Where to Eat and Drink on the Ossington Strip

In recent years, the strip of Toronto’s Ossington Avenue between Dundas and Queen has become a realm of opportunity for global cuisine, strong cocktails and overall exceptional dining experiences. Here are our favourite places to visit on the “strip”, where the food will never disappoint and the vibes are modern and ultra-cool yet unpretentious.

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Superpoint

This casual pizza, pasta and wine bar is a beloved go-to on the strip, ideal for a quick take-out meal or a relaxed date night. Dishes include zucchini flowers, salumi and burrata to start, plus cacio e pepe, wild mushroom rigatoni, and a selection of savoury pizza combinations on a light and chewy house-made crust.

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Mamakas Taverna

Just north of Queen West lies this authentic Greek tavern, painted a crisp white and featuring an open kitchen that serves up some of the freshest seafood you’ll find (fish is ordered on a daily basis). Classic mezzes include oil-drenched olives, shrimp or cheese saganaki and a selection of house dips to start, before moving on to mains dishes like grilled calamari and octopus, lamb chops with tzatziki and hand-cut potatoes with garlic sauce. All of the food is incredibly fresh and delicious, and their ample wine selection is a welcomed accompaniment.

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Bar Sybanne

Sharing-style meals and handcrafted cocktails are done right at this Israeli- and Lebanese-inspired restaurant, where a warm, relaxed atmosphere invites guests in for hot and cold plates. Dip options include labneh, hummus and eggplant, which can be enjoyed alongside hearty and creative bites like fried chicken with sweet orange blossom honey, steak tartare with harissa and feta, and braised grilled octopus with saffron vinaigrette.

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Oddseoul

Indulgent and flavourful Korean snacks pair perfectly with standout cocktails at this hip hole-in-the-wall. Inspired by their Philadelphia upbringing and Korean heritage, brothers Leeto and Leemo Han created a menu that includes a riff on cheesesteak with bulgogi-marinated ribeye and kimchi, a gravy-and-mayo drenched squash poutine, torched mackerel and crispy buffalo tofu. Bring a friend and share a bunch of dishes – you can’t go wrong.

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Union

The menu changes daily at this French-inspired bistro, where the focus is on simple plates using the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Staple dishes include elk sliders on challah, polenta gratin with braised vegetables and sticky BBQ ribs, with rotating seasonal soups, vegetable sides, fresh pastas and seafood. The ridiculously crispy French fries are a must-try.

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La Banane

Beyond the yellow door, guests enter a dining room with green walls, a magnificent marble raw bar, and plush gold seating. Chef Brandon Olsen’s menu includes playful French dishes such as a European sea bass wrapped in a latticework pastry crust served tableside, a classical omelet that can be ordered at any hour, with the option to be topped with additional caviar. Don’t miss their Instagram famed dessert, the Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg (from CXBO), that when cracked open, reveals decadent chocolate truffles.  

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