Carbon Bar Toronto: Southern BBQ and Cocktails on Queen Street East

Carbon Bar Toronto is a popular cocktail bar and Southern American restaurant on Queen Street East.

The Corktown restaurant is regularly ranked as serving the best BBQ in Toronto. If you’re a barbecue fan in Toronto, you’ll love the restaurants signature smoked chicken wings, beef brisket and pork ribs.

Carbon Bar Toronto's dining room.
Carbon Bar Toronto’s dining room.

Step Inside Carbon Bar Toronto

The popular Toronto BBQ restaurant features a chic cocktail bar overlooking Queen Street East.

The restaurants open-concept dining room offers sky high ceilings, decorated in a blanket of glowing white lamps. The choir of overhead orbs string together to create an intimate vibe.

Carbon Bar Toronto’s resident bartender, Brendan Piunno explains the buildings history, “the restaurant was once a popular record shop, then a legendary rock’n’roll discotheque Electric Circus, followed by a Disney dance studio.”

Wild Mushroom N Grits at Carbon Bar Toronto.
Wild Mushroom N Grits at Carbon Bar Toronto.

Private Dinning at Carbon Bar Toronto

If you’re looking to book a large group, Carbon Bar offers some of the best private dining options in Toronto.

The Green Room is an upstairs private dining space, which offers views over the restaurants bustling main dining room. The Green Room can accommodate up to 30 seated diners, or up to 50 guests for a standing cocktail reception.

The restaurants Chef’s Table is an excellent option for large celebratory parties or corporate feasting. Extending from the restaurant’s open kitchen, the Chef’s Table seats up to 12 guests keen on digging into The Carbon Bar Experience.

The Carbon Bar Experience is available for reservations over 2 at $69 per person. The Carbon Bar’s website explains, “Allow our chef to choose the perfect selection of snacks, apps, a mid course, mains and dessert to be served family style to your group.” The multi-course family-style tasting menu takes you through all of the highlights of the menu. Available for two seatings nightly.

Craft cocktails at Carbon Bar Toronto.
Craft cocktails at Carbon Bar Toronto.

Cocktails at Carbon Bar Toronto

The popular Corktown restaurant is considered to have one of the best bars in Toronto. Skilled mixologists sling craft cocktails that perfectly pair with the Chef’s Savannah and New Orleans-inspired Southern American dishes. 

The bar also offers a well curated craft beer list featuring brews by Mill Street Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, Goose Island, Mascot Brewery, Blood Brothers and Beau’s.

  • Pick Your Poison: Choice of Old Forester Bourbon or Pisco El Gobernador, Sortilege Blueberry, agave syrup, lemon juice, lemon wheel, float of bourbon barrel aged Cab Sauv
  • Raised By Wolves: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Ancho chili liqueur, gum syrup, lime, basil, house-made salt bitters
  • The Pope: Beefeater 24 Gin, Amaro Nonino, Ancho Chili Liqueur, Gum Syrup, Lime, Basil, House-Made Salt Bitters
  • Just Beet It: Diplomatico Rum, Domaine de Canton Ginger, beet juice, lime, rosemary, orange wheel
  • The Smokin’ Manhattan: tobacco-infused Jack Daniels rye, Dolin’s Rouge, bitters
  • Pit-Fired Old Fashioned: house smoked Buffalo Trace, Sortilege, Angostura bitters
  • Black Mamba Margarita: charcoal-infused Olmeca Los Altos Blanco, St. Germain, lime, orange bitters
Cheese Croquettes with apple-chipotle sauce.
Cheese Croquettes with apple-chipotle sauce.

Carbon Bar Toronto Menu

Carbon Bar is brought to you by the culinary tycoons behind Nota Bene, Yannick Bigourdan, David Lee, and Franco Prevedello. The Toronto BBQ restaurant is their first relaxed-meets-refined concept for Toronto food fans. David Lee’s menu is managed under the care of Chef de Cuisine Hidde Zomer.

Carbon Bar Toronto Snacks

  • Blistered Shishitos: guajillo, sesame, lime
  • Cheddar Hushpuppies: Smoked Cheddar, buttermilk jalapeno ranch
  • K.F.C: korean‎ fried cauliflower
  • Crocodile Bites: tempura batter, Alabama bbq sauce
Split Pea Fritters with pico de gallo at Carbon Bar Toronto.
Split Pea Fritters with pico de gallo at Carbon Bar Toronto.

