Tanto

4.5
95 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
A beautiful Argentine-influenced menu served off a wood burning grill in a warm and inviting space in the centre of Ossington village. The sights, smells, food, and wines will transport you and make you feel as if you have landed in the heart of Argentina.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Argentinean, Italian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Thursday - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 546-3022
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Julian Illiopoulos
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Private Party Facilities
An intimate, exotic haunt in the centre of the famous Ossington strip. Tanto is lit and perfumed by Tanto's live wood-burning fire. Allow us to transport you and your guests to the heart of Argentina. It is the perfect place for your next private event.
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Cross Street
Queen St. West
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Public Transit
TTC Buses have many stops on Ossington Avenue.
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Entertainment
The Ossington strip is considered Toronto's hottest neighbourhood for live music, fabulous dining, coffee houses, shopping, and relaxing. It is truly a gem in a world class city.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine
What 95 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
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KM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The food was good, but the portions are very small. Between 4 of us, we got 8 plates and were starving by the end (even with a $250 bill). I would still go again, but with different exceptions.

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SG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The temperature in the restaurant was cold and every woman was wearing a jacket.

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HB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We highly enjoyed our experience at Tanta! The server was so friendly and knowledgeable and guided us through our tasting journey. She even paced out our dishes so we could enjoy our wine and relax and have little tasting dishes in intervals. It was super romantic, the food was extremely impressive, and such an enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend for romantic date night, or foodies looking for an Argentinian experience in the city.

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tanto has excellent service and amazing food. We were very impressed overall!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it..1st time and enjoyed it from beginning to the end!!Everyone should go!!

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KT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Definitely recommend the chef's table. Chef Julian was a absolute delight.

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MF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with fantastic service. Could not decide what to order so opted for the "let us cook for you". Wow! Especially enjoyed the back ribs, bavette and the tuna....but everything we had was great. One of our party is a wine maker from France and i have to mention that he was really impressed with the extensive wine list and the knowledgeable sommelier.

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every dish was delicious and uniquely prepared to perfection. Especially loved the grilled squid, beef epanadas, and flat iron steak!

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AC
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Food was expensive with small portions, but overall worth it. I never enjoyed having to essentially sit with two other tables after performing a balancing act to get to my seat- realizing this is just a reality for small downtown restaurants across Toronto.

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KK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot if you're a meat eater! The steaks are mouth watering and cooked perfectly!

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J
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous. Great food, great room, great service. Loved all of it and would come back in a second.

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DB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for an early and quick dinner and, by choice, sat at the bar. We tried several menu items - the squid, the tongue, the sweetbreads, the sourdough bread with tallow - and were impressed with every one.

The service (Conor, our bartender, and Madeleine, the sommelier) was absolutely perfect.

We definitely will be back when we can spend more time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food and service.. Portions are on the smaller side.. But I would definitely go back again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and service!

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T
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent menu executed well. Highly recommend. Be sure to push your culinary boundaries!

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

My husband and I enjoyed an excellent meal at Tanto. The menu was surprisingly unique and every dish perfectly executed. The sommelier Madeline help pick the prefect wine to go with our food and Connor at the bar kept us entertained. The decor could use a refresh but the open kitchen with its wood burning fire is the spotlight. We will definitely be back!

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S
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was a special dinner,celebrating the 20th anniversary of our oldest son who is married to an Argentinian lady(this is an Argentinian restaurant), and the 3rd anniversary of our youngest son. I booked the reservation on Open Table but called the restaurant to give them this information. Service was helpful & attentive. They presented us with a plate of cookies and a candle at the end of the meal - which was an O.K. gesture. I felt that they could have made a little more of a celebratory effort, especially since it was a very expensive meal.
However everyone thought that it was excellent and we had a great evening !

