Twisted Lemon

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American

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Welcome to the Twisted Lemon - ReDefining Fine Dining since 2009.

Located in the picturesque village of Cayuga, about 25 minutes south of Hamilton, Twisted Lemon is often described as a hidden gem, attracting a faithful following of 'flavour junkies' and experienced diners from far and wide.

Featuring a lively open-concept kitchen, Executive Chef Dan Megna (Host of Cable 14's 'Hamilton Eats' and 'Real Food Sexy') creates dishes which are well thought out in their design, offering depth and balance in flavour and texture.

Destination Dining since 2009, Twisted Lemon offers private dining, extensive on and off-site catering, private cooking classes and much more. Check out our website or social media for full hours of operation and current events.
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Larry
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service. A bit crowded and noisy but that was kind of expected on Valentines Day.

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vipLauraR
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration and there were 5 of us. We got to sit next to the kitchen and watch the chef and crew at work. It was so exciting and fun to watch. The food couldn’t have been better, everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delightful. Would highly recommend this restaurant for consistent, delicious and exciting food. If you have a chance to try their home made ice cream- do so.

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toniaf
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything we expected. Great food, great service and most importantly a great ambience.

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MikeL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at Twisted Lemon, we enjoyed the whole evening!!
Staff are wonderful, food was out of this world!!
Would highly recommend this eating experience to anyone!!
Thank you for a great evening!!
We will be back

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Twisted Lemon a few times now. Once again we were not disappointed. From the chips to the desserts. Just wow. I will say we were a little disappointed when we were called back a second time and let down easy that the Chef's pass was previously booked By Chef Dan when we were told it was for us. None the less our table was very quiet and wonderful. We had the Buffalo cauliflower which was amazing. The flavor was incredible. I would have like the temperature of the cauliflower itself to be a little warmer. It was a tad on the cold side. My entrée of the pickerel dish came to the table. The presentation was beautiful. The flavors of the sauce and the wild rice with the beans were a great combo with the fish. The little puffs of I believe banana and Sweet potato were unusually good! My partner had the Beef tenderloin. She is a steak and potato girl, so would have enjoy a larger portion, but non the less enjoyed her meal thoroughly. We decided on dessert. And oh my! She order the chocolate buttertart with peanut butter ice cream. The flavors and presentation were incredible. I had the Banana bread cheesecake. It came out in the little crystal dish with lid which was so pretty. My first bite? was like my moms banana bread surrounded by the most delicious cheesecake I have ever tasted. Thank you once again for an amazing meal and experience!

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vipDanno
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Twisted Lemon for the first time a couple nights ago after hearing about it for many years.

The food was fantastic. Chef Dan came and talked to a few folks including us and he was very friendly and down to earth. We sat right by the Kitchen Pass so we saw the chefs working away and the food going up for serving. We are intrigued to someday try the two chairs at the pass overlooking the chefs so you can see what is going on fully.

If you are a foodie you need to give Twisted Lemon a try.

Dan

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HungryHamOnt
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The beef tenderloin was excellent! There is no doubt about that. I found value for the meal to be pricey, even knowing going for the meal it wouldn’t be cheap. The scallops as an appetizer weren’t anything special, again considering the cost for what you got.

I would recommend the food, but overall the experience was okay. For a special occasion; sure I would recommend it. But I feel their reputation is higher than it should be, just because of the lack of other real restaurants in the area.

JR
JoyR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing menu with a twist to original dishes. We have visited this restaurant several times over 8 years ago and recently returned and not surprised to see it still remains on top of our fine dining list. Great service made our dining experience wonderful.

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MaureenT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of having New Years dinner, my boyfriend Peter, 1st time there and already wants to return for Valentines dinner! The pear soup was uniquely delicious and the chateaubriand melted in your mouth. Looking forward to the next dinner! thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary, Great Service, Awesome Entrees:-)

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laurat
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing! We really enjoyed everything and can’t wait to return.

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KarenE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our night out at Twisted Lemon. Everything was amazing. The food is fantastic. Truly enjoyed our time

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SandieV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here because our daughter gave us gift certificates about a year or so ago. It’s a little out of our way. Well....this is our new favourite restaurant. Everything is top notch. My husband also commented on how it wasn’t loud like other restaurants. We will absolutely be bringing friends here! Thanks so much for a wonderful experience.❤️

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Edanco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

terrible,abysmal,disappointing,awful,never again,obviously catering to the 'trendies',not us.

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Rosie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here a few times before and I would certainly return again because everything about it is just exceptional.

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lisav
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! It never disappoints!
Such good good!

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BillF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My co-workers and I enjoyed a Christmas lunch together at the Twisted Lemon. We had a great time, the food was tops as always, and the music and mood was just right. I had a tasty Caesar salad for an appetizer and then the Grumpy Lasagna which filled me up! Thank you Chef and the team at TL for another great experience! Enjoy the holidays.

