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Cindy La - Lena Restaurante, Toronto, ON

Lena Restaurante

4.6
4.6
1908 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    South American, Argentinean, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 507-3378

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Leña’s private dining rooms and semi-private dining space are ideal for intimate dinners, breakfast meetings and everything in between. Gather around the table for a family-style feast or traditional plated meal, inspired by the vibrant and rich culture of South America.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Cross street

    Richmond Street

  • Parking details

    Underground paid parking available at the Yonge and Shuter Parkade or Nathan Phillips Square Garage at Queen and Bay.

  • Public transit

    Queen Street Subway Station, walk South along Yonge Street<br />King Street Subway Stations, walk North along Yonge Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Offers

  • $2 Oysters

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM,Wed - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    Join us on Tuesdays from 4pm (until we run out!) for $2 oysters, available with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Whether you’re grabbing a seat in the bar, or relaxing in our dining room, we look forward to welcoming you. Note: Maximum 24 oysters per order. Available while supplies last.
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Wed - Sat - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join us for the happiest time of the day! Take a seat in Leña’s Insta-worthy bar, Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm to 6pm for a round of wallet-friendly drinks that go down nice and easy! From $12 cocktails, $10 glasses of select wine or $6.95 feature beers, we’ve got something with your name on it.

Menu

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What 1,908 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DT

    DavidT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing all around! Yucca fries to die for. Mouthwatering steak done to perfection. Lovely staff. Great decor!

  2. PH

    PeterH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lena's provides outstanding food and service in a very attractive space.

  3. MI

    MeganI

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Overall good experience. Good friend and I met up for a cocktail and apps after work, we only ordered a few small plates and a cocktail each, but it didn’t seem as though we had a server. We had about 5 different people check in on us multiple times. We had at least 3 people ask about our drinks and 5 ask about our food. Although it was sweet, it was overkill. Better off having just one server stick to the table as it can get confusing.

  4. DH

    DianneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere and the food was beautifully presented with equal flavour! Our server was exceptional, his timing made our evening perfect.

  5. SM

    SeanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great spot for 4 friends to catch up. Central downtown location and beautiful Art Deco design gives this a New York feeling. We had a great time.

  6. A

    Anna

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a great evening spent at Lena: the staff is attentive, delicious dishes and ambiance is great. Decor is very nice and noise level was appropriate for carrying a conversation without raising voice. The only minor nuance was a wobbly table, but overall the experience was nice

  7. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great selection of wine.

  8. PK

    PhilippeK

    Toronto

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food and service is attentive. I found the food to be a tad overpriced. The blood sausage was amazing though!

  9. HC

    HenryC

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent starters. May consider having more sharing platter sets.

  10. MM

    MarthaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing as always!! Mother’s day brunch was exquisite, love this restaurant so much

  11. BP

    BijuP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    The first impression was very upsetting. Inspite of having a reservation we were made to wait without being even acknowledged of our presence. Members of the team perhaps may have been busy irrespective felt like leaving. Once we were seated then the rest was okay. As they say first impression is the best impression but Lens Restaurant failed us. Sorry to note this.

  12. BB

    BenoitB

    Montreal

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    First things first: the service. Our waitress Elizabeth was utterly awesome. EXTREMELY dedicated and professional. Made us feel like we were the only diners in the restaurant. Thank you for everything Elizabeth! The decor and ambience were also really nice. My partner - who is Argentinian - was saying that the upstairs seating area reminded her of the family house back in Cordoba! :) Well done here as well! Lastly, the food and drinks...I really wish I could be as dithyrambic as for the rest but alas, it was a bit of hit and miss: - cocktails were delicious (Empress for my Beloved and El Diablo for me) - wine was on par - the Gaucho empanadas, shishito peppers and pan de miga were scrumptiuous - the Branzino tartare was delicious The rest was sub-par... - the spicy papa bravas were extremely dry and lacking crunch - the charred shrimps were pretty meh and tasteless. If recall correctly, there were 5 or 6 of them. 28$ is a bit much for such a plate - the escarole and endive salad was very plain. All in all, a more than decent experience thanks to the amazing service, delicious cocktails and some very good food. Will definitely give it another try down the line. PS: no matter how much she earns, give Elizabeth a raise! :)

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    It was a great time our server was in training but we wouldn't have known if we weren't previously told. She new the menu well, was attentive and gave great suggestions!

  14. AB

    AmandaB

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    I expected more for the price.Service was good when waiter paid attention to us…

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    To be quite honest the food is terrible. The ambience is nice and service is good.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of best meals I have ever eaten. Amazing

  17. SN

    SusanN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was great. Servers were amazing and so professional. We sat in an alcove upstairs. Very sweet.

  18. AP

    AlmendraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for making my husband'a birthday extra special !

  19. m

    menuseeker

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Overall a lovely experience. The monkfish with rice was uninspiring.

