O&B Canteen

4.1
438 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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 pizzas. Throughout the day, Canteen’s grab & go counter serves up freshly baked goods 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, English
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Hours of operation
Dine-In Hours:
Mon: 11:30am-9pm
Tues-Thurs: 11:30-10pm
Fri: 11:30am-11pm
Sat: 10:30am-11pm
Sun: 10:30am-9pm
à la carte weekend brunch from 10:30am-3pm

Grab & Go Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
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Phone number
(647) 288-4710
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Wilson
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Catering
Our partner restaurant Luma and Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering offer full off-site catering opportunities throughout the entire TIFF Bell Lightbox facility including the sixth floor event space and outdoor amphitheatre, with seating capacity for 150 or receptions for 250. For details, contact Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering.
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Cross street
King and John Streets
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Parking details
Paid parking is available underneath the TIFF Bell Lightbox and there are plenty of private lots within a short walking distance. Street parking can also be found nearby.
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Public transit
By subway, exit at St. Andrew station on Yonge-University Spadina line, north west corner. Travel two blocks west on King Street. By streetcar, access the King St. (504) streetcar to John St.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Summerlicious July 6th-22nd!
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 438 People Are Saying
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LW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

My eggs benedict were cold...and for the price it is totally unacceptable. Hard to find an accessible place for Sunday brunch. Will not go back. My husband enjoyed his burger

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JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Wait staff seemed a bit over worked. Had to ask for coffee refill. Waiter and/or kitchen forgot to give me the smoked salmon eggs benedict versus the ham. Was corrected quickly, though.

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FC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Millennials only... please give me a restaurant without weird names for food, with good old fashioned GOOD food? Flakey names do not a meal make.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Handicap accessibility was good. Reception staff excellent. Waitress good. Smoked salmon eggs Benedict was good. Strawberry and rhubarb dessert was not good especially @ $9.00 plus tax. Meringue was not good.

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TU
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend Violet and were seeing a show at SecondCity that evening and went to Canteen to dine beforehand. I'd been there before, she hadn't, and I chose it for its proximity to the venue and because I remembered the food was good! Thankfully, we were NOT disappointed.

Ginny was our server, and she was exceptional! She was friendly, knowledgable and answered all our questions, being sure to note and clarify on our dietary needs. She came to check on us throughout our time there, but was unobtrusive, which was appreciated.

We didn't have to wait long for our meals to arrive, and the food was delicious, with good size portions for the prices. There are a number of vegetarian choices as well, and our experience was so good, we will definitely return and have been telling friends about it.

Thanks again to Ginny. Keep doing what you're doing, your managers are fortunate to have you on staff :)

Tracy S

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JE
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service very slow though place was only about 1/3 full within an hour of us sitting down. Heavy grease smell in the air. Steak for kids grisly and tough. Broccoli bland and limp. And the place is not cheap

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JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

good restaurant for pre theater dining in busy theatre district in Toronto

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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy it here. Service and food are very good /excellent. Very noisy during the dinner hour, a bit difficult for conversation. I always ask for a table by the window as we do not like being at the tables set separately in the middle of everything. Each time we get there they have assigned us a badly located table, even though I request a window table in the reservation. But they are always gracious in finding us a more appropriately located table. It is a very busy restaurant and I do appreciate the restaurant’s regard for their bottom line - but in my opinion and experience there are too many tables jammed into the space and that does take away from the enjoyment of the dining experience. I think in future I will try to dine there at other than peak times.

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Miami
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, numerous vegetarian and gluten free options.

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Meal was tasty, but too expensive for portion size.

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Canteen is my go-to for all get togethers, especially out of town friends. Great food guaranteed, location is fantastic and the vibe is fun casual but feels grown up. Love Canteen! They change up their menus so I never get bored. Been for brunch and dinner and I'm impressed by both.

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visit Toronto quite often and a meal at O&B is always on the agenda...wonderful service, good food (selection and imagination) and ambience...And I have worked out THREE of the t-shirts slogans

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a lunch reservation, weekday for out of town relatives for lunch. It wasn’t overly busy and although we were inside, so much light it felt like we were inside. Excellent vegetarian options alongside jerk chicken and other meat options; also great desserts, have the carrot cake ! Good downtown choice that felt casually elegant enough but not stuffy or fussy. I recommend it.

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E
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for Summerlicious 2018 dinner.

