Best Huntsville Ontario Restaurants

Looking to dine out at the best Huntsville Ontario restaurants?

Our comprehensive guide to Huntsville 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 Huntsville Ontario 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 Huntsville Ontario restaurants features the best places to eat in Muskoka’s 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, Ontario’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 Huntsville.

The population of Huntsville is just over 20,000 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 friendly city is conveniently located between Fairy Lake and Lake Vernon.

We spent 6 months tasting our way through the best Huntsville Ontario restaurants, exploring creative dishes that utilize local ingredients such as cranberries, maple syrup and plenty of Muskoka craft beer.

The majority of the Huntsville restaurant scene is located downtown along Main Street. A scenic river runs through downtown Huntsville, so many of the best restaurants in town offer outdoor patios with beautiful views.

If you’re driving from Toronto to Huntsville 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.

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That Little Place by the Lights is one of the most popular Huntsville Ontario restaurants. Brave the line!
That Little Place by the Lights is one of the most popular Huntsville Ontario restaurants. Brave the line!

That Little Place by the Lights

76 Main Street East in Huntsville, 705-789-2536

That Little Place by the Lights is a family-owned Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Huntsville. Of all the restaurants in Muskoka, it’s likely the dining room that has received the most media attention having been featured twice on Food Network Canada’s, You Gotta Eat Here!

Huntsville’s best Italian restaurant is owned by Manny and Lindsay Buttus. The family first opened That Little Place by the Lights in 2007. The dining room is now regularly rammed with locals so be sure to arrive early.

Manny explains the Huntsville Ontario restaurant’s culinary concept, “All the recipes come from mom and the menu has been created by the two of us. She continues to cook here every day.”

The family-friendly dining room seats 45 guests and its menu focuses on simple Italian dishes. Highlights from the That Little Place by the Lights menu include lasagna, gnocchi and mushroom ravioli.

  • Oven Roasted Speck: oven roasted bocconcini wrapped in speck. Served with tomato sauce and balsamic reduction
  • Handmade Gnocchi: fresh pasta made with potato, prepared in a rose sauce
  • Mushroom Ravioli: served with sautéed pancetta, sweet peruvian peppers in a cream sauce
  • Annie’s Famous Lasagna: layers of homemade lasagna noodles, béchamel and bolognese
  • Cappricciosa Pizza: tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, black olives, artichokes, mushrooms, oregano
The 2nd floor dining room at 3 Guys and a Stove in Huntsville.
The 2nd floor dining room at 3 Guys and a Stove in Huntsville.

3 Guys and a Stove

143 Highway 60 in Huntsville, 705-789-1815

One of Huntsville’s tried tested and true kitchens can be found at 3 Guys and a Stove. When it opened in the 90s it immediately became one of the most beloved restaurants in town.

Skip inside 3 Guys and a Stove and you’ll find a two-story space featuring a cozy fireplace in the winter and sun-soaked outdoor patio in the summer.

Considered one of the best restaurants in Huntsville for culinary fusion fans, the menu features comfort foods inspired by the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and beyond.

At the bar you’ll find an impressive list of local craft beer as well as one of Muskoka’s best wine lists showcasing award-winning bottles from across Ontario.

3 Guys and a Stove is also ranked as the best brunch in Huntsville, dubbed the Marche Breakfast. The all-you-can-eat offering features waffles, French toast, eggs your way, sticky buns, baked beans and home fried potatoes.

  • Cajun Shrimp Flatbread: chickpea hummus, artichoke, mushroom, arugula, green salsa
  • Arborio Rice & Brie Balls: sour onion salsa, roasted sweet peppers
  • Gerogian Bay Whitefish: your choice of corn fried, blackened, tandoori or baked with quinoa, black eyed peas, vegetables and fresh lemon
  • Stuffed Pasta Shells: ricotta cheese, spinach, baked tomato coulis, walnut, fried parsley
  • Barley Risotto: black beans, sun-dried cranberries, roasted vegetables, fresh parmesan
The Artisan House offers French-inspired farm to table dining in Huntsville.
The Artisan House offers French-inspired farm to table dining in Huntsville.

