Salt Wine Bar

4.6
367 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located at the top of the Ossington strip, Salt wine bar offers a modern progressive approach to Iberian/Canadian tapas. Salt is a bustling, cozy, communal tapas bar with great energy. Our guests enjoy artisanal cheeses, Iberian charcuterie and an excellent variety of small plate dishes. Chef Dave Kemp is strongly committed to using seasonal and local products whenever possible. Our cellar contains an extensive list of Portuguese and Spanish wines which complement each and every dish.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(416) 533-7258
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dave Kemp
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Cross street
Dundas street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine
What 367 People Are Saying
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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely dinner in a gorgeous, warm, vibrant and inviting environment.
The food was spectacular, esp the octopus and the scallop cerviche.
Great all round service.
Wine list provided a fun round trip through Portugal, although I definitely enjoyed the whites more than the reds (great minerality, worked really well with the seafood dishes)

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JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great - delicious meal! Only complaints, restaurant was very loud and portions are a bit small but everything was very tasty, service was friendly and attentive - overall excellent experience.

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s
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, service a little slow in the beginning. Loved the lamb meatballs.

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NM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and attentive service. Could be a bit cheaper for real value. They are not quite as good as bar Isabel or bar Raval for comparable price but wine list from Spain and Portugal is really nice

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun and energetic place with outstanding food. The service was excellent, and everyone had the most wonderful time. Highly recommend Salt for virtually any occasion. Be hungry and thirsty!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was great!

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JG
Toronto
165 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4.5 stars. This is an excellent small plate restaurant. The patatas bravas are superb, the lobster risotto excellent as were BBQ ribs. The prices are reasonable, a huge wine selection, and very good cider. It can get noisy, but we arrived early and ate very well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute find that really delivered. Excellent food, wine, ambiance.

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BL
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try this place for awhile and it did not disappoint. Our waiter chose a delicious wine for the table and was very knowledgeable about the menu. We were four people and shared 8 different tapas plates which were served at the right pace and were was delicious. Another plus was that the tables were not too close together and the noise level was not too loud. We all enjoyed our evening. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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WN
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Salt. A wonderful relaxed atmosphere to be able to go and have date night. Love the freshness of the food and the tasty options. Great sharing plates and wonderful wine selection. Really enjoyed our night.

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AN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t believe how amazing this restaurant is. It’s like a hidden gem in Toronto! It’s tapa style and for two people, they recommend four dishes which was more than enough! I really loved how dim and intimate it was! And the service was wonderful! I am definitely coming back here soon!

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LH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wine selection, great food and service was perfect. Great experience and will definetly be going back.

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g
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner was lovely. We really enjoyed the tapas style shared dishes, especially the salmon. I had a glass of wine which was quite different (as our server warned me it would be) but I found it delightful, quite jammy. I can't remember the name of the wine though. If the server happens to remember it and could send it to me I'd greatly appreciate it.

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EW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Salt several times. We live in the Ossington strip area and therefore have regular access to incredible restaurants. Despite our multitude of options, we both consider Salt to be our favourite restaurant for its incredible and creative food, wine selections, and exceptional service. We look forward to our next visit!

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our anniversary and this was the perfect little date spot to start the night. Service was amazing as they recommended great beverages for us. Not being a beer drinker I tried one of their specialty beers that tasted similar to a dry cider/juice. Was pleasantly surprised as did not taste like beer or leave me bloated. We had 4 tappas and all were great. The friend chicken was more than enough to be a main and would not even consider it a tappas.
Great night!!

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the walk. A knowledgeable staff and extensive wine menu make for a great experience. Very cozy yet modern atmosphere with authentic tapas made from quality ingredients by people who obviously care about what they are providing to their guests. Overall fantastic!!!

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BA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is absolutely fantastic without being pretentious.
Servers are very knowledgeable.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The gnocchi dish was tops!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. I have dined at Salt on several occasions and the food is always delicious.

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JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great menu. Expansive wine list and great staff...they just need to work on their acoustics as it gets extremely loud when the dining room is full!

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GR
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb meatballs were absolutely delicious. All the dishes came out beautifully presented and temperature perfect. I thought nknthis restaurant is particular with the temperature of everything. My Rose wine was crystal cold just like I like it. Every dish came out piping hot. The cheese board came out at room temperature to taste every flavour of each cheese. I have already told 6 people of our dinner. Our waiter was knowledgeable and kind.

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F
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, well paced tapas. Casual but professional service and great ambiance.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sharing menu! Our group of 6 had a hard time picking favourite dishes because they all were so delicious and so well-presented! Our group was a mix of vegetarians and meat eaters and everyone enjoyed the sharing choices! Very friendly and attentive service too!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super evening of well executed dishes and well chosen wines.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent last minute choice for a private two person dinner. Saw groups there as well. Service and food was outstanding.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in recent memory - all the dishes we tried were superb -
the prawn cakes , the lamb meatballs , grilled calamari with great balance of greens
Great wine list and the bourbon / cocktail servings are generous , great service and music too

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JM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter who offered options and direction on the sharing menu for a business dinner. We all had different favourites which means 5 outstanding first choices. Great ambiance.

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TT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, incredibly stingy portions for the price. Tapas is expected to be small servings but the price should reflect that, even in Toronto. The scallop ceviche, which was fantastic, contained sliced scallops that added up to maybe half an actual scallop. The $3 chorizo added to the patatas bravas was 4 tiny thin slices scattered over the dish like a light garnish.

The food itself was good and the overall bill didn't come to much more than I would expect to pay in the city; the individual dishes could just have been more enjoyable had they been less tightfisted. Also the first tapas bar I've been to that did not have an actual chorizo dish on the menu :(

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S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My only recommendation for improvement is to have some sort of damper added to lower noise. Hard to have conversations. This is an easy fix

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a
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative menu with interesting wines. Will definitely return for a second visit

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, the wines are well priced and the atmosphere is always energetic. Keep it up Salt.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salt is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The service is always on point. The entire staff is very knowledable with what's coming out of the kitchen. The food.. The food is simply amazing. The beef tare tare is exactly what it should be. Wagu beef short ribs were worth every penny. Fingers are crossed for the venison carpaccio to make it back to the menu. It's honestly one of the most delicious dishes I've ever eaten.

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m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Salt never fails to impress. The food is wonderful, great for sharing. The serving staff is knowledgeable about the menu and the wine and their recommendations are always spot on. I've taken lots of people to Salt and they are always impressed.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have had in the west end

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great tapas, music and mixed drinks.

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F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food was delicious and wdll madd. Eberything came ojt perfectly. Would definitely retun. Great ambiance as well and super friendly and attentive staff.

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SJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and flavours. Excellent atmosphere.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wine werre excellent, however the prices were ridiculous. Will not go back for that reason.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve had great meals here, and would come again, but this evening was mixed. Crab cakes were bad (too breaded, too salts, limited crab taste). Short ribs were ok, not as good as other meat-based tapas. Octopus/chorizo was great, scallop ceviche was great.

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