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Dakota Tavern

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Little Italy
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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
416.850.4579
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6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank samantha c
Toronto
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Collmartin
Pembroke, Canada
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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

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Thank Mcnaughton1989
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Avni L
Calgary
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank foodfan-5211
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Milad D
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Paul L
Toronto, Canada
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582 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Megan M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank mwood199
Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great music, great service, great food in a very friendly, down to earth atmosphere. Had a great time!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 416.850.4579

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Little Italy
Toronto's Little Italy is a city hotspot for cafe culture and nightlife. There's something for everyone in Little Italy, apparent from the cross-section of clubbers in glitzy dresses, and elderly couples arm-in-arm heading to their favorite wine or pasta spot. Cafes spill onto the wide sidewalks, pool lounges and bars are always teeming with noise and activity, and both outdoor and indoor marketplaces are packed with fresh fish, cured meats, and pungent cheeses. All of the activity makes it a perfect spot for people-watching, especially over a nice glass of red wine or a quick and sumptuous slice of pizza at one of the many eateries or trattorias in the area.
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