O&B Canteen

4.2
413 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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 413 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
3.0Dined 2 days ago
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
5.0Dined 2 days ago
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
4.0Dined 2 days ago
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
3.0Dined 4 days ago
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
2.0Dined 4 days ago
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
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KU
2.0Dined 5 days ago
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
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
2.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined 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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C
Toronto
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They make a really nice Caesar salad! Nice balance of flavours and not at all too garlicky.

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SG
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for lunch on a Saturday afternoon thinking that both the brunch menu and the regular menu would be available. The brunch was the only menu available, but the staff were very accommodating and made it possible to order a couple of things from the regular menu to accommodate my friend who is vegan.

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PL
Toronto
3.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

WHERE IS THE PIZZA?!?!? I made the reservation for my dad and I solely because you made my favorite pizza in the city and it's GONE. What we had was yummy but I was super bummed. You guys had a good thing (and there's still pizza photos on your website btw:))

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SM
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've been here several times before and it's an energetic place with good menu.
Nobody on desk for several minutes and then took a while to find my reservation.
Busy but staff managing flow of orders with pleasant service.
Steak done as ordered.
Doors left open with AC on. I love to go inside for cool air but this wss a waste of resources.
Tables too close together that made a problem getting in and out of seat without disturbing things on neighbouring tracks.
They could improve but they'll get business anyway so they probably won't bother.

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TO
Portland
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Congrats to TIFF. You have it all. Great space and fab little spot for a reasonably price meal with a fun vibe. Staff is excellent.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice food selection, unique menu items, great professional and friendly service, good value overall.

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AC
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, menu has been updated and had a broad range of choices. Any type of eater will be happy here

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CC
Vancouver
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It’s not my first time at this restaurant; the food is fair and so are the prices. What disappointed me was to have to line up for 5 minutes waiting for the hostess to sit me at a reserved table. I ordered the kale salad, which was excellent with tuna. The tuna was rather tasteless (it could have done with a bit of seasoning. For desert I ordered the lemon tart and that was totally average.

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AA
Toronto
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is sometimes a hit and sometimes a miss. This last visit was a miss. The cocktails were fair. The service has usually been slow so we allotted extra time for that and if anyone else is eating there before theatre I definitely recommend adding at least half an hour to your dining time. One salad arrived with no arugula and while I have had and enjoyed their veggie burgers before, the one from this visit was mushy, bland and eggy all at the same time. For what we paid, I left entirely unsatisfied.

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U
Toronto
1.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

AVOID if you have tickets to the theatre, ball game, symphony, movies or other events. An order of a simple sandwich takes about an hour. We had a terrible experience at O&B Canteen this week and the food was not worth the wait even if you can digest on the run to your event.
I asked to speak to the manager. He declined. I wrote to the company. No response yet. If customers counted, they could do much better. AVOID.

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AW
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

We didn’t eat there because they changed the menu the day before and they took off my favourite dishes.

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s
Toronto
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting menu - lots of gluten free options that taste good!

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D
Toronto
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Duck salad was lovely. The salmon entree was also very well done.
You'd benefit from a lighter and nicer variety of desserts, such as lemon or vanilla mousse with fresh fruit. Ice cream would also be nice.
Service was excellent as usual.

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FD
Toronto
4.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here before the theatre - quick, pleasant service; good draft beer; good food with unique menu items; reasonable price ($120 for 2 adults and 1 youth including alcohol). Bright, modern atmosphere - very pleasant and just a 2 minute walk from the Royal Alexandra Theatre (even closer to the Princess of Wales). Highly recommend it for pre-theater eats!

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FK
Toronto
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went for mother's day dinner after a Sunday afternoon baseball game. It is a fun, casual place but very good food, no need to guess the "O" and "B" in the name.

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NM
Chicago
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Mothers Day brunch. I'd heard the smoked beef sandwiches are excellent so want to go back at lunch time.

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OT
Toronto
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, decent range of options on the menu. Good service worth a visit.

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MM
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Much enjoyed my visit with you and my friends were pleased too. Particularly liked the service and the interesting but not intimidating menu.

Keep up the good work.

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ER
4.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had great service, enjoyed a beautiful dinner of short ribs and plan to come back and sit on the patio enjoying another Perfect Storm.

Would definitely recommend especially if you have theatre plans, one problem having several courses and get to theatre in time.

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M
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great spot with fantastic food. The avocado toast is incredible!

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EM
Toronto
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good spot for a quick brunch, bright space & not overly pricey for the area. The French Toast Bread Pudding was a good size, enough for friends to sneak a bite or two.

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n
Toronto
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch and wonderful service. I will come back with new friends and family very soon.

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JV
Toronto
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Liked the food options, with a slightly different twist, to the "usual". Very convenient for the entertainment district.

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GL
Toronto
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Crowded for wheelchair and guide dog so not the best experience

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MB
Vancouver
4.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The BEST place for pre theatre/symphony at the Princess of Wales, Royal Alex, or Roy Thomson Hall!

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