Looking to eat your way through the best restaurants in Orillia?
Our culinary guide to the Orillia restaurants scene features romantic fine dining, cafes, bakeries, ice cream parlours, craft breweries, scenic patios and pubs in the friendly city known as the “gateway to Ontario cottage country.”
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Explore Restaurants in Orillia
We spent 3 days eating our way through the best restaurants in Orillia. We visited 8-10 local foodie businesses a day to create a culinary guide that highlights everything from the city’s popular historical bakeries to trendy fine dining concepts.
We loved how pedestrian friendly the city is. Most of the top Orillia restaurants can be easily accessed along the waterfront and downtown on foot. We suggest parking along Mississaugua Street or in a parking lot as the majority of these Orillia restaurants are a short walk from each other.
We were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the restaurant in Orillia. You’ll find vegan and vegetarian items on most menus, cute cafes serving loose leaf tea and fair trade coffee, bakeries that locals line up for, pretty patios, fresh suds poured at a new craft brewery, romantic fine dining restaurants and the flavours of international cuisine such as Middle Eastern, Thai and Indian.
How To Get To Orillia
Orillia is considered the gateway to Ontario cottage country.
Orillia is located just 90 minutes from Toronto so it’s the perfect weekend getaway for couples, friends or families looking to enjoy the great outdoors.
There are accommodation options in Orillia to fit every budget. Here are three of our favourite Orillia hotels and resorts.
- The Champlain Waterfront: Orillia’s best boutique hotel offers chic suites, complimentary breakfast and fitness centre. The pet friendly hotel is located a short walk from Orillia’s boardwalk. Check Reviews.
- Fern Resort: If you’re looking for a family friendly lakeside retreat this resort on Lake Simcoe is your best bet. The all-seasons resort offers an outdoor pool in the summer and skating in the winter. Check Reviews.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites: This affordable Marriott property offers an indoor pool and complimentary breakfast. Check Reviews.
Restaurants in Orillia Guide
Most of the restaurants in Orillia can be found along Mississaga Street East downtown and towards the city’s beautiful waterfront. Other popular local eateries are a short drive away along Memorial Avenue or across Lake Couchiching at Casino Rama.
50 Museum Dr, 705-325-7795
Owners Kalvin Sherry and Sarah Butler first opened Fare Restaurant on Orillia’s gorgeous waterfront in May, 2022.
The duo have been in the hospitality industry for ages. Sarah had co-owned Stuffed Sandwiches in Orillia and had a passion for food and hospitality. Kalvin is the founder of Krew Catering and has a food and beverage background in various restaurants.
When Kalvin hired Sarah, he thought it was a great idea to join forces and put their expertise to play and open Fare Restaurant as a team.
The trendy Orillia restaurant is located directly across from the historic Leacock Museum (they share parking). If you arrive for brunch and have to wait to be seated we suggest hopping over to the museums gardens and enjoying a stroll around the marked trails.
Step inside Fare Restaurant and you’ll find a chic dining room and cocktail bar that seats 52 guests. During the warm summer months Fare boasts Orillia’s only waterfront patio, which seats 50 guests with breezy views overlooking Lake Couchiching.
If you’re visiting Fare in Orillia for brunch on a weekend we suggest ordering the Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benny, Peach Stuffed French Toast or Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.
The restaurant also offers a fancy dinner menu, perfect for a romantic date night or special celebration. Highlights include PEI Mussels with Chorizo, Warm Mexican Street Corn Dip, Gemelli with Tiger Shrimp and Bison Tenderloin slathered in pancetta bordelaise.
8825 ON-11, 705-325-3696
We think Weber’s is the most visited of all the restaurants in Orillia thanks to its iconic road trip stop status along Highway 11. For those driving to Muskoka from Toronto, Weber’s is often the only stop where family’s take a break to stretch their legs and refuel.
You’ll know you’ve arrived at Weber’s while driving north towards cottage country when you spot an orange pedestrian bridge straddling the highway. Years ago the restaurant became so popular a second parking lot was developed on the south side of Highway 11 so those driving south towards the city could also indulge in their famous burgers, shakes and poutine.
Weber’s is really popular with families because the menu is affordable and the dining area is located inside old vintage train cars. In the warmer months of the year you can also enjoy picnics on a sprawling field or any of the picnic tables that are nestled under the shade of trees.
Part of the Weber’s experience is waiting in the infamously long line that snakes across the gravel parking lot. If you’re visiting during a long weekend or Friday in the summer expect to join a parade of other burger lovers to get your Weber’s fix.
Weber’s has been flipping its famous charcoal barbecued burgers since 1963, which can now be purchased frozen in Ontario grocery stores
39 Mississaga St W, 705-330-0101
Melanie Robinson first opened Eclectic Cafe in June, 2019.
“Food is my passion and having worked in kitchens I wanted to create a space that was fun, safe and fair. I want to inspire community connectivity between local residents, the surrounding farms and the people who prepare food. It’s a full circle that I see everyday and I want everyone to feel the connection to their food. Our first space was in the back of an antique shop in a tiny 20 seat café. That space was amazing and everything was eclectic. It’s a feeling of comfort like your in your own home,” said Robinson.
