Nota Bene

4.6
2805 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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Nota Bene restaurant is a sophisticated dining establishment created and run by famed Toronto Chef, David Lee. Opened in August 2008, the restaurant has garnered much critical acclaim and has been featured on countless “best of” lists including Toronto Life, En Route Magazine, Maclean's and most recently, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Continental, Canadian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Bar: Weekdays: 11:30am - Close; Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(416) 977-6400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Lee
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Private party facilities
- Available for lunch, dinner + reception events
- Accommodates up to 36 seated guests or 60 for a standing reception
- Seasonally-inspired group menu options available
- Sommelier to assist with wine selection
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Private party contact
Mel Payne: (416) 977-6400
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University
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Parking details
Nota Bene offers a conveniently located public parking lot on St. Patrick Street, one street west of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Subway: Osgoode Station
Street Car: Queen West Street Car
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Special events & promotions
Full Restaurant Bookings are available for lunch and/or dinner events:
-Accommodates 75-175 people seated / up to 200 for a standing reception
-Custom menus created by Chef Lee

The NB BAR can be booked for partial of full use:
-Accommodates groups of 10-100 people
-Passed canapés and bar snack menus are available
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2805 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.5
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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Was amazing!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Fantastic August tasting menu, and exceptional service! Would recommend to anyone for a special occasion

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Good place for a business lunch. Food was good, pricey but worth the money

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Outstanding food and service. This was a quiet weekday meal, so the noise level was low. Can be quite noisy at times, but the food is so good I ignore that. It is expensive, but good value considering it’s high quality.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great menu as always. The food is consistently well prepared and served. The only critique I would make is the menu should be more descriptive. I ordered the crispy duck appetizer, took the first bite and exclaimed that it was absolutely disgusting because of the cilantro. I'm one of those people for whom cilantro tastes like soap. If the description in the menu had mentioned the cilantro, I would not have ordered it so that was a huge miss for me. Thankfully my wife enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We came for summerlicious and it was great! I also love the interor design of this place too.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

I can't believe I haven't been here before. The food is delicious and great service. Everyone ordered different meals and had no complainants.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing food and atmosphere

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Summerlicious

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

First visit for Summerlicious. Delicious, great service, nice surroundings. Will definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

If you are charging $2.75 for a glass of ‘still water’, then you should open the bottle at the table to prove that its really bottled water not the good old TO tap water. We drank 2 glasses of tap water for $5.50. This is outrageous and I will tell everyone I know and will do the same on the virtual world.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

inconsistent food quality
portions were pathetic even for petite 5'2 women

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great night, great food!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Had a meeting with a friend over lunch. NB is just so RELIABLE. Good food, great service and quite reasonable - especially the Summerlicious menu. My 'go to' place for lunch in TO. Always go there when I need to be able to hold a conversation at normal listening levels.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I visited this restaurant during the Summerlicious special. All the food was outstanding and a good use mix of flavours. The desserts especially were worth every penny. It is expensive for their normal menu but a good spot for a formal or special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Food was very refreshing. Zucchini Carpaccio was amazing :-)

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Consistently one of the best in Toronto. Clever innovative and tasty food. Lobster dish outstanding. Always excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great service, attentive and the proper involvement for a dinner with a colleague. Wonderful selection of good Canadian wines.....the crispy duck salad was to die for with vibrant flavours. Perfect!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Never disappoints.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Didn’t have table ready in time, though restaurant didn’t look packed. Hostess in a manner of a strict first grade teacher pointed to a bench on the side and told to have a seat. Why wait at the bar, when u can have a bench 😂😂
The asparagus was pretty plain
Cavatelli was good, but nothing to write home about

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Wonderful as always

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Nota Bene is a great place for a business lunch! Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

As always, excellent food and service. The ‘gin bar’ is a nice touch too. Nota Bene never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Turns out there are TWO restaurants with this name. I arrived at Nota Bene in Richmond with no reservation. My reservation was in Toronto! This has happened to this restaurant many times before (I was the second of the night) but they were very accommodating allowing the two teens and me to sit at the bar. I had a very good negroni, was advised on a good glass of cote de Rhône and had a fine grappa after dinner. All three pasta dishes were excellent but especially the one with pine nut and pork cheek. So happy with the almond cake dessert and the biscotti with lemon ricotta? Dreamy!!! There was enough to take home for my morning espresso!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I’ve eaten here many times and it continues to remain in my top 5 favs in the city.

The food is EXTRAORDINARY and never disappoints. All around excellence service, menu, ambiance

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

My client said the food was spectacular and she hasn’t used that word in a very long time.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious food! Excellent service!

Only downside is the cold air that gushes though the main door and make it uncomfortable to enjoy the delicious food.

If Nota Bene installed a double door system to keep the cold air out in winter/cold weather. This restaurant will be a 10 out of 10.

Overall, a much to go and try the food and service!

And good drinks too : )

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious and creative but still very accessible cuisine. Friendly professional service. The pre-theatre menu is an excellent value.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

So we were there from out of town because my friend and I were going to the ballet. I invited my 24 year old granddaughter along for dinner because she works and lives in Toronto and it was a good opportunity for a visit.She enjoyed her tuna and my friend and I ordered the pasta from the set daily menu. We all had oysters to start which were good ,but the mushroom pasta did not have much flavour. So next time we'll order from the a-la carte menu.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The food as usual was excellent. I still think charging for bread and snacks for the table is OTP, but otherwise good experiences.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The wagyu was really good! The waitress was good in recommending the perfect type of wine for the steak.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Good service awesome food!I like this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great ambience, simple menu, delicious food, and attentive, friendly and very professional service.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

I enjoyed my late night dinner there. Will definitely come back again.

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3.0Dined on February 5, 2018

This restaurant was surprisingly dead for Winterlicious. The food was sub-par and not worth the value, the basics was swimming in butter and the lamp shank was comparable to a short rib in flavor. The desert options were scarce as we couldn’t wait for the dinner to end

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Awesome in every way

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The Winterlicious menu was outstanding. Greatly enjoyed by all four of us. The service was good, though our table for four was only set for three. Staff were quite flustered, and had us standing for a bit. Otherwise, a delightful evening.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The space overall felt simultaneously finessed, fun, and comfortable—good balance. The food was very good, as expected, but the staff exceeded my expectations with their responsiveness and their attentiveness to the needs of the table, particularly around timing as we had another event following dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Really nice food, awesome service. Had a very good lunch

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Booked this resto for it's rave reviews and had great expectations. Rather underwhelming and disappointing.

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