About O&B Canteen

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.

330 King Street W, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Toronto, ON M5V 3X2
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, English

Hours of Operation:
Dine-In Hours:
Monday: 11am - 10pm
Tuesday-Friday: 11am - 11pm
Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 10pm
à la carte weekend brunch from 10am-4pm

Grab & Go Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm

Cross Street:
King and John Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(647) 288-4710

Website:
http://obcanteen.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Wilson

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

O&B Canteen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
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Sunday Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
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Afternoon Coffee (6)
Business Meals (6)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

First time visiting and will absolutely come back! Loved the food and service was lovely.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

As always the dining experience was very pleasant and made more enjoyable by friendly staff

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was great but my steak was way undercooked and my wife’s tuna was funky. They comped the steak without me asking which was nice. Won’t be returning for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great, service from our server and hostess. The food and drinks were great! Everyone had a great time.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always reliable, good food, good service, bustling atmosphere, and great value. Great location to have dinner before the theatre or the symphony in the Entertainment District

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent pre theatre location. Relaxed atmosphere and good food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Friendly staff made our visit very pleasant. The mac and cheese filled my need for comfort food. Delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had tried to get a 12:00 reservation, as we had tickets for a 2:00 show, but It was busy so We reserved for 12:15 Saturday afternoon. We arrived a bit early, but were seated around 12:15. Service was pleasant, but the meals were slow to arrive. Coffee, tea, etc. were served fairly promptly, and we were able to order soon afterwards, but then things really slowed down. All of us received our meals after 1:05. I enjoyed my soup, but the calamari tacos, although tasty, were about room temperature. In my opinion, we had to wait much too long for a canteen brunch. I enjoyed my lunch, although I had to rush to finish it and pay the bill so we could get to the show on time. I've eaten here before, and might do so again, but would not choose this venue again if I had a later appointment.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fish tacos were superb & organic beer delicious!!
Our waiter from Mexico was very personable & good!

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nice but hot

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Enjoyable from start to finish. Host was great at arrival and with seating. Lively atmosphere. Food was good. But, what really made the evening was our server. Our server was truly amazing. Attentive and friendly, but not overly intrusive. It is rare that you get a server so good you feel obligated to tell them how good they were, and that was the case for us.

And always love trying to figure out the back of the servers t-shirts!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First off, the staff did not want to be working brunch. From the hostess to the wait staff everyone was very unpleasant.

Arrived for Brunch and was seated (as requested) on the Patio. Our drink order never got placed and we waited 20 minutes for an eventual coffee after another waitress retook our order. Were told they didn't have steamed milk for child with us even though they had lattes, cappuccinos and other barista drinks. Child was told we have juice.

We were one of the first tables seated as our reservation was at brunch open time. It took us over an hour to get food. To put it plainly we were completely ignored, other tables on the patio were served without incident, but our waitress had tables inside and ours was the only outdoor table she seemed to be handling.

The food was good but the overall experience was lousy. I have been to this restaurant for dinner and have never had issues, this has always been a reliable restaurant with good food. When a 10 year notices how 'grumpy' everyone is, you know it is a very bad day.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall it was fine. The food was great. Service was pretty slow and drinks/food took a while. Also a hair was in one of the dishes. The draft beer was poured so badly that by the time the drinks got to us and all the foam had settled it looked like all of our drinks had already had a huge gulp taken out of it.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was very good but food was meh. The soup was not hot when they served it to us. The nicoise salad and salmon main were quite mediocre. Seared tuna was obviously thawed from frozen. Overpriced.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love Canteen. Awesome food. Friendly excellent service

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Enjoyed great lunch. Several vegetarian options. Lovely ambience with light, open feel. Very welcoming. Will be coming back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was very impressed with the service at O&B Canteen. When I arrived, the front desk staff checked my Open Table request and found the type of table I wanted. The table service was also excellent: attentive, polite, discreet and giving no sense of rushing the customer.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great location and efficient service. Good food for a Sunday brunch

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fabulous food and service. They were extremely supportive of my wheelchair scooter, spoke to me at my level, accommodated my specific needs and have a washroom that is accessible and fits a small scooter. I will come back here because of the absolute respect they show their customers.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was an enjoyable quick bite before the theatre. Our waiter Adam was lovely. He answered all our questions and gave suggestions. All round good experience. Have been before. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We visited Canteen before the show. The menu had good choices. I had the Caesar Salad, followed by the Jerk Chicken and Lemon Tart. My daughter had a cup of Parsnip Soup (soup of the day) and the Macaroni and Cheese.

