Nota Bene

4.6
2837 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post-theatre

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About

Nota Bene restaurant is a sophisticated dining establishment created and run by famed Toronto Chef, David Lee. Opened in August 2008, the restaurant has garnered much critical acclaim and has been featured on countless “best of” lists including Toronto Life, En Route Magazine, Maclean's and most recently, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Continental, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Bar: Weekdays: 11:30am - Close; Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(416) 977-6400
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
David Lee
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Private Party Facilities
- Available for lunch, dinner + reception events
- Accommodates up to 36 seated guests or 60 for a standing reception
- Seasonally-inspired group menu options available
- Sommelier to assist with wine selection
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Private Party Contact
Mel Payne: (416) 977-6400
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
University
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Parking Details
Nota Bene offers a conveniently located public parking lot on St. Patrick Street, one street west of the restaurant.
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Public Transit
Subway: Osgoode Station
Street Car: Queen West Street Car
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Special Events & Promotions
Full Restaurant Bookings are available for lunch and/or dinner events:
-Accommodates 75-175 people seated / up to 200 for a standing reception
-Custom menus created by Chef Lee

The NB BAR can be booked for partial of full use:
-Accommodates groups of 10-100 people
-Passed canapés and bar snack menus are available
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Food was finished before the wine ever arrived. 200$ is a lot to spend on a bottle of wine, a salad and two pastas.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent food,service and location

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A
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pre-theatre dining. This was amazing value, good service and great food. We arrived late and assumed we would only have time for an appetizer. Our waiter was fantastic and accommodating. We were quickly provided water and a summary of the 3 courses which could be served in our timeframe. Wonderful! Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are just SOOOOOO good looking!

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 1

the restaurant was too noisy to carry on a normal conversation

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

One of the ladies had a severe gluten allergy. After carefully going through the menu over with our server we opted to select a few things we could all share, including two mains. When the mains arrived we were told they weren’t gluten free and we were stunned. We mentioned that we would’ve only ordered one of the mains and got a gluten free dish as well if that was the case. No apology was provided but instead they just took away one of the dishes. After speaking to the manager he said the dish was in fact gluten free. We were appalled. No further apology was given just the bill, as is.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am very sad to hear it’s closing - I will miss it

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OT
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sad to hear Nota Bene will be closing at year's end. The 36oz ribsteak is definitely worth going for one last time. Delicious!

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R
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience all around.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was incredible as always, servers make great recommendations~

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M
Toronto
77 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Nota Bene has consistently been one of our favorite restaurants in Toronto sine it opened a decade ago, and we are all sorry to see it close - and yes, we know it’s rebranding into a plant-based restaurant. The service is amazingly polished, and they even have my wife’s favorite drink recipe on file. It’s obvious that many people love this restaurant because it was packed with what seemed to be regulars who are trying to get in a last meal before it closes. They’ve even nostalgically brought back some of their old favorites on the menu.

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GC
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good location for dinner before the theatre. More than able to meet our timeline. We've been here before and as the evening goes on the restaurant gets quite noisy, but at 5:00 it was perfectly tranquil!

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BR
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shame it is rumoured to be closing; well worth the visit!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoy going there before the ballet. It's nicer than eating at the hotel. We had a great table location, very cozy and quiet. We ordered good wine and the lobster salad which is always good. We had lots of time to enjoy our meal, then we shared the dessert of sticky pudding ;really delicious. Then a good cappuccino and we're already for the ballet.

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J
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time for lunch at Nota Bene. Been several times for dinner.
I have a food allergy & I spoke with Dan Hyam, the Chef de Cuisine, about designing a safe menu which we did. I had a double order of French Fries in olive oil, which Dan makes for me every time i go there. I also had a great salad, bringing my own dressing. As usual, I felt safe & honoured and enjoyed a delicious meal. The service was impeccable, attentive and couldn't have been better. Thank you all once again.
Judith

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DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Opera and friends bday

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were fantastic.

