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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Southern Ontario

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Southern Ontario? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (149)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
Guelph
About the restaurant
Come and enjoy a drink in Canada's Smallest Bar - Standing Room Only! Located in Guelph's unique and historic Ward neighbourhood. We craft delicious and innovative cocktails in an intimate and creative space. Come and enjoy a throwback to another time - when speakeasies were all the rage! Perfect for after work drinks - or before or after dinner drink - or even a night cap! The room is also available to book for your intimate private event. Please call or message us on Instagram to make arrangements.
Top review
Jane
Dined 5 days ago
Probably the coolest bar we have been to. Amazing coctails and just a really interesting place.
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4.9
4.9 (1149)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Guelph
About the restaurant
Over several decades, manhattans pizza bistro ● music club has matured into one of Guelph’s foremost culinary and live music establishments. Manhattans has changed with the times. Our history is rich with a tapestry of great guest experiences, and as our story continues to evolve we look forward to making new memories with you.
Owner/Host: Maria Rewi
Executive Chef: Alex Quintieri

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic service with a unique and friendly ambiance. Great food and incredible, Juno winning jazz musicians playing live each night. A rare gem in Guelph. We will be back again, and again, and again.
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4.7
4.7 (69)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
London
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
stevew
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent all around first visit from the time we checked in until we left. The server was spectacular and the food was just as good!
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5.0
5 (117)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Cobourg
About the restaurant
George & Orange is an intimate 18 seat [40 with our patio] restaurant, specializing in shareables, craft beer and cocktails, with a focus on all things local.
Please note - OpenTable reservations are for INDOOR tables only. If you would like to reserve a seat/seats at our bar, a table on our patio, or for groups over 4 people - please call us during business hours at 289-252-0227, or email us at info@georgeandorange.ca. Alternatively, you can leave us a note on your reservation to request the patio, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Top review
Heather93
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Amazing as always! So fantastic with dietary restrictions
A photo of Eddington's of Exeter restaurant
4.9
4.9 (861)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Exeter
About the restaurant
WE LOVE LOCAL. YOUR FARM TO TABLE HEADQUARTERS.

Now well into our third decade in business, Eddington’s attributes the restaurant’s success to creating flavorful and creative meals consistently using the best of Huron County’s bounty.
Owner James Eddington states “we are so blessed to be living in such an agriculturally rich area of the world”.
Although the local food movement is really starting to take off, it has always been the driving force in Eddington’s kitchen. A menu that changes frequently, as each season inspires the delicacies our region has to offer.
Eddington’s occupies the original Carling homestead (built in the 1870’s). After two major renovations, an addition of the a new dining room and a serene outdoor backyard summer patio, the restaurant has a clean and modern look while maintaining its traditional and warm feel.

Top review
Happy
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Food was amazing as always with a courteous and attentive staff
A photo of Big Pete's Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (154)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Brantford
About the restaurant
A contemporary steakhouse, Big Pete’s features a sleek design, masterful cocktails, and an elevated, yet comfortable dining experience.

Honouring Peter John “Big Pete” Montour, Big Pete’s merges old school sensibilities with authenticity and sophistication.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
You get what you pay for at Big Pete's. Excellent quality of food, phenomenal and friendly service. An excellent experience overall. Can't wait to go back.
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4.6
4.6 (639)
CAN$51 and over
International
London
About the restaurant
Welcome to Idlewyld Inn - London's Historic Boutique Hotel.


Featuring simple, yet elegant cuisine and a strong focus on sourcing local and seasonal ingredients.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable culinary experience as you dine in style at the Idlewyld restaurant, surrounded by the elegance of our Victorian mansion.

Please contact us directly for current patio availability.
Our 70-seat dining room offers a locally-inspired menu of contemporary and traditional favourites and decadent desserts, complemented by our selection of award-winning wines, and draughts and ales on tap.


Savour every moment in the comfort of our sun-filled dining room, enjoy some al fresco dining on our gracious front porch, or escape to Idlewyld’s hidden Garden Courtyard.


Don't forget to check our events calendar, and join us for an evening of live music or Murder Mystery Dinner!


Top review
MaryLJG
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous lunch. We could not even finish our sandwich/salad and sandwich/fries. Everything was fresh and presented in a lovely fashion. Service was disappointing. We were the only table outside and we rarely saw our server. No check in after the food was served but we did flag her down to bring us extra seriviettes eventually (the sandwiches were messy in a wonderful way!). Everything would have been perfect had the service been even 3 stars vs 2 stars.
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4.9
4.9 (256)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Ukrainian
Port Hope
About the restaurant
A little taste of Ukraine in beautiful downtown Port Hope.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had an amazing meal at Cafe Lviv: four kinds of varenyky (perogies) and deruny (potato pancakes) to start, followed by chicken Kyiv, schnitzel, meat and vegetarian cabbage rolls, and Ukrainian beef goulash!! We shared all of the dishes so we could get a taste of everything, and we weren't disappointed. Everything tasted fresh and authentic (according to one of our party who grew up eating her mother's Ukrainian home cooking), and there wasn't a scrap left on any plate, though none of us were left hungry. My personal favourites were the schnitzel and goulash, but it would be hard to visit without tasting the classic potato pancakes, perogies and cabbage rolls, which were incredible as well...Of course there's always room for dessert! And the warm sour-cherry-filled varenyky were the perfect end to the meal. Highly recommended: great service, relaxed atmosphere, outstanding food
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4.7
4.7 (2606)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Guelph
About the restaurant
Delight in a menu that changes in tandem with the seasons to offer dishes ever inspired by freshness and locality. Drawing inspiration from the indigenous bounty of local fare, the essence of the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa's food philosophy is heightened by an uncompromising aesthetic and exceptional service. Our Kitchen Counter experience is deserving of anticipation, one that breaks down barriers and puts the creative process on full display. Dining at the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa is anything but ordinary.


Top review
ZeeD
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service. Delicious food. Amazing ambiance. Emphasis on service: it was impeccable. Thank you. Will definitely visit again.
A photo of Wander the Resort restaurant
4.9
4.9 (187)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Prince Edward County
About the restaurant
GATHER at WANDER
Inspired by the nostalgia of fireside gatherings that foster shared experiences, Gather celebrates good food, community and connection in a lakeside setting that blurs the boundaries between inside and out. Our balanced menu created by Executive Chef Justin Daniel Tse takes its cues from the seasons, marrying global influences with intentional, locally-sourced ingredients that highlight the flavours of the County.

Wander In, Wander Often.

Top review
Guggy
Dined 5 days ago
Food and service are always excellent and consistent!! Thank you for another lovely meal.
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