Toronto’s Lonesome Ace performing at the Dakota Tavern.

Usually you descend into The Dakota Tavern in the wee hours of the night to take in some of the best live music in Toronto. Well, now the sunny side of weekend mornings is our new go-to time to enjoy the tunes and food at The Dakota’s Bluegrass Brunch.

The all-you-can-eat kid-friendly experience begins every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. It’s family-style eating on red plaid table tops under a disco ball with live music by some of the city’s best musicians. It’s cozy and easy.

Two moms in TOw and our kids arrived shortly after opening, were seated immediately and within minutes, juice boxes, non-stop coffee and platters of food arrived at our table. There were already a handful of families and more arrived during our brunch. This is definitely enjoyable for the non-kid groups, but we were pleasantly surprised at the number of families smiling during meal time.

And the music was excellent – regular performances by Toronto’s Lonesome Ace.

We’ll be back.

Here’s a peek — trip tips below.


Toronto’s Lonesome Ace performing at the Dakota Tavern.


Getting there: The Dakota Tavern is located on Ossington at Dundas St. West in Toronto’s west end. There is street parking and TTC access via Ossington bus or Dundas streetcar.

Low-down: The all-you-can-eat menu includes pancakes, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and fruit salad for $18 per adult and $7 per kid. Other items like yogurt (and mimosas!) for purchase. High chairs available. Reservations for 6+ on Saturdays only.

In the hood: It’s a hop skip and a jump from the awesome Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Other kid-friendly brunch spots: Lazy Daisy’s CaféProhibitionEast end faves — (train table!) and (kids eat free!)


249 Ossington Ave.