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O&B Canteen
O&B Canteen

O&B Canteen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com
  • Phone: (647) 288-4710
  • Hours of Operation: Grab & Go: from 8am - 9pm daily

    Dine-In Hours:
    Monday: 11am - 10pm
    Tuesday-Friday: 11am - 11pm
    Saturday: 10am - 11pm
    Sunday: 10am - 10pm
    à la carte brunch from 10am - 3pm on weekends and holidays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, English
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Our partner restaurant Luma and Oliver & Bonacini Events offer full off-site catering opportunities throughout the entire TIFF Bell Lightbox facility including the sixth floor event space and outdoor amphitheatre, with seating capacity for 150 or receptions for 250. For details, contact Oliver & Bonacini Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King and John Streets
  • Public Transit: By subway, exit at St. Andrew station on Yonge-University Spadina line, north west corner. Travel two blocks west on King Street. By streetcar, access the King St. (504) streetcar to John St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Paid parking is available underneath the TIFF Bell Lightbox and there are plenty of private lots within a short walking distance. Street parking can also be found nearby.
A word from O&B Canteen
O&B Canteen is a casual, fresh market café and “grab and go” counter located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district in the TIFF Bell Lightbox at King and John streets. Created by celebrated fine dining restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Chef Michael Bonacini, all of O&B Canteen’s offerings are chef-prepared with fresh ingredients, from housemade sandwiches and breakfast butties to roasted half chicken and steak frites. Pair it with one of O&B Canteen’s great value wines by the glass or beers. O&B Canteen’s casual marketplace atmosphere, together with its quick, cheerful service makes it the perfect destination, morning, noon and night. In season, enjoy a large streetside patio. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Almost no wait, great place to start Summerlicious. Quick service and great people."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Was at O&B Canteen for dinner. We were seated but was not told of any of the daily specials. Took a while to get our drink order through. Upon having the server return to take our meal orders we began to order only to be told that the deep frier was broken. I understand that mechanical equipment goes on the fritz but it it would have been appreciated if we were told when we were seated that the frier was broken. This way we could have had more time to think about another item to order rather than the fried options we would have rather had and not be disappointed"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We often choose Canteen before Mirvish plays in the area, booking a table of 8 in advance. In this case, I changed the reservation day of because 2 people couldn't make dinner. When we arrived, they hadn't taken that into account and sat the 6 of us at the tall table near the front. From there, the disorganization continued. Our server was painfully slow. His inability to provide the bill when asked cause his tip to suffer. Oh well! The tall table at the entrance to the restaurant was continually being leaned on and used by rude customers who had not planned ahead and were waiting for tables. Despite the spotty service, this place is popular, so get there at least 30 minutes before you want to eat. They only take reservations for 8 or more."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We've gone often ( I love the gnocchi and lamb, and the desserts are fantastic), and they've always welcomed us with our stroller and small well behaved lad, now that he's here, and they did a fantastic job for my birthday with a moderate sized group on a monday. Always good service, and a place we keep coming back to. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "After seeing The Last Confession at The Alex, a group of us sauntered down for an early Sunday dinner (your roast beef menu special a particular draw). We had made reservations and had to wait for a bit. We were fine to roll with the delay- but it was lovely for the staff to be attentive and reassuring. We all enjoyed our meals.. between hearty burgers, succulent roast beef and glistening salmon entrees -gotta say about the best frites I have had in awhile! we were well sated. The desserts are presented in a way that is difficult to share - and we are the sharing kind.. but digging into the same tall glass is not exactly as comfortable as severing a little spoonful from the end.. so don't recommend sharing. Eat the lot yourself!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Canteen has never let me down. We have gone there several times - usually because we are seeing a movie at TIFF after. The service is excellent, food very good and it is always a good time."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I was at Canteen (King and John)last week with a group from work. There were 8 of us and we were comfortably seated and attended to right away. Our wait staff was pleasant and even offered his choices for delicious items on the menu.I had the gnocchi with braised lamb(it was amazing) a few of my friends had the shrimp and grits (also delicious). Everyone with me that day enjoyed their meal immensely and we would definitely return.."