O&B Canteen

4.3
575 reviews
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Comfort Food
O&B Canteen is a bright and casual restaurant and Grab & Go counter located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Canteen’s all-day menu draws inspiration from simple recipes using fresh ingredients. Chef-prepared offerings range from housemade soups and sandwiches to hearty salads and oven-baked flatbread. Throughout the day, Canteen’s grab & go counter serves up freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and light bites.

Canteen’s bright, open space features modern decor with a casual feel – the perfect setting to enjoy fresh and innovative fare. Guests can also people-watch from Canteen’s large streetside patio during the summer months. Canteen’s marketplace atmosphere, together with quick, cheerful service, makes it the perfect destination, morning, noon, and night.
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great pre-theatre spot. Service is accommodating to time frame needs and food is consistent and tasty. Relaxed , casual vibe. We will be back!

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JV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very handy for theatre goers. We went to the weekend brunch and found food to be tasty. I particularly liked the vegan choice, Pulse and Grain bowl.

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe my 6th time here and I love it everytime. The menu is great, service is even better.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hi “finedinefam”, Thank you for your great review and being a loyal patron, we take a lot of pride in our food and service so I appreciate that you have recognized us for that! Hope to see you again, all the best, Management

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - Canteen Breakfast, latte, and English Breakfast Tea. My tea was a little lacking in flavour but everything else was great. Our server was awesome, didn’t get his name but he had lovely blue eyes! :)

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F
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual setting with upscale food. Delicious and perfect size portions. Will definitely return.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hi “Foodie”, Thank you for the great review, glad you enjoyed your dining experience and we look forward to having you return! All the best, Management

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JA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal before Munk Debate! Pouring rain and watched all the people running and felt grateful I was out of the rain.

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JH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some terrific GF options. Nice choice of wines. Casual atmosphere but special food and excellent service!

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Hi Joan, Looks like you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for the great review, we look forward to you dining with us again in the near future, all the best. Management

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PT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great as usual. Service was absolutely awful. She was distracted, never available and we were constantly waving down another server in the section beside us to ask for things because she would never check in on us. Disappointing.

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Hi Peter, Sounds like you did not have a great experience, although our food can taste exquisite, it's all about how we deliver and cater to our guests. We take pride in our food and our guests experience, I will provide you with my email privately to discuss the matter further. Thanks for your feedback Peter, all the best. Management

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Celiac I choose this restaurant for the gluten free options and I wasn’t disappointed! I will be back soon.

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Hi Laura, Very glad you enjoyed your experience! We try hard to cater to all forms of dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences, we look forward to having you dine with us again. All the best, Management

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Steak was very underdone for med rare. Cold in the middle. Sent back twice. Too chewy as well. Just not a good cut like I’m used to here, but service excellent. Would usually recommend but not this time 😩

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Responded on May 9, 2019

Hi Sherree, Thank you for your feedback, it's a shame you did not have a great experience as we thrive to be the best in food quality and with our service! We use the freshest ingredients, while creating specialized in house dishes, so it does disappoint me that you were not satisfied. If you would like to discuss this further, I have provided my email privately for you to do so. All the best, Management

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s
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall service once we were seated was excellent. Combined with a great atmosphere, it was a great experience overall.

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Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi "steponme", Pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and the service, we take pride in our guests experience! We look forward to your return. All the best, Management

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LO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent... love the place

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Responded on May 3, 2019

Thanks for your review Lisa!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The servers was excellent. Enjoyed the meal. Would return.

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Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi Keith, Thanks for your great review, we look forward to your return! All the best, Management

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dining before theatre

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LF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot to meet up with friends and family and enjoy delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. If you're going to the theater it's a great location as well. The service is wonderful and I will definitely return!

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Responded on May 3, 2019

Hi Linda, We are so pleased you enjoyed your dining experience with us, we look forward to your return whether you're going to the theatre or not! All the best, Management

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the service. I have been a couple times previously, but don't think that I would go back again. Our wine was left in the center of the table without a chiller and we had to ask for one. I starter came with our dinner (although specifically requested to come separably) and our server showed no interested in us. We had to ask someone else to provide us with plates (as we were sharing food).

