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Nota Bene
180 Queen St. W.,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X3
43.644980 -79.391750
This Queen West go-to for pre-ballet dinners and Wagyu steak lunches has gotten a subtle but vital refresh. A new light installation casts a cool, blue glow on couples in suits and statement jewellery (plus the odd group of high-rolling millennials in designer sneakers). David Lee’s retooled menu is still crowd-pleasing, but more 2016: a gin list rivals the wine offerings, sashimi plates have joined charcuterie boards, and vegetables share equal billing with foie gras. A round of eight-hour-roasted celeriac, for example, tinged with Thai basil and ringed with crema and stewed rhubarb, is just as satisfying as the crispy duck salad with its tangles of fish sauce–soaked green papaya, cucumber and chilies. Little touches, like a sea buckthorn coulis to cut a dark chocolate ganache, elevate dishes to special occasion status. Ditto the pro servers armed with crumb brushes and the perfect wine pairings.
Nota Bene


Neighbourhood: Downtown Core

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: Yes

Kitchen open late: No

Outdoor dining: No

Private/bookable room: Yes

Delivery: No

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Good for: Kids, Groups

Serves: Lunch, Dinner

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Cash

Days Closed: Sunday