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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka - Cottages Restaurant

3.7
127 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Comfort Food
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Bright, welcoming and friendly - Cottages restaurant offers hearty selections made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Overlooking Lake Rosseau, this restaurant expands in summer to include a spectacular patio. True to its name, the environment at Cottages is reminiscent of spending time at the cottage with family and friends. Enjoy the work of local artists on display throughout the restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Cottages will close for renovations during the month of March. Hours vary seasonally. Summer hours: Breakfast 7am - 11am; Lunch 11am - 5pm; Dinner 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(705) 765-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shaun Crymble
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Cross street
Juddhaven Rd
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 127 People Are Saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.3
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food for our family March Break escape. We had breakfast and dinner at Cottages and enjoyed the great selection.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Went for buffet dinner. Cold, dry pasta. Not much selection. Awful service especially considering your serving yourself. $40 per person. Would have better service and value if I ordered a pizza.

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Please serve better coffee. It's so weak and watery. I also overheard 2 other guests complaining about it. Otherwise everything was fine ... always wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my first time going here for breakfast. The person who helped our table went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure we had a great time. Her name was Claire and she was great. I would go back here anytime if i had a waiter like Claire. Please tell her how much our table LOVED her. Thanks for making our day so much better after eating breakfast:)

Thank you

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Very unremarkable, buffet style. Very limited selection.

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1.0Dined on July 11, 2017

The only option for dinner at Cottages was the buffet. Seemed fine from the menu description (Saffron chicken, leg of lamb, hand carved roast beef ) with a variety of salads, mixed vegetables and gnocchi in olive sauce. This is a Marriott resort so the $35 per person price was not surprising. Unfortunately the presentation and quality of the main course was absolutely unacceptable. The lukewarm white slabs of chicken were floating in water; hard as styrofoam and just as flavourful. The lamb slices, also floating in greasy water, were a grey unappetizing colour, dry, over cooked and completely inedible -tough as leather. At least the roast beef was fine; the kids menu had rock hard burnt chicken fingers which were also inedible. The dessert selection was uninspired - dried out apple tarts, plain white shortbread cookies and an atrocious pudding that was supposed to be dulce de leche but no one in our party of 5 was able to get past the flavour of the first terrible spoonful. We have been very happy with the other restaurants at the resort ( Teca, Lakes,Muskoka Chophouse) all a bit on the expensive side but excellent quality food and service. This buffet is a disaster and falls far short of the excellence we have come to expect and experience from Marriott restaurants. I have had tastier meals at a hospital cafeteria! We have had great food here at lunch so the dinner buffet was a most unpleasant surprise. The serving staff is excellent but whoever is responsible for the dinner buffet needs to step up the game and serve food that can tolerate being left in a buffet setting . Especially at $35 per person! The gnocchi was ok if you could tolerate the appearance of the dish -an unappealing mud -like mess. A flavourful sauce would have helped the chicken immensely and leg of lamb is definitely not the type of meat that can be left out at room temperature in a buffet chafing dish. I have never written a negative review before but Cottages buffet was truly terrible

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2017

the service was wonderful, you are very lucky to have them

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1.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Food is not good and service isn't great either. Beautiful scenery if u can sit outside.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Always a nice place to dine. The service is what makes it special for us. Julia and Cathy are so thoughtful.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

We ate at Cottages during our March Break visit. The resort was very busy with families but the staff did a terrific job of providing excellent service in spite of the large numbers. The food was very good- our children found many options that they enjoyed. Lots of good options for the adults also.
Have been for several years and will return next year!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Great food as always. Went as part of the March Break package at the Cottages buffet. Great choices for the whole family.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Overcooked roast beef, over cooked chicken, over cooked salmon ... decent shrimp and okay salad. Decent desserts. Overall, not great. You are better off at any of the other restaurants in the resort.

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2017

The service was okay. The food was terrible, the buffet food was lukewarm/cold. Not worth the amount you pay for the buffet. I would recommend eating at the bar outside of this restaurant instead of the all you can eat buffet here.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Buffet menu with a very limited food selection, though what was offered was mostly decent. The romaine for the salad was "rusted", the lamb was pretty dry, and the dessert selection was sad. The lone standout was the prime rib. Our table service was very good. The ambiance was not very good either. Very quiet and not busy at all. Not recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

I was a little concerned reading the negative reviews on TripAdvisor but we found our dining experience to be excellent. The hotel was extremely busy being between Christmas and New Year's but the food and service was great! Well done and extremely appreciated!!

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2016

We have been to cottages before- and we're looking forward to the breakfast buffet- which was sadly not available, although the website did not specify this.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

We had a group of 8 girls there for dinner. There was no one else in the restaurant and the lights were on and there was no music. We thought they were closed! The ambiance was not great, but our server brought us a speaker so we could plug in music and was very accommodating. A couple of us had to ask for dressing for our salad, but other than that, the food was pretty good.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2016

Food was reasonable, restaurant was freezing cold.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Cottages offers only a 35.00 buffet, not the posted menu. We were directed to the next door bar where we tried to order two specialty drinks from the menu and were told they didn't have the ingredients to make them. So we decided to order a simpler drink and then order dinner. Prime rib is listed on the very limited menu, but when we tried to order, we were told that it was available only on weekends.There were two very attentive albeit very casual and rather unorthodox (maybe untrained?) servers who juggled many patrons who somehow located a slice of prime rib (overcooked but edible with good mashed potatoes and ok asparagus) and tried to make things right, so that saved the evening from disaster, but beware the food services at this establishment leave much to be desired, and the menu on this app for Cottages is inaccurate.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2016

The caliber and selection of food items (for dinner) was quite disappointing given the price. We had a far greater experience at the restaurant Teca with our young children- good food, good value, outstanding service.

