Lakeside Bala

4.7
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
Lakeside Bala is a newly renovated restaurant where every seat in the dining room or the patio has a view of Lake Muskoka. Our food is fresh and creative. The environment is friendly with lovely jazz playing continuously. Join us for lunch or dinner.

Please note: Reservations will only be held for 15 minutes on KEE concert nights and the patio will be available only on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are for meals.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had not been out to eat for a while, and we both love to eat good food and enjoy wine. I saw that they had a promo going on that included live jazz music which I love and my husband tolerates. ;)We were warmly greeted by Julie when we came in and she happened to be our server for the evening too. We felt comfortable and made to be welcome and treated special by her for the whole evening. I had the seafood linguine with a beautiful glass of Pondview Riesling while my husband ordered the stuffed Cornish hen with a choice red wine he loved.
The live music added to our enjoyment of the evening and it felt very intimate inside the restaurant most particularly from the excellent service we received. We will definitely go back and will love to experience the patio during the summer months.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Date Night with live music!
Lakeside once again delivered, food was beautifully presented, delicious and hot, attentive service, with wonderful entertainment and ambiance! Always enjoy our time & meals at Lakeside Bala! ❤️

DT
DavidT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent value and service. Thank you. The entertainment was amazing too wonder vocals

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BobM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service as usual were wonderful!!! We had a relaxing fun evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have enjoyed eating at Lakeside since it opened. The food is very good. Haven’t had a bad meal yet. Date night was wonderful. The meals were very good. The entertainment was excellent. We had a great time. We can’t wait to do it again. It was a great idea.

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vip4foodies
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was my first time to Lakeside Bala for dinner. The restaurant was lit with flickering candles which had a very calming effect. We were seated in the spacious new addition over looking the water. Our server, Louis, was very friendly and knowledge about the food and the area.
We started with the baked Brie appetizer. It arrived warm and gooey with plenty of dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a stack of crunchy crostini. Plenty to share with 2-3 people.
I had the lamb shank. The meat was so tender it fell off the bone. My dining partner had the steak which was cooked to a proper medium rare. Both meals were very filling.
To end the night we shared the cream brulee trio and their flourless chocolate torte. Each cream brulee had a perfect sugar crust which cracked to reveal a different delicious cream center and the torte was a slow decadent death by chocolate.
I have dined in Muskoka over the past 18 years and this is one of the best dining experiences I have enjoyed.

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. They were really terrific with our large noisy group!! Fun night!
Thanks!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent work with an abbreviated menu. Three course meal combinations were attuned to the local cranberry festival & provided a good look at the local fall bounty

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Barb
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening at Lakeside. Food was delicious. We had a big table of 10 and service was great with lots of support to get meals out on time all together etc. Will definitely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Lakeside was fabulous. This is, in our opinion, the top dining option in Muskoka.

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SheilaD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Third time to this restaurant and no complaints. The food was excellent and sitting on the patio in September was so nice. The waitress was a lot of fun. I would totally recommend Lakeside Bala.

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dmc1954
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Service and ambience were great - as expected. But the $20 hamburg was really disappointing. I had read on TripAdvisor that they were mushy and the critic was right. Hamburg was mushy, not much taste to it and fries were slightly burnt and cold.

JF
JohnF
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

WE spent a very pleasant evening on the patio. The food was excellent and service attentive. And the setting is supurb.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lakeside setting with very attentive service!

RG
RyanG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fries were cold and tasted like frost bite, other food was okay but nothing to write home about. Best part was just being able to look at the lake.

RK
vipRickyK
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fit d it to be cosy although there's a patio. That was very pretty & comfortable.

Server pleasant & knowledgeable re menus.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was great. Ate before a concert at The Kee. Seems to be under a Reno but could only tell if you looked for it. Great view and the food was excellent.

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went with apps. The brie was excellent. The curry coconut mussels were excellent being extremely fresh and perfectly cooked probably being one of the best mussel dishes we ever had. The charcuterie board was a little disappointing in that it was very basic and could have used a little more creativity in cheeses meats olives etc. The service was good and even the owner checked in on us.

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Balagal
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, delicious !food, 2nd time and will be back

AB
AngeloB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent ambiance

JV
JenV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandy was our server, and she was so thoughtful and humourous with our family. Very easy to be there. The burger was okay- the bun “held it up” a bit. The ceviche was outstanding! Thank you!

SB
SusanB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place,! food, service, location - all get a 5 star!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the area and found this great restaurant right on the water. Has a patio area however we ate inside due to rain. Great pasta meals and loved the chocolate torte dessert!
Would definitely go here again if in the area.

KD
KatieD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in beautiful Bala beside the lake.
Especially love coming by boat. The owners are there ensuring everything was perfect. Highly recommend this beautiful spot.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service, awesome location at the edge of Lake Muskoka. Highly recommended.

DT
DavidT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad we stopped in to this place.
The food was AMAZING. The service was even better. I honestly can not wait to go back this summer.
The online reservation system they have was a great touch!
See you soon!

DS
vipDonS
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice evening spent with my wife and Frank(the Chef) and Crystal(waitress). Food was excellent and ambiance very inviting

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vipdmladyt
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quaint little place on the lake in Bala. This review was written in the winter so I have no knowledge of the patio. The dining room is really cozy and the service was wonderful. The Chef even came out to the table to talk to us to make sure we were enjoying our meals.
The menu has a little bit of everything. A true Bistro selection. I would recommend this place for a quiet dinner or a nice dinner party.
I will hopefully be back in the summer to enjoy the lake view and patio!

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Jennifer
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening spent at Lakeside, Bala. Lovely service, ambiance & very good food. Great to have this addition to Bala. Looking forward to next time. I'd definitely recommend it.

JN
vipJamesN
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbe food—excellent service

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sandraf
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the cleanest restaurants I have seen in this area. Food was awesome and loved the little added touches.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great country restaurant right on the lake in Bala.

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Barb
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific night out. Eight of us and everyone enjoyed their meal. Great appetizers. Menu had a lovely fall flair. Chilled apple soup sampler was delicious. Very nice service too. Will definitely return.

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Lakeside Bala is rated 4.7 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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