Lee
Lee

Lee

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.susur.com/
  • Phone: 4165047867x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Susur Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BATHURST
  • Public Transit: Street car stop: King & Bathurst or King & Portland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking after 6 pm & numerous public pay lots in the area.
A word from Lee
LEE is an exciting, vibrant urban destination. Crafted by Chef Susur Lee and his dedicated kitchen staff, the menu at LEE is an exciting culinary experience where guests are invited to share and sample a wide variety of smaller dishes. Visitors can expect rapid and professional service with a wine list of approximately 50 eclectically sourced wines providing the versatility needed to compliment the diversity of the dishes.
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Lee reviews from OpenTable diners
256 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (192)special occasion (151)hot spot (119)good for groups (96)romantic (72)neighborhood gem (63)vibrant bar scene (32)great for outdoor dining (30)late-night find (26)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Just all-around fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had a friend visit from Boston, and wanted to choose a restaurant that held Toronto up to its standards....I'm so glad I chose Lee because it did exactly that! The fusion of Asian cuisine with contemporary flavours and styles was perfect, and the atmosphere and neighbourhood added to the delight of it all. Every dish we had was amazing and unique. I will definitely be coming back here more often!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Top class food and service. The only issue was the noise level.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Outstanding
    DMAC
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Have eaten at Lee several times whenever possible when I visit Toronto. The food was spectacular as always including a couple of dishes I have never tried, including the Beet Salad and the Tofu. Still one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. I will keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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  • a place to go
    sunshineVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    great food second time there and still a pleaser coleslaw and fries are to die for great service-we were there early so it was quiet and easy to talk food is different, tasty and delicious what a great
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    thechewreview
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This visit to Lee was great as always! Dishes eaten: 1) SLAW - obviously 2) Cheeseburger Spring Rolls - less meat and more cheese than I remembered :( 3) Beef Tacos - Spicier than the last time - still very tasty 4) Assam Satay - the beef was definitely the most tasty 5) Wild King Shrimp - delicious surprise! Love the soy crumble 6) Lettuce Wraps with Chicken - also a delicious surprise - amazing take on Asian/Mexican Fusion 7) Molten Chocolate Cake - perfect mix of crispy outside and melted oozing inside - delish!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Mediocre at best.
    valleedurhone
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The space is nicely put together and the ambiance was quite pleasant. Nothing was objectively awful, but nothing was great either. The service lacked any attention to detail and all felt tired or greatly overworked. The food hit all the right notes on paper, but the finished product failed to deliver. The signature slaw was by no means bad, but it also wasn't any better than that I pick up at a lunch counter down the street from the office. I wouldn't hang my hat on it. The biggest disappointment was the wine menu, which was probably the most phoned-in wine list I have seen in the past few years. Lee is 'fine dining' for people that have never really experienced fine dining. There are FAR BETTER options for those looking to spend.
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  • In and out
    Fuciu1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Most of our food was excellent, especially the slaw and the lobster pasta. What detracted from the experience was the service was way too quick. We were in and out in an hour having had 2 glasses of wine each and four tasting plates. Our first course came within minutes of receiving our first glass of wine. It did feel like the over riding factor was to 'get them in and out". The decor is just ok. The seats in the section we were in were very hard and not that comfortable and the tables were quite close together. The menu was somewhat limited however we would probably give it another try. Pricey for what it is. We've eaten in many fine restaurants. Overall it's a pricey 3. Certainly wouldn't choose it for a relaxed special occasion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More about the presentation
    April12
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Signature Slaw is absolutely delicious and lives up to it's reputation. Tuna and Lamb were good but not outstanding. Presentation was clearly more of their focus and their signature cocktails though interesting were too expensive. Wine list costly. Overall good experience but I would prefer an affordable wine list as well. Wait staff outstanding.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lee's food is outstanding. Always.
    lovesfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went there to quickly satisfy a slaw craving I had all week:) The slaw is a must have and is perfect because of all the flavours and variety of textures. Not a full dinner at all, just that, but we threw in the tofu which was perfectly crispy and hot on the outside, cooler and softer in the middle. Although we had multiple good servers, the one who took our order and saw us most often was a bit awkward in demeanor. A bit mumbly and seemed very shy. After we ordered our espresso and tea we seemed a bit forgotten about. It took a LONG time for the server to bring our bill etc. However, this has never happened before so it may have been an off night?
