Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front

4.3
2939 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post-theatre
Just steps away from the Scotiabank Arena, Sony Centre, and Financial District, Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front is a destination spot for Toronto’s tastemakers, Bay Street’s movers and shakers, and neighbourhood locals alike.

The expansive dining room is divided into cozy nooks, featuring a mix of communal tables, leather banquettes and high-tops, The stylish “see and be seen” bar, lounge and wraparound patio offer the perfect location for casual group dining, after-work drinks and date nights downtown.

The menu features fresh, seasonal pastas, salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, along with globally and chef-inspired daily specials. For those who prefer to sip and snack, O&B’s bar bites, hand-crafted cocktails and curated wines are ideal for sharing and lingering in the lounge. On Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend brunch menu aims to cure your hangover with classics like Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros, or lighter options like Avocado Toast.
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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was slow, and not that busy. Either management doesn’t know how to staff properly or our server was just lazy; had to flag her multiple times to get water, more drinks, condiments etc. Food was fine but nothing great. Probably wouldn’t go again.

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

This is the second time I have been there and I enjoyed the Oliver & Bonacini Care and Grill just as much as the first time. I will go back again when we go to the theatre. A very pleasant experience!

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Server was very rude, not engaging.. looked like he didn’t want to be there. Food was ok, expected more based on reviews. My family noticed rice was undercooked and he claimed that that’s how it’s supposed to be. Terrible customer service skills.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

entirely mediocre except for the service. I wouldn't recommend

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RC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food that caters to many tastes and is well thought out. And delicious! Serving staff was lovely, location is great, ambiance fantastic. Definite recommend.

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V
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food selection was excellent and we got some helpful suggestions from our waiter on what to order. Great food, nice ambience and perfectly located to attend any event close by. This is my go to place for pre-entertainment dining!

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

Nice patio. Food was okay, but not great. Everything was a bit too salty. The toasts were burnt.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about O&B works. Fantastic service and outstanding food. Mac n cheese with bacon I still dream about and delicious pizza. Highly recommend and will return when I visit again.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great experience. There were a couple small issues with the drinks but management was quick to resolve in a fast and friendly way. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a great place to eat downtown. If I could recommend one thing for the restaurant to consider offering, gluten free pizzas.

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The server was very attentive and provided good insight to the menu options. The wait time for food was as expected and the food was excellent.

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BM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Such a great place to gather with friends before a show or a ball game. We always appreciate the innovative menu choices and friendly, efficient service by the staff.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Food was terrible and service even worse, other than the ambience, it’s pretty mediocre

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

Waiter was attentive but not intrusive, he remembered to give us parking coupon, which we appreciate as we forgot to ask.

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

The food was quite bland and tasteless. Not what I would have expected from a restaurant owned by these two well known chefs. Only redeeming feature was the helpful and friendly server.

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KB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Many delicious items to choose. We started with soup so likely only needed one entree to share in addition to the salad. But everything was tasty and filling. Mike our waiter was great.

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OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I used to enjoy going to O&B Grill, hadn't been for a while. Disappointed with the meal options, I was able to get a vegan meal but it was mediocre and super salty (tofu bowl). It was just edible. My hubby got a fish dish with lentils for over $30 and it wasn't very good. The fish was fine, but the lentils weren't great and cups of lentils aren't an ideal meal. It should have had some other veg on the plate for the price. Unless I am going for an outdoor patio experience, I don't think I will be back for the food. Quality for cost just isn't there.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We celebrated a special day with friends and staff was very attentive, food was great and dessert was phenomenal! We had a booth and noise levels were low.

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TL
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a good time. Food and service were great. Thanks

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Air con was a bit aggressive in the area we were sat in but overall a nice lunch and good service

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IB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Found the food and service very good. Nice atmosphere for a casual dinner with friends.

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LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

I had a big hair in food in my salad. It was absolutely gross and wrapped up on a lettuce leaf. Usually I have great experiences here. This was not good.

