I've been here three times, twice for brunch and once for dinner. The first two times were overall excellent. However, my recent visit was disappointing when it came to the service. I made a reservation for noon I arrived at 12:02pm and was told by the co-owner they were "working on a table", the rest of my group arrived and we were left waiting at the front for 10-15 min until a server asked if we had been helped. I explained that I had a reservation for noon and was told that a table wasn't ready. That server said "oh, there's a definitely a table for you" and immediately moved two tables together and had us seated. Strange situation, especially since the low quality of service came from the co-owner. High rating for the food because it's always FANTASTIC.
Food was excellent, the restaurant was very lively, and our table was nice near the windows. Our server seemed slightly put off by simple questions. When ordering coffee, she could have informed us they only did espresso based drinks (which I can didn't know), instead of just answering "Americano?" Also, I needed to order my eggs cooked all the way through, as I'm pregnant, and she reacted very confused, as though she had never been asked such a thing. Overall, we had a great time, but felt we were inconveniencing our server with simple menu related questions.
The waitress was a bit cold and the food is not what I’ve come to expect from Canteen; just an off day, I guess.
Everything was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back again.
I appreciated that they kept to their reservation times and easily accommodated gluten free options. Service was impeccable and the coffee brewed to perfection, and of course the food was very good too.
I have to say, their food quality has gone down ever since the server there told me about the change with their chef a while ago. Don't taste the same anymore. Service was almost next to nothing. Our server did not come by ONCE to check on the food, water, or coffee. Just not the greatest customer experience for any type of restaurant, not to say the price for food and drinks is considered as a typical fine diner. My girlfriend and I used to love this place, but we might not go back there anymore, at least not until we forget about this past experience.
Wonderful food and service! It is our go to place for brunch!
Food was good and cocktails were great! Need to order appitisers as portions are not large. Menue could use some more green options, as I believe there is only one salad on the menu. Overall good food , great atmosphere.
Beautiful little restaurant. The shareable small plates were delicious with great presentation as were the mains. Great service, great wine, great ambiance. We’ll be back.
4 of us came in for brunch
Food was incredible but we had to yell to hear each other
Parking can also be a challenge but it’s worth it
Really enjoyed the new menu.
Great food and amazing host and service!
Still on of my favourite places to go when heading downtown. The food is amazing, filling and worth the wait. My husband and I always get the corn fritters appetizers as well as split a meal based on the amount of food.
Good food. Decent service. Loud. Needs something soft on the walls. In the reservation mentioned coming for a birthday but it wasn’t acknowledged
Very energetic - just a bit too load for brunch with my mom. Great food.
Maybe not for serious coffee drinkers as they only serve Americano / espresso... gets expensive after the 2nd or 3rd cup!
Went to Canteen most recently for our anniversary dinner. The service was excellent and the food was impeccable! We arrived early for our reservation but they managed to find us a table anyway.
Absolutely recommended for an special occasion dinner!
So, so. A good attempt at making interesting food with a "nouveax" touch but didn't quite make it. Tough, unflaorval beef, dry lamb shank.
The items on the menu are refreshingly different. My friend and I absolutely adored our meals. We had a reservation and the hostess acknowledged us right away. But there wasn't any communication from her until she took us in 15 minutes later. This WAS at the appointed time. We arrived early. There is no room to wait. We were standing right in front of the door and were constantly in the way of patrons coming and going. The restaurant was very loud. My friend and I could barely hear each other. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable. But it took forever for both our drinks and our bill to arrive. All in all - great food but lacking in ambiance and quality of service.
We're always pleased with the food and the service is always great.
Although the food was good the service was exceptionally slow but there was only one person serving and also acting as hostess. She remained very pleasant all evening.
Always a pleasure dining here. Menu offers great variety and it is always on point. I live in the neighbourhood and frequent this great establishment a few times a year. Keep up the great work.
Amazing in all aspects!
Went for brunch . Everyone’s food was great. Friendly and professional staff.
The portions have become ridiculously tiny. I'm not surprised the restaurant was empty. I don't mind paying higher prices but when you get an amuse bouche for the price of an entrée that's disappointing. never going back
The service was friendly and efficient and we all enjoyed the food. Plan to go back for happy hour and try a few more of the small plates and appetiZers
Canteen provided a wonderful atmosphere for our table of eight as we had an adult only evening (rare occurrence) to celebrate Christmas. The food was fantastic, the service was wonderful and overall we had a great time. I would highly recommend it for anyone, especially if you're willing to go a little out of the box.
I've heard great things about this restaurant, and I can see why. Our food was original but not to the point of being obscure, full of really great flavours, and the portion size was also more than ample. Unfortunately the restaurant suddenly filled quickly which made it VERY noisy, shattered the otherwise relaxed and enjoyable brunch we were having, and I think this sudden influx also threw the servers because we waited 10 minutes for our bill (despite several servers walking by our table several times), and ended up having to ask for it anyway. I would definitely go back but I would select a less popular time as I think that would minimize the noise a lot and resolve waiting at the end for the bill, too.
Food was good but not spectacular for the price. Menu selection was limited.
Great food. Hats off to the Chef!
Server not very authentic.
Great food. Friendly staff
We order Decaf coffee, However we believe it was watered down Americano. Eggs were very salty, lemon blueberry pancakes where dry as syrup was literally no existent. Short ribs had grissle in them.
Large brunch portions, incredibly flavourful food!
From the moment we walked in we were greeted amediatley, that to me is important. All staff was very nice, food came out in good time, wine selection was great and the food was amazing if you like seafood and meat then you have to go. Portion sizes were a very good size. We had the scallops to start and entrees were the beef short rib and the ribs. We will definitely be back!!!
Wonderful as always. I will come back time and time again.
Had a fun time with everyone ordering something different and sampling around. Great coffee too.
We had an outstanding meal, unique and very tasty. Highly recommended!
I was disappointed with my experience at Canteen. My eggs were very runny and the service was terrible. The server apologized for the wait but it wasn’t redeeming because the food was so bad. Sorry— wouldn’t recommend.
In general I enjoyed my experience at Canteen. The food was lovely and not over the top expensive. The serving sizes were good and there were no TVs (yay!). However, I did find the service to be lacking. The appetizer came out in about 45 min which would have been fine, had our server been around to refill our drinks (which sat empty for 30 min). Dinner arrived about 40 minutes after the appetizers. I wasn’t in a rush to eat but this seemed to be a bit much, especially with empty drinks in front of us.
I’m not really sure where the hold up was, but it definitely could have been handled better.
Wonderful food. Well made and quality. Our amazing server Whitney was so welcoming and humourous.