The popular restaurant in Orillia is located in the former Freds Meat Market building. It was once a beloved butcher shop, “We found old hand painted signs that used to be in the shop and framed them to hang on our walls. This building has been here since the early 1900’s. It was originally a brewery back in the day,” explained Robinson.
Known for being one of the most eclectic restaurants in Orillia, the friendly cafe features interior design elements with a strong family connection. Robinson’s father made the picnic table and the hutch comes from grandma.
In the kitchen, Chef Melanie (2015 Chopped Canada winner) strives to create delicious, diverse and globally inspired menus that change frequently with Ontario’s grow season. Eclectic Café offers eat-in, take-out and custom catering options. “We have done farm to table dinners, food stations, family style catering, plated, and more. We cater groups from as small as 20 people up to 250 people,” said Robinson.
Wag your finger down the menu and you’ll find local producers The Roost Farm, The Fifty Acre Garden, The Kitchen Garden Farm, Lavender Hills Honey, Quayles Brewery, Holland Marsh Wineries, Aquatic Growers and Ontareau Water.
Eclectic Cafe is proudly FeastOn certified. The national culinary tourism program recognizes businesses that strive to be as local as possible. “25% of purchases must be local in order to qualify and when we were certified year we were at 83%! We hope to grow that number as much as possible,” said Robinson.
The Orillia restaurant’s signature dish is the Reuben Sandwich, featuring apple bacon, sauerkraut, secret sauce on a pretzel bun with swiss cheese. Be sure to grab a few sweet pastries, cookies and cakes to enjoy for dessert at home!
- Stick Em Up Salad: sweet pickled rhubarb, herbed goat cheese, red onion, parsley, arugula, croutons, pesto bocconcini, herb artichokes, chili flakes, lemon oregano vinaigrette.
- Going For Gold Soup: mushrooms, cream, vegetable broth, paprika, dill.
- That’s What Cheese Said Sandwich: roasted shaved striploin, crispy onions, roasted garlic aioli, aged cheddar, arugula, jus.
- Baba The Hut Bowl: roasted eggplant, za’atar labneh, crispy chickpeas, mint, cucumbers, pickled red onion, walnut pesto.
- Taco Dirty To Me: cola braised beef, black bean coconut rice, cherry tomato pico, aged cheddar, pickled red onion, chimichurri sour cream, buttermilk ranch dressing.
27 Mississaga St W, 705-330-0065
Recently relocated to Orillia, Simon MacRae (BlueBlood Steakhouse) & Darcy MacDonell (Oliver & Bonacini and Farmhouse Tavern) launched The Common Stove in February, 2020. Recently Chef Ben Kersley was made an operating partner.
MacDonell shared, “We both felt that Orillia was a strong, growing community without an outstanding place to eat. It’s a gateway to the Lake Country, a popular stopping point for those travelling from the GTA and a small city with a bright future.”
The Orillia restaurant’s name derives from a community design project in Slovenia. There, in a country covered almost two-thirds by forest (just like Ontario), a traditional Kachelofen is a wood-burning stove around which domestic life gravitates. Slovenia’s Common Stove at Kocevke was built in a ‘U’-shape, in a forest clearing between three otherwise remote villages. The shape inspires the chef’s counter, booth design and logo: welcoming and inviting guests to gather together. The Orillia fine dining restaurant is also based around a wood fired grill.
“We wanted the wood-fired grill to be centre-stage in the middle of the restaurant, with a counter to sit in front of the fire and watch the chefs cook. This lead to an open kitchen and the building’s 14ft ceilings encouraged a light, airy setting. Steaks were a big part of the concept from the start, but we wanted to avoid the darker wood, leather chairs and formal setting of a traditional ’steakhouse’. Being a place one could stop at for a quick burger and a beer one night, bring the whole family for brunch another day then celebrate with a big dinner at the weekend, all within the same week, was a guiding principle,” said MacDonell.
The Common Stove’s Chef Ben Kersley, is originally from England, moving to Ontario when he was 13. Chef Kersley later enrolled at Humber College for culinary management and received a scholarship to study in Taiwan. From there, he worked in many different restaurants and hotels all over the world, including Maze and The Botanist. He moved back home to be closer to family and was asked to open The Common Stove at the end of 2019.
Wag your finger through The Common Stove menu and you’ll find plenty of products by local suppliers such as Bass Lake Farms, Dragon Acre and Pacific Wild Pick. Chef Kersley also loves to forage on his time off.
’Swinton’s Bar’ at The Common Stove features a short craft cocktail menu with local nods to classic drinks, made and balanced using fresh fruit juiced in-house and quality local ingredients. The mixology team make ingredients wherever possible, from a house-made tonic water and bitters, to infused spirits and cold-brew coffee. You’ll also find plenty of Ontario craft beer and biodynamic and vegan wines.
Those looking for upscale restaurants in Orillia with a patio can enjoy craft cocktails at Swinton’s Speakeasy, located in a covered alleyway.
