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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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  • > $60,

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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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Ratings & Reviews - Lee Restaurant

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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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November 14, 2019

Really enjoyed the room and the menu. The signature slaw is fun and tasty. Good cocktails.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 14, 2019

A must splurge when you are in Toronto! The food was wonderful! The flavour with each mouthful was unbelievable. Truly worth the $$ - I was so glad that i tried the Signature Singaporean Slaw. It is something that i would not have ordered, but after being 'educated' by the wait staff, i tried it and it was definitely an artful creation. They were so helpful and knowledgeable. It was wonderful to have each dish explained in detail as you were served. It was an unexpected treat, and i know i appreciated each course more because of it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2019

It was a bit loud. The service was fantastic, especially the little extra dessert for the birthday girl was a nice touch! The food was delicious, enjoyed all 3 plates we ordered.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2019

I requested a Slaw to take home with me a couple of times to the waiter. At the end of the night, he brought me a bag with some of the left overs from our meal but did not include the SLAW in my bag. Very disappointed when I got home.!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 13, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu. The service, presentation, and quality of the ingredients was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2019

Excellent experience from start to finish.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2019

Susur is dai lo

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

Thoughtful service, fully anticipated our needs and made our evening special....the food was a journey and... we loved every bite... greived once it was over .. xo

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

The service for the food was to fast. We didn’t receive the wine we order so we canceled it art the end of the meal. It was very long before someone come to see us for dessert. We decline and ask for the bill. We also wait a long time to pay... I love the food but because of the poor customer expérience, I will not recomand this place.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

November 11, 2019

As always the slaw is the highlight. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

November 11, 2019

Pleasant, polite, attentive staff!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

Our server was absolutely wonderful.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

Never disappoints.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 7, 2019

Outstanding. No words to describe the flavours, textures and presentation of the dishes. An absolute gem.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2019

Loved it. I'm coming back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 7, 2019

Highly recommended Very extensive menu Friendly staff Knowledgeable staff Love the slaw

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

Hands down, one of the best dinners we've ever had. We opted to do the chef's tasting menu that they just brought back into circulation, and it was life-altering. And such fantastic service! This is definitely a new favourite and we'll return as soon as we can.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

Great service until the end. Then very very slow to get dessert and Cheque. Food fantastic

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

November 5, 2019

The service and explanation of the dishes was on point. Great good, with Great staff! New favourite restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

Great atmosphere and the service was very quick and attentive. We enjoyed the food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2019

Atmosphere is cool but it’s very loud and tightly packed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2019

Little too loud, difficult to communicate. Service was iffy, wine and food were not always delivered at the same time. (We had the pairing) food was excellent

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

November 3, 2019

Although the food was excellent, the service was spotty at best. We waited for a very long time for a server when we were first seated and then waited a very long time for our drink order. The food service was very good but it was difficult to find our server when we needed something. It took about 15 minutes for a bottle of wine to be delivered once ordered so we did not have wine for some courses.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

November 4, 2019

We’ve been to Lee a few times now and it never disappoints!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2019

Would come again. Loved the famous Slaw! Great service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

Always fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2019

This wasnt just a meal, it was an experience. While it was loud & crowded (not surprising for a Friday night) the service was excellent and the food, every single dish, was outstanding.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 1, 2019

Wonderful experience! I attended alone while in Toronto.Food was excellent and staff were very attentive and caring! Thank You Lee’s!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2019

We had a really fun time and the food was really good

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 27, 2019

Not as good as last year. Service was rushed and impersonable. Too dark in restaurant.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

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