Best Bracebridge Restaurants in Muskoka, Ontario

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Our comprehensive guide to Bracebridge restaurants features the best fine dining rooms, cafes, bakeries, ice cream parlours, patios and pubs in Ontario’s favourite cottage country community.

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Best Bracebridge Restaurants

Are you a Muskoka local looking for a tasty date night idea? Or perhaps you’re a tourist keen to eat your way through Ontario’s most luxurious cottage country community. Our comprehensive guide to Bracebridge restaurants features the best places to eat in Muskoka’s second largest city.

When I was a kid growing up in Muskoka there were only a handful of fancy restaurants. We mostly ate at roadside burger joints, family-friendly Italian restaurants and iconic diners like Huntsville’s foot long hotdog dream, Tasty Cream (RIP). Thanks to the boom of the real estate market, as well as the development of world-class luxury hotels and resorts, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a memorable meal in Bracebridge.

The population of Bracebridge is just over 16,000 residents. That number booms in the summer months when city slickers and holidaymakers arrive in droves to enjoy the scenic lake district at luxury hotels and cozy cottages. For boat lovers, the meandering Muskoka River runs through downtown Bracebridge and spills into Lake Muskoka to the west.

We spent 6 months tasting our way through the best Bracebridge restaurants, exploring creative dishes that utilize local ingredients such as cranberries, maple syrup and plenty of Muskoka craft beer. The majority of the Bracebridge restaurant scene is located downtown along Manitoba Street.

If you’re driving from Toronto to Bracebridge you’ll likely want to take a break en route to refuel. Those familiar with the cottage country drive regularly stop for a hamburger at Weber’s in Orillia. An excellent alternative is making a pitstop at one of three award-winning breweries in Barrie.

A luxurious suite at JW Marriott Resort in Muskoka.
A luxurious suite at JW Marriott Resort in Muskoka.

Best Muskoka Hotels

Stay at one of our favourite Muskoka hotels when eating through the Bracebridge restaurant scene.

  • JW Marriott Muskoka: Overlooking Lake Rosseau, this upscale hotel offers a chic bar, 3 restaurants, luxury spa and scenic waterfront. Check Reviews
  • Deerhurst Resort: This upscale lakeside resort in Huntsville offers chic guest rooms, award-winning golf club, restaurants, spa and family-friendly activities year-round. Check Reviews
  • Touchstone Resort: Overlooking Lake Muskoka, this modern resort near Bracebridge offers luxurious suites and villas, onsite restaurant, spa with infinity pool, family-friendly beach and fun outdoor activities. Check Reviews
Touchstone Grill is located within Touchstone Resort, perched over Lake Muskoka in Bracebridge.
Touchstone Grill is located within Touchstone Resort, perched over Lake Muskoka in Bracebridge.

Touchstone Grill

1869 Muskoka Road 118 West, 705-641-4015

Michael Stewart and Tanya Merton are the husband and wife team behind Touchstone Resort’s signature Bracebridge restaurant.

Michael shared, “​I have been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. I wanted to bring all that knowledge into one place. Focusing on service, great food and a style of cooking that uses great product and rich flavours.”

Touchstone Grill at Touchstone Resort in Bracebridge offers 60 indoor seats and 60 outdoor seats. There’s also a private dining area that can seat up to 40 guests.

Step inside Touchstone Grill and you’ll feel l like your walking through a old Muskoka steamship thanks to lowered ceilings and vintage wood paneling.

So what can you expect on the Touchstone Grill menu? Chef Stewart shared, “I source high quality products that speak for themselves. We serve great cuts of beef and love to use unique products like swordfish, raspberry point oyster’s and foie gras.”

Muskoka Brewery is served on draft while craft cocktails are whipped up at the bar alongside a vino list featuring hard to find consignment wines.

  • Brisket Fries: slow roasted brisket served over fries with beef jus and mozzarella
  • Muskoka Summer Salad: watermelon, strawberries, toasted almonds, brie cheese and baby spinach tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette
  • Prosciutto Flatbread: artisan flatbread with a sun-dried tomato pesto, sautéed onions, sliced prosciutto, arugula and crumbled feta
  • Lobster Linguini: lobster, shrimp and scallops in a rich creamy white wine creole sauce garnished with cherry tomatoes and mussels
  • Veal Scallopini: veal lightly breaded and sauteed chive, butter and white wine cream sauce served with croquette potatoes and vegetables
Wabora is our favourite of the Bracebridge restaurants to enjoy Japanese and Korean dishes.
Wabora is our favourite of the Bracebridge restaurants to enjoy Japanese and Korean dishes.

