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About Lena Restaurante

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

Cuisines:
South American, Argentinean, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast – Monday through Friday from 08:00am
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

Cross Street:
Richmond Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 507-3378

Website:
http://www.lenarestaurante.com/

Parking Details:
Underground paid parking available at the Yonge and Shuter Parkade or Nathan Phillips Square Garage at Queen and Bay.

Public Transport:
Queen Street Subway Station, walk South along Yonge Street
King Street Subway Stations, walk North along Yonge Street

Executive Chef:
Julie Marteleira

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Lena Restaurante Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.2

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (37)
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Fun (20)
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Casual (19)
Authentic (18)
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People Watching (14)
Cozy (13)
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Brunch (12)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been to this restaurant a few times now and it is wonderful. Great location and close to everything. The facility is beautiful and the service is very good. Just one thing. I took some out of town friends to Lena and they liked it except we had to pay for bread. The server did warn us and we decided to order it anyway. However, four slices of bread came and it cost $5. If you are going to make guests pay for bread provide something more substantial. We ordered clams and not much bread came with the entree and we wanted to get all the yummy juice. My friends thought it was cheap of the restaurant and I agree. It was a bit embarrassing but my friends let the server know so she could pass on the message to management. Other than that it was a nice experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Noone offered to take our coats but the waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was exquisite. I had the tartares of beef and salt cod and it felt like heaven. However, the canellonis were mushy and the churros full of oil.
All in all it was a great evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food. Very fresh and well made. Service was great and just an overall great experience...went there after a brutal time with Branca restaurant where they took my credit card for a reservation and then wouldn't let me cancel just 4 minutes later since the reservation time was too late for my wife (10:00pm). Lena was a breath of fresh air.

We had the whole fish and it was really well done. Going to go there next time for the meats which are considered the reason people go there.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

We dined at Lena for their Taste of Iceland event, so I can't speak to their usual menu options. But, the service was absolutely amazing, all their wait staff went above and beyond for us. Even their hostess managed to get us a table even though we were 45 minutes late for our reservation.
The guest chef made one of the best meals I have ever eaten in my life. The drinks were outstanding as well.
I am looking forward to many more dinners at Lena as they really wowed me for this special dining event.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food Icelandic tasting menu!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was top-notch. I was very impressed with the knowledge of all of the staff that looked after us. They were also very pleasant and professional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was there for the Icelandic Festival and the food was superb.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

A favourite brunch spot. Great, friendly service, and amazing food. Just attended for Taste of Iceland and there was this anything I didn't love. Even food items I typically don't enjoy, I found were delicious!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic Taste of Iceland meal - only thing missing was the rye bread!

Tags: Fun
Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The restaurant needs to have more staff on busy nights. Otherwise, the service is SIGNIFICANTLY different and lacking when the venue is packed. Also, making guests wait 20 minutes when they made an advance reservation is not reasonable; especially when one of the guests is pregnant. These are basics of good hospitality.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

We attended for the Taste of Iceland feature menu and the food was divine! Unfortunately, the wait time in between dishes was extensive, making the meal last nearly 3 hours. With the feature menu, it would have been great to have Icelandic music playing in the dining room, though we understood that not everyone was there for this menu. It was so lovely to have the chef come to the table in the first course and the presentation was an absolutely spectacle. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My sister and I enjoyed the Icelandic Tasting Menu and everything was excellent from the presentation of the food, the visit fom the chef with the first course, how well the wine pairings matched every meal to the excellent service from our waiter Kevin.

Only complaint would be that we were sitting by the window so there was a noticable draft of cold air coming in that needs to be fixed, but beyond that I would want to visit again to try their regular menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I am hesitant to leave a negative review, having dined at Lena previously on several occasions and having really enjoyed it each time. However, on my recent visit, the service was not in line with what I have come to expect or pay for. My partner and I were there for a special occasion, and I timed our reservation to coincide with the Icelandic tasting menu. A small gaffe and easily forgiven, the visiting chef poured too much water into the 'smoke effect' first entree, and after he left I felt a warm puddle running down the table into my lap. However, there was no server or nearby staff I could alert to get extra napkins. When the next course came, despite ordering the wine pairing, I still had my first wine. After waiting some time, I figured the the wine was meant to last more than one course - only to find out *after* finishing that it was meant to have its own. My server brought me a second glass (apologetically) after my second course was completely finished. After this mistiming, I expected that the third course my wine and meal would come together, as expected with a pairing and tasting menu - but still no. Although the server apologized after the first miss, I waited some time while my food cooled off for the next wine pairing to eventually arrive. The remainder of the meal was unremarkable, although I was surprised that the bill did not come with any adjustment, or small dessert for my partner as consideration for the lacking service. This is not what I would have expected for an expensive tasting menu + wine pairing. Had it not been a special occasion I would have taken it up with the management.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Taste of Iceland menu was amazing, and the presentation was superb. I was tired and had almost cancelled, and I'm so glad I didn't.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Icelandic menu was delicious, should host similar theme dinners regularly. The service was impeccable, as always!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ours was a special reservation for a table of 5 to experience the Icelandic food event: 4-course dinner +/- wine selection with each course. We choose 1 glass wine each for the meal & 1 person choose one of the specialty Icelandic drinks (vodka-infused). Us5 have an Icelandic cruise booked in 2018. Exciting!!
The food was very good: wonderful ingredients & delicate flavours; delicious tender lamb; presentation was unique & interesting. The Chef from Iceland came to our table to introduce our first course: a quality experience...except for:
• ‘service from Lena staff’ was very slow & not attentive to detail such as we had to ask for spoons for our soup; we ordered bread that was very tardy to arrive at our table, & when it did there were 4 pieces for 5 people; other tables arriving after us for Icelandic meal received subsequent courses at same time as us; coffee arrived lukewarm. We weren’t charged for the bread because server apologized that the delay was excessive. Our reservation was 7:30pm & our meal didn’t finish until 10:30 because of slow service: other tables finished & left before us. Our 1st course arrived quickly but 2nd course was very delayed.
• Noise level was very high & inhibited conversation
Otherwise Lena’s has pleasant decor.
There’s convenient & not-expensive parking at The Bay, for those of us from out-of-Town who drive.

