Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill, Bayview Village

3.9
3471 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
O&B Café Grill, Bayview Village is the first location of Oliver & Bonacini’s casual dining restaurants. Despite its North Toronto location, this large urban space feels very downtown. A gleaming open kitchen extends into the airy dining room, featuring washed tin ceilings, leather banquettes and dramatic and distinctive light fixtures. Its two exclusive private dining rooms offer the perfect space for social gatherings, celebrations or corporate events.

Refined yet casual, O&B Café Grill, Bayview Village’s expansive menu of North American and Italian classics offers something for everyone, including fresh, made-from-scratch soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and fire-roasted pizzas. The weekend brunch menu showcases a mix of classic Eggs Benedict and Belgian Waffles alongside inventive comfort food like Fried Chicken & French Toast.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week,
brunch served on weekends
Mon: 11am-9pm
Tues-Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat: 10am-10pm
Sun: 10am-9pm
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Phone number
(416) 590-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Omar McLeod
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Private party facilities
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Bayview Village offers two exclusive private dining rooms, the North Room and the South Room, for corporate and social dining and events. Accommodates seated events for up to 40 guests.
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Private party contact
Oliver & Bonacini Events: (416) 364-1211
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sheppard Avenue
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Parking details
Plentiful, complimentary parking is available in the Bayview Village Shopping Centre parking lot.
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Public transit
Subway access - exit the Bayview stop on the Sheppard line.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3471 People Are Saying
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I
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as always.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friend had the liver and onions. She said it was amazing. I must say it did look delicious. I had the grilled calamari. It wasn’t so good. Had a bit of a fishy taste. Was cooked well enough though. The service was very slow but I was catching up with a friend so that didn’t bother me. I also had the soup of the day which was corn and cauliflower. It was very bland. The mushroom soup is much better. I have had better meals here before. I will return but will not have the calamari.

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was done very well. The bread was freshly made. Will come again.

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m
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good reliable restaurant in the local neighbourhood

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good as always but I have to especially commend Andrew (I'm pretty sure) on such incredible service! Only wish the restaurant wasn't quite so loud, but it didn't really affect our enjoyment. Love the mushroom soup.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Friends reunion

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LP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We have frequented this restaurant for years but find now that the menu is limited and food not as it used to be quality-wise. My meal was luke-warm and after requesting it be heated it still arrived luke-warm the second time but the plate was hot?? Service was slow which did not help matters.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location with lots of parking, easy to get to.

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E
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

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PC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was especially courteous and helpful. Hope I have her next time I visit.
Thank you!

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GW
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eva, our waitress was always available, always pleasant. Good experience as always.

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f
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the Piri Piri chicken was so good! I've told a couple of people to go order it!

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NC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was quite bland and did not live up to its description. Also, the price for this dish was also too high.

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SS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to O & B for years and it never disappoints.

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JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was not that great. This is the second time I have been here and both times the meal was not up to par.

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A
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

(Revised) I love this restaurant and this location; the reason I am giving 4 stars this time is because we were seated at a tight table that was difficult to get in and out of especially for a person with a disability, but to be fair, it was a Saturday night so that was to be expected. The other reason is that even though the service here is usually excellent, the waitress we had this evening was not as conscientious about the menu as she should have been, particularly as it relates to allergies. Nonetheless, I found a meal on the menu that worked out for my allergies. Overall, it was a good experience and as I said, I love this restaurant and the Bayview location in particular.

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FV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant made every effort to accommodate our last minute addition to the group. Our server was awesome and we had a wonderful time.

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food

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M
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is casual but elegant. The service is friendly but sharp. The food is tasty and memorable! Always consistent, always nice, for special occasions or for every day dinning.

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MO
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. Food was great - my favourite, the Peeky Toe Crab and Shrimp Cake was delicious as was the hummus appetizer which I was having for the first time.My son and nephew were pleased with the Jerk Ribs (a compliment from real Jamaicans). Dessert was excellent! Carrot cake as usual was worth all the calories.

Our only complaint is that service was a bit slow - took awhile for us to be seated, and our wine came after the appetisers. But, we understood as it was Thanksgiving, and the staff were very apologetic.

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S
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They have a varied menu so everyone can order what they like and the wait staff is excellent.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Generally, it was very good. The food was very slow coming out of the kitchen.