- Broccolini Caesar: picnic anchovies, croutons, aioli, chili
- Lobster Pasta: mascarpone agnolotti, corn, herbs
- Pickerel: potatoes, morel mushrooms, wild garlic, cream
- Wood-Fired Steaks: fillet, ribeye, cowboy ribeye
- The Common Burger: bacon jam, fries, garlic aioli
140 Mississaga St E, No Phone
One of the newest restaurant in Orillia is PICNIC Snack Bar & Provisions, launched on Mother’s Day in 2021 by the team at The Common Stove.
The building, located right in the heart of downtown, has been many things over the last 100 years including a furniture store, paint store and clothing store. The soft yellow colour of the building’s facade is reminiscent of old Mediterranean boardwalks and East Coast fishing villages.
Skip inside the popular Orillia restaurant and you’ll find an interior featuring antiques, old whiskey barrels, and a commissioned bar built by The Makers Market located just next door. The back bar is an old hutch that looks like it was picked out of an old Spanish saloon.
Co-owner of PICNIC Restaurant in Orillia Darcy MacDonell shared, “The inspiration of the restaurant is that of an old world tapas bar and an old town grocer. Chef Joel Bennett had the name PiQ in his head and we morphed that into PICNIC to better describe all our offerings.”
Chef Joel did his culinary studies in Paris and spent lots of time travelling through Basque Country and the rest of Europe. Here in Canada he most recently spent a few years with Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality.
In the summer of 2021 visitors can expect to enjoy a secret backyard patio. “We will be hosting a picnic party out front in the street every Friday night as part of Orillia’s See You On The Patio program,” said MacDonell.
Wag your finger down the PICNIC menu and you’ll find small plates with big flavours. Inspirations stem from Northern Spain and Southern France with a heavy focus on showcasing local farmers and growers.
If you’re looking to grab and go at a restaurant in Orillia MacDonnell said, “We have a bottleshop in the middle of our provisions store so everything from the bar is also available for pick up & go with a food purchase. We serve and retail a handful of expertly-crafted bottled cocktails to go, Quayle’s brewery beers and carefully-selected world-class wines that won’t be found on LCBO shelves. ”
The restaurants signature dish is Green, Eggs, & Ham and we also suggest the Trout Tartare and Breakfast-On-A-Bun. “No trip to Orillia is complete without trying our PICNIC Dawg!” exclaimed MacDonell.
- Carrot Salad: cranberry, smoked walnuts, tarragon
- Trout Tartare: pork rinds, pickled apple, hazelnut, horseradish
- Potato Pancake: green onion, aioli, black salt
- Smoked Pork Loin: marcona almonds, pickled strawberry
- Picnic Dawg: pork and beef hotdog, joe beef smoked apple mustard, cavana relish, pickled shallots
5899 Rama Rd, 1-800-832-7529
St. Germain’s Steakhouse is the signature fine dining restaurant at Casino Rama Resort.
This premier steakhouse is named after Rama First Nation community member, George St. Germain. It was St. Germain who, back in the early 1980s, had a dream that one day his community could build a casino like the ones on tribal land in the U.S.
St. Germain’s Steakhouse serves AAA Alberta beef as part of a menu that boasts succulent cuts of rib eye, tenderloin, striploin and porterhouse.
The seafood options range from lobster straight out of the tank to sea bass and salmon. Pair your fine dining feast with a selection from the sommelier’s award winning wine list, and finish it off with a decadent dessert.
If you’ve booked tickets to see a concert at Casino Rama’s impressive entertainment venue we highly recommend making a reservation at St. Germain’s Steakhouse. It’s the perfect romantic pre-theatre fare!
- Steakhouse Salad: iceberg lettuce, smoked bacon, tomato, avocado, red onion, hard boiled egg, cucumber, 1000 island dressing
- Smoked Salmon: sliced Norwegian smoked salmon, capers, citrus cream cheese, red onion, sourdough toast
- Rib Eye Steak: warm potato salad, chimichurri, vine ripened cherry tomatoes, watercress
- Lake Erie Pickerel & Shrimp: nut brown butter, lemon, capers, crouton, parsley
- Grilled Pork Chop: apricot chutney, cauliflower puree, brussel sprouts
99 Mississaga St E, 705-325-6863
Samir Hanna is the owner and chef at Sanafir Mediterranean Restaurant. The popular Orillia restaurant opened in November, 2017.
Hanna shared, “The restaurants name is an homage to Sanafir Island in the Red Sea, which is one of the most gorgeous locations for divers.”
The restaurant is located in a building that is around 150 years old, built between an alleyway with all the original bricks and original tin ceiling tiles.
Skip inside Sanafir and you’ll find exposed brick walls with design accents like traditional cloth from Egypt and Mediterranean trinkets.
Looking for a quieter life, Hanna opened the Oak Bay Golf Course kitchen in Port Severn then moved to the JW Marriott Rosseau as Exec Sous Chef.
During the warm summer months guests can enjoy dining al fresco on a patio featuring live entertainment on weekends by the Jazz Byrds.
- Sanafir Salad: shaved fennel, orange, arugula, apple mint dressing
- Baba Ganoush: roasted eggplant, tahini, roasted garlic, olive oil, pita crisps
- Egyptian 5 Spiced Steak: 10oz Ontario striploin, potatoes, seasonal vegetables
- Shawarma Platter: spit roast chicken, Middle Eastern spices, warm pita, hummus, saffron rice, house salad
- Falafel Platter: crispy chickpea falafel, lentil mushroom ragout, hummus and pita bread
125 Mississaga St E, 705-325-8077
Angela Brown is the owner of Orillia’s popular brunch restaurant, 125 Breakfast Club.
