I note some of the previous
I note some of the previous service criticisms but we had no such trouble. Good food, at prices I expect to pay for higher end local food sources.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
really appreciated the vegan/vegeta
really appreciated the vegan/vegetarian menu and options but it would have been great to know they existed via the website -- If it were up to me, (the vegetarian), I wouldn't have come here as I thought I'd be eating salad. Again.
Good food -- but quite pricey.
Not the place to come if you're offended by veal, foie gras or other inhuman meats!!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Off the beaten path.
This is a great little place where the food is local and made for you by the owner. The meals and their presentation are fancy but the atmosphere is simple and comfortable. What a great place to go for a great meal. The dinner will be pricey but the food is delicious. Flavourful but not spicy. This chef is very, very good. If you are looking for something that is not a chain restaurant and want to feel like your food was worth every penny spent than this is the place to go. Casual, comfortable, personalized and delicious.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the 7-course tasting
I had the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Expensive but not outrageous. Chef very accomodating in making a substitution on 1 course. Everything delicious and beautifully presented. Friendly (but not intrusive) and knowledgeable server. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasting menu superb
We ordered the seven course with wine pairings - absolutely delish. The cauliflower, potato + aged cheddar soup was simply perfect. Will definitely be back next time we are in Burlington. Our table of seven people had a fabulous time there catching up and did not feel rushed at all.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place for a leisurely meal.
Food and service were very good, but there was a very long wait times between courses. Fortunately, we were there for an evening out and the extremely leisurely pace did not hamper our enjoyment of the evening. However, those who wish a faster paced meal should be cautioned not to expect that here.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Local Food and Wine
The one thing that sets the Red Canoe Bistro apart from other restaurants is that they focus on getting their produce and food from the local farmers in the area. The food was delicious and well presented. Our waiter was also very good and he was knowledgeable about the wines that they serve. They have an extensive wine list and most importantly the wines are from the local area. I would definitely go back. I'd like to try some of their other dishes and everyone at our table was more than happy with their food. It's a good place for special occasions as some of their prices can be a bit pricey, but the food was well worth it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second experience at Red Canoe Bistro and clearly was chosen after an epic first one!
The service at Red Canoe is impeccable. The wait staff are knowledgeable about all of the menu items, open to questions and quick to make suggestions. The service is so seamless it's nearly invisible. Your water and wine glasses are always magically full. While a problem during the meal is rare, if one occurs, it is addressed immediately.
To say that the food is delightful would be a bit of an understatement. The menu is small but filled with luxurious things. It feels like the chef focuses on creating incredible bites. The focus on local products creates an interesting eating experience.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll be going back
We arrived on a quiet night, though we could see this place attracts crowds. Our server set the tone perfectly, asking if it was our first time and then proceeded to walk us through the various options (including vegetarian/vegan). Local foods and wines are the specialty, with a tasting menu that changes weekly. Quality choices on wines by the glass, with optional half second glass for the driver! I enjoyed a mouth-watering venison dish with Indian spicing while my partner decided on a vegetarian stir fry that was so meaty you'd swear there was animal protein in there somewhere. Alas, no room for the local strawberry shortcake - maybe next time we'll do apps and dessert. Definitely a must-try if you haven't been.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an amazing meal here. The food and beverages were unique and very good. The decor could use some updating but overall the entire experience was excellent.
I went in expecting it to be a fancy dining experience based on the prices and menu. I found the atmosphere fell short on my expectations.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food served and prepared by real foodies, but without the snobbishness. A true delight.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've always had high praise for this establishment but this time not so much. Slow service was the main culprit, but the menu & food weren't as stellar as in the past. It took ages to see any food. We should have been told that Poutine takes time when ordering. We also had a long wait for dessert which I found odd since the restaurant had emptied. As we finished our desserts they turned the lights up as if to say that they wanted to close. To me that was just rude. Although they say they are happy to accommodate special food needs not much was offered to accommodate my gluten free request. Swordfish was my only choice. In the future I'll phone ahead to ask what's on the menu as the choices weren't to our liking. I'd say more if I could.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb fresh innovative food.
Good and knowledgeable wait staff.
On 2 visits here we waited too long for food-once for reservation mix-up and once for large party upstairs. These problems were explained to us but they could have been more forthcoming wrt a complimentary glass of wine or dessert.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place. Food is always
Love this place. Food is always amazing. Incredible wines. It's a little gem of a restaurant.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our First Time..We'll Be Going Back
Excellent food, large variety with some very unique choices, beautifully arranged on the plates. Very leisurely pace by the knowledgeable server; who ably described all food ingredients and wine pairings.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM