The Best Restaurants in Muskoka to Enjoy

Muskoka is the most well-known area of the cottage country destinations in Ontario, and deservedly so! The area has beautiful lakes, with rocky Canadian Shield terrain throughout the region. Of course, the forests and wildlife are also part of the scenery, making this the perfect place to relax and unwind in a Muskoka cottage rental.  On the odd occasion you need a change of pace from your cottage’s amazing waterfront, there are plenty of great restaurants in Muskoka to enjoy during your stay. If you’re planning a Muskoka vacation, be sure to check out these top restaurants in Muskoka.  If you’re out and about, here are more ideas of what to do in Huntsville during your Muskoka cottage rental in case you’re looking for day trip ideas! While the below list is focused on great Muskoka restaurants, if you are looking for a nice patio to enjoy a drink, Muskoka also has many great craft breweries to enjoy.

Muskoka is home to many exciting and inspiring restaurants where you will be able to enjoy local cuisine and make memories!

What are the Best Restaurants in Muskoka?

The Bala Falls Pub – Bala, Ontario

Next to the well-known “Kee to Bala”, this pub has been welcoming locals, seasonal cottagers, and visitors to the family atmosphere since 2002.  There’s standard pub fare such as “Smoked Beef Dip”, loaded baked potatoes, and of course burgers, wings, and fish and chips.  There’s even a kids menu so you are sure to find something for everyone in the family, including the picky eaters here! Another fun part of Bala Falls Pub is their trivia which happens each week! Our favourite part of their menu is their “munchies” section which is perfect for sharing – from traditional fries and onion rings to jalapeno poppers to popcorn shrimp they have a great assortment of pub food!

Great pub food in Muskoka, Ontario
Source: Bala Falls Pub

The Artisan House – Huntsville, Ontario

Right in downtown Huntsville, you’ll find this fine dining restaurant in a lovely old home. The menu varies, and the kitchen is even willing to prepare a unique meal to your specifications.  Showcasing the best seasonal ingredients and locally sourced, whenever possible, while adding a touch of Mediterranean fusion. This upscale restaurant plays on the owners’ international roots and offers many unique dishes that you may not be able to get elsewhere, including Zurich Geschnetzeltes which is a Zurich-style veal with creamy mushroom sauce, as well as various types of homemade pasta playing on seasonal ingredients. The Artisan House has many gluten-free dishes. They also have an outdoor patio, weather permitting, but this is walk-in only so make sure to get there early! Main courses start at $25 and go up to $40.

Please note that The Artisan House is only open during the Spring – Fall period and is NOT open during the winter.

That Little Place by the Lights – Huntsville, Ontario

If you have a hankering for authentic Italian cuisine (and who wouldn’t?), why not try this family-owned restaurant, located in downtown Huntsville. They specialize in home-cooked Italian pasta, lasagna, gnocchi, homemade gelato, and pizza. With a slogan of “made with love by Nonna’s hands” you know you are in for an authentic, and friendly, dining experience.  The restaurant has an incredible patio (weather permitting) and don’t forget to ask about their secret bar menu which has many creative drinks or try and create your own as the bartenders are always happy to get adventurous!  

It’s almost worth a trip to Huntsville just for the meal, but of course Huntsville is definitely worth exploring in its own right.  One of the largest towns in Muskoka, it’s bustling and busy during the summer, and chock full of interesting stores and restaurants, enough to while away a good part of the day!

They are open 6 days a week (Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 8pm and Fri – Sat 11:30am – 8:30pm).

Crossroads Restaurant – Rousseau, Ontario

With their philosophy of “Pure, Simple and Delicious”, this restaurant prides itself on using local Canadian products and supporting local small businesses.  In addition to such delicious sounding menu items as “Steamed PEI Mussels”, Hand-Cut Papardelle”, and “Atlantic Salmon Pot Au-Feu”, there are options for vegan and gluten-free dining as well, something for everyone!

El Pueblito – Bracebridge, Ontario

Mexican cuisine restaurant just outside Bracebridge’s downtown. Tacos, burritos, empanadas, all of the classic dishes are available for both dine-in and takeout at El Pueblito. They take pride in making authentic handcrafted Mexican food, using the freshest of ingredients. Dishes include “Caldo de Birria de Res”, “Mole Poblano”, Quesadilla Dos Quesos” and there are vegan and vegetarian options to pick from too.  Even your furry family member is welcome as dogs are permitted on the patio, making this a perfect pet-friendly restaurant in Muskoka to enjoy a meal and drink!  Be sure to take some time to shop Bracebridge’s main street as well.

Dock of the Bay Steak & Seafood Grill  – Gravenhurst, Ontario

Enjoy a beautiful view of Gravenhurst’s bay while dining at this fine restaurant, serving gourmet meals right on the waterfront.  From pasta, seafood, salmon, and lamb to different cuts of steak, and a choice of 5 accompanying sauces, this is a great spot for a special occasion or a romantic dinner. Please note that main courses for dinner range from $30 – $60. This restaurant is NOT available year-round so be sure to check their website if you are visiting Muskoka during the shoulder season to confirm it is open.

There are many great restaurants in Muskoka, including in Gravenhurst, Baysville, Huntsville, Rousseau, Bala and Port Carling

Cast Iron Restaurant – Baysville, Ontario

Wednesdays are “Wing Night” at this Baysville restaurant, known for its cast iron burgers, fish and chips, stuffed portobello mushrooms, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options, and much more. If you are looking for a more casual dinner with great food and atmosphere then this may be the spot for you! It is perfect for all ages and they also have many great soups and salads if you are looking for something lighter.  

Tips for Enjoying Your Dining Experience in Muskoka

  • Make reservations (if the restaurant accepts them), especially during the busy summer months.  Many of the top restaurants in Muskoka are popular and can fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to make reservations in advance to ensure you get a table.
  • Try the specials! These will typically will be local cuisine that you may not be able to enjoy back home or at other restaurants! These will be dishes that you will be thinking about the rest of your cottage rental vacation!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations: Part of the charm of cottage country is the friendly locals. The servers are always more than happy to talk about their favourite dishes and will be able to steer you in the right direction based on your food preferences!
  • Make sure to wear proper attire: If you are going to a more upscale restaurant in Muskoka, make sure to check if there are any dress codes.

Looking for Activities Around Muskoka?

There are many great day trips and activities to stay busy during your Muskoka vacation, whether summer or winter! Here are a few great activities you can enjoy.

Looking to Book a Muskoka Cottage Rental? We Can Help!

Muskoka is one of the most popular destinations in Ontario for a cottage vacation and while many are drawn to the area for the lakes and outdoor activities, the local shops and restaurants are also a can’t miss! At CottageLINK Rental Management, we have a large selection of cottage rentals in Muskoka that you can choose from! Our team is always happy to help find that perfect cottage for your vacation so please feel free to email us at or call us at 1-866-323-6698 and our team would be happy to assist.

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