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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Asian,
  • Fusion,
  • Mediterranean,

Dishes

  • Singapore Slaw,
  • Tapas,

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Fusion Cuisine,
  • Cocktail Cart,
  • Private Events,
  • Chef’s Dining Area,
  • Fully Licensed,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • > $60,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

For years Susur Lee has been at the top of Canada’s culinary scene. In the early 2000s, his restaurant Susur was named the best restaurant in Canada. The high-end restaurant catered to the city’s elite but the award-winning celebrity chef wanted something that better reflected his personality.

“I said to myself, I need a more casual place so people don’t need to break the bank and can still taste my food,” he recalls. “So I opened Lee right next to my building in 2005. It was extremely successful. It was like upscale casual dining.” When the economy took a turn, Susur switched game plans – he closed Susur and expanded Lee.

Susur now runs multiple restaurants in Toronto and overseas, but Lee is still the flagship of his restaurant empire. “It has my name, my family name. This is very close to me,” he says. “I have been in that space since 2000, so it’s a long journey. It has a very close relationship to me.”

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Miranda
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The service here is great. I'm obsessed with the Singaporean-style slaw to the point where I've drove across the city just to get it as take out. The portion is great to save for a quick bite the next day. The tables are a bit close together in the room off the main room but the attentiveness of the servers makes up for it!

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Restaurantica12
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I liked it!

This place had some good reviews so decided to check it out for myself and I really enjoyed! I will return again when I'm in the area

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Restaurantica12
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Loved it!

I had heard many great things about Lee over the years, so when a friend suggested it for a birthday celebration I was game. We had a great server who had some great recommendations for food. I loved the variety, and the dessert was probably one of the best I've had. We did notice that almost every table was getting the same one, clearly a hit. Our group was heading to the theatre after for a show; the server was extremely mindful of this, and actually reminded us of our timing. Overall, thought is was great and have recommended it to several people since.

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Restaurantica12
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Disappointed

I have been to my share of restaurants, including quite a few fine dining venues. I regret to say that I was highly disappointed with my experience at Lee. Friends have given rave reviews to the old Susur from back in the day, so i was excited to see what Lee would be like. Upon arriving, the atmosphere was nice, although it seemed a little over done with the Asian-fusion vibe. Our waiter was ever so subtly pushing recommendations at us, and when we didn't bite, we never saw him again all evening until the credit card was out. Our subsequent servers were pleasant enough, but we were already off on the wrong foot with that sour first impression. Lastly, I'm all for fusion cuisine, but the elements that meet on a plate have to make sense. There were some dishes that just had me perplexed from start to finish. Overall, it's a nice place to go for a drink and an interesting experience, but not somewhere I would revisit a second time.

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Restaurantica12
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Something pleasantly different

The slaw was by far the most beautiful and pleasant salad/slaw I've ever eaten. The presentation was fantastic and the fact that your server mixes it right at the table and serves it made the experience even more special. We had ordered about 6 different small dishes to share and each dish had very interesting flavour combinations. Duck confit roll was a bit on a salty side for my taste but the seabass was cooked perfectly. I would visit again if were in the area.

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HugoAlexandreThibault
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Amazing food

Very good atmosphere and amazing food. Love this place. Been 4 times!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Surprising Bad Impression

We went there for a friend’s birthday. The slaw was very good and most of the food was ok. As we were eating the food, it seemed like the same sauce/flavour was used for most of the food. So, it was too much of the same thing. The server said that she would take care of a little desert because we were celebrating a birthday, so she brought a little chocolate molten cake. We thought it was nice of the server to do this. The way the server was saying she would do a little something for the birthday, gave us the impression that it was a complimentary little desert, as many restaurants do something like that. We were surprised to see that there was a charge for that desert. We were planning on ordering a desert and if we were going to be charged for it, we would have liked to have looked at the desert menu. It left us with a bad impression – as if we were tricked into that desert. Another friend of mine had a similar bad situation at this restaurant where she had surprise charges on the bill. There are better restaurants in the city in terms of food and customer service.

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Restaurantica12
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Wonderful atmosphere and great service. The fusion style of Asian food in a tapas setting is excellent! The Singoporean Slaw is a must for any newbie to Lee. It is located close to the Theater district also! I will be going back for sure!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Restaurantica-dot-ca, thank you! For about...

Restaurantica-dot-ca, thank you! For about 6 years you have not let me down in choosing a restaurant, but this was exceptionally good. On restaurant-crammed King Street West in Toronto, this simple rectangular tightly packed dining-room offers much more than one would expect. We were lucky that the chef, Susur Lee, was in-house that Saturday night, so we did not even order. He took care of choosing our food and the sequence it came in. Nine courses came in delightful succession with a lovely desert to follow. The variation of taste and mixture of aromas were perfect. It was difficult to imagine a better meal. Zofia, our waitress was very pleasant. I agree that the food description was a bit over the top, but hey the have earned the right to brag. The music was nice and the atmosphere pleasant. The tables were a bit tight. Would definitely recommend Lee's

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Loved it!

We stumbled upon Lee and decided to go in because it was so busy and so inviting. The waiter suggested we order a few dishes and share, his recommedations were fantastic. The flavours, presentation and food was just incredible. Would return in a heartbeat, still thinking about the incredible flavours.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Food is good but sometimes clouds the taste...