The Caesar Salad was tasty and a good portion. The Jerk Chicken was moist and nicely seasoned. The rice should have been more authentic rice and peas, mind you.

The Lemon Tart was good, but the pastry was too hard for my liking.

Would I go again? Yes, it's really close to the Princess of Wales Theatre. I would probably try some different options next time.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Have been there several times before : this time was poor
Were seated with a reservation easily. Initially waitress was quick with taking order and drinks. It went downhill from there
Drink never came. Had to ask twice. When it came I asked if the order wasn't put in or the bar had forgotten- got a shrug and no answer
Different staff brought food each serving.
Main steak and frites was cooked perfectly for medium rare but cold !!! Too much salt on top. Again bill and cleaning by different servers so nothing personal at all. Was slow with food coming. Watered longer than expected for each course despite arriving at 6:00 for a 8:00pm theater next door we were right leaving by 7:45 and that was explained on arrival
May give it another chance but may not either

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Service was great, ambiance was good for a weekend brunch. Ordered the avocado toast with poached eggs, wasn’t impressed. It came out on a burnt piece of toast and tasted pretty bland. The fruit cup was good value. Overall good experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

O&B Canteen was the perfect choice for a pre-theatre meal. Our food was delicious, the atmosphere was pleasant and we had a great time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed casual atmosphere and comfort of being with a large group without being cramped. Food was well presented and tasty.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Usually everything here is great
I just had the Poke bowl. I just got back from Hawaii and thought it give it a try. It was the worst poke bowl I’ve ever had!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The service was great, the food was average. Pricey for what you get. But again, our servers and manager were all top notch!

Tags: Organic, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Have eaten here many times over the years and this was the first time I experienced less than great service - disappointing!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Been to Canteen a few times. You can count on great food and service. Drink menu had enough to satisfy different tastes.

We had a large group that needed a table on short notice and got a perfect high-top table!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The atmosphere was nice and quiet. The food did take some time to arrive but everyone was into their phones. Food was tastey but looked like it might of been under the heat lamp for a touch too long. Will have to try it for dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Canteen is perfect for pre-theatre or pre-TIFF film. The food is very good. The portions are small, so three mains + 2 appetizers is the rule for 2 large appetites. A bit pricey, but VERY convenient.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Lunch. Bad choice to keep the doors open on a very hot day. Was quite uncomfortable by the end of the meal. Food was quickly served and tasty. Took a long time to get the check.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

O&B are usually serve very tasty meals with lots of flavour. But this meal - not so much.
The avocado toast was meagre and not very flavourful, the sausage and tomato pizza was also ordinary even bland. My friend's vegetarian order (quinoa & something) was decent and the hamburger and fries were nicely done. Overall though, a pretty average dining experience. Will not return

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Brunch with boyfriend- food was outstanding. Nice patio. Not too crazy and loud, which we appreciated. Casual and comfortable space.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Prompt service and food was delicious. Everyone was happy with their meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It was dinner before the play. The waiter was very good at serving us promptly and having us out in time for the play.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Have visited there before for lunch, and this time, as with the others, service was good and the staff are friendly and most obliging. Would certainly return.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Terrible service. Waitress had attitude from beginning. I told her tuna dish I ordered previously once was good and second time was terrible. So I asked her to make it like first time. But This third time is a disaster. I did not finish it. Will never ever go back. On my Black list. Not sure if this will affect my perception of other O&B restaurants. We will see.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Fabulous location and decor, delicious food and very friendly staff. Prompt service when we first arrived, but noticeably slower once the lunch crowd settled in.

Not a deal-breaker, will be back again :)

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had a not good Tuna dish I had previously. They put on mayonnaise this time and veg pan cake beneath the tuna became soggy , did not enjoy. I wound expect consistent delivery of food.

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