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About Nota Bene

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

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Continental, Canadian

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

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 977-6400

Website:
http://www.notabenerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Nota Bene offers a conveniently located public parking lot on St. Patrick Street, one street west of the restaurant.

Public Transport:
Subway: Osgoode Station
Street Car: Queen West Street Car

Executive Chef:
David Lee

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

Private Party Contact:
Mel Payne: (416) 977-6400

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Nota Bene Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for a Date (9)
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Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Pre/post-theatre (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Lunch (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (3)
Romance (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten-Free Options (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Group Bookings (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The wagyu was really good! The waitress was good in recommending the perfect type of wine for the steak.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good service awesome food!I like this restaurant!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great ambience, simple menu, delicious food, and attentive, friendly and very professional service.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I enjoyed my late night dinner there. Will definitely come back again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
Food2
Ambience1
Service4
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This restaurant was surprisingly dead for Winterlicious. The food was sub-par and not worth the value, the basics was swimming in butter and the lamp shank was comparable to a short rib in flavor. The desert options were scarce as we couldn’t wait for the dinner to end

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Awesome in every way

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The Winterlicious menu was outstanding. Greatly enjoyed by all four of us. The service was good, though our table for four was only set for three. Staff were quite flustered, and had us standing for a bit. Otherwise, a delightful evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The space overall felt simultaneously finessed, fun, and comfortable—good balance. The food was very good, as expected, but the staff exceeded my expectations with their responsiveness and their attentiveness to the needs of the table, particularly around timing as we had another event following dinner.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Really nice food, awesome service. Had a very good lunch

Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on January 29, 2018

Booked this resto for it's rave reviews and had great expectations. Rather underwhelming and disappointing.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Winterlicious for lunch. Great food - forest mushroom salad followed by capellini with mushroom sauce. Wow. Great flavours, good portions. Appreciate the quality - it was really good!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Simply delicious. I'm happy every time I dine here. I cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was winterlicious so I imagine the restaurant was busier then normal which would account for the noise levels. The waiter set us up for a dining experience ‘we will be amazed’ with and was not. The food was good, but not amazing good. Lamb shank was tender but lacked any kind of noticeable flavour. Dessert was good- sticky toffee pudding.

Tags: Hot Spot
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great. Server was nice. Cozy dining environment with fine decor.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Though the space is large and can seem impersonal, I have always felt well taken care of at NB. The food was excellent even though a Winterlicious menu can be constraining -- foie gras, terrine, mushroom pasta, and a pudding sweet were all extremely good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always wonderful! Fantastic food and impeccable service.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very enjoyable!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food, service and environment. First time there and will come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was excellent. We had 3 appetizers: cheek, duck salad and octopus. Delicious! Then venison (melt in mouth) and black cod, Mango sorbet with coconut tapioca. Really great meal and great service. Plan to return soon for another enjoyable experience! Highly recommended.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Was a blast, would definitely go back to try the rest of the menu. Excellent team!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Staff and food was good

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I've been here many times for the inventive Asian-fusion food and the stellar service. Had a lovely conversation with the sommelier at the end of the meal that will bring me back so that I might continue it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really great experience. Tristan our server was very knowledgeable and extremely nice. Dave tested us to some Canadian whiskey to sample. Food was amazing. Fresh and seasonal, just as advertised. Definitely would go back.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We chose the tasting menu for a New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. The food was good but hard to justify the price tag of $864 including wine pairings for 4 ppl (not including tip). Decor was minimalist and the wind from outside during the deep freeze was blowing in the front door onto our table. I would recommend this spot for a special occasion but be prepared to pay a hefty bill.

Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food mediocre

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and great service! I would definitely go back.

Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fine. Solid good. Swift service.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good dining place in downtown.
Food is good.
The pork cheek is amazing!!!!!!!

Good choice for date!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fantastic service - we split our entrees, and the server had the kitchen course it out like a tasting menu. Delightful staff and top notch food. Awesome experience.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Would go back, food is great and so is the service, I wish there was less noise

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Typically awesome

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Small and pricey dishes. Great desserts!

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely restaurant close to the Four Seasons Centre. Ate with friends before the Ballet, and ordered the pre-theatre meal. Except for the dry fish, we enjoyed the meal. Other members of my group ordered off the regular menu and raved about their dinners.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We dine here every time we visit Toronto. Lunch and dinner work well. Always a treat. Highly recommend. Close to opera house and theater district.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Sophisticated and adults environment.
It is such big open space restaurant but welcoming and distance is perfect.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great pre-show option with interesting menu and enjoyable atmosphere. Service was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Food4
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We usually have a great experience at this restaurant, but unfortunately this time we booked through Open Table and they didn't have our reservation when we arrived. They put us in the bar area rather than the dining room, which was ok but not what you expect for a $200 meal for 2.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Impeccable service , delicious food and great drinks& wine.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was great albeit a bit overbearing at times...staff needs to relax a bit...but overall great.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a treat. The atmosphere is sophisticated but not stuffy or snobby. The service is impeccable and the food divine. Never disappointed. I would recommend the lounge/bar area for more intimate dining, as the main dining room in the upper seating area can get noisy when full.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List

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