Lena Restaurante

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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South American
To all of our wonderful guests - we are temporarily closed. Please visit our corporate website at www.oliverbonacini.com/news for updates as we continue to monitor the situation. We look forward to reopening and serving you again soon. Stay healthy and happy, everyone - and be safe.

Chef Anthony Walsh is the driving force behind Leña, a stylish homage to South American cuisine, with unique Spanish and Italian influences. Named after Chef Walsh’s mother-in-law, Elena, from whom he draws a wealth of culinary inspiration, Leña spans three floors at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store at Yonge & Richmond.
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4.2
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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and tasty food with generous portions and attentive wait staff. Would definitely like to try their dinner menu!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great. Lovely location.

Our server had a bit of a chip on this shoulder. We asked to switch a chair because it was a lot lower than the bench/table and was very uncomfortable and not conducive to conversation or to eat easily (especially with the noise levels) when we initially got there. He abruptly told us “no, you can’t switch chairs - you have to get permission from the front desk as the table next to you might be reserved because of the chair” this is fair, however, he should have gone to ask instead of asking the customer to get up and go ask and make a request. Thankfully, the gentleman cleaning the tables (Indian looking man) was very helpful and took the initiative to do so on our behalf and then allowed us to move to a move functional table.

NS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great, service was smooth and the Veal Paillard was so delicious!!
We will be back!

C
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and flavourful.
The noise level was a bit loud and the prices were on the high side too.
That being said, it was still a good experience.
The service was fantastic.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Poor service. Food was nothing special.
Food presentation was basic.

ZC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible and diverse menu! My family had beautiful, tender pork, octopus cooked to perfection, and side dishes of beautifully spiced legumes that highlighted the flavours of each dish. Would definitely go again!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our monthly women’s brunch here on Saturday and it was fabulous. The space was gorgeous, food was delicious, service was great, and the music was on point. It was somewhere where many of us had walked by but never actually tried. We’re glad we finally did.

RM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and the staff , are top !!
We had an amazing experience, I would highly recommend Lena !

BH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, love the centre bar and main dining room. Very New York feel!

GD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was great, service was very good. Restaurant is so noisy. Too many hard surface with no noise reducing ability made it difficult to hold a conversation.

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service was good....food was terrible. I have dined here before, for brunch, and was looking forward to going back.
Rather disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very noisy- service amateurish- felt we were getting rushed to get out and it was a Monday night and not busy

PE
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Requested a table in the bar area when I made the reservation. Upon check-in, the hostess did not say a word, just seated us at the worst possible table in the restaurant. It was right by the elevator, in the entrance to the dining room. One of the chairs was obstructed by a column, so could not comfortably sit at the table.

Have been to this restaurant at least 10 times. This visit was not one of the best.

RK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delightful atmosphere. A favorite go to in the city. Delicious meals always and an excellent cocktail list.

FM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, it is good in general, but this time the service provided by Kevin C. was outstanding. From remember me and the options that I generally take no matter that I didn't go to the restaurant in several months, to the attention to the detail, it made my business lunch a success. Good service is a great part of what I come back to Lena.

TL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was fantastic. Best service Ive had in a long time!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The woman @ the door was horrible. Told me I Didn’t have a reservation. Then asked me if it was for that location or one in another city. Even after I showed her she challenged me. Turns out part of my party had already been seated there for that reservation truthfully I’m not really sure but no apology or softening on her behalf at all. My food came cold and was sent back the server was very kind so that’s not his fault. Overall not a great experience I won’t be going back anytime soon

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It’s one of my fave places! But whenever I bring friends I get the upstairs room which is fine but not the experience I raved about :(

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our anniversary

G
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The positives: great service, kind people, nice environment.
The real downside: the food ! I have to say it was not very good. Partially, I didn't realize the salad had anchovies (which was my fault), but the rest was mediocre at best. I was really disappointed (sorry!).

TL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A beautiful space. Our food was very good and service was professional and swift, but it felt like that "something special" to warrant the hefty price tag for the evening was missing. I'd definitely return, but perhaps for a drink at the stunning bar instead of dinner.

V
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. If you don't like noise do not go on a busy night. If you like the energetic type with loud noise this is your place. Tables for two people are small and very close to each other. Overall the place is good but not exceptional

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Good service, food is very complicated, to much oil and seasoning I would say an average. Won’t come back for dinner.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food quality this time was very poor. Have been here many times, something was off this time

MO
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First and foremost, we were extremely disappointed with the $1 oyster special. Online it’s advertised as such, however when you arrive you’re told it’s 30 oysters at $1 per bottle of wine purchased. If I’d known that, I wouldn’t have come. So be advised.
The food did take some time, which was odd as it didn’t seem particularly busy for a Wednesday evening. The oysters came in 12 and then 18. In between, our app (charred calamari) arrived. It was delicious, but not at all a $16 serving size worth. My friends both had the tagliatelle seafood pasta. The pasta was undercooked for one of the portions and both had pasta that was stuck together and hard. They also mentioned the flavour balance was off (very fishy and gritty... like sand). When they asked for parmesan, they were told it would be an extra $1.50 🙃 I had the 7oz steak frite, which was very good.

Overall, I don’t think I’d go back again. Not really worth the price for the portions and the advertising on the special was quite misleading.

Our server, however, was wonderful and made what could have been a terrible dining experience, into something great.

VK
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there a slightly late and close to closing time, but we were served quick and very well and did not feel rushed at all despite staying right up to closing time. Our server was kind and helpful. Food was delicious. Portions were very reasonable for this type of establishment/price. Overall it was a great experience that I would recommend to my friends and relatives and anyone who likes to try different food and cuisines.

JR
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a drink before dinner elsewhere (opentable did not allow me to leave that area blank so I had to rate it).

We were intrigued by their cocktail list and it did not disappoint; highly recommend the Gin Slip & Wine Gummie. Will be back to sample more and eat some food next time.

JM
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We couldn’t engage in a conversation with my partner. The music plus the loud conversations were too much.
Otherwise the food was delicious.

W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience overall. The menu had lots of great options that described the dishes well. The service was helpful, friendly, polite and supportive (thanks Matt)! The food itself was delicious (smoked salmon scramble was tasty). The decor, furniture, ambience was everything you would expect for a downtown Toronto restaurant. Well Done!

BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Weekend

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and Fries were really good! Service was attentive.

TS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Music was great, food was amazing, service could be improved in suggesting meals from menu. Asked for no bacon on my cod and extra mushrooms instead. There was no bacon but also no mushrooms. Overall food was really good.

AP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, nice location but a little overpriced

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service.

CC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day - great drinks and food, a little pricey

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The burrata appetizer is amazing. We went to have valentines dinner and got the winterlicious menu. But the place where we seated was cold.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We were seated near the bar and the music was way too loud for a proper conversation without yelling. There wasn’t much aisle room after we were seated so I didn’t enjoy someone banging into me with their laptop bag! Lighting was also too dark for proper dinner atmosphere; great for the bar scene, not for casual dinner.

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge thanks to their restaurant manager Liz and our server Taylor for their excellent service and for accommodating us with our team lunch. We came in for the Winterlicious menu - loved my Atlantic Salmon and Flourless Chocolate Torte!

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