Wabora

295 Wellington St N, 705-646-9500

Wabora is a fusion Japanese restaurant in Bracebridge known for serving Muskoka’s best sushi and sashimi. The name wabora comes from the bible and means, “come and see.”

Wabora owner Minsoo Kim opened the Bracebridge sushi restaurant in 2007, “I designed the interior with my family. We wanted to create an underwater theme,” he said.

Kim added, “I pick the best tuna and fresh fish before anyone gets to the fish market. I’m very picky when it comes to fresh seafood and all of our ingredients.”

Wabora restaurant offers an extensive Japanese and Korean menu, including steak, bento boxes, bulgogi and more than 40 sushi rolls.

The Bracebridge restaurant is fully licensed and has seating for 200, including entertaining hibachi tables where the food is prepared and cooked in front of diners, similar to Benihana.

  • Nacho Sushi: choice of salmon or tuna. Tortilla chips, avocado, spicy mayo, mango sauce.
  • Summer Roll: creamy crabmeat, shrimp, mango, vermicelli noodles, greens, wrapped in rice paper served with spicy peanut dipping sauce.
  • Spicy Pork Bulgogi: sliced pork, assorted vegetables, spicy garlic sauce, lettuce, miso sauce and rice.
  • Salmon Teriyaki: grilled salmon, teriyaki sauce, pineapple, vegetables, rice.
  • Fire Chicken with Cheese: battered deep fried chicken breast, sweet and spicy sauce, rice.
Bracebridge Restaurants: The Oven serves the city's best pizza and sourdough bread.
Bracebridge Restaurants: The Oven serves the city’s best pizza and sourdough bread.

The Oven

719 Muskoka District Road 118 West, 705-645-4200

Our favourite Bracebridge culinary gem is The Oven, a tiny little sourdough bakery and pizzeria. It’s located in a cozy little cottage, a short drive from downtown Bracebridge near Touchstone Resort.

The concept is brought to you by the team at Riverwalk Restaurant. Step inside The Oven and you’ll find an old school wood fired stove and overhead chalkboards where the daily menu is scrawled.

If you’re a sourdough fan, arrive early in the morning to snatch homemade baguette, naan, focaccia and whole grain loaves.

Highlights from The Oven’s menu include Smokin’ Muskoka topped with caramelized onions and double smoked bacon and Chelsea’s Choice, slathered in pesto and fennel sausage.

Bracebridge Barrelhouse offers pizza, tacos and fresh beer from Lake of Bays Brewing.
Bracebridge Barrelhouse offers pizza, tacos and fresh beer from Lake of Bays Brewing.

Bracebridge Barrelhouse

295 Wellington St Unit #15,  705-645-2122

Bracebridge Barrelhouse opened in 2020 and is ranked as one of the best craft breweries in Muskoka. It’s the third addition to the Lake of Bays Brewing empire. The original brewery is located in Baysville and a lively restaurant and beer bar can be found at Huntsville Brewhouse.

Kevin Schmidtke Director of Restaurants at Lake of Bays Brewing Company shared, “We use wood and industrial materials to give a rustic Muskoka feel to our restaurants. There are historic panels which reflect the regions history, murals and design work by local artisans which are also representative of the Muskoka region. The Bracebridge Barrelhouse has over 25 oak barrels incorporated into the décor.”

Both the Huntsville Brewhouse and Bracebridge Barrelhouse have microbreweries in operation on site, which offers guests a truly memorable experience.

Hop up at the bar at Bracebridge Barrelhouse and you’ll find 16 taps, which feature a mix of core beers and seasonals. You’ll always find Sparkhouse, Starboard, Foghorn, Paddle On, Switchback, Lift Lock and Off the Grid. Popular seasonal beers include a Pumpkin Ale during Autumn and a Jule Bryg Danish Christmas Lager.

Schmidtke added, “Due to the fact we have microbreweries in both locations the brewers get to experiment with lots of one offs, which we have subsequently begun canning in limited runs. These have proven very popular as they are only available at our restaurants. Some of the recent brews are, Pinky and The Grain, Spring Maple and Petal Power.”

