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Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OurRestaurants/OBCafeGrill/Yonge-Front/Reservations.aspx
  • Phone: (647) 260-2070
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Wednesday: 4:00pm-11:00pm;
    Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Tom Riley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill is a chef-driven restaurant, where cuisine and service are paramount above all else. Private dining is no exception. Our chic, modern private room accommodates seated events for up to 32 guests or standing reception events for up to 35 guests. Totally private, the room is situation in the front of the restaurant with direct access from the entrance. Black out window coverings offer total darkness for AV requirements, or enjoy a full floor-to-ceiling view of one of Toronto’s busiest and most iconic downtown corners. The Oliver & Bonacini team of dedicated event coordinators can assist you with all your planning needs, in this location or any of our unique private dining and event spaces.
  • Private Party Contact: Oliver & Bonacini Events (416) 364-1211

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge St & Front St
  • Public Transit: Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill is located one and a half blocks east of Union Station and two blocks south of King Station using the subway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking for Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill is available in the 33 Yonge building, accessible from Scott Street between Wellington and Front Streets. Parking is available for $2 after 5:30pm on weeknights and all day on weekends upon validation at the restaurant.
A word from Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front
Stylish, upscale eatery, bar lounge and patio by restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini (Canoe, Jump, Biff's Bistro, Auberge du Pommier). Steps to the Air Canada Centre, Sony Centre, Bay Street Business District and Yonge Street Theatre District.

Offers modern, fresh market cuisine, and superior service. Enjoy a diverse selection of inspired North American dishes, including made-from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, fire-roasted pizzas, market fresh seafood and locally sourced meat. Innovative cocktails, great value wines and a full bar menu make O&B Café Grill the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or cocktails. In season, enjoy a full wrap around patio on one of Toronto's most iconic downtown corners.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant was not busy so the ambiance was a bit lacking;it is very large and well lit so not cozy if that's what you are looking for. Menu has something for everyone and there is a daily special. Sunday's was a roast beef dinner for $23; very reasonable. We started with a hummus/flat bread variety platter which was varied and delicious - large enough for 2 and possibly 3. Mains were 2x Roast Beef, 1 lamb and 1 Tofu salad. The lamb was a good size portion of thinly sliced lamb - I could not finish it since I had shared the starter. The Roast Beef served with yorkshire pudding was a thick chunk of steak which was unexpected so it didn't have presentation appeal but was good. The tofu salad ok. Excellent attentive service."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I love O&B restaurants and this was my first time at this location. The food was amazing and I wish that I could have just tipped the kitchen. The service was horrible. Our food was given to a different table, twice; we were totally forgotten about by our waiter and when we brought it up with him, he barely seemed to care. I won't be heading back here anytime soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As a frequent customer to O&B and their various restos (Jump, Biff's etc) I have been really disappointed with the O&B at Yonge and Front the last two times I have gone for a meal. The food has come out cold and at this last visit the service was somewhat cold and minimalist at best and simply a less than pleasant experience. I would choose numerous other restos in that are before returning to O&B Front street again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Though the service was attentive, we found the food disappointing. Ravioli was tough, both salads were overdressed. Tasted more like a Milestones than what I'd expect from O&B."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Lovely patio, friendly and helpful staff, fish tacos were bland, fish batter was soggy and flavorless, gelato flavours, vanilla and strawberry, did not complement each other because one was dairy based and the other was not."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was good but the items we ordered were nothing special. Our server was kind,attentive, helpful, and in general wonderful. The stylish patio was a little loud for our intended intimate dinner so we sat on the patio facing front street which was lovely."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not a very special place. Had entrees that waiter recommended, but I did not think it was up to the standard I have experienced in other Oliver &Bonancini operations. Overall somewhat disappointed and doubtful that I would return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food was great but it took 10 minutes for anyone to even come to our table after being seated. Took another 10 minutes to even get our drinks... then after our food arrived no one checked to see if we liked our food at all! No server even bothered asking us if we wanted anything else until I sat there with an empty plate and an empty glass for almost another 10 minutes. The food was great but this is the third time I have been here and the service was nice but VERY VERY slow. Now I can see if the place was busy but it was not even remotly busy what so ever. I love the food and the decor but I am not sure I would return based solely on the speed of service."