O&B Canteen

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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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Pre/post-theatre
Casual
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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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.0
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4.0
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CA
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Love the vegan options. Our server was excellent and helped us make informed choices.

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Natasha, our server, was helpful and efficient with a lovely manner—fantastic! Best service!

K
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Perfect spot for pre-theatre dining. Great food, good value on wines!

O&B Canteen
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Kooka, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My portion of pad Thai was small for what I paid., especially in comparison to a Thai restaurant. It was enough for me but I am not a big eater. It would definitely not have been large enough for a man.

DS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always had great service (knowledgeable, caring) service at Canteen. The food is delicious and thoughtfully presented.

O
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food made with fresh ingredients. Portions were just right for me but some may think they are a little on the small side.

SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice menu, very accessible. Really lovely spot. This is our go to pre theatre.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 30, 2019

Hi Stacey, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I come here a lot. It is one of my favourite restaurants in the entertainment district. Go there when I have theatre or film night. I have taken lots of friends too. Love half price bottles of wine nights.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 30, 2019

Hi Rachel, Thank you for the review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food prices are going up so suggest some specials for lunch and a prix fixe....makes it more attractive and valued in a very competitive market. We may have stayed for coffee and dessert if it was part of a set price for example. But lunch per person at $40/ is just too high.

ZK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great restaurant but very loud.
Food was awesome as were the servers. Wine recommendation was spot on.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 30, 2019

Hi Zoe, Thank you for the review! We will make sure we will discuss your feedback to the entire team! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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T
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great hamburger/frites and steak salad. Easy to substitute the Caesar salad for the green offered. Attentive, appropriate service. Busy place, lots of business lunches and pre theatre diners.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 30, 2019

Hi Terri, Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

The food good but didn’t taste good. Too peppery or lacked taste.

g
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Avocado toast was an great choice shared by two followed by steak/ frites and steak salad also shared as far as the sides. Tender, perfectly cooked, lovely plating. And a superlative server Adam. Plus Thursday is half price on wine bottles!

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 16, 2019

Hi, Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward having you again with us! Regards, The Management

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HS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The O&B was unusually busy for a Sunday evening - the server was outstanding at balancing customer needs and getting folk to various theatre and movie events. The food was excellent and the ambience was lovely.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hi Heather, Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant. Regards, The Management

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M
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

My husband's Avocado Toast looked delicious; my Canteen Breakfast was so-so as the plate cooled off quickly and the has browns were re-fried. Our waitress was super though and we had a nice table that tucked us into a corner.

JR
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Hi, we had brunch. Eggs benny two different ways. The dishes were very tasty but well on the way to cold. We ate them as we could not see our server for a few minutes. The service was terrific on the whole. I will give Canteen another try as I like the menus and maybe this was a one time problem.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Canteen cancel my appointment!!!! left me stranded, I was a faithful customer for years!, unfair and ungentlemanly of you

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 3, 2019

We did give you a call a week before your reservation to help assist you with making a reservation elsewhere due to the Halloween event going on in the building. We were able to make a reservation elsewhere for you and we thought this was helpful. We do apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patronage. We hope to see you for future visits.

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LF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

O&B is our goto restaurant before we attend Mirvish productions - the menu has a variety of different options, everything is always delicious and the pricing is reasonable. Service is always great - they understand that you have a limited amount of time and make sure you are out in plenty of time to see the show.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Linda! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward to your next visit with us! Regards, The Management

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience3

I’ve been coming here since it opened and am very disappointed with the direction of the restaurant. The menu has pivoted in a way where there’s little of interest and the quality of food has declined significantly.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi! Thank you for the comment. We apologize for having not met your dining expectations with us. We will discuss this to the entire team so we can improve for the better! Regards, The Management

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PK
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place for a business meeting in late afternoon. Quiet and lots of natural light. Would recommend for coffee and quick dessert in late afternoon with friends or just to meet up with business clients.

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward having you with us in the restaurant again! Regards, The Management

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GG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location close to theatre. We were served promptly and had time to enjoy our meal and make it to our show on time. Server was very pleasant and friendly. The breakfast sandwich and homefries were great!