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Responded on April 23, 2019

Hi Lynsey, I'm terribly sorry for your disappointed experience, this is definitely not up to our standards as we take so much pride when it comes to our guests! I will send you a private message with my email to contact me directly to discuss your dining experience further. All the best, Management

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TT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mac and cheese was sooooo good !!!!

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Responded on April 18, 2019

Tisa, Your review is “sooooo good !!!!” Thanks for being a great guest and letting us know your taste buds were satisfied, look forward to your return and to try perhaps another tasty menu item! All the best, Management

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P
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed our dinners at O & B Canteen. The service is always friendly and efficient.

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Responded on April 18, 2019

Hi Pianoman, Thanks for such a great review, and thank you for being a great patron! We look forward to your return, all the best. Management

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but very expensive

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IG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Location for the theatre is ideal. Food is very good and moderately priced. Because of the space the noise level is higher than a quaint restaurant and tables are quite close together.

O&B Canteen
Responded on April 13, 2019

Hi Irene, Thank you for the great review, I hope you think of us again when you go to the theatre! All the best, Management

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, great location, good service. Food was excellent BUT drinks were a bit watered down tasting and dessert cake was warm on the outside and ice cold in the middle.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Spiro, Thanks for sharing your experience, I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and service. Next time you're in, please let us know how you feel so we can resolve the issue, perhaps we can have the bartender put less ice in the drinks or have the chef pop your dessert into the oven for you. It is NEVER an inconvenience for us to please our guests and we are always willing to accommodate! Thanks again for your review, and we look forward to you joining us again, all the best. Management

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great menu selection and the location is right by the Princess of Wales and Royal Alex theatres. Food was fresh, tasty and well presented. Nice choice of vegan dishes available in addition to the other menu fare.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Kathy, Thanks for your great review, we do love our theatre crowd here at Canteen, so thanks for thinking of us and joining us before OR after your show! Glad you enjoyed your dining experience, we look forward to you and your guests joining us again for another tasty meal. All the best, Management

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Poor quality food for price. It was as good as a dinner I could make at home and that’s not saying much.

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Responded on March 30, 2019

Hi Ryan, Terribly sorry you did not enjoy your dining experience with us here at O we will be launching a new menu near the end of May, perhaps there will be some items that will be more appealing to your taste. Hope you consider us again in the future so we can offer you a different experience. All the best, Management

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service but restaurant was unaware of the Half price wine for ticket holders of Books on Fim. So despite asking about it we paid full price.

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Responded on March 27, 2019

I’m so glad we were able to resolve this, thank you for continuing to be a loyal patron. We look forward to your return. All the best, Management

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Love the vegetarian options!

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your experience, we try to cater to different dietary needs along with our exceptional service! Sounds like we will be seeing you again, terrific, all the best. Management

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JV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Got a window seat after the show.
Very cool.
Food good service better.
Ambience top notch.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 28, 2019

John, Thanks for the rockin' review! We love to keep our guests happy, you'll have to check us out come patio season; our windows are wide open and you can enjoy the fresh air inside or out. Hope to see you again, all the best. Management

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Noisy, OK food that is over priced. Service is pretty good, though.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi Momo, Thank you for your review, it is unfortunate you only had a “3 star” experience, your opinion matters. I hope you try us out again, we take a lot of pride in our food, service, and guest experience! All the best, Management

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem. Cauliflower salad and smashed brussel sprouts superb. Half price wine. Wonderful main courses. Great dining option before Mirvish.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi Cindy, I am so glad you had a wonderful experience, and I hope you enjoyed your Mirvish show feeling full and satisfied! Try us back again (tickets or no tickets), and just an FYI.. every Thursday we have half price wine, woo what a treat! Thanks again for your stellar review, all the best. Management

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BA
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an opportunity to have lunch with a friend at O clearly, they are used to accommodating theatre patrons with ease. The menu appears to have been updated since I was there a year ago with new and interesting selections. My friend had the braised beef and raved about it saying I must have it the next time - it was delectable and super tender. I had the grilled salmon and the kitchen had no problem accommodating my request leaving off the fennel. All in all, the service was excellent and the food delicious. Although a bit noisy, I will keep this in mind for the next time I am at the theatre. One word of advice - make lunchtime reservations - by noon, the place was full, a testament to its popularity!!!!