The Artisan House

21 West Street Street in Huntsville, 705-787-0662

The Artisan House in Huntsville first opened its doors in March, 2018. Owners Becki Steele and Reto Ballat have been working in the restaurant industry for over 20 years, from award-winning restaurants in Banff to alpine kitchens in Switzerland.

The restaurant is set in an old historic house, which was previously a restaurant, boarding house, bookstore and photo shop. The popular Huntsville Ontario restaurant seats 30 inside its vintage dining room, 18 on a screened in porch and 25 on the summer patio.

Steele shared details on The Artisan House’s interior design, “We kept the charm of the house, just brightened it up with fresh paint. All the decor items are ours, art pieces we collected along the way from places we have lived and traveled. Every piece has a story.”

Chef Ballat’s cooking philosophy is cooking farm to table, food freshly prepared from scratch and locally sourced as much as possible. Wag your finger down the menu and you’ll find local Muskoka food producers celebrated throughout each dish. The Artisan House sources from Four Seasons Greens in Port Sydney, Eat Local Muskoka in Huntsville, Northern Produce in Bracebridge and Lake of Bays Brewing in Baysville.

  • Arancini: fried risotto balls stuffed with provolone cheese, served with tomato sauce
  • Squash and Sage: ravioli served with brown butter sauce and candied pecans
  • Gnocchi and Sausage: creamy white wine alfredo sauce, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, hazelnut, parmigiano reggiano
  • Bison Tartare: potato and watercress “vichyssoise” soft boiled egg and baked crostini
  • Smoked Trout: vodka crème fraiche, roasted baby potato, crispy shallots, chives
The Mill on Main is one of the best restaurants in Muskoka for pub lovers.
The Mill on Main is one of the best restaurants in Muskoka for pub lovers.

The Mill on Main

50 Main Street East in Huntsville, 705-788-5150

The Mill on Main is a lively pub and restaurant located in the heart of downtown Huntsville.

Skip inside The Mill on Main and you’ll find a cozy dining room, bar and open-concept kitchen that shows off the chef’s wood-fired pizza oven. The restaurant is a favourite with locals and cottagers. They come here in droves during the warm summer months to enjoy dining on one of The Mill on Main’s two patios, which overlook the river. The restaurant in Huntsville also features a downstairs heated patio, which is typically open until the late November.

Looking to enjoy a live band or late night entertainment in Huntsville? The Mill on Main features local Muskoka musicians every Friday and Saturday night.

The family-friendly restaurant is an excellent pub for moms and dads who love craft beer. You’ll find the bartender pouring Muskoka’s best craft beer courtesy of Lake of Bays Brewing and Muskoka Brewery.

The Mill on Main’s menu features pub favourites like nachos, wings, poutine and burger. We suggest ordering from the chef’s creative pizza menu as all pies are handcrafted and fired in a wood oven.

  • Warm Mushroom Salad: fresh greens, roasted corn vinaigrette, tomatoes, red onion, roasted wild mushrooms.
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs: slow braised short ribs, gravy reduction, two sides
  • The Mill Burger: Mill sauce, caper aioli, caramelized onion, lettuce, pickles, tomato
  • Fish & Chips: Muskoka Cream Ale battered haddock fillet, served with potato wedges, coleslaw, tartar sauce
  • Maple Bacon Pizza: tomato sauce, mozzarella, pecorino, maple balsamic, caramelized onions, confit garlic, maple bacon
Tall Trees is our favourite romantic restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario.
Tall Trees is our favourite romantic restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario.

Tall Trees

87 Main St W, 705-789-9769

Ashley and Randy Vowels are co-owners of Tall Trees, a fine dining restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario. Tall Trees originally opened in 1984, making it one of the longest running fine dinning restaurants in Muskoka. The couple took over the restaurant in 2019.

The 75-seat Huntsville restaurant is located within a century home, which dates back to 1881. Diners can enjoy feasting in multiple rooms throughout the heritage building. Tall Trees also offers a covered screened in patio, which can accomodate up to 30 diners.

