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180 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada (China Town)
416-977-6400
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Ranked #340 of 6,729 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $282
Hours:
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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English first
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We went there before the opera. The location is great, as it is half a block across the street from the Four Seasons Performing Centre. I love their Gin fanfare menu and their cocktail list. I had their pre-theatre menu and it is excellent. It is a bit light in "volume" but I am OK. The lobster lemon grass soup... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

We also went before the opera and there were some qualities about Nota Bene which made it stand out, the prosecco was good and icy cold, the waiter was attentive. Both of us thought the appetizers were excellent, ceviche for me and tuna for my wife. I chose the stilton burger for main as I had heard it was a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The food might have been good, but i don't really remember, considering how upset i was with the service. I was celebrating a birthday with a party of 10. Every single one of the servers who were taking care of us were very cold, and very condescending. I think its important to note that 1. I'm a server myself 2.... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were taken to this restaurant for a business get together before the opera. We got there early and had a few drinks. My husband and I had not been there before and so based our picks solely on the servers recommendations. We had the mozzarella di bufala as an appetizer which was alright but we agreed that all the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Montreal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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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Additional Information about Nota Bene

Address: 180 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3, Canada
Phone Number: 416-977-6400
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > China Town
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 24 - 282
Cuisine: American, Continental, Contemporary

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