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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 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

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

5
4
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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

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (42)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
Tapas (30)
Business Meals (29)
Authentic (27)
Bar Seating (27)
Pre/post-theatre (26)
Hot Spot (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Fun (23)
Lunch (19)
Neighbourhood Gem (19)
Happy Hour (18)
People Watching (18)
Romance (18)
Casual (15)
Brunch (14)
Cozy (14)
Group Bookings (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Late-Night Find (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, with enough options to try multiple dishes as a group. Service was incredible - our server was personable and attentive enough but didn’t over crowd us. Loved this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was good but the food was overly salty. Expected more from an O&B joint.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent: from tapas (empanada) to appetizers (straciatelle, broken avocado salad), to main (squid risotto). Nice and bright on the main level given lighting and large windows. Noise level for a lunch spot is quite loud.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A great restaurant in a fantastic, iconic location. How wonderful that Lena utilized one of the great old entrances of Simspon's . Would definitely return, but would not necessarily sit by the windows on a cold wintry eve. Great, innovative food paired with a sensible wine list.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was great! Hats off to the chef! The service, however, was atrocious! The server had no interest in serving us. Had to remind him multiple times for the dessert menu, to refill water, to take our orders - even though he wasn't busy. He was more interested in chatting with his colleagues. He was disinterested to the point of being rude and arrogant and almost ruined the whole experience for us. He does disservice to both the quality of food and his profession. Utter disappointment in the service and the way we were treated!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Was very disappointed with my overall experience. Food was fairly salty, and had little complexity. Service was fine. We ordered sparkling water from a lady who seemed like a manager (she wore a blazer), it didn't arrive. When our server then came over he asked us if we'd like water, we said we'd already ordered, then the water came after a breif conversation with the manager. We also ordered a bottle of wine, which was taken out, then we watched the manager and server discussing the bottle for a bit (perhaps the server didn't know how to open it? It was very confusing). He opened the bottle off to the side, he then left it and the manager took over opening it. There was lots of staff, and the restaurant was not incredibly busy, so we should have had more attentive service.

Tags: Casual
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 5, 2018

overpriced and presentation of entrées bland with nothing noteworthy in taste

Tags: Casual
Food1
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I came here for the ambiance since seeing photos of the interior I was seduced by Art Deco elegance. But the food & the service were a huge disappointment. The server was nowhere to be found when needed. She was not at all helpful when asked about the menu items and seemed to have no opinion about any particular dish - perhaps, because all are equally mediocre. Nothing was offered for the table to start, no bread, no olives, not even a proper table wipe down. So we ordered the $5 bread, $10 tiny 4 serving of cod fish croquettes, $12 peppers, perhaps the only well prepared item, and $14 serving of 3 small empanadas to start. Nothing special. I had the ricotta cannelloni for the main, which the waitress said was unique as it was in a crepe rather than tradition pasta... I’ve had better food on an airplane. It was so over cooked I couldn’t tell which was the ricotta and which the crepe. The thick salty tomato sauce completed this lacklustre mush. The general consensus around the table was that the dishes lacked any finesse. This kind of kitchen can’t possibly last in Toronto, at least I’ll never go back, so this place may as well not exist.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had the veggie items - all fantastic! Lovely ambiance. Unique menu. Will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Honestly didnt think the food was that great. Only The dessert was good.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Brisket burger was excellent, the fries are like roast potatoes, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, perfect. The chicken dish with mashed potatoes also highly recommended. Ask for the Argentinian cookies with caramel and coconut, like macarons, with coffee for a perfect end to lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great time with my wife after coming from Massey hall, food was great, service was amazing!!!! I have a partnership in a business and definitely will bring them there for drinks and a bite!

Thank you!


Jorge

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tapas, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing night, thanks!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great experience, food was amazing, wine was perfect. Got the Prix Fixe, happy we did as we got to try a bit of everything.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We simply couldn't have been happier with the service, ambiance and food. We had an early dinner for New Year's Eve and it was fantastic! We will be back again and again. We were treated like royalty, and the food was some of the best we've ever had!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great and server was attentive

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the bar view was awesome. Service was good the waitress knew a lot about the menu and responded to our needs. Must try the rilled rabbit, the meat was so tender and had the authentic taste. worth to go with the one you cared about , must try the cocktail next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy
Food3
Ambience5
Service2
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service felt rushed and the $5 bread was stale. The salmon was over cooked. The minestrone soup was very good. We would return but only to enjoy a drink at the very nice bar.