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Greg, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely server who went out of her way to ensure that my friend's dietary restrictions were looked after. The food was excellent, healthy and very hot when it arrived at the table. We weren't rushed out of the restaurant even after we had finished our meal and were able to linger and catch up before heading to a show. The restaurant ambiance was upscale but not stuffy. Excellent washrooms! We will be back!

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Jen, Thank you so much for the very nice review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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SW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great. Service awesome and food just what we wanted

O&B Canteen
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Sue, Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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LW
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Perfect pre theatre dinner spot. Casual, fun and reliably good food.

O&B Canteen
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hi Larry, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, the Management

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RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great quick bite before a show. Lots of vegetarian option, great service. Will be back!

O&B Canteen
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward in having you again in our restaurant! Regards, the Management

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The ambiance was good, but the food quality was quite average. I ordered the spaghetti dish and no one brought a spoon or offered cheese or anything. Not sure what is change over there but it was worse than my prior experiences.

H
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Perfect place to eat before the theatre. Appropriate menu and good service

O&B Canteen
Responded on October 6, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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j
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everytime we have been to the Canteen or any other OB restaurant it has been a fantastic experience. The staff is extremely pleasant. The food well there is not enough room to write down the excellent I mean EXCELLENT!! food that you have during your experience at either of the OB restaurants. Thankyou again OB and the Canteen for a memorable afternoon pre show lunch.

O&B Canteen
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are very glad that you had an excellent dining experience with us! We look forward having you again in our restaurant! Regards, The Management

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g
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A quiet night for the district since the theatres were dark or empty and there were no sporting events. Plus Thursday’s is half price for bottles of wine. This was just a pre concert meal so no appetizers and we were grateful our mains arrived in short order - grilled octopus salad and beef short rib, both done to perfection. Happily we were able to squeeze in dessert - carrot cake - because a little wine remained!

O&B Canteen
Responded on September 24, 2019

Hi Glen! Thank you so much for the positive review! We look forward having you again in the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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ES
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Convenient spot for TBLB movie goers. Food selection was good with lots of GF choices. Unfortunately soup was scalding hot.

LS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the beet burger and it was amazing! I’ll keep eating there just for that!! Food is usually very good there but in the past I have it very crowded and noisy, difficult for conversation. However not dining at peak times is a better choice if you can do the ambience is quieter. Nice to be able to eat on the patio - quiet and spacious. I’m happy to see so many restaurants setting a more environmentally responsible example using paper straws. It would be nice if O & B did the same.

O&B Canteen
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you for the positive review! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regarding the straws, we use biodegradable ones. They are environment friendly and we are glad that our guests appreciate them! Regards, The Management

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AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My second time there at it did not disappoint! This time I had brunch and the cod benedict was out of this world!

O&B Canteen
Responded on August 8, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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GA
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

The food was subpar. Frozen burgers, over cooked rice, weak lemonade and flat in-house carbonated water. Service was slow and the waiter didn’t come to check on drinks or meal satisfaction. To top it all off the bathroom was so filthy that we decided not to use it. We will avoid this restaurant at all costs in the future. O&B brand is really failing here.

S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

It was quick and easy and did the job before the show. The food was good and met expectations.

O&B Canteen
Responded on August 8, 2019

Hi Smith, Thank you so much for the positive review! We are glad to know that we have met your dining expectations! We look forward to having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Proximity to the theater was great. We weren’t offered a kids menu, and only noticed after we had ordered that there was one available as we had seen it brought to another table. I ordered steak frites as I knew this was something I could easily share with my son, and the steak was tough. We were a long time to get drinks, and the bill even though it wasn’t busy at all. I’ve been to many O&B restaurants and had a very enjoyable time, but this was my first time at Canteen and won’t likely return.

KW
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had another lovely Sunday brunch. Service is always good!!! Food excellent.

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward in having you again with us! Regards, The Management

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

My burger was under cooked, pretty much raw in some places, but other than that totally amazing

m
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Canteen always has a limited menu, but we always find really tasty things to eat! It's a great place to have a bit before or after a movie.

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward in having you again at the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food and place was great!

My only complaint is that you charge $3 for the 'filtered' tap water without letting the customer know unless she/he specifically asks!

In my opinion, that's a bit dishonest.

EA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was good but all the service wasn't great. It shouldn't take 10 minutes every time someone orders a drink. Meanwhile the food came out quickly.

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