O&B Canteen

4.2
622 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Casual
  • 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 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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Toronto
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Summerlicious menu not worth it. The food wasn’t anything special, didn’t have much flavour at all. Service and ambiance was fine, clean, server was nice. Much better restaurants in the area

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

While the food and ambience were fine, the portions were really tiny. If I'm going to spend $33 for dinner, I would like to be full afterwards. Would not recommend - take your $33 and go somewhere else that will fill you up.

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P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

High quality food food served by attentive staff. Very good value in a prime location for theatre goers. We have visited O&B Canteen a number of times now and have always been pleased.

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D
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Went there for Summerlicious. Food was only good - disappointed that it was not better.
The cod was overwhelmed by the curry and the tofu dish had way too much vinegar.
The service, though, was excellent.

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GI
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very professional, chill place next to the lion king.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Summerlicious is underway.

My choices:
App - green bean Cesar salad
Entree - baked cod
Dessert - cookie dough ice cream with a brownie

The salad was yummy. Nice twist on a traditional Cesar salad by adding the green beans and radish. The parmesan stood out more then the dressing.

The baked cod was with a curry and rice as well as spiralled carrots on top. I don’t usually pick fish when I’m eating out but I really enjoyed it. Careful of the plates cuz they are crazy hot and I was not forewarned. Ouchies! Cod cooked to perfection and curry was not overpowering.

The dessert was a bit of a let down. I didn’t like the texture or taste of the brownie, I would almost think they were store bought. The ice cream was ok. Too bad the peach cobbler was old out.

Service was not its usual fantastic self. Yes it was busy, no I’m not expecting my server to hang out with me but I shouldn’t have to ask a few times for something. It wasn’t the personable service I’m used to at an O&B restaurant.

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LD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I rated most items at 3 because some parts of each item were really good and others not so good. For example our server was not so attentive at the outset but came through in the end for us to make our next event. As well, although the salad was really tasty, the main entree was just okay. In the end I would try it again.

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FD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

I took my colleague for a Summerlicious lunch there today; it's her first time at O&B Canteen and much to her dismay, the rice bowl she ordered was too salty! I was also disappointed because the portobello burger I ordered was way too salty for me. At least, the appetizer and dessert we had seemed okay. I feel embarrassed bec. she wanted to go somewhere else and I convinced her to try this one, big mistake! Did they change the chef? I've been to this restaurant a few times before but this was the first time I didn't like the food. This one bears the O&B name so I expect it to be good but my dining experience here today was a big disappointment!

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C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Casual, very clean, attentive staff, good food with very reasonable price.

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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We sat outside which was great, but the music outside was too loud. Otherwise a great evening.

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

Service was fine but I don’t like being charged for tap water. I was charged for a 9 oz glass of wine when I was served a 6oz but didn’t notice on the bill until I left the restaurant. We had one delicious dessert and took the other one home which was soggy and undercooked( peach crumble)
Maybe it would have been better at night, ordering from the regular menu.

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SG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Came to this spot for a pre-movie dinner. Sat out on the patio, which is nice for a downtown location on a busy/louder street (lots of foot traffic and trucks with air brakes). Food was good and the server was incredibly nice, but service was slow as we arrived at the same time as a few other tables. Would definitely come back another time.

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CK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went here for summerlicious and had amazing food! The portions were a very good size and the restaurant had a good ambience. Sat on the patio and was very nice. Would recommend!

O&B Canteen
Responded 2 days ago

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

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had brunch prior to attending Mirvish show. Service was excellent, food was good and came out quickly. Our server Sebastian took note of our showtime to ensure we would be in and out in time and he even recommended we bring tissues when he found out what show we were seeing (good advice it turns out).

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for the positive review! We are very glad that you had a wonderful dining experience with us and that Sebastian gave you an efficient service! We will definitely inform him that you appreciated the advice he gave you as well. We look forward to having you with us again in the restaurant! Regards, The Management

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p
Toronto
82 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Keep returning when we have a show downtown. Food is tasteful and fresh. Summerlicious menu was good.

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GS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and great service. This restaurant does not disappoint.

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 9, 2019

Hi Gordon, Thank you so much for the positive review! We always aim to give our guests a wonderful experience whenever they dine with us and we are very glad that we did not disappoint you!! We hope to have you again in our restaurant! Regards, The Management

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food and service were both very good as usual. Having the patio doors open on one of the hottest most humid days in Toronto, however, made for an unpleasantly hot dining experience. I won’t return in the summer if this approach to ‘fresh’ air continues.

