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Cantine Bistro & Bar
Cantine Bistro & Bar

Cantine Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "We went there for summerlicious and enjoyed every bite."
    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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent choice. Enjoyed the meal and whole dining experience very much. Look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I love this restaurant . It is a really fun place and it has great food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been regular customers for many years and always return to Cantine for great food at a very fair price."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "FOOD IS CONSISTANLY GOOD & THE SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE CASUAL & FRIENDLY "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Cantine is a neighbourhood gem. The food is consistently good, we eat there often. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    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