I hope that Lena improves service. Perhaps it was staffing problem? but unfortunate/poor planning for Food Event that was on offer for only a few days.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Tried the Iceland tasting menu. Excellent. Interesting presentation with dry ice. Partner ordered a la carte. Really happy with the sea bream. Noise level was a bit high but manageable

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience5
Service2
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had a lovely evening overall. The food was delicious. The room itself is beautiful. There was a great energy going on. The only downfall was the service. There were several times we waited to get service. Up to and including the fact that I watched my wine go to two different tables, go back to the bar, to a third table and finally to me.... I only noticed because the first 3 table were all it the same area so it was obvious what was happening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
Food3
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, mediocre food-Only because we don’t think we ordered correctly. We tried having a conversation with our server, but she was absolutely NO help whatsoever. On top of that, her attitude was unnerving; it actually made us feel uncomfortable. Whenever I go to a restaurant and on this case, my first time-I wanted to try what was truly Argentinian and needed my servers help on what dishes to order, to share with my friend. I did not get any help or suggestions!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal, People Watching, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service at Lena was just right - attentive but not hovering. The ambiance there is awesome, with a great repurposing of the decor of the existing building with new touches. Loved the food.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I’ve been there several times. Fantastic service. Wonderful food. However, be aware that the Rabbit is very boney and slight.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great friendly service, convenient downtown location, deliciously tasty food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Worth the return visit ! There were four of us and we ordered a good variety. Only problem is that the table got quite crowded when all the food arrived quickly. It was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had a birthday dinner here with my wife. The server was incredible but I don't remember her name. She was very attentive and made awesome suggestions from the menu. We had a dozen oysters, salmon ceviche, beef tartare, the veal entree and the rabbit entree. Phenomenal dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We loved our first Lena experience!
Amazing food, well presented, attentive service and BEAUTIFUL art deco restaurant!
Muchas gracias....
Brad Thomas & Marg Egerer

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Really Nice restaurant, some very special menu options if you ever have that feel to eat outside the box. Lovely set up, decor really amazing. Overall pretty good

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Interesting cuisine. Food that is definitely not as common in Toronto. Although interesting and a learning experience the food was not as delicious as I had hoped

Tags: Fun
Food1
Ambience2
Service3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

You meant well, the service staff was attentive, but the food was incredibly over salted and when it wasn't it was quite bland. In a dish that was described as 'Rabbit, snail rice, tomato, charred Brussels sprouts' we were served an overcooked 4 oz portion of dry rabbit leg wrought with pin bones, over cooked snails(?) Overly salted rice, and QUITE LITERALLY 2 AND A HALF HALVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved it and so did our friends. Unique menu items that are delicious and so memorable. Service was excellent.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Lena is one of my favourite restaurants in Downtown Toronto. I went with my friend and sat in basement level this time. The restaurant is beautiful, service is attentive, food is delicious to share with small plates. Must try the peppers and Empanadas, they are out of this world. It's Centrally located at Yonge and Richmond. I love everything about this place. It's casual but also elegant. Perfect for business lunch, date, or gather with friends. Will come back to try their brunch.

Food4
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good for business lunches. Ambiance was very cold even after I told them to turn the heat up.

Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Regrettably average everything.

Maybe better to go for an afternoon coffee or a beer and bar snack after work.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I made a reservation for my wife’s birthday after reading about the restaurant. They first sat us in a side by side booth. When my wife asked for a table change the server was rude and not happy about it. They moved us downstairs to a tiny bar table. We didn’t even bother to eat. We were so disappointed with the service and the ambiance we didn’t want to stay any longer. They are so clueless, that when we walked out the greeter who just showed me to our table was oblivious to the fact I was there for less then 5 minutes. I would waste your time with such rude and useless service.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful salads - great service - I would highly recommend

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was slow and the meat was overcooked. The atmosphere was nice and I liked the appetizers. However, the rabbit and veal were well over done and took ages to reach the table. I am unlikely to go back or recommend it to others.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Another great experience at Lena. The staff are very caring and attentive.
We enjoy the small plates and the ability to share. Mark, our waiter has been excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent restaurant!!!
Interesting and tasty food choices.
New tastes.

Tags: Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Gorgeous decor. Really pretty. Amazing food. Everything was so delicious! Will definitely return.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food, great ambience, but they need to get more people into bar Lala! It was weirdly empty on a Friday night.

Tags: Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Delicious with great service.

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