Lena Restaurante

4.2
1186 reviews
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South American
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  • Special Occasion
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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.
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4.2
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4.3
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3.9
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BL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

This is my second time at Leña, I recommended this spot for girls night as the previous time was fantastic. Service was slow and we barely saw our server throughout the night. It took us forever to order our food, by then we were over hungry and decided on a couple apps. The salt cod fritters and yuca fries were rather dry and needed extra dip and the calamari was ridiculously spicy. I am unsure if I will be back.

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SO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. Will go again. However I need to add here that, unfortunately, our waiter was disinterested, inattentive and pretty much halfhearted. We had to remind him about side dishes and water refill more than several times.

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AS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful as always! Fantastic meal. The empanadas are our favourite. And the main courses were superb. The detail inside is great, from the decor to service, everything was eloquent

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

the desert was great, unfortunately the cannelloni was a bit bland,

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was very cold and several customers including us were eating with our coats on.

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BS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Trendy, bustling restaurant, a little loud, food was delicious. Turnaround is somewhat slow (even items the server said would be quick), so would not recommend for a pre-theatre dinner, but would go back for a more leisurely meal.

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

For a South American restaurant it does not meet the mark.

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k
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing brunch and dinner menus. A must try downtown Toronto.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was good. I was happy with everything.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time we have dined here and everything was exceptional. Came into town from New Brunswick to see Come From Away and a Second City performance. Both performances ran late which made our arrival late , but the hostess was nice enough to call me on my cell just to make sure we were still coming, most other places would have just given up on us. Well done Lena !!!!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pre-theatre

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Brandon made the experience amazing! He was so friendly and accommodating and really went above and beyond. He made a huge difference to our experience and wouldn’t have been the same without his service! The food was also so tasty and there were so many options to choose from! We ordered a few different plates and they were all great.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Would not recommend or go back. The restaurant itself is beautiful and I enjoyed the atmosphere. The food and service was very bad however. I got a ricotta stuffed pasta which hardly had any pasta, I had spoonfuls of tomato sauce for the most part. None of my friends enjoyed their meals either and all ordered something different.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always nice food, There is music but all table was fully booked with happy people

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had quail eggs, grilled octopus and roasted lamb sirloin
Quail eggs was perfectly hard boiled
Never had grilled octopus before but the sauce was a bit smoky which added much flavour to the grilled octopus.
Roasted lamb sirloin was the best ordered by my friend which taste exotic. The sirloin was perfectly cooked and added goat cheese create a great palate.
Overall I will definitely recommend this restaurant which is expensive but reasonable for the food experiance they give us. Noise level was high though.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Expected better dishes for the prices. I would go again for drinks just to enjoy the atmosphere but probably wouldn't eat.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. Waiter was wonderful and food was very good. Nice and close to the theatre. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

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VP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe ! Good food great wines. Perfect for an after work get together with friends. Will definitely be back.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Will definitely be back! We had the calamari (subtle and delicious), the 12 veg salad (light and fresh), and the steak & frites (perfectly done, and those are some of the best fries I've ever had).

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WH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

the restaurant always has amazing food. this is no exception. service was a little slow but the staff was very friendly and helpful so it is not that bad. will definitely come back.

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a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I've been to Leña twice before this visit and I'm really disappointed. The waitress was extremely inattentive and almost ignoring myself and my company when we came in - no greeting or water until maybe fifteen minutes in and once I realized who our server was you could see she was just hanging out on the side chatting with the other servers. It wasn't a particularly busy evening, specially in her section. Out of frustration, I had to raise my voice and catch her to ask if she could take our order already after contemplating if we should leave. Not impressed at all.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff and great food. Definitely coming back here!

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A bit noisy and quite popular for lunch. Fairly tight seating also. Food is excellent and coffee is awesome!

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LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Not great lol

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AF
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food. Good service. Music too loud.

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JK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. Had some simple items from the menu (caesar salad and spaghetti) and they were excellent and so tasty. Would definitely recommend to a friend and will definitely go again.

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MB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great experience here! Restaurant is
Beautiful. Next time will sit In the bar area.
Really thought it was beautiful. Loved our food. All our choices were great! Our server helped us with choices. She was just the right amount of attentive.
Was a really nice way to spend time!

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v
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and service. Had the salmon and it was perfect. Wife had the cannelloni. She said they were delicious. My daughter had the 12 salads. She loved the salad.
The service is always really good

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DL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was excellent; service was slow but the server was very good.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A great place for happy hour; the bar has great ambience. The food is hit and miss - some great options and some lacklustre. They have some lovely non-alcoholic beverages, which I appreciate as well. It's a beautiful space.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely! The ambiance, drinks, food, and service was excellent.

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PL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I brought my partner there to celebrate his birthday before a show. I’ve been waiting several months to try it. We waited over one and a half hours for our main to arrive. The waiter must’ve forgotten to submit the order. Then when we were leaving for the show - without having received our main courses - the waiter came up with our mains packed ‘to-go’ expecting us to pay for them. LOL. THIS PLACE IS FOR NAIVE TOURISTS.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Experience was great. I ordered the grilled shrimp and although somewhat difficult to eat they were tasty.

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SL
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My salad tasted weird; very unusual combination of ingredients that didn’t suit my palate

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N
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had lunch here with my friend the other day. Lovely, bright spot full of corporate and social lunchers alike.

Food was slightly overpriced, but the ambience and service were worth the extra.

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KA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service! Can't say enough how amazing and fun our servers where! The food was good. Cute place to try for brunch, didn't realize how large it was, we where seated in the back near the kitchen, not as nice as the front but still cute.

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MP
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came in for drinks and tapas for a friend’s birthday. I had been to Leña before for cocktails, but never for a full dinner. The food was great, especially the Burrata and the Patatas Bravas. We got some seafood dishes, but still would be curious to try the steak!

We sat in the lower level which was relaxed and elegant. They also had a list of $10 cocktails which were really tasty.

Would definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful spot with warm and attentive service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go before a show at the Elgin Theatre!

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GM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was great, we asked for a different table in a niche and they were able to accommodate us. The service was friendly and they accommodated a slight menu change.

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F
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. I would suggest dining downstairs at Lala if you want a more subdued noise level.

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