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I attended the restaurant with 6 other friends for winterlicious. The food was great and the winterlicious menu had a great selection to chose from. The service was pretty good but our waitress forgot one of our drinks and we had to remind her two times before she brought it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I am a reporter for a newspaper and had to be down at the Lightbox for the duration of the film festival. I found Canteen to be my haven. Fast lunches and great staff. It became my refuge. The do a mean steak-frites."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I've been here for brunch a handful of times and just recently came for dinner with a large group. Great place that has reservations available most of the time. You can always count on them to re-invigorate classic dishes, such as mac and cheese, quinoa salads, and even personal pizzas. I always like coming here, the atmosphere is casual and sophisticated. Excellent food, great service, and great for groups!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had never eaten at Canteen. We needed to grab a bite and catch a movie so we were limited on time. Food was okay, not great but tasty enough and lots of variety on the menu, which is always a good thing. What prompted my review is that the service was amazing. We had a large group, 8 of us, with some showing up late from work and one joining us just for coffee after the meal and the serving staff was able to keep that all together and get our bills to us on time so we could get to our movie. It could have been really frustrating if it didn't work but it was overall a really good experience because of the serving staff. Thank you"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "6 of us had brunch just prior to Christmas and everyone was able to find and enjoy a delicious meal. I had the fish tacos and they were excellent. My husband enjoyed his cassoulet, which was enormous."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great place, nice feel. It's in a busy area, but it feels relaxed. Food was great for the whole group and the service was great. Very attentive and nice server who took time to help a few people at our group with questions/requests. They made sure to ask if we were going to a show to make sure we got out with enough time which was nice."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I organized the dinner on Saturday night. I was told by everyone in attendance that they were at first unsettled because it had a cafeteria feel but once they got settled and ordered their food they were at home. The service was perfect and everyone really enjoyed their meal. Thank you to your staff for making this a wonderful board dinner. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I have been here before, and I thought the place was a good half-fast alternative to the other O&B restaurant in the building. But this time it was disappointing. Especially the cocktails and the small bowl of lettuce covered in cheap dressing and 3 croutons that, for $8, was trying to mimic a Caesar salad. My lamb gnocchi were fine, however. Other people (7) around the table had the same mixed experience with their sandwich, soup, chicken, and tajine. I also thought that 42$ (all included) for salad, main dish, and a cocktail was expensive for that level of food. I mean that, for the same price, you can find better food in the entertainment district."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "Had a great time with my management team. The staff went above and beyond, helping the 12 of us out with a patio spot - and just in time because it got very busy. Great patio on a busy street. Good food though we were mostly there for drinks and only ordered margherita pizza."
    Dined on 5/29/2013
  • "We were seated at a long table in the doorway and backing onto the line for take out. The waitress seemed to have forgotten about us, all 12 of us. We waited over an hour for our meals. My sandwich was fine, but other meals were greasy. They forgot a soup order and when the patron said she would take it to go, there was another 15 minute wait to get permission to have the soup to go. There is so much to say, but in summary, this place is not for me. A lot of noise and hype, not meant for an enjoyable meal with friends...more like a cafeteria for school kids."
    Dined on 5/8/2013
  • "I was really excited for this dinner because I was celebrating my graduation with 6 other people. Ordering process took a lot of time, our server ask for an ID from my friend and when she asked how old do I look he said 13 and she is 20, we waited so long for our foods and when my dish arrived it was unbelievable. I ordered a well done steak frites and I got a rare one instead of well done. At first I thought our server was confused because my friend right next to me ordered a medium one but the one that I got was not medium at all. I called the server he wanted me to put my steak on a small dish and he said that they are going to fix it and this time I got a piece of coal. It was burned and sliced."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "Great find. Went there after a show at Roy Thompson with 8 family members, 6pm on a Sunday. It was busy and kept getting busier even at 8 pm. Food was delicious great flavours. Loved the chicken livers. Roast beef with bearnaise and asparagus was to die for. Excellent service. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "Went with a group for Valentines Day. Great food and great service."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Everything was very good - party of 8 place in the corner - all enjoyed lunch. Only complaint was the noise level - the acoustics were very poor."
