About La Banane

Beyond the yellow door, guests enter a space where the past and future mingle. Hallmarks of classic bistro style – a long marble bar, white linens and crystal stemware are mixed with contemporary art, bold colour and an eclectic soundtrack of funk, Motown and disco. Chef Brandon Olsen's cuisine features an extensive raw bar and French classics, executed in a modern style. Our wine list is also primarily French, with some Ontario selections.

We look forward to welcoming you to La Banane.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday-Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Dundas Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 551-6263

Website:
http://www.labanane.ca/

Parking Details:
Green P Carpark available directly behind the restaurant at 1117 Dundas Street West
http://parking.greenp.com/parking-info/carpark-info/204_1117-dundas-street-west.html

Executive Chef:
Brandon Olsen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

La Banane Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.7

Ambience

4.7

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Good for a Date (55)
Fit for Foodies (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (42)
Romance (36)
Bar Seating (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Hot Spot (32)
Neighbourhood Gem (31)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Notable Wine List (22)
Fun (19)
Authentic (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Cozy (16)
People Watching (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (8)
Group Bookings (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post-theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-Night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Healthy (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
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Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Max, the bartender was great. Chef Brandon was great. Big ups to the back of house.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on February 11, 2018

I have been there many times and I love it more each time

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very special authentic French cuisine restaurant on Toronto's hip Ossington strip. Solid service and excellent cuisine. Stylist atmosphere with fun retro mixed tunes and lively weekend crowd. Linen-clad tables at each end allow for an ideal date night away with the more boisterous booths and bar table in the middle. For foodies and diners, a definitely place to hit up in Toronto.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on February 8, 2018

This is my idea of the perfect restaurant - great food, beautiful but not fussy decor (I want to hire the decorator for my house, seriously), an army of friendly but not too friendly staff, and really fun music that wasn't too loud - easy to have a conversation without shouting. I love that it's high level french cuisine but also has a sense of humor, as evidenced by the banana artwork and 70s funky music. The crab croquettes were very rich with the perfect texture creamy inside and crisp outside. The trout with aji amarillo sauce was outstanding - I good bit of ginger in the sauce. The mashed potatoes were more cheese than potatoes - not complaining they were delicious. My friend is on a gluten free and non meat diet, that is my only slight criticism that her options were very limited - she had the omelette and brocolini and said both were great. The portions were surprisingly large, we had no room for desert so complementary chocolates were a perfect end to the meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food, excellent wine (and fairly priced for a high end restaurant) and great atmosphere! Loved this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching, Comfort Food
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Warm, lively ambiance. Hostess was a delight, service started strong but attentiveness fell away when it got busy. Very tasty French food, some offbeat selections, interesting but small menu. Presentation had hits and misses, bouillabaisse (hit!) sloppy banana "cake" (miss!). I love salt, but found most food oversalted, esp. the way-too-salty salted caramel ice cream. Worth another try.

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

 
·Dined on February 3, 2018

Greta food

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on February 2, 2018

Duck confit is excellent!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent Service, Transcendent Food, Kinda Pricey

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service. Lots of fun special foods. Indulgent in a way the French do so well.

Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our server Bobby was very knowledgeable and helpful, we ordered a lot of food and couldn't finish so we ended up taking a lot to go. It was still excellent the next day. The food here was very rich, so if you're not used to eating a lot of fat-heavy meals, be careful! Your stomach might suffer a bit.

The complimentary chocolates and Montenegro was a nice touch! Thank you for the lovely experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

La Banane is a phenomenal restaurant: a superb experience from start to finish. I can't wait to go back and recommend its delicious food without hesitation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great and fantastic food. I recommand for sure.
The Chef is very incredible. Bravo la Banane ;-)

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Quick Bite
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my second time at La Banane and I can't say enough good things about it! Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was top-notch. They knew we were celebrating two birthdays and everyone we talked to wished us a happy birthday. We brought 3 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne and the sommelier was super-knowledgeable and told us a little about each bottle and recommending drinking order. The seared fois gras was some of the best I've ever had (even in Paris!). We ordered the Eurobass which was presented to us whole before being deboned and drenched in an amazing sauce. The steak was also superb. Duck was good - I'm not a huge fan of duck so I'm not the best judge but it certainly was tasty. Sides were great and the hand painted diso egg chocolate dessert - while pricy - was beautiful and delicious. Will definitely be returning to La Banane to try a seafood platter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great hostess Lily. Amazing food and very good value for a high end resto. But service was slow and discombobulated... waited 15 mins for a drink. Warm plates with seafood and salad. Had to track down service But food insanely good.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing as always:)

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great atmosphere and amazing food, the eurobass is incredible.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great evening from beginning to end - our server was spectacular, the food amazing. Second time I’ve had the pleasure and I would definitely come a third time. Thank you!!!

Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As usual, greeted warmly by Ivy, who always makes you feel like a guest and not a customer. Amazing service at the bar from Chris W., definitely try the Banane Banane drink it was addictive. Got to have a bottle of the White Chocolate Stout from Blood Brothers, never seen a pale stout - poured in a wine glass, nonetheless! This isn't a cheap spot but the ambiance and service warrant the price tag. I like that you can reserve at the bar via opentable, so my preference was already known before I got there.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food! Great and authentic French food!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Enjoyed everything we had, such joy!

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic dinner, yummy flavours, great service. The shrimp cocktail was especially good!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 18, 2018

10/10 restaurant would highly recommend it fir anyone who wants a good meal in toronto

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Absolutely fabulous restaurant! Went for a family birthday celebration. I love the size of the restaurant. Not too small or big. The decor is spectacular. Perfect mix of glam sparkle and coziness. I especially love the banquets. We had the most fun and charming server who added to our evening. The food and drink were delicious. Highlights - orange wine, gooey cheesy mashed potatoes, veal. I was slightly disappointed with egg dessert. Just not my thing. Overall I cannot recommend this restaurant more highly.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Classy, chic, fun take on french classics. All of the seafood is amazing, especially the raw bar.

The handmade chocolates are the piece de resistance, especially if you go for the Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food’s delicious, great service and cosy ambience

Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was average, heavy on the salt and sauce. Duck was salty, the steel head trout was also too salty and lemony, in short a very nice piece of trout was destroyed. On the flip side the service was great.

Tags: Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food, service and environment

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My friend has always wanted to come here. So we finally came and the ambience is great. Love the interior design that runs throughout the restaurant, and details even in the bathrooms. Food was delicious; we had 2 cocktails, the mini seafood platter, an appetizer and the grilled pineapple with tofu pudding as dessert. The staff even gave us a couple of local hand made chocolates from the owner of La Banane, I believe.

There were 3 types of oysters on the platter and they all hit the spot! We were going to order more oysters but the two of us were full. I will definitely go back for an oyster night.

As per the service, everything was great and I’ve noticed we didn’t have to wait for one specific person to help us with our table. It seems like there was one main guy but everyone works as a team. Overall, thumbs up.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is a fabulous spot. It's fine dining, but not stuffy - very hip (not hipster) vibe. I love the French Art Deco decor. The service was impeccable. We were told ahead of time that we had our table for 2 hours, but they did not rush the service at all. The timing is the best in the city as far as I'm concerned. Yes, it's expensive, but every restaurant in Toronto is expensive except for fast food spots. This is worth the price. Do it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Everything was really good, but surprisingly salty - we found ourselves aggressively thirsty hours later even after five or six glasses of water. That said, I really enjoyed the dishes, so maybe everything being that salty was the consequence of it being so good.

Our major quibble, we wish we had known in advance that their Ziggy Stardust Egg had coffee grounds in it. It wouldn't be worth the $50 even if it didn't have coffee in it - it's a handful of chocolate truffles, a little dried apricots and coffee grounds inside a chocolate egg - hardly worth $50, but since neither me nor my wife can have coffee in the evenings, we weren't even able to enjoy it. Mention that there's coffee in it before people pay $50!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was plentiful and quite delicious, some items were not to our taste, but seemed quite good overall. The atmosphere is lovely, great decor, artwork and seating. The service was very efficient and friendly. I would have liked a clearer idea of what the food descriptions entailed, but would definitely return again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Knowledgable staff, excellent food, gorgeous interior, consistently the best meals I've had on ossington ❤️

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious flavours with simple straightforward presentation. Classic French cooking but not your typical French dishes. My favourite was the tuna topped with this amazing caper and dill pesto... so yummy!!!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Probably our best dining experience in Toronto in 2017! Everything was perfect!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As expected the food was delightful, the ambiance was intimate although they had booths for larger groups, and a bar for more casual seating. the staff was extremely attentive but not intrusive- it was my wife's birthday and they ensured we had a disco egg, and everyone greeted her with a happy birthday. The Euro bass was succulent and definitely worth a try.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was to notch.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food is the star of the show...atmosphere was great too but who cares if the food is lacking...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great. They brought a candle in our dessert for my birthday.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great menu, the service is exceptionally good, the cocktails are classy and smart. Value for money is not really there - more than a few of the items are a touch over-priced for the small portions. Overall, totally worth trying.

Tags: People Watching

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