About Salt Wine Bar

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.

225 Ossington Ave
Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Dundas street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 533-7258

Website:
http://saltrestaurant.ca/

Executive Chef:
Dave Kemp

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine

Salt Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food at Salt is really special. This was our second visit, three years after our first - totally exceeded our memories and expectations. Be prepared to a wait a little while for your food to start showing up. It's a busy spot!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food combinations! Love the atmosphere. Great place for a date or meal with a friend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

It’s not very often that I write a review, good or bad, however, our dining experience at Salt was exceptional. The service was ace, the food was even better. My favourite had to be the lamb meatballs whilst my partner enjoyed the beef tartar and scallop ceviche twice over. Truly a gem on Ossington, even though they didn’t have my Pera Manca :).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was delicious and the cocktails were amazing. We will definitely visit again.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very noisy, wine was overpriced. Food was good, duck confit was outstanding

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing restaurant with incredible service. Waiter was great with accommodating my food allergy. 10/10 and will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A high end tapas bar in a traditional Portuguese neighborhood. The octopus/pork belly is worth a trip on its own. Wine selection is broad, with particular Portuguese and Spanish ideas.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The first time we went to Salt it was a five star experience, wait staff was very attentive and knowledgable, recommending dishes and wine pairings. Unfortunately this was not the case on our most recent visit. The food was mediocre at best and the wait staff couldnt wait to get rid of us even though it was a Wednesday night and there were only two other couples dining there. Our plates were cleared before we finished eating and before I had a chance to read the bill the waiter was behind me with the debit remote. Will not go there again, Shame

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Stumbled on this place with a small corporate event on Tuesday and loved the atmosphere and food so much that I came back for date night with my wife on Saturday.

Cozy, narrow space, perfect seating for 2 in the candlelit wine racks of Portuguese/Spanish wines. Recommend the scallop ceviche, truffle gnocchi and duck confit. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went for a late night, light dinner. Nice decor. Interesting, well prepared small plates. 2 items each, unless you are really hungry. The scallop ceviche was delicious, but a small serving. The spicy lamb meatballs were amazing. Also had the heirloom tomato salad, the grilled octopus (cooked perfectly), papatas bravas with chorizo, and the crab risotto negra, which was really tasty, (but I did find the squid ink a bit off-putting, myself). Overall, very delicious, service was great, and under $200 for 3people with a $60 bottle of wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food, wine and service was all great! Food is more intended as sharable/tapas style.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great ambience and tasty dishes albeit some were pricey for what you received. The duck confit in particular.

Overall it was a nice evening.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We had an awesome time! The service was good and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Lovely ambiance, friendly staff, great food and wine.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Salt is a fabulous restaurant. My wife and I enjoyed dinner early on a Saturday evening. The atmosphere is very casual. The décor reveals a series of wine bottles along wooden shelves on the side walls, interspaced with wine crates and lids. Europe immediately comes to mind. The menu has a wide selection of dishes. The wine list features varietals from Spain and Portugal. The wait staff were very helpful with pairing the wines and ensuring that we avoided any allergies with the food. We were surprised at how reasonably priced this elegant little dinner was. Highly recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I am a big fan of Salt - excellent wine list that leans heavily to Portugal (as it is a Portuguese focused restaurant) and delicious tapas. Service is very good and atmosphere relaxed and inviting. Love the grilled peppers and seafood choices.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful place...service & food were exceptional.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We loved the feel for this place. Great flavourful tapas choices, great wine and desserts to die for. All in vibrant little Portugal.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

This place always makes for great dining experiences. Servers helped with picking a wine I ended up loving! And the food was delicious. I'll always be back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Amazing food and wine and perfect service! Definitely a highlight of our short trip to Toronto!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great tastes of Portugal
We had a great Portuguese wine and loved the scallops

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Friendly staff, great food and drinks! Our "go to" restaurant.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2017

4.5 stars. A lovely meal with surprisingly good fried chicken, heritage tomatoes, ribs, crab ravioli. Not typical tapas but all wonderfullyprepared and served. First rate!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food itself was very good, but I was surprised at how my reservation was ignored. I went for my girlfriends 21st birthday, and I assumed , like at most restaurants , some sort of gesture would be made to acknowledge this. This wasn't done and this makes me hesitant to go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Fantastic meal and cocktails. Attentive service. Would highly recommend.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Loved it! Food was great, nice ambiance and service was awesome!!! The grilled calamari was amazing and everything came out hit and fresh!

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Always love my visits to 'salt' - very much enjoy being able to sample and share different dishes - like the wine pairing - like the ambiance and the service. I will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good food and great service.

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 (México)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Fantastic Food!!!!
Ambiance and wine list very good too, but the food is just Amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Every dish we had was excellent. Each had unique flavourings and were well presented

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Each course was very flavorful.. Portion size perfect for sharing

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Fantastic food

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Not just for hipsters! ( We were a party of 4 professional friends in their late 50's). Salt is a classy yet laid back fine dining experience. The Spanish food and wine selection are outstanding and not commonly found in other restos. Service was personal, never obsequious and very informative. Looking forward to our return visit(s).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great sharing menu Tapas style, nice selection of wine.excellent place to meet with friends . background music but not too loud.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had a wonderful meal here yet again. Every one of our dozen dishes was excellent--from rapini to squid to foie gras to bread and olives. First rate food, reasonably priced Spanish wine and excellent service from a knowledgeable server.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Everything was fantastic. The service was exceptional and the food was great.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Amazing food and great service, people are friendly yet very professional.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 29, 2017

My wife and I went to Salt Wine Bar this past weekend with 2 other couples, the ambiance its great, food its very delicious (tapas); the service was good enough but not overly attentive. Pricy for sure but worth the trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Always always excellent. The service is on point with being too much.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Amazing drinks by friendly bartender Norm, the food was excellent ... those meatballs were VERY tasty!!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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