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Hi Barbaran, I am so pleased you and your guest had such a great experience, and thanks for joining us again. Reservations are always recommended when you’ve got theatre tickets, so you’re not wrong there! I too recommend the Braised Beef Short Ribs; super tender and oh so tasty (I like to add on a side of Fried Brussel Sprouts).. You'll have to try this dish on your next visit! Can’t wait for you to become a new regular, thanks for your raving review. All the best, Management

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J
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ben was fabulous! We mentioned we had a show, had the best and most expedited meal and service. In and out with plenty of time to spare. Definitely going back.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Just10, We are so pleased to hear you had such a great experience, we really thrive to be this memorable for every guest! Looking forward to your return, thanks for your kind words. All the best, MAnagement

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LE
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My husband, 2 friends and I arrived at 6:30 for a pre-dinner meal. We ordered wine and 2 appetizers at 6:45, and they arrived within 10 minutes. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, and the calamari tacos, and then we waited another 30 minutes for the rest of our food to arrive!! Our waitress apologized for the long delay, and could not provide any reason for it, which was aggravating. Finally, the food arrived; we had the beet salad with salmon, the salmon poke, the braised ribs and mac and cheese. One of each item. Unfortunately we were not able to savour our meals because we only had 15 minutes to eat before leaving for the theatre. Clearly this restaurant needs the assistance of a kitchen manager to ensure better times food service.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Live2EAT, (Great name by the way!) It is quite unfortunate you had a 30 minute wait for your mains; our kitchen is usually great at pumping out the food in a timely matter, even when our dining room is full. I hope you return so we can prove this to you, our food is most definitely worth savouring! Thanks for being so understanding and we look forward to your return. All the best, Management

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IV
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty food that arrived quickly and a great location. Perfect for a pre-theatre meal.

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Responded on March 21, 2019

Hi Ian, Great food definitely deserves a great review, so thank you for yours! I hope you enjoyed your show as much as your meal, please join us again, we look forward to impressing you consecutively. All the best, Management

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BN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Weekend Brunch menu is inventive and memorable. We each tried something familiar but with a twist and we very much enjoyed the food and ambiance.

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Responded on March 13, 2019

Hi Barbara, I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your brunch experience, we pride ourselves on being memorable and fun! Can’t wait to WOW you on your next visit, our All-Day weekday menu is also quite creative! All the best, Management

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BR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and portions generous. Service very pleasant. Great accommodation for personal requests and attention to food intolerance.

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Responded on March 13, 2019

Hi Bev, We like to take extra care for our guests will allergies, intolerances, or preferences so they can feel confident they are in safe hands. I am pleased you’ve taken note to that Bev and we look forward to your return. All the best, Management

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n
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They screwed up my friends soup delivery. Otherwise, just ok.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

It’s unfortunate your experience was not up to our standards, I hope you try us again. We thrive to have attentive service and inspired quality, thanks for your review. All the best, Management

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LF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was awesome and very reasonably priced. Will definitely return.

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Responded on March 13, 2019

We look forward to your return Linda! Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience. All the best, Management

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T
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcoming reception, attentive server, very good burgers. My burger came without the bun and salad instead of fries as asked for. Getting a “special order right is difficult in many instances. Good beer list as well

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Terri, I am pleased to hear you were so graciously greeted and our service was so attentive. I am a big fan of our burgers, they’re made in house and without any fillers. Juicy, Juicy! No two people are the same, so when a guest has a special request for their meal, we thrive to knock it out of the park. Thanks for your kind words and we look forward to your return! All the best, Management

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b
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at O&B Canteen. We arrived an hour early ( no traffic on our trip from Buffalo to Toronto!) They had no issue taking us early or letting us hang out and finish our coffee as we killed time before the theatre. Everyone was very nice and friendly and We just loved the creativity of the saying on the backs of the servers's shirts. They have a nice varried menu with tons of GF and Vegan options as well as "regular food" I had the special Pork Belly Bahn Mi, it was very good. My friend had the beet salad with chicken and she enjoyed it as well. This is the perfect place to go before or after a show at the Princess of Wales theatre as it's just a few feet away.

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been wanting to try O&B Canteen for a while and was not disappointed! The food, service, quality and atmosphere are all top-notch. Great experience, thank you!

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 13, 2019

Amy, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us, we appreciate your “top-notch” review! Thanks for dining with us and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, Management

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GL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome breakfast meeting place. Great setting with lots of light to keep your attention.

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