  20. AB

    AnastasiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is excellent. I recommend ordering multiple dishes for sharing so you get try different things.

  21. RM

    RachelM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A delicious lunch with excellent service. Would recommend.

  22. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent. Beef was cooked to perfection, and the cheesecake was superb. Great service, with good wine recommendations. Noise in main restaurant is a bit much, but the upstairs dining room was great. Will return.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Decore and ambiance was excellent. The food was only ok, especially considering the price. We paid over $200 for our meal (no wine) and the food was second rate. We had the steak, which was well prepared but somewhat tasteless, and two fish dishes. Both fish courses were unwhelming in taste and texture. I think it was the quality of the fish - being from the East Coast, I should know better than to order fish in a Toronto restaurant. Either way, the food wasn't worth the price for sure.

  24. S

    Stephanie

    Edmonton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3

    Our server was fantastic and the drinks were nice! The food however, was highly overpriced for the quality and taste.

  25. T

    Tavs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Amazing aesthetic and great food! Friendly waiters! Yes, will go again!

  26. E

    Eater

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Nice mix of food from South America. The monkfish was excellent and servings are deceivingly filling.

  27. s

    scms93

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5

    My coworker and I went to Lena for the first time for an after-work dinner/late birthday celebration for her. The atmosphere, service and food were excellent. However, while bringing her spaghetti meal over to her, the busboy accidentally splattered spaghetti sauce on her white blouse. He was incredibly apologetic and even gave her a Tide pen he had on hand and told her to keep it but we were disappointed that the restaurant didn't comp even part of our bill (even a single drink would have been appreciated) taking into account the incident. Overall, a great experience that could have been even better if this one incident had been more thoughtfully addressed.

  28. U

    Ulviya

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Haven't been here in a while - food is usually exquisite but today was a bit disappointing. Appetizers and desserts were excellent, but all our main courses were a let-down (3 steaks all chewy and weird cut of beef - were pretty inedible); chicken was dry.

  29. s

    scottl

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    nice decor, great eye candy if you are into design. If it was full the noise might be difficult for those with hearing issues. Eaten there a number of times and will go back

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Ordered the burger. It came very underdone. Medium is acceptable but this one was medium rare. If I had known they cook it like that I would have ordered it cooked to medium. They were kind enough to offer me something else but In the end the comped the half eaten burger. The calde verde soup was excellent. Creamy and spiced perfectly. The shrimp rice was good, not great. Shrimp were tasty but the rice floated in a broth… it was too soupy. The atmosphere was great and the decor is charming. Service was excellent. Parking was a nightmare but given where it is it wasn’t surprising.

  31. G

    Grissel

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an excellent evening at Lena, everything from the food, the ambience and the quality of service was excellent. Our server Kevin was very knowledgeable and helped us with our food and drink selections on the menu. The courses were timed perfectly at perfect temperatures. I ordered the Branzino tartare and Potatoes for the table and the Octopus for my main. Every time I bring friends to this restaurant, we leave impressed with the food and kind staff. It makes a huge difference when people serving are kind, considerate and thoughtful. Thank you Lena, I will be back hopefully soon! Our group loved and appreciated the restaurant!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service!

  33. SL

    SarahL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great, the food was delicious. I brought a friend for the first time and he was impressed. Eating at Lena is consistently a lovely experience.

  34. N

    News

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice atmosphere and good food/service. Good music too

  35. GC

    GCTO

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, it is very delicious

  36. MC

    MackenzieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was absolutely delicious. Drinks are tasty and have a lot of variety. Our server Kristin (sp?) was friendly, fun, and had great drink recommendations. Looking forward to coming back soon!

  37. RL

    RobertL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We are from BC and in Toronto for one night and we were delighted with our meal at Leña. The surprise was the BC clams were better than anything we’ve had in BC. The branzino tartar was outstanding.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service impeccable as always. Amazing experience!

  39. JS

    JohnS

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1

    Food: very good. Service: very good. Table: brutal.

  40. M

    Meag

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great dining experience. Lovely atmosphere and accommodating service. The food was exceptional.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lena Restaurante using the Order Online button.

Lena Restaurante is rated 4.6 stars by 1908 OpenTable diners.

Lena Restaurante does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for Lena Restaurante

176 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M5C 2L7

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Richmond Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    South American, Argentinean, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Underground paid parking available at the Yonge and Shuter Parkade or Nathan Phillips Square Garage at Queen and Bay.

  • Public transit

    Queen Street Subway Station, walk South along Yonge StreetKing Street Subway Stations, walk North along Yonge Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 507-3378

  • Private party facilities

    Leña’s private dining rooms and semi-private dining space are ideal for intimate dinners, breakfast meetings and everything in between. Gather around the table for a family-style feast or traditional plated meal, inspired by the vibrant and rich culture of South America.

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