O&B Canteen

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CAN$30 and under
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Pre/post Theatre
O&B Canteen is a bright and casual restaurant and Grab & Go counter located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Canteen’s all-day menu draws inspiration from simple recipes using fresh ingredients. Chef-prepared offerings range from housemade soups and sandwiches to hearty salads and oven-baked flatbread. Throughout the day, Canteen’s grab & go counter serves up freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and light bites.

Canteen’s bright, open space features modern decor with a casual feel – the perfect setting to enjoy fresh and innovative fare. Guests can also people-watch from Canteen’s large streetside patio during the summer months. Canteen’s marketplace atmosphere, together with quick, cheerful service, makes it the perfect destination, morning, noon, and night.
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SW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Service awesome and food just what we wanted

LW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect pre theatre dinner spot. Casual, fun and reliably good food.

O&B Canteen
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Larry, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, the Management

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RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great quick bite before a show. Lots of vegetarian option, great service. Will be back!

O&B Canteen
Responded 6 days ago

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward in having you again in our restaurant! Regards, the Management

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was good, but the food quality was quite average. I ordered the spaghetti dish and no one brought a spoon or offered cheese or anything. Not sure what is change over there but it was worse than my prior experiences.

H
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Perfect place to eat before the theatre. Appropriate menu and good service

O&B Canteen
Responded on 6 October 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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j
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we have been to the Canteen or any other OB restaurant it has been a fantastic experience. The staff is extremely pleasant. The food well there is not enough room to write down the excellent I mean EXCELLENT!! food that you have during your experience at either of the OB restaurants. Thankyou again OB and the Canteen for a memorable afternoon pre show lunch.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are very glad that you had an excellent dining experience with us! We look forward having you again in our restaurant! Regards, The Management

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g
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A quiet night for the district since the theatres were dark or empty and there were no sporting events. Plus Thursday’s is half price for bottles of wine. This was just a pre concert meal so no appetizers and we were grateful our mains arrived in short order - grilled octopus salad and beef short rib, both done to perfection. Happily we were able to squeeze in dessert - carrot cake - because a little wine remained!

O&B Canteen
Responded on 24 September 2019

Hi Glen! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward having you again in the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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ES
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Convenient spot for TBLB movie goers. Food selection was good with lots of GF choices. Unfortunately soup was scalding hot.

LS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the beet burger and it was amazing! I’ll keep eating there just for that!! Food is usually very good there but in the past I have it very crowded and noisy, difficult for conversation. However not dining at peak times is a better choice if you can do the ambience is quieter. Nice to be able to eat on the patio - quiet and spacious. I’m happy to see so many restaurants setting a more environmentally responsible example using paper straws. It would be nice if O & B did the same.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 14 August 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regarding the straws, we use biodegradable ones. They are environment friendly and we are glad that our guests appreciate them! Regards, The Management

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AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My second time there at it did not disappoint! This time I had brunch and the cod benedict was out of this world!

O&B Canteen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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GA
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was subpar. Frozen burgers, over cooked rice, weak lemonade and flat in-house carbonated water. Service was slow and the waiter didn’t come to check on drinks or meal satisfaction. To top it all off the bathroom was so filthy that we decided not to use it. We will avoid this restaurant at all costs in the future. O&B brand is really failing here.

S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was quick and easy and did the job before the show. The food was good and met expectations.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 8 August 2019

Hi Smith, Thank you so much for the positive review! We are glad to know that we have met your dining expectations! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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CM
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Proximity to the theater was great. We weren’t offered a kids menu, and only noticed after we had ordered that there was one available as we had seen it brought to another table. I ordered steak frites as I knew this was something I could easily share with my son, and the steak was tough. We were a long time to get drinks, and the bill even though it wasn’t busy at all. I’ve been to many O&B restaurants and had a very enjoyable time, but this was my first time at Canteen and won’t likely return.

KW
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another lovely Sunday brunch. Service is always good!!! Food excellent.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 27 July 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward in having you again with us! Regards, The Management

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SW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My burger was under cooked, pretty much raw in some places, but other than that totally amazing

m
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Canteen always has a limited menu, but we always find really tasty things to eat! It's a great place to have a bit before or after a movie.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 27 July 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and place was great!

My only complaint is that you charge $3 for the 'filtered' tap water without letting the customer know unless she/he specifically asks!

In my opinion, that's a bit dishonest.

EA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but all the service wasn't great. It shouldn't take 10 minutes every time someone orders a drink. Meanwhile the food came out quickly.

TS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Canteen for the Summerlicious and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

The food & drinks were delicious, prices unbelievable, and our server Alannah was friendly, attentive and knowledgable.

Looking forward to returning for Winterlicious & Summerlicious menus and introducing more friends to your wonderful establishment.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 27 July 2019

Hi Tracy, Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We will definitely inform Alannah that you enjoyed the service she had given you! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We ordered from the Summerlicious 2019 menu and the food was not to expectation. The rice was undercooked and the dessert (brownie) was very hard, I couldn't break the brownie with a fork. Overall, I didn't bother finishing the food. The waitress was not attentive. We tried to catch her attention many times but just stood around chatting with her coworkers.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Though I know it was busy before theatre..washrooms were dirty and no soap..bottle open on counter.

Goat cheese salad had a hit and miss of cheese and pecans.

Poutine gravy very salty.

