Lena Restaurante

4.3
819 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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South American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Chef Anthony Walsh is the driving force behind Leña, a stylish homage to South American cuisine, with unique Spanish and Italian influences. Named after Chef Walsh’s mother-in-law, Elena, from whom he draws a wealth of culinary inspiration, Leña spans three floors at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store at Yonge & Richmond.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
South American, Argentinean, Spanish
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast – Monday through Friday from 07:30am
Lunch – Monday through Friday from 11:45am – 2:30pm
Dinner – Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm
Brunch – Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 507-3378
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Julie Marteleira
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Cross Street
Richmond Street
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Parking Details
Underground paid parking available at the Yonge and Shuter Parkade or Nathan Phillips Square Garage at Queen and Bay.
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Public Transit
Queen Street Subway Station, walk South along Yonge Street
King Street Subway Stations, walk North along Yonge Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 819 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LB
5.0
Dined a day ago

Went for Summerlicious lunch - everything was delicious! Corn minestrone, smoky chicken thighs and donuts with chocolate sauce for dessert. Service was a bit scattered, and there was a mixup with one of the orders but it was taken care of right away. Would definitely return any maybe for brunch!

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OT
Toronto
1.0
Dined 2 days ago

The food is not as described in the menu, surprises in the seasoning and accompaniments. The servers did no explain that the food is served different that in the menu, nor ask how the food was. It was not busy so not sure what was happening. The food was way over priced for the value. Had the ham, which was cut way to thick and it was chewy and dry. The main Salmon dish was way over seasoned and not as described, the dessert of strawberries was the worst, the berries where old and staring to rot. Overall the is not a food place, this more for drinks after work, very disappointing.

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NS
Montreal
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and excellent service

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OT
Toronto
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

I came here for summerlicious. The food and service is good. I ordered fluffy almond cake and grilled beef tenderloin brochette with mashed potatoes. I loved the interior design ( floor and bar)

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OT
Toronto
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Great ambiance. Good food

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TC
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

This was my friend and I first visit to Lena’s. We were very impressed with everything. We would recommend Lena’s for every occasion. The ambience was fabulous, the food was superb and the service was excellent and friendly. We will most definitely suggest Lena’s to our friends and will return again!

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AM
Vancouver
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Went for Summerlicious lunch menu and brunch. Had mushroom omelette along with albacore tuna, sheppard's pie, and Ontario strawberries desert. All food was fantastic, and staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Great overall experience.

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C
Toronto
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Restaurant, ambiance was good. Went for summerlicious but the chocolate donuts were too hard. It seemed that they weren’t fresh and took a while to be served to us. Service was also mediocre, wait times were a bit on the long side. We told the waiter that the donuts were hired but did not inform us of further amendments or to be replaced. I know it was summerlicious, I was not expecting a discount but just hoping we could get another plate. The donuts were so hard that I couldn’t cut it with my fork

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OT
Toronto
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

Overall mediocre. The best part was the beef, but the service and most of the food did not meet expectations at all. Why was the waitress rushing me....

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OT
Toronto
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

The summerlicious menu is amazing so i came back to enjoy a little bit more! Everything was perfect.

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BD
Toronto
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

We had the Summerlicious lunch menu. Food was fine - worth the $28 we paid, but not more. Decor in the main dining room was super artsy and interesting, but we were seated in the back area that definitely felt like overflow. There were not many people in that area and service was still a little slow, but the staff were all nice. Not sure if we would be back, given that there are much better places for South American food in the city.

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K
Toronto
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Our main issue was the time between courses. It was a solid 15 mins between apps and mains and then again between mains and dessert. Our server was pleasant enough and the ambience and food were decent, but the waiting made us think twice about returning.

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B
Toronto
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

One of the best rooms in the city. Wonderful food, great service. One of the top five places I recommend to people coming to Toronto.

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w
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

Summerlicious menu looked good. Food was tasty but portions were very small, so overall it was not worth the money. |Had the tuna appetizer and got a couple very tiny pieces; salmon main was cooked very well but had surprising flavours not described on the menu, and strawberry dessert basically had 2 strawberries sliced into thin pieces....so tiny!

I would go again and order off the main menu but the summerlicious menu was a disappointment.

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AH
Toronto
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great energy and food value but the servers and hostess wasn’t warm and welcoming. The Asian server was rude . Example, when I asked about the Spain ballot for ordering the Spanish beer and said I haven’t received it yet, his response was “ Well that’s your fault not mine”. When he saw my look , he then gave us the ballots. The staff needs to be more professional and attentive to customers needs. The hostess didn’t smile when we entered, she showed that today wasn’t a good day for her to be at work. I find most O and B restaurant staff needs better training on people skills.

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AB
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Went for my birthday during summerlicious. Had the beef which was good but the potatoes tasted spoiled. Not sure if the mix was left out too long but that was pretty disappointing for the price I paid. I would give Lena another shot as it seems to have great potential.

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V
Toronto
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Awesome restaurant in a very convenient location, the food tasted great and the staff was very kind. The atmosphere is quite lively and adds to the ambiance of the place :)
Definitely would recommend and would go again!

