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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DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Totally the go to restaurant, the food is different and location is absolutely on point!

AR
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great (I had the cod, which was excellent), nice spot for an after-work dinner and drinks. It was kinda cold inside when I was there, but its a good restaurant nevertheless.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuca fries were great. The full gaucho is great meal

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were amazing. Our server was friendly and courteous but it took a while to get our food and the bill...might need to consider hiring more servers especially on Friday nights

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world! One of my favourite restaurants in TO! Yum Yum Yum.
Highly recommend!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Aside from noise level including background music we enjoyed our meal. Service was great. Food was very good and an interesting menu-with options for the lighter eater, and vegetarian. Setting is fantastic.

WD
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening- fantastic spot

DN
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good, also my friend who has some dietary restrictions was accommodated well once allergies identified. Service was very fast and friendly. Overall excellent experience - recommend!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I put notes that it is my friend’s b-day and no one even asked if we wanted to offer her cake. Disappointing!

BA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great cocktails, delicious food! Would highly recommend.

JP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was just average, nothing stood out.

No specials or bread offered.

CHORIZO OMELETTE states potato tortilla but it came with chunks of potato on top instead.
Salmon was good.

Cappuccinos were lukewarm.

A
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing. It is definitely on the $$$ side for brunch but worth it. The one thing that I would mention is our first server was fantastic but it seems she may have gone on break and we were given another male server for the last 30 minutes who was a bit more dismissive with our requests. Aside from that the experience was really good and will definitely be back!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service and a hidden gem!

MV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Innovative and refreshing dishes, great for a lazy weekend lunch. Visually appealing, retro style decor, nostalgic location and great ambiance. Friendly staff.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

It was set menu on which was fine but the food was awful. On top of that they charge you $6 for bad table bread!

SMH

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had visitors to Toronto and wanted to take them somewhere a bit different, and this was a great choice. Shishito peppers - yuca fries - spare ribs - tagliatelle - grilled octopus - churros with chocolate sauce - mango sorbet - it was all outstanding and perfectly cooked. We had a gluten intolerant diner with us and the waiter was well informed and relaxed, but vigilant about it, and happily lots of dishes at Lena are naturally gluten free, so this diner had an excellent choice for once. The dining room is really well designed for lighting, comfort and conversation. We’ll definitely be back.

EB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing it’s one of my favourite places to eat on the city

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out

GD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good experience and an enjoyable evening with gourmet food

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give more points for food and service I would.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Lena is easily the most beautiful restaurant I’ve been to in Toronto. The high ceilings, the Art Deco details, the amazing centre column, the big windows and the colour scheme are all perfect. The attention to detail, with the wonderful wallpaper repeated in the menu’s front by pages and the urns sporting fabulous and strange “trees”, makes a few hours here feel... frankly, not enough time.

The food? Meh. The cheese biscuits are amazing and my friend liked her tagliatelle. My brisket burger was greasy and dull and the fries were chunk potatoes, also dry and not all attractive. My tea was not hot enough to steep so I asked for a new pot. Same problem. Really? Boiling water should be pretty basic.

The service was friendly but inattentive. My friend asked the waiter to come closer and speak up, as she couldn’t hear him at all. He did neither. He missed part of her order, which she had said but also pointed at in the menu, and when she asked about it he didn’t apologize, just told she had not ordered it. When we protested, he shrugged and said, “Do you want it now?” We asked for the bill three times before it arrived.

All in all, I’d return for the ambience and atmosphere but would definitely eat minimally.

FS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I think this restaurant is confused about what it is. With a name like Leña you would expect to have a South American or Spanish cuisine. This was nonexistent. Apparently they only serve ceviche on weekdays, Wednesday to Friday. This was very disappointing. There’s nothing exciting or inventive on the menu, it’s the same food you can find anywhere. I will caution you that the mark-up on the wine is 400%! We ordered a bottle of wine that is $15 at the LCBO and they were charging $62. as a note, industry standard is 250 to 300%. As for service, when we arrived, the restaurant had a ton of empty tables. We were 20 minutes early, before our early evening reservation (5:45) and they insisted that we sit at the bar until “our table was ready”. In addition, the server at the bar was nothing but rude. I would suggest that you stay away since there are plenty of restaurants with better service and better food in the neighborhood.

