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Dakota Tavern

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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
+1 416-850-4579
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Today
14:00 - 02:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat 14:00 - 02:00
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had such an amazing experience at the Dakota Tavern. A group of friends and I took a trip there for brunch. We were quite a large group and the accommodated us with no problem. It's a family style restaurant with a blue grass band that plays. The food was absolutely amazing, and we will surely be returning!

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Toronto, Canada
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255 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This is a small basement live music venue with decent draft beer at decent prices. The attraction here is that you can see some phenomenal bands and dance your butt off or sit back and enjoy. Roots rock - country, alt country, folk, classic blues and rock etc. Reasonable cover charge at the door. Mostly 30-50 age groups.

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Thank Dany L
Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

i have often done the brunch here and thought it innovative and was a good deal if you come hungry. They serve platters that keep coming until you are full..pancakes..scramble eggs..sausages..fruit cocktail...potatoes... The price for adults has gone up to 18.00 and when we requested more sausages they gave us a tiny plate with 2??? hahahah it was a bit... More 

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Thank cheeky7
Moncton
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112 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Heard a lot about The Dakota. Neat little venue with great live music. Was on an over night to Vegas with a layover in Toronto. Checked the events calendar and caught guitar legend, Albert Lee at the Dakota! Double iconic!

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Thank NeonHighwayBand
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

This place rocks! Promotes alternative local bands that are croud pleasers! Basement location, unique!

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Thank Manipulators44
Toronto, Canada
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

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

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Thank BobH1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 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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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 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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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 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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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Canadian
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol
Good for
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Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
18:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 02:00
Thursday
18:00 - 02:00
Friday
18:00 - 02:00
Saturday
14:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-850-4579

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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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Downtown
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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