O&B Canteen

4.3
558 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Canteen is open all Easter Weekend, with brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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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.

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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
1 review
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.

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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!!!!

O&B Canteen
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.

O&B Canteen
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.

O&B Canteen
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.

O&B Canteen
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.

O&B Canteen
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
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O&B Canteen
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

O&B Canteen
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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p
Toronto
78 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

2nd visit. Really good food and excellent service. Small but good wine liat

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J
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Had the jerk chicken. Very poor value for the price. Too much boney chicken leg, too little chicken meat. Spinach cold.

O&B Canteen
Responded on March 7, 2019

Hi John, We value all guest feedback and I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal. We encourage our guests to let us know when they are not satisfied while dining so we are able to provide them with more of a positive experience. I hope you try us again so we can turn the experience around. If you would like to discuss further or make a reservation with us, please contact us directly and ask for the Manager on duty. We hope to hear from you! Sincerely, Management

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! Great service & food, lovely staff. A great place to people watch.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. It’s always delicious and the service is usually very attentive. It can get busy so reservations are helpful.

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N
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was divine. Service was on point. Portions were a tad small for pricing but the taste was still worth it!
Will definitely be returning..

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ND
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Noise level loud though.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our lunch was excellent. The flavours were unusual but pleasing and satisfying. I've been there twice and would definitely go back. We were there on a Wednesday so it was packed with the matinee theatre crowd, but the food made it worthwhile and enjoyable.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre meal. Very efficient and effective service which has us ready to leave in good time without feeling rushed

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HJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy but no pressure from staff leave until we were finished.

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GK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food ... great atmosphere. Would live to go there again!

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F
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Casual setting. Great location.
I would definitely recommend this for before or after theatre dining.

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been before. The food is always interesting and varied, good for many varied dietary needs. A bit pricey perhaps but worthwhile overall to start a evening at the theatre!

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p
Toronto
78 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here after a movie. Fairly empty at 8.15 on a weekday. We were surprised at the good food and service and will definitely return.

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VS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and fresh unique food selections. Great service! Would definitely be back!

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot if you are catching a play. Food is very good and Thursday they have 1/2 price bottles of wine!

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G
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous selection on the menu, literally something for everyone including one vegetarian in our party. Friendly staff, great location & ambience, loved it, will definitely return!

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SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It took 40 minutes for our hamburgers to arrive, although the restaurant was not particularly busy.
We had a movie to catch afterward and made it with only 5 minutes to spare. Our waitress was very apologetic and polite. She reported our situation to the manager who considerately gave us a free dessert and a discount on our bill. We have been to this restaurant on other occasions when we were much more pleased.

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