Lena Restaurante

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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South American
Chef Anthony Walsh is the driving force behind Leña, a stylish homage to South American cuisine, with unique Spanish and Italian influences. Named after Chef Walsh’s mother-in-law, Elena, from whom he draws a wealth of culinary inspiration, Leña spans three floors at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store at Yonge & Richmond.
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p
Toronto
109 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Interesting South American tapas menue. Prompt service. Good wine choices. Saturday night is DJ night, pleasant choice but unfortunately a bit loud for conversation...

u
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the server Camilla was amazing. Location was great!! Very clean. Highly recommend!!

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and ambience

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The overall experience was great. We had the empanadas, calamari and fried yucca as appetizers. All were great except the Aloi which tasted of only mayonnaise. I had the cod which was good but lukewarm. The food was good but not fantastic. I'll have to try it again.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch/breakfast ok lunch. However the service and ambiance are great.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great waiters

DL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cesar salad needs improvement. Everything else was good

HD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ate a fairly pricey burger that was pink in the middle. Didn't like that. Overall, i felt the food wasn't worth the price. Everything else was great!

HS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food, the prices are very reasonable, higly recommended .

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great bar, restaurant pedestrian

BA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice. Only complaint was that the options for gluten free entrees were very limited.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was not of our expectation and very expensive for what we received. Service was also poor as we were seated on the higher level and close to the end.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was poor.... our server has 4 tables to attend to but yet he rarely comes by and we had to ask for his presence to get our orders taken, ask for the bill etc... we waited for a long time to get our jackets so finally I had to get our jackets on our own.

l
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. We found the share plates small, especially the $24 ham which was barely enough to share.

Waitress was excellent.

Dinner was good. But VERY SLOW

We felt bad for her because our food took an extremely long time to come out.

The table that came in after us got their food before us and we’re almost done by the time we got ours. We ordered before them.

We couldn’t have desert because we had to leave to go to an 8pm show. We got there at 5.

Overall, it was good and I would be willing to give it another chance.

NV
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is fairly small but the choices are interesting and a bit different. It was a Friday night so the main floor was rather energetic, but we were upstairs where it is more intimate. The waiter was attentive and very helpful with our choices. It is not inexpensive, but we felt we had good value for the $$$.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice. Main dining room kind of pillar-obstructed and back of house sounds are not far. Look forward to trying the lower level bar sometime. Looks swank.

E
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaLa Bar on lower lever has great drinks, table service in upper levels was very nice, wine list has great choices and a fun innovative menue. Will be back.

S
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoked salmon ceviche was truly delicious. The service was impeccable; the server did an excellent job helping us navigate the menu and extensive drink list to ensure that we got the most out of our experience. Would highly recommend and will definitely return.

GS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic - super attentive and fun. Who doesn't love $1 oysters!

AK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Arrived for a business lunch and was taken to the dining area. 20 minutes after our lunch was supposed to start, I finally reach out to my guest to confirm the restaurant's location. Turns out that she had been seated in another part of the restaurant and had been waiting for me to arrive. We offered the equivalent of $5 off our meal to compensate for losing a significant portion of our time.

Food was uninspiring - chicken avocado sandwich was plain and tiny for the price.

Overall very disappointing. Will not return.

FM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, well thought out flavours. It was really loud, even in the dining area. Otherwise it was a wonderful time!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service! The only downside is noise level.. it's hard to have an intimate conversation with your table.

m
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible anniversary night. Service gave us the utmost VIP attention, and even gave us some personalized items for our celebration. Although the half price bottles are limited, the selection is good. The venue is a beautiful spot in the middle of downtown, and I would be very interested in their basement bar sometime in the future. The food was hearty, flavourful, rustic yet with a touch of refinement. I sometimes am hesitant about restaurants that are owned by a larger entity (O&B in this case), but I feel like that the heart of this place sings through, and certainly is one of the better spots I've visited in Toronto. Thank you!

Y
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointing! Our second time at Lena....likely won’t return. Drinks were tiny & food was average at best.

B
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Got off to a rocky start, had a reservation and the hostess had no table assigned to me. I know that reserve signs were placed on other tables because I saw her bring one back after seating the people ahead of me. Yes I came alone but should be treated the same as anyone else who reserved. Another hostess came to the front and immediately was friendly and helpful and gave a very nice table. The rest of the service and food was great!

TW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First visit to Leña and not our last. Service was prompt and initially felt a bit rushed but settled out overall. Food is imaginative and very good. Portions for our mains were excellent (I.e. we didn't leave hungry) Nice to see the option for shareable starters and appetizers vs. Just appetizers and mains. Down side was that these were in my opinion overpriced. Wine list is not huge but provides a good range of wines for every palate and budget.

DM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, good small portion sizes. Noise level is a bit high. Got seated at bar level instead of the quieter basement restaurant level for dinner. Make sure to ask to go to the lower floor if you're looking for an enjoyable meal conversation. Not enough waiters working for the crowd. The entrees are overpriced for the small portions.

TG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always enjoy eating at Lena. The me u is creative and the food is always delicious. This was my first time dining for dinner. Previously I have eaten brunch. I highly recommend this restaurant. I love the ambience too.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. The service was very good - knowledgeable, experienced, although when it got too busy, we didn't see the servers for a while and had empty dishes sitting in front of us for what appeared to be an unacceptably long time.

J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very tasty. We both had the steak frites and were very impressed with the quality. The service was outstanding. The only downside was that we found the wine prices a bit over the top.

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. The ceviches are amazing!

SL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a delicious in particular I loved the spaghetti with burrata and olives! Very friendly, well informed, seamless service.

M
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordered the mushrooms on skewers and the sea bass - they were okay. The tagliatelle with shrimp was a disappointment though - it was bland and dry. We ate the food and it was just okay - nothing to rave about. Saving grace was the excellent service and friendly staff!

A
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a nice dinner before the theatre. The octopus was excellent

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Better Churros than Madrid :)

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nothing special. Overpriced for the quality of the food which is fine but not spectacular. Sea food pasta too salty.
Burned cheesecake wa great.

J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was attentive and sincere. Food was delicious as always. We decided to eat Tapas style and it was the perfect pace & amount of food. Thank you for a wonderful time!

DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the fantastic drinks, friendly staff to the incredible food and decor. We will definitely be back!

SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Amazing time. Outstanding service

AP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. I have a severe garlic allergy and they were able to accommodate almost any dish. Love a restaurant that can cook well without having to use garlic like so many restaurants who feel they have to put it in everything. Kevin our waiter was amazing and precise. He is definitely in the right job.

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