O&B Canteen

4.1
464 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.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 464 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good although I didn't find the lunch menu offered much variety and only a few desserts. It wasn't the same menu I thought I had seen online which had more variety. That was part of the reason I chose this spot. Service was very good. At first I felt rushed, but once the waitress knew we were going to the theatre and lots of time, she let us relax and enjoy our meal. My main issue is that I reserved online and noted that we were celebrating my friend's birthday. I expected some acknowledgement at the restaurant - perhaps a cupcake or cookie with a candle in it or something, but there was nothing, so that was disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic

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L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very convenient location to theaters but food is just ok and is overpriced.
Disappointing for an O&B establishment. Was expecting better.

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was attentive and outstanding! The food was fresh, healthy and delicious, creatively made. We three siblings decided to do this annually it was so excellent:)

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IB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It has been a long time since I received such shabby service. Is there a black mark beside my name on Open Table? This was the first time I was served an un-chilled, as in no ice used in the preparation, martini--and it took 25 minutes to arrive. When I remarked on it to our server (and I use that term very loosely) I was offered an ice cube! It went downhill from there.The food was edible. Canteen's proximity to TIFF Bell Lightbox and King Street theatres makes it unfortunately hard to avoid completely, so I'm not saying never again. Just sayin'.

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

The Canteen menu which displayed on the Open Table confirmation was extensive and varied with numerous options appealing to carnivores and plant based diners equally. The one page dinner menu we were presented at the Canteen itself was not.

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

Despite a reservation for 4 at 11 AM on a Sunday we were asked to move to another location after 90 minutes as they had another reservation to seat. Strongly suggest they allow for 2 hours of dining as we felt rushed. Also the Avocado Toast ordered by my wife and I was served on very hard toast. It was not enjoyable as we felt we needed steak knives to cut it! The bill was also incorrect as we asked for separate bills for each couple. That was not an issue however as we quickly figured it out but it was still delivered wrong.

Overall the experience was somewhat lacking.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a celiac so many options. Great dining experience

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our visit did not get out to good start. We waited over 20 mins to get service, this was after flagging down the hostess and then a waiter. It seemed like everyone else was being served first, even a couple next to us who sat down 15 mins after us. A manager just glarred at us from the back not doing thing even though I signalled him. After we were finally were served the waiter apologized for the wait and took our order and put a rush on our food. The food was good and the waiter did his best to make up for the wait. It surprised me that a restaurant that accommodates to the theatre crowd would allow patrons to wait over 20 mins for service knowing they need to make curtain call. I would not recommend going to this restaurant before the theatre based on my experience.

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BU
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food /service. Close to Theatre easy walk fast reservation online

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor service that had to be rectified by a reduction to the bill at the end of the meal.

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer squash salad was amazing. Salmon cooked perfectly. Light refreshing vinegrette did not overwhelm fresh ingredients. Service was excellent. Pre theatre meal and server made sure to keep us on time.

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HC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined at B&O prior to going to see Come from Away. The service was truly awesome. The pricing provides value for money and the food was very tasty with good portions.
We will return.

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LN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Portobello mushroom burger meal was smaller the size of a slider.

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J
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed as a great spot before theatre. Very friendly and relaxed.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointing that the restaurant didn't have GF bread available, especially as I have frequented the location before and it has been available. They did have other GF options though for diners.

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LK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled Salmon was delicious, amazing service. Will go back there soon

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My Salad Nicoise was not great; however the beet short rib my husband ordered was excellent.

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PG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu has changed; I liked in better before. The menu was too limited and the portions were small.
Also the sangria has grapefruit juice in it, and unless we asked we wouldn't have known. A lot of people cannot have grapefruit juice because it interferes with their medication, so it should be listed on the menu.

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Portions were too smal, menu limited and repetitive. Best is the taco calamari

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P
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the O &B Canteen several times and it is consistently excellent. Service is thorough, friendly and professional and the food is great.

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d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We asked for a window table and got it as requested. The server was delightful - friendly and efficient.
The food was excellent. It is not a quiet venue so we did have trouble hearing one another but the convenience of the location after seeing a movie and the menu made it all worthwhile.

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H
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and tasty food close to concert halls and theaters. Our server was excellent. Great value.

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Our server was very friendly and understanding. The food took a long time to come to our table and our server took a long time to check up on our table. We ordered the poutine where they tried to get fancy with the gravy but it just altered the core taste of a poutine and not for the better. We got garlic shrimp on the side that looked and tasted as if someone took shrimp from a shrimp ring and cooked it. It was inedible. We also ordered the calamari tacos. If you're calling it calamari then it needs to be crispy and a nice coating...this was barely coated, rubbery and the flavour didn't match the corn tortilla. We had to send all of it back and because it took so long for the food all we ended up eating was a plate of fries. The short rib mac and cheese however was delightful.

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took some visitors from England there and we all raved about the food. Service was friendly and efficient. Complimentary appetizers were a plus as was the fact that we could have a conversation and hear each other! We will be back for sure.

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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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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Ordered the jerk chicken. The dish was full of very small, fine chicken bones which I needed to constantly pick off or spit out. We had to swat at fruit flies the entire time. It was a really hot and humid day which is why we opted to sit indoors. But there was no AC, doors were wide open and we were sweating by the end of the meal. We were served only one glass of water with our meal. Food is extremely overpriced for what it is. Definitely not going back.

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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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OT
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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