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "disappointed this time around. I ordered the CAESAR SALAD, MAC & CHEESE and MARGHERITA pizza. The wait was very long considering what we ordered wasn't a big or hard to make order. The waiter did apologize for the wait. The pizza was VERY spicy and brunt a little too much on the bottom. My 11 year old daughter even mentioned how it was brunt to me! I've had this pizza before and raved about how good it was to others, but this time I wasn't impressed at all. I've never had it spicy before so I knew something was up. The salad and mac & cheese were good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a very, very nice dinner. Food good, service EXCELLENT!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Overall, great food, great service....delivers all the time"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "... when it opened. I am not sure the menu has changed much at all since its opening. I live in the neighbourhood so if I loved O&B I would be there weekly, but I don't love it. The 'after daily trading closes' crowd packs the outdoor patio bar every week night that you really wouldn't fit in unless you had a suit on and were with a pack of brokers. I much prefer other O&B locations."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our server was pleasant no issues at all. Wife and I shared the snapper taco app which was excellent. The tempura shrimp was simply seemed to be regular batter at least not like any tempua I have ever had. Shrimp also was greasy and unappitising. We both had the short ribs which were rather dry. The accompnying hummus / kimchi was tasteless, we both left most of it on the plate. We didn't complain at the time, I tend not ever to do so. The restaurant was busy and as a consequence the noise was cafeteria like. To be fair our previous experiences have been fine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "very friendly service and food was great! We thought the wine was a bit pricey per glass but other than that it's a great spot."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The service was exceptional. Our wait person was vey intuitive to picking up on the fact that we were going to a show after dinner. He indicated that we would be accommodated for that timeline all while knowing that we were waiting on another person to arrive. Also I did a search of restaurants for that area and chose O&B for its prices and menu selections. My first time at this O&B in Toronto. Unfortunately the O&B in Waterloo, On closed and we were very disappointed when this happened."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "But dessert menu could be better. Featured summer drinks are very good."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "An excellent Sunday venue for a pre concert dinner. Warm atmosphere and very friendly staff."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Delicious food with a diverse menu. Lovely and professional waiting staff."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great service, great location. Food was good as was the wine selection. Perfect spot before the hockey game or show at the ACC."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My girl friend and I spent the evening in Toronto, Sat 26 taking in a concert, being I fan of Michael Bonacini, we though it would a nice treat , I was disappointed in my food,, my girl friend ate Lemon , ricotta Ravilio which was good,, I had the shrimp scallop linguine, Very disappointed, I prefer my pasta el dente, I found it over cooked and a little starchy , the ladies to the left and right of us order the Mac & Chesse, which is a house favorite? ,, both tables left over half the dish and I overheard comments that is was on the dry side ,, we also had a $50 visa gift card which the waiter was unable to figure out how to process ,, I'm a fan of Michael Bonacini and I must say I was disappointed :("
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The location of your restaurant was perfect for dinner prior to going to the ACC. Our experience was very good although I felt the tuna with soba noodles lacked something. It definitely wasn't my favourite. The waiter was great however once it got busy he disappeared and we had to ask for the bill. Overall though I thought it was very good and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Well what can I say. I am a fan of O & B restaurants. Specifically the yonge and front location. Food is always good. Service is always on point and the sangria is delicious! It's my go to stop in my personal and professional life. They have an amazing meeting space for business meetings or private parties! Love it!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a reservation for lunch on a Friday. My friend showed up and was casually dressed - Capri's and a T-shirt - she was given an up down look and told they didn't think they had a table for her. Lots of run around and finally got a table. No one came for 10-15 mins after I arrived. We ordered. My drink never arrived. No one checked to see how our meal was until they cleared the plate, ordered dessert and it took 20 mins for a slice of cake, then 25 minutes waiting for the bill - after we asked. Service was terrible and the food was over priced for what was served."