Huntsville and Lake of Bays are a hotbed for culinary experimentation and the creation of bespoke recipes and meals. Local chefs are busy producing individual menus using fresh, locally sourced products to create unique dishes and treats inspired by the people and landscapes of the region. Whether you prefer casual pub fare on a patio or a romantic dining room experience, restaurants across the region will continually exceed your expectations. Take a look at our list below to discover some mouth-watering menu suggestions that prove you don’t have to travel a great distance to discover your next favourite meal.
As an added bonus, this summer Huntsville and Lake of Bays are participating in the Cottage Country Spirit program to give you the opportunity to fully explore the very best the region has to offer. In addition to discovering a new culinary delight, you can participate in a full range of outdoor adventures and spend a couple of nights being pampered at a destination close to home. Scroll through to the bottom of the page for a list of the participating businesses waiting to welcome you and your vouchers and provide you with a unique shopping, dining or outdoor experience as well as the ideal place to stay if your day trip spills into a weekend or even a full week.
Huntsville’s 3 Guys And A Stove has a reputation for unique meals using the best local ingredients. You can choose from indoor dining, outdoor patio seating or pickup from their new On Focaccia food truck. The restaurant has an amazing Summer BBQ menu. Try the Bone-in Chicken Breast, Pork Back Ribs and Beef Brisket mopped with molasses BBQ & honey mustard, garnished with corn fried onions and served with Louisiana coleslaw, red skinned potato salad and marinated cucumber and tomato salad.
Located along the shore of the Muskoka River in Huntsville, Affogato Café + Gelato also operates the Gelato Barge every summer weekend on the surrounding lakes. Their Artisan Gelato is made fresh in-house daily. With flavours including Nutella and caramel, hazelnut, dulce de leche and apple crumble, you can be sure to find that perfect sweet summer treat.
The Birches Restaurant is located at Hidden Valley Resort and offers a panoramic view of Peninsula Lake from their indoor dining room or outdoor patio. The restaurant strives to promote local producers and suppliers whenever possible. For a delicious meal try their grilled 6oz Top Sirloin Medallion steak served with hand cut fries or roasted garlic mash, heirloom carrots or sautéed mushrooms and herb butter or red wine demi-glaze.
Boiler Room Tap & Grill is more than just a local watering hole. With seven draught taps featuring local craft beers, a selection of wines and spirits, and fresh food prepared with locally sourced ingredients, you can enjoy a cold drink on the patio in the summer and a spirit by the fireplace in the winter. While there be sure to check out their Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast that includes pan-seared chicken breast on top of a bowl of hand-cut pesto pasta, seasonal vegetables topped with house tomato sauce.
Located in the beautiful community of Baysville, Cast Iron Restaurant serves quality homemade pub fare. The restaurant is currently open for curbside pick-up with a limited number of time slots per day. A must try are their Jumbo Chicken Wings available in a variety of sauces and spiciness to suit every wing lover.
Located in Huntsville’s Commerce Park close to hotels and shopping, East Side Mario’s is a longstanding family favourite. With so many pasta and entrée choices it is hard to pick just one, but their Mario’s Chicken Parmigiana served with penne and a signature tomato sauce is definitely hard to beat.
Deerhurst Resort’s Eclipse Restaurant and Terrace provides sweeping lake vistas from their dining room and expansive outdoor terrace. This season Eclipse is featuring à la carte dining options including favourites from The Antler Steakhouse menu. For something unique, order their Pan Seared Sea Bass served with warm potato salad with cherry tomato, green beans, arugula, baby yellow beet, and dressed with pink peppercorn and roasted onion vinaigrette and double smoked bacon relish.
Huntsville’s Farmer’s Daughter provides local, healthy, sustainable produce, fruit, gourmet cheeses and other luxury food items as well as offering a wide selection of meals-to-go. With a focus on local produce and healthy offerings, they can also offer personalized dietary suggestions. For a vegan/vegetarian option, pick up their Vegan Lentil Wrap with lentils, brown rice, onions and seasoning.
Baysville’s The Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory & Pizzeria creates in-house bakery goods including pies, breads and tarts as well as making some of the best pizza you will find anywhere in the region. However, it is their award-winning butter tarts that you absolutely must try. Available in traditional flavours as well as signature recipes, we bet you can’t eat just one!
Located in Historic Downtown Huntsville, Lake of Bays Brewing Company’s Huntsville Brewhouse is a small batch brewing facility with a full kitchen and amazing menu. With 16 rotating beer taps, there is always something new to sample. Visit them and try their Georgian Bay Blackened Rainbow Trout Tacos with Four Seasons Farms baby greens, Asian slaw, lime, cilantro and wasabi mayo.
Located on Huntsville’s Main Street, Main St Local Kitchen offers local craft beers and wines that support their eat local philosophy and pair well with their casual fare. With a relaxed atmosphere and a new patio, the restaurant is the perfect spot to drop in for a meal. While there, order their signature burger – The Local. Made with a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, mustard & relish.
