Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.07mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.08mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.07mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.08mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Business Meals (6)
See All
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Sort by
S
2755 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. We had 3 appetizers: cheek, duck salad and octopus. Delicious! Then venison (melt in mouth) and black cod, Mango sorbet with coconut tapioca. Really great meal and great service. Plan to return soon for another enjoyable experience! Highly recommended.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Was a blast, would definitely go back to try the rest of the menu. Excellent team!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Staff and food was good

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I've been here many times for the inventive Asian-fusion food and the stellar service. Had a lovely conversation with the sommelier at the end of the meal that will bring me back so that I might continue it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really great experience. Tristan our server was very knowledgeable and extremely nice. Dave tested us to some Canadian whiskey to sample. Food was amazing. Fresh and seasonal, just as advertised. Definitely would go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food mediocre

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value1

 
·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and great service! I would definitely go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fine. Solid good. Swift service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Good dining place in downtown.
Food is good.
The pork cheek is amazing!!!!!!!

Good choice for date!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fantastic service - we split our entrees, and the server had the kitchen course it out like a tasting menu. Delightful staff and top notch food. Awesome experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Would go back, food is great and so is the service, I wish there was less noise

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Typically awesome

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Small and pricey dishes. Great desserts!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value2

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value3

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Phenomenal service and food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value1

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.