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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,

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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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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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July 20, 2019

The service was super slow with the server taking about 30 mins to come and take our order and the food took another 50 mins. The manager tried making it up to us by getting us a free round of espresso martinis , which also took another 15. - 20 mins . We were in the restaurant for almost 2.5 hours.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 20, 2019

Food and service was amazing as usual!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Loved the service, loved the specialty beverages, really appreciated the ambience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Our 1st time at Lee. Server was very attentive and courtious. Food was fantastic. A great experience. Looking forward to going again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

Best place for a date! Amazing food and an awesome server. Truly a great night out

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2019

It was a nice dining experience. Was there for summerlicious and ordered other a la carte items. Server verbally asked us to choose one of the three desserts which we thought was the summerlicious dessert. When the bill came, he charged us summerlicious price and additional dessert item without brining the summerlicious dessert items. When we told him after we received the bill, he said he forgot to bring us the dessert and charged us an “upgrade” fee for ordering from the dessert menu which we didn’t even know was not part of the set menu. That was the only thing that was disappointing. But the food was good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2019

Wow, so good. Amazing food, venue and Service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2019

Will come back again very soon. Elegance, comfort all there!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2019

The whole dining experience was perfect. The service was outstanding, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was lovely. One of the best dinners we have had.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2019

Our server, Nikita, was excellent. Food was wonderful. My only complaint is a minor one - I found the restaurant a trifle dim. This is a personal preference, and not necessarily a failing of this otherwise excellent venue.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2019

Excellent as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2019

The wait staff were fantastic, knowledgeable and very accommodating for our group where we had vegetarians and food allergies. The service was excellent and the food was even better than we hoped for. I will be back and will recommend it to friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2019

Mark was incredible. One of best servers ever. Food there is always sensational. Perfect dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

When we visit Toronto having dinner at Lee is a must for us. Went there yesterday and as always we had Great service & Amazing food. One of my favorite restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

We will be back the next time we are in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

We were the first sitting of the evening and each person who dealt with us was extraordinary. The service was professional and each person, specifically Katie, was so kind and wonderful. This was a big treat for us and we felt like VIPs and it was amazing!!! Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2019

Great food, great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Very noisy....seated next to the bar

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Came here for the first time and expected great food and without a doubt every dish was spectacular and more than met our expectations. However, our server tainted the experience early on. He started off well enough introducing to us the menu. But when he took off as we were deciding on what to order he walked past us multiple times having noticed we were done reading the menu. At one point I was tired of waiting for him to come take our order I stopped him as he walked right past our table. He looked at me dumbfounded as if he didn’t expect me to. I said we were ready to order and he gave us an “Okayyyy...” kind of response and said nothing as if I was supposed to engage him. He stood there with no pad no pen/pencil. I didn’t even know what to say to him at that point and proceeded to tell him our orders at which point he decided to take notes. Prior to coming here we read about some off putting service from this restaurant and this was certainly one of them. Food was amazing but the service experience always comes before the food experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

July 14, 2019

Enjoyed a fabulous birthday dinner with a friend. Very pleased with all aspects. Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

the place was crazy busy but the staff took very good care of us. It was wonderful.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2019

Incredible service, willing to accomodate last minute delays due to air travel and super accommodating to celiac diner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2019

Had a fantastic experience at Lee from start to finish. Carley did a fantastic job organizing the event, and Lee (our server for the evening) was as professional as they come. Food and atmosphere could not have been better. Thank you for the great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2019

Amazing Summerlicous dinner on the patio. We had both the 3 course special menu and dishes from the a la carte Don’t miss the SLAW

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 10, 2019

I was here for summerlicious 2019; the food and ambiance was excellent. The only change I would recommend to the chef is the dessert was not up to par and to change it for next round of winterlicious/summerlicious. Also, service was slow however, it was probably due to summerlicious. Would definitely eat here again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

July 10, 2019

Everything was perfect, as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2019

Honestly, I love Lee but they missed the mark on the food this time. For a few hundred dollars I expected much much better food. The veggie options were below average, the desserts were mob existent for vegetarians and even the main course with fish was disappointing. I felt regret after this visit and don't have the desire to return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

Very nice food and service, the best i've tried in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

Amazing food, very polite and friendly staff, would definitely come back next time I’m in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

Food is outstanding!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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