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CB
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall always enjoyable. Good value for pre-theatre meal. Service is timely and we appreciate this. Comfortable and good overall ambiance make it a popular place.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was a perfect restaurant to introduce world-traveller visitors to one of Toronto's fine restaurants. Service was excellent and menu was varied and all dishes were delicious and appreciated. The wine list was excellent. One of the guests was in a wheelchair, and staff were excellent in bringing him to our table.
My only problem was with the front desk support. I had asked that my credit card be used to pay for a set amount of the bill, before my guests arrived. The receptionist indicated she would inform the waiter - this was not done and it was very embarrassing when the bill came. Also, my coat was hung up, and when it came time to leave, there was no one to get it for me. Being under 5' I could not reach it and finally got it down. Two unpleasant experiences that coloured my experience.

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RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food is good, and the Gin and Tonic menu from the bar is amongst the best in the city. However this place is starting to show its age in relation to value. There are similarly priced restaurants in the city with superior food selections and restaurants with similar food priced considerably lower. Its simply a value equation. Over priced relative to what it is by about 20%. Service is always exceptional though.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service. Pity they are apparently turning into a Planta offshoot. Get there while they still serve meat and fish.

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T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Right off, service was excellent. Very sweet waitstaff who really gets people. He recommended fabulous dishes, despite our many dietary restrictions. Hamachi Ceviche? Magic! Cavetelli Pugliesi? Yes, please! Burrata Puglliese? Oh yum. Night out with a friend was perfect...now I think I am due for a date night with my man...perfect excuse to go back.

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HM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an enjoyable outing. I highly recommend for all occasions.

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J
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is always outstanding but the most important compliment I can give is the incredible attention to detail of Chef de Cuisine Dan Hyam. I have a fatal food allergy. Dan & I talk before I visit to plan a safe and delicious menu. He even makes special food for me as a treat as the last 2 visits have been for my birthday and he was so accommodating. Alex our server is also top of his game. Knows in advance what I'm eating, repeats it so there's no misunderstanding, and serves with flair. I love to eat here. I love the safety I feel. Thank you to all for such a wonderful meal and environment.
Judith

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Amazingly delicious dishes, creatively made. A lil on the pricey side though.

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food , exciting menu and excellent service make this a great choice had local sourced seafood and some amazing pasta

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was honestly so good. For sure the best ribeye in toronto! I was really pleasantly surprised. We had a huge feast, crispy duck salad, rabbit pappardelle and ribeye- everything was perfect!!

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It’s a beautiful modern restaurant. Elegant plating and a nice spin on some really neat ingredients. The crispy duck salad my possibly be one of the best put together dishes I’ve had in a long time. It’s definitely worth a try if dining In Toronto

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Stylish, modern restaurant with a fresh take on locally sourced ingredients. If the crispy duck salad is in the menu it’s a must order. One of the best dishes I’ve eaten all year. Another is Crispy pig cheek, need I say more. Worth a try.

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SK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing and so was the food. Most important is that noise level was normal and not noisy

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M
Toronto
77 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nota Bene has consistently been one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The service is impeccable. The food is beautifully presented and incredibly tasty, and the cocktails are truly creative. We had the August Tasting menu along with the recommended wine pairings. Loved every course!

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w
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m gonna miss this place. Always great food and service.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was amazing!

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SL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic August tasting menu, and exceptional service! Would recommend to anyone for a special occasion

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AT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good place for a business lunch. Food was good, pricey but worth the money

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BG
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. This was a quiet weekday meal, so the noise level was low. Can be quite noisy at times, but the food is so good I ignore that. It is expensive, but good value considering it’s high quality.

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great menu as always. The food is consistently well prepared and served. The only critique I would make is the menu should be more descriptive. I ordered the crispy duck appetizer, took the first bite and exclaimed that it was absolutely disgusting because of the cilantro. I'm one of those people for whom cilantro tastes like soap. If the description in the menu had mentioned the cilantro, I would not have ordered it so that was a huge miss for me. Thankfully my wife enjoyed it.

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came for summerlicious and it was great! I also love the interor design of this place too.

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TD
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I can't believe I haven't been here before. The food is delicious and great service. Everyone ordered different meals and had no complainants.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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