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Permanently Closed - Cantine Bistro & Bar

308 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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Ladling the locals with brunch, lunch and dinner menu for two decades, Cantine Bistro and Bar is the home to Italian and American culinary exotics. Multiple lighting systems illuminate the trendy interior while creative artworks furnish the contrastingly traditional structured walls. The tables are arranged close to each other while providing considerable degree of mobility, which gives the ambience an intimate profile. The waiting staff is professional and non-intrusive which makes the dining experience at Cantine Bistro and Bar convenient and comprehensive.

A full three course can be ordered by the visiting patrons at Cantine Bistro and Bar. Poached eggs, omelettes, poultry burgers, Italian styled sandwiches, pastas and flatbreads� the restaurant offers a variety of food items. The menu also features delightful desserts.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(416) 923-4822
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We are able to curtain off the rear of the restaurant to accommodate 36 to 40 guests; however the entire restaurant is available for bookings we can accommodate 70 guests
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Private party contact
Vivian: (416) 923-4822
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Cross street
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Public transit
Bay bus north from Bay Subway station exit Davenport@Avenue Road Avenue Road Bus north from Museum Subway Exit Avenue Road@Davenport
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Alternating Friday evenings we feature a live musical performance from 8 pm to 10 pm
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viplaudan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2015

The good was delicious. I had the Spaghettini with calamari. The calamari was the most tender I have ever had. My husband had the Spaghettini with Scallops which he enjoyed as well. Ambience was nice, it was early so Not crowded. He had found the Cantine 2 days prior when he had lunch there. Would definitely return.

TorontoMom (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

A colleague was in Toronto for the weekend. This was the perfect place for brunch. Great service. Diverse menu. Good food. Able to chat with noise level not too bad.

Jellybean (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

I was very satisfied with the ambiance and the quality of food!

vipISpy (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2014

Had brunch here last Sunday. The Caprese omelet was to die for. Coming back again soon

Montana (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

Have visited this restaurent mant times and have never been disappointed. Food is beautifully prepared, and presented and substantial. It's so nice to know that you're dining experience will be so satisfying time after time. If you like liver this is the very best and the mussels are wonderful. Can't wait to return

vipfoodllover (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2014

Food is always hot! Service is fast and friendly . Lots of variety and specials on to menu. Comfortable surroundings with beautiful artwork on the walls which is different every visit . Not too noisy but very busy. This is definitely a neighbourhood downtown gem

kevinf8 (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on September 14, 2014

The service is always friendly and the food is always good. An evening here is safe for a crowd because there's enough mainstream, old familiar favs, to please almost anyone.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2014

Had brunch with my girlfirends there. The ambiance was great and we didn't feel like we were being rushed out. The food was good, although portion sizes smaller than in the past when I have eaten there. The food came quickly, but overall the service wasn't good. We waited forever to get our coffee's re-filled and had to ask repeatedly. Overall just not that friendly either!

Kris (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

Great spot for brunch. Really nice ambiance, and service was impeccable! Thanks so much for having us!

Foodmaven (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2014

Lunched with a friend, salad nicoise , Cobb salad, no wine. Food was fine, not outstanding, service a bit slow but adequate. Cantine is very consistent and well priced. I have lunched and dined many times and will continue to do sp.

jollyrancher (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

The steak here is amazing! I loved it. Would definitely come back again. Great experience overall.

CheerfulFoodie (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Dinner at Cantine was a treat! We were greeted immediately upon entering the restaurant, had a wonderful server and a friendly helpful bus boy. The menu was extensive compared to other summerliscious menus and the food was great. I had herb crusted cod that was to die for. All four people at my table cleaned their plates bare. We had an early reservation on a Sunday night and by the time we left the place was full and hopping and very noisy. I would definitely go back for any meal there in the future.

vipBenna9 (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

A good straightforward neighborhood restaurant with high standards for unpretentious mains. Fresh ingredients, well prepared, served in a friendly yet orderly way. Unusually for a place of tjis kind, the desserts are excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Food is great if you love meat. Make sure to request things that you want as sometimes they don't come bt with everything they have. Downtown location is better in terms of ambiance and performances...but a much longer wait if you don't have a reservation.

Barbie (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

Great omelettes. I was delighted when I ordered scrambled eggs with salmon to have it presented with two large slices of salmon perfectly presented. The onions were sautéed and every so yummy.