Watusi

Price guide: Mid-range

110 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z4

Price guide: Mid-range

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#26 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Stag / hen parties, Chilling out, Trendiness

Expert review of Watusi

Retro restaurant bar witch a clutch of recreated classics.

A hip, slightly tongue in cheek venue on thr Ossington strip, Watusi is very much a tapas restaurant in the evening, until suddenly, a few hours later, it's morphed into a packed bar. It's great for a two-in-one experience when you don't feel like switching venues after dinner. The menu offers twists on the old classics - both food and drink.

Food and drink: 

Stack up a slew of small plates for a full meal here — or have a starter and drink here, then eat your way up the Ossington strip. Good options include the flatbread pizzas, beef tenderloin, marinated pork empanadas and the molten chocolate cake. The drinks menu is where the real effort lies - with so many martinis it gets near impossible to choose.

Ambience: 

The carefully chosen beautiful staff and the slightly whimsical nature of Watusi attracts a lot of the same crowd that frequent the pricy big money bars of King Street. This is one of their weekend haunts. Weekends on Ossington can get crammed, so if looking for a quiet dinner or snack out, pick a weeknight.

Service: 

Good - and carried out by a slew of very attractive women in 60s airline-inspired uniforms. It sounds tacky, but it actually works. People dress up a little to come here and not be outdressed.

Location: 

In he heart of the Ossington strip, slightly closer to Queen Street.

Price advice: 

It's pretty expensive by the time those small plates add up, so I'd recommend this as more a light meal of share plates and drinks.

More information on Watusi:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
American, Fusion
Address:
110 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z4
Telephone:
+1 416 533 1800
Website:
http://www.watusi.biz
Serves:
Brunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 11am-3pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Watusi? Would you recommended it?