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The Norsemen Restaurant
The Norsemen Restaurant
  • Address:
    1040 Walker Lake Dr.
    Huntsville, ON P1H 2J6
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$30 and under

The Norsemen Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.norsemen-walkerlake.com/dining.htm
  • Phone: (800) 565-3856
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner- Bistro Menu: Monday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

    Dinner- Regular Menu: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: David Scoffield
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weddings, Private Functions, Office Christmas Parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 60 and Limberlost Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking on site.
A word from The Norsemen Restaurant
Treat yourself to mouth watering game, seafood, steak and prime rib in our historic lodge with stone fireplaces, wood beamed ceilings and "Old Muskoka" charm. The Norsemen has a reputation for great food and great times. Get off the beaten path, enjoy the lakeside view, and savour the superb cuisine.

Whether nibbling in the dining room or on the lakeside screened-in porch, delight in a diverse menu beginning with appetizers like Duck Confit Poutine in a brandy peppercorn gravy, Nawlin’s Crab Cakes in a Creole Remoulade, or Smoked Boar Stuffed Mushroom Caps. Unwind with delicate Ontario Trout pan seared with butter and lemon, savoury Venison tenderloin, or slow roasted Alberta Prime Rib. Stretch the languorous evening further with dreamy decadent desserts like S'Mores Mousse Cake or Green Tea Poached Pear.

