Lena Restaurante

4.3
898 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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South American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 - 10:30am
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 898 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had been to Leña for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed that experience so was eager to try their breakfast menu. It didn’t disappoint. Small menu that offered something for everyone. I had the avocado toast and my friend the mushroom omelette- both dishes were delicious. Service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We got outstanding service overall which was beyond what we expected. The ambience was excellent, the food was delicious and I would definitely go back again. Thank you so much for making my mom’s birthday extra special and taking our request to heart when seating us near the DJ set up.

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ET
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch. The main courses were a little delayed and the server, unprompted, gave us free desserts to make up for the delay even though we didn’t really notice the delay that much. That’s customer service!!

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MV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Lena restaurante. It has a great atmosphere and it is fun to watch people enjoying their meal and their company. It is also worth mentioning that the staff is great and very professional.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was extremely poor, server was never around and seemed very meh, when she opened the bottle of wine left the wrapper on the table, a friend joined us latter and ordered Of the late night menu, his food came before our mains, slow service we had to Poor our own wine and keep trying to get her attention to order drinks and food. The food was ok but nothing extraordinary, is it’s an Argentinian Restaurant ?? Because as me being Argentinian I couldn’t find much. Had very high expectations and I was disappointed. The only highlight is the wine which was perfect

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, as always. My guest enjoyed the food and especially loved the cappuccino.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great location and a welcome addition to an upward trend to good to excellent restaurant choices along Yonge and in the heart of downtown. Great bar and looks great looking in. Food is good to excellent-wide choices of sharing plates, appetizers and mains with distinctive Argentinian influences, and service is excellent. Not a quiet place but a destination worth visiting again and recommending.

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BP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was awesome to finally sit in the front room! Great service and food, as always.

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NK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Fish was undercooked and my avacado was brown. Worst 28$ salad!

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f
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent. Servers were attentive and had our waters filled all the time. Good tapas!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

After reserving a table a week in advance we were sat beside this kitchen???!!! It was a business lunch and the choice of table was ridiculous. There were other tables not sat near the front and middle of the restaurant that would have been more acceptable. The food was good but being sat beside the kitchen ruined our whole meal.

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GW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was simple and good. Some great flavours but nothing extravagant. It is noisy on the main level; the lower level seemed to be a little more inviting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice spot with a great menu and service.

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TS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great dinner at Lena. The menu offers a great opportunity to share a variety of plates and enjoy a number of dishes. Friendly wait staff, the hostess could be friendlier.

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MO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slow and inattentive.

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w
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Upom entering the noisewas deafening. But we were seating in an upstairs area which was okay. the food was good but there was much confusion as to what we ordered, and our appetizer came with the meal. We were given two other appetizers upon being seated . we thought this a nice and generous touch.
But were billed for these. All a mistake (and corrected) as told by our friendly upbeat waiter.

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s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I were planning our trip to Paris. They brought us a little glass of champagne to celebrate. The bar man was fun and gave us some of his tips. LOVED this restaurant!!! Staff is amazing! Food is fabulous! 10/10!

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JO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Larger portions would be great. I had the Atlantic salmon which was delicious but was still starving after finishing every bite and had to order a salad to follow. The piece of fish was small and accompanying sides were delicious but not plentiful

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Lovely place. Food good. Service a bit slow.

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H
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Expensive and mediocre. There was a reason reservations were open on a Friday night. The appetizers are small and not particularly flavourful, the mains were unappetizing and one note.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my third visit and it did not disappoint. Had friends cisiting from the US and they all loved it. The decor is gorgeous and the service is great. A lovely dinner.

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Z
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! Must order the Veal!!!!

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K
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The main space was too noisy to catch up with an old friend who was in town for 1 night so we moved to the smaller, beautiful dining room. Ordered a drink - took 20 mins to get and had to ask where it was. Had to ask another waiter to take our dinner order. The first 2 items were outstanding! The third a pasta was good. But the chicken was terrible. There were eggs in the dish, not in the description, and the texture was like rubber and the entire dish had a very odd flavour. Was too expensive for what it was worth and the last dish and the first waiter really just made it unfortunate. There are better options in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at the restaurant. The Art Deco decor was spectacular!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Our server was slow. Everything else was perfect

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch was tasty, atmosphere was great and service was excellent. Can’t ask for more.

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RP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Having been here before we were sadly underwhelmed by the service, menu, atmosphere & food. Our waiter was quite nice. It seemed the holiday Monday staff & menu was an afterthought. Hate to write a bad review as the place is beautiful but Lena was a great experience the first time I went. This seemed like a completely different place.

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AK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good but I wish the octopus appetizer was warm and the bread should be included for dinner as the pricing and restaurant Level permits for such request.

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We ordered the scallop ceviche, quail eggs, charred beef tartare, and capunti pasta - all were delicious, particularly the pasta! Service was also friendly and quick. Would definitely recommend Lena!

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AH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Somewhat noisy and tables quite close together

Hard to talk if business lunch

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a
Toronto
56 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was great. Very noisy and the tables are very close together.

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T
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The space is beautiful. The food is only good by comparison. I'd say the restaurant was 75% full while we were on second half of our meal, and yet they rushed out the main courses before we were done with our appetizers and they did the same thing to the people dining beside us. Why? They have the lightest churros in the city, yet bites were seeped in oil.

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ST
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lena's food was great, it's delicious and innovative. But the music was way too loud, can't even hear what my friends were saying, literally need to yell to each other.

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DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I had heard very good things about Lena, so perhaps this was an off night for them. They brought 2 of 3 of the dishes initially ordered then took forever and 2 requests to bring the 3rd. Beef tartAr was utterly flavourless- could have passed for oatmeal it was so bland. My pasta came in a small pot, heated to a temperature where it was too hot to eat and where it had become just a paste-like mush, also flavourless. My sons steak was one if the worst cuts of meat I’ve seen: fatty, sinewy, and unappetizing. The burnt cheesecake simply tasted like someone had done something wrong: it was recognizable as cheesecake, but the taste was just not right: the chocolate sauce with the churros was clearly burnt and the churros tasted better without it. Four people, with one martini and one beer, $400. Let me not forget that the hard surfaces in the restaurant made it so loud - even though half empty, that we had to raise our voices to speak to each other. It was quieter outside on Yonge street. I’ve heard good things from others but I won’t be back.

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TO
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Love the food. Hate the noise. And we always get the table wedged in by the front door. Oh well. . .

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d
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great location, fun atmosphere -- excellent place for a long lunch with good friends!

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HG
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The shrimp plate I asked for was really small. Mi wife's Salmon was much better. A lottle price. I was expecting more spanish food options.

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CW
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service as usual.
One of our favourite places.
Disabled well taken care of.
Mark is great!

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EC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great Bar area. Hostess was super friendly and organized. I greatly appreciated being on the main floor where guests could be taken to my table easily. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food immensely. My salad was refreshing and delicious. As it was quite small, my only issue would have been that I would have appreciated the server suggesting adding a protein to it in order to make it a meal. Overall great spot and atmosphere.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Venue was nice, food and service could have been a better standard.

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