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Nota Bene
Nota Bene

Nota Bene Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.notabenerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (416) 977-6400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: David Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Nota Bene offers a unique way to host your private parties. From a business meeting for 6 guests to a cocktail reception for 200 guests Nota Bene is a perfect venue. We will customize all details to suit your needs. Please, contact us for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie Hilleshiem (416) 977-6400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: Subway: Osgoode Station
    Street Car: Queen West Street Car
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Nota Bene offers two conveniently located public parking lots. One located on Queen Street right across Nota Bene and the a second one located on St. Patrick Street just half a block north of Queen Street.
A word from Nota Bene
Nota Bene was named Canada's best new restaurant by Toronto Life & Air Canada's EnRoute magazine and was voted as one of Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants by Where Magazine. Located at 180 Queen Street West, Nota Bene bridges the Toronto business district with funky Queen West; steps away from the Theatre district and the Four Seasons Centre For The Preforming Arts.
Open Lunch and dinner, the menu features fresh, seasonal cuisine executed by Chef David Lee and delivered in a professional and yet casual atmosphere designed by Tom Payne of KPMB.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The food presentation was better than other mid-high restaurants. Due to summerlicious the restaurant was very busy and energetic (lunch time), which I didn't mind. I just wish the waitress took better care of us - although it's excusable since my partner and I went during summerlicious. I would recommend it for a lunch date or a business-related lunch (since there is no scenery), but if you are looking to wow your partner I would go to a place with more ambience or scenery such as Canoe."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had the summerlicious menu at Nota Bene and was surprised at how good each of the courses were even though we weren't terribly impressed with the menu we first saw it. At the end of the meal, we were completely sold by the excellence of the food, the superb and attentive service by the staff - and not just one of them but all we had interaction with. Even though it was lunch and it was Summerlicious, they were alert and would come by the moment you caught their eye (without lifting a finger) even though they were in the midst of serving another table. I think this shows superb training and positive staff morale. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a lunch date with our babies. Usually we expect to be put on the street level floor in the corner to accommodate the strollers but they seated us on the upper level and helped us with our strollers. They were so accommodating and helpful while we tried to eat our lunch and entertain our babes! Would definitely go again:) The service was amazing and the food was delectable!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "All I can say is WOW! Great food, service and room. A must for anyone."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Went with a friend during Summerlicious. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Nota Bene is one of my favourite restaurants and I love to go there for a nice date dinner or special occasion. It is a bit pricey but the food, service and atmosphere is amazing here. The food is always great and their wine list as well as their drinks and cocktail list is amazing. Would recommend the place to everyone."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "And great service, we went here for summerlicious and it was refreshing to not receive a dumbed down menu."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great service. Food was well presented but lacked clarity of flavour and substance combinations, especially the salads. For example, not a good idea to have a number of appetizers as too complex and confusing to the palate. The Pulled pork taco was good but not superior quality as expected from this kitchen/chef."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have a food allergy and Geoff the chef took such excellent care of me. He made me special safe and delicious foods, I'll certainly be back many times to this great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The location is great for pre theatre/opera location. Restuarant has streamlined menu option to have guests have enough time at the theatre without losing its food quality...well done!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Nota Bene consistently delivers. The service here is polished and friendly, and the quality of the food and its presentation exemplify a level of finesse that's rarely seen. The DIY gin & tonic was a real delight. Great for a special occasion, this restaurant is one of Toronto's finest."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was a second visit to Nota Bene for my daughter and I. Thank you Open Table for the 26 dollar cheque we applied to our bill. The meal was outstanding and highlights were the CRISP DUCK SALAD and the SEARED WILD DIGBY SCALLOPS. Wine selection was wonderful. We were staying at the Marriott Eaton Center and visitors should note this restaurant is an easy walk. I will continue to look forward to dinner here each time we visit Toronto from Winnipeg. Toronto has many wonderful 4Star restaurants but this one is quite exceptional great attentive staff and a sleek contemporary look."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've eaten at Nota Bene before for dinner and it's always superb, with unique, creative food. This time, for lunch, my husband had an excellent ceviche and I had a sumptuous lobster roll, the bun obviously sautéed in butter, as it was drenched."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "After 7 - 8 visits, this past weekend was somewhat disappointing. Our main server was efficient but sullen, despite a very warm and friendly approach by me and my companion. The sommelier and other wait staff were excellent. It was uncharacteristic for this restaurant, which usually seems to run like a Swiss watch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is perfect for before and after the show! before for great pre theawtre menu - and after for scotch and sliders!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • " The quality of the food and the service was excellent. Noise level very high due to large groups of diners. I enjoyed the restaurant. However, by 9:00 p.m it was difficult to have a conversation with my friend due to the large groups of diners (10 or more at a table) who were very boisterous. There were some birthday celebrations where people were taking photos most of the evening which became very distracting. I have been to Nota Bena on previous occasions and the noise level by 9:00 pm was also unbearable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Wonderful attentive service but without hovering or interference (Yay!). Every dish a unique attention to detail"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "we had a nice evening, with good food, but for the price you pay, it lacked ambience, the waiter was attentive but condescending, and it was too bright, quite noisy and did not match the price tag. overall just not good value for money."