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About Nota Bene
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.
Toronto, ON M5V 3X3
Contemporary American, Continental, Canadian
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
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Nota Bene offers a conveniently located public parking lot on St. Patrick Street, one street west of the restaurant.
Subway: Osgoode Station
Street Car: Queen West Street Car
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
Private Party Contact:
Mel Payne: (416) 977-6400
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Nota Bene Ratings and Reviews
We chose the tasting menu for a New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. The food was good but hard to justify the price tag of $864 including wine pairings for 4 ppl (not including tip). Decor was minimalist and the wind from outside during the deep freeze was blowing in the front door onto our table. I would recommend this spot for a special occasion but be prepared to pay a hefty bill.
We usually have a great experience at this restaurant, but unfortunately this time we booked through Open Table and they didn't have our reservation when we arrived. They put us in the bar area rather than the dining room, which was ok but not what you expect for a $200 meal for 2.
Always a treat. The atmosphere is sophisticated but not stuffy or snobby. The service is impeccable and the food divine. Never disappointed. I would recommend the lounge/bar area for more intimate dining, as the main dining room in the upper seating area can get noisy when full.
Despite being more than empty less than half the tables full, our waitress checked very infrequently with us and given this was a business meal where there is sensitivity to timing, that was unacceptable given the upscale nature of the restaurant. I am less likely to schedule another business luncheon there.
Underwhelming food and dessert. We started with the charcuterie board which was good but not great, the NB Barbari bread nice. Maybe I picked the wrong main, but the truffle & mushroom pasta was disappointing. The chocolate tart dessert was also disappointing, boring and the sour passion fruit was really random and did not go with the dessert. My husbands steak was cooked well but the potato was less than average. His strawberry dessert was good. The waitress was pleasant and helpful. Overall the food was definitely not worth the money.
Great evening, amazing service from waiters who really know their food. While it doesn't have a specific children's menu, waiters were happy to explain menu to our (9 and 11 year old) children and suggest things that might bring them a little out of their comfort zone, and the kids loved it. Tasting menu and accompanying wine were fabulous. Better than Michelin starred restaurants I've eaten in.
We had a fantastic evening at Nota Bene, and we highly recommend this restaurant. This was our first trip to both this restaurant and Toronto, but we will definitely be back. We really enjoyed the seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course was both beautiful to look at and delicious, as well as highlighting local ingredients, and the wine pairings were well chosen, and in some cases surprising but perfect (e.g., local sake with a sashimi course, served in a wine glass). The service was wonderful as well - attentive and friendly, but not too much so. The tables in the restaurant are well spaced so we felt both private and not surrounded by too much noise. As a final bonus, the tasting menu and wine pairings were a good value, compared to other meals like this we have enjoyed. We will definitely be back!
Very disappointing. We go to high-end restaurants frequently and this one was far below average. We were a table of 4 and the bill came to $400 before tip (including two bottles of wine); when customers are paying that much it is very gauche, in my view, for a restaurant to charge $5.00 for bread (classified as a "snack" under appetizers!). Moreover, the portion sizes were tiny - eg $40 for a piece of cod that looked to be 5 oz tops and no side dishes unless you paid extra. Service was friendly but slow and our bread (the $5.00 bread) was forgotten and we had to remind the server. I would not go back! I'm disappointed as I expected far better.
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