Brown shared, “Downtown Orillia needed a breakfast spot. I love cooking, especially classic dishes and French cuisine.”
Run your finger down the 125 Breakfast Club menu and you’ll see Brown has a penchant for serving delicious dishes that awaken the inner child.
“Our food philosophy is fresh and homemade and everything is made with love,” said Angela Brown, who has owned and operated the popular 28-seat breakfast spot in downtown Orillia since Mother’s Day 2018. “We go beyond your traditional bacon and eggs breakfast. We put a fun spin on brunch dishes, and offer unique items.”
“Some of our most popular menu items are the benedicts,” said Brown. All eggs benedicts are served with homemade potato waffles and fresh fruit. Along with the classic Canadian peameal bacon variety, top sellers include the Black Stone Benedict, which is made with bacon and tomatoes, and an Eggs Royale Benedict that features smoked salmon.
For the tiny toddlers or adults who just like to have fun, the ever-popular Unicorn Pancakes (petite, whimsically-coloured pancakes topped with a buttercream horn, whipped cream and Lucky Charm marshmallows) are always a hit.
If you’re on a stroll in downtown Orillia and looking for a sip on the go pop by to pick up coffee, tea, bubble tea or cool milkshake.
- Crepe Suzette: 2 crepes folded into quarters topped with Grand Marnier sauce, French vanilla ice cream and berries.
- Croque Madame: gruyere cheese ham sandwich, bechamel, sunny side egg, potato waffles and fruit.
- Belgian Waffle: whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries.
- The Benedicts: princess, florentine, eggs royal, luxurious lobster, classic, black stone
- 125 Breakfast Club: croissant, bacon, egg, tomato, mayo
162 Mississaga St E, 705-558-2337
Orillia’s Couchiching Brewery first opened its doors on April 18, 2020. Later that summer in July the popular Ontario craft brewery launched a restaurant concept.
The building includes production and a two-floor space, featuring an extensive Taproom, full commercial kitchen, onsite barrel program, two bars, second floor event space, retail shop, and full dining via Matot dumbwaiter.
In the summer Couchiching Brewery offers a sunny al fresco patio and plans to launch a Biergarten soon.
Kaylea McCarron, Couchiching Brewery’s General Manager shared, “We source local cheese from Vasey near Midland, have a rooftop vegetable garden, and alongside our fresh beer offer guests local Ontario wines, cider and spirits.”
- Pulled Pork Spring Rolls: pale ale plum sauce
- Kale Caesar: prosciutto crisp, vasey cheese, cherry tomato
- Super Salad: bib lettuce, kale, cucumber ribbons, carrot, pickled egg, radish, ponzu vin, lemon zest, sprouts
- Charcuterie: house ferments, jams & chutneys, cured meats, pates, rillettes, artisan cheese
- Southern Jerk Chicken Sandwich: pickles, iceberg lettuce
10 Matchedash St S, No Phone
Max Lamontagne is the owner of Lone Wolf Cafe, which is ranked as one of the best Orillia coffee shops. It first opened on July 24, 2020.
Lamontagne shared, “I was inspired to open my own cafe back when I was in school in Ottawa. I used to frequent a cafe called Ministry of Coffee, which had the friendliest staff and most amazing coffees. This opened up a whole new world for me—realizing coffee could taste anywhere from sweet and fruity, to nutty and caramel-like. From then on, I knew I wanted to one day open my own coffee shop. The name Lone Wolf was inspired by a nickname my mom used to call me when I was little, Petit Loup, which is French for little wolf.”
Lone Wolf Cafe is located in a building that was formerly a bicycle shop called Velocity. “We love our building, especially for having the garage door we can keep open all summer—it definitely adds to the ambiance and overall flow of the place,” said Lamontagne.
The design and decor of Orillia’s Lone Wolf Cafe was inspired by a trip the owner took to San Diego, California. Lamontagne explained, “I wanted to give the place a welcoming and laid back atmosphere, while making it look Canadian-made as well. I am lucky enough to have a dad working in the forestry industry, who also happens to be a great wood worker. He helped out with the renovations, and made all the tables and counters out of Canadian pine that came from my hometown, Hearst. We even have a sculpture named Frank—in memory of the artist—to recommend drinks when customers aren’t sure what to order!”
Java junkies can explore the world of coffee by sampling beans from South America to Africa and East Asia. Order a classic espresso, shareable pour overs or treat-yourself specialty drinks like a lavender latte.
Lamontagne has partnered with Eclectic Cafe’s Chef Melanie Robinson for the Lone Wolf Cafe’s pastries. Coffee lovers with hunger pangs can enjoy blueberry scones, sandwiches, quiches and crème brûlée.
If the weather is nice we suggest grabbing a seat at the cafes pretty outdoor patio.
109 Mississaga St E, 705-325-8885
Orillia’s beloved Mariposa Market first opened its doors in April, 1987. The store is operated by husband and wife team Bob and Mary-Anne Willsey.