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was outstanding! Amazing service and phenomenal food. We even had a delicious dessert brought to us on the house by a singing waitor. Above and beyond!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food, amazing service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We really enjoyed our 2nd outing at Lee. The food was great - we had the slaw, blackened cod, oysters and the special beef tacos plus the dessert I believe is called yuen ten (sp?) Our server Alex was super attentive and knowledgable. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complex flavors
    hgkoloVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We eat out a great deal and were just in London where we ate at two of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants and one of Jamie Oliver's. Well, Lee put those restaurants to shame. This was our second time at Lee and we wouldn't hesitate to go again next time we are in Toronto. The food is complex, well thought out and so flavorful. Our favorite dish, like last time, was the Slaw. But the braised beef tacos (a special), and the curry chicken were amazing. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. There are very few restaurants where you will find flavor profiles this complex and well thought out. You can tell the chef put his heart into every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lee really lived up to their great reputation. The Singapore Slaw in particular exceeded all the hype, but every other dish was also excellent. We tried their take on Peking duck which was unique and delicious, as well as beef tenderloin tacos and lamb chops with a lentil sauce. We will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not
    luncher
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were really looking forward to having dinner here but unfortunately were really disappointed. Their signature salad may have dozens of ingredients but it doesn't taste like anything unique. We found the same with the second dish we ordered. The food just tastes really bland. It looks beautiful but there isn't much to it. It didn't help that the service was pretty bad too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delight to the palate
    JazzyDaveG
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Highly recommended by friends, and did not disappoint. Went there to celebrate a friends birthday; this is a nice spot for a special occasion. Three dishes was ample to share between two people, and it certainly was hard to decide which three, they all sounded so good. In the end we had the by now famous slaw - a delight. The cheeseburger spring rolls were excellent and the duck special was cooked to perfection. The cocktails were creative both visually and to the palate. Great ambience, dishes that should appeal to all tastes and, I imagine, all ages. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    Mely
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food and service was great except that food took too long to come out. We had the famous slaw and was everything everyone had said about it.: absolutely delicious. Also the lobster ravioli was to die for. With the exception that even with reservations we had to wait too long for our table and that food took too long to come out and our table was too small and too close to the other table, everything was good. I will definitely go there again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • That slaw...
    SarahMhmd
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and service at Lee is always remarkable! This is my favourite place to take friends and family, whether they live in the city, or are visiting from out of town. The quality of the ingredients, and the care that goes into crafting each dish, really demonstrates why Susur Lee is such a renowned chef.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was in Toronto for business and my Fiance came up from Chicago to enjoy a weekend with me. We went to here based on a recommendation from a business acquaintance, and it was excellent all the way around! Our server was great, made great wine and dessert recommendations, and really gave the evening an excellent start. I would definitely go back here next time I am in town .
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Athena123
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Have heard about this spot but had imagined it to be stratospherically expensive. It was not. The signature slaw was an explosion of taste and texture and the lobster ravioli fusion at its best.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lack of Ambiance
    Maestro
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fine dining food provided but definitely NOT a fine dining atmosphere. With all tables occupied and close seating; I could hardly hear a conversation at my own table and ended up shouting across our table. Bar in the middle certainly didn't help. Not for special occasions.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Restaurant
    Nitin
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Signature Singapore slaw is the best I have ever tasted. The Lamb Thailandaise & the braised beef tacos are amazing too. Always a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    JJLINVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Service was impeccable but the food was a bit disappointing. I'm not sure if it's because my expectations were just too high, or if it's because I am familiar with Chinese cuisine (parents are from Hong Kong). Some of the dishes here honestly tasted no better than regular meals I can get at home, or uptown at any other restaurants. For the price tag at this place I honestly expected to have left feeling really impressed, but that didn't happen at all. Overall I just feel like this place didn't live up to all the hype.
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    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • So delicious
    drzhivago
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    went for dinner with 5 business colleagues all who hadn't been before (but I had). Waiter suggested the kitchen do a tasting menu for 6 which was fantastic. An explosion of flavours in your mouth one dish after another. Service was quick and efficient and polite. Ambience was great with just the right amount of conversation buzz. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    UKTraveller
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was fine overall. A couple of good dishes, a couple ok and one poor. They put 3 of us onto a table for 2. Never a good start. Main issue was poor service throughout from 6 different servers. No one seemed to be taking a proper over-view to ensure the restaurant was running well. Mumbling servers with attitude does not make for a good evening even if some of the food was pretty good.
