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Best Restaurants To Enjoy At Your Kawartha Lakes Cottage Rental

Just 90 minutes Northeast of Toronto, you’ll find the perfect place to vacation in order to experience Ontario’s lovely cottage country.  The best way to truly immerse yourself in this area is to stay at a Kawartha Lakes cottage rental, and live like a local cottager!   Kawartha Lakes has a variety of beautiful communities, each with its own unique charm, and more than 250 lakes and rivers.  If you can tear yourself away from your Ontario cottage rental’s waterfront, you could also enjoy a day on the trails, an evening at the theatre, or a terrific meal at some of the local restaurants.  Although you’ll find the same restaurant chains here that you have at home, why not try a one of a kind establishment instead, and truly get to know the local flavour? Looking for a drink rather than some food? You can also check out our top craft brewery recommendations for the Kawartha Lakes region.

From simple fish and chip trucks, British pubs, and international cuisine to fine dining experiences, there’s something for everyone in the Kawartha Lakes. Before deciding where to go for your next delicious meal, you should first find the perfect Kawartha Lakes cottage rental to use as your home base.  Once you’ve arrived at the cottage, and are ready to explore the area, here are some of our top picks for the best places to eat during your stay at your Ontario cottage rental!

Food at a restaurant during your Kawartha Lakes cottage rental

Top 8 Restaurants Near Your Kawartha Lakes Cottage Rental

  1. The Olympia Restaurant – A downtown Lindsay landmark, the Olympia has been serving families since 1906. Enjoy a full service menu for all generations and tastes, with Mediterranean, Greek, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options and Vegan Options.

  1. Just for the Halibut – The original Just for the Halibut has been part of Bobcaygeon for decades. Offering world famous Halibut and Chips, in-house burgers, Certified Angus steaks, even serving beer and wine.

  1. The Riverside Inn – Norland – Anyone who’s traveled north on Highway 35 will recognize this iconic restaurant in Norland.  Known for its friendly staff and delicious food, and offering a good variety of food with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, this restaurant has something for even the pickiest eaters in the family!    

A group enjoying food and beverages at a local restaurant during their Kawartha Lakes cottage rental
  1. The Cat and Fiddle – British Pub & Family Restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Lindsay. Offering homemade British fare along with entrees such as New York Steak, Pasta, Fajitas, Panko Crusted Salmon and some traditional Curries. Drop by on one of the special nights – Caribbean Night with Authentic Chicken Roti, Jerk Chicken, or Prime Rib Saturdays.  
  1. Cassis Bistro – Located in beautiful historic Lakefield, Cassis Bistro offers casual fine dining, with Thursday Date Night Specials for two.  Be sure to check out the Chef’s Daily Features, and the Fish on Fridays too!

  1. The Kirkfield Restaurant – Offering Canadian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner  in a family-friendly atmosphere, with vegetarian options as well, all at a reasonable price!

  1. Ziraldo’s Italian Restaurant – Located in a century home in Fenelon Falls, with inside, porch and patio seating, offering authentic Northern Italian cuisine.  Note that this restaurant is not open during the winter season.

  1. Treetops Dining Room – Buckhorn – Enjoy your breakfast or dinner of Canadian cuisine while enjoying a beautiful view of Buckhorn Lake, especially if you’re lucky to get a window table!  

Brunch at a restaurant in Kawartha Lakes

Although these spots are fantastic, they are just a sampling.  There are many other delicious options for dining throughout the Kawartha Lakes region, so be sure to do some exploring! From casual pubs to fine dining experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when you venture away from your cottage to explore the area! Bon appétit!

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