Service wonderful. Rest of food fine.

s
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Summerlicious menu not worth it. The food wasn’t anything special, didn’t have much flavour at all. Service and ambiance was fine, clean, server was nice. Much better restaurants in the area

AB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife has been an Oliver & Bonacini fan for a long time. We have been to almost all of them, including Canoe, Jump, BIFF, O & B Yonge & Front, Luma at TIFF, Bayview O & B plus the one in Blue Mountain.
From casual dining to formal ones - very few other restaurants can match their in class and simply great food. We go during summerlicous and at other times.
As a matter of fact, we are taking a couple of friends tomorrow evening to Luma for dinner.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 20 July 2019

Hi Atin, Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward to having you with us at the restaurant again! Regards, The Management

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A
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

While the food and ambience were fine, the portions were really tiny. If I'm going to spend $33 for dinner, I would like to be full afterwards. Would not recommend - take your $33 and go somewhere else that will fill you up.

P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

High quality food food served by attentive staff. Very good value in a prime location for theatre goers. We have visited O&B Canteen a number of times now and have always been pleased.

D
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went there for Summerlicious. Food was only good - disappointed that it was not better.
The cod was overwhelmed by the curry and the tofu dish had way too much vinegar.
The service, though, was excellent.

GI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very professional, chill place next to the lion king.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 23 July 2019

Hi Grace! Thank you for the positive feedback! We look forward to having you again with us! Regards, The Management

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Summerlicious is underway.

My choices:
App - green bean Cesar salad
Entree - baked cod
Dessert - cookie dough ice cream with a brownie

The salad was yummy. Nice twist on a traditional Cesar salad by adding the green beans and radish. The parmesan stood out more then the dressing.

The baked cod was with a curry and rice as well as spiralled carrots on top. I don’t usually pick fish when I’m eating out but I really enjoyed it. Careful of the plates cuz they are crazy hot and I was not forewarned. Ouchies! Cod cooked to perfection and curry was not overpowering.

The dessert was a bit of a let down. I didn’t like the texture or taste of the brownie, I would almost think they were store bought. The ice cream was ok. Too bad the peach cobbler was old out.

Service was not its usual fantastic self. Yes it was busy, no I’m not expecting my server to hang out with me but I shouldn’t have to ask a few times for something. It wasn’t the personable service I’m used to at an O&B restaurant.

LD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I rated most items at 3 because some parts of each item were really good and others not so good. For example our server was not so attentive at the outset but came through in the end for us to make our next event. As well, although the salad was really tasty, the main entree was just okay. In the end I would try it again.

FD
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I took my colleague for a Summerlicious lunch there today; it's her first time at O&B Canteen and much to her dismay, the rice bowl she ordered was too salty! I was also disappointed because the portobello burger I ordered was way too salty for me. At least, the appetizer and dessert we had seemed okay. I feel embarrassed bec. she wanted to go somewhere else and I convinced her to try this one, big mistake! Did they change the chef? I've been to this restaurant a few times before but this was the first time I didn't like the food. This one bears the O&B name so I expect it to be good but my dining experience here today was a big disappointment!

C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual, very clean, attentive staff, good food with very reasonable price.

MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside which was great, but the music outside was too loud. Otherwise a great evening.

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Service was fine but I don’t like being charged for tap water. I was charged for a 9 oz glass of wine when I was served a 6oz but didn’t notice on the bill until I left the restaurant. We had one delicious dessert and took the other one home which was soggy and undercooked( peach crumble)
Maybe it would have been better at night, ordering from the regular menu.

SG
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Came to this spot for a pre-movie dinner. Sat out on the patio, which is nice for a downtown location on a busy/louder street (lots of foot traffic and trucks with air brakes). Food was good and the server was incredibly nice, but service was slow as we arrived at the same time as a few other tables. Would definitely come back another time.

CK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for summerlicious and had amazing food! The portions were a very good size and the restaurant had a good ambience. Sat on the patio and was very nice. Would recommend!

O&B Canteen
Responded on 14 July 2019

Hi Christina, Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward to having you with us again in the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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JB
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had brunch prior to attending Mirvish show. Service was excellent, food was good and came out quickly. Our server Sebastian took note of our showtime to ensure we would be in and out in time and he even recommended we bring tissues when he found out what show we were seeing (good advice it turns out).

O&B Canteen
Responded on 9 July 2019

Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for the positive review! We are very glad that you had a wonderful dining experience with us and that Sebastian gave you an efficient service! We will definitely inform him that you appreciated the advice he gave you as well. We look forward to having you with us again in the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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p
Toronto
84 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Keep returning when we have a show downtown. Food is tasteful and fresh. Summerlicious menu was good.

GS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and great service. This restaurant does not disappoint.

O&B Canteen
Responded on 9 July 2019

Hi Gordon, Thank you so much for the positive review! We always aim to give our guests a wonderful experience whenever they dine with us and we are very glad that we did not disappoint you!! We hope to have you again in our restaurant! Regards, The Management

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service were both very good as usual. Having the patio doors open on one of the hottest most humid days in Toronto, however, made for an unpleasantly hot dining experience. I won’t return in the summer if this approach to ‘fresh’ air continues.

V
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was okay. The service was sparse and at one point we had 3 different people coming to our table. We had our first date here a few years ago and both remember it being much better. Maybe better luck (if) next time.

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