Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village
Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Bayview-Village.aspx
  • Phone: 4165901300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Lunch and Dinner
    Brunch available on weekends
    Monday: 11:00am-9:00pm
    Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef de Cuisine, Steven Kwon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village offers two exclusive private dining rooms, the North Room and the South Room, for corporate and social dining and events. Accommodates seated events for up to 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Oliver & Bonacini Events 4163641211x
  • Special Events: Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village offers two exclusive private dining rooms, the North Room and the South Room, for corporate and social dining and events. Accommodates seated events for up to 40 guests. For more information, call 416.364.1211 or email events@oliverbonacini.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheppard Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway access - exit the Bayview stop on the Sheppard line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plentiful, complimentary parking is available in the Bayview Village Shopping Centre parking lot.
A word from Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village is the first of O&B's casual dining restaurants created by renowned restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini. This large urban space feels very downtown despite its North Toronto location. A gleaming open kitchen extends into the airy dining room, featuring washed tin ceilings, leather banquettes and dramatic and distinctive light fixtures. The menu offers something for everyone, including fresh, made-from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and fire-roasted pizzas. Join us for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village reviews from OpenTable diners
410 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (194)good for groups (144)neighborhood gem (134)great for brunch (133)special occasion (123)fit for foodies (101)kid-friendly (53)hot spot (37)romantic (23)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (13)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Good spot for a business lunch
    MF2014VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Servers were quick and attentive and food was good as well, particularly the pasta - good spot for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gr8tastebuds
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The only thing Oliver Bonacini Café Grill has going for it is the location at Bayview Village ...and the service staff. I have to say it is overpriced and overrated . A simple Village Greek Salad with half a grilled chicken breast for $20.00 is ridiculous. I used to think it was a great place for " Ladies who do lunch " as my sister and I used to go there all the time . We went back just this week and continue to be disappointed. What ever happened to serving a French Omelette with salad for lunch ? A piece of grilled salmon with bagged greens is a mere $26.00 ? How about Mains priced at $15-18 for lunch ?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have eaten at Oliver and Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village many times and quite liked the experience which is why I kept going back. The food was less than satisfying on my last visit ... the portion was small and particularly flavourful. Unsure I will be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday brunch
    Adventurer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I chose Oliver and Bonacini Bayview Village, mostly for it's location, as my friend was coming from Newmarket and I am coming from Mississauga. However, O&B are so consistent, you can never go wrong here. The food and service are always great and the ambiance is perfect for brunch! Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    GandMreviews
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good but the room was noisy. The pork shoulder was excellent but my wife's scallops were bland and very overpriced for 4 small scallops. Service appears to be hit and miss. We barely saw our server and had to track her down when we needed something. Tables around us seemed to have better luck with their server. Overall pricey for what you get.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From fan to detractor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is not at all the Oliver and Bonacini of old. It was so disappointing. They were known for the Mushroom soup. I used to not be able to go there without ordering it. This time it was watery and had no flavour at all. Everything that followed was just meh. There were 6 of us and we were all really disappointed with our meals.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lacking overall
    eatndine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was slow, the appetizers were okay, the steak was HORRIBLE. For $36 it should be melt in your mouth not dry sawdust. Waiter didn't come around to check how food was. Could have sold more drinks to us too if he had checked in more often. Very disappointed as have eaten at other O&B restaurants and it has been great. Not worth the money at this location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to detail
    BdayJas
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was excellent. We were given the dessert list prior to the party arriving. We chose a combination of dessert for the birthday person. Presentation was good. Great servicer with attention to detail. We did not feel rush even as the restaurant was filling up with dinners. Food was good. Selection, however, was a little limited. For steak, only one choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now I remember why I stopped going
    Richard
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Quality and taste of food was mediocre at best. Definitely not worth the prices O&B charges. Service was also mediocre, not sure why our waiter was running around cleaning glassware instead of tending to his tables. O&B Bayview is all fluff with no substance. Fooled me twice, shame on me.
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  • Neighbourhood gem.
