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  • Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill

  • 3.0 stars
    (15 reviews, average rating: 2.9/5)
  • Cuisines: Cafe, Dessert/Ice Cream, Mediterranean
  • (416) 590-1300
  • Bayview Village Shopping Centre , 2901 Bayview Ave North York, ON M2K 1E6
  • Neighbourhoods: Newtonbrook
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Casual
1 Review
2013/01/08
  • Extremely Bad Service & Over Priced Food
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 6
  • Reservations made for 7:30pm, upon arrival we were told it would be a few minutes. After 15 mins they told us our table was ready – the table they were referring to was in the middle of the doorway of the bar/ front entrance. When we advised the Mgr. it wasn't acceptable, he asked us to wait and he would get us a suitable table. 15 minutes later he advised me that there was a table available but was only a table for 5 but he would be able to set-up another place setting. When I went to see the table, it was tight enough for 5 but to squeeze 6 adults, there was no way. It wasn't until 8:25pm when we were finally seated - what's the purpose of making reservations.

    Waitress came told us the specials and then disappeared for 15 mins, didn't even take our drink orders... When we finally received the food, the orders were mixed up (medium steak given to incorrect person...) portion sizes did not reflect the high prices. ~ Throughout our entire meal, the Mgr. did not acknowledge us at all. When we were ready to order dessert we requested the waitress to speak with the Mgr. and the least he could do was offer us coffee and dessert for the ordeal we encountered. Not only did we get charged for the coffee and desserts, the Mgr. didn’t even acknowledge our request. BTW, the regular coffee that we ordered tasted horrible (cold & bitter) –the waitress offered to brew a fresh pot as the coffee she served us was sitting for a long period of time. (why would anyone confess to this and why would anyone serve it??)

    Totally ignorant service, never going back.

  • Order: 10oz Striploin, Gnochhi Bolognese, Shrimp Linquine, Chef's Platter
 
Quaksy
1 Review
2012/08/24
  • Pretty disappointing
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Ordered the BaBy aRUgUla & ROmaine HeaRt cHOPPed Salad. Arugula Cought me craving, there were maybe 5 Leaves of arugula. The rest was all romaine. Now that I think about it, I don't even remember there being much goat cheese. Very dissapinting.

  • Order: BaBy aRUgUla & ROmaine HeaRt cHOPPed Salad
 
WhitbyFoodie374
1 Review
2012/08/22
  • Terrible service, over priced food
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Wow, what a downward spiral from our past visits! We go back to this particular location each year for our anniversary and we've always had stellar food and service. Not the case this time. I've rated this place a five in the past, but something has seriously changed in the past year. First we sat unattended for ten minutes before a server offered to pour water. No drink order. Another ten minutes and our waitress introduced herself as "you ready?" . After another ten minutes bread is casually dropped on our table with a passing "oh, sorry". No offer to order more wine. Sat staring at servers whisking by our table at the end of our meal, empty dishes just sitting there, waiting for the bill. Food was underwhelming and over priced for what was served.

    Happy Anniversary indeed. Last one we'll have there.

  • Order: Tuna appetizer, Striploin, carbonara, wine
 
na
1 Review
2012/02/25
  • Funeral in my mouth!
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • I've been to O&B a few times and last night was the last. I ordered Arancini and beef ragu since it was on the cheaper end (~19).. Not only was the portion size very small, it didnt come with any bread or side dish to eat with but it was also terrible! The risotto balls very over fried and it made me soo sick this morning

    Upon calling the restaurant to leave my comments the manager argued with me saying their food has never made anyone sick.

    NOT WORTH IT!

  • Order: Arancini and beef ragu
 
ritam
1 Review
2010/08/14
  • terrible service
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I have been coming here for years (the food is usually good and the location is convenient) and every time, i notice the service has been getting worse. Usually, my main complaint is that the wait time for the food is extremely long. However this last visit has made me decide to NEVER eat there again. Everyone in my party got their food and had finished it and I sat waiting for my food for over 30mins. The manager came over and made it seem like it was my fault because I had ordered an app and no one else had....no apologies and said no when I asked my meal to be taken off the bill. I was so pissed that by the time i got my meal i didnt even want to eat it! The food is over priced too.