Also located in Downtown Huntsville, Marigold Unique Flavour delivers the very best in Indian cuisine created with the chef’s unique flair. With a wide range of options, the kitchen creates something for everyone to enjoy. Sample their ever-popular Tandoori Chicken marinated in yogurt and spice.
Deerhurst Resort’s Maple Pub & Patio provides a scenic view over the Lakeside Golf Course from their large patio. Enjoy fresh and casual pub-inspired fare after a day spent golfing or adventuring. Try their fan favourite Buffalo Quesadillas with blackened chicken, cheesy pepper blend, onions, and tomatoes on flour tortillas.
The Mill on Main offers not one, but two of Huntsville’s largest and most scenic outdoor patios overlooking the Muskoka River. The restaurant makes all of their food from scratch to create a variety of menu items including the classic pub favourites you know and love. For something a little different, order from their wood fired pizza oven. Try the Maple Bacon Wood Fired Pizza with homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, pecorino, maple balsamic, caramelized onions, confit garlic, and maple bacon.
Muskoka on the Rocks serves traditional pub fare and generous home cooked meals from their location between Huntsville and Dwight. They also have daily specials featuring the catch of the day, fresh pasta and premium burgers. Give them a try and sample their Rock Style Nachos with fresh corn chips, topped with your choice of ground beef or chicken breast, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, onions and smothered in cheddar cheese with salsa on the side.
At Huntsville’s Soul Sistas they create homemade, nutritious foods that feed both your body and mind. The restaurant and café takes pride in their daily specials which always include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices. Sit on their patio and enjoy the Hummus n’ Veg Rice Bowl with organic brown basmati rice with grilled veggies, homemade hummus and omega-rich seeds.
Crafted with love from Nonna’s own hands, Huntsville’s That Little Place by the Lights specializes in Italian pasta, lasagna, gnocchi, pizza and homemade gelato. Enjoy their new patio overlooking the Muskoka River. To truly sample their authentic recipes, try Annie’s Famous Lasagna made with layers of homemade lasagna noodles, béchamel and signature bolognese sauce.
Huntsville’s Westside Fish & Chips has been delivering delicious home-cooked meals for almost 40 years. The restaurant offers a varied menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites. Their namesake and most popular meal is still their hand dipped authentic English style fish and chips. With the choice of haddock, whitefish or halibut, Westside’s award-winning fish and chips is a must try on any visit to Huntsville.
Across the region, local kitchens are creating and serving incredible dishes created with flair and a passion for our unique Cottage Country atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening with a special someone, a night out with good friends or a dining experience the entire family can enjoy, you can find the perfect restaurant and menu without having to travel far from home. Use the list above to plan your next culinary adventure in Huntsville and Lake of Bays.
If you have participated in the Cottage Country Spirit local travel package from Explorers’ Edge, Huntsville and Lake of Bays is the perfect region to use your travel vouchers. Below is a list of the businesses waiting to welcome you and provide you with a unique shopping, dining or outdoor experience as well as the ideal place to stay if your adventure spills into a weekend or even a full week.
HUNTSVILLE & LAKE OF BAYS
- 3 Guys And A Stove
- Affogato Cafe + Gelato
- Algonquin Outfitters
- Amba Spa at Deerhurst
- Artisans of Muskoka
- Back of Beyond Equine Centre
- Belly Artisan Ice Cream
- The Birches Restaurant
- Boiler Room Tap & Grill
- Bush Poker Axe Muskoka
- Canvas Brewing Co.
- Cast Iron Restaurant
- The Cutter’s Edge Muskoka
- Deerhurst Highlands & Lakeside Golf
- Dot The T Productions Muskoka Theatre Company
- East Side Mario’s
- Eclipse Restaurant & Terrace
- Farmer’s Daughter
- Find Your Wild
- Grandview Golf Club
- The Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory & Pizzeria
- Huntsville Brewhouse
- John Murden Art Gallery
- Lake of Bays Brewing Company Taproom
- Main St. Local Kitchen
- Marigold Unique Flavour
- Maple Bluff Farm
- Maple Pub & Patio
- The Mill on Main
- MJD Paintball
- Muskoka Heritage Place
- Muskoka Jewellery Design
- Muskoka on the Rocks Steakhouse & Pub Restaurant
- The Nutty Chocolatier
- The Old Palmer House
- Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery
- Rafters of Muskoka
- The Record Shoppe
- Reflections of Muskoka
- Sandhill Nursery Gift Shop
- Soapstones Natural Skincare
- Soul Sistas
- Stoneleigh Farms at Deerhurst
- SWS Watersports at Deerhurst
- That Little Place By The Lights
- Treetop Trekking
- Westside Fish & Chips
- The Wooden Penny
- Yamaha Riding Adventures
- Yummies in a Jar
HUNTSVILLE & LAKE OF BAYS
- Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn
- Bondi Village Resort
- Comfort Inn
- Deerhurst Resort
- Forest Rock Resort
- Hidden Valley Resort
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
- Muskoka Shores Cottages
- Red Maple Inn & Suites
- Rodeway Inn King William
- Tally Ho Inn
- Trillium Resort & Spa