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

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/OurRestaurants/OBCafeGrill/Yonge-Front/Reservations.aspx
  • Phone: 6472602070x
  • 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: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • 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 4163641211x

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.
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Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front reviews from OpenTable diners
252 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (117)good for groups (112)great for lunch (99)great for brunch (71)special occasion (67)fit for foodies (62)hot spot (49)neighborhood gem (37)vibrant bar scene (34)romantic (30)notable wine list (25)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (15)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Australian mistakes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to o and b on a Friday night. The restaurant was noisy and the service was terrible. Our waiter was forgetful and was actually faking an Australian accent. The food was acceptable though it took a while firstly to get our order taken and then once it was the wait for our food was a further 45 minutes. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone and certainly won't be back myself.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Came here on a Wednesday afternooon and sat on the patio. The service was excellent. I think 6 people asked to assist me while I waited for my boyfriend. Very friendly staff. Our server was great. Great recommendations and very personable. Food was delicious. We had the chef's burger and roast beef. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eatwell
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Fantastic meal! The skate fish special was excellent ! Great vibe in the room. Service was quick & friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ambiance and food very good. Variety of choices for all kinds of eaters and good portions too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Noise level ridiculously loud and had to almost shout to carry on a conversation Appetizers were good Main courses were very lacking in flavour, specially for the price point Service was sporadic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!!
    ModernDayHippie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was my first trip to Toronto and I booked through open table. They called to confirm the reservation, which is the only restaurant to do so thus far, when using open table. I loved the atmosphere, the host & hostess were welcoming and sat us promptly. I'm sorry that I don't remember our server's name, but was was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about the menu as we had many questions, quick with our orders and very entertaining. We had a fantastic time there and I will gladly return only next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mac and Cheese Dilemma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I enjoyed everything we had on our visit except the mac and cheese. I am not sure how one can make a "really bad tasting" mac and cheese. But I had their roasted chicken and it was very flavorful. Also, their saffron caesar cocktail was just fantastic. Overall, the noise level is a bit bothersome (the acoustics of the space was not friendly). It is a good restaurant for business parties or meetings, not for a romantic night out for for amazing food if you want to pay that much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great!
    YvTh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Even though we had reserved for 8, 10 showed up, 6 only stayed for drinks and 4 enjoyed the entire dinner, Marco was a gracious and charming representative ensuring we felt welcome despite our unruly organization! True hospitality!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    thank you - we enjoyed our lunch very much - and our waiter was very pleasant. The small delicious fruit drink was a little over-priced. Thanks for asking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taz85
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Came for birthday and sat at first in patio at entrance but asked to be moved to glassed in patio which is far nicer. had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • came back because we enjoyed before
    2toenjoy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    like the restaurant especially the one at Bayview Village and thought we would try another one
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our appetizer was served after the main course.. The server was kind enough not to charge us for the appetizer. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    kangaroo13
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Renee was a gem. She was sweet, courteous, always smiling, made great recommendations, not just 'it depends on you'. She was knowledgeable and paid the perfect amount of attention to our table. The drinks were very tasty although a tad bit on the pricey side. We had fish tortilla tacos to start. Very good, fish was delicate, good portion of fish. Dinner was the bouillabaisse, delicious broth and seafood - could do with less salt though. Veal rib-eye with Mac & Cheese. The veal was so tender and delicious with the chutney, and the famous Mac & Cheese was quite good too. Had the appetizer portion grilled calamari, delicious, and curry muscles, also great. For dessert we shared the carrot cake and chocolate torte, yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Atmosphere
    BusinessTraveller2VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Atmosphere is top notch. Dinner Menu could be expanded with a few more selections. Eaten here many times and would appreciate a few more innovative options from the Chefs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was okay, all a matter of taste. Portions excellent. Had the caramel sundae, was short on ice cream, only 2 very small scoops, sauce and fruit were excellent flavor and great crunch. Service was excellent, waitress knew all about the food, flavor etc. Other staff very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for what you get
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Made reservations for a private table, was put near a party of 15. So that was disappointing. 2 bathrooms were completely out of toilet paper, it was only 7:30 and not busy, long weekend. Food was tasty but overpriced for pasta and veggies with steak were not done enough. No quality check from server either. As a restaurant owner myself, was disappointed with the experience and wouldn't return myself. Sad as it was a birthday celebration and with so many wonderful restaurants in the city, I guess I chose the wrong one. The server was friendly and attentive otherwise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!!!!
    Scubagirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Was there for a wish dinner function ... The food was spectacular, the service was out of this world! I wish I could remember our servers name ... But he was amazing!!!! I will definitely visit this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Got a patio table on a nice day for lunch. Varied menu. Light on the greens in the Caesar salad. Great desserts - carrot cake and ice cream sandwich.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service is amazing! I have been to the restaurant two times and on both occasions, the food and dessert were phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow to get food. Noise.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Waited 20 to 30 minutes for our food. Noise level, although in a quiet corner, was too much.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Experience
    mm4food
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I got a little lost coming here. I thought the main entrance was through the office building entrance on Yonge St. (it's actually along Front St.) so I went through this entrance and there weren't really any signs directing me to where the hostess was, so I actually had to ask a server to help me. Once I actually got to the hostess, everything was great. The hostess was very friendly and welcoming. I normally hate sitting in the patio but it was actually really nice and relaxing. Our waiter wasn't overbearing but paid enough attention to us and seemed to be available any time we needed something. I ordered the Mac & Cheese and it was okay. I've had better homemade but it was decent enough. Overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Loved my salad
    Grandie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I eat salads in many restaurants and this was one of the best. Just the right amount of dressing which can be a problem and many vegetables and yummy perfectly cooked chicken.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    sxmscorpio
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Disappointed
    JMackVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patio lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    FoodZyum
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MooseVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - slow service
    letgomyeggo
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My second visit here and I was
    Didi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • David W
    DavidW
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a very, very nice dinner. Food good, service EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and True
    Diner2013VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Overall, great food, great service....delivers all the time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was so much better ...
    Tornative
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not good sorry
    treefrog
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sully
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Tinkerbell
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    But dessert menu could be better. Featured summer drinks are very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the concert
    Pitch
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    An excellent Sunday venue for a pre concert dinner. Warm atmosphere and very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious food with a diverse menu. Lovely and professional waiting staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.