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2.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Sadly, the poor reviews on service were accurate. It took over one hour to get our burgers. I had to go looking for staff to see if our order even made it to the kitchen...finally I requested the manager and in the end our meal was 50% off. The food was good but the experience was less than stellar.

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2016

We sat outside on the patio and while the view is great, the meal was pretty much ruined by the number of incredibly noisy seagulls. You would think the Marriott would find a way to deter the birds instead of allowing them to swoop in and grab food from vacated tables. We had the $35 buffet dinner, which was pretty good, although my husband found the roast beef quite tough. The servers were very polite and friendly. Next time, I would dine inside and order from the menu.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Food was so-so, many of the hot buffet items were cold. If they had been warm the food would have been much better.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2016

We found the service really slow. There was an event that night that we had tickets to and despite arriving an hour before the show we ended up taking our dinner in a box after an hour had passed. The drinks arrived after the appetizer. Our server did apologize for the delay and stated that it was very busy all of a sudden but it was 7pm and the restaurant was 1/2 empty.

We ordered the veg lasagna but it really had no flavor. Overall the experience was a little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Service, food and atmosphere were excellent. The portions are substantial and the presentation of the food is very appealing and artful. Staff are attentive and accommodating. We enjoyed our experience very much. Do check your bill for added gratuity though. We tipped our server only to discover halfway through our visit that a 15% gratuity had already been included. It was drawn to our attention by a more senior server and she assured us she would provide this information to the less experienced staff and expressed her regret. We remain delighted with the dining experience

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2016

The food was delicious and the most importantly the price point was great. Compared to other restaurants at the hotel, it was the best deal. Affordable and delicious, and lots of choices on the menu.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2016

The brunch is very good. We had it twice on the weekend. The customized omelet/egg station is very good. Lots of things to choose from.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2016

Have been eating and have stayed at Red Leaves since it opened. Have been an Ambassador Card member since it was available. Have eaten in all the restaurants on many-many occasions. I like them all but the Chop House since it opened is my favorite. The weekend buffet is great and bring many cottage guests to all eateries.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2016

Although we only had breakfast here it was very good & the service was excellent. Nice view too!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Would recommend this restaurant to everyone. It's a beautiful location with tasty food and very reasonably priced.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2015

My fiancee and I attended the Marriott to celebrate our engagement. We were impressed by beauty of resort overall, but when it came to our dining experiences we were very unimpressed. We were told to make a reservation upon checking in to the resort to ensure a table. We reserved a table for 8pm. We arrived at the restaurant at 7:50pm and were told that it was busy and we could wait in the bar. The host said he would come and get us when our table was ready. We sat in the bar for forty minutes and no one came to get us. When we asked the bartender if we would be able to get a seat in the restaurant, he immediately went to check on it. We were escorted to the dining room and the bartender, who did impress us, said that our drinks at the bar were covered because of the wait. When we got into the restaurant, it was almost empty. Once we took our seat, we then waited another 15 minutes to have a server ask us if we would like something to drink. They didn't seem to care at all that we had just waited for almost an hour to get in to the restaurant.

When I placed my order, the prime rib that I was hoping to order after having an hour to look at the menu was sold out. So in the end we both ordered the Chicken Snitzel. It arrived unappealing , limp and tasted like an oversized chicken nugget you'd buy from the freezer section in a grocery store. The potatoes were gloppy and runny. It was the most unappealing meal I have ever had a restaurant. The lack of service through our meal and a changeover in servers throughout the meal unimpressed us.

It felt like the servers and host working were inexperienced and could care less about the guests of Marriott. The following day, we bee-lined it out of the resort and had breakfast on our way home at another establishment as we did not want to have to deal with the terrible service or the bad food for another meal.

An amazing resort with beautiful views, but the Cottages Restaurant is not it's shining star.

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3.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Menu was very limited. Not many choices for dinner. Had the chicken schnitzel. Both were tasteless. Very disappointed with the food. We come here every year and the menu is the same. Best menu they had was in 2013. Need more finger food selection at the indoor bar as well. Need to bring back the nachos.

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3.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Dinner:
- Best parts: Our waiter was outstanding. I don't remember his name but he was the only server on duty on Sept 12 (East Indian young man). Pls give him some kudos. Your scalloped potatoes were the best thing I ate all weekend; just delicious. My husband enjoyed his chicken cutlet very much. My toffee pudding was very good.

- Just okay - my fish dish (pickerel?) was a bit dry, good sides though. Unfortunately there were only two tables occupied including ours; this made for a bit of a cold feel in the restaurant.

Breakfast buffet:
- Very good; your omelette guy was super and very friendly.

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1.0Dined on September 6, 2015

we were staying on a dinner package at the resort, however when we arrived were told that this resturant was only offering a buffet for dinner during the weekend. The reception staff could have suggested we use the option in our package as the quality of the food and service were not of equal value for both nights.
Very dissappointed in the food overall for the amount of money we had to pay for it.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the hotel April 18 and 19, the hotel wasn't very full so the restaurant area was closed but we were able to eat overlooking the lake in the bar/lobby area. It was very quiet and peaceful and the food was excellent, would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2014

The food is pretty good, but the service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2014

Late dinner with friends, amazing Crab-Cakes, exceptional service by Meghan.
Perfect spot for fusion-food.

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2014

When we were seated at our table we were taken to an area where we walked over peanut shells that were on the floor. No one came by while we were there to clean them up. The service was slow but only because there was one server on duty that night. Should have had two people to serve tables. Waited 45 minutes and still did not have dinner.

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2014

A bit shabby. Some chipped paint on walls. Dirty mirrors. Nothing spectacular on menu. A true hotel coffee shop.

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2014

Have been here several times. Food has always been very good. Great wine list. Service is good. Best on-resort restaurant

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