  • Order: veal parm sandwhich
 
Paula
7 Reviews
2010/07/01
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • I made reservations and went to the restaurant at the end of May for my 18th birthday party. It looked very elegant fom the mall entrance. The ambience was very modern and cozy, though it was slightly noisy at times. Service was prompt and attentive with our orders and the manager even came and brought me a piece of chocolate cake with "Happy Birthday" written in icing on the plate.

    Everyone unanimously agreed that the food was great. We shared a group veggie, chips, and dip platter and I had the steak well done. It was cooked to perfection and was artfully arranged with savory garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables. The cake
    I received was delicious, as was the sorbet a friend let me try.

    Overall, the evening went perfectly and the meal was easy on the wallet since none of us drank any alcohol. I would definitely come back here or to another Oliver & Bonacini managed etablishment.

  • Order: Veggie and Chip Appetizer, Steak
 
FoodBelle
35 Reviews
2010/06/26
  • A favourite cafe'
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • Excellent food, good service and atmosphere. I had a great time here and would love to return. The chefs really know what they are doing (I actually enjoyed the food here more than their triple-the-price sister restaurant "Canoe"--so I really don't know what these other reviewers are talking about). As an extra treat, you get to watch the chef's prepare your food in their totally open concept kitchen (which you can see from your table). Highly recommended!

  • Order: artichoke goat cheese dip, bruschetta, mac and cheese, oven baked gnocchi, pizza, drinks, creme brule
 
Pickyeater
1 Review
2010/01/11
  • I had a group dinner to celebrate my wife's...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $61-$100
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • I had a group dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday at Oliver and Bonacini @ Bayview Village just a few days ago in the south private room and the event was a major success with all my guests. Each food item was excellent, from the appetizer to the main course to the cake and even the coffee/tea. The personnel was very courteous and understood all my asks on the timing of the courses or how the celebratory cake should be presented/synchronized with champagne, etc. Some of the reviews being older, I was a bit concerned this may not go well, but all my expectations have been exceeded. Great job!

  • Order: Soup, salad, branzini, sirloin
 
Anita
2 Reviews 1 Helpful
2009/01/12
  • I went to the Oliver and Bonacini Cafe Grill that...
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 3
  • I went to the Oliver and Bonacini Cafe Grill that just opened up in Oakville. I was excited to try it out because Jump and Canoe are my favourite restaurants.
    This place was a total disaster! The blueberry lemonade and mango tango came in a wine glass filled half way. For $4.50 they should have at least filled the glass! And they both tasted tart. I ordered the Gnocchi with braised veal shank. I literally got 6 gnocchi's and some shredded meat. I asked the waiter where the rest of the meal was and he said that that was the lunch portion. He got me 6 more gnocchi with some shredded meat. It was not braised in a tomato and red wine sauce and was VERY oily. I of course had to pay double the price as that was now the dinner portion. Another person I was with got the Lamb burger. It was burnt on the outside and very watery. There was no flavour and the french fries were stale and re-fried.
    This was a terrible experience. No one wanted to stay for dessert. We all left that restaurant and ate somewhere else because we were still hungry.
    The service was ok and the ambiance was nice. Don't waste your money here if you want good food. All you're paying for is ambiance. No one could believe this is from the same people who own Jump and Canoe.

 
sassy
5 Reviews
2008/07/15
  • Food was unimpressive
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 7
  • The restaurant was busy but the waiters were nonetheless attentive and quick to take our orders. We ordered off the Summerlicious menu, which was pleasantly varied and a great deal ($25 + tax and tip) for a three-course meal. The appetizer was a disappointing start to the meal, as it was too sour for my tastes, so I didn't touch it. The entree chicken breast was dry and tasteless and the yoghurt sauce was just plain weird. The dessert was excellent however. The buckle was crumbly and sweet and warm and hit all the right spots. Service was actually quite good, our server was very attentive and came often to remove our finished plates and refill the water. I wouldn't come back again though, especially not at the regular prices on the menu.

  • Order: Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho, Preserved Lemon & Chili Chicken, and Warm Strawberry & Rhubarb Buckle
 
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