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Cantine Bistro & Bar
Cantine Bistro & Bar

Cantine Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantine.ca/
  • Email: bersani@cantine.ca
  • Phone: (416) 923-4822
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to curtain off the rear of the restaurant to accommodate 36 to 40 guests; however the entire restaurant is available for bookings we can accommodate 70 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Vivian (416) 923-4822
  • Entertainment: Alternating Friday evenings we feature a live musical performance from 8 pm to 10 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davenport
  • Public Transit: Bay bus north from Bay Subway station exit Davenport@Avenue Road Avenue Road Bus north from Museum Subway Exit Avenue Road@Davenport
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cantine Bistro & Bar
Continuing a long tradition of great food, an inviting & warm atmosphere, and excellent service, Cantine Bar & Grill welcomes you. Under the helm of longtime restaurateur Joey Bersani, of Bersani and Carlevale, Flo's Diner and Byzantium, Cantine serves up just the right mix of great food, a great crowd and the perfect ambience; Making the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport the ONLY place to be. Cantine is your place for a romantic dinner for two, a fun evening out with friends, brunch with the kids, a family celebration, or a large group gathering/function. From the cozy, welcoming oversized leather sofa chairs that greet you upon entering, to the newly renovated full service bar (with 8 draft beers on tap), to the monthly art installations lining the walls, through to the weekly in house guest musicians and vocalists, Cantine remains one of Toronto's best kept secrets. With the city at our doorstep, the energy, beauty and vibrancy of Yorkville all around come and enjoy lunch andContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is consistently good. The prices are extremely reasonable. It's almost weird to me that a pint of beer is 5.50. Especially considering the area and the staff is great."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Easy to book online; table was ready; felt welcomed; no waiting to be offered coffee! I loved seeing an artist's excellent work for sale! Lots of menu choices; each of us enjoyed our various selections--my Tuscan omelet with 1/2 salad 1/2 frites was excellent! I look forward to my next brunch or meal at Cantine!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "all around, it was a very nice brunch. ill definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "From eggs to salads, to hamburgers, our birthday celebration was delicious. Truly enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food at Cantine is absolutely wonderful - great flavour and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, the service from the waiting staff pales in comparison. Our waiter did not ONCE check on how our food was tasting after he brought it to us, never filled up our water glasses, did not utter a word when he brought our appetizers and entrees nor when he removed our plates, and when prompted to place our order, he approached us and merely said "you ready?". To say he seemed disinterested in us is a vast understatement. He conversed with us as if we were dining at a Burger King. I was rather shocked to be treated in such a fashion and feel it is doing a great disservice to an establishment that actually provides fantastic food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Winterlicious or not, Cantine offers a solid menu. Drawing from a deep range of pasta's and grill items, there is always a flavorful, satisfying item to choose. I've been on many occasions, making a point to travel to the north-Yorkville location to share the restaurant with family and friends. Not once have we been disappointed with the food, the service or the evening. Whether it's lunch, dinner or brunch, Cantine provides a great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I visited Cantine as part of the Winterlicious event, and was pleasantly surprised by the experience I had. 'Surprised' may be overstating it slightly - I had no idea what to expect, and made my reservation based solely on the fact that their menu looked appetizing. I had the polenta, the shrimp & scallop risotto, and the coconut custard dessert. The polenta and the risotto were each mouthwatering - I tried to eat slowly, but both were gone in record time. My only complaint would be about the dessert - nowhere on the menu did it say it came in a tart shell, and I was disappointed when it arrived at the table. The tart shell was overcooked and unappealing. It was a shame to end the meal on a low note. Otherwise, scrumptious."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We have been many times and always enjoy our time and the food. On this occasion however the main dinner for three of us was liver and all three were overcooked. We requested med/rare and got medium/well unfortunately. Otherwise all was consistently delicious"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We visit this restaurant regularly and it is always great. Nice service, great menu and fair prices. This is one of the best restaurants in the city for Winterlicious and Summerlicious as most of the regular menu is available for selection. The price/value ratio is exceptional. Joe Bersani works the room and makes everyone feel welcome."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Cantine ---- Just one of those restaurants you can count on!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The winterlicuous menu was fantastic. Thouroughly enjoyed the crab cakes and tilapia. Upon arrival, the hostess was fantastic, very welcoming and our waiter was excellent."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Went here for Winterlicious 2014, the food was good with appropriate portion size, nice ambiance, and most of all, the staff were friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Great service and the bartender was funny!