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Dakota Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Canadian
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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crowded, old, music sound was not clear (bad sound system) and strange enough that people are waiting in line to go in. Honestly didn't like or maybe it's not my style

Thank BobH1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Just stumbled into this tavern while waiting for the night to start and was surprised at what I found. Loved the ambiance! great live music bands playing with friendly bartenders. recommend for a chill night out.

Thank samantha c
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

Put this on your bucket list: Sunday brunch with a rocking band. Eff Mondays! Grab some bourbon and eggs and rock out.

Thank Collmartin
Pembroke, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016 via mobile

This place was great! Was a little nervous going down the stairs but once we got to the bar felt at home. The music was awesome and the bar staff were friendly. It had a hipster atmosphere for a country bar but we still had fun! Would go back for sure

Thank Mcnaughton1989
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

If you like rock and country , you most stop at Dakota Tavern if are in Toronto over the weekend Also if you are lucky you may meet famous actors and musicians, because that's where they hide, like Serin Rider etc etc FYI, make sure you go little early otherwise you may wait in line for over half hour, but... More 

Thank Avni L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We went to Dakota's for their Blue Grass brunch. We arrived a few minutes before it opened to avoid the lineups. As we walked down the stairs, we were greeted by lively music and friendly servers. The service is family style along long tables but they seated groups comfortably together. They brought coffee right away followed shortly after by a... More 

Thank foodfan-5211
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2015

Had a great time visiting this place!The Mercenaries band played on Saturday, we came right in time to listen to them.They performed really nice and got the crowd warmed up.Did some dances and enjoyed the tavern drinks, which were ok.

Thank Milad D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

I know what you are thinking - kids do not belong in a bar! Here is the delightful exception; BlueGrass Brunch! Popped in today w the wife and a couple of out-of-towners. Two platters of scrambled eggs, sausage, fantastic fried potatoes, fluffy pancakes, and your choice of coffee and tea. Opens at the appropriate hour of 10am on the weekend... More 

Thank Paul L
Toronto, Canada
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339 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2015

Friends and I came to check out a friends CD release party and loved our time at Dakota. Located on trendy Ossington, this basement location has an excellent ambiance...especially for people in my age demographic. The stage is a perfect size with a great size dance foor. The decor is a little bit country, just enough to not be cheesy.... More 

Thank Megan M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2014

The Sunday buffet was really good. It had unlimited eggs and sausage. Great coffee. The Blue Grass was wonderful. My only suggestion was to accommodate individual needs by having sugar substitutes on the table without being asked. The service was also a bit slow.

Thank mwood199

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Canadian
Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 416.850.4579

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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