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NG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food . Great vibe and fantastic service .

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Was extremely crowded at the time. Acoustics were terrible, very noisy. Service was mediocre and mains came before appetizers. Food was tasty. Great location.

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AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved my dining experience! Was in the area for a comedy show which was taking place at the Sony Centre across the street and also was my second time dining at O&B. Fave parts were the salmon, the ambiance/vibe and the decor. Menu is great. Perfect location. Will be back again, and will likely bring my mom / family. Thanks!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We asked for a quiet table and they made sure to accommodate. The waitress was great and the food was delicious.

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L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Met up with a friend. Enjoyed the variety of food and the servers were attentive. The only down side was we had to wait about 30 minutes for our main which was fine because we got carried away with our discussion. If it had been someone in a hurry they would not have been pleased. Overall we enjoyed it though.

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was very good but I found that the service could have been better. I was there early but I wasn’t asked anything or told about the specials for happy hour. I had to call the waiter over to ask for a drink and then again for my husband who I was waiting for. Previously at other visits the service was much better.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I had good time in the restaurant. The food was good. The only thing that I could complain about was the chair that my friend sat. She said it was a bit too high to her, so she had to raise her legs higher to avoid the napkin slipping down, which wasn't comfortable. Otherwise, the experience was good.

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NF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly staff really made this experience perfect for days night.

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DJ
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful lunch with old friends! An excellent menu, beautifully prepared and presented, with polished and professional service. Thank you, Michael!

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HM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Our server was rushing the service throughout our meal from pushing us on ordering all the way through delivering our bill with our coffee. The food was only mid range for the price I was expecting more on professional service and on taste. I won’t go again soon.

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B
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with my son for Mother’s Day brunch. We were waited on immediately and the food - fried chicken and French toast (for my son) and eggs Benedict (for me) were hot and incredibly delicious! The atmosphere was relaxed but sophisticated. Staff was amazing! A really nice brunch!

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HM
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Service was slow and server was inattentive. Food was very boring.

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front
Responded on May 13, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. I would very much like to hear more about your meal with us as it clearly fell short of our standards on multiple points. Please let me know if there would be a convenient time for us to speak further. Warm regards, Erik Treble | Manager

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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our s ever Terrance was amazing, the food was tasty and would recommend them.

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and a great experience itself. The waiter was friendly AND caring. We had a reservation and a little bit early but were showed to our seats right away. My mom and I had a great time for her pre-Mother's Day meal

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KE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes, I have always loved O&B. The new menu is smaller, not as much selection. That would be my only negative.

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TD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 5

The food was far too salty. Everything on the plate had been over salted. I stopped half way through for a 5 minute break with a glass of water because I had lost my sense of taste. Unfortunately the loin was also dry.
The server spilt my wine over the table, which he did to up to compensate but didn't wipe the table or glass, so that excess wine ended up dripping all over my trousers until I cleaned it up myself.
Being a single diner, I felt rushed in and out to make room for bigger tables. So I was in and out in less than an hour and that was including dessert.
Poor experience against a high expectation for the name, but it unfortunately ranks as one of the worst meals I have had anywhere purely because of how salty it was.
Positives? Nice decor. One member of staff smiled once, and the dessert was nice, but lost on me a bit given the main course.
Oh, and on a non food note. Having been sat next to a large wine rack. You could tell the had not been cleaned in a very long time. Bottles with dust on next to my food.... not very pleasant.

Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, Yonge & Front
Responded on May 13, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. I would very much like to hear more about your meal with us as it clearly fell short of our standards on multiple points. Please let me know if there would be a convenient time for us to speak further. Warm regards, Erik Treble | Manager

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OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very good and one of best options in the neighbourhood that isn't pizza. Only problem is the noise level.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Would recommend to others depending on circumstances and location preferences.
The food was average - so was the service. We had a bottle of wine, and the server was pouring it fast, and it was splashing on the table.

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