Bob Willsey shared, “We’re a First Nations run business. Mary-Anne is also currently assisting launching some new First Nations businesses out across the lake at the Rama reserve so she divides her time between the store now and helping her home community.”
Bob was inspired to open Mariposa Market in downtown Orillia after visiting a general store in Wawa. “Joe Young’s General Store was a genuine step back in time, back in the 1980’s. They had barrels of pickles and shelled peanuts circling a central wood stove-the chipmunks used to come right inside, grab a nut and scamper out of the store. Mooseheads, fishing tackle, sour pickles, candy-it’s a great authentic place. We built on the idea of an old fashioned general store and gave it an Orillia twist,” said Bob.
The name Mariposa comes from Stephen Leacock’s literary masterpiece ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town’ in which he lampooned a number of established Orillia characters but deemed it wise to call the town Mariposa so as not to be run out town should they recognize themselves in the stories.
The Mariposa Market is located on the site of George Vick’s Bakery and General Store. Vick opened his store in 1859 then replaced the old wooden structure with the grand two story brick building in 1911-the building we’re situated in today. It’s quite impressive, 14 foot high tin ceilings, maple hardwood floors along with cedar lined balconies overlooking the retail space. “We did a major addition project in 2016 and re-used much of the brick along with some features from other historical buildings in the region that some of our craftsmen had salted away,” he said.
Locals know Mariposa Market best as a sweet smelling bakery selling a variety of breads, buns, pies, cookies and cakes. “Our baking team is led by Eric McKinnon & Margaret Draper who arrive 1am and are joined by 6-8 other bakers at 3 am. We also have an afternoon crew under Romeo Morales and Matt Byrne who handle much of the batch items-cakes, icings toppings. Then at 4 am Eleanor Roxas, Alisha Hobson and Theresa Heppelle arrive-our cake decorating team,” said Bob.
So what’s a must-try item for first time visitors to Orillia’s Mariposa Market?
Bob exclaimed, “If I had to pinpoint what we’re perhaps most famous for its our donuts. We make them fresh every day-hand cut, hand fried old school. Saturdays we typically make 1400-1500 donuts ranging from our iconic Texas Donuts to our apple fritters. Back a few years ago our baking team won the Food Network’s Donut Showdown (they were delighted to split the $10,000 prize). So our philosophy is fresh, old fashioned, perhaps wow might sum it up nicely in terms of variety, presentation and yes, size! In terms of lunch gotta go with our French Café Turkey Croissant sandwich. We do dessert big time of course-and we’ve scaled down versions of our super popular cakes in the age of COVID for individual servings-like our skor cake and strawberry venetian truffle cake. We have two café serving counters-one is made to order in our new Back Porch addition, the other is vintage Mariposa Market, all our greatest hit products pre made and ready to roll.”
160 Mississaga St E, 705-327-7163
Orillia restaurateurs Bob and Noreen Wilkie launched their namesake bakery and restaurant in 1971.
Taylor Wilkie, the bakery manager shared, “Bob left the CN railway to pursue his dream of being a baker and living closer to his family. Wilkie’s Bakery was later reopened at 167 Mississauga Street East by Gerry Wilkie in 1991.”
Gerry grew up working at his parents bakery, helping prepare the breads and Chelsea buns. Taylor added, “When his father Bob passed away the bakery shut down. He started selling at the Orillia farmers market in 1989 baking out of whoevers kitchen he could use at the time. Seven years after his dad’s passing he reopened Wilkie’s.”
160 Mississaga Street in Orillia has played home to many different local businesses including a shoe store and a flower shop. It has been the home of Wilkie’s Bakery since September, 2019. “Our plan for the newest location was to provide a brighter more welcoming space for our customers while giving us more space to bake.”
At Wilkie’s local bakers wake at the crack of dawn on the daily to prepare hundred year old recipes that have been passed down through generations.
So what’s Wilkie’s Bakery’s biggest claim to fame? In 1980 the Orillia restaurant was awarded Canada’s Best Butter Tart by Today Magazine.
132 Mississaga St E, 705-259-6000
Rustica is an Orillia restaurant that first opened its doors in August, 2016. The building was originally a carriage house and then transformed into an Italian Deli.
Rustica’s owner Jenna French shared her inspiration for the Orillia restaurant’s interior design, ” My husband is from Melbourne, Australia and we travel back to visit his family every winter (when possible). When originally meeting with our designer, Kristopher Orchard (Kristopher Orchard Designs) to discuss our interior, I presented Melbourne’s use of greenery to transform an urban area into an inviting space. We focused on living installations and practical design elements like floor-to-ceiling built-in wood storage, displayed hanging wine glasses and chef-approved herb and veggie planters. We wanted a beautiful space, without sacrificing any of the efficiencies of the restaurant.”
Rustica’s menu is inspired by Italy, created locally. “It is all about the ingredients. Sun-soaked local produce, the highest quality locally crafted and imported cheese, meats and olives. Dozens of house-made doughs, sauces and dressings made fresh everyday. Tried and true techniques to make simple, beautiful food. Casual but sophisticated,” said French.
