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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.

180 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
University

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 977-6400

Website:
http://www.notabenerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Nota Bene offers a conveniently located public parking lot on St. Patrick Street, one street west of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Subway: Osgoode Station
Street Car: Queen West Street Car

Executive Chef:
David Lee

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
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Great for Lunch (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Typically awesome

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Small and pricey dishes. Great desserts!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lovely restaurant close to the Four Seasons Centre. Ate with friends before the Ballet, and ordered the pre-theatre meal. Except for the dry fish, we enjoyed the meal. Other members of my group ordered off the regular menu and raved about their dinners.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We dine here every time we visit Toronto. Lunch and dinner work well. Always a treat. Highly recommend. Close to opera house and theater district.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Sophisticated and adults environment.
It is such big open space restaurant but welcoming and distance is perfect.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great pre-show option with interesting menu and enjoyable atmosphere. Service was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Impeccable service , delicious food and great drinks& wine.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was great albeit a bit overbearing at times...staff needs to relax a bit...but overall great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

An enjoyable meal with an old friend. Staff was gracious and warm, food was delicious and atmosphere was conducive to relaxing conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Totally enjoyable experience. We had 2 appetizers, the Tuna Tartare and Burrata salad, both amazing. Main course was equally remarkable. Highly recommended. Lovely ambience. Could converse easily, acoustics were good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

While the food was good and service prompt there is no ambiance. The service is respectful but no energy or personality making the dinning experience to feel flat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food, lovely ambiance, terrific service from Atly -- what a superb server! Will go back. Its worth the cost.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The entire experience was great!
Our server Alex went above and beyond and was fantastic at recommending things.
Absolutely lovely!

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Phenomenal service and food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

NB: Nota Bene delivers. Food is fabulous and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. Great cocktails and bar snacks. Solid regular menu too. Will definitely be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Our server was fabulous, he enjoyed us and we him..we had the tasting menu...yummy.
We were there to celebrate four birthdays and we really enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Welcoming, friendly staff, great menu, oysters, black cod, tomato salad and greens all were delicious and presented in artful, tempting manner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

early weeknight in Toronto, found it a couple of blocks from AGO. Salads were really fresh both black cod and pickering fish superb. waiters were never far away.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent at all levels. Staff was outstanding and meal was perfect. Would go back next time I was in Toronto anytime.

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food. Took the August tasting menu with wine package, really interesting wines. Alex, our waiter, was knowledgeable, friendly and professional throughout. Recommend.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Each dish was perfectly prepared and had complex flavors that complimented each other well. The portion sizes were perfect allowing several dishes to be enjoyed. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. I wish I lived here so I could enjoy visit n often.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Trifle was great. Main course and starter is fine. Service was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Celebrated a birthday during restaurant week. The food was delicious and service great. Pricy, but would go back for a special occasion.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I like the big eye tuna tartare! For the beef burger, it was just ok. Sides were on the summerlicious menu but not included in the price :( but I like the onion rings anyway. The dessert was pineapple sorbet. It was good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Came to try their Summerlicious dinner after several high recommendations from some friends. A contemporary and upscale atmosphere where business casual and business formal attire fill the restaurant. Great ambiance for dates and business occasions.

The Food: Hendrick's Gin + Elderflower Tonic - Bigeye Tuna Tartare with Soba Noodles - Arctic Char in Thai Coconut Broth with Pineapple and Jicama Salsa - Strawberry Trifle

The Feedback: Interesting food pairings, great cocktails and wine list (a generous list of options for gin and tonic lovers), typical (average) service for a restaurant of this caliber. One of the pricier options for Summerlicious/Winterlicious ($48 dinner), but definitely worth a try!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Did summerlicious, so it was a "value meal", but flavour was lacking, steak was tough. Service and venue was great.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Most amazing fish I've had, was there for summerlicious and ordered the Artic Char. The soup was good also. Overall very good meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful, the food was outstanding. Unfortunately, our service was poor. This is espcially unfortunate when celebrating a special occasion and spending $450 (for 4 people).
The waiter may have forgotten to put our order in as we waited an hour for our entrees to appear. Additionally, he never checked on us once. The manager never checked on us once. The bartender who we spent some time with prior to dinner did check on us. Even when it was clear to both our waiter and the manager that we were unhappy, no one approached, asked, or apologized. This was unprofessional and disappointing. Due to the incredible food quality and what we are hoping was a bad night for the sevice folk, I would be willing to try this restaurant again in the future.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience! Every single one of the staff were sweet, attentive and helpful without being at all 'in your face' and the food was fantastic. It was 'posh' but still comfortable. We were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary and it was a special and memorable evening. We highly recommend it :)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I had the Summerlicious menu with a friend. After the long day we had, we were very satisfied with our food and service and overall ambiance of Nota Bene. It was a relaxing environment and very professional. We were not able to change into fancy clothes, so I'm happy that no one made us feel out of place because of this. It was an inviting and comfortable place to have a great meal. My only complaint is that I felt that the main dish (steak) could have had bigger portions (and slightly more seasoning, or seasoning as an option on the table), given the price of the menu. It was cooked to perfection and juicy delicious though. I will definitely come back some day. Thank you for another wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Very accomodating re: change of reservation (# of people and arrival time) even though it was in the middel of Summerlicious!
Great food and excellent service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Came here for the Summerlicious. Food was very good and reasonable for 3 courses. Loved every bite!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food always surprises me with the most simple ingredients.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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