    Dined on 1/30/2013
  • "More for the atmosphere than for the food; Not a whole lot for vegetarians, and the sandwiches cant be personalized"
    Dined on 1/24/2013
  • "Our group had a great time at Canteen, we love going there!"
    Dined on 1/24/2013
  • "My group was pleased with the meals and service except my wife who had a chicken dish, and said it felt as if the chicken had been boiled and couldn't finish it. Not acceptable, but everything else was ok."
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "An overall great choice if you want a restaurant with many choice and something good for everyone. What makes it better is that the prices are not too expensive. Atmosphere is relaxed. It is a restaurant you can hang out and have a long meal or get a quick night before a show and not be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/11/2012
  • "Every thing was excellent except for the same complaint as before........too much salt on the frites that came with the steak. For a rainy Monday, the daily specila was delicious and our wait staff very helpful, friendly and friendly Would recommend again to my friends"
    Dined on 11/12/2012
  • "Service was great, food was good, setting was pleasant. Staff went out of their way to make it a good experience for our group. Definitely will recommend and come back"
    Dined on 11/4/2012
  • "I go to Canteen probably once a month or so and I have to say that the menu is getting a bit stale. We weren't told of any specials for the evening (so that might've helped) and while I generally have a nice time, it would be nice to see a bit more variety in the menu."
    Dined on 10/2/2012
  • "The Roast Chicken was overcooked and a bit bland. Staff was great though, friendly and attentive. From my personal restaurant experience, this place did not live up to my food standards."
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "Food was good, not great. Had the fish taco special. Thought it would be served warm and in pieces, but it was like a tuna salad preparation. Didn't enjoy as much as I wanted to, but would still go back & try other items. Service was pleasant, but request for separate bills was forgotten."
    Dined on 9/28/2012
  • "I have been here several times but found service and food disappointing this time."
    Dined on 9/28/2012
  • "Delicious food, excellent service, nice atmosphere, friendly down to earth vibe."
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "O&B Canteen is a perfect blend of casual & hip, fun vibe, delicious food, a menu with a range of healthful choices, and perfect location for pre- or after- show or screenings in the area. I really appreciate the mix and match salad+ protein section on the menu."
    Dined on 9/8/2012
  • "The food was ok but I probably won't be going there again. It was a little too expensive for me."
    Dined on 1/22/2012
  • "Wonderful place. We love and have been again and again."
    Dined on 8/28/2012
  • "Nicely varied menu, reasonable prices and terrific wait staff."
    Dined on 8/23/2012
  • "Excellent service, combined with excellent food and ambiance has made this one of my new favourite restaurants to take friends and family to."
    Dined on 8/15/2012
  • "Canteen is one of my favourite places to go. Love the atmosphere food and general good vibe. Althought sometimes the noise level is very high. Like it in summer time when windows are open and the restaurant extends into the patio. Sometimes service is spotty but the young man who was only three weeks into his job was fantastic. Great personality. Terrific sense of humour. Attentive. The food was very good fresh and well prepared although for me there was too much salt as I like to eat 'clean' and keep my salt level down."
    Dined on 8/13/2012
  • "Food was quite good but the service was very slow."
    Dined on 7/24/2012
  • "I have been to O&B many times & have always been quite pleased. This time not so much. There seemed to be a lack of supervision in that the wait staff & kitchen seemed very disorganized and uncommunicative which meant a delay in ordering, in being served & in getting the check, even after a few requests. Also, a person usually asks for an inside table to avoid the heat, traffic noise & toxins, which is not possible when all the glass doors are opened, for easier patio service I assume. I'm hoping it was just a bad night as I've enjoyed the convenience of this spot for dinner, when going to a Lightbox film."
    Dined on 7/13/2012