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Nota Bene

#128 of 6,792 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Queen Street and West Queen West
Canadian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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180 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada (University)
+1 416-977-6400
11:30 - 21:30
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Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We suggest Nota Bene to friends because we often pop in before the ballet for a prix fixe. But be warned, of how expensive this restaurant is. Because the lobster appetizer is $29 , we split it. Usually I order it but I must admit Last night, I found it slightly disappointing this time, the buttermilk dressing was slightly off... More 

Thank unhappytraveller123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the truffled pasta dish and the date pudding dessert, both very good. The french speaking waitress was kind and efficient and gave me good advice. The bill was not cheap but not outrageous. I will go back there when next in Toronto.

Thank Vincent G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there for winterlicious and food was ok and we just order normal water. At the end I was charged for 5 glasses of water!! During the service, the waiter just keep on top up my glass even it was not full. When I asked about the charge, he said that if I order chicken I should pay for... More 

Thank sunshinelpc
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Pleasant service, some good food, but more misses than hits so to speak. Sashimi starter was bland, calestri bolognese was flavourful and fabulous, clementine sorbet was underwhelming. I tried one cocktail (which wasn't great), and one recommended wine (a great local Ontario wine). The downstairs view onto the seedy end of queen street isn't exactly desirable. The service is pleasant... More 

Thank irishabroad2015
Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were a large group and seated in the centre of the restaurant, which is very open plan. Noise carries. As the evening wore on I was almost shouting to be heard by the person across the table, and had trouble hearing anything they said back. I was facing the kitchen which is of the style where you can watch... More 

Thank Trakette
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The restaurant is very nice. I would recommend the upper floor for dining, perhaps by the kitchen. Tuna tartare was very nice, loved the scotch bonnet sauce served with. The pasta with truffle was delicious. The ragu with rabbit very nice. The 40 dollar bottle of white wine was crisp and very good. They have an extensive wine list .... More 

Thank GoOutInstead
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

My wife and I recently had dinner at Note Bene with another couple during Winterlicious. It was the first time any of us had eaten there and given its reputation, we had high hopes. Dinner was good and service was attentive and professional. 3 thumbs up for the Salmon Tartare appetizer. The Quebec Venison Foie Gras Terrine was very good.... More 

Thank Eric22754
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

First time I went I really enjoyed it but largely due to atmosphere. Have been back a few times because it is convenient to my office. Food is good. But for prices I would expect great. Also went with a friend one day after work and ordered a martini. Can't recall exact price but it was over $20. Having said... More 

Thank Ryleegirl1022
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I visited Nota Bene in January 2017 and participated in the Winterlicious menu. Unfortunately, I found the food and restaurant quite uninspired. For an establishment that claims to be a great restaurant (our waiter greeted us with this statement) the ambiance is boring. There is no artwork, only tumbleweed haphazardly hanging from the ceiling. Our table did not have a... More 

Thank Adrian A
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Last night we celebrated our wedding dinner at Nota Bene. The service level is among the best we have had anywhere. All of the wait staff as well as the sommelier were extremely knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. Food was excellent.

Thank Liz B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$71
Canadian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada
  • Public Transportation: Subway: Osgoode Station Street Car: Queen West Street Car
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Neighbourhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-6400
Nota Bene was named Canada's best new restaurant by Toronto Life & Air Canada's EnRoute magazine and was voted as one of Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants by Where Magazine. Located at 180 Queen Street West, Nota Bene bridges the Toronto business district with funky Queen West; steps away from the Theatre district and the Four Seasons Centre For The Preforming Arts.
Open Lunch and dinner, the menu features fresh, seasonal cuisine executed by Chef David Lee and delivered in a professional and yet casual atmosphere designed by Tom Payne of KPMB.

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Queen Street and West Queen West
Known as the Art & Design District, West Queen West is one of the most energetic and dynamic of Toronto's neighborhoods. Along with its great modernist museums, clubs, and restaurants, it's home to some of the funkiest specialty shops, ranging from clothing to stationary to collectables, and caters to niche and vintage shoppers of all kinds. That makes it a mecca for creatives, including hobbyists designers, writers, and painters. With ink on their hands and fabric pelts in their bags, visitors to Queen Street traverse the avant-garde blend of historic architecture and ultra-contemporary fare. Home to some of Toronto's chicest hotels and most modish java fixes, busy with street cars, and always suffused with live music drifting onto packed patios at bars and clubs by nightfall, the vibrancy of West Queen West is undeniable.
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