Tags: Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, fantastic atmosphere

Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on December 28, 2017

Generally, the food was good though the quality varied with some dishes (such as the veal) being very good while others (such as the cod fritters) were merely adequate. However, my major compliant is that Lena charges $5 for bread. While the amount is obviously relatively small, any restaurant where entrees cost between $35-40 should not be asking its customers an additional amount for bread.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was my second time at Lena, and it was more enjoyable than I had previously remembered. The food was excellent, as was the service. We shared a number of dishes from the menu and were a group of 5. The bill was very reasonable for the amount that we ate and we would definitely go again (we especially enjoyed the empanadas and all the seafood options).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was just ok. Food was great!

Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The bar decor is beautiful

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Loved the service! We will come back again, for sure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
Food3
Ambience1
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Solid though not terribly inspired food, good service. But the back ‘dining room’ is too dreary to spend a few hours in if you’re coming in the daytime.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great brunch menu and service. A bit on the noisy side but the food and service were top notch.

Food1
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I’ve been a few times and always had a great time. This particular time was absolutely horrible in every way. Our waitress was totally out to lunch... we sat with empty drinks for about 20 min before she asked if we wanted another. She forgot to order the stratchiatella which we had a conversation with her about. The soup was extremely salty but she didn’t come back to the table to ask how the food was and we had been waiting a long time for the food to arrive. Therefore the two of us that ordered soup choked it down . After ordering churros for dessert, they arrived in over 25 min and were stone cold and only half cooked. We sent these back when the waitress came with our bill. Totally disappointed and will not be going back.

Food3
Ambience5
Service3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The establishment is beautiful but my group found the service to be quite slow and most of the dishes we ordered were average. It's still a great place for a casual lunch with friends and coworkers and the empanadas are a must try.

Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Slow service. Main dishes did not come out at the same time.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

always fantastic ☺️

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

Even though the noise level was high, food and service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on December 17, 2017

My partner and I had a lovely experience at Lena. We decided to try a number of the small plates and cocktails and were very impressed by both. The cocktails were multidimensional and flavourful; my personal favourite was the Lavenda Brisa (though I didn't see the $24 price tag until it was too late!). The food was excellent; we were both blown away by the Tuna Crudo, with its melt-in-your-mouth tuna and perfectly balanced flavour profile. Compliments to the chef! The oysters the night we visited were marvelous as well, plump, sweet, and very fresh. The service was nothing to call home about, though definitely not poor by any stretch of the imagination. My only complaint was the unfortunate reality of a party of some kind taking place in the lower level of the restaurant. The party had a dance troupe of some kind performing on the stairs, which led to the washrooms. Any trip to the washroom therefore took extra time while we waited for the very slow elevator. Perhaps a rule against blocking the only staircase to the washrooms could be instated in the future.

TL;DR excellent experience, delicious cocktails, make sure you order the tuna crudo.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fun, People Watching
Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service ruined what would have been a good experience.

Food4
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Was there to celebrate our 34th anniversary. Food was good, service was attentive but unpolished. Noise level way too high. We ordered a flute of Laurent-Perrier Champagne to kick off the night, and the wine was terrible - thin and flat with little nose or flavour. Wait staff seemed not to care that we didn't finish the flutes. At $30/flute we expected much better.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The small plates were delicious and the service was great. The server was helpful and as we had small plates, she even split the salad for us. Love the ambience in the street level section of the restaurant. It was a bit noisy in the upper level dining hall.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas
Food4
Ambience5
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food was great as was the atmosphere but the server was a bit short with us when we asked questions about the wine list and menu. It would have been great otherwise.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was weak and the restaurant is very loud. The food is only average for the price it was. The bill had all sorts of adds that had not been shared. The lunch appetizer was charged as a main. Two appetizers were charged extra for an additional piece, without having been asked if we wanted one.

Food4
Ambience5
Service1
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I was 10mins late the girl at the reception was not the friendliest... the first thing she said was you’re late and next time you can call us before.. she sounded just like a mean high school teacher.. I know that I should’ve called but I think the staff could try to be more understandable given it was a -10 degree cold winter day and I walked there from my office on my lunch break.. would I come back yes.. but I wouldn’t want to be greeted like I’m a criminal...Lena train your staff especially the ones representing the face of the restaurant...I have been to all the restaurants under OB/Susur lee/McEwan and nobody talked to me like that even when I’m late

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Nice place

Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food left much to be desired. Myself and a friend ordered three plates to share, which came out rather quickly, and unfortunately in this case that was not a good thing. The food tasted as if it had been made long before we ordered it and it was just sitting in the kitchen waiting to be served. We had an item called "Chipas" (which were a type of bun) that were quite hard, and the croquettes that were mushy and cold when served to us. Of course it's a beautiful restaurant, but I did find it odd that when we asked to be seated upstairs, they stated they were no longer seating in that area (it was around 9 pm). Perhaps it was just an off night, but I wouldn't recommend it to my friends nor would I go again. (Patria, Baro, Carmen.. much better!)

Tags: Bar Seating

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