SM
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. Food never disappoints. We did the buck a shuck. Great oysters with a fantastic bottle of a white Penedas wine. Amazing Argentinian style empanadas with chimichurri sauce. We also loved the grilled calamari, which was cooked to perfection. The calamari melted in my mouth. Grilled mushrooms on a skewer was also perfectly cooked. The yuca fries is a must and goes well with anything off the menu. We ordered the steak frites to share, which was sliced so that it can be shared. Steak was juicy and flavourful without overpowering seasoning. The only disappointment were the shishito peppers which were very spicy. Normally, shishito peppers are not hot. The service was adequate. Noise level tolerable. Beautiful decor and I never tire of the exquisite Art Deco bar. Overall, highly recommend this restaurant!!!!

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our server, Shawn, was excellent!

GP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & excellent service. Choc mousse cake was to die for!

EB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wonderfully knowledgeable staff. Food was delicious and very well priced, upstairs eating area is cosy, great for anything from romantic dinner to group dinner. Lena is my favourite place to eat in the city

BD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was my second visit to Leña. My first visit we sat by the windows and enjoyed the ambience of the high ceilings and large widows. On this visit we were seated in the low ceiling much darker dining room directly outside the entrance to the kitchen. I didn't know this room existed. If I was in this room on my first visit and would never have returned. I now know with future reservations it's important to specify where I'd like to sit.

MM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were seated in the upstairs room which I didn't know existed - had assumed we would be in the airy street level space. We did not enjoy the upstairs - deafeningly noisy and our table was right in front of the 2 kitchen doors that open into the dining space so at least one guest is staring into the kitchen with servers constantly going back and forth on either side of the table. We asked to be moved and this was done with bad grace. However the food was delicious and our waiter was pleasant. A request for bread was met with mild constenation and took at least 10 minutes to arrive, otherwise the service was decent. I like Lena downstairs but would not venture to the upper dining room again.

BW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

A busy day with the Holiday staff parties. We’d reserved for the front area but we’re situated beside the kitchen. Food was good. Service was outstanding. Noise was horrendous.

SU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my second visit to Leña. Everything that I ordered both visits was delicious. The main floor is exceptionally beautiful but I find it very noisy. The second level is also beautifully decorated and is much quieter, but there are no windows.

Leña is on my list of restaurants that I will return to time and again.

KG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter was blah, stuck in back upper floor by the kitchen yuk, variety of appies to share limited. I would recommend for the main area or lower lever to friends not where we were. Good Cab Sav I had though. Otherwise not worth the money.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and our server was super attentive. All in all, a really great experience. Will definitely be back.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noise level - energetic and a bit too loud (couldn't hear the person sitting next to me.
Food was delicious, but I didn't enjoy peeling my garlic shrimp at the table with my hands in front of both my bosses (not to mention I had a paper cut on my thumb and it stung while peeling). Lost appetite halfway through. Had I known, I would have ordered something else.
Overall it was pleasant, and I would go back.

BY
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything is so good. Thank you.

PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience4

Food was ordered to waiter. Time passed; started to see other tables getting their food before us. Asked waiter why the delay. Saw him call his boss.. he came and said that appetizer was just coming, then he asked what were our main orders.... looks like something went wrong with their system... manager said our main meals would come “right after”... not so... in all we waited an hour for our food (lunchtime)... waiter should have been on top of delay... manager treated us to a free meal.

Also, ordered maracuya juice... it is the furthest from what I know auch juice is

MV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Very much an O&B quality and influenced restaurant - we had the grilled octopus and roast cod and they were both delicious!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

That was my 2nd time in Lena. Would definitely try this again kn Winterlicious.

LS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there for our company work dinner before going to a show. The food was fantastic. The service was slow. We were placed next to the kitchen which was a little frustrating. It felt like we were forgotten about by our server quite often. When he was at the table he was great but there was times we didn’t see him for more than 20 minutes

TJ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, great service with smiles and amazing memories, I completely loved the indoor design and the way me and my friends were treated.

CC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fabulous food and drinks!! It was a busy night - "Energetic sound"!!

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