    Mybenz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We came from out town and we loved it. Wonderful location near the Loblaws. Would certainly need a reservation. Service was top notch. My wife's pasta was tasty and cooked perfectly. My steak as well was cooked to my liking. Food portions were a nice size, just enough to allow room for the yummy deserts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous service
    XtraGood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The care and attention to the I divide a guest and not just the table was exceptional. The young woman server had a smile for every one and didn't an amazing job giving special attention in a non patrol in manner to an elderly member of the party. The food selection was great Each recommendation by the server proved a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding !
    Mango
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The experience was like my favorite song , and yes unfortunately it wasn't long enough. Thank you for the great time , I look forward to seeing you again soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodykinsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Terribly slow service and unattentive during a non peak hour. Food was cold and quality has clearly gone downhill in the past year. What us going on Oliver and bonacini?!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so good!
    Foodie11
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We took some friends out for lunch. I had the chicken chopped salad and it was nothing special. The rest of the group felt the same way about their food. Everyone's last comment was we will never go back! They did have good desserts!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    ahtoe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Grilled Miso Salmon & Japanese Caesar Salad is absolutely yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu for casual dining
    MonaLisa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This location has a great eclectic menu that has something for everyone, and outstanding service. Perfect place for lunch, but the noise level is a bit over the top for business meetings. Good choice for lunch with friends and family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice change
    LadyPasz
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My in-laws took me out for my bday dinner and I recommended this as a nice change to the typical Moxie's chain. We all pretty much ordered the different recos of our server. He was very nice and helpful. I had the slow cooked pork shoulder which was so tender. Hubby and FIL had burgers snd MIL had Mac and cheese. All were very delish. I had the most heavenly gelato ever. It was a little steep $8 for 2 scoops but worth every penny. Place was pretty steady for a Wed night. I would come back here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    AsKmommy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went out on our first date night since we had a baby and it was nice - the food was good (main & desert) though the appetizers were quite disappointing - definitely not a fine dining experience but nice for a casual night out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    pinkandorange
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    There aren't many restaurant options at Bayview Village but I consider O&B to be a decent place. I have been multiple times in the past due to proximity and its capacity in accommodating big groups but I have found the food to only be average (or disappointing even), especially since they've taken away my old favourites - the duck pizza and chocolate marquise. My recent visit with a friend was for brunch so I was happy to be able to try different offerings. O&B was offering a lobster macaroni which was very good but very small for the price. The breakfast pizza was decent and the fried chicken french toast was the favourite. My friend and I enjoyed brunch at O&B so I would probably recommend the place for brunch but probably not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is my favourite place to dine with friends. However, the noise level makes it difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    luncher1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Mac and cheese with bacon very dry , no creamy cheese sauce.My guest ordered their daily special , curry, none left at 1 p.m.VERY poor planning and execution. Not worth revisiting.Living off their name, needs new kitchen chefs and quality control.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High noise levels
    Ollie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food and service were very good, however the noise levels became so high that I could not have a meaningful conversation with my wife at the table. There seems to be no noise baffles at all on the ceiling so the sound was like a crowd in a train station. That being said the rest of the experience was very good. Will go again when less busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • StillKickingat63
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The service was spotty; the calamari appetizer was very disappointing, as was the salmon hot pot. The wines by the glass are ridiculously expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed
    DAT46
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have been going to O&B Bayview Village for sometime, both lunch and dinner for several years. Last visit, beginning of June '14, was for a birthday dinner - it was great service and food. This last Tuesday evening was also a birthday dinner, August 5th, and it was a great disappointment. The food, in particular the presentation, was not good. I had the "special" which turned out to be a charred lasagne. My appetizer, the calamari, was cold when delivered. My guests were not much happier. Service was only okay (normally very attentive) but they had fewer than normal servers.
