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.
Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine Bar
Salt Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Great spot for date night
Great spot for date night
NICE BUT PRICEY TAPAS
We just came home from visiting Lisbon and Porto and falling love with their food, which was our motivation to try this restaurant. I loved the decor and ambience. A long table for a group was fun, but it was rather problematic for those seated against the wall/opposite to the aisle or in the middle to get up and visit a washroom. Our hostess was very charming, agreeable and attentive as well as accommodating. Servers were both polite and expeditious — we had no complaints for their food or service. Tapas dishes are fun. All the dishes we ordered were delicious and very well presented, but we felt they were pricey for what they were. We were glad we decided to try this restaurant but not sure if any of us would return for this reason.
30th Birthday with Friends!
We met a few friends here for a small surprise 30th birthday dinner for my boyfriend. It was our first time dining at this restaurant and I was very happy that we chose this place. It was the perfect ambiance and space for the type of dinner we were having. Very interesting and extensive wine list. The small plates menu was creative and everything was delicious!
I went to Salt Wine Bar with most closes ...
I went to Salt Wine Bar with most closest friends to celebrate my birthday. It was everything I wanted. A few of us arrived and got seated. The rest of my friends arrived and we started ordering. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting; I feel like it encourages conversation and stepping away from our phones (albeit we were checking the Score to see how the Raptors were doing). The food is delicious. I am never disappointed. With a good number of options, the menu accommodated all the food preferences at the table. We practically ordered everything on the menu. My favourite was the paella. The seafood was well cooked and the rice was al dente with the crispy texture you expect. Service was exceptional. Norm and Tristan were working in the front that evening. Big shout out to Tristan, who was very attentive and frequently made sure we were taken care of. Thank you to Salt for making my birthday special.
If there are 4 of you don't bother with ...
If there are 4 of you don't bother with the cheese board or charcuterie - it's not value for money and comes across very very cheap. Otherwise the Resto is fine.
I have eaten here several times and the food never disappoints.
Food was alright. Nothing I felt stuck o ...
Food was alright. Nothing I felt stuck out. The scallops and pork belly was the best dish we had. The table set up is a bit tight... Makes it annoying if you have a middle table, servers constantly knocking your elbow and placing their booty in your face. Service, the weakest part of my experience. Order drinks... The food came first? ... My girlfriend got her glass of wine about 10 minutes before I got my drink. Why serve only one? ... Says bartender was busy. Yea ok, either he forgot my drink or the waitress did. Also, told us to order all at once or our next order will take 45 minutes. Tables were empty in 45min... Seemed a bit exaggerated. Overall, for the price don't think I'll revisit.
Still just as amazing!
So when I lived in Toronto over a year ago my husband and I would come to Salt wine bar every month or so and it was our spot for dates. I booked our dinner last week after not having been in Toronto for over a year. We got there and everyone remembered us, asked us about our move to New York, gave us hugs and made us feel like family. Once again the food and wine was absolutely fantastic, and we're already planning our next trip to Toronto, including this place!
Overall great experience
Top notch food - well thought out menu with great cocktails in an intimate space.
One of the best restaurants in Toronto. We've been coming for years and have loved every penny spent.
such a wonderful evening! can't wait to go back!
we hada great evening and every dish was better then we expected! our server suggested the duck dish which we wouldn't normally have ordered and it was phenomenal! the wine recommended was the perfect bottle (or 3) to compliment our meal.
A Perfect Night
We went on a Sunday night during the Super Bowl, so the place was practically empty. This was fine with us because the staff were very attentive. I had a glass of the Acon Crianza Tempranillo... nice easy to drink full-bodied wine. We enjoyed the bread & olives (the spicy spread was so good!), charcuterie board, steak & frites, crab cakes, crispy prawns, baby back ribs fell off the bone, and the duck confit was delish. The gnocchi was alright... it could have been richer and cheesier. Love the vibe of the place. Can't wait to go back!
