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

4.6

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Special Occasion (47)
Fit for Foodies (45)
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Romance (43)
Bar Seating (38)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Hot Spot (32)
Neighbourhood Gem (30)
Notable Wine List (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Authentic (21)
Cozy (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (15)
Business Meals (14)
People Watching (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Casual (9)
Group Bookings (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Tasting Menu (6)
Pre/post-theatre (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Child-Friendly (1)
Paleo-Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

My second visit, we passed on my initial instinct to sit at the bar, which I regret

Sit at the bar & order the disco egg! Our servers were attentive and lovely, but I missed the insights and recommendations from the amazing bartender. I brought a friend who had not been before and he loved it, but I think the full La Banane experience includes sitting at the bar

Will absolutely return again, one of my favourite new spots

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a great place for dinner! Service is stellar, professional but warm and welcoming. Food is stunning, and the wine list is varied, interesting and priced fairly. One of my favourite spots in Toronto.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

First time at La Banane, and had a lovely evening. The food was interesting and tastey, the vibe was fun, the service was good. The place is a bit loud, even to hear the server ... but that was the only negative.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

My absolute favourite restaurant in this city and definitely my first choice when I think about going out for dinner in Toronto. The service is beyond premium, making you feel so comfortable and welcome. Every menu item I've tried meets expectations and more. Love the seafood bar along with the amazing handcrafted beverages. The atmosphere is electric. Everyone deserves a seafood tower at La Banane.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 17, 2017

We went there for the first time for our anniversary. The food was amazing and so was the service. The atmosphere is pretty vibrant and energetic after 8. I would definitely go there again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wow. What an incredible night. My girlfriend and I both work in hospitality, and we were just blown away by this place! The moment you come in from the cold you are greeted by this amazing retro-chic sort of throw back decor, that's dimly lit(perfectly) and just feels cool and classy. Bonus points for being greeted warmly, and immediately! We were a half hour early for our reservation, and unexpectedly, they had a table for us, the host was very welcoming.

The moment we sat down we felt "wowed" by the great ambience, and the pleasant service staff. We hadn't even ordered anything yet!

The wine list? Well put together, and reasonably priced, which is refreshing.

The menu? Out of this world. All I can say is that they do something to butter that can only be described as magic, because I have never tasted anything so good in my entire life. Absolutely outstanding presentation, and flavours. Somebody in that kitchen still loves what they do, and it really shows.

The food and wine were brilliant, but a special thanks is owed to our server, Robert. This man is a master of his craft. The moment I was ready to try another wine, I looked to my left and a wine list was being handed to me.

Courteous, and efficient, we were blown away by how he guided us through the experience, without upselling us. Timing of everything was ON POINT. Perfect. He was informative, yet not intrusive. His other tables were all getting the same calibre of service as well, which was impressive to watch. Thanks Robert!

In short, La Banane is easily the best restaurant in the city right now. Make a reservation and treat yourself and the one(s) you love. You will not be disappointed.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great staff!!

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 15, 2017

Classic french food meets Ontario does California cuisine energy, accessible and delicious. Our waiter was the bestest and she helped guide our adventure through the menu. Defs the most informed unprentiocious genuine server torontos yet to dish us. Surprisingly generous portions, we all would love to return.

Food3
Ambience5
Service1
Value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Really disappointed on the service, the second round of food took forever and the waitress and hostess (yeap, we had to ask 2 diff people for our food) told us that the restaurant was busy so we should expect longer wait ...

1) No “sorry for the inconvenience”

2) they offered us “more bread” while we waited ( we already had 2 rounds of bread already)

For $80/ person I think they can do way better job with service

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a great time celebrating my birthday here! Had a reservation so we were seated quickly. Food was outstanding (get the euro-bass en croute!) and service was excellent. Only downside was being sat in the back right by the kitchen - would much rather be part of the action near the bar!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Oysters terrific. Scallops way over peppered. Frogs legs over fried. Entrees of duck, eurobass and chicken sweetbreads were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic service

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing meal and outstanding service! Bar seating was perfect for a date. Raw bar delicious and recommend the Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was outstanding, food was exquisite. The omelette was melt in your mouth good, definitely the best, I’ve ever had in this city. Oysters were plump, juicy and fresh - wonderful. Had the steak which was cooked to perfection. It was an “EXPERIENCE” eating at La Banane- wonderful. Definitely in the top 10 in the city!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful service and food. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and food in general. Mostly classic French cuisine. Raw bar a must.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and the staff is so pleasant and courteous and friendly.

The sea bass, liver and onions and the crab are amazing!!!!!

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great oysters and seafoods but the rest of the menu the plates are too salted. Ans expensive!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A very good meal. Our group of 4 ordered a bunch of different starters and mains and sides, and the disco egg for dessert. Everything was great. I thought the disco egg was perfect for 4 people to split. Look forward to going back. Restaurant was not super quiet, but certainly able to have a conversation without yelling....

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

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fantastic food, wine and service. It exceeded our expectations. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very enjoyable dinner. Expensive but worth the experience. Highly recommend the Foie Gras!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Really enjoyed this place. The food was inventive and great tasting. The inside was cozy and the service attentive. I woul definitely come back the next time I am in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value1

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Restaurant was fine. Food was good, but portion sizes were too small. Good service - ok atmosphere. Decent, but wouldn’t rush back.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The menu is truly original, the food very well prepared, the service truly outstanding. Pricey but a really unique dining experience well worth the cost for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I went for my birthday dinner and it was a disappointment. The food was mostly OK with a few missteps. Some dishes were overly salted and others were just mediocre. The problem is that the prices are super high and the food just doesn’t justify the insane price tag. Our server was lovely and attentive and charming. Even though it’s primarily a seafood restaurant, the best dishes were the aligot and the duck. I love fish and seafood, I just didn’t care for the flavor combinations and preparations. I won’t be going back.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We have been for dinner and number of times and always found it very enjoyable. The food is excellent as is the service and the noise level is suitable for years that are not too young!

The menu however is somewhat limited so it would be difficult to go more than a few times each year without feeling confined

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was my second time and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The menu has many small plates which I enjoy more than a main course. The staff was exceptionally friendly and the service was great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food and interior is beautiful. Wine list is exquisite. Our hostess could not smile the whole time she served us. At the end she forgot to include our bottle of wine in the bill and when we mentioned she just brought a new bill and said thank you. Will go again in hopes of being served by someone else.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Really personal service and great food.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food, attentive service and upbeat atmosphere. Definitely going back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

La Banane is amazing and consistent! They never disappoint :)

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food is incredible and service delightful! Foie gras was sublime.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food.
Great wines.
Professional and hospitable service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was incredible! It's got an energetic vibe so it is a bit noisy but you can still hear each other so it isn't a problem.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Took over an hour up to 1.5 hr to see any food on our table after ordering. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant if you want to eat quickly. Or if you're starving you'll need a pre dinner snack. Wait staff was underwhelming and not enthused. They warmed up eventually but we shouldn't have had to work that hard as patrons to get answers to our questions.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great! Really good food. Super rich!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

One of the best new restaurants in the city. A wonderful space with even better food and wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Food was outstanding, service was really great - everyone was so friendly and attentive. The decor was cozy and beautiful. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food and amazing service. I couldn’t ask for more and only hope to be able to go back again and again.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent food, great service. Would go back
Even had the disco egg!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
Food2
Ambience4
Service5
Value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I’ve been wanting to go here for sometime. Great reviews, good pedigree, cool part of town, new boite in town.

To start, the bouillabaisse with a vol au vent was good - but the soup was too hot - forgivable as the soup was excellent. Well layered in terms of textures and the soup seemed to change as one dug in. A great take on a Marseillaise standard.

The room is great. Service is excellent. The kitchen has a little heavy hand with the salt which the server made every attempt to rectify and did very satisfactorily.

My wife’s fish was excellent.

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