Skip inside Rustica Orillia and you’ll find two kitchens: a back kitchen and pizzeria. Chef Kevin LaPorte sources locally from producers such as Quaker Oaks Farm, Dragon Acre Farms, Quality Cheese, Couchiching Brewery and Muskoka Brewery.
During the warmer months of the year we suggest enjoying an al fresco Italian feast on Rustica’s 60 seat patio. The beverage list features approachable consignment wines and “all our cocktails are shaken up with house infused syrups, fresh herbs and top-shelf liqueurs,” said French.
Rusica is winner of two Simcoe Choice Awards, Orillia’s favourite pizza and favourite patio. “Our traditional pizzas move the most but the Sunshine City Pizza is one of most popular pies. It originated on a special seasonal menu we were running to highlight the local ingredients this pizza wears including local honey, smoked pancetta, local apples, arugula, and double-smoked aged cheddar. One dollar from each of these pizzas sold gets sent on to one of our local food banks,” said French.
- Arancini: arborio rice, romano, grana padano, aged cheddar, napoli sauce
- Garlic Shrimp Fritto: dry white wine, garlic butter, crostini
- Caprese Panzanella: buffalo mozzarella, roma tomatoes, crouton, basil, red onion, spring greens, san marzano vinaigrette
- Smocchi Gnocchi: white sauce, double smoked cheddar, smoked pancetta
- Cacciatore Pizza: tomato sauce, fior di latte, Italian sausage, pancetta, soppressata
117 Mississaga St E, 705-329-0943
Brewery Bay Food has been a restaurant staple in downtown Orillia for over 26 years.
It’s one of our favourite restaurants in Orillia for those looking to enjoy a casual meal with kids. The popular restaurant features a spacious family friendly dining room and popular patio that overlooks the main street.
The Brewery Bay Food menu offers a little bit of something for everyone. You’ll find classic pub grub like chicken wings, tacos, nachos, burgers and sandwiches. There are plenty of vegetarian entree options as well including several fresh salads.
400 Memorial Ave, 705-325-9511
The Grape & Olive Smokehouse is located within The Best Western PLUS Mariposa Inn and has been a staple of the Orillia restaurant scene for years.
In summer 2020 The Grape & Olive launched a new smokehouse concept, providing locals with a taste of quality smoked barbecue.
The finger-licking-good Orillia restaurant menu is best enjoyed on the spacious patio overlooking Memorial Avenue.
The Grape & Olive Smokehouse’s Ruth Howorth shared “Our platters are our signature menu item, which allows each guest to customize and select two meat options and two sides. Platters are served alongside pickled jalapenos, lime and homemade cornbread.”
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers: smoked jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, aged cheddar, and wrapped in house bacon.
- Smoked Queso Dip: chorizo and smoked cheese dip served with fresh tortilla chips and pickled jalapenos.
- Nashville Fried Chicken: buttermilk fried chicken thigh, spicy chili oil, coleslaw, pickled jalapenos, white BBQ sauce.
- Pulled Pork Primanti: soft roll, coleslaw, fries, smoked gouda, smoky apple BBQ sauce.
- G&O Burger: 6 oz brisket patty, smoked brisket, signature BBQ sauce, smoked corn
211 Mississaga St E, 705-259-4646
Studabakers Beachside was founded in Orillia in October, 2007. It’s located a short walk from the Port of Orillia so it’s our favourite Orillia restaurant to recommend to visiting sailors and boat trippers.
The casual Orillia restaurant is easy to spot when strolling downtown as it features a landmark lighthouse tower. The popular family restaurant boats one of the city’s most spacious outdoor patios.
The affordable Studabakers menu offers a diverse menu of classic pub dishes including salads, flat bread, burgers, wraps, pasta, and tacos.
85 Mississaga St E, 705-558-2262
Lookings for the best restaurants in Orillia serving drool-worthy gourmet beef burgers?
Kenzington Burger Bar is located in downtown Orillia and is known for its creative mile-high burger creations. The restaurant features a spacious dining room and intimate streetside patio.
Kenzington Burger Bar is also one of the best restaurant in Orillia to enjoy a late night feast as it’s kitchen is often open until 2am.
133 Mississaga St E, 705-325-8507
Tre Sorelle, which means 3 sisters in Italian. It’s a family owned and run business in downtown Orillia.
Sisters, Lisa, Gina and Carla started very small, selling only homemade pasta, sauce and meatballs at a local farmer’s market. These three basic Italian staples soon became one of the many dishes that would be created fresh daily in the Tre Sorelle kitchen.
Most of the Italian delicacies at Tre Sorelle are taken from family recipes that the sisters grew up enjoying. As well, they are always creating fresh new menu items that are made with the same old world appeal.
Skip inside Tre Sorelle in downtown Orillia and you’ll find the daily menu sketched onto a chalkboard near open concept kitchen.
We suggest enjoying the restaurant’s signature pesto pasta salad or tomato sauce with meatballs. Be sure to grab a bag of freshly made pasta to take home for an easy midweek meal.
149 Mississaga St E, 705-329-5830
If you’re looking for a cheap midday snack on a hot day pop by Cool Cones in downtown Orillia to get your ice cream fix.