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L
Toronto
3.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

How can you ruin a salad? Arugula and fennel...is that what the white things were because it had absolutely no flavour! Oil and vinegar dressing...no balsamic in the kitchen? Tuna ceviche is outstanding. Both the entrees were excellent. Cooked perfectly and nice combination of flavours. Desert!!! Pineapple /almond cake was very good. The doughnuts with spiced chocolate sauce was so dry I only got one of the three eaten before giving up. After a comment to the waiter he said there had been several similar statements from other dinners. If that is true why not fix the problem or replace it? Do not continue to serve something people cannot eat and waste their money!

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L
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Went for summerlicious and it was lovely.

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SC
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Great fun. We went because of Summerlicious. We were tucked away in a hidden corner upstairs - perhaps because of this - so ambiance was lacking. But the food was imaginative and excellently presented. Our waitress, Baiba, was delightful and very knowledgeable about the food and the wine offered. Memorable.

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f
Toronto
4.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Summerlicious. What can I say. Another O&B, another great meal with great service. We were early for our 11:45 reservation so we got off the subway and walked south through the Eaton centre and used the entrance from Saks Fifth. This meant going down to the ground floor hostess and being brought back to the upper floor. The first table we were shown was in the middle so we asked if we could have a table by the wall. The waiter went back to check and offered one by the wall. Good start. Minestrone, good. Albacore tuna, tender and flavourful. Be aware it is a ceviche (i.e. raw, marinated). Salmon was perfect. The shepherd’s pie wasn’t what I was expecting – good thing. It was better than I expected: a large tart with rich mashed potato and pastry, encasing a beef filling with a hint of chili flavour and a side of crispy pickled thingy that went surprisingly well with the dish. I choose the strawberries for dessert. A mistake (for me). It tasted great, but when I have strawberries I have a bowl full. So it simply wasn’t enough. The marcona almond cake wasn’t large but would have satisfied me. Since we were early our courses arrived very promptly. As time passed I noticed other tables waited a little longer between courses. It also got quite noisy. Great value.

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d
Toronto
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Really beautiful spot, and a great place for people-watching. The food was tasty, albeit a little pricey. Great service though! All in all I enjoyed myself.

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D
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Lena Restaurante is simply magnificent. The food is impressive, completely original and perfectly presented. The service is always attentive, efficient and friendly. The main area around the bar is bright and spacious and exciting. Architecturally interesting with lots of Art Deco details. This was not my first visit nor will it be my last.

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B
Toronto
1.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Came for a lunch meeting. Waited 45 minutes for main courses to arrive after telling the server we were in a hurry and had other meetings to attend. I understand Summerlicious is a busy time but this is not acceptable for a business lunch. My guest couldn't even finish their main by the time it came out and had to leave. I left before the deserts came. Not acceptable for an O&B Restaurant.

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IS
Toronto
3.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Good food and good service but Way too noisy— wish they’d turn down the music as it only makes folks louder (and all the hard surfaces make it loud too)

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NZ
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Food was very tasty! Nice ambiance too. The music is a bit loud, making it difficult to have a conversation without speaking loudly.

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OT
Toronto
2.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Sat in back dining room. Very little atmosphere, loud, not great service

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

I was there because of the summerlicious and the lunch menu was Amazing and the service was great. Also the music and the ambience was pretty good. I recommend this restaurant.

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ES
Toronto
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Loved the ambience, great food and friendly service! The bar was very very slow with drinks that day, unfortunately. Otherwise, it would have earned 5-stars most certainly. Overall, my friend and I had a wonderful time there. Thank you!

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SR
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Went for Summerlicous and the food was as good as it looked! We ended up sharing each others food it was so good. The only thing was that we had different waiters come and serve us.

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OT
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

The food and service were excellent. We were very impressed and will return.

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OT
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Food portions were extremely small. We were still very hungry even after a 3 course meal. Dessert was very very sweet

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C
Toronto
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

I tried their Summerlicious lunch menu. Not sure about their regular menu, but the summerlicious lunch menu was average. and service is on the slow side.
Our meal took 2 hours to finish. Was just expecting a bit more from an O&B restaurant.

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KF
Toronto
3.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Restaurant was nearly empty at 11:00am, and they seated my reserved table in a back room with no view or ambiance. We had to request 2 times to get moved to the main room. Hostess said they were expecting a Summerlicious rush, but they should honor the guests on the doorstep with a reservation, instead of possible walk-ins. Minimal tip given: Bad hostess bad!

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OT
Toronto
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food - multiple levels inside. The main floor was quite noisy - groups doing shots and music very loud. Would have appreciated being offered seating in the lower level which was quieter and more cozy.

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FG
Toronto
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

We tried summerlicious and it was very good. The portions were more than fair and all 3 courses were tasty.

However, with one glass of wine it’s still expensive given that I picked up the tab for the two of us. $140 after taxes and tip is more than I’f like to spend on dinner for two.

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JC
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Highly recommend for Sumerlicious! Delicious food, loved the decor and served with grace and style.

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p
Toronto
3.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Decor... outstanding
Noise level... energetic
Service...examplary
Food... Oliver Bonacini DNA... somewhat innovative and delicious
Wine... Summerlicious specials

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DC
Toronto
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Have been here numerous times. Always enjoy the food!

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JH
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Food was great but I think they forgot about us and didn't bring us the entrees for about an hour after the appetizers then the desserts came 1 minute we finished the entrees.

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