La Banane

4.7
471 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:45pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(416) 551-6263
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Brandon Olsen
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Dundas Street
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 471 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was amazing. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. And the chocolate egg - omg - best birthday treat ever. Can’t rave enough about this place and can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We thought the food was very good. We enjoyed sitting at the raw bar and watching the preparations.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This place just keeps getting better. Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, and even better service! We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding in every way. Among my most memorable meals. Delicious. Great vibe. Food and staff were fantastic. Had the fish en croute. Wow! If I lived in Toronto, I’d eat there all the time.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

It is worth it to visit just for seafood platter and the dessert egg!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Just simply excellent! Amazing French cuisine and a beautiful setting. Very attentive staff.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing cocktail and nice waiter. We were at the front and the AC was way too high so we were really freezing... food was really good.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Underwhelming from what one would expect. Our meal was either overly salty or bland. The duck breast was ok, but not that great in comparison to our other dining experiences.

Tuna - overly salty
Steak tartare - delicious, no baguette or toasts accompanied, just spoonfuls of tartare. Would not have ordered this if that was the case.
Duck breast - perfectly cooked, prune reduction was ok. Again underwhelming.
Chicken- best thing we dined on, however, how is this French inspired???

We were looking for a more French inspired menu and left a bit confused.

I hope that this was just an off night.

The service was impeccable and we loved the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

It was very good and my gf was very impressed! To highlight seafood towers very extremely delicious and so fresh

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Das ist ein tolles Restaurant mit Schwerpunkt Austern, Lobster und Crabs, man kann aber auch was anderes bestellen. Die Karte ist klein aber fein. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich, die Atmosphäre ist lebendig, das Essen ist excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

A Toronto favourite. Good Somlier interesting seafood options. Try the raw scallop

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Best foie poêle i’ve ever had. We’re going back for the chicken! And don’t forget to save room for dessert!

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

I thought the atmosphere at the restaurant was great. I thought there was too many People dancing around the table pouring water and asking how things are. I thought that the scallops raw were really good and i thought the rapini was outstanding. The presentation of the food was Great especially the crab risotto was Well presented. The maincourses were good but not outstanding. lobster ravioli, crab risotto were too rich. You know how the Italians call the French_ butter barbarians. I think that was evident in the main courses. I would recommend the restaurant to an old person who loves French from like a bygone era.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

a lovely meal, creative and using excellently sourced ingredients

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We loved the food and the attentive service. Also pleased to see that the menu was just one page. All staff was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list. It was a great birthday dinner experience.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Fabulous food and service - would definitely go back!!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Le point faible de la soirée a été le service. Service expéditif. La serveuse nous a pas fait gouté les vins et pas présenté les bouteilles. Nous avons senti les serveurs absents et on nous a pas demandé si tout allait bien. On m’a offert le verre de bière car il a fallu qu’il change le baril, ce fut apprécié. Les plats étaient bon et savoureux mais un peu trop salés. Le canard un coriace et le poulet frit excellent. Étant moi-même en restauration, j’avais entendu beaucoup de bien sur le resto. Je serai prêt à y retourner. Musique très forte.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Just a fabulous atmosphere and delicious food accompanied with great service .

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food was good although a little pricey for how much you are given. Main course took 45 minutes to arrive however we were compensated with 2 free nonalcoholic beverages.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Wonderful as always. Sat at the bar and brought a friend who has not been before.
Every one of the staff is friendly, get the disco egg for dessert.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great seeing Brandon after so many years. Food was fantastic and it was nice to enjoy the great food with work colleagues. Looking forward to the next visit (we missed out on the Black Cod :(

Thank you and continued success, Brandon and team.

Cheers,
Harp

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great food great raw bar.