Food is good but sometimes clouds the taste because of many, many ingredients in a single dish. It's like blended scotch VS single malt. Lee is a very good blended food option, or as they call it, fusion. To me, the best food is still measured by it's simplicity. Our waiter, Crystal, was wonderful but one of the 'specialists' that bring the individual dishes and give you the lecture about it was too pretentious and it was obvious that he had cold and runny nose. I really didn't like that. I did like the restaurant interior and lights. I did not like the sound of the stereo system. Lee is a different experience and worth a visit.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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At this price you can't do better. At another...

At this price you can't do better. At another price, I haven't found better. A little busy the night we were there, but eat the food an you'll understand why.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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This restaurant and its celebrity chef are so...

This restaurant and its celebrity chef are so well known, I was expecting to be disappointed, assuming there was more hype than substance. How pleasant to be proven wrong. The food was a taste sensation, unparalleled quality in my experience. Expensive, but worth the price. Service was equally attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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It is a great restaurant. They offered us...

It is a great restaurant. They offered us excellent food and service. Food service is prompt. Great place for dates.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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I loved it. I think it's a sexy spot. It's great...

I loved it. I think it's a sexy spot. It's great for people watching, and the food is succulent and light.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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September 21, 2019

I would go back again tonight if i could. Cant wait for my next visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2019

My absolute favourite restaurant in Toronto. I took my friends for the first time and they too will be back again. They recently got married and our wonderful server brought out a plate with congratulations written on it with chocolate sauce along with our dessert. It made their night even more spectacular.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Spectacular and delicious dishes. Supremely attentive and friendly staff. A real pleasure!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2019

Amazing food and service. Maybe service was a little too fast! Loved our evening but would have preferred a gap in between courses

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

Mark was our server and could not have been more knowledgeable or more kind. A true professional. Advised us on what and how much to order. Great experience. Food was fabulous.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2019

Fantastic dining experience - friendly, tasty and very well presented. Loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

As always an amazing dinner and perfect service. Lee restuarant should give courses to other restaurants on fine dining and perfect service!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

The meal was fantastic. Everything was wonderful. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Fabulous on all counts!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

The service seemed a little stressed and confused this evening, but the food was its usual amazing variety of wonderful flavours!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 16, 2019

We had an amazing dinner at Lee Restaurant. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

Everything was amazing

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

We felt like we were rushed through our meal. Three service in one hour. Excellent signature salad.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

September 14, 2019

Excellent all round. Taste sensation. Superb service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

Everything was great. All servers were attentive. Only thing was table 10 was not the most comfortable spot. Every time they open and close the drawer, we can feel a bang.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

The service was 5 stars. The food was 10 stars. Chef Lee is the BEST chef in Toronto. Not only does he cook the best food in this city but he walks around the restaurant and talks to everybody when he’s there. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. Key menu items: everything (I’m not kidding).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Great food, The lobster ravioli are phonomenal. Very nice atmosphere, lively and stilish. We had a problem however because we had to wait 45 minutes for our food to come, which is excessive in my opinion. While we were waiting they kept pouring us san pellegrino water and wine. I was under the impression that they just wanted us to have more of that so we could pay alot. We then had to call the waiter to remind them that since 45 minutes we were waiting for our food. after that, magically, all dishes came at once. So i guess they had forgotten about us and they were instead focusing on other tables.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

September 15, 2019

Being in Toronot for so many years, this was my first visit to LEE. Susur Lee is one of my favorite Canadian Chef and my family and I have dine at many of his other restaurants in the past. His menu offering is always creative and excellent! Mark G was our server this past Friday and he was exceptionally! He made many great recommendations and know the menu inside and out. What a great way celebrate my mom's 65th Bithday at LEE! Other support team was quick to change our plates after each course and dust off our table like a Michelin Star restaurant! Thanks Susur Team in creating this memorable experience for us! By the way... may be consider to work in the old HK tradition double happness of life decor from Luckee at LEE. Could be a very nice touch in the 2nd dining room. WT and Julie

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

Love going to Lees! This time, in addition to the amazing Singapore slaw with tuna, we also had the vegetarian tasting menu. It was fantastic and good value, as there were at least 6 different dishes, big enough to share between the two of us, for $45! Chef Susur Lee also dropped by to thank us for coming in (we aren’t regulars, although I wish we were!) which was a very nice friendly and personal touch!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

My hands down favorite restaurant in Toronto. I'd go multiple times a week if I could.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Amazing service and delicious food. The servers were all very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu items. The food was amazing as well. Definitely a must try restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

The Atmosphere was very nice. The Servers were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was incredible and beyond top notch. Lee Restaurant made our night out extremely memorable and we greatly look forward to returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

I made a mistake and booked for the day after we wanted to go, so when we arrived we had so reservation. I obviously offered for us to come back the next day since it was my fault but they were so great and managed to find us a seat in about 5 minutes and served us fantastic food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Always GREAT!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Was everything we hoped for on our first visit to Toronto. Fabulous service incredible flavors in a wide range of food options. We even met chef lee. What a pleasure and coming from NYC we know good food. Chef lee reconsider coming back to NYC !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Excellent service & phenomenal food! Every dish we ordered was fresh & delicious. We left very pleased with our overall experience. Can't wait to go back. Well done!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

One of the best dining experiences in Toronto! DeLEEcious

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

Absolutely amazing experience! We'll definitely come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

Team did an off the menu tasting menu with a wine pairing. Absolutely incredible! Food and service was off the charts. Thank you for making the night one to remember!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

My only mild complaint would be that the restaurant was noisy so it was difficult to have a conversation. The food and service were both amazing

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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