Tennessee Tavern

4.6
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104 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Eastern European

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About

An Eastern European inspired tavern proudly serving Parkdale seven days a week! The menu designed by Chef Grant van Gameren features a mix of Eastern European classic comfort food that is grounded in North American tavern fare. An eclectic soundtrack of blues, soul and rockabilly is replaced by live bands and events on weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Eastern European
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Hours of Operation
Dinner 6pm-12am Daily Drinks until 2am every Friday and Saturday Brunch served from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday
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Phone number
(416) 535-7777
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Grant van Gameren
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Private Party Facilities
Anything goes.
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Private Party Contact
info@tennesseetavern.ca: (416) 535-7777
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Catering
Takeout and catering packages are available.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Queen & Dowling
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Parking Details
Street parking is available along with a Green P lot located directly behind the restaurant.
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Public Transit
We are located on the 501 streetcar route.
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Entertainment
Live music and djs..... Sometimes a magician, never any clowns.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 104 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I think they were having a really bad night in the kitchen -- food was extremely slow to come out and not up to the usual quality. Also; I could barely have a conversation with the person across from me because I couldn't hear. So overall; it's a shame because this is my second time going here... and the first time; everything tasted quite well. Hoping they sort it out.

LK
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Tennessee Tavern for a birthday celebration. We had many vegetarians in the group and everyone found something delicious to eat! The food was great with very generous servings and the atmosphere was fun. The staff were friendly. We will definitely be returning.

EN
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so great and the service was fantastic! My family and I were so happy with everything! We will definitely be coming back with friends!

RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, the food was delicious - we had a great meal outside on the patio!

AF
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found this restaurant when searching for schnitzel. They offer a fun and funky atmosphere. The beer choices were plentiful and the food was delicious!! The portions were generous. We ended up splitting the Jager Schnitzel and an order of spaetzel. It definitely satisfied our craving! The service was very attentive and our server offered other options for after dinner fun! There was also a large party in house when we arrived. Looked like a great place that could handle bigger groups!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was outstanding. He had amazing wine suggestions and made half portions possible off menu. I will definitely go again and recommend highly. A wonderful variety of delicious flavours.

GD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went with a larger group... it was great. Service was great and recommendations by waitress was spot on.

CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Pierogi also nice for AYCE. Price was right. Friendly staff and great music. Would recommend sitting on the patio if it’s too noisy for you inside (it isn’t)

OS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food plus wine from my Croatian heritage!

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in n the city. Great food and drink!

P
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great vibe. The service and food was excellent.

F
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Music too loud.
Perogies were fenomenal but the schnitzel was average

AN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brought my family here for Mother’s Day. Brunch was exceptional, they were blown away with the decor, menu and service. No complaints and will definitely come back.

GM
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

A bit loud and hard to talk. Terrific service and very good meat dishes.

RS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

Way too loud. Couldn't talk without having to shout over the music

FC
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great surprise, went for the interesting menu, and Tennessee Tavern was an amazing surprise, the staff was great and went beyond any expectations!!
Great choice definitely a great place!

C
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Having been to TT on Mar 26 for dinner, I was a little disappointed that the brunch menu lacked some of the unique and delicious dishes from the dinner menu.
However, service was excellent. We were a group of 6 and the staff were very patient as we moved twice to find a table to allow for conversation. Also there was a mix-up over a beer order and it was taken from the bill. Great beer options!
Will return for dinner.

JM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great place for small groups. Good food, great value.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service was great. the hostess took time to explain all our options and made sure we did not over order.
We found the food good and came away stuffed. We ordered a bit too much in the end. Looking forward to going back one night when they might have some live music.

EC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great and the service was exceptional. Everyone was extremely helpful and offered great advice when choosing what to eat and drink.

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Hearty, home style cooking in a fun atmosphere. Would go back.

AN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant - it’s like the Austrohungarian empire never died!

SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

Ambiance was relaxed and comforting and food was pretty good until we received a dish that was extremely salty to the point where it was inedible. When asked to replace the dish we got dirty looks and condescending comments from our server. Ruined the overall experience at the restaurant. It's too bad because the pirogies were pretty good, but will not be returning.

LS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As someone with polish heritage it is great to see delicious traditional food in hip and funky environment. I will be back there for sure.

J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tennessee Tavern has a great vibe and decor. My wife and I enioyed our date night there and will be back for the food (awesome) and the service. Get the cevapi!

DB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fun place. Good food, nothing sophisticated but very tasty! Will be back.

ET
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an awesome time. Just a little too much salt in the food. Otherwise, food, service and ambiance was top notch

JR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drink selection. The food menu had lots of good options for sharing. We got pierogis, assorted pickle platter and basket of sausages which were all delish. The spaetzle and schnitzel were a little heavy on the salt in my opinion, but would go back. We’re cool atmosphere!

OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As an Eastern European who eats this cuisine regularly, I can honestly say the food is exceptional. There’s a great ambiance for a date or group and the service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely be returning!

SO
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Late reso very busy time still got great service and food was very good. Unfortunately - too loud. Felt like I had to yell all night. Despite everything going for it; I would think twice before coming back to have an evening out with friends. I couldn't really enjoy them and that's the whole point of going out. Sound panels would not go amiss in this otherwise lovely space.

j
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I LOVE THIS FREAKIN RESTAURANT AUGH this was my first time there for brunch, we usually come for beer and pickles. daytime atmosphere did not disappoint and the cevapi and eggs were excellent. the staff are always friendly and professional.

FS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, different, odd and amazing all rolled up in one.

EM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vibe is amazing. Food was spectacular and service was great! Highly recommended

PD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, great vibe to the place.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No notes on this visit.

One guest thought the bathroom was “scary”.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Food was good but service was absolutely terrible.

SM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We’ve been there a few times before and the quality of food isn’t as great this time around. The service was also below par. We weren’t served water until the end of our meal after asking for it a couple times. Then when we did receive it there was a sweet offputting taste to it. There was no seasoning in the ajvar and tasted very bland compared to what you would get in the balkans. Sadly don’t think I will ever go back.

MG
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vegan pretzels, which are a rarity. Blood sausages that are to die for.

GG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Visited for the first time for Sunday brunch after repeated recommendations by our adult children (committed downtowners). Drove down from North York. Parking was easy at nearby Green P. Front window table would have sat 10 but was plenty big for our intimate group of six. Greeted warmly upon arrival and service was friendly and attentive. Ate well including appetizers and a pitcher of mimosas and bottomless coffee. Live music for a portion of our visit and in-house tunes as well. Glad we were seated up front or might have been too noisy for conversation on the main floor. Perfect for a relaxing, laid-back weekend gathering. Left satisfied (killer pierogies!) and will visit again.
Thanks TT!