Jonathans of Oakville
Jonathans of Oakville

Jonathans of Oakville

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jonathansofoakville.com/
  • Phone: 9058424200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm -3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, International
  • Executive Chef: Michael Spudowski
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With seven different rooms, Jonathans has the flexibility to host Private Groups, Corporate Functions, Educational Meetings, Weddings, Cocktail Parties, First Communions/ Baptisms, & Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Private Room sizes range from 6 people 100 people, and some have their own Bar, Lounge, or even Fireplace. Custom menus can be suited to any budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason 9058424200
  • Entertainment: Jonathans Bistro features Bob Reid an extraordinary musician on Piano, every Friday & Saturday Night starting at 7:30 p.m. With a repertoire of over 8000 songs, Bob ensures a lively environment in our Bistro setting that is a 'hot spot' for local regulars week after week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeshore/Trafalgar
  • Public Transit: Five minute Taxi ride from Oakville GO & Via Rail Train station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking after 6:00 in Downtown Oakville is Free. There is a Parking Lot directly across the street from Jonathans. There is also Parking on the street.
A word from Jonathans of Oakville
Voted 'Oakville's Best Restaurant' for 14 years in a row, you owe it to yourself to visit this Canadian legend. Be it the Intimate Fireside Tables, the Casual 'J' Bistro, the Private Dining Rooms, or the Award Winning Wine Cellar, Jonathans offers the setting for any occasion. Visit www.jonathansofoakville.com.
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Jonathans of Oakville reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (3)fit for foodies (2)good for groups (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent dinner, as always
    finediner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We always have the same thing and are never disappointed. Ceasar salad and the lobster soufflé with a really nice bottle of Californian chardonnay. If there's room left, we split a dessert. This restaurant is predictable in a good way and the staff are always friendly and helpful. We particularly like the casual atmosphere when they open the doors in the summer!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needed2complain
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We really enjoy this restaurant, although on our most recent visit, there was one VERY noisy table including talking on their telephones and using voices not appropriate for a small indoor space. Quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate table
    MiadscVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were seated near the outdoor patio. What ended up happening is that the servers used the space between our table and the next as a "highway" to get outside. We even commented that they should go around the other way. Did not appreciate the treatment when you are spending over $200 for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great Birthday dinner
    Oakvillenonfoody
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My son and I took my wife to a nice quiet dinner at Jonathan's on June 20. As usual, the restaurant did not disappoint with a very pleasant atmosphere, a friendly reception, courteous and helpful waiter and excellent food. If the bar had fresh mint on hand to make her a mojito, her evening would have been stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as Always
    mickey
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Jonathan's Bistro never fails to delight. Great food, atmosphere, attentive waiters and owner and a fabulous wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Justmarried
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Delicious food :) all 4 of us tried different apps/dinner/dessert….so we tested a fair number of menu items and ALL were Exceptional :) The staff is reserved but friendly but I thought it odd that he/she did not take the ladies orders first…..so it was confusing who's order they were waiting for next? We would definitely return, perhaps to try our your bistro :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 140 reviews are from the Jonathans of Oakville reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day Bomb
    OakDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very disappointing. Nothing wrong with charging nearly $50pp, if you deliver fresh quality food in a nice and clean environment. Jonathans failed all around. Place settings mismatched and dirty. Trying to cram extra folks into a small space. Elderly mothers and small kids, on multi levels, just a bad idea. One small food station a long walk, down all sorts of stairs from the tables. No reason why they could not have two set-ups, or at least one fantastic spread. Selections average at best. No presentation. Quality of food very poor for such a special event. Seem to be riding on laurels from decades ago. Expected way better. Would not go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hands down a great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    There are enough twists from the usual fare that you're never entirely sure if you're there for brunch or some gourmet tasting menu. Highly worth it, especially for occasions like Mother's Day or, well, any given Sunday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my wife for mother's day and it was great. May be a little too dark and the service could have been a little better. Took a really long time to get the bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant atmosphere, a bit
    Meloso
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Pleasant atmosphere, a bit too dark for my liking. The service is acceptable, nothing out of the expected... The food was great, highly recommend the octopus and their wine list is worth mentioning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    ja4074
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had a great night and a nice meal. Our server was polite and knowledgeable. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We heard the rave reviews about Jonathans, however with young children we don't dine like we use to. This was our first time here and although we didn't get a chance to meet Jason the owner, we got the opportunity to meet "DAD". Our server Gabriel, was most gracious, attentive, funny and very knowledgeable. We ate in the dining room, which was wonderful. We were able to hear the live music perfectly. We can't wait to check out the Bistro, next time. The food was beyond our expectations, cooked to perfection, presentation was top notch & dessert was delicious. Our server made great recommendations, and we received a complimentary "anniversary" drink, which was very nice. We will definitely recommend, Thank you for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oakville Landmark
    Johnboy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've been dining at Johnathan's for over 23 years and are always totally satisfied. wish more restaurants had such high standards of service and cuisine. Jason and Johnny are the perfect hosts and make you feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Pablo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was my first time with my family on Valentines night and we all had a great evening. The food ...the set up... the people working... music.. all was just perfect. Keep it up.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent romance
    IHadTheSteak
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's dinner and we both left more in love then when we arrived. The pianist was excellent, coupled with excellent ambiance and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Romance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I dined at Jonathan's for Valentine's Day of this year. The prix fixe menu was absolutely delicious. The ambience was very romantic despite the dining room being full and the servers were courteous and attentive. We really enjoyed ourselves and would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an up-scale dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant.