On Mondays enjoy the casual Norsemen Bistro. Relish our chef's inspired take on fresh gourmet pizzas, house smoked ribs, pastas and fantastic fish tacos.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "There were very few people in the restaurant, yet the service was slow. We poured all our own wine."
    Dined on 10/18/2014
  • "Cold over salted food served slowly with lots of attitude."
    Dined on 10/12/2014
  • "The food at Norsemen is excellently prepared. Much originality goes into the dishes."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "the ceaser salad and squash soup were good. However my beef tenderloin was dry even though it was cooked to medium and the pork belly was tender but too salty."
    Dined on 9/28/2014
  • "Awesome food in an awesome setting.This chef is 5 star all the way,offering very creative interpretations of classic dishes and many with an authentic Canadaian flare. All served in an authentic muskoka cottage setting.....most unique and enjoyable!"
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The Norsemen is a comfortable, rustic, restaurant overlooking a lake in the Lake of Bays area. The menu offers wild fish and game, such as duck, venison and bison; however, steak and lamb are also on the menu for those who are more conservative in their eating habits. Service is very good, although our server didn't know what vegetables were in the vegetable medley that night! This is a great special occasion restaurant as it's a bit pricey and has a limited menu."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We made a reservation for the Norsemen and we're really excited. When we arrived we were told by a server that someone would be right with us......then another told us the same........and another. One server actually spoke to us four times. Had the restaurant been jam packed this still would have been poor service.....but it wasn't even close! There were a few sparse tables inside and a few folks on the patio. It would have taken mere seconds to seat us, and give us menus and water glasses. At the fifteen minute mark, after numerous "we'll be right with yous", we left......sorely disappointed."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Service was hopelessly slow, despite this being a fairly small restaurant that was barely half full. Took nearly 2 hours to get our mains. Food was inconsistently cooked with some parts of the same dish cold and others hot. Staff as a whole appear to lack the skills and efficiency essential to running a restaurant. Would never go back."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "A must if you visit Huntsville, great food and reasonable price. Will return for sure!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner thoroughly! Already reserved again for this week."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been the The Norseman before and each time the food and its people wow us. Our most recent visit (August 9, 2014) was outstanding: Perfectly prepared lamb sirloin, delicious local, seasonal vegetables and impeccable service."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We fully enjoyed our evening meal at the Norsemen. We sat on the screened porch outside, among other happy diners. The buzz was good and the service was very good. Great for our special evening out. We will happily go back. Also it is close to our cottage which makes it easy to get to by boat, car or feet. Great!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Norseman was excellent. Expensive yes but well worth it. Our table enjoyed bison steak, scallops,duck and fresh fish, all expertly prepared and presented. Service was friendly and timed just right. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Despite the dated decor, food was great! Certainly one of the better options in cottage country. Will return for sure."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Lovely dinner at the Norseman - the food was excellent and the restaurant has the feel of an old Muskoka resort. We will definitely go back and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We dined in the screened porch (Muskoka room) with view of Walker Lake. The calamari was the best I've had. Servings were on the small side which left room for dessert. Very nice experience overall."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Last minute reservation made super easily on the internet. Hopeful it would be decent meal with good atmosphere. Off the beaten track - will it be worth the drive? Quaint, friendly greeting and service and then phenomenal food. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Anytime we visit near Huntsville, we always remember what wonderful choice of food is served at The Norseman. It was our third time visit there and we have not been disappointed at all. It was a homey atmosphere and not noisy at all, so made conversation easy. The service was well timed and we never felt rushed. Would definitely return again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The meal from appetizers to dessert and coffee was above our expectations. Reviews we're read previously speaking highly of this place were not exaggerations. This was our 3rd visit and food better than ever. Of course we will return. I would rank this as our fave dining place in all Muskoka."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Staff were extremely courteous and owner "Les" spent a great deal of time making sure that we enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "What a delight to return, after several years, to a much improved restaurant - same beautiful environment, warm and welcoming dining room, same friendly staff but now supplemented by a very sophisticated menu served with elegance - wonderful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We come here every year when we are at our cottage and always have a fine meal. This was our first visit this year and every course we had was outstanding!! The service was excellent and our host was gracious as always. We enjoyed dining on the screened-in porch overlooking the lake on a beautiful evening. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a fine dining experience in Muskoka."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I took my wife and daughter here for Mothers day. My wife was very happy with the pork belly. My daughter and I both had the tenderloin; unfortunately the meat was tough and had an odd flavor. One of the dishes my daughter had appeared to have tiny pieces of glass in it. We made the waitress aware and she promptly removed the item but that was it. Serving a customer broken glass requires a little more acknowledgment. We were not happy with the overall experience. I would expect better food and service at a "fine dining" establishment."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Norsemen Restaurant is a very good choice for a good, special meal when in or around Huntsville. By more global/universal standards, the restaurant is good, but not great. Both of our entrees were rather salty, and my partner's dessert - a mousse - was way too cold. The staff deserves praise for taking back and replacing in its entirety one of the entrees because my partner mentioned that sauce on her sea bass fillet was too salty."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • ""We have been there many times and appreciate the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would recommend it to friends and would like to try even more of their dishes....so we'll be back soon. Their homemade soups are excellent and the variety of wild game as main courses are always executed to perfection. Service was well-timed and friendly, the wine selection although limited was acceptable and certainly affordable.""
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was cold, the women wore thier coats through dinner. It was too much money for o.k. food, o.k. service and o.k. atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This was our third time dining at the Norsemen and we have never been disappointed. The exterior still has not been painted but the food and service both continue to be excellent. My wife opted for the onion soup and phyllo crusted salmon. The soup was very tasty and served at just the right temperature and the crust on the salmon was very thin with lots of salmon inside. A lot of places give you all crust and little salmon. My pumpkin soup was just the right consistency and temperature and the bison steak was very tender. The blueberry sauce on the bison was an interesting touch and while it might sound unusual was a very good combination. The bread pudding dessert was to die for. As usual service was attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We were staying nearby and the location was ideal. Nice warm and comfortable athmosphere. We both had the Thanksgiving Special although there were good options on the A La Carte. Food was very good, cooked well and presented well. Staff were friendly and attentive although the restaurant was only half full as we dined early. Would recommend the Norseman for a nice evening out for anyone staying in the Huntsville area."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We had a great evening in this quiet spot on the water just outside of Huntsville. The lodge is 'Old Muskoka' as is the setting, the service was very good; friendly, warm, and efficient. The food was outstanding. This very competent and creative chef presents a small but comprehensive menu of standards with a twist, expertly rendered."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Unique and rustic.. but food quality could be a bit higher... presentation was good, portions adequate."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "The Norseman was a lovely spot to take a friend to celebrate a milestone in his life. It is a memory- maker restaraunt; with the quiet atmosphere, deer sightings through the window, warm fire and service and excellent food. It is definitely a secluded gem to return to in creating special memories."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "service was very accommodating. although it was cool outside, there was no problem for the wait staff to come outside for us. Staff from the restaurant talked to us about the history of the old buildings and area, without giving you the feeling they were being taken away from more important tasks. Food was fresh and well-prepared. View over the lake was beautiful for a late summer dinner. At no time did we feel rushed."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "The food was delicious although not sure my fish was fully cooked but I couldn't tell because of the dim lighting. The ambience was great! The service was timely. The décor was neat - very rustic with lots of charm. Thought the restaurant was on a lake and there would be a view but not so much. You can see the lake through the trees. Very quiet. The deserts were awesome! If you're looking for a quiet place to relax and have a leisurely meal and aren't set on a view then this is the place."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Wehad a most enjoyable evening at THE NORSEMEN, great food, great atmosphere and great service !! We will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I was looking forward to trying this restaurant. I thought the restaurant was in desperate need of a makeover. The tables and chairs were uncomfortable with the apron of the table too low and the chairs too soft. Service was okay but nondescript and without personality. The best part of the meal was the roll. The schnitzel was okay but not hot, the mushroom sauce in need of seasoning. Other items on the menu seemed expensive. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Had a special steak on the night, taste like frozen steak and re-heated, had the server changed to a pasta The pasta was no better, taste like frozen re-heated sauce pouring on a bowl of cooked pasta Red wine was blend, left in a hurry and the server knew their food weren't right"
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "In order to have Quesadilla on your menu, you really should check out a Mexican recipe for it. The outside/crust was excellent but the inside lacked inspiration to the point of having no taste/flavour at all."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "It was our first time there and it was excellent service for a cottage country restaurant. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was excellent and presentation was well done."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "We have been to The Norseman a few times, and neve been disappointed. Attentive staff, beautiful location and excellent food all make this one of our favourite places to eat in the Huntsville area."
    Dined on 8/5/2013
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