Carbon Bar Toronto Appetizers

  • Sea Bream Ceviche: panca leche de tigre, avocado, red onion cilantro, scallion, cucumber, baby turnip, nori, sesame
  • Duck Tacos: crispy confit duck leg, achiote tortillas, curtido, smooth guacamole, pineapple salsa, pickled red onion, coriander, lime
  • Smoked Chicken Wings: pickle brined & smoked, hot sauce, honey garlic, sour BBQ
  • Roasted Squash Salad: spiced squash, arugula, treviso, apricots, house made farmers cheese, pumpkin seed, maple vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad: artisan romaine, caesar dressing, parmesan, pit smoked bacon, pickled white anchovies, crushed croutons, basil
  • Fried Green Tomatoes: smoked tomato remoulade, aged ham, bourbon pickled jalapeno, candied walnuts, soft herb salad
Crisp Chicken Skins with sweet chili vinegar.
Crisp Chicken Skins with sweet chili vinegar.

Seafood Bar

Available Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Oyster Bar: half price every Tuesday
  • Snow Crab Cluster
  • Wild Argentinian Shrimp: half dozen, lemon aioli
  • Fishmonger Platter: oysters, snow crab claws, Argentinian wild shrimp, little neck clams, mussels, mezcal & lime cured salmon, tuna ceviche nikkei

From The Wood Fire Pit

  • St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs: coleslaw, dill pickles, sweet & spicy BBQ sauce
  • USDA Prime Beef Brisket: coleslaw, dill pickles, espresso BBQ sauce
  • Pit Master Platter: St. Louis cut pork ribs, USDA prime beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, dill pickles, fries & chipotle lime mayo
Carbon Bar Toronto's "Hot Mess" with sweet potato, cheese curds, crema, pickled jalapeno and chopped brisket.
Carbon Bar Toronto’s “Hot Mess” with sweet potato, cheese curds, crema, pickled jalapeno and chopped brisket.

Carbon Bar Toronto Entrees

  • Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger: 7oz. beef patty, smoked bacon, mustard, house made jalapeno cheese, dill pickle, burnt onion aioli, buttermilk fried shallots, iceberg lettuce, side of fries
  • Tomato Mushroom Ragout & Grits: wild mushrooms, tomato ragout, broccolini and cauliflower florets, manchego cheese, over creamy yellow grits
  • Brown Butter Seared Cod: seared cod, maple butternut squash puree “rootatouille”, crispy Brussels sprouts
  • Hanger Steak: “steakhouse spice” 9oz hanger steak, smoked pepper relish, scalloped potato, charred escarole salad, butternut squash, parsnip, radish, truffled burnt shallot vinaigrette
  • Octopus Peruvian Paella: seared octopus, vegetable Peruvian paella, aji amarillo soffrito, smooth tapenade, pork crackling, watercress
  • Chicken & Biscuits: creole spiced chicken supreme, green beans white wine, onion & bacon sauce, sided by cheddar and chive biscuits
Queso de Cabeza: fried suckling pig, pork n beans, hen's egg, pickled beets
Queso de Cabeza: fried suckling pig, pork n beans, hen’s egg, pickled beets

Fixin’s at Carbon Bar Toronto

  • Fries: chipotle lime mayo
  • Collard Greens: artisan butter
  • TCB Slaw: corn nuts
  • Mac & Cheese: Chipotle, cheddar, gruyere
  • BBQ Pit Beans: pit fired pork & beef
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread: maple & whiskey butter
Carbon Bar Toronto's signature Pit Master Platter for two.
Carbon Bar Toronto’s signature Pit Master Platter for two.

Desserts at Carbon Bar Toronto

  • Death by Chocolate (for 2): dark chocolate mousse cake, caramelized white chocolate ice cream, white chocolate hazelnut tuile, espresso caramel, tonka bean
  • Banoffee Pie: sweet bourbon filling, banana brulee, Chantilly cream, caramel
  • Rocky Road Sundae: vanilla & banana ice cream, roasted marshmallows, brownies, caramel, chocolate sauce, candied pecans
  • Vanilla Yam Profiterole: sesame brittle, sweet potato compote and sorbet
  • Chocolate Bourbon Skull: bitter chocolate, Woodford Reserve butter ganache, pecans
Banana Toffee Cream Pie
Banana Toffee Cream Pie.

Carbon Bar Toronto Hours

Monday to Wednesday: 4-10pm

Thursday and Friday: 4-11pm

Saturday: 5-11pm

Sunday: 5-10pm

Carbon Bar Toronto Reservations

99 Queen Street East, 416-947-7000

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