La Banane

4.8
671 reviews
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French
Beyond the yellow door, guests enter a space where the past and future mingle. Hallmarks of classic bistro style – a long marble bar, white linens and crystal stemware are mixed with contemporary art, bold colour and an eclectic soundtrack of funk, Motown and disco. Chef Brandon Olsen's cuisine features an extensive raw bar and French classics, executed in a modern style. Our wine list is also primarily French, with some Ontario selections.

We look forward to welcoming you to La Banane.
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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really good, however for those prices it was either not enough or not good enough. Other than that the place seemed fine. However, there are cheaper places with similar food and better ambiance. Not worth the money.

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Really enjoyed the oysters and tune. Service was very good.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with attentive staff. Every dish we had was delicious. Definitely recommend the scallops and the albacore tuna. Sea bass presented really well and very refreshing. One note on salted caramel ice cream was it was too salty. Would probably just get the banana cake next time.

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful service, great ambiance, and delicious food.

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A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in a cool place. Vibrant classic French cuisine with a contemporary touch!

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LT
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was super busy but we were well cared for. The food was excellent and the cocktail menu was nice as well. We will definitely go back on ur next visit to Toronto

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i
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an optional shareable menu. Seabass was amazing and I am not a fan of fish. Strongly recommend the Ziggy Stardust chocolate dessert ball. It's over the top excessive but the mere existence of this item at $50 puts this in the "value" category for me.

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DS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, friendly service and gorgeous food in a stunning setting.

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JM
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. We are not as regular as we would like to be...but each visit surprises us the same as the first. Love it from start to finish. Great service, great food, great ambiance. Thanks La Banane... you’ve got the formula right.

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FT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Great food, great service, great ambiance.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to go on a first date. Our servers name was Olivia and she was absolutely charming. I needed help choosing a bottle of chablis for dinner, her knowledge and friendly attitude made it a pleasant experience. 10/10 rating.

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TC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food quality, great ambiance, smaller portions but quality matters! Would definitely return!

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LI
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Worth the short ride out from the centre of Toronto. This predominantly seafood restaurant was perfect for a Friday night - good food, great drinks and chilled but buzzy vibe.

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RB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails, shrimp, banana cake with salted caramel ice cream, great service, stylish set up. All and all a great experience!

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner, the food and drinks were delicious and we had excellent service, looking forward to returning again!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food but small portions for the value of money you spend

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A
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best spots in the city - food, drinks, service, atmosphere was perfect!

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JJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences in a few years. Everything we had was delicious. The foie gras was top cooked to perfection. Lastly the table service was the best I have experienced in a Toronto restaurant. It was attentive without being intrusive. The Scottish Monk cocktail was really good if you like Negronis you will like this.

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and attentiveness.

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DD
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing culinary experience at La Banane. I arrived solo and was promptly greeted and seated at the bar which is a wonderful way to enjoy this restaurant. I started with the oysters and scallops and they were both fantastic. The oysters were super fresh and the scallops with the garlic sauce melted in your mouth and left you wanting more! The foie gras was perfectly prepared and paired well with the suggested ice cider. The sweetbreads had a wonderful creamy texture and was served in a nice sauce. The house cocktails are very well crafted and quite unique. The service was friendly and attentive the whole way through. I will definitely be back soon and I highly recommend!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We returned to La Banane with an out of town guest because we enjoyed ourselves so much on previous visits.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Do the tasting menu if you can’t choose.

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H
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again you have exceeded our expectations! My husband and I took our friend for his Birthday dinner and it was exactly what we had boasted it would be. Fantastic food, served by the most hospitable team in a super switched on setting! Thank you again!

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

While I appreciate the effort required to create the ziggy stardust egg, I felt like I was personally robbed of 50 bucks when I opened it up to find little to nothing of any value or quality inside.

The rest of the menu was very good and reasonably priced for a high end place. It’s just the ziggy stardust egg that left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

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MA
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Beef tartare was the best I have ever had... The French omelette was average. Oysters were solid. Fois gras was good.. service was outstanding and the ambience was nice. I’d venture back.

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O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Food is good except there's too much sauce. Half the dishes are sitting in a pool of sauce. Foie gras completely overpowered by the sauce. Sweetbreads and beef tenderloin swimming in sauce. Strange.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superbe! Wonderful vibe, staff, and cocktails! Duck to die for!

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JG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Banane provided exceptional service and delicious food. Thank you for the epic birthday dinner!

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fresh shrimp & scallops are outstanding. Foods are a great taste. Above average than most of the French Cuisines. Worth the price will definitely come again.

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l
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening. A charming and attentive staff, terrific food, lovely atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you

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S
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great, Chic Place with great portions! Olivia really made our night!

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fail to have a fabulous evening out at la banana. Good food, great space and great company makes for a fun evening for sure!

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AA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant and atmosphere. The food is phenomenal.

We order the mini platter which came with 8 oysters, 5 shrimp with cocktail sauce, raw scallops in a divine garlic buttermilk sauce, marinated mussels, and lobster! We also ordered the crowd pleaser, the sea bass. We are so happy that we did! It was in the most delicious beurre blanc. The type of beurre blanc that you wish they made barrels enough to take home and have for the rest of your life. The fish was perfectly cooked and despite all the butter in the sauces, we felt that the freshness of everything else made the meal balanced and our stomach quite satisfied. To finish off the unforgettable dining experience was the banana torte, simply delicious!

We will be back very soon!

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was wonderful! The service was super, the food was amazing, and we had such a great birthday dinner.

Thank you!

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MC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Banane is hands down one of my favourite restaurants in the city. The food is always outstanding, service warm and friendly, the atmosphere is fantastic- perfect for a small group or an intimate, romantic dinner. This is one restaurant that never disappoints.

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely will recommend La Banane, and I will return.
Seating arrangements were varied with pleasurable space for patrons. Great decor.
The menu had a good range to choose from, plus it offered several eating style options from tapas to a full entree. Out meals were served to the perfect temperature.
Good service makes an excellent meal become an excellent experience. Our wait staff were informative, attentive and politely discreet.
It was an expensive meal, but well worth it.

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F
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are absolutely great!
A very nice restaurant that I would love to go back again!

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J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great staff were very knowledgeable about each dish and the bartender was a 10

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ZK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent wine, charming staff. Loved La Banane.
Thanks!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was marginal at best. Supposedly a French restaurant. However nothing typically French to speak of being offered. The fried chicken looked like an order from Colonel Sanders and just as unappealingly presented. My filet was nothing but a solid piece of meat swimming in a pool of brown sauce. Nothing we ate was particularly mouth-wateringly good, but rather quite tasteless. The noise level was ridiculously loud as in most restaurants of today. The music was much too loud. The service, however, was excellent, the servers all being charming young people and quite attentive to patrons’ needs. Will not be recommending this restaurant, nor will we be returning. It just seems like the latest new “hot spot” being sheepishly frequented by the trend followers.

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