Cantine Bistro & Bar
Cantine Bistro & Bar

Cantine Bistro & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantine.ca/
  • Phone: 4169234822
  • 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 4169234822
  • 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 and
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Cantine Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)great for brunch (27)fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (16)romantic (11)hot spot (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good food, not good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had brunch with my girlfirends there. The ambiance was great and we didn't feel like we were being rushed out. The food was good, although portion sizes smaller than in the past when I have eaten there. The food came quickly, but overall the service wasn't good. We waited forever to get our coffee's re-filled and had to ask repeatedly. Overall just not that friendly either!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Kris
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great spot for brunch. Really nice ambiance, and service was impeccable! Thanks so much for having us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jaytee
    Foodmaven
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Lunched with a friend, salad nicoise , Cobb salad, no wine. Food was fine, not outstanding, service a bit slow but adequate. Cantine is very consistent and well priced. I have lunched and dined many times and will continue to do sp.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the steak
    jollyrancher
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The steak here is amazing! I loved it. Would definitely come back again. Great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best summerliscious meal
    CheerfulFoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Dinner at Cantine was a treat! We were greeted immediately upon entering the restaurant, had a wonderful server and a friendly helpful bus boy. The menu was extensive compared to other summerliscious menus and the food was great. I had herb crusted cod that was to die for. All four people at my table cleaned their plates bare. We had an early reservation on a Sunday night and by the time we left the place was full and hopping and very noisy. I would definitely go back for any meal there in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable neighborhood go-to
    Benna9VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A good straightforward neighborhood restaurant with high standards for unpretentious mains. Fresh ingredients, well prepared, served in a friendly yet orderly way. Unusually for a place of tjis kind, the desserts are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great omelettes. I was delighted when I ordered scrambled eggs with salmon to have it presented with two large slices of salmon perfectly presented. The onions were sautéed and every so yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summerlicious delicious
    totrynewplaces
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Yummy_Good, tasty, and nice varied menu. Waiters seemed to have other things on their minds. Seem like they don't want to be there? A little bit more on the plate would have been good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Loved the flat iron steak! Great ambiance and overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • divinediner19
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Lots of choices for the Summerlicious menu. We received our food quickly however we found that the servers were not very friendly. Overall we expected better service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Claudia
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a great night, food and service were fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good place to go on a special day
    jeekkk
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    friendly service, good foods, good atmosphere, located in a good neighbourhood
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good service
    FoodieKam
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I went for summerlicious and truly enjoyed the grilled calamari and fish of the day which happened to be tilapia. The service was great initially, but as it started to get busier, it took almost 30 minutes just to get someone to bring the debit machine so we pay for our meals... Overall, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. The food and service are both excellent and the staff are always friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!
    Tom77
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We went there for summerlicious and enjoyed every bite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summerlicious are not available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went for Summerlicious, but menu was not available on that day we went even though there was such a indication from their web. I checked with them after we visit( didn't eat) E mail reply was even more made me unpleasent. I won't go this place again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • karee
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I love this restaurant . It is a really fun place and it has great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitekai
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent choice. Enjoyed the meal and whole dining experience very much. Look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    citygirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Saturday night at Cantine Bistro. Summerlicious menu was wonderful. Had the grilled Calamari and Flat Iron Steak. Both done to perfection. Wine list is extensive and sommelier was very knowledgeable. Wouldn't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little bistro
    frenchy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have been regular customers for many years and always return to Cantine for great food at a very fair price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Dinner
    Rabih
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I went to dinner and when i got there the hostess told me: SORRY but we are CLOSED. I was surprised and explained that i have a reservation at 9. She went to check the system and found it so she was like OK you can stay but you have to order right now because the kitchen is closing. I was so upset and replied by NO THANKS and left. It was very unprofessional and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Disappointed at the table we were put at; I said we were bringing people for an occasion and we got stuck in a corner. I specifically asked for a good table. Food, however, is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buddy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Consistently great food. Best chicken and/or liver with mashed potatoes in the city! Reasonably priced as well. I dine here often as one of my "go-to" restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodfaddie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Always reliabl. Always served gourmet food beautifully plated. the service is warm and attentive. the menu is extensiiiiive with many great offerings. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Go-To Place!
    Leba
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Cantine Bistro & Bar is a delicious and friendly restaurant. My friends, family and I have been coming here for years. The food is terrific and the staff/service are knowledgeable, efficient and kind. The maitre d's are welcoming and helpful. Owner Joey Bersani greets his guests with a relaxed, brief visit; you can tell he loves his business. The menu has lots to offer...they'll even do my egg-white omelettes without butter or oil when I ask! The breads and olives at dinner are the best in town. The grilled salmon with wasabi is also a perennial favourite - delish. The restaurant itself is very pretty and displays local artists. In short, and as you can tell, I love Cantine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 255 reviews are from the Cantine Bistro & Bar reviews archive.
  • Good to Go
    ldy113
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been coming to Cantine on a non-regular basis since it originally opened, then closed then opened again, guessing 30 years on and off. Alwasy found it a comfortable and relaxing place with goog food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ODEEO
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    FOOD IS CONSISTANLY GOOD & THE SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE CASUAL & FRIENDLY
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighbourhood gem
    foodfaddie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food is well prepared and beautifully served. Service is warm and efficient. Great menu with lots of optio s. This is a neighbourhood gem
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Cantine never fails to please. We went for brunch, just coffees and eggs, and the madeleine is always perfect. The poached eggs are medium, smoked salmon thinly sliced and the spinach just blanched. Yum! A basket of toast arrived to munch on while we waited (not that it took long at all!). Coffee refills were prompt.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cantine Bistro
    ED64
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Cantine is a neighbourhood gem. The food is consistently good, we eat there often.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A great neighbourhood restaurant with reasonable prices for good cuisine. This has been a staple go to place in the area for over a decade and has a loyal client base of neighbours who appreciate the value and consistently good food and service.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, relaxed and reasonable
    BeautySpesh
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time for Brunch
    Comment8r
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    all around, it was a very nice brunch. ill definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday brunch delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    From eggs to salads, to hamburgers, our birthday celebration was delicious. Truly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only service could match food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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  • Fab spot
    MDCFMW
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cantine is a win!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been many times and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food. Great service
    Char
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Fantastic food. Great service and the bartender was funny!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.