Bent
Bent

Bent

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (647) 352-0092
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, International
  • Executive Chef: Susur Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Inventive, special menus from world reknowned chef Susur Lee

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bent
Superstar chef Susur Lee designed the menu and still oversees the kitchen but hands over the reins to his sons Kai & Levi Bent-Lee. In this up and coming Dundas west neighborhood the boys have chosen a laid back vibe emphasis on great food and imaginative drinks. The decor also a family affair designed by the boys mother Brenda Bent and her partner Karen Gable.
Critics agree Susur Lee has done it again! Favorites include Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche, Chicken Dumplings, Slow Braised Five Spice Short Ribs, Kale and Tofu Salad, a decidedly Asian flare with house brewed sake. A lively environment with great service
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Bent reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)hot spot (65)special occasion (64)neighborhood gem (48)good for groups (36)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (22)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Loved this Place
    Clark007
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    First visit was a real good experience. Offered indoor or outdoor dinning. Choose indoor. Spacious and beautiful decor (found the photos in the restroom weird) Food great. Interesting and graciously served. We're not rushed in any way. Would totally recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ashjk
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We did the $85 tasting menu and it was amazing... The lobster tacos were out of this world and every dish was better or equal to the last. We were happy to be inside and enjoy a more intimate dinner but look forward to experiencing the fun energetic outdoor area. Our waitress was such a sweetheart we will request her section in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    amazing, each thing on the menu was better than the previous! so yummy, really quite loud, but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empecable service
    Southern2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Beautiful food presentation, the best staff on hand that i have ever had the pleasure of serving me. The food is perfectly prepared and melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good chinese fusion
    VivianVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    service is good but waiting so long time portion is small as always food is good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Tasting menu was delicious and there was a good buzz in the restaurant. Wish the tables were a bit further apart, but nothing new in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for quality and portions
    FoodieFoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was a bit disappointed in the quality and portions for the price. The food was good but not great to justify paying $50 per person. For example, I ordered one of the shashimi dishes that came with watermelon. I ended up getting 2 pieces of shashimi and 10 pieces of watermelon in the dish. I ordered 4 dishes between two people and was still not full. I would not come back here but it was a good experience to try it once. The place was also empty on a Wednesday night. My suggestion to the owners is you have to re-assess your pricing strategy because there are many great restaurants out there that off much higher quality and greater portions for a better price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Bent was incredible - the food was pure delight, the service was excellent, the decor fun and funky. We loved the lobster caviar salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at 91 Decibles
    powerboss
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is obviously a trendy restaurant but the noise level inside was unbearable. Should have gone for the outside patio. The tables in the restaurant were small and it made food placement a bit awkward because they bring the entire Bento Box at once. I have eaten at other Susur restaurants, such as Lotus and Susur's. Both of those restaurants were outstanding. The price point here was significantly lower than the other two. So you do get what you pay for. There were a lot of interesting items on the menu. I got lazy and ordered the Bento Box, plus lobster taco's and fried chicken dumplings. Lobster taco's weren't bad but not spicy enough for my taste. I've had better dumplings at PF Chang's. Nice place but far from outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't pass this up
    Blissinmymouth
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our meal was wonderful. We had the bento box -great for sharing and allows you to experience the amazing ability of how Susur lee combines ingredients to create bliss for your taste buds! Service was good, explaining many of the dishes as they came out. Very noisy... Hard to hear voices of waiter and on company at times but I think that is due to small size of restaurant. Don't pass up the desserts...plain heavenly. Added bonus of see Susur there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, Very poor service
    PhilipToronto
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was delicious, but I can't say it was a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our server seemed nervous, and was unable to raise her voice for us to hear her adequately. Whenever food arrived, the server rattled off a high-speed description, way too fast for us to absorb. And obviously they had learned the information by rote rather than understanding what they were saying... because as soon as we asked a question they said "Sorry, I don't know, I'm new here." There was even one very awkward moment when one server was trying to help us choose a bottle of sake when other servers arrived with food and started describing it, requiring us to divide our attention between multiple people talking at us! Unable to relax and enjoy ourselves.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable but loud
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Dinner at Bent was quite enjoyable except the noise level really is too hard - we had a later reservation (8:30 pm) so the crowd thinned out as our dinner progressed and we could converse more easily at the end of the night. The food and service were excellent. We especially enjoyed the lobster tacos, jerk quail and trifle dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience!