The popular Orillia ice cream parlour has a diverse dessert menu featuring a dizzying array of flavoured soft serve ice cream cones, ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, slushies and shakes.
If you’re peckish for savoury ballpark bites order a hotdog, fries, burger, onion rings, deep fried pickles or poutine.
64 Mississaga St W, 705-259-1867
Conveniently located in downtown Orillia, Era 67 serves gourmet and casual cuisine inspired by Canadian heritage.
The restaurants name pays homage to Canada’s year of confederation, which took place in 1867.
The popular fine dining Orillia restaurant features a casual lounge and sun-soaked summer patio.
The chef’s at Era 67 pride themselves on taking steaks to the next level. The high quality steaks grilled here are cut fresh daily and have been aged for a minimum of 45 days allowing for maximum flavour and tenderness.
- Prime Rib Stuffed Yorkies: AAA prime rib, horseradish aioli, aged cheddar
- Shrimp & Scallops: heritage greens, cranberry bacon jam
- Stuffed Pork Chop: sage, blueberry goat cheese stuffing, cranberry bacon jam, potatoes
- White Bean Ratatouille: zucchini, eggplant, tomato, basil, bermuda onion, white kidney beans, fresh herbs
- Seafood Linguine: shrimp, halibut, salmon, scallops, mussels, white wine cream sauce, spinach, tomato, asiago
190 Memorial Ave, 705-259-8288
The cheap and cheerful Asian restaurant in Orillia is located a short drive from the downtown core on Memorial Avenue.
Skip inside Simon’s Kitchen’s intimate dining room and you’ll find 3 small tables. The majority of locals enjoy Simon’s Kitchen menu favourites like pho, curry, egg rolls and fried rice as take out to enjoy at home.
If you’re craving spicy dishes topped with fresh chilies and creamy coconut Simon’s Kitchen in Orillia is your best bet.
Everytime we embark on a new Toronto weekend getaway to explore the Ontario’s food scene we always ask local chefs what their favourite place to eat is.
5 Rivers Indian Cuisine was the most referenced culinary concept that cooks and chefs working at Orillia’s restaurants crave when hungry at home.
5 Rivers Indian Cuisine is likely one of the quirkiest restaurants in Orillia. The friendly Punjabi family who run the restaurant also manage a U-Haul Rental and Convenience Store all under the same roof.
5 Rivers Indian Cuisine features a spacious dining room, although it’s menu is mostly enjoyed as takeout. The menu features Indian classics like biryani, naan, pakoras, samosas, creamy curries and spicy vegetarian masala.
355 Memorial Ave, 705-329-3773
Looking for the best shawarma and donair restaurant in Orillia?
Shawarma Time & Grill is a family owned Mediterranean restaurant located on Memorial Avenue beside Arby’s.
The casual fast food eatery specializes in Middle Eastern favourites like falafel, chicken shawarma and lamb & beef donair. You can enjoy the popular rotisserie meats in a wrap or as a dinner served over rice and side salad. They also serve a Canadian fusion favourite, shawarma poutine!
Shawarma Time & Grill’s interior features plenty of fast food-style seating as well as a display case where they sell homemade baklava.
On a sunny day you can enjoy one of Orillia’s most popular take out restaurants on picnic tables outside.
Mark IV Brothers Cafe is a trendy coffee shops that doubles as a variety store in Orillia.
Located on Nottawasaga Street in an area locals call the “West Village,” the specialty coffee shop is the result of the passion and hard work of James Kim and his wife, Tina.
Originally a convenience store owned by Kim’s parents, over the past five years, James and Tina have transformed the business into a quirky cafe.
After immigrating to Canada from South Korea and settling in Toronto, it was James who prompted his parents’ move to Orillia. While studying at Georgian College, James lived in Orillia and when his parents came to visit, they discovered how much they liked the area.
Over the years the Kim’s would operate a few convenience stores in town, offering James the opportunity to manage their Nottawasaga Street location.
Visit Orillia’s Mark IV Brothers Café, and you’ll discover what inspires James and Tina beyond a perfect cup of coffee – their love of adventure, the outdoors and music. Their motorcycle sits on display in front of a map of the world; there are fishing rods, snowboards, favourite albums and above it all, a couple of bicycles hung in the rafters.
Beyond the typical espresso based beverages you’ll also find high quality tea and freshly baked pastries like chocolate chip cookies, matcha muffins, banana nut loaf and selection of flaky croissants.
144 Mississaga St E, 705-327-7227
Looking for the best Orillia restaurants that cater to a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free diet?
Shine Plant Based Kitchen is located in the heart of downtown Orillia on Mississauga Street. In 2019 the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association awarded the Orillia restaurant with the People’s Choice award for Favourite Restaurant in Simcoe County.
All of Shine’s made-to-order dishes are plant based and almost every recipe can be prepared gluten free. It’s also ideal for the lactose intolerant as there is no dairy on the menu.
Owner and Chef Alex Cherubin’s menu changes regularly as local products are used whenever possible. So the fruits and vegetables on your plate typically reflect what is in season at the local farmers market.
On a sunny day we suggest finding a spot to sit on the vegetarian restaurants pretty front patio. The dining room is decked out in vintage finds and old school antique chairs.
