Nota Bene

4.7
2825 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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 2825 People Are Saying
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GC
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location for dinner before the theatre. More than able to meet our timeline. We've been here before and as the evening goes on the restaurant gets quite noisy, but at 5:00 it was perfectly tranquil!

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BR
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shame it is rumoured to be closing; well worth the visit!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy going there before the ballet. It's nicer than eating at the hotel. We had a great table location, very cozy and quiet. We ordered good wine and the lobster salad which is always good. We had lots of time to enjoy our meal, then we shared the dessert of sticky pudding ;really delicious. Then a good cappuccino and we're already for the ballet.

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J
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time for lunch at Nota Bene. Been several times for dinner.
I have a food allergy & I spoke with Dan Hyam, the Chef de Cuisine, about designing a safe menu which we did. I had a double order of French Fries in olive oil, which Dan makes for me every time i go there. I also had a great salad, bringing my own dressing. As usual, I felt safe & honoured and enjoyed a delicious meal. The service was impeccable, attentive and couldn't have been better. Thank you all once again.
Judith

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DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Opera and friends bday

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were fantastic.

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CB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall always enjoyable. Good value for pre-theatre meal. Service is timely and we appreciate this. Comfortable and good overall ambiance make it a popular place.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a perfect restaurant to introduce world-traveller visitors to one of Toronto's fine restaurants. Service was excellent and menu was varied and all dishes were delicious and appreciated. The wine list was excellent. One of the guests was in a wheelchair, and staff were excellent in bringing him to our table.
My only problem was with the front desk support. I had asked that my credit card be used to pay for a set amount of the bill, before my guests arrived. The receptionist indicated she would inform the waiter - this was not done and it was very embarrassing when the bill came. Also, my coat was hung up, and when it came time to leave, there was no one to get it for me. Being under 5' I could not reach it and finally got it down. Two unpleasant experiences that coloured my experience.

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RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good, and the Gin and Tonic menu from the bar is amongst the best in the city. However this place is starting to show its age in relation to value. There are similarly priced restaurants in the city with superior food selections and restaurants with similar food priced considerably lower. Its simply a value equation. Over priced relative to what it is by about 20%. Service is always exceptional though.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Pity they are apparently turning into a Planta offshoot. Get there while they still serve meat and fish.

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T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right off, service was excellent. Very sweet waitstaff who really gets people. He recommended fabulous dishes, despite our many dietary restrictions. Hamachi Ceviche? Magic! Cavetelli Pugliesi? Yes, please! Burrata Puglliese? Oh yum. Night out with a friend was perfect...now I think I am due for a date night with my man...perfect excuse to go back.

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HM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable outing. I highly recommend for all occasions.

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J
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always outstanding but the most important compliment I can give is the incredible attention to detail of Chef de Cuisine Dan Hyam. I have a fatal food allergy. Dan & I talk before I visit to plan a safe and delicious menu. He even makes special food for me as a treat as the last 2 visits have been for my birthday and he was so accommodating. Alex our server is also top of his game. Knows in advance what I'm eating, repeats it so there's no misunderstanding, and serves with flair. I love to eat here. I love the safety I feel. Thank you to all for such a wonderful meal and environment.
Judith

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazingly delicious dishes, creatively made. A lil on the pricey side though.

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food , exciting menu and excellent service make this a great choice had local sourced seafood and some amazing pasta

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was honestly so good. For sure the best ribeye in toronto! I was really pleasantly surprised. We had a huge feast, crispy duck salad, rabbit pappardelle and ribeye- everything was perfect!!

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful modern restaurant. Elegant plating and a nice spin on some really neat ingredients. The crispy duck salad my possibly be one of the best put together dishes I’ve had in a long time. It’s definitely worth a try if dining In Toronto

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Stylish, modern restaurant with a fresh take on locally sourced ingredients. If the crispy duck salad is in the menu it’s a must order. One of the best dishes I’ve eaten all year. Another is Crispy pig cheek, need I say more. Worth a try.

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SK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and so was the food. Most important is that noise level was normal and not noisy

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M
Toronto
70 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nota Bene has consistently been one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The service is impeccable. The food is beautifully presented and incredibly tasty, and the cocktails are truly creative. We had the August Tasting menu along with the recommended wine pairings. Loved every course!

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing!

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SL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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BG
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TD
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Summerlicious

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JT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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SA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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CZ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great night, great food!

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AC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Toronto
180 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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