O&B Canteen

4.1
764 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
We are open for patio dining and takeout!

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 764 people are saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.2
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3.9
ambience
3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarleneC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First day of patios being open. Server was pleasant and seemed happy to being back to work. Food was fantastic.

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Chantellie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would be helpful to know last call before booking.

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LaurelB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and given the issues with out door dining, we were warm and comfortable.

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DarwinB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor patio in October due to Covid restrictions. Cold. Not the restaurant's fault.

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vipJNguyen
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We were seated in a dark corner although they had other tables. They should have a heater or some light in that area. They were also sold out of oysters which was a slight turn off. It took a while for service as we were in the far corner in the dark with only two other tables. Two good things were the Korean chicken bites. The flavour was really good but it definitely was not bite size. They were big pieces on a skewer. Also my friend had the burger and shoe string fries which were tasty. I really wish O&B Canteen would be better.

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WMcD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Will admit miss pre COVID menu but so glad to have them open. Patio great. Staff very friendly and attentive. Only time I have had a too loud music issue I mentioned and music was turned down. Am turning into a regular here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

While my reservation was confirmed, the restaurant was not open upon arrival.

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TinaD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious (steaks, sliders, trifle) and the service was attentive. There are heaters on the patio which is great during this colder weather. We left very satisfied and very full :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so sweet and did a great job. She was very on top of things. Brown hair and slight accent. I didn’t catch her name unfortunately but I thought that she deserved comments for doing a great job.

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MarkZ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had a nice dinner outside at patio. Service was good. Flat iron steak was not the best cut of meat but was done as orderd. French fries and appatizers were very good

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vipadrianam
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and very good service! Cobb salad with salmon was very good and really recommend to ask for some fries. Great option for casual dining

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happydiner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff were exceptional - everyone we dealt with was polite, curteous and energetic.

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vipStarry
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The place is clean and I feel safe to dine in there at their patio.

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clauds87
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for dinner after getting married in a microceremony at Malaparte. Service was excellent and we we even given 2 complimentary glasses of champagne and a pork belly bao appetizer (which was delicious!)

All the food was excellent and my husband and I enjoyed some oysters to start. They had buck a shuck oysters that day with the purchase of a beverage. Highly recommend coming for that. For a main course, I had the salmon nicoise salad which was incredibly good. The salmon was tender and the skin was crisp. The portion was also huge and I ended sharing some with my husband who had the pad thai with shrimp. He also enjoyed his meal.

The ambience was lovely and is a great spot for people watching. Patio is spacious and social distancing is not a problem. Highly recommend!

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JonasS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Good service as usual, food was not as good as usual

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vipLisaLisa
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have to say the Sunday brunch here is one of my favourites in downtown Toronto.

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Alexandra
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place in the Entertainment district with good food and nice ambience.

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JohnA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great, set us up at a table we didn't like. they immediately moved us. good was delicious, location is awesome, waitress was nice.

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SarahR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We split a bunch of apps and they were good! Although, I did feel like the chicken skewers and empanadas were a bit over priced for what they were

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ElaineM
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First patio outing since March. Was wonderful!

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DarBar
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good restaurant. Menu is very clean. Service is good

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice place to get a bite, and a great value too for the quality of the good. I wish the servers were more attentive, and I understand at the time of this review we’re experiencing COVID and it has had an effect on everyone. But otherwise, we left this place full, satisfied, and happier than we arrived (and that’s all that matters!).

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SilvesterW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food:
- Cocktails are a bit too much on the sweeter side
- Oysters are fresh and clean
- Mushroom soup was a bit washout than I had before but still pretty good
- Cobb salad was tasty but the dressing was a bit too salty for my taste and a bit too little greens

Service:
- Outstanding service from the waitress: very attentive but not disruptive at all; tone was light-hearted but respectful; mask was don properly at all times; drinks and food were served properly from behind us instead of across in front of us (which was very good) and she would apologize ahead if she needs to reach across the table
- Utensils were adequately clean and appropriate

Ambience:
- Acceptably clean patio tables and chairs
- Not much patio decor though
- Pedestrians could get pretty close within 2 metres when they walked by on the other side of the barriers
- Nice level of noise from King St. as expected
- A bit disappointed that it did not enforce mandatory face-covering as I bumped into another guest without mask waiting for washroom indoor

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JanU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The social-distancing ruling was followed accordingly much to my relief.
As only my 2nd patio foray since the lockdown, this was such a good experience all round.

Thank you.

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John
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good patio, not too busy

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DanyL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience1

The sound track of in your face rock & roll from 90's was obnoxious. I mentioned it three times to wait staff and nothing was done to change it or lower volume. It did not serve the restaurant menu or its delicious food. You should know that I was alone so it was not about being able to hear conversation. If I was accompanied I believe my response would have been to change venus before ordering.

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vipAMM63
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to O&B Canteen before the theatre. They have a nice menu with many choices. My daughter had the ALT sandwich which has avocado, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, arugula and aioli on multigrain bread with fries. She loved it. I had the fish and chips. The portion size was good and the coleslaw was very tasty. I also enjoyed the fries. For dessert, we shared a carrot cake - their signature dessert. It's always good. Not only was the food very good but so was the service. The server was very friendly and attentive. I recommend it and I would return to this location.

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WMcD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable. Welcoming. Good selection of food for some fussy tastes. Allowed adjustments to menu items. I am already a regular but first tie with family. Definitely will go continue to frequent

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lululu
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to grab a light meal and drink after work. Book a table as it fills up with theatre-goers after 6pm

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant was very quiet after 5PM, food was delicious and portion size was decent. Service was a bit slow though, considering there were no other customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing offer on 1/2 price wine bottles. Food was amazing as always.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hi, Thank you for the review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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vipNANCYW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The poached salmon was heaven!

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hi Nancy, Thank you for the review! We are glad that you liked the dish that you ordered! We hope that you can try our other dishes too and we are sure that you will like them as well! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our server was prompt, attentive and friendly. All four in our party enjoyed our entrees and we made it to the theatre with time to spare.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi! Thank you for the review! We are glad that you had a nice dining experience with us! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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PatC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointing. Our food: flavour was good. Eggs etc were cold and potatoes were hot. Server was very good even though he was very busy. Menu was misleading . Smoked salmon on the benny was extra but menu did not reflect that.

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ejs502
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall a great place to eat prior to theatre. The wait staff were excellent and the food was great. We both had the flat-iron steak which was a perfect size. The wine list was short but had everthing to suit most folks. Dining room was a bit noisy but since it was one large room, that might be expected.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hi, Thank you for the review! We are glad that you had a wonderful dining experience with us! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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kato
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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DianneD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit in 2 weeks - the staff are super friendly- and the food is delicious. This will be my go-to restaurant when I am in the area because I am sure that I will always enjoy my time there.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hi Dianne, Thank you for the very nice review! We are glad that you enjoyed dining with us! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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BillD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was Great, however, the air quality could be better.

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Deborah
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food is great and the location is good if you are seeing a show. Make sure you keep an eye on when you order through. An error was made and it took over 40 minutes to get our food. Our server was wonderful and did her best to correct and compensate us for the kitchen's error.

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Jojo
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Interesting flavours, yummy food, would highly recommend it

O&B Canteen
Responded on February 29, 2020

Hi Jojo, Thank you for the positive review! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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O&B Canteen is rated 4.1 stars by 764 OpenTable diners.

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