If you’re visiting in the morning for a healthy breakfast we suggest one of Shine’s nutrient-packed smoothies.
At lunch there’s a cornucopia of fabulous vegetarian dishes worth sampling such as plump gnocchi, falafel bowl, cauliflower California wrap, and Portobello Steak Sandwich.
214 Memorial Ave, 705-329-4444
Theo’s Eatery is a family-owned restaurant that first opened its doors in Orillia in 1993.
The family-friendly Orillia restaurant specializes in serving Italian and Mediterranean dishes like Greek souvlaki and cheesy pizzas.
Theo’s Eatery features a casual dining room offering friendly and attentive service. Guests can order lunch or dinner 7 days a week.
If you’re enjoying dinner at Theo’s with a crowd we suggest sharing a few starters. Highlights from the Theo’s appetizer menu include Spanakopita, Five Cheese Crab Dip and Calamari.
Wag your finger down the Theo’s Eatery menu and you’ll find a long list of hearty European entrees. Some of our favourite meaty main courses include the Veal Parmigiana Sandwich, Linguini Alfredo, Chicken & Cheese Tortellini, Souvlaki and Tuscan Pizza.
294 Memorial Ave, 705-325-8088
Looking for the best Orillia restaurants for steak lovers? Lot 88 has got you covered thanks to its motto, “Where you make the steak great!”
Lot 88 is a traditional steakhouse that offers beef lovers a modern twist. Diners can have fun cooking steak right at the table on a sizzling hot lava rock grill.
Wag your finger down the Lot 88 menu and you’ll find a serious steak offering featuring Certified Angus Beef cuts.
We suggest starting your feast fancy by sharing creamy Lobster & Artichoke Dip and Thai-inspired Shrimp appetizers.
If you’re keen to count calories enjoy fresh entree salads like a Caesar, Avocado Spinach, or classic Cobb.
For meat lovers, Lot 88’s steak menu can be enjoyed as a 10oz rib eye, 20 oz bone in rib eye, 7 oz filet mignon, 10 oz new york strip loin, 8 oz top sirloin and surf and turf options like Steak and Lobster Tail or Steak & Shrimp. Douse your sizzling steak with sauces like brandy peppercorn, red wine demi or crumbled blue cheese.
For those at the table who are looking to feast beyond beef, you’ll also find pork ribs, parmesan crusted chicken, burgers, Italian pasta and Asian-inspired noodle bowls.
The popular Orillia steakhouse also has locations in Winnipeg, Sudbury, North Bay and Thunder Bay.
4567 12 Line N, 705-298-0204
Quayle’s Brewery is our favourite recommendation for families whose parents have a penchant for craft beer.
Located a short 10 minute drive outside of downtown Orillia in scenic Oro-Medonte, Quayle’s Brewery is a great way to tap into the local community as it’s the de facto watering hole.
The brewery overlooks more than 12 acres of hop yards, sitting atop a picturesque hillcrest. The brewery was built in 2016 as a re-creation of a 19th century local landmark, the Musical Barn. The barn features a large outdoor patio, tasting room, acoustic lounge, and indoor and outdoor event space.
The kid friendly farm brewery offers 14 taps at the bar. Pair a fresh pint with casual fare like smash burgers, fish tacos and cajun fries.
Bring the whole family to enjoy live music on Fridays and Sundays. If you like leaning into your beer grab your yoga mat and sign up for Stretch & Sip Sundays, which are hosted outdoors throughout the summer months.
We suggest families hang out at the beer garden or back patio as there are plenty of fun yard games for kids to enjoy.
3210 3 Line N, 705-835-1500
Vetta Nordic Spa is a one-of-a-kind Finnish-inspired spa located one hour north of Toronto in scenic Oro Medonte.
The sprawling Scandinavian spa complex is located a short 20 minute drive from downtown Orillia and a stone’s throw from Horseshoe Valley.
Vetta Nordic Spa first opened its doors in January, 2022. The Scandinavian spa concept features 2 steam rooms, 4 saunas, hot stone room, 4 warm pools, 2 cold plunge pools and 3 relaxation rooms.
The spa can be enjoyed year round, but in the warmer summer months guests can enjoy swaying in the wind on hammocks throughout the property.
Vetta Nordic Spa also offers 12 treatment rooms for massage enthusiasts as well as two restaurant concepts that showcase the unique flavours of Finland.
Vetta’s two restaurant concepts may just be the only Scandinavian menus available near the GTA…with the exception of Ikea.
Savu Bistro is a casual restaurant concept offering fresh Finnish fare, local craft beer and fine Ontario wines by the glass. Savu means smoked in Finnish so expect to enjoy house smoked ingredients, garnishes and condiments on the menu here. The bistro is located on the spa’s main floor overlooking the pools. When guest are feeling peckish they can easily throw on a comfy robe and enjoy lunch on the bistro’s outdoor patio.
Koivu Restaurant is located on the entrance level of the main building. Koivu means birch in Finnish. The spa’s signature restaurant space is adorned with birch printed acoustic panels made of recycled paper and sphagnum moss. It offers a beautiful view of the spa grounds via two-story windows. Menus are curated daily and weekly to reflect what’s currently in season.
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