    Maari55
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The service and food are always excellent. Stop in for 1/2 price wine and sake options on Tuesdays! BentO is also a great way to sample the menu! Will definitely be back, maybe to enjoy the patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic!
    Foodfan87
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dined late last Saturday night. Server was wonderful. Explained the menu completely and his suggestions were spot on. Had the special Bento Box as the main course and it was perfect for two. Also took the recommendation to add a few items to the meal and we both left full and happy. Drinks were mixed properly and delivered promptly. Staff was also attentive at the end of the night to help us with tracking down a cab. We were in town on business, knew of Bent, and were very happy with the choice we made. My friend is one with a very good understanding of a quality dining experience and we both didn't want the dinner to end!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    Nicolaas
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had Susur's bento box and it was awesome!!! All the dishes were spectacular - can't say which one was my favorite, they were all amazing - and service was as always very good and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ohall
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Delicious food. Friendly and knowledgeable service. I have been there twice and have had wonderful experiences both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bent-o Box for 2
    Michael
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    A must try! Bent delivers Bent-o Box for 2 #3. All 3 have been amazing! Special Note: Tuesdays are half price wine and sake bottles!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Night - great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went out for a special dinner - to celebrate birthday with friends. Food was wonderful - love the tune watermelon seviche an the scallops were amazing. Only issue was that as the eveninig became later, the noise level made conversation very difficult (not a problem when we arrived at 6:30 but quite noisy when we left around 8:30). Service was wonderful and the pacing of the dishes worked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot to celebrate a birthday
    michellejennings
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I came with my husband and my in-laws to celebrate a birthday. We all had the chef's menu - they were very accommodating to my dietary restrictions (vegetarian), bringing a separate vegetarian dish for me when the others had meat, and gave most of the shared dishes a vegetarian slant. The courses were spaced out perfectly, our server was fantastic, and the food was incredible. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't hurry back
    Scopa
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Being a big fan of Susur Lee, I had high expectations for Bent Restaurant. Service was a little slow but staff very nice. Food was good but didn't blow our mind. Caviar lobster vodka shooter was super cool to look at and delicious! So were the gnocchi/scallop special and the braised beef...so tender and full of flavour. But the lobster tacos and featured ceviche were bland and lacked the variety of bold flavours the other dishes had. Also a little pricey considering the quality of some of the dishes was simply good. Not a bad experience overall but wouldn't rush to eat there again when there are so many awesome places to eat in Toronto.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular experience
    BryanGregory
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Everything from Tom, our talented server, the expertly mixed cocktails and the lobster tacos to the delectable dessert was a 10 out of 10. Can not wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Susur Lee does it again!
    1stRoundsOnMe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This family sharing style restaurant is everything you could want. Vibrant, fun, great drinks and great food. Everything is packed with so much flavor and all the dishes come out looking amazing! Make sure to make a reservation because it's a small place and it gets packed quickly. Make sure to order the spicy tuna watermelon ceviche as it will blow you away! Will definitely be heading back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eat and be merry
    Fred
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Susar and the sprouts go for more, and it is good. twisting their usual Singaporean/Malay/Chinese/western goodies with one more knot, the Lees have done it again! food was all prepared wonderfully, came timed and spaced out nicely and our server was attentive. only thought is to think loud as the room levels are up a notch due to hard surfaced brick walls and lots of glass every table in the place had a great vibe and was there for a good time and it spills over, but not obtrusively. Going back in for more soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Bad
    Noise
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The menu at Bent was exceptional as was the preparation however, the noise level defeated any decent rating for ambience. The sheer volume was excruciating. Any desire for a conversation during dinner was hopeless.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creativity lacks flavour
    HighExpectations
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Presentation of food at Bent is great but, unfortunately, the taste is not. We shared 7 dishes ranging from the lobster tacos to sashimi taster to the short ribs and every time we had a similar moment of excitement upon the arrival of the food which then followed by disappointment once we bit into it. As a result, in a city with so many amazing restaurants, there is no reason to visit this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Son's birthday dinner
    AdiandMilu