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  • Never gets old
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Never thought we'd reach the point where Lee would become our weekly date-night restaurant ... It's sooooo good, we can't get enough. The quality of food and the service never wavers. I'd go again and again.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    Victoria
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lee's is the hot spot in the trendiest neighbourhood for good reason. The ambiance is cool and contemporary, the food is an amazing Asian fusion of flavours with very thoughtful creations, and it has a trendy hum from well-heeled patrons. Above all, the service was excellent and very attentive. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone looking for an enjoyable evening on the town.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lee on a Thursday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    6 people split 6 courses and 2 desserts. It was absolutely delicious, they reportioned everything so we'd all have a bite. Service was excellent and the wine recommendation was good!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lee is my favorite restaurant in Toronto, it's fantastic in every way - ambiance, food quality, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    MemorableFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When I informed the hostess that we were there and had a reservation for 8, she told us that they had to take our table at 945. i wasnt too happy with that, because they should have said something when i made the reservation, or when they called to confirm the reservation. The food was phenomenal. We got the famous slaw and there are so many different flavours that hit you its amazing. Something i didnt like was that the slaw is so pretty i really wanted to take a picture of it but the server immediately started mixing it up and talking about it that i didnt get a chance to take a picture. The only problem was everything on the menu looked amazing, had a hard time choosing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All I Hoped For
    Breezey
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Been wanting to try Lee for a very long time. Foodie friends, who had been there for Summerlicious loved it so much they were happy to join us. The service, food and ambiance were all outstanding. We had the slaw, which everyone who has been there, insisted we get. I would eat that everyday if I could. Other highlights were the beef tacos, lobster ravioli and lamb chops. The service was first rate, and Susur Lee should be proud of his staff who work so well as a team. Our only comment is the initial pacing of the dishes. At first we felt that a few things came out a bit too fast but the pace did change once we commented. I would go back in a second and everyone who enjoys wonderful food, this is a must try.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Complex and Delicious
    ParticularFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Finally a restaurant with complex flavours that excite the senses. Doesn't matter if you're a vegetarian or carnivore, there is something imaginative and delicious for everyone. Not what you'd cook at home.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • even better than expected!
    EarlyMarch
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had been meaning to try Lee for a look ng time and I'm so glad we finally did. Not cheap, but we expwctwd that and it was absolutely worth the money. We had Singapore Slaw, beef tacos, and chicken curry. Everything was just fantastic. Will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lee's - pride in service & quality!
    Traveltart1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Have dined many times here and always pleased! Servers are knowledgeable in their dishes and presentation is beautiful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The coleslaw
    sdvictory
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If you love salads, this one is a must for your taste buds.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent
    Fortheluvoffood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love this restaurant. My third time and enjoyed it tremendously.. Brought a friend whom had never been and she loved it. The slaw always my favorite but the scallops are to die for. The taco special was also very delicious. Also had a sangria made with rose that was very tasty. Thank you for another amazing meal!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Asianlove
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fabulous TIFF special menu - Susur and company never disappoint
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phoenix
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was fantastic! Service was very pushy...wanted you to get in get out. Even asked us at one point that we needed to leave in order to have the table for the next reservation. Very insulting!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavegasmanVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    service was slow to start. very little privacy as tables very close together. the food was fantastic. the singapore slaw was amazing.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Treat
    sweetzeatZ
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Though I live in the neighbourhood, it's always exciting to have dinner and cocktails at Lee. Great dining experience, amazing fare and knowledgeable professional service all around. Knowing that chef Lee is quite busy with his new babies Bent and Luckee, it was a real treat to meet the man himself and have him work his magic in the kitchen that evening! It was my second time dining in at Lee in two weeks and I'll definitely be back soon. Cheers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rush,rush, rush
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Although some of the food at Lee's was superb (particularly the 'slaw' which I found the best salad dish I have EVER eaten) the rushed tone of the service (including the fact that our second course was served to the table as we were still eating our first course) and the somewhat strange manner of one waiter who didn't seem to be following what was being asked, added to an uncomfortable tone for the evening. There was no apology when we broached this subject, simply a statement from the waiter that it was Saturday night. Not good enough.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate