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

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (10)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice place, I highly appreciated it wasn't too loud. Very good food, would have liked more options of Spanish wines.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went to Salt as a post wedding dress shopping celebration with my bridesmaids. It was great! The food was absolutely delicious - great place for sharing and being able to try a bunch of things. The crab & shrimps cakes and the buttermilk fried chicken were amazing. Just an FYI that it's quite loud so a bit tricky to have an audible conversation with a group over 4 people. Would definitely recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was excellent as was the service. The menu is not huge but varied enough - something for everyone. Wine list is extensive our waiter was knowledgeable and of assistance in pairing wine to our food selections. Not a frugal night out but nevertheless enjoyable. I would return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was excellent. Knowledgeable staff. Great vibes and atmosphere

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Cozy resto in a great neighborhood. Delicious food and wine, friendly and knowledgeable service. Would go back in a heartbeat. Great spot for a date.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The restaurant has a good atmosphere with a menu that has enough variety for small groups.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really great! Drinks, service, ambiance were wonderful. The only thing would be the price on some of the dishes were too high for the quality, but other than that a fantastic joint. Highly recommend the fried chicken and truffle gnocchi dishes :)

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food, ambiance, drinks and service. An Ossington must!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Another excellent 4.5 star meal at Salt. Every one of the 8 dishes four of us had was excellent--spare ribs gorgeous, lamb meatballs and crab-shrimp cakes superb. It's even easy to hear conversation across the table. Good wine list, good cider, good service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We have never been disappointed at Salt. Lovely, knowledgeable service. Delicious, elegant tapas style food with a Portuguese twist. Beautiful, relaxed room. Excellent sommelier.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Once again had a great night at this great restaurant. Food was excellent and service spot on. Will be back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing and delicious food! Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Reasonably priced as well for the quality you are getting. Hands down our favourite restaurant in Toronto. We love coming here for all our special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a lovely family dinner, the food was delicious and our server Courtney was awesome! Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing food, service and wine. Philip and the team never disappoint.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Have had many great dinners at Salt but this was not one of them. The food was not great and it cost us a fortune including wine. Will not be going back again!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

enjoyed our food as well as the service which was excellent. we will definitely be back.
Thanks

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been to Salt before and have always enjoyed the food and service in the past. Therefore, when a friend came to Toronto for work I thought it would be a great spot to catch up and enjoy some delicious food and cocktails. The service was wonderful as was the food until my friend picked a hair out of her mouth. I know these things happen but it did take away from the experience a bit. The server did take the item off our bill but I was surprised that a dessert or something was not offered to my friend. The apology was lacklustre and we were told repeatedly that the chefs wore hair nets. The server handled it as best as she could as I am sure it was management that did not see fit to do anything other than take the item off the bill. I worked in service for many years and I do not expect them to comp entire meals, drinks and that sort of thing that some customers demand. However, our bill was not small, a sincere apology and offering a dessert or drink would have been a nice gesture. I do like the food and vibe though so I will probably go back. That being said with all of the great restaurants in the city they should handle complaints with a little more finesse so that the customer feels like their business is actually appreciated.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service and great food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

So delicious and great! Highly recommended! Menu and vibe was great! Service was great! Just a little tight on space!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great selection of tapas and wine! Extremely friendly staff with great service!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and love going to Salt - guaranteed great food and service, busy enough but not too loud, a lovely place for a relaxing meal.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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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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