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C
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw Bone Marrow butter on the menu as I browsed Tanto's menu online. What I was even more pleasantly surprised with was the warm and unpretentious atmosphere, and the friendly and professional service. The food is outstanding, the cocktail serving generous... the only annoying thing for me was to have to pay for 4 slices of bread. That was the only negative thing for the evening. The space has great lighting and is vibrating with energy. It can be super noisy and so, not the best place for an intimate dining experience, but the flip-side of it is that you will definitely come out of feeling energized and not sleepy. Highlights were the smoked ricotta empanadas, the grilled tongue, the braised rabbit, and the sweetbreads. The bavette was also over-the-top delicious! Definite recommend!

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LY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was quite disappointed that several items mentioned and recommended in almost every review of Tanto were removed from the menu. Namely the grilled cabbage, potato churros, bavette and banana and dulce de leche milhojas. Therefore, we were forced to blindly order new dishes. Sweetbreads were tasty. Ribs were extremely tender. The star dish was the grilled squid. The flavors were phenomenal, but the portion small. Overall, the prices I found were a touch high for what you received. Pleasant meal, but nothing spectacular.

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JV
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant has an amazing atmosphere with friendly knowledgable staff all happy to assist. Let them guide you through their incredible menu and you won't be disappointed. Truly the best dining experience start to finish!

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LH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant has a “let us cook for you” option which I LOVE. Decor is beautiful and lighting is relaxing. Servers are professional and intelligent.

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D
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server Sam was amazing! All the food was absolutely delicious but definitely on the pricey side. Some dishes could have been bigger. Overall had a wonderful experience.

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FG
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday in our group of 6. Food and drink were great, we would go back for sure. Took stars off because of 1. Fruit flies everywhere which can be a bit unappetizing and 2. We felt a bit rushed from our table at the end (really should figure out a way to balance encouraging good paying tables to stay and not kick them out vs maximizing turnover!).

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous meal and even better service by staff. Items came to our table in a very timely and organized pattern. Tanto started our evening out perfectly and was one of the highlights. Thank you.

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S
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food fabulous service. Will definitely go back

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LH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal and service was excellent like,the other restaurants they own. Will go back very soon.

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g
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

not good, inexperienced and transactional staff, bad food

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small portions, a little on the pricier side but well worth it because everything was absolutely delicious. Great for tapas style dining in my opinion.

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T
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was extraordinary! The short ribs were a standout. Great service.

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A
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

food was great , tapas style, however quite pricy for the amount you get!

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SP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was fantastic, would highly recommend this place.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A good friend and I dined here on a Thursday night starting at 8:30. The food was delicious, with the highlight being the grilled cabbage - a complete surprise and so flavourful. My rioja wine was excellent. The atmosphere was nice and dark with candlelight, and the tables were not too close together. The service was superb. We had an excellent evening at a lovely resto.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated an anniversary. We really enjoyed our evening. Great food and especially the service from Cesar and the rest of the team from Tanto. Would recommend!

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HM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous and inventive meal at Tanto for a special 60th birthday party. We shared plates and enjoyed individual entrees. Nothing disappointed and classics like short ribs and beef empanadas were heavenly. Try the radicchio salad!!!! Pricing on alcohol for bottles was also very fair. Thx Tanto

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was attentive and warm/friendly. The food was delicious - just wish there were more of it! Satifsying - great flavours. Ambience was cozy, laidback and romantic (for us anyways). Great place to celebrate milestones as we did.

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AP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went there for a small gathering for a friends' birthday. We had fantastic food and good servers who were on top of everything but not overbearing. The three highlights for our party were Potato Churros with Piquillo Honey, the Smoked Ricotta Empanada with Tanto Hot Sauce and the Grilled Cabbage with Egg Yolk, Pesto, and Guanciale. Wow!

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LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Food was just average (we had a radicchio salad, the bavette and short ribs), and service was so indifferent and just bad. Our wine glasses were fully empty more than once and the person serving us really didn’t seem to want to be there at all.

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GC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food tasted amazing, I only wish the portion was a bit bigger.

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z
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, and wonderful service

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