Perfect pre show destination
A go-to spot for a quick tapas, cocktails and wine pre-show at the local Lower Ossington Theatre. Staff is always accommodating for quick turnaround without sacrificing service and quality taste and presentation of dishes !
Salt offers a wonderful combination of warm, interesting ambience with dependably excellent food. We've been to many of the latest hot restaurants that Toronto Life seems to love, but often there's more sizzle than substance. Not so here. This was our third visit. The menu changes each time, but our enjoyment has been constant. The charcuterie was first-rate and varied. The duck confit was incredibly tender and flavourful, maybe the best we've had anywhere. The patatas bravas are always good, and the crab cake was moist, delicious and surrounded by a creative and balancing garnish. Salt remains one of our favourites in TO.
Nicely presented and well-seasoned tapas ...
Nicely presented and well-seasoned tapas style dishes. Attentive and friendly service. Comfortable room. Great menu to share with a small group. Nice selection to suit all tastes.
Everything was fantastic. We've come her ...
Everything was fantastic. We've come here many times over the past two years. The service is great, and wine selection is very good. Definitely a must when in Toronto!
Second visit to this great little restau ...
Second visit to this great little restaurant. Creative dishes and presentation. I would highly recommend the Scallops and Braised Pork Belly and the Grilled Octopus. Oh yes, and the Churros for dessert. Do not miss them! Our waitress was super! Friendly and very attentive. Be forewarned that the small plates are can get expensive, as is the wine list (200% mark-ups). You will need at least 5 dishes for two people...plus those Churros!
Cosy spot, interesting food/drink
We really enjoyed our late dinner at Salt. Ambiance was cosy, good buzz but not terribly loud. Most of menu items were interesting and well-executed. Winter menu seems filled with hearty small plates, but there were enough non-meat choices for my partner and I (pescatarians) to find some interesting things. Octopus dish was outstanding - we ordered it once, and then re-ordered another one instead of dessert! Interesting wine list, mostly Portugese bottles. I especially appreciated the many interesting choices by the glass - so many places call themselves "wine bars" when they really are not.
Service and food is always very good.
Service and food is always very good.
Amazing attention to detail - from food ...
Amazing attention to detail - from food to service.
Salt is a great dining experience
Great food - tartar is excellent as us the hamache ceviche. Only item to avoid is the lamb sausage - it is executed in a weird way - rare is okay (but not for everyone) but should be better cooked/charred on the outside. Everything else is very yummy. Great tapas style place.
With a group of 11 on a snow night in TO, pre-show tapas snacks and some excellent wine greeted us. Food was outstanding and the wine list extensive. Loved the entire experience.
Don't miss it!
The food at Salt is ever changing and always exceptional in a laid back atmosphere. Great cocktails also.
Most of the small plates were superb. The standouts were the octopus with potatoes , the hamachi ceviche, and the jamon iberico with fig. Indeed, only one dish feel short -- the patatas bravas, very hard to pull off , and apparently not understood by the otherwise excellent kitchen. Loved the wines by the glass.
Two Thumbs Up for Salt Wine Bar!
I love Salt Wine Bar and would highly recommend to people who know and love their food. Every tapas dish I've tried has been excellent and I love that the noise-level is NOT overpowering like some wine bars.
Loved the Jamon iberico crostini! So yum ...
Loved the Jamon iberico crostini! So yummy.
The food, the service, and the personal ...
The food, the service, and the personal touch all combine to make Salt Wine Bar our favourite.
Second time at this restaurant and we we ...
Second time at this restaurant and we were ready to come back the next day! Overall experience excellent and food very very good. Interesting wine list, nicely paced food service - no hurry. And we could actually hear ourselves as noise level minimal and background music great but pretty quiet.
Always enjoy Salt
This is one of my regular spots on Ossington. The tapas sharing plates are great. I'd say one plate is best for two people. We ordered a bit of a meat-fest: duck, sausage, pork/scallop. Tempered it with Brussels sprouts. Every dish was delicious.
