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Dakota Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Canadian
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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1, Canada
+1 416-850-4579
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 18:00 - 02:00
Sat 14:00 - 02:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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!

Thank NeonHighwayBand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Manipulators44
Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank BobH1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank samantha c
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72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Collmartin
Pembroke, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank Mcnaughton1989
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Avni L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 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 1 February 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

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
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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