I inquired about the Vietnamese Ginger Beef Noodle Bowl regarding the broth as I have a seafood allergy, and I was puzzled when our server let us know that after she checked the “label”, that there could be trace amounts of seafood. I was disappointed that the restaurant, specifically an O & B chain, didn’t make the broth from scratch, and that they ran out of two of the feature desserts, Upside-down Peach Muffin and the Lemon Square. They did offer an optional dessert choice from their regular menu. Overall the food and service were good.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice experience and affordable. I went with my children and they like it as well

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall poor experience in all aspects

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H
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Canteen offers a very reasonable 3-course dinner fo3 33 $ ("Summerlicious"). Everything was very delicious particularly the green gazpacho and the fish taco. We like the service and will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Overall experience was good. I had the Winterlicious menu. Falafel appetizer was dry. Salmon main was very tasty, except asparagus was disappointingly overcooked and hard to eat. Mousse dessert was delicious. It was super busy; maybe consider more serving staff, as service was a bit slow at points.

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w
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is delicious and well prepared. Service is warm and friendly - while still being efficient. Now serving a Summerlicious three course menu that’s really fun.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Tried summerlicious dinner and every item was bad - falafel was bitter, gnocchi was burnt and felt frozen (they replaces it with grain bowl which was ok), dark chocolate mousse was yogurt with bad cocoa powder - which burned my throat and stomach all night. I ate it to be polite but should have left it. I will never return.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was quite slow, had to follow-up on order a few times.

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AR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

While the ambiance (we sat outside) and service were very good, the food was disappointing. We had a "Summerlicious" three course meal. My starter, a green gazpacho, was outstanding but the main course was awful and the desert only so-so. My husband's main course was stone cold and he sent it back. The meal was a big disappointment on our anniversary. Luckily the show we went to see afterwards made up for it!

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H
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I ordered the Chop Salad and other than greens there was literally no other ingredients. Very disappointing

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MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super friendly service. Delicious food. A happy place to spend some relaxation time.

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f
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was nice. Hip and cool without trying too hard. I enjoyed all the food I ate on the summerlicious menu - my only dislike was that the tahini sauce that came with the falafel app was too thick. The restaurant didn’t seem busy but it took around 20 mins for our first course to get to us but our server checked up on us to apologize for the wait which I appreciate. All in all a good experience and I would go back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

both salmon entrees were overcooked - i didn't bother to complain b/c we didn't have time. it tasted fine but too firm.
drink order sat on bar counter until i asked a server to bring it. drinks came after appetizers were served
we were never offered refill of ice-water on a very hot evening
dessert was fine - weird serving of mousse in jar was hard to share.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner before the show at Royal Alex. Enjoyed the Summerlicious menu choices. Food was very tasty and server was attentive and very pleasant. Enjoyed the dinner immensely.

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, portions on the small side. Wine and beer selections were quite limited. Very good for gluten free options including french fries which is a real treat.

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Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Summerliscious special seemed pretty small plates. We were there fo 2 hrs that should have been 1 hr. Food was decent but not outstanding. They forgot the sauce on the beef noodle dish. Not likely to return anytime soon

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HG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great. Unfortunately the service was awful. Could not get our servers attention once the order was taken. An hour after getting my first glass of wine I stopped her to ask for another and it never came.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summerlicious before theatre was great! Doors open for a nice breeze inside

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KU
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Our server was difficult to track down and sent the wrong dessert home with us, it was not a very pleasant experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Appetizer and entree were good, chocolate mousse was terrible. Server was excellent despite it being Summerlicious.

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m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Canteen is our #1 choice to go to before each symphony. We always enjoy the new, varied and creative menus. The young people serving are always a "10", pleasant, knowledgeable, sincere and professionally trained. We also enjoy Summer/Winterlious events...........keep doing what you are doing. Location, menu variety/excellence and ambiance make Canteen a Toronto winner!

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BK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely enjoyed our lunch at O&B before attending Come From Away on June 28. Quickly seated and served, and finished our meal with 20 minutes for the leisurely walk to the Royal Alex. Have eaten there before, but not with these friends, who were completely satisfied with the experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My husband and friend enjoyed the spicy tomato soup , the jerk chicken and the shrimp spaghetti. I on the other hand tried your burger. Even with all the toppings the beef was tasteless and had to add lots of salt for flavour. I thought the place would be a little more special than it was. We had lunch there before the Royal Alex production.
The waitress was very nice but I would not recommend this restaurant. I guess the name Canteen should have told me.

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KK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall great experience. The waiter checked with us immediately to see if we were going to the theatre and what time our show started. Great beginning except the GE sort of disappeared! We managed to get served and made it to the theatre on time but the experience was not as relaxed as it could have been.

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great place to garb a bite before Books on Film..good menu chioics, great servicde

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came to celebrate a special occasion. Staff made us feel welcome and made great effort to take special care of us even tough it was busy night for them. The Mexican Street Salad was exceptional - the presentation beautiful, the blend of spices delicious. Our steaks were cooked perfectly. Highly recommend you to try it if you haven’t been yet!

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BH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fun dinner was seated immediately. Lots of choices for my vegan daughter. Noise level very high as all areas of restaurant are hard surfaces and the noise rebounds as well as traffic noise.
Able to talk and hear fine.

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