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Permanently Closed - Cantine Bistro & Bar

4.0
308 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Davenport
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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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Entertainment
Alternating Friday evenings we feature a live musical performance from 8 pm to 10 pm
Additional
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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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2014

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

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2014

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

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2014

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2014

Yummy_Good, tasty, and nice varied menu. Waiters seemed to have other things on their minds. Seem like they don't want to be there?
A little bit more on the plate would have been good too!

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2014

Lots of choices for the Summerlicious menu. We received our food quickly however we found that the servers were not very friendly. Overall we expected better service.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2014

Loved the flat iron steak! Great ambiance and overall dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2014

We had a great night, food and service were fantastic

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2014

friendly service, good foods, good atmosphere, located in a good neighbourhood

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2014

I went for summerlicious and truly enjoyed the grilled calamari and fish of the day which happened to be tilapia. The service was great initially, but as it started to get busier, it took almost 30 minutes just to get someone to bring the debit machine so we pay for our meals... Overall, a great experience!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2014

This is my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. The food and service are both excellent and the staff are always friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2014

We went there for summerlicious and enjoyed every bite.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2014

We went for Summerlicious, but menu was not available on that day we went even though there was such a indication from their web. I checked with them after we visit( didn't eat) E mail reply was even more made me unpleasent. I won't go this place again.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2014

I love this restaurant . It is a really fun place and it has great food.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2014

Excellent choice. Enjoyed the meal and whole dining experience very much. Look forward to returning!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2014

Saturday night at Cantine Bistro. Summerlicious menu was wonderful. Had the grilled Calamari and Flat Iron Steak. Both done to perfection. Wine list is extensive and sommelier was very knowledgeable. Wouldn't change a thing!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2014

We have been regular customers for many years and always return to Cantine for great food at a very fair price.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2014

I went to dinner and when i got there the hostess told me: SORRY but we are CLOSED. I was surprised and explained that i have a reservation at 9. She went to check the system and found it so she was like OK you can stay but you have to order right now because the kitchen is closing. I was so upset and replied by NO THANKS and left. It was very unprofessional and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2014

Disappointed at the table we were put at; I said we were bringing people for an occasion and we got stuck in a corner. I specifically asked for a good table. Food, however, is very good.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2014

Consistently great food. Best chicken and/or liver with mashed potatoes in the city! Reasonably priced as well. I dine here often as one of my "go-to" restaurants.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2014

Always reliabl. Always served gourmet food beautifully plated. the service is warm and attentive. the menu is extensiiiiive with many great offerings. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Cantine Bistro & Bar is a delicious and friendly restaurant. My friends, family and I have been coming here for years. The food is terrific and the staff/service are knowledgeable, efficient and kind. The maitre d's are welcoming and helpful. Owner Joey Bersani greets his guests with a relaxed, brief visit; you can tell he loves his business. The menu has lots to offer...they'll even do my egg-white omelettes without butter or oil when I ask! The breads and olives at dinner are the best in town. The grilled salmon with wasabi is also a perennial favourite - delish. The restaurant itself is very pretty and displays local artists. In short, and as you can tell, I love Cantine!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2014

I have been coming to Cantine on a non-regular basis since it originally opened, then closed then opened again, guessing 30 years on and off. Alwasy found it a comfortable and relaxing place with goog food.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2014

FOOD IS CONSISTANLY GOOD & THE SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE CASUAL & FRIENDLY

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2014

The food is well prepared and beautifully served. Service is warm and efficient. Great menu with lots of optio s. This is a neighbourhood gem

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Cantine never fails to please. We went for brunch, just coffees and eggs, and the madeleine is always perfect. The poached eggs are medium, smoked salmon thinly sliced and the spinach just blanched. Yum! A basket of toast arrived to munch on while we waited (not that it took long at all!). Coffee refills were prompt.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2014

Cantine is a neighbourhood gem. The food is consistently good, we eat there often.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

A great neighbourhood restaurant with reasonable prices for good cuisine. This has been a staple go to place in the area for over a decade and has a loyal client base of neighbours who appreciate the value and consistently good food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

The food is consistently good. The prices are extremely reasonable. It's almost weird to me that a pint of beer is 5.50. Especially considering the area and the staff is great.

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