Great food but not full
Tiny plates so order a lot (we are 7 courses and were not full). Wine prices were average. Food is quite good. Service is always great. There is better out there for the price but it's still very good.
I love Salt Wine Bar. However, there were a few hiccups this time. I made a reservation for eight - several weeks in advance. Two days before our reservation I received a message advising me that our table was rebooked 2.5 hours later and we'd have to be out before that time. For us (this group of 8) dinner is generally an all-evening event with many bottles of wine and much food. It was disappointing to know that our time was limited. We did move our reservation up a half hour to give us a little more time. The food was exquisite - as it always is. But I felt rushed. We were asked to order all our food at once (it's tapas for those of you who don't know) so that our food order wouldn't get caught behind several other orders. Good suggestion, but there wasn't even a minute between dishes to just sit back, and savour that taste sensation. We had just paid the bill after and were asked to leave although it was still 30 mins before the table was needed for the next party. As I opened this review - I love Salt Wine Bar but I won't go with a large party on a weekend night ever again. We are generally big spenders who like a leisurely dinner. Not gonna happen at that place on the weekend.
Thursday Night Eating
A little known secret to quiet dining at Salt Wine Bar is to go on Thursday night. The atmosphere was conducive to conversation all evening. With a group of ten we ordered a large variety of multiple plates. Some of the stand out dishes were the Sea Bream Ceviche, the foie gras with its teeny pickled vegetables, the Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, and the Sea Scallops and Pork Belly. The King Crab Risotto was distinctly over salted. It is worth saving room for dessert although I would count on sharing it. The wine list was good and the service was outstanding. A great evening was enjoyed by all.
Everything was delicious, especially the ...
Everything was delicious, especially the desserts. Very friendly staff and a very nice atmosphere. A little bit pricey (especially the wine selection), but I would definitely come here again.
Great spot - exceptional food but small portions. The food is better here than at more expensive tapas bars in the neighbourhood.
Our palates and senses were awaken by bo ...
Our palates and senses were awaken by both the food and wine. Your staff was so attentive and helpful in navigating our group through the menu. Great place for foodies, friends and groups. Thank you so much for a wonderful food experience.
it's gone downhill
have been there about 6 times, but not for about 4 months and the quality of the food and service has gone down a lot. it's too bad because it was a great spot. will there be new management or a new chef coming on board soon?
What an awesome place. First time visit ...
What an awesome place. First time visiting this place and it was outstanding. We really enjoyed the food, the wine and great service. Definitely going back again.
Everything ordered was delicious from the venison carpaccio to the octopus and risotto. Service good, not rushed yet attentive. A bit pricey but when food and service are both notable it doesn't matter. Try it with some friends do you can have a good variety. Enjoy!
Excellent food, service & atmosphere on Ossington
Salt Wine Bar is a terrific Iberian tapas restaurant on Ossington at Dundas. Comfortable ambience with exposed brick walls lines with bottles of wine. Everything comes as small sharing portions. Tapas is not normally my favourite style of dining but as Salt it works extremely well. We've been twice in the past few months and the food and service were terrific both times. Highlights were the grilled calamari, the argentinian-style NY strip loin steak and the sea scallops with pork belly. The bread & olives to nibble on at the start were addictive. The charcuterie board appetizer was tasty but we felt it expensive for what we got. The foie gras and chicken liver pate appetizer was good but not memorable. Unlike everything we ate, the pate had kind of flavourless. There are so many other tasty choices on the menu that we make a different selection next time. A minor quibble. We had a Chilean Carmenere red wine which was delicious and very well priced. We sampled several desserts. Creme Brule was very good. But it was their take on deep-fried donut dough with a dipping sauce that was a major hit. Even for a non-dessert eater like me, it was incredible. Service was attentive and professional. They are trying very hard and doing an excellent job. Highly recommend it.
This place is nothing short of amazing. ...
This place is nothing short of amazing. I will definitely be back
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