Of all the Bracebridge Restaurants, Lake of Bays Brewing’s new barrelhouse is our favourite place to enjoy fresh beer over a delicious dinner. Chef Martin Belzile crafts a menu that utilizes fresh local ingredients. We suggest pairing a pint with a pizza and taco duo.

  • Smoked Trout Salad: Georgian Bay Rainbow Trout, dried Bala cranberries, Four Seasons Farms baby greens, granola
  • Warm Brie Wheel: Windmill Bakery baguette croutons, spiced summer berry compote, caramelized walnuts
  • Pulled Chicken Flatbread: roast pulled chicken, three cheese blend, sriracha mayo, tomatoes, arugula
  • Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich: fried chicken thigh, crispy onions, bacon, creamy slaw, Anchor Bar sauce, pretzel bun
  • Mac & Cheese: monterey jack, pecorino, aged cheddar, gruyere cheeses in a creamy white sauce, topped with herbed spent grain crumble and parmesan
Best Bracebridge Restaurants: The Old Station Restaurant is a popular family-friendly eatery on Manitoba Street.
Best Bracebridge Restaurants: The Old Station Restaurant is a popular family-friendly eatery on Manitoba Street.

The Old Station Restaurant

88 Manitoba St in Bracebridge, 705-645-9776

The Old Station Restaurant is one of the most popular family-friendly Bracebridge restaurants. Located in the heart of Bracebridge, The Old Station Restaurant features a bustling front patio and cozy dining room and bar.

The Old Station Restaurant has been owned and operated by the Warr family since 1985. Owen Warr recently took over the management of the restaurant in 2018 from his father.

Owen shared, “My dad bought the restaurant in 1985. Being a frequent visitor of the Muskoka region since the 1960’s, he was hoping to pursue his passion in food and beverage, reside in the area in which he loved, and help raise a family.”

The Bracebridge restaurant’s name comes from its historic use as a service station starting in 1934. In 1979 it transformed into a cozy cafe, 1984 it was renamed to Old Station Chicken and Ribs and in 1985 became The Old Station Restaurant.

The building itself boasts the original brickwork from the 1930’s. A maple tree is a main focal point of the dining room. It was brought into the building in 1979, when it turned into a garden themed cafe. Skip inside The Old Station Restaurant and you’ll find a cozy Muskoka-style ambiance featuring a gas fireplace and plenty of wood finishing.

The popular Bracebridge restaurant was the first account for Muskoka Brewery in 1996, and still holds a very strong relationship and support network. Owen shared, “we offer only craft beer on draught, Muskoka Brewery is one that is always featured, however, we rotate and number of taps for variety, and supporting our many other local Muskoka breweries.”

  • Thai Curry Chicken Salad Wrap: red onion, bell pepper, fresh tomato, baby greens, fried avocado, goat cheese, chili sauce, warm flour tortilla
  • Warm Roasted Beet & Bacon Salad: smoked bacon, baby spinach, honey balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese
  • Quack N Cheese: duck breast, double smoked bacon, scallions, Gouda cream with garlic baguette
  • Ploughman’s Plate: variety of cheese, dill pickles, cranberry chutney poached pear, kalamata olives, prosciutto, boiled egg, salami, chorizo, crispy crackers
  • Bourbon & Cola Braised Back Ribs: brown sugar BBQ sauce with house made scallion & bacon cornbread
El Pueblito is the best restaurant in Bracebridge for authentic Mexican food.
El Pueblito is the best restaurant in Bracebridge for authentic Mexican food.

El Pueblito

155 Manitoba St in Bracebridge, 705-645-1935

El Pueblito is a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. It is often ranked as the best Mexican restaurant in Muskoka, opting to serve traditional dishes rather than Tex Mex fare. Foodies from Orillia and Barrie are known for taking the drive north to indulge in salty margaritas and tasty tacos.

Owners Marlenne and Mike Rickard originally opened the restaurant in 2009, as a fine dining establishment. Mike shared, “In 2016 we decided to evolve into a Mexican restaurant. We thought is was a great idea as Marlenne and our kids are Mexican. We had spent a lot of time in Mexico eating and visiting family, where we learned a lot about cooking authentic Mexican food.”

Marlenne thought of the restaurant name El Pueblito, which translates to “The Little Town.” Mike added, “We came up with a bunch of interesting Mexican names. The Mexican side of the family all had their good ideas. We really liked El Pueblito as it was easy to say for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish, and it represented a lot for us; the little town of Bracebridge was our home.”

Chef Mike was raised in the hospitality industry, as his father managed hotels around the world. He shared, “My parents, Jan and Peter, opened the Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge when I was 11 years old, a 38-room old victorian styled inn featuring two restaurants. I started working in the kitchen at an early age, later graduating from George Brown in Toronto.” 

Visit El Pueblito restaurant in Bracebridge and you’ll find a sun-soaked front patio and cozy dining room inside featuring Day of the Dead artwork and a collection of colourful sombrero.

  • Camarones Quesadillas: garlic and cilantro broiled black tiger shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo
  • Carnitas Tacos: slow braised pork shoulder, pico de gallo, cilantro, avocado, lime
  • Carne Asada Burritos: arrachera steak, mojo de ajo, slow cooked onion, jalapeno, Mexican rice, turtle beans, pico de gallo, Monterrey Jack, chipotle lime crema
  • Mole Poblano: slow cooked chicken leg cooked in fragrant chocolate sauce with Mexican rice, refried beans, toasted sesame and corn tortillas
  • Flautas de Pollo: Mexican rice, shredded lettuce, queso fresco, crema, salsa verde, salsa roja, cilantro, radish, avocado
Bracebridge Restaurants: Marigold Unique Flavour is an authentic Indian restaurant.
Bracebridge Restaurants: Marigold Unique Flavour is an authentic Indian restaurant.

Marigold Unique Flavour

270 Manitoba St, 705-646-0100

Marigold Unique Flavour is the best Indian restaurant in Muskoka. Owner Diana Patel opened the restaurant in June, 2018 along Bracebridge’s bustling Manitoba Street. She also operates a sister restaurant in downtown Huntsville.

The 40-seat restaurant interior offers contemporary design, featuring a mosaic of the Marigold flower.

The restaurant’s Indian chef has over 30 years of experience cooking everything from fragrant korma’s to spicy curry. Wag your finger down the restaurant’s drink list and you’ll find imported Indian beers, whisky and fusion cocktails.

Owner Diana Patel shared, “I always dreamed of opening an Indian restaurant. I wanted to introduce Canadian’s to Indian culture and our food.” The proud restaurateur also shared what dishes on the menu are the most popular with locals, “Order any of the tandoori dishes, chicken korma or biryani rice.”

  • Hara Bara Kebab: mixed vegetables, paneer cheese kebab
  • Methi Malai Chicken Tikka: boneless chicken marinated in mild sauce and cooked in Tandoor oven
  • Tarka Dal: golden puree of lentils, spices, herbs
  • Stuffed Kashmiri Dum Aloo: potato stuffed with cheese and spices in a rich creamy curry
  • Fish Vindaloo: hot and spicy Goan curry with peppers, tamarind and garlic
Bracebridge Restaurants: Griffin Gastropub serves Ontario craft beer and elevated pub fare.
Bracebridge Restaurants: Griffin Gastropub serves Ontario craft beer and elevated pub fare.

Griffin Gastropub

9 Chancery Lane in Bracebridge, 705-646-0438

Griffin Gastropub is regularly ranked as one of the best gourmet pubs in Muskoka.

Owners Curt Dunlop and Jed Corbeil are friends who grew up in Bracebridge, purchasing the pub together in August, 2008.

Griffin Gastropub’s manager Jordan Reid shared, “They made a bold choice to serve Ontario craft beer right from the start. Not many places were doing that as craft beer wasn’t a big thing back then. They pretty much lost all the customers from the previous owners overnight. Thankfully being originally from Bracebridge their friends and families packed the place. The goal was to have a meeting place for great friends and family. Also the town needed live music and they were both experienced musicians. We do live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday year round.”

Reid has been running the pub for the last 8 years and noted, “Curt and Jed run some of the biggest craft beer festivals in Ontario. They also manage several bars at Exhibition Place in Toronto.”

The beautiful vine covered building has lots of history in Bracebridge. It used to play home to the first practicing lawyer in town. Guests can still see a giant safe in the middle of the pub.

Griffin Gastropub is known for offering an always evolving 12 Ontario craft beers on tap. It’s known as the best bar and restaurant to enjoy fresh craft beer in Bracebridge.