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  • Pricey for what you get
    GallopingGourmetGirl
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Salad was supposed to have arugula, mainly was romaine including the end pieces of the romain stem. Calamari was dry with no brown butter on it. Steak was overdone. Tuna looked good. Fish and chips looked ok but $20 seems high for deep fired food. Requested some steamed veggies for our dog and thought $6 was alot for what we got
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dissapointed
    GreatExpectations
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After hearing so much about this restaurant our experience was very disappointing. We went in a group of four, the food was nothing special, and we got hosed for four martini's $68.00++. Waiter tried to make it a good experience but we all left disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salmon hot pot flavourless
    Jaye
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The description in the menu for the salmon hotpot was decadent. What came out was a nice piece of grilled salmon in almost flavourless broth and a minuscule amount of mushrooms, tofu, cabbage, etc. I don't think I have ever reached for the salt shaker in a restaurant in my entire life (50 years old), but I had to that night to get some kind of flavour. My brother had the same thing and was equally disappointed. The spring roll appetizers were very good, I must add.
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  • Horrible SLOW service
    rickto
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A server with an attitude, and SLOW to say the least. I would have gotten more water in my glass if I were in the middle of a desert. Perhaps they should hire people to serve based not in looks but experience working as a server. 45 dollars (including tip -yes, believe it or not I left her a tip-) wasted. The combo food and service were not worth that much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Coffee was not good at all, can improve here. Wine expensive
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Haveeateneverywhere
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Sweet potatioes fries were amazing. Pizza was pretty good, but not great. Service was slow during lunch rush. I had to ask twice for a drink refill and still waited.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • long wait time for the food
    Vincent
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Long wait for food time for more than an hour. Server seems not helping or addressing the customers concern. Very poor experiences and very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner experience
    Hoifan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was amazing, service was great, and the dessert menu definitely must be tried.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Sandrmom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've eaten here several times and this was the most disappointing by far. I ordered the special. It was anything but. The pan seared trout was bland and flavorless. The risotto on which it sat not only looked unappealing - pea green and soupy - but tasted unappealing as well. Totally not worth the price. I expect far more from an O&B restaurant. Having said that, we dined at Biff's on Front last week and it was equally disappointing. Makes me wider about the whole O&B franchise.
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  • a little bit dissapointing
    whitebeef
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I had dinner with friends. We all got hot water since it was pretty cold there. However, the waiter only refilled 1 or 2 pots of hot water whenever we requested to refill. Therefore, we have to keep on asking the waiter to do so for the whole night. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not so hot
    cookie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    went to O and B on Wednesday night. 3 of us ordered the mushroom soup it was not hot. the pizza was soggy and not very tasty. waited a long time for water glass refill. in my opinion this restaurant is not what is use to be.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy but nice
    Rhon
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The good was fine and the service was also fine. However , the restaurant was so noisy. I'm not sure I'd go back until they did something to reduce the noise level.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food and good service
    YqmnomadVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food quality overall was quite good. The service was attentive. The only issue that I really had was to lack of nutritional information for the food items and, when asked, the server replied "no we don't have any information." The other issue is that the menu clearly states that there are no substitutions and it implies the kitchen is very inflexible to make changes to accommodate guests needs. Otherwise our party of four were all very satisfied with our meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    J9123
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Our waiter was so friendly and the food was great! I went with my boyfriend for summerlicious and can say this was the best resturant I've been to for this event. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group was of 3 people
    Ninvic
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were pleasantly surprise how delicate and tasty were all ordered dishes from the Summerlicious menu. Keep doing good job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food are simply delicious
    yuan66
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    summerlicious with friends sunday night at about 7. the restaurant is kid-friendly.food taste simply delicious,the portion is just enough for girlrs, but i doubt that guys may need 2 orders. they should count the number of ppl at that table before serve the bread rolls. we are 4 adults +1 kid, and got 3 tiny bread rolls for the 1st time, the same thing happen to the 2nd basket, the butter is too hard. For a busy sunday night with the summerlicious going on, they should have more waiter/waitress. one of us order a coffee along with the dessert, the waitress just completely forgot, and after they give us the bill, nobody follow up the payment( not even pass by the table) until we call for, that's at least 15mins later.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.