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We ate at Oliver & Bonacini Grill Saturday night (July 19th) and were blown away by the service! Extremely friendly, nothing was a problem! The waitress did not blink an eye at my silly friend who kept trying to trip her up! She just played along with him! Oh and the food was awesome as well - my friend and I both had the Mac & Cheese - yummy! Definitely will go again when in Toronto!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal at O&B. Food is tasty and fresh. Service was great too."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were on our way to a show and I made the reservations because I knew we can always count on getting served promptly and the food being good - and so it was - and as usually we also got the very valuable parking pass! Thanks for great service again! We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We chose the restaurant based on location. Found the food to be good, with generous portion sizes. No quibbles from the 6 yr old which is important on family vacations"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 attend for a family dinner, 3 parties being vegetarian, 1 gluten free. I would suggest more vegetarian options and gluten free friendly items on the menu but in general the food ordered was delicious and service good (waitress was a bit 'too' attentive, returning almost too frequently but otherwise good)."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The food was fantastic but the poor service of the waitress brought the whole experience down for us. We had to ask repeatedly for water she was inattentive and seemed completely indifferent to anyone who she waited on. The other servers appeared to be taking care of their tables quite well but ours looked like she would rather be somewhere else. We had made reservations and the place wasn't overly busy. There is no excuse for poor service like that in such a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Everything was perfect and our server Melanie was perfection!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've eaten at this restaurant many (many) times, always leaving well satisfied. Sadly, the bouillabaisse was mediocre only - and less than that when the bill came and I realized it was $29. Otherwise, service was attentive without hovering; cocktails were delicious, and the caesar salad yummy! No room for dessert this visit."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Menu was peared down due to the long weekend. Was taken by surprise....no warning at booking. That being said, food was still delicious."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our first visit, but not our last! We dined outside this time but the inside is one of the most beautiful I've seen. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was at the Oliver and Bonacini cafe/restaurant on Saturday night, before going to ACC for a concert. The waiter has informed us that the kitchen was extremely slow, and recommended we order salads, as everything else will take too long to cook, could be close to an hour, he said. An establishment such as Oliver and Bonaccini surely should know how to plan their operations in order to serve their customers on a busy Saturday night, in the heart of downtown, and not send them off hungry, having paid more than $30 for a salad and a mediocre drink. I've been to this and the Bayview Village locations before,and never was I as disappointed with the lack of ambiance and service as this time. It felt like they just wanted to get rid of us."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Over all the experience was great. Food was wonderful, and our waiter was attentive. The only problem I would have to say was that they put us on the patio along Front st which is small and nothing special. I would have loved to be on the other "loungy" side, and thought by making a reservation I would have been."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was just O.K. Appetizers were much better than the main course. Location is great for a pre-concert dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Awesome restaurant this was a great find for a girls evening out! The seafood menu was to die for!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Group lunch to celebrate a work milestone - everyone was happy with the menu selection. Daily special was a veggie burger, which got rave reviews including from the carnivores! Service was great, especially for a group of 10 - menu explained cheerfully several times, food and drinks arrived in good time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I'm a loyal O&B Cafe customer. I really like lunch and dinner here. The patio is great. The food and drinks are good. Brunch simply sucks. The eggs are overdone by about 15 minutes each time. The flavours are not balanced at all. The sauces on savory dishes are sugary-sweet. The bacon is underdone. Through several menu changes, the quality has not improved. I've been coming here for years and am really rooting for this place to step up its brunch game but each time I try to give it another chance, I'm disappointed as is everyone else at my table. I'm done trying."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My wife and I had an amazing time at O&B Café on Front Street Friday night. The patio was quite busy, but inside was nice. My wife tried their sangria and thoroughly enjoyed it and loved her meal. I enjoyed my mean, but did find that one of my pieces of fish on my fish and chips was quite salty. Overall though, my wife and I will definitely be back to this great restaurant in the future."
    Dined on 6/20/2014