Desserts amazing and a fantastic staff

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

With such a limited menu you would think that everything was good. The Southern chicken was not nearly as good as KFC but was 5 times the price. The Liver and onions was not good. I should have asked for a refund on these two dishes. Everything else was satisfactory but for $222 for two people (not drinking that much) I wont be going back here.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Enjoyed it very much, would go back for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The seafood, asparagus, mushrooms and Bibb salad we had was delicious and the service was attentive but unobtrusive. All in all an incredible dining experience. Also we would highly recommend the Disco Egg for dessert!!!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food was amazing and so was our server! One person in our party had an allergy our server spoke to the chef to ensure her meal would not include citrus.
The only thing I found odd was we were 10 minutes early for our reservation and the hostess told us to leave and come back in 10 minutes, instead of offering us a seat at the bar and we will seat you as soon as we’re ready. Just odd!!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

La Banane was recommended by friends, it’s a quite nice place to spend time with your friends and families! Food was scrumptious!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Overall great experience!! Chris, our server was knowledgeable and made our night extra special. Food was amazing and wine recommendations were on point. Will definitely return. Great neighbourhood gem on the Ossington strip.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great restaurant. Service was very attentive. The food was amazing. The Eurobass was out of this world. The Ziggy Stardust disco egg was lots of fun and a nice dessert surprise. Lobster ravioli was so-so. Otherwise everything else we tried was excellent.

Bathrooms were very stylish and worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Food was wonderful and the service was spectacular. A very enjoyable evening. Oh and did I mention the wine, very nice selection

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

One of the best places in the city, no question. Definitely on the heavier side but well worth the calories.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great - they gave us a complimentary cocktail each - French 75 - beautifully prepared.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great dinner with an outstanding seafood bar.
The service was very professional headed by Olivia's English charm.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I had very high expectations based off the reviews . The food was excessively salty. I do not normally complain but the food was inedible. We had to leave and eat somewhere else. It was unfortunate because I really wanted to love it there.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

My husband and I went to La Banane for our wedding anniversary and it exceeded our expectations. Fantastic food, friendly staff, great drinks - will definitely be back! Time for Thyme cocktail with thyme infused gin was addictive. King crab was delicious. Steak au poivre and duck breast were both amazing and cooked to perfection. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Exceptional, great staff and service.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Wonderful Food and Terrific Service

This was our first time dining at La Banane and all four of us can’t wait to go back. The dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and delicious. When we arrived we ordered some cocktails. Some of the cocktails we loved were the Hemingway Daquiri, the Bergamot Sidecar and the Cat’s Pajamas. While we were having our cocktails, we were presented with some warm salted pretzels in the shape of branches. These were delicious. For our appetizers, two of us ordered a dozen oysters from out East and they were fabulous. They were fresh and served with lemon and 3 different sauces. One person ordered the seared foie gras, and another member of our party ordered the liver and onions and both thought these dishes were amazing. For our mains, one person ordered the Lobster Ravioli and the rest of us ordered the Eurobass en croute. The Eurobass is a beautifully creative one-of-a-kind dish. It is a whole fish that is wrapped in a latticed pastry crust. The dish was presented at our table and then taken back to the kitchen where it was carved and then returned to the table and served with yuzu beurre blanc and zucchini. I would suggest ordering a side of beets with candied walnuts and blue cheese to go with the Eurobass. For dessert we had the Banane Gateaux served warm and it was delectable. All of our dishes were creatively presented and memorable. They also have an extensive wine list that compliments the food. The food is fabulous and so is the staff. I would like to thank Kate and Daniel for their knowledgeable, professional and attentive service. They helped make our dining experience fun. We look forward to our next visit to La Banane. If you are looking for an excellent French restaurant with creatively prepared and presented cuisine, then La Banane should be on your list.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Phenomenal seafood

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The menu selection is devoid of any filler. All entrees and mains are cream of the crop specialties. Do not be afraid to try something you wouldn't normally try. The service is exemplary, so long as you listen and take their suggestions. Don't go to this restaurant if you like to tell your servers and the kitchen how you want your food done. These are top professionals, allow them to do their job and it will be a delicious night to remember. I have to highlight the omelette with fine herbs and the Eurobass as the most splendid surprises of the night. Night at the ballet was our favourite cocktail. Chef Brandon Olsen has taken his craft (and the staff along with him) to new dining heights that few toronto-based restaurants can attest to. What a fantastic night.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Came to La Banane to celebrate my husband's birthday. We both enjoyed it! Everything was wonderful, will recommend to family and friends.

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