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Charlie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Twisted lemon is one of our favourite restaurants to go to. The food and service is outstanding. We were there on Saturday for my husbands birthday and had the lobster ravioli which was decadent and the kangaroo and prawns which had a wonderful smoky rub accompanied with a blackberry reduction. The sweet and smoky flavours were outstanding. We love that Chef takes the time at the end of the evening to come around to the tables to ask how everyone is enjoying everything. It’s very personable. Also the drinks! My husband had a sour and I had a g&t and their speciality beverages are always a nice treat when we go there. We always recommend to our friends and family and living in niagara only make it there a couple of times a year, but when we do go we throughly enjoy it!

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Reviewer
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

ambiance was nice, table spacing ok. seats close to 60. the food timing was bang on for us, but could be considered slightly slow for others. The potato soup was delicious. The Ceasar salad was a little too plain, minimal bacon, homemade dressing was underwhelming. We ordered the chicken and waffles, and the 7oz tenderloin. The chicken and waffles was a nicely layered meal, both in texture and flavours. delicious and enjoyable for both of us. The tenderloin was a little disappointing for the price point - the potato croquette was designed to be the same size as the tenderloin and was tasty, and the fresh seasonal vegetables were good, however sadly the medallion ordered blue rare was overcooked almost to medium rare. Drinks were ok, asked for an 'off menu' margarita which they were not prepared for, so it ended up being a smaller 'cocktail' glass, but was still well done. The overall impression was that there is lots to offer on the menu, and this was our first visit. Not quite fine dining, but priced close to it. Our feel was that the portion sizes were ungenerous. We'll probably go again to try some of the other offerings on the menu, and I would probably recommend to friends. hopefully the next visit will improve on our 'first impression'.

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Pattianne
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening, worth the drive from Burlington. The only minor negative was the cold bathrooms, they had tried with heaters, but it was a very cold night!

Loved the variety on the menu, presentation was great and everything tasted great.

Thanks for a lovely experience.

VJ
VictoriaJ
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. What a treat to enjoy a meal that I'd have no idea how to prepare for myself.

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MLAE
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dinner as usual. The scallops were perfect and I loved the presentation. I just had to take advantage of the lobster ravioli since it is not always on the menu and I’m glad I did as it was delicious. A special treat and just the right amount. Everyone is so friendly and the service is always supreme from beginning to end. Thanks again for a fantastic night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the experience was great. Delicious food, wait staff were prompt, polite and knowledgeable.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

second time going it was just as good as the first, the food is amazing, and the restaurant is small and cozy, not to crowded. The drinks are perfect, and the lemon twists... not a meal to be rushed, is a great time

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Our Anniversary 25 years!

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Lynney
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu, food was very good and well presented. Service was lovely, but found the wine a little too pricey. Will definitely go again...

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VickiF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it 💕💕. Always good food and desserts are to die for!

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PennyZ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. There is no doubt that I will head back again. What a lovely experience. We were not rushed from the table even though it was the end of the night. The food arrived timely and was nice and hot. My daughter had said that Twisted Lemon was amazing and I definitely agree with her. If you haven't been before, your in for a treat if you do. The service was also outstanding. Nice to see the cooking taking place as well. Five stars for sure!

MC
MikeC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best restaurant in Southern Ontario. Always the freshest ingredients and the chef is always doing new and interesting things. An amazing culinary adventure every time.

CJ
ChrisJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dan and everyone on staff made our experience a memorable night. We will be back!

SB
StaceyB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time at twisted lemon and they didn’t fail to impress once again!!! Very good service.... kind and funny. Drinks and food were Delicious. We will definitely be back again!

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NadineG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food ,excellent service ,server was fantastic! Love this restaurant!

BC
BrianC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very enjoyable experience with Chef Dan's unique and scrumptious twist on food!

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vipGreatSourBeers
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great dinner. We had the duck taco and Ceasar salad to start which was phenomenal . Then we ate the deep fried lasagna and the tenderloin which was off the chart . This was our first time at the twisted lemon and the chef introduced himself and asked how everything was . We drove from Burlington to this place because we went to another location owned by them and it was well worth it . We will be back

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing.. that is all, really great experience service food and watching them actually cook our food was awesome.

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KristaS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food is always exceptional as are specialty menu and drinks. Service as well.

Yet things are literally falling apart. I’ve never seen such chewed up chairs and mismatched decor.

1) paint
2) new chairs
3) update bathrooms

It will seem like a brand new place!!!

Twisted Lemon is worth this.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Dan and staff lived up to our expectations again!!!
Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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SUZANNED
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved it! Great good, great staff. We definitely will be back.

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KerriP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food!!! That's all you need to know. I would highly recommend.

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Twisted Lemon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 772-6636.

Twisted Lemon is rated 4.8 stars by 717 OpenTable diners.

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