About Us!

The gaelic word céilí (pronounced kay-lee) is an Irish word for a social get-together of music, song and dance. With such gatherings also come great food and drinks! Our “Irish Local” is a place for friends and families from near and far to convene for conversation and good craic (Irish for fun and enjoyment)..

The Céilí Cottage opened in June 2009 and is comprised of two rooms and a large sunny patio. The Cottage room is the oldest part of the structure, and was built sometime in the 1880’s. We kept the original aged look of this room with exposed brick and wooden beams, and have church pews and small tables lining the walls for folks to sit and enjoy a meal. The bar area is located just behind the Cottage dining room and is long and narrow – just big enough for a good crowd yet intimate enough to get to know your neighbours! Complete with a limestone bar top from Co Kilkenny and an upright piano, it’s perfect for dining or drinking (or both!), and a great setting for our weekly traditional Irish music session on Tuesday evenings.

We invite you to come down to our Cottage in the heart of Leslieville, and enjoy a wide range of Irish & Canadian premium craft beers, whiskies & spirits, fresh oysters, and quality homemade food.

Sláinte!


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Shucker Paddy

Hello, and welcome to The Ceili Cottage, my name is Patrick McMurray and I’ll be your publican here at The Cottage.

I’ve been bringing Oysters and fresh fish to the city for all to enjoy for over 15 years known for opening Toronto restaurants Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill (2001-2014) and Pearl Diver (2014-).

I’ve been an east-ender all my life, and my family has lived in the area for several generations.

I am a World Champion Oyster Shucker, hold the Guinness World Record for the most oysters shucked in 1 minute (39), most in 1 hour (1114) and author of a book on oysters, entitled “Consider the Oyster – A Shucker’s Field Guide” but I’ve always wanted to run a little “Irish Local”.

I have aslo been featured as a guest on the following shows: Steven and Chris, Christine Cushing, Breakfast Television, CTV morning show, the Heat with Mark McEwan, Gordon Ramsay's the F word Live and Martha and Snoop's Potluck dinner (airing in Feb 2018)

So here we are.


WATCH the following videos to learn more about Shucker Paddy and his Universal Oyster Knife, now available through SwissMar.




Gear


Custom hand engraving is possible on the blades, and autographed books patrick@ceilicottage.com

Wholesale and Restaurant volume orders possible as well – Oyster Shucking Station, 6pack and 12 pack of Trays, Knives, Pucks, and Cups. patrick@ceilicottage.com

Featured Event

Weekly Events

  • Saturday :
    Saturdays at Ceili Cottage Brunch! 11-3. Daily food & Oyster specials
  • Sunday :
    Sunday Brunch Brunch! 11-3. Sunday roast supper from 5:00pm

Annual & Special Events

January – January 1st NYDayBreakfast, Robert Burns Day Supper J25

February – MardiGras, F13-PreVday, Valentine’s Day

March – For St. Patricks Day stay tuned for more info! This year will be bigger and better than ever!!!! Easter

April – Spring Fling

May – Patio is always open

June – June 23rd we will be 9 years old!

July – Canada Day at the Cottage

August – TBA

September – TBA

October – TBA

November – TBA

December – December 30th big party


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Music

WE WILL NO TBE HOSTING ANY MUSIC SESSIONS IN JANUARY!

The Céilí Cottage features weekly Traditional Irish Music Sessions – Every Tuesday night from 8 p.m.


Below are videos from some of the Cottage’s talented friends that have enriched our space with their music.





Reviews

dobbernationLOVES, lifestyle blog
March 2013 – Review: The Ceili Cottage, Toronto


Toronto Life – The Dish
January 2013 – Cold Comfort: 11 winter patios for Toronto’s class of dedicated outdoor diners


Canadian Beer News
September 2013 – Barley Days and Céilí Cottage Partner on Scrimshaw Oyster Stout


THE GRID
November, 2012 – Food Spy: It’s yurt season at Leslieville’s Ceili Cottage


Toronto Life: The Dish
November 2011, Toronto’s five best restaurants to bring the kids along and eat well too


Toronto Star
June, 2011, Champ shows off oyster-shucking skills


Toronto Life: Daily Dish
February 18, 2010, Shucker Paddy turns his patio into skating rink


Toronto.com
December 2009 – Top 10 Restaurants of 2009


Toronto Life: James Chatto
November 2009 – The British Invasion


Toronto Life: Daily Dish
Tuesday, July 20, 2009 – Just Opened: Ceili Cottage


Great Canadian Pubs and Beers
Thursday, July 16, 2009 – The Ceili Cottage: Toronto, ON


Sweetspot.ca: A Guide to the Sweet Life
July, 2009 – Down Home Cottage Charm


BizBash Toronto
July 10, 2009 (includes great photos of the cottage)
Irish Charm Fills Historic Ceili Cottage


The Globe and Mail: Life Section
July, 2009 – The Ceili Cottage: The place to go for a slice of Ballycotton


Enroute: Food and Drink
June 2006 – For Peat’s Sake: At restaurants everywhere, it’s all going up in smoke


Toronto Life: Daily Dish
March, 2009 – Starfish’s Shucker Paddy brings some more Irish
to the east end


Great Canadian Pubs and Beers
January, 2009 – The Ceili Cottage – Coming Soon to Leslieville: Toronto, ON

Details & Features

If you have any questions, or thoughts, please feel free to contact info@ceilicottage.com

Address: The white picket fence with the red gate on QueenStreet East. South side, where the sun shines, three doors from The Beer Store, in Leslieville


Type: Irish, Pub, Pub
Features: Brunch, Casual Dining, Events, Live Music, Oyster Bar, Open on Sunday, Terrace, Patio, Family Dining, Take Out, Delivery, WiFi
Neighbourhood: Riverdale, Leslieville
Payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Interac
Price Range: $$$$ » Affordable (Under $10)
Atmosphere: Casual
Attire: Casual

Hours may change during holidays or special occasions. Please contact the establishment for specific information.

The kitchen is open until 10 nightly, and 12 Friday and Saturday barring weather

Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

 
The Ceili Cottage Phone : (416) 406-1301 1301 Queen St E
Toronto, ON
M4L 1C2

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VIP List

Please take a moment to fill out our VIP Newsletter Member form below. VIP Newsletter Members receive access to a wide range of exclusive benefits which include automatic entry into all of our contests, compliments on your birthday and/or anniversary, invitations to cocktail evenings, periodical newsletters and other special promotions. Please note that your privacy is important to us and your information will not be passed on to any third parties. View our Privacy Policy.

Win a dinner for two

Contest Rules : To participate in the The Ceili Cottage contest you will need to sign up as a The Ceili Cottage VIP Newsletter Member to receive our communications.

* One winner will be drawn each month and notified by email.

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