About Headwaters Restaurant at Millcroft Inn & Spa

A passion for pleasing the senses is apparent in the four diamond award winning Restaurant at the Millcroft. Executive Chef James Buder's exquisitely conceived menus, skilful preparation and creative presentation guarantee an experience which will satisfy and inspire even the most discerning palate. With an award winning wine list to compliment a savory lunch or sumptuous dinner, along with a dining experience in "the pod" overlooking the rushing falls of Shaw’s Creek, Headwaters Restaurant and Lounge is not to be missed. Join us every Saturday night for the exquisite sounds of local artist.

55 John Street
Alton, ON L7K 0C4
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm;
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am; Brunch: Sunday: 12 Noon - 2:00pm
Afternoon Tea - All Week - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Queen Street W.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(519) 941-8111

Website:
http://www.vintage-hotels.com/millcroft

Entertainment:
Every alternative Friday and Saturday night a musician with an acoustic instrument will be playing in Headwaters Restaurant & Lounge form 630pm to 930pm.

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking is available in the inn's parking lot.
Special Handicapped parking available also.

Executive Chef:
James Buder

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tent Weddings

Headwaters Restaurant at Millcroft Inn & Spa Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Waterfront (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Lovely experience. Would go again.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day stay. The only problem we encountered was the noise at 2 p.m. from the wedding guests outside our room (210). We also thought that the room could certainly use a much larger TV set. The service was excellent, the staff was very professional , friendly, and especially helpful. We shall return in the future. D.G. Maunder

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our friend was discovering the Millcroft Inn for her 78th birthday lunch celebration. Our group enjoyed the lovely fall‘s view in the POD!
Always a pleasure to come and spend time on this property !
We will be back and do will she !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Went on a Sunday. Took over 3 hours as they had 2 servers working and the restaurant was busy. The server tried her best but could not keep up with the demand.
The 40.00 fixed menu was ridiculous as only 1 option for vegetarian soba spoonful of soup and a tiny omelette was way overpriced.

Disappointing to see 3 people standing around the check in reception desk doing nothing and the restaurant so mismanaged with staffing for kitchen and the device personal.

3 hours I won't get back so will not make that mistake again.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went to the Millcroft for a quiet dinner. We have been a few times before since we live in the next community. But I became disabled 2 years ago and hadn't been since. I must admit the accessibility of this facility is a complete failure. 4 accessible parking spots for the whole Inn which were taken. No reserved spots in the main parking area for us to park so the car could be closer. No seating area outside to wait while the car was parked. There is a golf cart that staff were using to get around and no offer of assistance was given; in fact, I was holding on to it while I waited for my husband to come back from parking the car and a male staff member came out and without a word to me he climbed in and moved the golf car to the other side of the drive which threw me off balance. As I struggled to regain my balance using my cane and nearly fell over he looked at me and said "is something wrong with you". I said what had happened and noted that there were no disabled parking spots and no benches for me to sit and he had moved the cart which I was holding onto for support. He told me there was a bench inside. I said that doesn't do me any good since I am not inside. As it turns out the bench is antique and looked like it is only about 15" from the floor. Much too low for me to use and it is up a ramp so not usable to me at all.

The food was wonderful. But know it is a busy restaurant so there is a lot of movement and noise. Since I was thrown off by my experience just trying to reach the restaurant I found this triggered my condition and the wait between courses too long so by the time dinner was served I only wanted to leave. This in no way was a reflection on the food or service which were both wonderful, as we remembered.

We chose to walk back to the car as there was no place I could comfortably sit and wait for my husband to get the car. This took a long time.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant with excellent service along with time spent in the lounge other days also great food and awesome service

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for the duck special and the Cornish hen. Both were outstanding. The service was excellent. An all round great experience, except for when we had to leave and our umbrella was missing from the umbrella stand :(

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We ordered the striploin steak and we ended up getting a tiny 2oz piece of meat (mine had nerve thru out); the garnishe it came with did not go with the dish as the flavours were too intense from pickled mushrooms (menu said it came with both pickled and roasted mushrooms but, I only got the pickled) & some green spinach/brie sauce.

