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Nota Bene

180 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada (China Town)
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Ranked #281 of 6,627 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $24 - $282
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: China Town
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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72% Recommend
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English first
Buffalo, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went a couple of days ago with family to celebrate a birthday. There were thirteen of us, ranging in age from twelve to eighty, from six different cities, and everyone raved about the dishes he or she ordered, especially the desserts! All of the adults are savvy travellers, and all were impressed by the food and its preparation. We were... More

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Hamilton, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Ate here with a group in Aug 2014. The menu is imaginative, the servings are appropriate and the dishes are well executed. The room and atmosphere is quite nice as well. The only thing I took issue with is the value. The dishes seemed over priced for what they were. For instance, the $38 beef tenderloin was a delicious cut,... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We went here for Summerlicious. The restaurant is conveniently located on Queen street and parking was easy just around the corner. The restaurant is open, airy, and very comfortable. The food and the service was very good. The appetizers were sized very generously. These could have been main courses. There is a $24 burger on the menu and I just... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Both food and service was fantastic. Restaurant was big and crowded and due to bad acoustics, it was a loud murmur.

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Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have been regular diners at Nota Bene so it was no surprise the other night when we had another excellent meal. The surprise was that this was a Summerlicious meal where many restaurants pare back on food quality or quantity in order to offer the special priced prix fixe meal. Not Nota Bene.. Everything on their Summerlicious menu came... More

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I enjoyed a Summerlicious lunch today at this busy restaurant on Queen Street. The food presentation was artistic and colourful. The salmon on lentils was grilled to perfection. The basil ice cream with a twist of lime over watermelon was delish! The staff is pleasant and accommodated our various requests due to food sensitivities and allergies.

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99 reviews 99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had the Summerlicious menu at Nota Bene and was surprised at how good each of the courses were even though we weren't terribly impressed with the menu we first saw it. At the end of the meal, we were completely sold by the excellence of the food, the superb and attentive service by the staff - and not just... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Four went for Summerlicious dinner. A let down. Cocktails were good, but gin and tonic had a slab of cucumber rather than thin slice. Tuna appetizer exceptional. Chowder soup tasty but thought too thick. English Pea ravioli was unexceptional. Nova Scotia swordfish was dry and lacking flavour. A disappointment. Pepper crusted steak was satisfying. Deserts were fine, but cheese selection... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Our waitress was having a bad night and took it out on the six of us, extremely slow and not helpful in anyway . However once we could order the food came out in good time and had great flavor . I thought prices were fair and the ambience was nice. I would recommend this and go again but sit... More

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