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“Nothing special”

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill
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Ranked #71 of 477 Restaurants in Oakville
Price range: $16 - $20
Cuisines: Canadian, International, Fusion
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: QEW & Trafalgar
Oakville, Canada
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Some of us had high expectations for this restaurant, since it was our second visit and they had done some interior remodeling in between. And while the interior is much improved - atmospherically - there remains a certain emptiness in the kitchen. For a Friday night it was remarkably quiet, but perhaps we were ahead of the "in-crowd". The roasted chicken breast and lamb tagine arrived promptly, but were small portions considering the price. The young adults had pasta and pizza and were satisfied but un-amazed. Sangria at $10 a glass and juice for the kids at $4.50 per seems a bit steep as well. The service was average and we passed on dessert since we had a birthday cake waiting for us at home. Not remarkable enough for a third try.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“No value whatsoever”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

At the end of a meal out it is nice to feel satisfied; satisfied with the food, service, ambiance and value. O & B fails on many of these fronts. It used to be very noisy and we stopped going for that reason. Now they have put carpet tiles down that muffle the noise a little.
The menu at the moment is mostly Pizza, some hamburgers and pasta, with nothing very special and that is OK for what bills itself as a Cafe. There was nothing wrong with what we had; two Caesar salads, two ravioli’s and two glasses of wine rang up a bill of $89.10, before tip. This did not leave me with good feelings about value. The wine list is extraordinary and I would love to know how many bottles they manage to sell with prices ranging between $40 and $100 or more, with a menu such as it is.

  • Visited June 2013
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Strange Soup”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Okay place. Strangest mushroom soup we'd ever tasted, edible but would never order again. Spring rolls were okay but nothing exceptional

Visited August 2012
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ontario
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best dessert ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Went for a special occasion, had one of the most amazing restaurant experiences! Service was perfect, attentive and dedicated! We had a reservation, were seated immediately, being tended to within 5 minutes of arrival, on a Saturday night, prime time dinnertime. All the food was fantastic, burger, the best I ate at a restaurant, steaks, salmon, pizza, excellent, but one of the orders was outstanding! The chocolate marquise! It was the best dessert I have ever tasted, ever!, in 20 yrs, in Canada, and all other travels!. I had to try it when my daughter, the one owning the family's sweet tooth, and having a lot of experience due to it!, took her first bite and all I heard was this unusual sound coming from her! Pure bliss! All in all, splendid experience! I took off a star from "atmosphere" due to the ... atmosphere being a bit too loud, makes it hard to hear for the elderly.

  • Visited May 2013
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CAN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Superb food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Was recently at this establishment for party of 13 - very friendly service and plenty of space to be seated - we had reservations and they offered food for children and created a buttery mac n cheese for little ones - each of the appetizers and main dishes had good presentation and was warm - had the italian sausage pizza, napolitana and spring rolls for apps. Various mains were ordered (Chicken breast meal, quinoa with lamb, pan seered atlantic fish, fish and chips, sliders, italian sausage fettuccini). Drinks were good though a little overpriced - but all in all good night for food and drinks!

  • Visited May 2013
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