  • Mexican Pub Nachos: guacamole, corn pico, beer queso, refried beens, lime cumin crema, cilantro
  • Griffin Gangster Balls: deep fried mac & cheese balls stuffed with smoked gouda and American cheddar with sriracha BBQ aioli
  • Korean BBQ Burger: kimchi slaw, roasted red peppers, Korean BBQ sauce, pickled red onions, sriracha aioli
  • My Big Fat Greek Burger: lettuce, roasted red pepper, red onion, fried halloumi, lemon garlic tzatziki
  • Rastaman Vibration Taco: chicken, pineapple salsa, lettuce, jerk sauce, mozzarella, sprouts
The Burger Shop is a classic ice cream parlour serving burgers and hot dogs.
The Burger Shop is a classic ice cream parlour serving burgers and hot dogs.

The Burger Shop

309 Ecclestone Dr, 705-645-0355

Looking for the best bracebridge restaurants to enjoy a big, juicy burger? The simply titled Burger Shop is the town’s go-to burger and hot dog joint.

Skip inside The Burger Shop across from the Quality Inn and you’ll be greeted by black and white checkered floors and a massive ice cream parlour. Once you’ve ordered your food head left and find a seat in the casual dining room featuring walls covered in picturesque Muskoka scenery.

Every hand-pressed burger is made with a unique blend of sirloin, round and prime Canadian beef then flame-grilled to juicy perfection.

Each meal is served with fries made with Russet potatoes cut with the skin on. They’re washed in a cycle to remove the starch and cooked in peanut oil for a crispy taste and golden exterior.

The popular burger joint also offers a slew of flavours from Country Smith Ice Cream in Peterborough, Ontario.

  • The Canadian Poutine: deep fried cheese curds, bacon crumble, cheese curds, gravy, maple BBQ sauce
  • The Stowaway Burger: crispy bacon, blue cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled red onions, balsamic mayo
  • The Alpine Burger: BBQ pulled pork, Swiss cheese, lettuce, deep fried onions, mayo, queso cheese
  • Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich: garlic chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno relish, garlic mayo, cheddar
  • Southwest Sandwich: BBQ pulled pork, pineapple chutney, queso cheese, chipotle mayo, coleslaw, arugula
Best Bracebridge Restaurants: Riverwalk is a fine dining establishment that overlooks a waterfall.
Best Bracebridge Restaurants: Riverwalk is a fine dining establishment that overlooks a waterfall.

Riverwalk Restaurant

3 Ecclestone Drive in Bracebridge, 705-646-0711

Perched over Bracebridge Falls, visitors to Muskoka’s historic mill turned intimate hideaway enjoy marveling at the best view in town while noshing on fine dining fare at Riverwalk Restaurant.

Windows on three sides of the dining room overlook the falls and its adjoining patio, which gets packed with hungry visitors in the warm summer months. The ambiance and interior design offer a distinctly Mediterranean vibe allowing for intimate gatherings in a romantically lit dining room.

At Riverwalk Restaurant, Chef David Friesen sources fresh local food, switching up the menu regularly to reflect what is in season.

Open for lunch and dinner, Riverwalk Restaurant menu highlights include steamed beef dumplings, wild mushroom pate, seared foie gras, Mushroom Gnocchi and Crackling Skin Chicken.

  • Wild Mushroom Pate: focaccia crisps, arugula salad, truffle essence
  • Steamed Beef Dumplings: beef tenderloin, ginger, garlic, scallion, miso and soya dipping sauce
  • Braised Beef Short Rib: buttered linguine noodles and seasonal vegetables
  • Mushroom Gnocchi: crisp bacon, sautéed mushrooms, wilted spinach, rustic tomato sauce and Grana Padano cheese
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon: shiitake mushroom slaw, buttered vegetables, quinoa pilaf, sweet soya drizzle
Sullys Muskoka was a popular food truck that has transformed into a tasty Bracebridge restaurant.
Sullys Muskoka was a popular food truck that has transformed into a tasty Bracebridge restaurant.

Sullys Muskoka

13 Taylor Rd, 705-706-4421

Sullys Muskoka originally launched as a popular food truck and recently enjoyed a permanent move to a cozy dining room serving elevated classics.

Located in the historic granary building, Sullys Muskoka shares the same space as Katalyst Brewery. The space is now a haven for craft beer and gourmet food fans.

Chef Sean Sullivan has seen his culinary career transcend from the open ocean to a food truck to, a permanent bricks and mortar location. The celebrated chef once prepared meals on luxury yachts for Canada’s super rich. Five years ago he moved his culinary skills into a converted bus. The Sullys Food Truck experience included catering gigs across Muskoka.

