777 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

Banu is the culmination of years of joy, frustration, excitement and anguish. We come together to provide a space for community and to position ourselves in the Canadian mosaic. We hope that you can appreciate our endeavor.

Banu - 777 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Products and Services

  • Offbeat

Methods of Payment

  • Visa
  • Cash
  • MasterCard
  • Interac

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Persian

Cuisine Type

  • Iranian
  • Middle-eastern
  • Persian


  • Casual


  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment
  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant
  • Street Parking
  • Take-out
  • Restaurant With Delivery Services
  • Full Bar
  • Restaurant With Catering Services


  • Paneer
  • Joujeh Kaboob
  • Burger
  • Koobideh
  • Ghormeh Sabzi
  • Saffron Rice


  • $11 To $25


Banu - Reviews (11)

By SamiraM493300, June 10, 2017
By User004810, May 16, 2017
If you ar looking for a luxury Persian restaurant in DT Toronto, it is the place for you. However, it is expensive.
By john924s, August 4, 2016
terrific food
By Restaurantica12, July 20, 2010
Went for Summerlicious. Incredibly delicious flavours. Service was slow and spotty - coffee arrived a full 20 mins after dessert. Very modern decor - uncomfortable seats.
i cannot say enough about this place. A couple of...
By Restaurantica12, May 10, 2009
i cannot say enough about this place. A couple of my Iranian friends took me there the other night for my birthday and it was great! The meats were amazing and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. The owner kept sending rounds of shots to every one (I think it was one of the staff members birthdays also). I highly recommend this place and i will be back
What was supposed to be a pleasant night out for...
By Restaurantica12, April 22, 2009
What was supposed to be a pleasant night out for me, my family and friends, and the last night of my holidays in Canada, turned instead into a nightmare of an experience thanks to the lack of manners and right out rude and sarcastic behavior by staff and management at Banu. As an events and conference organizer for a large multi-national company and an avid traveler I have the opportunity of experiencing the best and sometimes the worst of what the culinary world has to offer; from quaint traditional establishments such as Banu to Michelin star restaurants around the world. After reading the reviews on the restaurant (which I now believe were planted by the owners of Banu) I expected nothing but a warm and welcoming atmosphere that could introduce me to a unique part of Iranian past and culture. However, from the moment I entered the restaurant I was bombarded with what can only be described as orders: You must sit here, you may not move, the billing must be done like this, you must order now or you may experience long delays in receiving your main course etc- and this all before I even received my appetizer! I understand that every establishment has its way of working and that depending on its staffing situation / billing requirements it may need to process orders and do billing in a specific way, but that does not mean that the customer should be inconvenienced in such a manner. After what can only be described as an OK meal and poor service (items missing in our mazzeh plates, hostess that literally bumped into our faces while serving etc) we received our bills. At this stage my company and I noticed several hidden costs for items such as extra bread or pistachios. Now, I mention this not because I am averse to paying 3 $ for a handful of nuts but we were simply not made aware that items such as this, that in other establishments you receive as something to nibble on while you wait, were served at a cost. Had it been mentioned at any point it would not have been a problem. I think the final straw for me was the error in the actual billing. I requested that my bill was split 50-50 onto two credit cards. What I received was 100-50 distribution on two cards. Had I not noticed this, it would have cost me valuable time upon my return to Europe trying to fix this problem. Again, these things can happen- the distinguishing point is how you deal with them as an establishment! When I went to the hostess to alert her to the mistake I also implied that the least the establishment could do was to offer complimentary tea. Now, I don’t even like tea- the point is I was expecting something to remedy the disappointment we experienced up to that point. Instead, all I heard was a loud and sarcastic laugh by the person behind the counter at the grill. How uncalled for, unacceptable and irritating… As we were exiting I asked the person laughing, whether she was the manager of the venue, to which she replied ‘I am the owner’. When I inquired about a method of feedback on the restaurant she proceeded to tell me, in an unfriendly and confrontational manner, that I could tell her directly. Now how I provide feedback is up to me isn’t it? Or can patrons of Banu only provide feedback as it suits ‘the owner’? ‘The owner’ created a very hostile atmosphere in her approach towards a customer not satisfied by the service in her establishment. Suffice to say she raised her voice in her own restaurant and proceeded to yell at me with a knife in her hand, calling me ‘tacky’ and telling me and my company to ‘get out’. I think this behavior is not only unacceptable but petty and does not belong in North American culture! Accepting constructive feedback and proper customer service are the pillars in a service industry- especially in North America. Yelling at your customers, even if you think they are in the wrong, will not do you any favors, particularly during a global economic crisis I strongly suggest that ‘the owner’ of Banu is kept away from customers until she is educated on the art of customer care.
Cozy trendy place on Queen W. Friendly...
By Restaurantica12, April 12, 2008
Cozy trendy place on Queen W. Friendly environment. Seats are not very comfortable and space is limited just like a typical bar&grill in downtown. Has some eastern touch into it. Shishas served are satisfactory. Food is ok nothing typical, purely eastern stuff. I probably had better Persian kebob before, but the bread was spectacular. small menu, not a lotta choices in appetizers. Waitresses are mostly students, not professional but friendly. Maybe not the best place to toss a bill, but it's worth a try.
Excellent food, service, ambience. Excellent...
By Restaurantica12, March 10, 2008
Excellent food, service, ambience. Excellent quality for the price and unique atmosphere. Went there for the first time and will go back again and again and again. I like good food and am ready to pay premium for premium qulaity, no doubt. Its an atmosphere that I''d be proud to take my non-Persian friends to and show authencity combined with class.
By Restaurantica12, March 9, 2008
The service and the food were faboulos! I...
By Restaurantica12, July 28, 2007
The service and the food were faboulos! I recommend this place this place to anyone who appreciate the small details in things.
By Restaurantica12, March 1, 2007

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