Twisted Lemon

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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 current events.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Toronto
8 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

JC
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.

KS
Toronto
1 review
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.

WG
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.

SU
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

KP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg you will not have better food. PresentatIon is perfect and flavours are a gift to your pallet. We had the Buffalo Cauliflower and scallops As an appetizer. We enjoyed the Grumpy Lasagna and the Gnocchi for dinner. Everything spectacular! We unfortunately were too full for dessert. Thank you Chef!

SW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went for dinner on October 30th for a celebration, and as per usual, the food and service were outstanding! We are never disappointment when we go there or leave hungry. 10/10 recommend. I can't say enough good things about this place.

JM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service. Will be going back again.

M
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have never been disappointed. The potato and bacon soup was delicious. Though simple had something that was more than just comfort food. The additional experience of painting and nibbling with a bit of wine on the side, is a great concept. I would recommend, and have more than once done so.This restaurant and the creative community engagement between Wildwood Gallery and Twisted Lemon was a great idea. Look forward to other events.

HW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, staff, and atmosphere. Absolutely loved the citrus beet salad!

AH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Haldimand County by far. Chef Dan and his staff make this restaurant a must attend for all visitors to and residents of Haldimand County.

MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to treat oneself and family, friends to dining at Twisted Lemon. It doesnt have to be a special occasion but you always feel it is. Thanks Maureen

NL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing date night as always!!! Packed for a Tuesday night but it was still a wonderful dinner with great friends and friendly hosts. Food was great as it always is; chicken & waffles was a bit bland, wasn’t what we expected.
Love the Lemon 🍋

LK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. They truly care about their customers. Will return in the near future.

G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good dishes, especially the Caesar salad. Service was very slow -- it took over an hour to get our main courses.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Thought the portions were quite small for the price. In particular, the gnocchi. When you think of the cost of a single gnocchi, and you only got 14-15 on your plate and it was close to $30, I don't find that reasonable. My guest was surprised at how small the portion was. The food is fantastic as far as taste goes, chef definitely knows what he is doing in the kitchen, no complaint there, but the amount charged for what you get high for my liking. We were there on a Wednesday and it was not busy when we were there. I found the service very slow. I enjoy dining and not being rushed but it was a very long time to wait for dinner. The most prompt part of the experience was the lovely lady serving us water. She had on her "awesome" t-shirt, and she was in fact, awesome.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have dined at the Twisted Lemon
many times.
Each time the experience has never let us down.
Chef Dan and his crew prepare food like no other.
We highly recommend the Twisted Lemon!

JA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time you entered the restaurant you were treated like you were very special. The wait staff were excellent. They were very attentive and helpful.
The food was outstanding .

LH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was so delicious and service was wonderful!! We will be back again soon!

BF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great tine at the Twisted Lemon. The food was phenomenal and the ambiance was comfortable.

I had Grumpy Lasagna for the first time, and will definitely get it again, so flavourful and filling. My wife had the beef tenderloin and was totally satisfied with the portion and quality.

Nick was our server and made us feel at home right from the moment we arrived. The service was excellent!

Thanks Chef Dan and the entire Twisted Lemon team for en enjoyable and relaxing dinner out. See you again!

ME
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always ! Chicken and waffles outstanding

PM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

My wife and I have been celebrating anniversaries and birthdays at TL for years. Almost all of these experiences have been memorable (in a good way) Our last experience a few days ago for our 46th anniversary was not so pleasant. I had made reservations a few weeks in advance and when we arrived we were seated at table out of the main dining area in a back corner facing the rear exit door. That was disappointing. We ordered the lobster bisque and it was absolutely amazing and I thought that we can endure the back corner if the hits keep coming. I ordered the fettuccine carbonara and was looking forward to Chef Dan's take on this traditional Italian classic. The serving bowl arrived and it was fashionably large but the portion was so small it was lost in the bottom of the bowl nearly hidden under an egg. The first bite was a bit of a shock. The pasta was cooked perfectly but the ham used was stringy, tough, with so much salt and smoke that all other favours were drowned out. It was supposed to be a subtle shift in flavour but was more of a sledge hammer. It appears that the meat used in my particular dish may have come from the shank end of ham bone where the smoke had completely dried out the meat. Perhaps that part of the ham should be used for soup and stock. My wife ordered the house special which was savoured and appreciated garnering praise from her. Our server who was attentive and accommodating missed the pepper and parmesan for the pasta. Not a game changer but one more thing to add to my concern. In years past a bread basket was presented with dinner to accompany the meal in addition to the little crunchy bits that are always served with our cocktails. Kind of missed that touch which is expected with a fine dining experience. (Yes it is old school but so am I). This unfortunately was not the kind of experience that earns a willing outlay of $200 at the end of the night.
This is my first negative review and pains me to write it. Sorry Chef.

LF
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!!! Chef Dan was fantastic!!!

CK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Generally a nice experience and priced reasonably [within their business 'space'] with the exception of wine by the glass. Inflated wine pricing seems to be an industry trend but it would be refreshing to see a bit more balance to that end. The only, yet more critical, issue was the serving temperature of our food. The flavours, spicing, presentation and service were great. Unfortunately, it seemed that the food was holding/staged for the evening rush. We were on the early side of the dinner sitting as it was a bit of a driver from our residence and we did not wish to be too late coming home. It came out quickly which in hind sight was a red flag. Aside; The meal/food ordering was a bit rushed but not such that you felt you needed to hurry your experience. It was not overdone [beef tenderloin M-rare!] but didn't hit the appropriate temperature notes throughout the entire dish. Some hot spots within our plates but lacking through and through. Our appetizer should have drawn a comment to staff but we didn't press to address it. We discussed and assumed the mains would be on point. In the end we let it ride but it was an issue in both our meal plates.

B
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was amazing. This was our third visit to the Twisted Lemon and we will definitely be returning. There was one drink server who was a bit rude, he only served our first drink. Our actual waitress was outstanding.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. It was a bit expensive for the special, which was risotto. We sat near the window into the kitchen so it was fun to watch the preparations.

d
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food! A true taste sensation! I knew I was eating food prepared by a chef who knew what he was doing! A pleasant surprise in small town Ontario. Will definitely dine here again!

CT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have there twice in the last few weeks and both time my meals where not very tasty.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!! From the atmosphere to the food to the wine! A must for anyone who appreciates what goes into marking a dining experience a memorable one!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit louder on patio than we expected for a side street location. Traffic. Load cars.

k
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible customer service, top notch food, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. There's so much heart and flavour in this food and this restaurant you've got to check it out.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business lunch. Very good food and service. Will go back.

M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a lovely experience at the Twisted Lemon! It’s hard for us girls to get together but when we do, Twisted Lemon always wins. Our hats off to the Chef and staff! You made our birthday dinner amazing!

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The collection of tastes on a unique take on popular menu items was something I will look forward to experiencing again. We are still raving about the meals we had. The restaurant itself has a cozy yet romantic feel. I would recommend this to anyone

m
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is inventive and delicious. Chef Dan personally came by the table to ensure everything was perfect. A must-visit destination in the Niagara region!

TB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must go. Make sure to ask Patrick about his " entertainment beers". Chef Dan thank you for an amazing food experience.

AV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from the hostess to our wine /bar server to our young waitress. All very knowledgeable. Great drinks-apps-dinner-dessert flow. Did not feel rushed.

LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant of all time! A true gem.

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