Nota Bene

4.2
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2844 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American

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About

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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2844 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CR
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on October 27, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

⚠️IT was excellent; but, I thought it closed last year.❓😥

TC
Toronto
1 review
Reviewed on October 20, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

an excellent choice for this areas fine dining experience

TH
Toronto
291 reviews
Reviewed on October 10, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Authentic food, great service and beautiful decor in an open concept setting.
Very chic and modern.

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Reviewed on September 27, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Good food. See & be seen people watching type of place. a little pricey & pretentious.

DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Reviewed on July 11, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

This was one of the best meals that I have ever tried. Nota Bene is one of those hidden gems that I highly recommend. We were a table of 7 and every meal was delicious.

PB
Toronto
3 reviews
Reviewed on June 18, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

Pricey but really good. Atmosphere is more formal. Perfect for a family or business occasion

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Food was finished before the wine ever arrived. 200$ is a lot to spend on a bottle of wine, a salad and two pastas.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food,service and location

A
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre-theatre dining. This was amazing value, good service and great food. We arrived late and assumed we would only have time for an appetizer. Our waiter was fantastic and accommodating. We were quickly provided water and a summary of the 3 courses which could be served in our timeframe. Wonderful! Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are just SOOOOOO good looking!

LD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience1

the restaurant was too noisy to carry on a normal conversation

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

One of the ladies had a severe gluten allergy. After carefully going through the menu over with our server we opted to select a few things we could all share, including two mains. When the mains arrived we were told they weren’t gluten free and we were stunned. We mentioned that we would’ve only ordered one of the mains and got a gluten free dish as well if that was the case. No apology was provided but instead they just took away one of the dishes. After speaking to the manager he said the dish was in fact gluten free. We were appalled. No further apology was given just the bill, as is.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am very sad to hear it’s closing - I will miss it

A
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to hear Nota Bene will be closing at year's end. The 36oz ribsteak is definitely worth going for one last time. Delicious!

R
Naples
36 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience all around.

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible as always, servers make great recommendations~

M
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nota Bene has consistently been one of our favorite restaurants in Toronto sine it opened a decade ago, and we are all sorry to see it close - and yes, we know it’s rebranding into a plant-based restaurant. The service is amazingly polished, and they even have my wife’s favorite drink recipe on file. It’s obvious that many people love this restaurant because it was packed with what seemed to be regulars who are trying to get in a last meal before it closes. They’ve even nostalgically brought back some of their old favorites on the menu.

GC
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

BR
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

J
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Opera and friends bday

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were fantastic.

CB
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

T
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

HM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!!

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

SK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

w
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m gonna miss this place. Always great food and service.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing!

SL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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