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Paint Box

Paint Box Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://paintboxbistro.ca
  • Email: reservations@paintboxbistro.ca
  • Phone: (647) 748-0555
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm;


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;


    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Tallis Voakes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Paintbox Bistro offers full catering and event planning services for parties up to 4,000. Ask for a tour of our brand new catering kitchen!
  • Entertainment: Stay tuned for announcements about our lineup of live entertainment. Paintbox offers a unique venue in Toronto, intimate and with fine accoustics.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sackville
  • Public Transit: The Dundas Streetcar stops just outside Paintbox Bistro.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking is available at the restaurant.
A word from Paint Box
Paintbox cuisine is a playful celebration of local bounty , full of inspiration from the community, a balance of sound culinary technique and whimsy, and featuring intense, earthy flavours and naturalistic presentations – simply beautiful.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I found the Paint Box delightful; the proprietor was friendly, the ambiance pleasant, and the Jazz great. The menu was adequate, the wait staff pleasant. The noise level was sometimes too loud"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has a conscience. It is a member of B-Corp, hires young people who have needed social assistance to get into the hospitality industry, strives to produce good and interesting food at reasonable prices, has jazz in a lovely second room and is in a revitalized area of the city that needed it badly. It is also a few feet from a theatre, beautiful new community centre/pool and soon to be big park. Perfect."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Nice place to have a concert for kids. My two sons were very engaged with the music. Excellent food, Love the freshly squeezed orange juice."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Stopped in for dinner at the Paint Box before going to the Daniel Spectrum theatre to see Elegies. Put both on your must see/do list. The restaurant, bright clean and with great views of the street presented us with a small but excellent menu. The waitress and staff were outstanding. The pasta was great, large flat noodles with fresh cherry tomatoes, terrific veggie burger served on Nan, great fresh fish. Wonderful apple crisp with ice cream for dessert. Everything tasted fresh, home-made and a little unusual (in a good way) It looks like they open for jazz evenings, and I must say, that I'd make the drive all the way down town just to eat there again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went on one of their special live music nights. Appetizer: soup - tasty, not amazing; fish cakes - very good Main: pork ribs with kale and mash - pretty "meh" Dessert: chocolate terrine - tasty; apple crumble - also tasty (both decent, just a little something sweet to finish the meal) Couldn't get two different drinks we ordered off their menu. Our server was very friendly, but possibly just very new and will (hopefully) get better with practice. Were given incorrect bills twice. We had been charged each item a la carte instead of the prix fixe deal. When alerted, he offered to charge our credit cards as is then reimburse us the difference with cash. We asked him to just fix the bills. Hope he wasn't over-charging the other tables too."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The atmosphere and staff were great. Went Feb 14/14 The food portions were too small and needed more than one dessert choice. The debt machine was not operating and have to pay at the cashier. That was a bit inconvenient. The taste and quality of the food was fantastic, again the portions were to small. More of the side dishes could have been served. Went to the kitchen to compliment the chef's and received no acknowledgement and a cold reaction. That was odd to me. None the less the staff were so great that it made the short falls easier to take."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Small portions. Food very slow to arrive. Soup cold, had to send back to reheat which took ages. Waitress forgot spoon. Overall an expensive lunch. Will not repeat."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Portions are far too small, though quality is excellent. Tuna appetizer brilliant, but needed crackers, bread, or bruschetta. Mashed potatoes with brisket can be increased X6. Lemon tart dessert perfect in every way."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We went for winterlicious -- first year this restaurant participated in the event. Since winterlicious is set at a reasonably low price, we were satisfied with our meal. However, I wouldn't recommend for winterlicious or otherwise. The food was good but nothing special."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "NO NO NO NO NO Too bad, I get that it is a community project cafe, and i would like to support it, but WAY WAY over priced Bad service, because they had no staff, wrong wine came to table (but you dare not send it back) They have no clue about portion control - 5 gnocchi does not make a $17 pasta dish. This cafe will die soon, and something else will move in .......Good! BBATW"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Service was poor, with cutlery dropped on the floor, and the drinks under-poured. The food was not good. In fact the desert, a chocolate brownie, was so tough and stale that it couldn't be cut with a spoon without a chunk flying off to the floor. This meal cost $30.00, and then on top of that was the $20 cover charge for the music. We found out after booking that it is staffed with George Brown hospitality students, which is no recommendation for that course! The place is extremely noisy because of all the hard surfaces, and one has to almost yell to be heard across the table. The decor is more school-cafeteria than jazz-club, with bright lighting and worn wooden tables."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We came for dinner and jazz last Saturday night. Main criticism is that there is no ambiance for jazz. If the lights were turned down, some candles lit, a bit of club-like atmosphere would help immensely. It came off as amateurish."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Our first time visit to Paint Box was delightful. Employees were courteous and friendly; food was delcious with "right-sized" portions. We happened to make a reservation on an "Event" night where only a pre-fixe was available, but there were several choices for the starters and mains. Thanks! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "A really unique community based restaurant with a beautiful menu that the server was very familiar with."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Attended the Paintbox for a CD launch by the great jazz singer, Allyson Morris! A set price menu ($30)was prepared for the evening, with a choice of carrot soup or salad, beef brisket pie, trout or pasta, and berry crumble with ice cream for dessert. There were 8 of us at the table, and all the meals were highly rated. Service was a bit spotty, but reasonable considering the crowd! The wine list was reasonably prices. Would definitely go there again, on a quieter evening!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I have never had worse service in any restaurant, and this was almost empty for lunch. Surly, uncommunicative staff at first, then garrulous whining. Food was OK, especially salads, but this place needs a short, sharp shake-up."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Was very disappointed. I heard that the food was good but the service was terrible. Unfortunately did not even find the food good."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Very good food, not impressed with wine list and thought service was lacking in being attentive to us."
    Dined on 10/9/2013