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We arrived to the restaurant with high hopes but we were largely ignored for the first 20 minutes. Our waiter came and left. Then someone else came who said our waiter was busy but he could help with wine. We asked for suggestions and it instantly pointed to the most expensive bottle - and that's fine, but most would expect his question to precede that (what type do you prefer, etc). He left and we saw no one for 20 more minutes. A total of 40 minutes. The 6 of us agreed we would leave. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took my granddaughter to the ballet on Friday night and made reservations at Nota Bene before as it was one of the closest restaurants to the Four Seasons Centre. It was very pricey, but the food although very good was not amazing. We shared a salad of oranges, olives, arugula and fennel. The 4 orange pieces were delicious, the rest just so so. There wasn't much for my granddaughter (11 years) on the menu, so we went with the brisket burgers with blue cheese and fries/frites. The burgers were good, but the fries really good. No desert and I had one glass of wine and the bill with tip was $100.00 dollars. The service was good and we got to the ballet with time to spare."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The three dinners varied in quality. My salmon was acceptable, but not exceptional. I do a better job at home. The octopus main was too fishy, and had an unfortunate mix of celery and other vegetable. The steak was just fine. The desserts were more successful - chocolate cake, and a tarragon infused dessert soup. I was disappointed with the lack of creativity in the dinners. Also, the service was just okay. The highlight dish was the ceviche. The menu is uninspired. My son had difficulty selecting a main course. Overall - disappointing, and not worth the cost."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Nota Bene was wonderful! There was a nice selection of food at each course. The wait staf was very knowledgeable and make great suggestions. I enjoyed every bite! Yum! In addition to the food, Everyone was extremely attentive and friendly!!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Ordered arugula and fennel salad, mushroom pasta, sticky bread pudding dessert! All were perfection! Service and ambience top notch! Great for special occasions and pre theatre."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Nota Bene never disappoints. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This wonderful restaurant has a bit of a reputation for being loud, so we asked for a quiet table. We were seated in an alcove off the main dining area, and had very reasonable sound levels for conversation. Food, wine and service were impeccable."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love Note Bene. The service is great - relaxed and knowledgeable. The restaurant is not noisy and you can have a conversation and hear everyone. The Food if terrific. This time around the lobster salad was great and as always the scallops were the best I have ever had. I always have the sticky toffee pudding but the rhubarb drew raves from the other three people at time. They also got us out in time for the ballet without feeling rushed. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I can't think of too many restaurant that never disappoint! Well, Nota Bene is one of them. Everything from the food and wine/champagne to the ambiance is top notch! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I went for a nice dinner with 2 of my friends before going to a TSO concert. The duck salad was amazing and filling!My friend got the ravioli which was quite a small portion for what she was paying for ... Otherwise the ambience was very fancy and classy. It would definitely be great for a work celebration or fancy date!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "the food was delicious, but the overall ambience is very stiff and formal, diners today like a more casual type of restaurant. waiters hovered too much. would be niceto be able to see outside, remove wood panels that block outside view. Should be more like restaurants around the theatre."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I love the wine selection at Nota Bene -- they have my favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Always exceptional food, attention to detail and great service. It's my favourite fancy lunch spot in Toronto!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant on a Saturday night. Arrive early or reserve as it gets quite busy. The food was absolutely amazing - I could eat the crispy duck and papaya salad every day (think herbs, lime, edible flowers, cashews and amazing flavours) - and the service was outstanding. I even checked to see if they were open again on Sunday for lunch (they appear to serve a similar salad with chicken) - which they unfortunately are not. A great place for work lunch, lunch with friends, special occasions and date night. I will definitely go back again next time I'm in Toronto."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was dining alone and the food was fantastic! I'm a vegetarian and they had more than the usual single option. The only downside was that the hostess sat me right next to a large, very loud group. I would have preferred to dine at one of the other empty tables. The waitress was wonderful and the good excellent. I would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent service and delicious food. Music a bit loud. Delicious cheese tray!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It was a good meal, but not worth the price. The physical lay out of the restaurant was more like a cafeteria or banquet room; I would expect a bit more ambience for the price. The portions were quite small; a few hours later I needed a snack!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Made a reservation for out of town guests. A bit difficult to talk to people at the other end of the table due to energetic noise level. Table was close to the front doors, and the two closest guests could feel the cold from outside every time the door opened. Very friendly service - not snotty at all. Can't stand when people who work in upscale restaurants think they are better than you and treat you that way - not this place. Knowledgable staff and very down to earth. Very good appetizers and entree's. One pasta dish was lukewarm and needed reheating. Not a problem when it came back. Excellent desserts! Would definitely eat there again. Make sure you make a reservation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Everything was good to very good but seemed expensive compared to other offerings in Toronto. Still recommended. Atmosphere was stodgy. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service with very accommodating, friendly professionals. My lunch companion was very impressed that the maître d remembered her from a few years back. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our table of four decided to share all of three appetizers, 2 mains, and the cote de beouf for two. Despite being the kind of restaurant and menu that normally caters to individual orders (i.e. app, main, dessert per person), they were very accommodating with our request and served our meal accordingly, in a family sharing format. Service was attentive, but non-intrusive. Little water spills during pouring were immediately mopped up, the table was de-crumbed when necessary, and wine glasses were topped up. The corkage fee was only $35, so depending on your own bottle at home, it might be more economical to bring your own. However, they have a moderate selection of wines by the glass and half bottle, in addition to full bottles. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is a dependably wonderful restaurant, with outstanding food and service. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "As an out -of- towner, I was very impressed with the ambience, decor, food & service. I did think the wine list was overpriced but overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 5/2/2014