La Banane

4.7
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French
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.
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MM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very few, non-meat entree options for vegetarians.

FP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service as always were impeccable. We love coming here because of the seafood. The seafood tower is great value for your money. Also is you want steak tartare this is the BEST place in the city. Every dish is flawlessly executed. The service is attentive without being overbearing. Eat and Repeat.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After La Banane I can affirmatively say, French cuisine is more than food; it is an art. Thanks for making an unforgettable experience.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Nice place for Couple. Excellent service.
Quiet environment for chat.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, from food to service the whole experience was fantastic.

DM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal and experience we have had in a long time. Food was amazing, but service really put it over the top. High end restaurant, but with very welcoming and relaxed staff and atmosphere. We’ll be back.

R
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food, great service. Simply great. :)

SB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, we went as a group and where looked after from start to finish.

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great restaurant ! Top quality for the money. Very creative and original range of both flavors and artistic display for each and every course. Great wine list. Bravo.

RP
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous environment--super staff-great service--a bit pricey but expected--wonderful experience in a super setting located in a funky part of our city---enjoy

B
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience for 2 to celebrate a family member’s special birthday. She had researched reviews in advance and knew precisely what she wanted to order which was the tasting menu which was not on the menu but is offered. We had tastes of the seafood platter which included 2 shrimp, 2 oysters and scallops. First time I ever an oyster that I liked! Next was the tuna with a caper sauce (delish and yes salty due to the capers), next their famous eurobass fish cooked to perfection
with delish buttery sauce, then duck with foie gras and very cheesy potatoes. And finally for the birthday girl banana cake and a mini version of their famous chocolate Ziggy Stardust Disco
Egg. The only surprise was when we got the bill we had not realized that the dessert was not part of the tasting menu (guess we should have asked; guess we should have been told). The tasting menu was well worth it regardless as we got to taste several items which made for a nice food flight. Probably one of the most expensive meals I have had in a very long time and while completely enjoyable not sure whether my budget would allow for another trip. Mind you with all those seafood towers on so many tables maybe just might be tempted to go just to order the tower as a main course.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The service was slow. It took a very long time to be asked for a drink order. The wedge salad was too heavily dressed and the duck was tough. One of our group wanted hers cooked a bit more and it took a full 30 mins.
The oysters were delicious and the wine suggestions were also very good.

G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food to back it up, would go back again for sure.

b
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a good time!
Our anniversary outing was a memorable occasion at La Banane! The host upgrade our table to a booth, which was very appreciative. Our appetizer, mains and desserts were delicious.
We’ll definitely come back!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I Love it!!!

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

just fantastic..everything was delightful. came in for our engagement and couldn't have chosen a better restaurant

i
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

It took forever to get our food. The service was pretentious although with a smile.
My sirloin steak was tough.

E
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really a great experience overall. Food was great, and cocktails were world class. I think the prices were maybe a little higher than I'd expect for the overall menu/execution, but the service definitely made the case for any "difference" in expectations.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend

TT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pricey but really delicious. Tasting menu was great.

O
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

They should get a nicer floor. It looks like the men’s washroom at the bus station,

J
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

Although my husband and I had a pleasant meal and the service and food were good, the value was not. We shared two bottles of their lowest priced wine, a shared appetizer, two mains and a shared side and the total bill came to an astonishing $560! We've enjoyed other luxury restaurants in Toronto for that price tag but it's further justified by an elevated culinary experience, fine dining atmosphere and top-rated in Toronto. For this price tag, this restaurant on Ossington does not compare and I can't justify the pricing.

B
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience across the board. Our service at the bar was exceptional, and the wine Chris recommended was fantastic. Seafood tower and basque cake were top notch

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome meal! Chris and the team did amazing....ribeye one of the best in the city! Highly recommend the whole fish too. Looking forward to next visit

AL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food really stands out here. Although it is not inexpensive - but it was memorable. We had the rib steak - amazing! Perfectly cooked, seasoned - perfect texture. The eurobass was amazing - cooked in the pastry makes the meat so succulent!! The lemon tart was also delicious. The meal took awhile - it was a busy Saturday night and our 3 course meal took 3 hours. So keep that in mind. But I would go back!

DY
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding coupled with gracious and courteous staff, could not ask for a better evening. Noise level was perfect not to loud just enough where you could have conversation at the table and hear

J
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I ate at the bar and it was spectacular... Great bartender, cool dude, knowledgeable and good guy. Wonderful food and just a great vibe overall. We live nearby and for some reason had not been by in a while but will be back soon. Killer.

b
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food and staff were excellent. I really can’t find a thing to complain about.

GS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We went there for our anniversary, nothing mentioned even thou our waitress was told. The food was good, the service average. Our waitress seemed pre occupied with other tables the wjole night. We had two bottles of wine, she managed to get back once to refill our glasses. At the end of our dinner after declining desert we never saw her again. We had to ask a bus boy for our bill whonwas nice enough to bring it and the machine to pay
So for the dollar value you pay to enjoy a good night out combined with average service i would try somewhere else next time . Hence a 3 rating.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic place, fantastic food. The last time was a bit too noisy, though. I could barely hear my wife across the table. Maybe it was the people around us, but kind of ruined the experience a bit.

JC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Terrific Food, great service...super upscale atmosphere. Look forward to going back

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Was ok. Waiter was just ok. Not engaging at all. No positive lasting impression. Sommelier (from Santa Barbara) was very good and engaging. Had alerted restaurant of special Birthday of my friend. Don’t feel they made her feel special in any way.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent everything! Will keep coming back

m
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent venue with a fine dining experience with very little pretention. Our server was very friendly, down to earth and attentive throughout the night while also making us laugh. The food delivered on all its promises with quality of presentation and taste. I allowed myself to try the sweetbreads, and they did not disappoint. Also splurged on the Ziggy Egg, which delighted the senses. An amazing experience.

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was brilliant beginning to end and all around! Thank you for such a wonderful experience

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had an amazing meal and time. Highly recommend the duck. Tartare was merely ok. The desserts were spectacular. Will definitely come back.

S
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time dinning at La Banane was as memorable as the first time! The Eurobass en croûte is delectable and a visual masterpiece. Highly recommended 👍👍👍

S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One word - amazing!

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DV
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When you have great friends together, you are on vacation, the service staff is accommodating and the atmosphere is super funky , how can you not have a fabulous time.

LL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, atmosphere, service we're all impeccable. It was a return visit and we loved even more than the first time.