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P
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We had lunch on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant was very busy but we had reservations and were seated quickly. As usual, when the restaurant is crowded, it was quite noisy. The food when it arrived was generally good. However, it took close to fifteen minutes before our orders were taken and then close to forty minutes before the food arrived. Our server was friendly and helpful and the slow arrival of the food was not her fault. But all three of our recent visits have involved long waits for our orders to be served. Once or twice may be the exception but this seems to have become the norm and it's annoying.

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SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was extremely average. Nothing tasted great - or bad. It just was a meal. For the same price I could have eaten at 100 other much better restaurants in the city. I would not bother going back for another meal here.

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T
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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SS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very tasty. Service was friendly but slow. Took more than 1 hour for mains to arrive.

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FC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I ordered the rib, so dry and cold. Don't understand why they serve the whole corn and a muffin as a dish.
Sorry don't think i will go back...

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rob was exceptional! It was my mothers birthday and he made sure no detail was spared.

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WK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Second time at this restaurant and as good as it was the first time, that's how bad it was this time. Celebrating Thanksgiving (selected that special menu) and my mother's 83rd birthday. Service seemed to be okay to start, got water right away, waiter took drink orders but then we told him that we were having the turkey dinner and that seemed to get him off track. Was expecting drinks and within 5 minutes (SERIOUSLY - FIVE - minutes), we received our turkey plate. I felt like they were just stacked in a line ready for pick up. Took another five minutes before we got the drinks. The meal was barely okay (not worth the exorbitant $29 price tag - marginally better than cafeteria food) AND the brussels sprouts, which were the most plentiful thing on the plate, were inedible. They were hard - I like aldente but these things still crunched for heaven's sake! They also were not trimmed properly, the stems were still on them. Disgusting. Waiter showed up to ask how our meal was when it was almost all gone, we told him about the sprouts and he INSISTED on bringing us more. Our meals were done and he presented us with a double order of sprouts. Gee, thanks. To add insult to injury, they had obviously been put in the microwave to soften them (ugh) AND were actually harder than the ones that we left on our plate.

Okay - so we had enough room for desert. Mom's - the apple blossom - was fabulous. Mine - the molten lava cake was beyond tragic. Michael Bonacini - if this is what passes as a molten cake for you - you ought to be ashamed. I've seen you rip home chefs apart for not getting this right. My "molten" cake was ICE COLD. Needless to say, no lovely melted chocolate sluicing out of the cake after being cut. It was like a chunk of fudge. AND no waiter to check in with us. We then had to wait for another 30 minutes, before he deigned to check in and see if we needed anything.

Not much of a birthday for my mom. We'll go to The Keg next time.

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

It was great!

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were 4. We were put in a booth first that was round and found it awkward as two of the seats were on parts of the bench that separated the two seat cushions. One seat cushion was in rough shape and not nice to look at. After that everything was fine. Service was ok but could have been better. 2 people ordered pasta and we were not offered parmesan, had to ask for it. All in all solid but not spectacular.

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EK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable environment and attentive services.

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F
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lunch with all the mommies and babies! So it was quite noisy and chaotic. The waiter was attentive. But the soft drink machine was non functioning and drink choice was very limited. OK food, but nothing outstanding.

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SH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger fest at Oliver & Bonacini. Only until October 5th so if you haven't been ... what are you waiting for?
Lunch with a beautiful friend I had the Jerky Turkey which had jerked turkey, grilled pineapple & fresh slaw. I added extra crispy bacon for that extra yum! Barbara had the Umami Veggie burger with Portobello mushroom, grilled tomatoes. I got to taste it. It was pretty good. Gotta head back and try the other 3 before the end of the week.

On another note: My server Eva is awesome!!! Beautiful inside and out. Will ask for her again next time I come in.

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P
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just to note that the quiet rating was chosen because we went for lunch and sat at the tables located outside of the main restaurant, under a canopy that are actually in the mall. But much quieter than inside the restaurant.

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s
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Inattentive service (server was preoccupied with large groups and we were neglected). Would’ve preferred to have been given another less busy server.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

very busy and too many humans vs servers - so service was lacking - no top up on water, no one asked me how my food was and couldn't wait to get my bill and get out - very disappointing, not my first time but likely wont be back for a while - or at all

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L
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Interesting food combinations. Bar service slow and not made correctly. Waitress redid herself and much better. Fun spot

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I have been going to O&B restaurants for years. Peter O would be extremely disappointed if he knew how this particular restaurant is being run...most importantly the food was definitely not up to the standards O&B are known for .
I definitely will not go back to this restaurant.
Carol Brown

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KL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall a pleasant experience, there were a few mistakes with our order and a bit of a long wait for the food but the staff made up for it. Excellent service!

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