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Nota Bene

180 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada (China Town)
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Ranked #255 of 6,661 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $282
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Continental, Contemporary
Neighborhood: China Town
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University
Transit: Subway: Osgoode Station Street Car: Queen West Street Car
Description: 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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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We dined during the week at 7 PM. This meant Nota was lively when we arrived with the pre-opera crowd, then quickly quiet and nice about 30 minutes later. It then got busy again again as we were leaving. But the food was consistently great. I had the seared big eye rare tuna and my wife had the charred wild... More

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Toronto, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I last reviewed this in spring 2013 and have been back a few times since. The quality continues to be superb, the prices I quoted then went up by $3 which is fine. They have roast beef ribs on the menu now which was outstanding and "Mediterranean Sea Bass" (branzino) which is also exceptionally well done. On my last visit,... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We went here while in Toronto for business and it was fabulous.The wine was outstanding and the food was fresh and just a great experience. great place to take clients or for a couple.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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162 reviews 162 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It was delightful dining experience in W Queen Street in Toronto. We were guided to our table - server were just awesome. Started with unique appetizers. Unique Euro-asian antipasti placed elegantly on a wooden board - awesome presentation; assortment of vegetables and fresh mozzarella over a tangy spice sauce (Mozzarella di Bufala), tiny cut pickles, Big Eye Tuna Sashimi, etc.... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

No problem finding a table after the opera. Soon we discovered why. Braised rabbit tasted about as interesting as stew out of a can. Digby scallops and rapini were likewise bland. Shaved onion rings were more like a garnish than a side. The food came quickly, but this was part of the problem. My suspicion (or theory) is that the... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Wonderful food in a classy place with understated elegance. Our experience was enhanced by the impeccable attention paid to us by Alanna Stuart who took the time on a very busy night to ensure our expectations were met, and they were.

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London, ON
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Many have already commented on the fare at this Queen street West establishment but another one cannot hurt. My wife and I enjoyed an early dinner as we had tickets to a major musical in the area. While the restaurant was not full initially, it certainly filled up as the evening progressed. But the key thing is that we were... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

You won't go wrong eating here, whether for lunch or dinner. This is one great restaurant. If your lucky to get a window seat, the view is interesting. The food and wine list are outstanding.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We have eaten at Nota Bene before on previous trips to Toronto, but it has been a couple of years and we were pleased to see that the quality and the service are still excellent. I forced myself to have something other than the crispy duck salad (my favourite) and was delighted with the lobster salad. The chef added avocado,... More

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Buffalo, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our experience at Nota Bene was a study in contrasts. Going to a restaurant of this caliber is all about the overall dining experience from atmosphere and service to food and wine. Four of us went there for dinner on a not very busy Saturday night. We ordered the lobster tacos, two salads and three entres which we shared (pasta,... More

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