Ashley Vowels shared, “Over the years, Tall Trees has acquired an eclectic feel with some antique pieces. Having recently purchased, we were excited to undergo renovations in Spring, 2020. We love that it is a century home, and have no intentions of changing our unique layout, but wanted to restore the floors and freshen up the ascetics.”

The culinary power couple are both red seal chefs, Randy spent years working at 3 Guys and a Stove and Ashley is the former executive chef at Hidden Valley Resort.

So how will the couple evolve the Tall Trees menu now that they’ve taken over its kitchen? Vowels shared, “Historically Tall Trees has been French and European, with classical dishes from the 80’s. We have kept some of the popular items, as well as added some from our own inspiration to freshen it up, and make it our own.”

So what should a first time visitor order on their first visit to Tall Trees in Muskoka? Vowels suggested, “Our Salmon dish is our best seller. Pickerel is a close second, which we get from Lake Erie. After that, it depends on the season. The back ribs are my husbands creation, and take two days to prepare, as well as our house made BBQ sauce. We also have many vegetarian and vegan items, such as our Thai noodle dish. People come for our focaccia made daily as well as our in house desserts, especially our butter tart.”

  • Herb White Cheddar Arancini: roasted red pepper and chipotle sauce, arugula
  • Tall Trees Classic Poutine: house made spatzle, duck confit, cheese curds
  • BBQ Pork Back Ribs: dry rubbed, braised and smothered in house made BBQ sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Braised Chickpeas & Basmati: coconut milk, Thai red curry, grilled naan
  • Creamy Bacon & Kale Stuffed Chicken Supreme: country mashed potato and seasonal vegetables
Muskoka on the Rocks is a popular pub just outside of Huntsville.
Muskoka on the Rocks is a popular pub just outside of Huntsville.

Muskoka on the Rocks

2215 ON-60, 705-635-1328

Muskoka on the Rocks is dubbed “Muskoka’s best pub,” a friendly and cozy restaurant where locals gather for comfort food and craft beer a short drive outside of Huntsville.

The popular pub features a cozy cottage interior and in the warmer months offers an outdoor patio overlooking a lush green backyard.

At the bar you’ll find 10 fresh beers on tap and the menu offers weekly specials including Thursday Wing Night and cut-to-order steaks.

Wag your finger down the Muskoka on the Rocks menu and you’ll find pub classics like Shrimp Cocktail, Reuben Sandwich, Chicken Kiev, BBQ Ribs and Fish n’ Chips.

  • Chicken Palermo Flatbread: sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, asiago cheese, bacon
  • Philly Steak Sandwich: thinly sliced striploin steak, mushrooms, onions, peppers, mozzarella and asiago cheese
  • Swiss Burger: ground beef burger with Swiss cheese and sautéed onions
  • Shrimp Lovers Platter: jumbo breaded shrimp, garlic shrimp bake, jalapeno popcorn shrimp, shrimp cocktail and rice
  • Chicken Kiev: tender chicken breast stuffed with garlic butter, herbs, green onions, baked until golden brown

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On The Docks Pub offers the best patio with a river view in Huntsville.
On The Docks Pub offers the best patio with a river view in Huntsville.

On The Docks Pub

90 Main St E, 705-789-7910

On the Docks Pub first opened in 1992, and is appropriately named after its location and relaxed atmosphere. 

The popular Huntsville Ontario restaurant seats approximately 200 in the busy summer months with all three levels of patio. In the winter they have a cozy indoor space looking over the snowy river.

On The Docks Pub owner Corey Reeves shared, “The interior design inspiration was that of an Old Muskoka Cottage. Warm tones, mixed woods, stone wall accent, all to give the feeling of coziness. In the summer, the outdoor patios are all about our spectacular view, but in the winter the indoors is about settling in for a warm meal and having a pint with friends.  We worked with local trades and shops to source Ontario woods, from our reclaimed fur timbers to our solid wormy maple table tops.”

One thing that makes this Huntsville kitchen special is its lack of a deep fryer. You won’t find a side of fries at On The Docks Pub, instead fresh salads, a delicious homemade soup or perhaps a serving of chips if you’re in the mood. Even the chicken wings are prepared in a convection oven.

Wag your finger down the On The Docks Pub menu and you’ll find local favourites including Mac & Cheese with chorizo sausage, Hunter Sandwich with shaved prime rib and horseradish aoli as well as a steaming bowl of Thai Mussels swimming in a spicy red coconut curry.

  • Perogies: potato & cheese stuffed, bacon, onions, cheese, sour cream
  • Oriental Steak Salad: grilled tenderloin, mixed greens, cucumber, red onion, peppers, chow mein noodles, peanuts, sesame seeds, cucumber wasabi dressing
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich: pulled pork, BBQ sauce, garlic toasted kaisar, pickle, coleslaw
  • Pub Pasta: grilled chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, alfredo pesto sauce, parmesan, linguini
  • Chicken Tikka Masala: peppers, onions, creamy curry, basmati rice, naan bread
Huntsville Brewhouse offers a perfect date night for Ontario craft beer lovers.
Huntsville Brewhouse offers a perfect date night for Ontario craft beer lovers.

Huntsville Brewhouse

59 Main St E, 705-789-7931

Looking to visit a craft brewery in Huntsville, Ontario?

One of Muskoka’s favourite breweries, Lake of Bays Brewing in Baysville, launched its own brewpub in downtown Huntsville in May, 2018. The inspiration to open the Huntsville Brewhouse came from wanting to provide a unique experience that combined quality small batch, handcrafted brewing with locally inspired food offerings.

Visit Huntsville Brewhouse and you’ll find a dining room that can accomodate 105 hungry craft beer lovers. Guests can sip fresh beer while watching staff tend to the onsite microbrewery. The interior of Huntsville Brewhouse features reclaimed wood and offers visitors a casual, industrial vibe.

Of course, fresh craft beer is brewed on site, with the tasting bar offering 16 taps to sip and sample through.

Chef Brian Stone trained at the Royal York Hotel and Deerhurst Resort before developing the Huntsville Brewhouse’s menu. Kevin Schmidtke from Lake of Bays Brewing shared, “Our Brewhouse burger with a couple of ringers is the most ordered item with Blackened Rainbow Trout Tacos coming in at a close second.”

  • 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
Seng's is the best Thai restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario.
Seng’s is the best Thai restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario.

Seng’s Thai Cuisine

79 Main St E, 705-788-3071

Seng’s is located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, directly across from On The Docks Pub by the bridge.

If you’re craving a Thai food feast in Muskoka, Seng’s offers in room dining, outdoor patio, take out and delivery. The popular southeast Asian restaurant has been serving Huntsville food fans authentic Thai dishes for over 10 years.

Owner Seng Soukhaserm originally moved from Thailand to Hamilton 15 years ago. He worked at Thai restaurants in Kitchener and Midland before opening Seng’s in Huntsville in August, 2018.

Seng’s menu focuses on dishes from Northern Thailand with popular signature items including Tom Yum Soup, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Won Sen and Cashew Chicken.

  • Green Mango Salad: fresh green mango, ground peanut, red onion, red pepper, coriander
  • Pineapple Fried Rice: jasmine rice, chicken, shrimps, pineapple, cashew, egg, onion in Thai sauce
  • Pad Thai: rice noodle, chicken, shrimps, egg, tofu, beansprout, tamarind sauce, crunchy peanut, lime
  • Panang Curry: peanut curry with red curry paste and green bean cooked in coconut milk.
  • Stir Fry Spicy Red Curry: garlic, green bean, pepper, bamboo shoot, carrot, basil, spicy red curry sauce
Marigold Unique Flavour is Huntsville's best Indian restaurant.
Marigold Unique Flavour is Huntsville’s best Indian restaurant.

Marigold Unique Flavour

17 Main St E, 705-789-0001

Marigold Unique Flavour is the best Indian restaurant in Huntsville, Ontario. Owner Diana Patel opened the restaurant in June, 2018 along Huntsville’s bustling Main Street.

The 40-seat restaurant interior offers a 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 restauranteur 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
Main Street Local Kitchen serves delicious beef burger in downtown Huntsville.
Main Street Local Kitchen serves delicious beef burger in downtown Huntsville.

Main Street Local Kitchen

24 Main St E, 705-789-5704

Main Street Local Kitchen is a family owned and operated restaurant in downtown Huntsville, Ontario.

Chef and owner Ryan Clarke was born and raised here. He left Muskoka to live and learn in the industry then in 2014, returned with his wife and business partner, Christina Clarke, to raise a family, build a business and contribute to the community.

Clarke explained, “We purchased the iconic Louis II in July 2015 and ran it for 1.5 years before rebranding to Main St Local Kitchen.” After a full renovation, the popular Huntsville restaurant relaunched in March 2017. 

Clarke added, “When we rebranded to Main Street Local Kitchen we took into consideration that our kitchen employs a local food philosophy and a down to earth, small town friendly vibe.”

Skip inside the heritage building on Huntsville’s Main Street and you’ll find a menu offering up fresh, home cooked food. Wag your finger down the drinks list to discover local craft beers, wines and spirits by Ontario’s Dillon’s and Forty Creek Distillery’s.

  • Brie, Bacon & Pear Burger: angus beef patty, brie, bacon, pear compote
  • Montreal Smoked Brisket: smoked meat on rye bread topped with mustard and coleslaw
  • Chicken Caprese: roasted chicken breast, white wine butter sauce, Swiss cheese, cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic glaze
  • Tomato Basil Gnocchi: potato dumplings with tomato basil sauce and garlic bread
  • Alfredo: pappardelle noodles with roasted chicken or shrimp in a creamy sauce
Enjoy dinner at The Birches Restaurant after a day of skiing or snowboarding at Hidden Valley Resort.
Enjoy dinner at The Birches Restaurant after a day of skiing or snowboarding at Hidden Valley Resort.

The Birches Restaurant

1755 Valley Rd, 705-789-2301

If you’re visiting Huntsville in the winter you’ll likely pay a visit to Hidden Valley Resort, Muskoka’s largest alpine resort.

Avid ski and snowboard fans in Huntsville can enjoy a break from the slopes by enjoying a cozy lunch or romantic dinner at Hidden Valley Resort’s The Birches Restaurant.

The fine dining restaurant overlooks Peninsula Lake and during the warmer months of the year offers a sun-soaked outdoor patio.

Executive Chef Guy Bedard grew up in Temagami and exhibited a passion for food at a young age. Chef Bedard shared, “Wild game and fresh caught fish were common place at our dinner table as well as many friends and family. At a young age, I made soups and wrote very simple recipes that I placed into my mother’s recipe holder. I always loved to cook!”

The Birches Restaurant in Huntsville offers unique menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Mushroom Risotto Balls: cremini mushrooms, herbs, parmesan, marinara
  • Pickerel Fritters: craft beer battered pickerel, caper lemon tartar, savoury slaw
  • Pulled Lamb Sliders: braised lamb au jus, havarti, caramelized onions, garlic aioli, ciabatta
  • Swiss Cheese Fondue for 2: gruyere, emmental, white wine, kirsch, garlic, baguette, broccolini, gherkins, mushrooms, peppers
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin: garlic sausage, smoked bacon, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, apple cider reduction
Canvas Brewing is the latest craft brewery to launch in Muskoka.
Canvas Brewing is the latest craft brewery to launch in Muskoka.

Canvas Brewing

12 John St, 705-784-2080

Canvas Brewing opened in the Spring of 2020, making it Muskoka’s newest craft brewery.

Located just east of Huntsville’s swing bridge, the massive facility features a craft brewery, tap room, outdoor patio, rooftop patio and a 3200 sq. ft. event space popular for corporate events and weddings.

Home to a 20HL Canadian-made brewhouse, Canvas Brewing offers a creative offering of local craft beer. The Huntsville brewery’s signature is the Canvas Kolsch, a German-inspired lagered ale.

Other popular beers at Canvas Brewing include American Wheat Ale, Parkside Pale Ale, Ember, Hefeweizen and IPA.

Visit the tap room to sample from over 20 fresh brews, many of which are one-off seasonals that switch up throughout the year.

If you’re feeling peckish, brewery management encourage visitors to support the local food trucks located in the parking lot out front. You’re welcome to eat your take out paired with a flight of fresh Canvas Brewing beers.

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