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Paintbox Bistro

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555 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7, Canada
08:00 - 20:00
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Laval, Canada
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

S soon as you walk in and approach to the counter, you are welcome with a smile offering you gently and patiently whatever great combination you will choose on the menu. The plates are generous, well prepared end comforting and the prices are surprisingly cheap fo Toronto. It is worth the detour!

Thank papitchoulo1
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

They had a prix fixe dinner with a glass of wine or beer for 25$. The appetizer was delicious. For the main course you had a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian. All presented in a professional way. The desert was very nice and gluten free. There was a singer with a band that played beautiful songs. The chef came... More 

Thank Toronto049
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The lunch menu is terrific. Great portion sizes especially with the burger and fries. Very friendly staff and great service. Lovely room for private dining as well.

Thank dayatthebeach2016
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Maybe it helps I live over this bistro but I can't help but sit here with a good book and eat on the patio as often as possibly. The food is fantastic and so is the atmosphere... The only thing I'd change are the bizarre hours... Seems to be open when it pleases them

Thank Stephen M
Toronto, Canada
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125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Great place to stop for a coffee and something light to eat in a neighbourhood that appears to be up and coming. Their baguettes are delicious! Coffee is really good too and doesn't taste like the cheap stuff. Definitely quality and everything tastes homemade. I believe they are offering beer now too! The only thing to complain about would be... More 

Thank MisterRoadTrip
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Was looking for a place to grab a quick coffee and kill some time and found Paintbox Bistro. Nice decor, coffee was good. Had an excellent muffin. Could not get free wifi to work but did not ask staff, I am sure they would have helped if it was important.

Thank richardwT4117TG
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

The Bistro is a great little place to meet for a quiet coffee and conversation with a colleague or a client. Service is friendly but not intrusive (let them know you want your coffee or tea "in" and they'll serve it in a pretty mug instead of the recyclable cup). Easy to reach by streetcar on the Dundas line, as... More 

Thank Mrwillson
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

Dear PB...I FELT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS. ***Went to the Paintbox last night and was having a great time until the staff started cleaning the floor with Mister Clean. ... after breathing in the fumes, and I had to leave before I wanted to. Now my chest is congested again and I'm coughing a lot. I'm... More 

Thank EpiClesis108
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69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

A group of us stopped in after a show at Daniels Spectrum, and they were nice enough to try and accommodate us on the patio. Service wasn't the best out there, hard to get drink refills, but other than that it was OK. The pulled pork poutine was wonderful! Not all options were listed on the menu though. We found... More 

Thank Quebec_Yankee
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

Thought we'd try this little place out as we were staying in the apartment block above, had a great evening. Nice music and friendly staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food was well prepared and tasty with a little twist and the portions were good, I had a Caesar salad to start, steak and frites, lemon tart. All very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 Dundas St E, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 16477480555
Paintbox provides unique catering services with a strong social & environmental mandate, supported through a street level cafe, retail and event space.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighbourhood Profile
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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