The appetizer was okay. For dessert we ordered the apple banock and was dissapointed as it looked amatteur plus, tasted hard and stale. The presentation was lacking as the banock was a few balls of overfried doug. Plus, it must have been fried a while ago as it was hard and did not taste fresh.

We were there last year for Easter and loved it as the quality of the food was much higher. As we had a good experience the first time we decided to book for Thanksgiving but, left dissapointed and felt the high prices were not justified for what we got.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We re-visited Millcroft Inn for Sunday Brunch this past week-end after many years since our last visit due to living out of the country. We were delighted to find that the excellent service, wonderful food and spectacular views/ambience have not changed. We were particularly impressed with our server, Reanna. We will certainly be back as soon as we can. Definitely worth the drive from midtown Toronto!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

An absolutely perfect night. Rhiannon was beyond amazing. The food was sensational. I can't even put it into words. We cannot wait until next time! Brunch was also incredible.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Healthy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A lovely inn with a great restaurant! and spa Lots to do in the nearby vicinity. Great hiking at the Forks of the Credit River!

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We joined friends for a birthday celebration. Arriving at Millcroft you are met with beautiful grounds, landscaping and flowers. The Mill Pond and Falls are gorgeous and beautiful views are seen crossing the bridge on the property. Peaceful. Staff are very attentive and courteous. All tables were beautifully laid including vases of yellow roses. The menu is not extensive so the Chef is able to prepare stunning meals, exceptionally plated. The wine list exhaustive and covers all palates. Dessert menu is very interesting and again the desserts were all artistically plated, even the cheese platters. Good selection of ports, single malts and specialty coffees. While we did not stay overnight on this visit, we will remedy that soon. Well worth the short drive from Toronto.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent service and excellent service great food,Ashley our assistant sever was excellent and friendly

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

I enjoyed the event. I was disappointed we couldn't get into the window area. I didn't book it in advance though.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Foie gras poêlé , filet d'agneau et dessert chocolaté, plus service impeccable pour un dîner d'anniversaire réussi .Table avec vue sur la chute pour une expérience gastronomique mémorable !

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fabulous food and service! Extremely attentive and knowledgeable staff. Really took strong efforts to use our names and acknowledge how special the evening was. The view from the pod is spectacular. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our night at the Headwaters Restaurant was exceptional. Everything was perfect. The service was incredible, as was the food. We had a great table that was so private and it made for a very lovely evening. I had some allergies to be aware of, and it was handled beyond my expectations.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Going back to where we were married for an anniversary dinner. Food was outstanding and service by Jim was impeccable. Enjoyed sitting on the patio and enjoying the outdoors on a beautiful Saturday evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Amazing ambiance. Fantastic food. Superior service. Melody was marvellous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 19, 2017

we were greeted warmly, food and service were excellent.
our servers Amy and Jacklyn were great, we will vist soon.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Vegan, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The atmosphere was so beautiful, each course of the lunch was beautifully presented and delicious, the only downside was the service was lacking and the manager actually had to go and find our waitress to clear our table.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We love this place! We were married at the Inn fourteen years ago and come back to relive the happiest day of our lives. They never disappoint. Excellent service, outstanding food and a comfortable environment make each experience there one to remember. I can't say enough.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent food and menu selections but a little disappointed in the wine list. Still a special place overall