Sullivan shared, “I didn’t really want to open a restaurant in the beginning.” He cited the long hours and seasonal nature of Muskoka as cautionary tales for a permanent restaurant location. But once he and his wife Terri had a child, the next chapter of his life was better suited to the stability of a permanent business.

The Sullys Muskoka menu features elevated classics including cauliflower stuffed tacos, crunchy buttermilk chicken sandwich and beefy truffle scented burger.

  • Sully Burger: house ground chuck, brisket & short rib, truffle rosemary aioli, jack cheese, beef steak tomato, red onion, toasted sesame bun served with fresh cut fries
  • Cashew Shrimp Stirfry: garlic sesame chili paste, soy and oyster sauce, bok choy, green beans, peppers, scallion, sweet onion and jasmine rice
  • Cauliflower Tacos: tempura fried florets, lime cabbage slaw, crema, roasted corn and jalapeno salsa, cotija cheese, flour tortilla served with dirty rice, black bean refritto and fried corn tortilla chips
  • Chicken Souvlaki: marinated and char-grilled chicken skewers with herbed rice and leafless Greek salad
  • Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich: southern dredge fried tenders, franks hot sauce, honey Dijon mayo, creamy red and green cabbage slaw, toasted sesame bun and fresh cut fries
Bracebridge Restaurants: Main St. Delicatessen serves the best smoked meat sandwich in Muskoka.
Bracebridge Restaurants: Main St. Delicatessen serves the best smoked meat sandwich in Muskoka.

Main St. Delicatessen

172 Manitoba St, 705-637-0367

Paul and Jovan Milidoni are the owners of Main St. Delicatessen. The couple first opened the downtown Bracebridge restaurant in June, 2013.

Jovan shared, “After years spent working in the catering industry, the Toronto grind had us looking for something more. The idea of opening our own restaurant had always been a dream of ours and we thought the time had come to make it a reality. The name is a celebration of our beautiful town and its pulse, Manitoba St. or ‘Main St.’ as locals affectionately refer to it.”

The building has a rich history in Muskoka. Jovan added, “While we aren’t sure of the exact date it was built, we did find a calendar from 1913 during renovations. Originally built as a residence, the building has since been a gift shop and most recently a travel agency. When designing the restaurant we wanted to preserve as much of the building’s charm as possible. During our initial renovations we saved each and every one of the original bricks to feature on the dining room walls. In addition, the wood was saved and repurposed as dining room tables. It was these elements that inspired our industrial chic interior.”

Throughout the summer Bracebridge comes alive, with hungry guests spilling onto the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

Jovan affectionately refers to customers as ‘Main St. Deli Fam’ because they’d like everyone who arrives to feel like family. Jovan added, “First and foremost we believe that homemade makes all the difference. We put a lot of love into our food and we couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. We believe in keeping things original and for this reason, we feature a new dinner menu every month. Our guests can always expect new creations, made from scratch with fresh ingredients inspired by the season.”

Main St. Delicatessen is Muskoka through and through. They feature draft beer from Muskoka Brewery as well as craft beer from Lake of Bays Brewery. They offer a variety of cocktails, priding themselves on the signature Main St. Deli Caesar, which is topped with double smoked bacon and a delicious dill pickle.

  • Deep Fried Pierogies: applewood smoked cheddar, chive sour cream
  • Caprese Salad: arugula, cherry tomato, bocconcini, pesto, roasted garlic balsamic vinaigrette
  • Reuben: rye or marble, montreal smoked meat, mustard
  • Chicken Parmigiana: ciabatta bun, panko breaded chicken tender, tomato sauce, mozzarella, pesto
  • Main St Deli Burger: sesame seed bun, premium ground beef, caramelized onion, garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato
Fine Thymes Bistro is a cafe and bakery in downtown Bracebridge.
Fine Thymes Bistro is a cafe and bakery in downtown Bracebridge.

Fine Thymes Bistro

13 Taylor Rd B, 705-646-2424

Fine Thymes Restaurant in Bracebridge is brought to you by partners Elizabeth and Claude.

The duo launched the restaurant in 2006 in hopes of serving homemade dishes using quality ingredients.

Elizabeth shared, “We wanted a restaurant that opened for breakfast and lunch, but with a tea room charm where people feel comfortable just dropping in for a cup of really good tea or coffee — and perhaps a delicious snack as well.”

If you’re lucky you might enjoy live music while you sip your tea and nibble on a scone. The couples son Matthieu joined the team and now the kitchen provides dinner service with an expanded vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu.

Highlights from the Fine Thymes Bistro menu include French Onion Soup, Croque Monsieur, Chicken Club, Quiche and a selection of full meal salads.

Oliver's Coffee is an upscale coffee shop and cafe in Bracebridge.
Oliver’s Coffee is an upscale coffee shop and cafe in Bracebridge.

Oliver’s Coffee

203 Manitoba St, 705-646-2568

Oliver’s Coffee is the best cafe in Bracebridge. The popular high end local coffee chain operates 7 locations across Muskoka.

Oliver’s Coffee first launched in 2003 and is named after the owners Chocolate Lab, Oliver.

Oliver’s stands out thanks to the fact that they roast their own coffee beans in Bracebridge. The brand’s signature blends are named after the region the beans are sourced. Popular Oliver’s Coffee blends include Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru and Ethiopia.

Oliver’s Coffee beans are roasted in small batches every 2 weeks right in Bracebridge. The coffee is made up of 100% Arabica beans, roasted to perfection through a unique modern convection process.

If you’re popping by the flagship store on Manitoba Street, pair your cup of coffee with healthy muffins, bagels, donuts, cookies or butter tarts.

New Haven is the best Chinese restaurant in Bracebridge.
New Haven is the best Chinese restaurant in Bracebridge.

New Haven Chinese Restaurant

160 Manitoba St, 705-645-5481

Looking for the best Chinese restaurant in Bracebridge? New Haven Chinese Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Bracebridge on Manitoba Street.

The exterior of the popular Bracebridge Chinese restaurant features a large yellow and red sign. After skipping inside guests are greeted by elaborate Chinese art featuring a dragon and phoenix.

The restaurant’s interior features a booming fireplace, stone walls and dangling red lanterns, the kind you’d find in Hong Kong, Macau or Taipei. Enjoy a Chinese feast in the cozy dining room or order takeaway to enjoy at the cottage with family.

  • Sliced Beef with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
  • Kung Pao Shrimp with Peanuts
  • Chicken Almond Soo Guy
  • Honey Garlic Pork Spareribs
  • Braised Tofu with Chinese Mushrooms
Nick's Family Restaurant features a beautiful and spacious veranda.
Nick’s Family Restaurant features a beautiful and spacious veranda.

Nick’s Family Restaurant

146 Kimberley Ave, 705-645-3896

Nick’s Family Restaurant is an affordable eatery in downtown Bracebridge located across from Memorial Park near the Norwood Cinema 3.

Nick’s Family Restaurant is located in an old red brick house and features a scenic veranda that wraps around the building. During the busy summer months, it’s a popular perch to people watch in downtown Bracebridge.

The family-friendly restaurant is known for serving affordable all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your’e looking for the best Bracebridge restaurants for weekend brunch, bring the family to Nick’s as you’ll find something for everyone.

Flip through Nick’s Family Restaurant’s menu and you’ll find Canadian classics and plenty of dishes from Greece. Highlights include breakfast sandwiches, burgers, salads, pastas, pizzas, roast beef, souvlaki, steak and omelettes.

Momma's Fish & Chips is a cheap and cheerful take out spot for fried seafood lovers.
Momma’s Fish & Chips is a cheap and cheerful take out spot for fried seafood lovers.

Momma’s Fish & Chips

200 Manitoba St, 705-637-0551

Momma’s Fish & Chips is a cheap and cheerful restaurant on Manitoba Street in Bracebridge.

The family-friendly Bracebridge restaurant is known for serving the best fish & chips in Muskoka. They’ve won the readers choice award for Best Fish & Chips in Bracebridge every year since 2014.

Owner Susanne Clement first opened Momma’s Fish and Chips in January, 2014. Susanne and her daughter Ashley do all the cooking, using local produce from Northern Produce and fish sourced from Canadian waters.

Susanne shared, “My late husband came home from work and asked me if I was interested in buying a fish & chip restaurant. At the time it was called Wellington Fish & Chips. We purchased the restaurant and renamed it to honour my parents who owned a restaurant called Momma’s Pizza when I was young.”

Susanne says her most popular item is the gluten-free fish & chips recipe she recently developed. Every year she welcomes return guests who drive from near and far to nosh on deep fried wheat-free fish batter.

Other highlights from the Momma’s Fish & Chips menu include poutine, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, breaded pickle spears, burgers, sandwiches and chicken fingers.

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