Bent
Bent

Bent

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6473520092x
  • 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
160 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)special occasion (74)hot spot (68)neighborhood gem (64)great for outdoor dining (59)good for groups (45)romantic (37)late-night find (16)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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 2013
    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
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    • 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
  • Great
    babygirl157
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Really enjoyed the food at this restaurant and the staff were very friendly as well. If you like Bent, try Lee - same Chef - and equally as fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bent on BENT
    TLx5
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Clear and concise menu. Inventive drinks. Personable and courteous staff. Mesmerizing dishes to awaken all your senses, from beginning to end. You will definitely leave full (do not underestimate the tasting dishes, though they look small)! The creative and personal decor is the cherry on top of this gem. The arrow outside the restaurant says it all: pay attention to BENT! Everything was top-notch: service, wine (and sake 50% off on Tuesdays!), appetizer (salmon tartare), all dishes (sashimi tasting plate, ceviche, kale salad, braised short rib), coffee (cappuccino, espresso, dessert (banana chocolate cake) and decor! Cheers to the best place ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Susur Lee & sons do not disappoint.
    TorontoTat
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Dined at Bent with my husband and a friend visiting from Europe. The menu is meant for sharing but we were starving and didn't want to, lol. I had the lobster tacos to start. There were four small ones to the plate and delicious. I would only point out they're a tad messy as the taco shell crumbles when biting into it so you might want to hold out if trying to impress a date or you can fit the whole thing in one bite (not recommended). As a main I had the shrimp and kale dumplings (can't recall the official name of the dish) - also delicious. I am not a fan of kale but I would eat the dumplings any day.We decided to share dessert and it was equally delicious. Berries and cream in a cup - light, fresh and a perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Very Pricey, but very good I loved my gnocchi with lobster. The mushroom cream sauce was AMAZING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grlsnite
    foodwfriends
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Fantastic dinner out with the girls. Great food... Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lovefood
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Fabulous food. My favorites were the lobster taco, the pan fried shrimp, the salmon tartare. I thought all the dishes were really good. There was nothing I didn't like. Really enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DebbieFromToronto
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Bent when a friend was visiting from Ottawa. All of the dishes were full of flavour and very tasty, and the service was really good - very attentive but not overly attentive. And the servers were all able to answer questions about the food and drink and make excellent recommendations. It was my second time dining at Bent but each of the others' first time and they all really enjoyed it. Our friend from Ottawa was very thankful that we made the reservation at such a great restaurant because she really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fusion Fun
    arcticguy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    tried the whole menu - bit of work for just three of us, but we managed :) Awesome flavour combinations Don't sit back to the window on a cold night - waaaay too cold.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning cuisine but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Susur Lees work is amazing- my thai soup and the vegetarian delights were especially wonderful. However the waitress steered me away from my choice (sashimi) to another (tuna ceviche) and I couldnt help feeling she had been instructed to do so. I was the only ceviche eater and the dish bored me. :( diners stick to yr guns
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice place, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great food, nice place, but way too loud. Perhaps it was just the table behind us that was making every other conversation even louder. It felt like a bar, I actually couldn't hear the person 2 across the table properly. Not nice ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre high end restaurant
    sakeuriticus
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food was tasty and descent portions for tapas style. The fusion was not forced and you can taste both the Asian and French styles. BUT it was overpriced for what they were charging and some dishes were overcooked. The service was not very attentive and the tables are too close together. I booked far ahead to ask for a two person table near a window. There were many tables free but they squeezed us into a corner table very close to another table. I asked to be switched but they gave me another bad table I didn't want with awful seating even though there were many other open tables.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab food but very very noisy
    Kenny
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    If you are looking for great food, you found the place. If you are looking for a reasonably quite place to dine, think twice. Both my wife and I think it is so noisy that we almost could enjoy (taste and eat slowly) the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience!
    CenaVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Bent. It's modern and energetic. The menu was very interesting. They also had an interesting wine list. We ordered hot sake, and it was pretty good. We started with the spicy and waterlemon ceviche. It was an innovative dish . Then, we had the sashimi dish. It was ok. The lobster is cooked not sashimi-style. Next, we had the duck confit & goat cheese springrolls. It was quite good too, but the spring roll pastry can be better. We then had the curried lamb chop. It was very delicious. For dessert, we had the chocolate ton yuen - a very interesting dessert indeed. Overall, the food was great. The servers were very attentive too. I will go to Bent again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.