    Flyguy1957
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great restaurant in a lovely old house. Very intimate and romantic. Great menu and the food was perfect. I would return for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Jonathan s of Oakville is great for any occassion, from a casual lunch, to a romantic evening, or just to catch up with friends. If I am entertaining for business or just need a night out over great food, Jonathan s is my restaurant of choice. Great wines, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    Kris
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The food was absolutely amazing! However, the night we went there was a party on the J Bistro side, we could barely hear ourselves think, it kind of killed the idea do fine dining. I think they need to put something up a little more sound proofing between Jonathan's and J Bistro's, or add some curtains or cloth panels to eat the sound, but it it is the holiday season so likely not a regular thing. I also found the wait staff not that attentive for the price you pay, to be honest! But the food was to die for completely top notch, I had the duck and my husband had the lamb and we were both in heaven, hopefully we just caught them on an off night with service and ambience, we would try again another time, I think!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was a fabulous night out.
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    it was a fabulous night out. The food was outstanding, the wine list was great and the service was awesome. I would definitely recommend Jonathan's and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have never been disappointed
    Philomena
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We have never been disappointed in the food here but we especially love the soufflé especially the lobster one. Their isn't much atmosphere in the dinning room but the bistro with the piano is lovely. The service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant experience.The
    BelleLurette
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Very pleasant experience.The service was very A+ . Best part of the meal was the main course.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but...
    Diner
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    We dined on a Tuesday evening. Special occasion. We were the only people in the dining room. But the bistro section was active. We didn't enjoy being the only ones in the dining room. I would've hoped the host would've asked where we preferred sitting. Oh well. Our meals were great. However, i had asked for my meat to be cooked medium rare. It came medium well. Our server didn't show up until we were well into our meals so too late to have it corrected. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Jonathan's
    Livie
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Wonderful experience! Excellent food and service. It is definitely a gem of Oakville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    algeeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Revisited Jonathan's, having been there before, it was another good experience. Service is always good. Quiet location for a Saturday, with a musician playing in the bistro area that could heard in the main dining room. Nice ambiance. Meal was excellent. Wine list is good and has some reasonably priced wines without breaking the bank. Would go back again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a difference a year makes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Last year we had a better experience. The food was still very good but the service took a dive. Got in and was rushed to order (it was not busy). Told the server it was our anniversary no need to rush. Still rushed. If he hadn't ignored us for half an hour after dropping off the dessert menus we would have been out in an hour. This is the first time at a fine dining establishment that we had to pour our own wine, which insn't really a big deal but ignoring us is. Last year was much better, a more paced meal, the chef came out to say happy anniversary, made us a special souffle for the occassion.Last years food and service is why we went back instead of trying somewhere else. Next year we try somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sour Note As indicated above,
    JOELVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    A Sour Note As indicated above, everything went well and we would return again however.......... I ordered a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse for $78. The waiter returned and said that they were out of that wine but offered a Pouilly Fume. I initially said no but then changed my mind and accepted the wine. Towards the end of the meal I realized that I had not specifically asked for the price of the wine. When I received the bill, the wine was billed at $100. Even though I should have asked, I feel that it is incumbent upon the restaurant, if they offer a substitute wine, to offer it at the same price as the one I ordered or at least inform me that this wine was close to 30% more that the one I had initially ordered. We left feeling less than happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fine evening had by all
    Memlane
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Dined with some old friends of my spouse. Was a great venue to catch up and reminisce without competing with music or other din which is one of the reasons we chose Jonathans. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie oasis in Oakville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Lovely place. Warm, cosy, comfortable. Great food and service. Mothers Day was a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Cake
    luv3dine
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We have dined at Jonathans on a number of occasions. VG food but somewhat overpriced. We had ordered a chocolate birthday cake, but our birthday guest was only served a slice of cake and the remaining guests were left out! Quite unusual, but the waiter was gracious in his apology for what was clearly a miscommunication as we had requested a cake and been called by the restaurant in the afternoon to discuss the inscription on the cake. We were eventually provided with slices for the other two at the table, on the house - but no cake!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent dinner
    X2cc
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    We were celebrating our sons 18th birthday, and the restaurant really looked after us. It was a Monday night and we arrived late, and were the last to leave the restaurant. Service was courteous and friendly, from picking out a good bottle of wine as well as helping create a personalized birthday dessert. Great local restaurant, love the ambience in the bistro, and have been a regular diner there but they outdid themselves this time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! The service was excellent...prompt, but not too fast and very knowledgible & courteous. The food was fabulous...perfect portions; flavours & presentations.This was our first visit, but it definitely will not be our last! We will also highly recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Valentines Day ...
    Foodie100999
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went for Valentines Day ... Great food and atmosphere - be prepared to $$$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I booked for Valentain's day dinner. The food was very good and pricing reasonable. I wish they had a wider selectio of wines to choose from. Overall, we enjoyed the dinner very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was very busy, and really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    It was very busy, and really felt that the waiters were too busy to manage the amount of customers. It took us over 20 minutes to get the attention of anyone to get the bill after dessert was finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food too good - Service too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Food too good - Service too good. Now we're spoiled. No other restaurant will measure up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Enjoyed our experience!!! Their special duo of house-made gourmet tacos were to die for!!!! Waiters were attentive and friendly. We will be back again soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jonathans is a fantastic old
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Jonathans is a fantastic old house with good food. They do need to improve a few details like the fosset in the washroom, serving trays etc...Minor details but it would be easy do improve. A bit overpriced but still good and the place and wine list is realy good...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was creative and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    The food was creative and delicious. The servers were informed and had good suggestions. I had the lobster souffle which was light and delicate with large chunks of lobster. The fried calamari was done to perfection, crispy but melt in your mouth. The rabbit stew was served under crispy puff pastry and had a lovey balance of flavours. We will certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    It was a special occasion for us so we had requested a private table. We were treated to a private room which is their wine cellar and it was lovely. The food was excellent with great flavours and a nice variety. The service was also great, not rushed like some restaurants. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate