Reconnect over dinner and drinks at these cool ‘n’ cozy Ossington Avenue bars, lounges and restaurants.
Gather the gang for a winter social in buzzy Ossington Village. From modern Malay street food to Cuban medianoches, here are six inviting bars, lounges and restaurants with private rooms you can take over with your friends and fam.
This rustic-chic restaurant features a seasonal menu drawing from Chef Paul Boehmer’s childhood influences of Spain and Germany. With its creative cocktails and global-local menu (featuring dishes like venison tartare with Ontario wild leek mayo, or Canadian Bouillabaisse with east-meets-west Atlantic salmon and Salt Spring Island mussels), it’s a great spot for mixed company.
The private room holds up to 20 guests and boasts a long dining table with benches that — juxtaposed with white walls and sparse decor — will make you feel like you’re dining at a modern cabin. 93 Ossington Ave.
This bistro bar à vin is a tiny space with loads of character inspired by the neighbourhoods of Paris. You’ll be charmed by its use of wooden wine barrels for tables, hanging menu chalkboards and shelves stocked with French wines, oils, vinegars and other pantry items.
Cote de Boeuf is also a bespoke butcher shop that breaks down its local beef the old-fashioned way: by handsaw. Private dining takes place at its Butcher’s Table. (Fun fact: this private area is how the restaurant originally launched!) Comfortably seating four to six people, this private dining spot offers a set menu of French dishes like bone-in prime rib steak served family-style. Make sure to order the terrines, which are made in-house. 130 Ossington Ave.
This family-owned restaurant is a beautiful space specializing in modern interpretations of Malaysian street food. Its decor exudes exotic warmth with lantern wallpapered walls, wooden screens and dramatic lighting. The Malacca-inspired, private dining room tips its hat to the Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese influences on the Southern Malay state. Soos’ striking back room accommodates 16 along a grand dining table with bright red chairs.
The menu focuses on Nyonya cuisine (Chinese-influenced Malaysian flavours) and boasts family recipes served in small, shareable plates, bar snacks and street foods like Malay-styled Red Chili Cali, Rendang Braised Beef and Pulled Chicken Kapitan Tacos. 94 Ossington Ave.
Bridging the gap between a healthy vegan eatery and a traditional Chinese-Malay restaurant, Fat Choi serves up plant-based dishes like sambal dhal and roti. Don’t miss the 20-ingredient prosperity slaw with yuzu plum dressing.
Operating as a restaurant within a restaurant at Soos (Wednesday through Sunday), Fat Choi offers the same sumptuous surroundings and private dining room. Groups of six or more will be treated to Fat Choi’s “Feed Me” sharing menu (special requests can be accommodated). Kick-off the evening with their creative cocktails, such as the Marga Mori, a concoction of blanco tequila, chartreuse, passionfruit-jalapeno syrup and lemon juice. 94 Ossington Ave.
Cuban comfort food comes with all the flair at this Toronto mini chain. The interior design is as much of a draw as its menu, with a diner-but-make-it-classy feel that is exactly where you’ll want to bring your friends and family to. The cozy private dining room features exposed brick and a dark wood table that can seat between six and 12 guests over cervezas, conch fritters and signature La Cubana dishes like guava beef short ribs or achiote roasted chicken thighs. Don’t forget to top the night off with a key lime bar! 92 Ossington Ave.
Following its recent move to Ossington Avenue from its former location just around the corner on Dundas Street West, this wine bar boasts a fun, energetic vibe that’s refined but doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Known for being one of the spots for private dining, Paris Paris offers a convivial experience at the back next to the open kitchen. This leafy all-day wine bar is the perfect place to stay cozy on snowy days, with plenty of plants to lend a sunny, semi-tropical vibe. Dishes are not only French-inspired but also feature Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese flavours. Keep your palate guessing with piri piri chicken, sesame eggplant and banquet-style crab claws. 146 Ossington Ave.
With a selection of 120+ tequilas and mezcals, Reposado is the place for a serious Mexican beverage flight, ideally guided by its knowledgeable staff. (It is also home to an excellent bodega/bottle shop where you can pick up cocktail kits, three-bottle tequila and mezcal flights and an assortment of bar snacks.)
On the menu: a satisfying taco selection including barbacoa, carnitas and veg-friendly mushroom al pastor. With its exposed brick, finely crafted woodwork and stained-glass windows, Reposado channels an elevated party vibe with DJs or live bands every night.
Take it all in while sipping a tequila negroni or virgin Black and Stormy. 136 Ossington Ave.
Getting to Ossington Village:
Take the 501 Queen streetcar to the Ossington Avenue stop.
Or take the Bloor-Danforth subway line to Ossington station, then catch the 63 Ossington bus southbound to Dundas Street West or Queen Street West stops.