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V
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The food was okay. The service was sparse and at one point we had 3 different people coming to our table. We had our first date here a few years ago and both remember it being much better. Maybe better luck (if) next time.

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AF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Only disappointment was anticipating the standing Sunday dinner special only to discover they were substituting something else

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Website was Not clear about the all day menu. They don't offer it weekends during brunch time. We left without ordering. Ended up at freshi on Spadina.

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MT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative and flavourful food and attentive staff. This is a great place to bring a mixed crowd as there is something for everyone on the menu, with lots of choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, and some gluten free options for celiacs. I particularly enjoyed the spaghetti squash stuffed with succotash, yum!

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hi Margaret, Thank you so much for the positive feedback1 We are very glad that you had a great dining experience with us! We look forward to having you dine with us again! Regards, The Management

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DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Our waitress disappeared for 10 minutes in the beginning so we had to wait longer to locate her to take our food order.

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r
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service.

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We are very glad that you have enjoyed your dining experience with us and we are looking forward to having you at the restaurant again! Regards, The Management

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NH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Food and Service, just 2 minute walk to theatre.

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We hope to see you back here soon! Regards, The Management

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Need to train the servers better. It caused a commotion when I asked for no bun on the turkey melt. Really? Anyway, would not order the turkey melt again. It was dry and tasteless.

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TS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Friends and I went to Canteen for dinner before a show on Friday June 21st. Five of us were there and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the prices just right. Had such a good time, we have another reservation during Summerlicious :)

O&B Canteen
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hi Tracy! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We always aim in making sure that our guests have a wonderful experience everytime they dine with us! We look forward to having you during Summerlicious! Regards, The Management

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a
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It took a long time to get one of our ordered meals and we were going to a show. I think that it was comped.

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CC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The server was great. I think the kitchen was very busy that day. We had to wait for 30min for our food. We saw that there were at least 20 dishes just sitting on the counter to be picked up. My burger was cold by the time we got it, and it wasnt fully cooked although i asked it to be well done. I didnt want to wait for another 30min so I switched mine with my husband’s order. Good atmosphere and reasonably priced.

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RA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Healthy appetizing meal at good value superb wine. The server was friendly and excellent look forward to coming back

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PW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Casual 'busy' atmosphere. Excellent service (friendly, enthusiastic, attentive). Will definitely return.

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LK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Short ribs were overdone and sauce was too spicy - which was not indicated on the menu...however, server took it back and brought something else.


Will definitely return.

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LJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great location for lunch. Service was excellent. Over the years the quality was inconsistent and disappointing given the cost of lunch. I am happy to say that this experience restored my confidence.

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for the positive review! We are glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we look forward in seeing you again! Regards, The Management

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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual we were not disappointed. Our "go to" place anytime we are in the area. Food and staff are excellent.

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 22, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! It is our goal to make our customers satisfied with their dining experience with us and we are happy to know that you had a wonderful experience with us! We look forward in seeing you again! Regards, The Management

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DH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Uninspired, below par dining

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Simple, quick. Wish the waitresses were faster though. But it was a leisurely Sunday, so I guess taking it a bit easy is okay

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi, Thank you for your review, usually we're are flying around with a line up during Sunday Brunch! Glad you enjoyed your food and hope to see you again! All the best, Management

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N
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to eat before catching a movie at TIFF. Fun to sit on the patio and watch the world go by.
The brussel sprouts were delicious!

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Nellie, Our patio is so great for people watching with a bevy in your hand and food on your plate! Can't wait to have you join us again before your next TIFF film. All the best, Management

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

It was absolutely excellent! We had a great time. Can’t wait to dine again!😋

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l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I had the most expensive Caesar Salad and the serving was small. The Sweet Potato fries were really good though.

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Iayb, Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed the Sweet Potato fries, it's unfortunate you were not satisfied with the portion size of your Salad. Next time I hope you can let us know while dining that you are not satisfied so we can turn the experience around for you! All the best, Management

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RL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Server was knowledgeable & inviting. Food inventive & delicious. Loved the ½ price bottle of wine.

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thursday's Half Price Bottles of wine is definitely a crowd pleaser, thanks very much for your review, hope to see you on our patio this summer! All the best, Management

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s our third time dining here. We love the healthy and delicious vegetarian meal options!!!

And dessert is always incredible!!!

O&B Canteen
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thanks for thinking of us, we love to hear about new returning guests! We "Eat to Live" here with our Healthier, Vegetarian, AND Gluten Free options. Make sure to check out our new menu, it launches tomorrow! All the best, Management

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