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We took our son and his girl-friend to Bent for his birthday dinner a few days ago and what a treat it was. Such a lovely combination of flavours and beautiful presentations. I would like to see the dessert menu expanded to 2 more items..otherwise...BRAVI BRAVI!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Food was delicious but the service was not what I expect from a susur restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Carpaccio is one of the best things I've ever eaten. Charred Salmon is equally ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zoe1804
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I was in for my birthday with a friend on Friday night. The food was terrific and I really appreciated the birthday wishes/desserts. I believe it was a Manager or GM who looked after that. Our server was really friendly. He definitely missed the opportunity to up sell us drinks though. After we initially sat down and ordered one, we weren't asked if we wanted another cocktail until dessert, at which point we didn't. But great food, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great yummy food. Wonderfully
    lovefood
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great yummy food. Wonderfully attentive service. A worthwhile trip into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A tasty night out
    Sheilag
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a lovely dinner out at Bent. We'd be meaning to try for a while and I'm glad we got to go. We particularly enjoyed the lobster tacos and the charred salmon sashimi. The restaurant decor was great, the music enjoyable and unobtrusive, and the service was attentive and knowledgable. A good choice for dinner out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding. Everything was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Outstanding. Everything was superb. Excellent drink menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    Lolita
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Loved this place, very happening, loud and fun! The food was good but not gourmet by any means, just a good variety of tapas style dishes which were all delicious. Great for a fun evening out with friends - we averaged at $100 per person with lots of food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our dinner at Bent!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had dinner at Bent on Saturday night and it was AWESOME! We ordered the fresh shucked oysters, the pressed octopus, the chicken dumplings, and the short ribs. All of the dishes were very good -- we especially loved the short ribs! The waiter was both attentive and good at giving us space. I also loved they participated in Earth Hour. This is definitely a place I will come back to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BENT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Had wanted to try BENT for a long time and WOW.....it exceeded all my expectations. Cozy, intimate and loved the casual atmosphere. It is all about the food here.....wait staff are exceptional.....attentive, helpful and super friendly. The combinations of ingredients at this restaurant are superb. We were blown away. WELL DONE! I will be going back to take my foodie friends as it was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bent
    Fg89
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was inventive, but the portion sizes were simply too small for a "tapas style" place. Overall I have to say I was dissapointed (but I did have high expectations for this place).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something has gone seriously Wrong
    jtcokay1
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I have gone to bent in the past and have absolutely adored it. In the past we have spent upwards of 600$ and could not wait to return to one of our favourite restaurants. Sadly the quality has decreased significantly, as well as the service. Our server only came by the table a couple of times, forgot to put in our drink orders and was scrambling around not giving us the time of day and it definitely was not busy. The Kale and Tofu salad is nowhere near as good as it used to be, the texture is completely off, and this wasn't the only dish we had problems with. Overall this was a disappointing experience, we will not be returning, our money can be spent elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should do better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We were a party of 5 and, upon the Manager's recommendation, opted for giving the chef carte blanche so we could enjoy various offerings. Our only proviso was that there should be no pork for the table. Halfway through the meal, a dish appeared with bacon on top - it was promptly removed when we reminded them of our no pork request and apologies were made. The same thing happened to me when dining at Susur some years ago. I expect better from an establishment with a chef of his stature. A couple of the dishes were very good, others so-so. Service sometimes slow with long gaps between courses. Would not go out of my way to eat here again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scene over substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was okay. Over priced for the quality of eats. Great looking place but the servers seemed a bit unprofessional; running around frantically.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with friends
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Exceptional experience. Warm and friendly staff, especially Christian who helped us select a perfect bottle of wine for our meal. 4 people + Chef sharing plates (about $40 per person) = perfect night. The sharing plates allowed us to taste a wide variety of dishes. The lobster ravioli was amazing and Ferrero Rocher dumpling desert was the greatest thing I've ever had. The setup is quaint and the vibe is nice. I'd read online that the noise can get a bit too loud but I thought it wasn't an issue (albeit, we went on a weeknight). Definitely a good place to check out for a date, with friends, or if you just want great food and even better service. I can't wait to check head back to Bent on my next visit to Toronto. Cheers Phil
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic