Best Restaurants in Muskoka Ontario

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Our culinary guide to the Muskoka restaurant scene features romantic fine dining, cafes, bakeries, ice cream parlours, patios and pubs in Ontario’s favourite cottage country community.

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Exploring Restaurants in Muskoka

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 restaurants in Muskoka features the best places to eat from Gravenhurst to Bracebridge and Huntsville to Port Carling.

I grew up in Muskoka and memories of decadent dinners at the cottage are a highlight from my childhood. My grandfather owned a cottage on Mary Lake near Port Sydney, which my mother and her siblings enjoyed until early adulthood. My uncle spent many years living in Huntsville, my aunt had a cute cottage on Dickie Lake near Baysville and my parents recently purchased a cottage on Rabbit Bay on Lake of Bays.

In my lifetime (that’s 35 years ya’ll) Muskoka has boomed as one of the top luxury travel destinations in Ontario. Those looking to escape the stressful life of the city and suburbs drive north through Barrie to the idyllic cottages and resorts that dot the regions pristine lakes.

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 at restaurants in Muskoka.

We spent over a year tasting our way through the best restaurants in Muskoka, exploring creative dishes that utilize local ingredients such as cranberries, maple syrup and plenty of quality Muskoka craft beer.

If you’re driving from Toronto to Muskoka 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.

Explore the best Muskoka restaurants by booking a weekend getaway at JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau.
Explore the best Muskoka restaurants by booking a weekend getaway at JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau.

Best Muskoka Hotels

Stay at one of our favourite local hotels when eating through the Muskoka 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

Best Restaurants in Muskoka

Our extensive Muskoka restaurant guide is organized loosley by region.

Read through our cottage country culinary guide to learn about the best Gravenhurst restaurants, Huntsville restaurants, Bracebridge restaurants, Port Carling restaurants and Muskoka restaurants.

Restaurants in Muskoka: Lunching lakeside at Taboo Resort's Boathouse Restaurant.
Restaurants in Muskoka: Lunching lakeside at Taboo Resort’s Boathouse Restaurant.

Boathouse Restaurant at Taboo Muskoka

1209 Muskoka Beach Road in Gravenhurst, 705-687-2233

Taboo Muskoka has been welcoming guests to the shores of Lake Muskoka since 1926, first as the Muskoka Beach Inn, when guests mainly arrived by horse and buggy from the Gravenhurst railway station, then from 1959, as the Muskoka Sands, and in 1985 as the Taboo we know today.

The luxurious Muskoka resort features 59 spacious suites and 93 condos designed in a modernist style by Anna Simone. Guests can relax at the pool, go for a dip in the lake, enjoy a paddle via kayak or canoe, mountain bike through forest trails or golf at a Ron Garl designed course.

Taboo Muskoka’s signature eatery is Boathouse Restaurant, which sits perched over Lake Muskoka. The cottage country inspired restaurant concept is popular with hotel guests as well as locals who often arrive on their motorboats to tuck into an al fresco lunch.

After completing a successful stint as a professional football player in the CFL Chef Adedeji Oduwole pursued his passion for cooking. Upon completing his culinary diploma at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver he traveled to Spain to work at the 2 Michelin Starred Atrio Restaurant. After returning to Canada he worked in top notch kitchens at the Vancouver Club and Bymark before helping craft the food program at Taboo Muskoka. 

Highlights from the Boathouse Restaurant menu include beefy burgers, crispy fried fish tacos and epic Mediterranean Platter featuring hummus, tabbouleh, pickled eggplant and baba ghanoush.

Enjoy an unforgettable meal at sunset on the Segwun Steamship, which departs from Gravenhurst Wharf.
Enjoy an unforgettable meal at sunset on the Segwun Steamship, which departs from Gravenhurst Wharf.

Muskoka Steamships Dinner & Cruise

185 Cherokee Lane in Gravenhurst, 705-687-6667

No trip to Muskoka is complete until you’ve strolled onto the iconic RMS Segwun.

Muskoka’s steamship heritage is older than Canada itself! The first ship steamed Lake Muskoka in 1866. In 2017, locals celebrated the RMS Segwun’s 130 year anniversary. She is North America’s oldest operating mail steamship!

Splurge on your sweetie by grabbing tickets for the sunset dinner cruise and you’ll romance the night away as you putter along Lake Muskoka in style. The leisurely 3.5 hour cruise departs from Gravenhurst Wharf and features a three course dinner served in the ships vintage dining salon.

The Segwun’s romantic sunset diner features fresh rolls and baby kale caesar salad. Guests can select from a variety of entrees including roast turkey, poached salmon, chicken supreme or bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin.


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The Oar Restaurant is ranked as one of the best local fine dining restaurants in Gravenhurst.
The Oar Restaurant is ranked as one of the best local fine dining restaurants in Gravenhurst.

The Oar Restaurant

530 Muskoka Rd N, 705-687-8618

The Oar Restaurant in Gravenhurst first opened its doors in 2007 as North Restaurant. The business began as a high end fine dining concept featuring white linen topped tables and an extensive wine menu.

In 2014, owners Robbie and Alain Irvine rebranded the concept to The Oar & Paddle. The reimagined Gravenhurst restaurant features a more casual interior and consumer friendly prices.

Robbie shared, “Alain was an Executive Chef for brands such as Four Seasons, Marriott, Delta and Wyndham for 30 years. After many years of moves and transfers, our family welcomed the opportunity to settle in Muskoka where our family cottage was.”

Visit The Oar and you’ll find a main dining room with seating for 64 guests and The West Wing, which seats 36. The restaurants interior features floor to ceiling windows, artwork by Linda Potts and an inverted canoe, which floats below the ceiling.

The Oar’s bar features 14 taps, 10 of which are dedicated to local Ontario craft breweries. The menu offers elevated pub favourites such as nachos, poutine, calamari, wings and burgers.

Of all the restaurants in Muskoka in Gravenhurst, The Oar is probably the favourite for local vegan and gluten-free diners. Fresh salads and cauliflower crust pizzas offer plenty of healthy options during lunch or dinner.

  • The Oar Cobb: rainbow kale, shaved radish, hard boiled egg, basil bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, crispy chickpeas, green goddess dressing
  • Famous Beef Burger: crispy onions, aioli, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle, aged cheddar, toasted bun
  • Seafood Pasta: scallops, shrimp, mussels, angel hair pasta, roasted garlic pesto
  • Mussels: tomato sauce or white wine cream sauce with baguette slices
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich: buttermilk drizzle, coleslaw, smoked gouda
Blue Willow Tea Shop serves Muskoka's best High Tea at the Gravenhurst Wharf.
Blue Willow Tea Shop serves Muskoka’s best High Tea at the Gravenhurst Wharf.

Blue Willow Tea Shop

900 Bay St, 705-687-2597

Blue Willow Tea Shop has been serving the town of Gravenhurst since 2006. Owners Pam Harris and Alison McKinnon purchased the business in 2019 and launched the new restaurant after a makeover in March of that year.

Pam and Alison shared, “We worked together in hospitality previously and one day decided we should be doing this for ourselves. We saw Blue Willow Tea Shop was up for sale and thought it was a perfect fit for us. The name of the the shop comes from the famous English china pattern Blue Willow, which we use for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea service.”

The 36-seat Gravenhurst restaurant offers an intimate interior for tea lovers. The duo’s vision was to create an elegant yet casual and quirky look. They sourced a variety of old and new chandeliers as well as vintage furnishings that have been custom painted and reupholstered. 

During the warmer month of the year a 12 seat patio offers guests an opportunity to sip in the sun. Blue Willow Tea Shop looks out over scenic Lake Muskoka and offers a direct view of the famous steamships. Pam and Alison added, “The Segwun is the oldest operating steamship in North America. Definitely worth booking a cruise and experiencing high tea aboard the ship which we cater.”

The Blue Willow Tea Shop offers breakfast and lunch menus which provide guests with British meals served as hearty portions. The restaurant’s popular High Tea features traditional tea sandwiches, miniature scones and desserts, accompanied by a pot of tea.

“We feature a selection of 27 teas on our menu but we also bring in special seasonal flavours throughout the year so usually more than 30 flavours of tea on hand at any time. Since we are an English-style tea shop, we also feature beverages from the United Kingdom such as Guinness, Strongbow and Pimm’s,” said Pam and Alison.

Dock of the Bay is an upscale Gravenhurst restaurant with a large patio serving seafood & steaks.
Dock of the Bay is an upscale Gravenhurst restaurant with a large patio serving seafood & steaks.

Dock of the Bay

1110 Bay Street, 705-687-7723

Dock of the Bay is the most romantic restaurant on Gravenhurst’s scenic wharf.

Owner Wayne Laio first opened Dock of the Bay in 2010, naming the fine dining concept after a favourite song which serenades, “sitting on the dock of the bay.”

The award winning Gravenhurst restaurant offers seating for over 180 diners, including an always bustling 80 seat patio. Ranked as Gravenhurst’s best patio, Dock of the Bay guests can enjoy al fresco dining at sunset overlooking Muskoka’s iconic steamships.

If you’re looking to host a corporate event or special celebration like an anniversary or intimate wedding, Dock of the Bay’s private upper deck is your best bet.

Executive Chef Darren Hehir has over thirty years experience tending kitchens in Toronto, Mississauga, and the Caribbean. He was formerly the chef at Muskoka’s luxurious Windermere House Resort. Dock of the Bay’s creative chef offers a menu featuring plenty of pasta, steaks and seafood. The overall culinary theme is best described as global culinary fusion.

  • Caesar with a Twist: romaine, prosciutto, fried capers, cornbread crouton, creamy lemon garlic dressing
  • King Crab Cakes: alaskan crab, mango red onion slaw, chipotle ranch dressing
  • Udon Pork Hotpot: asian noodles, slow roasted pork rib, seasonal vegetables, sesame soy onion broth.
  • Atlantic Salmon: seared salmon fillet, rhubarb miso glaze, cucumber noodle globe, edamame spring rolls.
  • 38oz Prime T-Bone: soy onion mushrooms, cabarnet demi
That Little Place by the Lights is one of the most popular restaurants in Muskoka. Brave the line!
That Little Place by the Lights is one of the most popular restaurants in Muskoka. 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 make a reservation in advance.

Manny explains the Huntsville 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
Restaurants in Muskoka: 2nd floor dining room at 3 Guys and a Stove in Huntsville.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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 Muskoka 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
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: The Artisan House offers French-inspired farm to table dining in Huntsville.
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: 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 Muskoka 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
Tall Trees is one of our favourite romantic restaurants in Muskoka.
Tall Trees is one of our favourite romantic restaurants in Muskoka.

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
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 Muskoka 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
Marigold Unique Flavour is the best Indian restaurant in Muskoka with locations in Huntsville and Bracebridge.
Marigold Unique Flavour is the best Indian restaurant in Muskoka with locations in Huntsville and Bracebridge.

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
Restaurants in Muskoka: Main Street Local Kitchen serves delicious beef burger in downtown Huntsville.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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
The Antler Steakhouse at Deerhurst Resort is perfect for a romantic date night.
The Antler Steakhouse at Deerhurst Resort is perfect for a romantic date night.

The Antler Steakhouse at Deerhurst Resort

1235 Deerhurst Dr, 1-800-461-4393

Of all the restaurants in Muskoka, The Antler Steakhouse at Deerhurst Resort offers sweet Nirvana for beef lovers. 

Overlooking the historic canal between Fairy and Peninsula Lakes, this loghouse restaurant offers the perfect Muskoka dining experience whether looking for local fare, celebrating or planning your next date night. An outdoor campfire provides the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views of the golf course and historic canal.

Located in the same building as the Deerhurst Highlands golf pro shop and lounge, The Antler also serves a Highlands Clubhouse lunch, where golfers can relax and enjoy a beverage before or after their round on the patio or in the lounge area.

Deerhurst’s popular summer steakhouse, The Antler, is geared to the carnivore crowd. In addition to the exceptional selection of AAA Canadian steaks, the dinner menu features items like Shrimp Cocktail featuring Ontario-grown shrimp,  Lobster & Crab Bisque, Cedar Plank Arctic Char from Collingwood. You’ll also find Vegetarian Ravioli with plant-based vegan and gluten-free noodles. 

Executive Chef Rory Golden was one of the founding members of Savour Muskoka, and has been a driving force behind the eat local movement for decades. The Deerhurst kitchens currently work with more than 20 local food producers including Milford Bay Trout, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Belly Ice Cream, as well as producing maple syrup and honey onsite. 

  • Antler’s Caesar Salad: charred romaine heart, creamy vinaigrette, bacon jerky, fried capers, parmigiano reggiano, herb crusted focaccia
  • Shrimp Cocktail: warm shrimp gratin, chilled sou vide prawns, house smoked tomato, horseradish sauce, salsa verde,  herb crostini, foie gras, pearl onion ragu, root vegetables
  • Crispy Half Chicken Confit: creamy sage polenta, red cabbage puree
  • Braised Bone-in Beef Short Ribs: potato gratin, Ontario mushrooms, field asparagus, rhubarb relish
  • 16 oz Bone-in Ribeye: wild mushroom saute, grilled asparagus, potato gratin, smoked herb jus
Maple Pub at Deerhurst Resort offers casual dishes like burgers and chicken fingers.
Maple Pub at Deerhurst Resort offers casual dishes like burgers and chicken fingers.

Maple Pub at Deerhurst Resort

1235 Deerhurst Dr, 1-800-461-4393

During the warmer months of the year, find your spot on Huntsville’s Maple Pub patio for one of the best views in Muskoka!

Enjoy fresh and casual pub-inspired fare and cold beverages after a day on the Deerhurst golf course, the water, relaxing or doing outdoor adventures. 

Maple Pub seats up to 130 guests, offering a cosy and sporty vibe that reflects rustic Muskoka imagery branded by its official beer partner, Muskoka Brewery.

  • Buffalo Quesadillas: blackened chicken, cheesy pepper blend, onions, tomatoes, flour tortillas
  • Classic Maple Burger: sliced tomato, caramelized onions, crunchy greens, pickles, Muskoka Brewery Deertail Ale BBQ sauce
  • Patio Chicken Sandwich: marinated grilled chicken breast, bacon, melted Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, maple vinaigrette on a brioche bun
  • Fish & Chips: hand dipped Haddock fillet, coleslaw, lemon wedges, tartar sauce
  • Pulled Pork Pizza: mushrooms, herb tomato sauce, caramelized onions, cheese  curds, savoury slaw
Wabora is our favourite restaurant in Muskoka to enjoy Japanese and Korean dishes.
Wabora is our favourite restaurant in Muskoka 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.
Restaurants in Muskoka: The Oven serves the city's best pizza and sourdough bread.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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 restaurants in Muskoka, 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
Restaurants in Muskoka: The Old Station Restaurant is a popular family-friendly eatery on Manitoba Street.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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 restaurants in Muskoka. 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.” Mark 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 Mark 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
Restaurants in Muskoka: Griffin Gastropub serves Ontario craft beer and elevated pub fare.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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
Restaurants in Muskoka: Main St. Delicatessen serves the best smoked meat sandwich in Muskoka.
Restaurants in Muskoka: 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
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.

Portside Fusion is the best fine dining restaurant in Port Carling with a view of the locks.
Portside Fusion is the best fine dining restaurant in Port Carling with a view of the locks.

Portside Fusion Restaurant

98 Joseph St, 705-765-0003

Of all the restaurants in Muskoka we suggest reservations at Portside Fusion for a special romantic dinner for two.

Portside Fusion’s kitchen serves some of the most sophisticated dishes in Port Carling. The restaurant’s owners are originally from Toronto, having worked in kitchens at the city’s celebrated Liberty Group, which run Blueblood Steakhouse, The Citizen and Cibo.

The popular fine dining restaurant sits perched over Port Carling locks and features a spacious outdoor patio. In the summer, Portside Fusion’s hidden patio gets packed with tan fans looking to sip fine wine while forking through homemade pasta.

The Portside Fusion menu evolves with the seasons but typically features global flavours including healthy salads, gourmet sandwiches, plump pasta and elegant entrees.

  • Poke Bowl: sushi rice, ahi tuna, avocado, kimchi, edamame, pickled ginger, wakame, furikake.
  • Portside Burger: prime rib burger, cheddar cheese, the works, roast garlic aioli.
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli: brown butter, sage, squash
  • Sole Picatta: wild rice, wilted greens, caper lemon sauce
  • Seared Flat Iron Steak: aioli, blistered cherry tomatoes, peppercorn jus.
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: Bala Falls Pub is a cozy pub serving wings, sandwiches and salads.
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: Bala Falls Pub is a cozy pub serving wings, sandwiches and salads.

Bala Falls Pub

1010 Bala Falls Rd, 705-762-3035

Owners Jacinta Cowan and David Fisher purchased the Bala Falls Pub in March, 2018.

Cowan shared the story behind how they came to take over the historic pub in Bala, “The whole idea started as a sarcastic comment in the grocery store. Dave and I ran into Tiffany; the previous owner of Bala Falls Pub since 2002. She was running around quite busy and flustered and said something along the lines of ‘it never stops and I need to cut back,’ to which Dave replied ‘why don’t you sell us the Pub?’ On our way home I admitted to Dave that although I knew he was making a spur of the moment joke, I had thought of running the place with him. I simply hadn’t said anything because I just thought it was a fantasy born of sweat and tears earned from working there seasonally for 5 years.”

The popular pub is ideally located in the heart of Bala, on the drive between Gravenhurst and Port Carling. The family-friendly restaurant offers a cozy dining room, petite front patio and spacious backyard patio with access to the water.

The building was originally named the Eldorad, built by a local families father last name Decaire. It later became the Bob Inn, famous for flipping burgers and making milkshakes. At one point it became a clothing store called the Lantern Loft then transformed back to a restaurant called the Kee Cafe. It officially became The Bala Falls Pub in 2002. 

Bala Falls Pub is perhaps most famous for its eye-popping interior design. Cowan explained, “We have tried to embrace warm and cozy elements that help make a pub feel comforting and familiar. The style is pretty eclectic and ever evolving as we chip away at the grand plan whenever time and budget allow. We have a Tragically Hip wall, a Stubbies collection, local sports memorabilia, pieces from local artists, classic Blue Jays Pendants and personal touches such as family photos and a Tennessee State flag to honour Dave’s hometown. Another feature that makes our location special is our proximity to the Kee to Bala; we welcome these connections and have an entire table decorated with epic concert posters.”

If you’re looking to quench your thirst, Bala Falls Pub offers local Muskoka beer, Ontario wines and creative cocktails.

“Dave is from a small town in East Tennessee where the first legal Moonshine distillery was established. It proved difficult to get Ole Smoky Moonshine imported to Ontario but we found Benjamin Murphy out of Elmira and this is the first Apple Pie Shine that Dave has found to compete with his hometown brand. We now carry 10 of Murphy’s Law Moonshine flavours and have a great selection of cocktails that are unique in this area,” said Cowan.

  • Fish & Chips: beer battered halibut, hand cut fries, tartar sauce
  • Pub Club: pulled turkey, bacon, jack cheese, guacamole, cajun mayo, garlic toast
  • Maple Bacon Flatbread: maple bbq base, crispy bacon, mozzarella
  • Jazz’s Big Salad: mixed lettuce, cucumber, peppers, onion, tomatoes, jalapeños, bacon bits, crispy chicken, Greek dressing, seasoned croutons
Clear Lake Brewing offers a tap room and restaurant dining room near Port Carling.
Clear Lake Brewing offers a tap room and restaurant dining room near Port Carling.

Clear Lake Brewing Co

4651 Southwood Road in Torrance, 705-762-0234

Clear Lake Brewing first opened its doors in August, 2017 near Bala and Port Carling in Muskoka. Founders Greg Knight, Rob Wilson and Kit Redding were inspired to launch Clear Lake Brewing because they wanted to open a new business in the small village of Torrance.

Step inside the Muskoka brewpub and you’ll find eight taps at the bar. Seven pour Clear Lake Brewing’s in-house brands with the other offering featuring a rotating guest brewery or cider.

Rob Wilson explains Clear Lake Brewing’s craft beer production, “We produce all of our core brands year round. Our Cranberry Radler is most popular in summer, but is still available year round. Our number one beer is our Session Ale, we also offer an IPA, Honey Cream, Porter, Pilsner and Amber Ale.”

After sipping through a flight of fresh Muskoka craft beer wag your finger down Chef Jacob Mussen’s menu. Wilson explains the Clear Lake Brewing food philosophy, “We make good pub food that pairs well with our beers. Our craft beer is a key ingredient in a few of our dishes. We also work closely with two local businesses: Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh make up our cran radler beer and Don’s Bakery in Bala produces our breads, buns and desserts.”

  • Loaded Fries: tossed in three cheeses, topped with mixed peppers, onions, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa
  • Cranberry Walnut Salad: mixed greens, maple lemon vinaigrette, local cranberries, toasted walnuts, crumbled goat cheese
  • Torrance Burger: smoked ground chuck served on a Don’s Bakery fresh bun, greens, hothouse tomato, red onion, deli pickles, and aioli
  • Classic Reuben: cured corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing on a toasted Don’s Bakery fresh loaf
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap: roasted chicken breast, romaine lettuce, bacon, parmesan cheese, grilled tortilla wrap
Chef Henrie Bistro serves authentic Austrian dishes in MacTier near Port Carling.
Chef Henrie Bistro serves authentic Austrian dishes in MacTier near Port Carling.

Chef Henrie Bistro & Café

339 High St, 705-345-5042

Chef Henrie Bistro & Cafe is a popular European restaurant located near Port Carling in the small town of MacTier. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Austrian Thoeringer family, who serve traditional recipes you’d find in Vienna.

Chef Henrie graduated from the Austrian culinary school Landesberufsschule Obertrum in 2014. Awarded the esteemed “Goldener Kochlöffel” (Golden Spoon), in his final year of apprenticeship, a star was placed in the walkway of the academy. Now back in his childhood stomping grounds of MacTier, Ontario, the talented Chef has opened a bistro, bringing the tastes of Europe home.

Chef Henrie Thoeringer launched the Port Carling restaurant in 2018, “It was always my dream to own my own restaurant regardless of where it was. If you can cook great food people will travel anywhere to eat it. We started out as a cafe and small bistro but things transformed into a restaurant where most people now come for dinner,” said Chef Thoeringer.

The building was formerly used as a Datsun dealership, gas station and convenience store. Today, the space features a front patio and intimate dining room and bar. Skip inside Chef Henrie Bistro and you’ll be greeted by a beautiful mural showcasing the awesome beauty of the Dolomite Mountains.

Wag your finger down the Chef Henrie Bistro menu and you’ll find beer by Trestle Brewery in Parry Sound alongside imported products from Stiegl, Krombacher and Erdinger.

The wine list features local vineyards as well as quality bottles from Germany, France and Italy. We suggest pairing a cool glass of sweet German riesling with one of Chef Henrie’s crispy schnitzels. The restaurant’s schnitzel menu is available in chicken, pork or veal and served with mushroom cream, lingonberry and spätzle.

  • Scallops: avocado tartar, carrot puree, beet salad, fried rosemary
  • Beef Stroganoff: strip loin, mushrooms, fettuccine, sautéed vegetables, crispy onions
  • Cordon Bleu: pork, cheese and ham served with wedges and lingonberries
  • Hunter’s Schnitzel: bacon mushroom cream, spätzle, mixed green salad
  • Kaiserschmarrn: apple mousse, caramelized sugar
Cottages at the JW Marriott is one of our favourite brunch restaurants in Muskoka.
Cottages at the JW Marriott is one of our favourite brunch restaurants in Muskoka.

Cottages Restaurant at JW Marriott Muskoka

1050 Paignton House Road in Minett, 705-765-1900

JW Marriott Muskoka is a luxury hotel and resort on Lake Rosseau, located in the tiny town of Minett.

Ranked as one of the best hotels in Muskoka, the JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau is a sweeping multi-faceted resort. It sits perched over a 100-foot granite bluff, a short drive from nearby Port Carling.

Guests at the luxurious Muskoka resort can visit the property during all four seasons of the year, enjoying on-site educative nature trails, dynamic outdoor activities and unique workshops with local artisans, authors and craftspeople.

The luxury resort in Muskoka plays home to 6 unique culinary concepts. JW Marriott Muskoka’s restaurants offer everything from family-friendly dining for those looking for a casual meal, to romantic upscale experiences.

Cottages is one of Muskoka’s best brunch restaurants, offering all-day dining menu and seasonal patio. Guests arrive each morning to Cottages to enjoy an exquisite breakfast buffet. It’s also the go-to spot for locals looking to celebrate Mother’s Day brunch and Christmas dinner.

  • Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl: pineapple, watermelon, toasted coconut
  • Beef Short Rib Eggs Benedict: cage free poached eggs, beef short rib, house Worcestershire sauce
  • Egg White Frittata: smoked salmon, scallions, goat cheese, side of fruit
  • Buttermilk Pancakes: choice of blueberry or caramel chocolate, whipped butter, maple syrup
  • Brioche French Toast: thick cut bread, berries, Bala cranberry syrup, whipped butter
Enjoy a romantic steakhouse experience at Muskoka Chophouse.
Enjoy a romantic steakhouse experience at Muskoka Chophouse.

Muskoka Chophouse at JW Marriott Muskoka

1050 Paignton House Road in Minett, 705-765-1900

Are you a meat lover looking for the best steakhouse in Muskoka?

The JW Marriott’s Muskoka Chophouse serves succulent Angus beef in a dining room featuring rustic-edged tabletops, hand-scarped wooden floors and a dramatic antler chandelier.

The curated wine list at Muskoka Chophouse has earned a yearly Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since it first opened in 2015. Be sure to sample local bottles from NiagaraBeamsville and Prince Edward County.

  • Wild Caught Lump Crab Cake: grilled corn & bean succotash, crispy pancetta, cajun chipotle aioli
  • Roasted Carrot Salad: honey cranberry thyme roasted heirloom carrots, toasted hazelnuts, white balsamic ricotta, fennel seedlings, orange segments, fennel pollen
  • Scallops & Pork Belly: pan seared scallops, confit pork belly, radish, roasted apple cardamom puree
  • Bacon Mac & Cheese: slab bacon, grainy dijon
  • Steaks & Sauces: filet, New York strip loin, bone-in ribeye, porterhouse with selection of truffle butter, peppercorn demi, chimichurri or bearnaise
Restaurants in Muskoka: Binge on beautiful bowls of pasta at Teca.
Restaurants in Muskoka: Binge on beautiful bowls of pasta at Teca.

Teca at JW Marriott Muskoka

1050 Paignton House Road in Minett, 705-765-1900

The JW Marriott’s other upscale restaurant concept offers the perfect date night idea for pasta fans.

The resort’s Teca concept is an intimate bistro featuring an open kitchen serving Italian favourites. The Muskoka restaurant is perfect for those looking to enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration or culinary workshop. The menu features fresh salads, antipasto, pasta, risotto and classic Italian thin crust pizza.

  • Sweet Potato Carpaccio: whipped Boursin cheese, pumpkin seed oil, fried Brussels sprout leaves, arugula sprouts, candied pumpkin seeds
  • Beet Fritter: whipped ricotta, caramelized honey quinoa, sprouts
  • Brown Butter Poached Lobster: saffron orzo paella, tomato fennel ragout, grilled lemon
  • Spaghetti San Marzano: signature veal and pork meatballs, torn fresh basil, parmesan cheese
  • Classic Carbonara: guanciale, eggs, pecorino cheese, black pepper, spaghetti
Sip Muskoka craft beer alongside a plate of chicken wings at Lakes Bar.
Sip Muskoka craft beer alongside a plate of chicken wings at Lakes Bar.

Lakes Bar at JW Marriott Muskoka

1050 Paignton House Road in Minett, 705-765-1900

JW Marriott Muskoka’s cozy lounge bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day spent enjoying Ontario cottage country’s great outdoors. Visiting sports fans can watch a game on the big screen while sipping local beer, wine or freshly muddled craft cocktails.

Lakes Bar is open for lunch and dinner and offers live entertainment on most evenings in the summer and during long weekends. Our favourite place to unwind is at the bar’s Muskoka Room, overlooking the picturesque Lakeview lawn and Lake Rosseau.

The Lakes Bar menu offers the kind of quality pub grub we all crave on a hot summers day. Order a fresh pint by Lake of Bays Brewing or Muskoka Brewery or sip on a craft cocktail while nibbling on crunchy chicken wings and deep fried jalapeno cheese sticks.

  • Bluegrass Smash: Maker’s Mark Kentucky bourbon, raw honey, simple syrup, lemon, orange, rosemary
  • Amaro Sour: Averna Amaro, Myers’s rum, raw honey syrup, turmeric, Fernet Branca, lemon juice
  • Good JuJu: Appleton Estate dark rum, Leblon Cachaca, pineapple juice, guava nectar, lemon juice, Garam Masala spiced maple syrup, Angostura bitters
  • Pimms Pint: Dillon’s unfiltered 22 gin, cointreau, Dillon’s sweet vermouth, lemon juice, soda water, fresh mint, blueberries
  • The 80 Proof Mojito: Gosling’s 80 proof rum, agave syrup, fresh mint, ginger beer, fresh lime
Restaurants in Muskoka: The patio at Winderemere Pub offers beautiful views over Lake Rosseau.
Restaurants in Muskoka: The patio at Winderemere Pub offers beautiful views over Lake Rosseau.

Windermere Pub at Windermere House

2508 Windermere Rd, 705-769-3611

Known as the “The Lady of the Lake”, Windermere House is an iconic Victorian landmark that has proudly sat perched over Lake Rosseau since 1870.

The historic luxury hotel in Muskoka includes 56 rooms and suites, as well as the private, four-bedroom Windermere Cottage. Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports, tennis, golf and a slice of rest and relaxation at the hotel’s on-site spa.

The properties longstanding Windermere Pub is a favourite for locals in Muskoka as well as seasonal cottagers. The restaurant’s patio overlooks Lake Rosseau, providing a relaxing backdrop to enjoy an al fresco lunch. During the busy summer months, Windermere Pub comes alive thanks to local bands who play here on weekends.

Wag your finger down the Windermere Pub menu and you’ll find plenty of award-winning Ontario craft beers on draft alongside a short but sweet wine list. Standard pub fare parades out of the kitchen and includes signatures such as chicken wings, crispy calamari, cabb salad and reuben and brisket sandwiches.

  • Cobb Salad: Muskoka ale marinated chicken, red onion, aged white cheddar, bacon, avocado, egg, green goddess dressing
  • Rueben: shaved corned beef, melted gruyere, sauerkraut, marbled rye, coleslaw, fries
  • Brooklyn Pizza: pepperoni, bacon, chorizo, red onion
  • Meatloaf: pork and beef meatloaf, boiled egg, bacon, beef gravy, crispy onions, braised cabbage, smashed potatoes
  • Bangers and Mash: venison sausage, caramelized onions, baked beans, smashed potatoes
Rosseau Grill is ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in Muskoka.
Rosseau Grill is ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in Muskoka.

Rosseau Grill at Windermere House

2508 Windermere Rd, 705-769-3611

Rosseau Grill is the fine dining concept at Winderemere House. Ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in Muskoka, Rosseau Grill’s dining room offers jaw-dropping views over the lake below.

Guests enter the Rosseau Grill through two impressive glass doors. Once inside the dining room you’re greeted by a massive stone fireplace. Seating is a mix of plus benches and wooden tabletops, which are illuminated by oversized upside down lamp shades that dangle from the ceiling.

The Rosseau Grill menu focuses on celebrating fresh local Ontario produce and is presented with panache on the plate. If you’re keen to indulge in an elegant affair, fork your way through Milford Bay Trout Pate, Northern Ontario Pickerel or local Rack of Lamb.

  • Windermere House Salad: blend of Muskoka greens, spiced pecans, cucumber, Johnston’s cranberries, apple and pear chips, elderberry dressing
  • Milford Bay Trout Pate: potato and chive blini, herb and lemon crème fraîche
  • Vegetarian Capellini: blistered rainbow cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil, shaved parmesan
  • Northern Ontario Pickerel: cornmeal and sumac crusted, seasonal baby vegetables, pan-roasted fingerling potatoes
  • Ontario Rack of Lamb: dijon and herb crusted, fingerling potatoes, seasonal baby vegetables, rosemary jus
Crossroads in Rosseau is ranked as one of the top 10 best Muskoka Restaurants.
Crossroads in Rosseau is ranked as one of the top 10 best Muskoka Restaurants.

Crossroads

2 Cardwell Road in Rosseau, 705-732-4343

After visiting over 70 dining rooms in Muskoka we can confidently say that Crossroads in Rosseau is one of the top 10 restaurants in cottage country.

Rosseau is a tiny town located a 30 minute drive from Port Carling, just down the road from Muskoka Woods Sports Resort.

When Crossroads first opened it was a casual coffee shop and cafe. When the current owners, Julie and Richard Lalonde bought the building they transformed it into one of the most sought after fine dining concepts in Muskoka.

The duo originally met while cooking together at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Julie explained, “Our love for food stems from our childhood. I was the oldest and was always helping cook dinners and baking, which led me to the culinary program offered at Georgian College. From there I travelled and worked for Fairmont Hotels, working my way up the ranks as a woman in a male dominated kitchen was not always easy, but I survived and thrived on the experience.”

Richard‘s culinary journey began as a child growing up in Rigaud, Quebec and being surrounded by family that love to cook and eat. Richard’s passion for the culinary world led him to the Laurentian school of cooking in St. Adele.

Step inside Muskoka’s charming house of haute cuisine and you’ll find bartenders mixing up craft cocktails at the bar, families chatting in an elegant dining room over fine wine, and romantic couples spinning fresh pasta on forks on the restaurants lush garden patio.

The Crossroads menu offers a taste of France, featuring classic dishes that are so well executed you can easily close your eyes and transport yourself to Normandy or Provence.

  • Duck & Foie Gras Pate: onion chutney, pickled vegetables, brioche.
  • Fried Green Tomato & Quebec Pork Belly: arugula, onion chutney, apple chips, buttermilk ranch dressing
  • Grilled Ribeye Steak: 12 oz black angus steak, rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic glazed cipollini onions
  • Duck Margret: sliced duck breast, duck confit, warm green bean frisee, duck bacon salad, orange ginger gastrique
  • Georgian Bay Pickerel: fisherman’s spices, shaved fennel, green bean artichoke salad, dill tomato vinaigrette
Henrietta's is the best bakery in Muskoka with locations in Dwight and Huntsville.
Henrietta’s is the best bakery in Muskoka with locations in Dwight and Huntsville.

Henrietta’s Bakery

2868 Highway 60 in Dwight, 705-635-2214

Henrietta’s Pine Bakery has been a family-run business since 1963 when it first opened its doors in Dwight.

Henrietta’s has grown over the past fifty years with the addition of new and innovative items, but the bakeries famous Sticky Buns and Muskoka Clouds remain the most popular.

Visit the original location in Dwight and you’ll find over 150 varieties of freshly baked breads and pastries, sandwiches, and paninis.

My family has been ordering from Henrietta’s Bakery since I was a little kid. In the summer when berries and stone fruits are in season be sure to order a freshly baked pie. Our favourites are peach pie, strawberry rhubarb pie and blueberry pie.

Restaurants in Muskoka: Lighthouse45 Restaurant is a fine dining concept at Rawley Resort.
Restaurants in Muskoka: Lighthouse45 Restaurant is a fine dining concept at Rawley Resort.

Lighthouse45 Restaurant

2900 Kellys Rd, 705-538-2272

Rawley Resort is located on a historical property in Port Severn, where Christie’s lumber mill operated during the 19th century.

The Rawley brand was created by combining the families two last names, Rawson and Gawley. In 2005 the original property enjoyed a major facelift, transforming into a luxury 4 star resort featuring chic suites and cottages, fine dining restaurant, spa and marina.

The resort’s Lighthouse45 Restaurant is its signature culinary concept and one of our favourite romantic restaurants in Muskoka.

The restaurant features a waterside landscape overlooking Georgian Bay, offering diners a picturesque view over the water.

Executive Chef Steven Doucet was born and raised in Montreal and brings a French flare to the restaurants creative fine dining menu.

  • Burrata & Beet Salad: house pickled beets, burrata, chermoula, candied spiced pecans, arugula, house vinaigrette, balsamic reduction, beet dust
  • Calamari Bellezia: crispy herbed calamari, red onions, banana pepper, lemon, garden herb tartar sauce
  • Chicken & Chorizo Penne: grilled piri piri chicken, chorizo, arugula, red onions, artichoke, pesto cream, pinot grigio, gran padano, garlic bread
  • King Cole Duck Breast: roasted wild mushrooms, chermoula, charred leeks, pickled apple, parsnip puree, roasted garlic and herb mashed potatoes, sage maple jus
  • Ontario Pickerel: snow crab, smoked salmon and zucchini fritter, roasted corn and dill veloute, provencal sauce vierge
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: Pizza on Earth serves thin-crust pizza and bagels in Dorset.
Best Restaurants in Muskoka: Pizza on Earth serves thin-crust pizza and bagels in Dorset.

Pizza on Earth

1009 Clan MacKay Road in Dorset, 705-349-8827

Pizza on Earth is a family-owned wood-fired bagel shop and pizzeria. The seasonal restaurant in Muskoka is open through the busy cottage season from the Spring to Fall.

Located in the small town of Dorset near Lake of Bays, Pizza on Earth quickly developed a local following. In the summer around the dinner hour you’ll find a packed parking lot as hungry cottagers wait to pick up their pizza to take back the dock.

Pizza lovers in Muskoka can also dine at the restaurants outdoor patio, which features picnic tables and umbrellas.

Pizza on Earth’s gourmet thin-crust pizzas are handmade and baked in a traditional brick oven that reaches temperatures of over 700 F!

Fresh dough fans can also purchase Montreal-style bagels, bagel sandwiches, muffins, tea, coffee wine and beer.

  • Breakfast Bagel: sun-dried tomato pesto, bacon, egg, cheddar, mixed greens
  • Smoked Salmon Bagel: cream cheese, smoked salmon, lemon, red onion, capers, dill, mixed greens
  • Dwight Pizza: ricotta cream base, mozzarella, caramelized onions, gorgonzola, pear
  • Lake of Baysil: pesto base, goat cheese, roast chicken, roasted red pepper, red onion
  • Firetower: tomato base, mozzarella, genoa salami, hot banana pepper, pineapple

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