronto establishments. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I can't wait to try Marben's patio in the summer!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food, great service, great ambiance!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

High-end urban casual - does that combination work? It does at Marben. Wonderful, welcoming atmosphere and delicious food - what more can you ask? We celebrated with a large group and felt right at home in the lower level of the venue - perfect for a group. The lobster croquetas were scrumptious and the burger was fabulous. Oh - and you must try the tequila ceviche cones. Yum. Great wine, great cocktails, great restaurant. Thanks Chef Rob and the staff for memorable night.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Amazing in every-way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Atmosphere is incredible, service fantastic and the food is divine!
Second visit to this fabulous restaurant and would highly recommend it to anyone.
You would have to be extremely picky to not find joy in your meal.
Enjoy

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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King City, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Extraordinary Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I recently dined at Marben for lunch and fell in love with the food, the ambiance and the service, so, I decided to arrange a small group dinner for this past Saturday. Marben has a wonderful selection of tapas and with a group of 12 we were able to try many of the delicious offerings. The restaurant has a great vibe, the service was fantastic and the food was amazing!! ( Must try: the tequila ceviche cones and the lobster paella croquetas) We were seated in the newly renovated lower level at a beautiful harvest style table...great for a group. Thanks Chef Rob for taking such good care of us. This restaurant is a hidden gem...I can’t wait to go back with my husband.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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