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

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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 (63)
Special Occasion (55)
Fit for Foodies (48)
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Romance (47)
Bar Seating (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Hot Spot (35)
Neighbourhood Gem (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Notable Wine List (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Authentic (24)
Cozy (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Fun (19)
Business Meals (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
People Watching (12)
Casual (9)
Group Bookings (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Pre/post-theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Brunch (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent from start to finish. We were made to feel very special. The food was incredible as was the service. A great find!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Seafood tower was amazing. Service and atmosphere 10/10

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Second time at La Banana and another wonderful experience. It's clear that everyone is passionate and loves their job. Everything start to finish was great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Disappointed with the front service and lack of attention to birthday girl with not even a complimentary glass of bubbly or dessert. Won't bother to return or tell others to go

Tags: Seasonal
Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Poor communication and tact resulted in an overall rating of 3 versus 5. Our reservation was for a party of 4 at 6:30PM. The night had done well - great food, wine and atmosphere - until 8:45PM. At that time our waiter indicated that the table needed to be vacated for a 9:00PM reservation but he still took coffee and desert orders. Turning tables for a reservation is understandable but should be communicated as early as possible, preferably at the time a reservation is made or upon arrival at the restaurant. This never occurred. Had we been informed, we would have managed our time accordingly. At 8:50 we were asked to move to another table to accommodate a reservation. We readily obliged. But at 9:00 a gentleman from the restaurant just showed up with our coats and stood at the table. He said nothing and we asked 'is it time for us to go?'. He simply answered 'Sorry'. Poor form. It's unfortunate as the food was delightful and the staff were otherwise professional.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic experience, all service stuff including the support staff were well-versed in the menu and able to assist in recommendations. It was a full service experience, with delicious food! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A seafood tower that rivals amongst the best and the precision to the most minute detail, big thanks to everybody, for a great dinner. But seriously, that seafood tower is amazing!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good but not great. Would have been better if the server explained menu choices. Had the table beside kitchen door so zero ambience from my perspective. Overpriced big time. Just OK all around.

Tags: Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

La Banane was really great. The service was highly attentive but respective of the conversations happening in the group. The food was outstanding and eating at the bar was very comfortable and even preferable for 2. I would definitely recommend and plan to go back soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent food. Every dish was excellent, decor is very soothing, and service was impeccable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing food, excelent service and staff. I have been there 3 times, the food is always perfect. the staff are always welcoming and fun. Everything is planned perfectly. Some of the most delicious food I have tasted in the city.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

La Banane was recommended to us by a family member, but still was an amazing surprise. The decor is classy, yet modern; the bar is vibrant and lively, and the service is second to none. We had an amazing meal and fabulous wine pairings. The staff went the extra mile to make us feel special. Thank you La Banane. We will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Finally had a chance to go to La Banane after hearing all kinds of great things about it. It lived up to all the hype. Great food (really great liver and onions - the liver is a mousse!) and great service. I miss The Saint, but it’s had been replaced by something better!

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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

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