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We went for lunch to celebrate my wife's birthday. Due to some road closures on the way north we arrived after the lunch menu had closed. We were given a modified bar menu and enjoyed our lunch none the less....the bonus of arriving late is we got to dine in the little alcove with 2 other tables overlooking the waterfall. If you can get a table out there do it! It's really nice as you are surrounded by glass & the view is incredible! The service was efficient and friendly enough, although our server wasn't especially warm she did her job well and didn't impact my (our) overall impression. It's a lovely country place great for special occasions, don't hesitate to have a meal there if in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This restaurant is very expensive and not worth the money. You have to pay additional for a side with your main meal and the portions are small. The quality of the food does not match how much money you spend. I feel they take advantage of hotel guests by over pricing the food since there is no other restaurant close by. I have stayed at other vintage hotels such as Pillar and Post, and the food is amazing compared to the Millcroft restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our server never stopped talking ...and I mean never. She went on non-stop about the dishes and how they tasted...to everyone and there were only 3 other couples all within ear shot. The meal was overpriced.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Fabulous dinner with wonderful wait staff. I would highly recommend dinner here.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Megan, our server was very much excellent
Help us wine list very knowledgeable
We enjoyed it very much staff is very good and friendly
Will go there soon

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Nice getaway from the city lights. Worth the drive, less than 30 minutes form Brampton.
Excellent service, food was good. Menu options limited but they may change them throughout the year. Took my wife for date night, she enjoyed it and definitely will return in the near future.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the lovely service and ambiance. The noise level was louder only due to one table of people who were there at the same time as us. The scallops were outstanding, but both of us felt that the entrees were not 'amazing'. They were fine, nothing that we would complain about, just found that it was just 'fine' as opposed to the 'amazing' starter we enjoyed. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with lovely quiet tables. We could not hear the conversation of the couples around us. The service was fantastic and the food was perfectly presented and excellent in every way. The Chef should be commended!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vegan, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 11, 2017

An excellent lunch, fine cuisine and such a beautiful setting. Service was good, very attentive but we would prefer it to be more unobtrusive.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 20, 2017

We last ate dinner in the Headwaters Restaurant 3 years ago - and it wasn't entirely memorable. The meal we had this last weekend more than made up for it. Bravo on the new menu release this past week.

The service was outstanding, and the food delicious (although the crab brie cake on top of the beef tenderloin was a bit dry and frankly, superfluous to the dish). The banana caramel tart was simply divine - and I don't have much of a sweet tooth.

Sitting in the 'pod' provided for a beautiful atmosphere. With an earlier reservation of 6pm, and only a few other couples seated at the same time, I found the background music simply to quiet to even fully hear but throughout the evening we were able to converse with one another.

We stay at the Millcroft Inn and Spa for a weekend every year and enjoy the breakfast buffet offered in the Headwaters. There is never a rush for us to finish and we are always welcomed to take our time and enjoy reading the paper and drinking our tea and coffee. There willingness to whip something up if what you desire is not on the buffet is welcome.

The recent renovations to the Headwaters Lounge are very welcome. The live music on weekends is great, the service friendly, and the ambiance very welcoming. The selection of appetizers and snacks on the menu is sufficient. I do wish there was a little more selection of beer on tap...but you can't have everything.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We only live a short drive but it would be worth a much longer drive for the ambiance, charm and hospitality of the Millcroft. Recommend trying to book a table in the Pod that overlooks the waterfall.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We had a wonderful meal here for Valentine's Day. They had a special Vday menu, but we chose from the original menu. The quality, flavours and presentation of food was outstanding. Sit in the window room for a view of the falls.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was excellent but serving sizes tiny! We loved it but left hungry after spending over $300.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2017

For years, I have wanted to have a meal at the Headwaters Restaurant because of its unique setting. It did not disappoint at all. It was exactly and more than I expected. And the meal was fabulous.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2017

For $250 for a couple to dine, we expected a nice atmosphere and good food. Food was over cooked, cold, over dressed, and in one case burnt. Servers were pleasant but need training. Location is beautiful.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal on Christmas Day. Just lost my dad on the 16th so wanted
to do something different in his absence. It was worth it.
Joanne

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2016

I return to Millcroft Inn and Headwaters because of the ambiance and the exquisite cuisine. I adore the beautiful traditional setting. The service staff is wonderful and so friendly and helpful. I do wish for a sharing plate or tapas option since there are so many wonderful authentic dishes.

Lovely lovely dinner

Bev

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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