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Lena Restaurante

4.5
4.5
1932 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 28 times today

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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 - Fri - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Sat - 4:00 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.

What 1,932 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. D

    Dinefrom519

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Executive Summary: this was excellent! Details: food was fabulous, drinks were great, service and ambiance were wonderful!! Result: would definitely recommend and will go back!

  2. TI

    TaniaI

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food The rice dish was over cooked And we did find it it pricey for the value. But the food was great, professional We have a lovely time.

  3. G

    Gustavo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I enjoyed a nice dinner with my family. My recommendation for next events, you should offer a piece of cake with a little candel if we are celebrating a birthday. Thanks!

  4. RM

    RoseM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience5

    Absolute worst service. Had reservations for 4ppl and after 2 hours of waiting at the table we received our appetizers. Our waitress was clueless on what was happening and we witnessed a table of 12 be seated, apps, entrees and finishing dessert - and we were still waiting for our apps (which one was bread and dip, does not take two hours to cut a loaf) The place is gorgeous and the employees behind the bar were great, however they dinning room service was so low. Extremely disappointed.

  5. J

    Jonas

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Overpriced small dishes, not so good service, took half an hour to bring only one desert.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    It was great! Great service and great food.

  7. WB

    WendyB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal and great service. Would come back.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    I love Lena and I was so pleased to see it survived the shutdowns. My only complaint would be, for whatever reason, my sister in law and I were sitter at the table closest to the kitchen. We had a reso and passed SEVERAL empty tables and yet we’re seated at the absolute worse table. While the food was lovely and the service was great, this absolutely terrible sitting for no evident reason would make me hesitate booking again.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Grest food, great location, service somewhat confused at times

  10. AV

    AlysonV

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue with both private and more ooen seating options. Close to theatres and Dundas Sq.

  11. KB

    KateB

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last night we went here for my daughter’s birthday. We were very happy with our experience. When the appetizer arrived late, the manager was very apologetic and said it was on the house. We ordered the piri piri octupus, veal, and monkfish, and they were all delicious. The birthday dessert plate, which came with the churros and cheesecake, had an amazing presentation.

  12. r

    ramengurll

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stopped in for the first time for lunch! Our server was a delight- plus very knowledgeable about their menu &amp; had plenty of recommendations for us to try. Lena’s cocktails are on point &amp; will definitely visit again for dinner next time we’re back in Toronto.

  13. LP

    LukasPotres

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Ordered an appetizer and tasted over condiment , ordered steak and was not cooked properly , the first few bites taste awful, overall was not the greatest experience.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s a nice place with beautiful decor and interesting menu. Food tasted really good.

  15. AC

    AngelaC

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yummy food, served in a beautiful room, buy friendly wait staff made for - yet another - memorable evening. Always a pleasure !

  16. KR

    KathrynR

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner (or any meal) at Lena’s is always perfection and I’m always excited to introduce someone new to their exquisite menu and extraordinary team and service! So great to be back

  17. RG

    RobynG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Beautiful restaurant, terrific service. The food was delicious, highly recommend.

  18. EQ

    ElisabethQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very very good tartare. I would recommand to my friends

  19. DF

    DezsoF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    If you want people to write a review, stop making them waste their time by writing this. I deducted points just for this review being cumbersome. The lunch menu was not impressive and the seating was uncomfortable

  20. AW

    AbelW

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We had a dozen oysters, bread basket and yucca fries to start. While yucca fries and bread was really good, the oysters were really small and had not been shucked to our liking. Our cocktails though were fantastic, I have been here before and tried some other drinks and noticed they were always just great both in presentation and flavours available. For our entrees, I had the Beef Rib, we also ordered the Chicken and Trout mains. We all enjoyed the food. For dessert, we ordered the pineapple...this was quite a huge let down. We were under the assumption the dessert was going to be more that what it was. Pineapple cut into large cubes (supposed to have mint and rum?) We could not tell. I have ordered a cheesecake in the past which was really good. I would go back, but would ask a few more questions before ordering dessert!

  21. G

    Great

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Our service wasn’t great but we found out it was our waiter’s first day, so we gave him a pass. The menu was small enough to show that everything was specialized and home made. The bread, at $9 for four thick slices, was delicious despite being expensive. The oysters were just okay; they weren’t very ‘meaty’ and a few were so thin, they fell apart when trying to disengage them from the shell. We all ordered the veal for our mains. A large veal cutlet was topped with a poached duck egg and anchovies. It was an interesting combination and quite delicious if your tastes run in that direction. The decor is beautiful and there are lots of windows. Our second visit there, and we will return.

  22. M

    Midge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This was my first time at Lena. It is beautifully decorated and the service is outstanding. The food was delicious!

  23. MM

    MichaelM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Overall, the service and attention to detail was exceptional. From the server to the gentleman that brought the food to the table (he was great). To the manager that stepped in when several tables arrived all at the same time.

  24. DT

    DavidT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  25. PH

    PeterH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  26. MI

    MeganI

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    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.

  27. DH

    DianneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  28. SM

    SeanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.

  29. 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

  30. IH

    IanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great selection of wine.

  31. PK

    PhilippeK

    Toronto

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 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!

  32. HC

    HenryC

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent starters. May consider having more sharing platter sets.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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! :)

  36. 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!

  37. 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…

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

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

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Lena Restaurante is rated 4.5 stars by 1932 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Booked 28 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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