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Cantine Bistro really got Winterlicious right with a broad enough menu that captured the regular one at a very affordable $25. All four of us enjoyed every plate. The portions were the right size without skimping. The noise level of the full restaurant still allowed for conversation without effort. The only thing I would change is adding a prix fix menu year round."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Four of us went to Cantine for dinner and had the Winterlicious menu. The restaurant provided numerous choices and dinner was only $25. I had a beet, pear and goat cheese salad, grilled salmon, and a key lime tart - all delicious. I've been to Cantine before and have always found it to be warm, inviting, with excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Service was fast, friendly and attentive. We got our bread right away, appetizers shortly after. Our plates were cleared and glasses filled within minutes of being empty. There was only a few minutes wait between finishing our appetizers and the main course. The first few bites of the strudel weren't very impressive but when I got to the cheesy centre, that's when the delicious taste finally complemented the texture. Fresh fruit topping the whipped cream on my key lime pie was excellent. What was impressive for me was that although we entered a fairly empty Cantine, the diner proceeded to fill up as we ate but the level of service remained excellent throughout."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went out for our anniversary during winterlicious and we were more then satisfied! Amazing food, beautiful wine, and a lovely ambience. Would love to go back for another great night out :)"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We had a group booking for Winterlicious, food and service were fabulous AND they had the coconut banana cream pie this time! Can't wait for summerlicious!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Went for winterlicious and was pleased with the portions and the menue. Staff was friendly and kind."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Very romantic ambiance, friendly staff and delicious menu! I love small family owned restaurants, not sure if cantine is family owned but it felt like I was dinning at at very upscale family restaurant."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "food preparation and presentation was much better than we expected. we will try this again soon no issues other than possibly parking"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My family and I had a wonderful dinner at Cantine's."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great food in a comfortable environment with thoughtful service. We are regulars and we take out of town guests all the time."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Good and friendly service. Very accomodating in menu."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I eat at this restaurant regularly and it has never let me down. they are creative with the menu around special occasions eg. valentines day, summerlious, new years etc. and I have attended many of these. They are generally very well priced and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "A great place in the neighbourhood. Cosy. Food quite acceptable if you know what to order. I always do the burger. My husband the salmon for dinner. A good place for lunch as well. Nice salads and egg dishes. Have been there for large group celebratory lunches too !!!happy place. Good staff. Keep returning time and time again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Have been going for years and never disappointed with their service, food and honouring reservatins on time. Menu selection broad so there is something for everyone's taste."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Thought food was very average. Came slightly cold. Nothing remarkable"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Was surprised at the very slow delivery of the main course and no one from management came by to explain or apologize. Waitress left to deal with this. Not usually like this. Food, when it finally arrived, was good."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "For my first visit I did not enjoy the food but the ambiance and service were good. Was convinced to go again, when I found the food to be quite good and the service excellent but I believe it was the owner/manager serving ". Based on this experience I returned this time only to be disappointed again; not by the food but by the poor service by the waiter responsible for our table. The servers who brought the food were pleasant and respectful. It is unfortunate that although the food was good the service torpedoed any desire to return."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The restaurant staff were very accomodating, friendly and attentive. Our wine was off and they took it back without question and allowed to order again from the wine list."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "service is great with a nice casual vibe. love the food and ambiance. grat selection of beers and wines"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Not enough room here to give an adequate or fair review . So I'll just say we have scratched Cantine Bistro off our list of Brunch places."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I am there often and I am never disappointed. They have a good menu and there are always special dishes for the evening. Service is great and I love the atmoshphere."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We have always enjoyed going to Cantine for brunch, lunch or dinner. We like the owner and find that the restaurant has always been consistent and the food and menu have improved over the years."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Very good restaurant. I particularly like the oval table that seats 6 Everybody enjoyed the Bistro for everything including the price,"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Good consistent food and service. Interesting specials and well-priced food. Our weekly "go to " place Sunday evenings alone or with friends."
    Dined on 10/6/2013