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“Can't beat Nota been for pre-theatre supper”
Review of Nota Bene

Nota Bene
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Ranked #108 of 8,506 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $72
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
Cross street: University
Transit: Subway: Osgoode Station Street Car: Queen West Street Car
Description: Nota Bene restaurant is a sophisticated dining establishment created and run by famed Toronto Chef David Lee. Opened in August 2008, the restaurant has garnered much critical acclaim and has been featured on countless “best of” lists including Toronto Life, En Route Magazine, Maclean's and most recently, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
Toronto, Canada
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417 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Can't beat Nota been for pre-theatre supper”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

The National Ballet is performing Sleeping Beauty and when i order the tickets, I also book Nota Bene. Even if it was not a "go-to" for the theatre, the food is so good, it is always booked. And even at 6 on a Saturday, the restaurant is almost entirely booked. We decide on the "pre-theatre menu". You can order either 2 or 3 courses at a reduced rate. Both of us begin with a beautiful mozzarella cheese with Serrano ham, the saltiness of the thinly sliced ham balancing the moistness of the cheese. We might have had the bouillabaisse or organic greens but this cheese is almost like a burrata and we have chosen wisely. My main is a "Hot smoked Irish salmon" which is in deed salmon which has been lightly smoked, not a smoked salmon that is like lux as in lux and cream cheese. It sits on lentils and greens and is done perfectly with a centre that is almost raw. Very tasty. My husband orders the quail that is accompanied by mushrooms and I see him actually pick up the delicate bones in his hands . We have a side of Nota Bene's gorgeous frites that are lightly dusted in cheese and they too are fabulous. For desert we share a luscious rich chocolate brownie set in a swipe of caramel with banana ice cream. Banana is not my favourite but this ice cream flavour is so subtle that id does enhance the almost gooey chocolate. A glass of Napa 's pinot grigio dinner, and this fine meal is complete. The waiter get us out in time for the performance across the street. A lovely beginning for a perfect evening.

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Lima, Peru
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142 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nota Bene”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

This is my favorite restaurant in Toronto and everyone I take there loves the food. I've been there six times and amazingly I've not had a bad meal. Good cocktails also. The service is what you would hope for in a good restaurant.

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great food”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

Great food. Try to book the side room, which only has about four or five tables, because it is quieter.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent.”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Good and inventive food, good service, nice spot all around. I've only been for a business lunch, but friends have also said good things about their dinner.

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Toronto
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28 reviews
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“A Night at Nota Bene”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Delicious food - great menu - different venue! Good service

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