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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Simcoe County

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Simcoe County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Gate restaurant
4.9
4.9 (136)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mediterranean
Flesherton
About the restaurant
Modern European cuisine by Chefs Jonathan Gushue and Philippe De Montbrun. A cozy and casual space offering seasonally-inspired cuisine. Dine at the limited-spaced kitchen counter and watch the team create the magic. The dining room boasts a beautifully, historic brick wall with soft natural light. A thoughtfully-curated wine list can be enjoyed in the lounge space in the back.

Parking can be found behind the restaurant, off of Grey Road 4 behind the Home Hardware.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic meal and experience at The Gate in Flesherton, ON. I highly recommend this restaurant, it's worth the drive! Already looking forward to the our next visit.
A photo of The Common Stove restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1449)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steak
Orillia
About the restaurant
FIRE, SMOKE AND GOOD FOLK
Built around a wood-fired grill cooking local meats and vegetables, with a farm-to-table focus on local growers. The Common Stove is a place to gather for good spirits, community & conviviality.

Top review
Thomas
Dined 5 days ago
Love this restaurant. Have been many times and always loved the vibe. Fantastic spot!
A photo of PICNIC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (292)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Orillia
About the restaurant
In the heart of downtown Orillia. Part old-world tapas bar, part old-town grocer and deliciously fun.

Chef Joel's cuisine is inspired by the tapas bars of the Basque country (Southern France & Northern Spain) with a focus on seafood, preserved meats and raw foods. Join us for lunch, dinner or snacks & drinks 7 days a week.

Shop the provisions shop for ‘pic up & go’ snacks. You’ll also find steaks from The Common Stove and a curated selection of over over 75 wines and beers in our bottleshop.

Tapas & Wine Bar
Fresh Bread & Bottleshop
Live Music & Oysters
Patio Seating & Provisions Shop
Groceries & Gifts
Wine Club & Scotch Socials

PICNIC: a deliciously good time!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
What a fantastic find. This place was perfect for our date night. But the most amazing thing about this place was the food. Oh my, your taste buds will be in heaven . This place is a must with the loviest staff ready to make your night perfect
A photo of Bent Taco restaurant
4.6
4.6 (220)
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
Collingwood
About the restaurant
Fresh flavours dominate the experience at Bent Taco. This relaxed eatery specializes in inauthentic Mexican cuisine, served in an eclectic space—complete with an outdoor patio. Choose from a menu packed with tacos, burritos, tortas and ceviche. Spoil yourself with some of the restaurant's amazing nachos, elevated with guajillo, or enjoy a delicious Baja fish tacos, tossed with pickled cabbage and apple. Bent Taco also serves a short-but-appealing list of vegan/vegetarian-friendly fare. The restaurant's intimate space and friendly ambiance provide a nice tonic for a fun romantic date or casual dining with friends. Ice cream sandwiches provide the perfect cap to any meal. Bent Taco is open most days, except Monday and Sunday.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Very flavourful, simple menu and relatively inexpensive in a casual setting. Would have liked more healthy options without fried foods (but it is a Mexican restaurant)! Will come back a 3rd time.
A photo of State + Main - Barrie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (269)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Barrie
About the restaurant
Welcome to State & Main Barrie. We serve elevated comfort food and cocktails, providing a vibrant downtown atmosphere in your neighbourhood restaurant & bar. Our location is directly off highway 400 and a great stop on the way to cottage country. Being only minutes away from downtown Barrie, we're surrounded by great amenities and shopping. Enjoy dinner with us before finishing your date night at the Cineplex Theater nearby! Students from Georgian College can stop in for one of our twice-daily Happy Hours. Fitness fans can work up appetites at the nearby LA Fitness before linking up with friends to have a few standout shareables. Whatever you're doing with your day in Barrie, State & Main is here to satisfy your cravings and provide you with a memorable dining experience! We hope to see you on our dog-friendly patio soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Best Butter Chicken I have had anywhere!! Atmosphere 10/10. Love this place
A photo of 147 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1225)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Barrie
About the restaurant
Perfectly situated in Barrie’s downtown core, 147 provides beautiful views of Barrie’s picturesque waterfront. With a table seating capacity of 50+ and standing bar area, we welcome everyone to join us for an unforgettable meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was amazing, service was friendly and quick.
A photo of Rawley Resort restaurant
4.4
4.4 (315)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Midland
About the restaurant
We are currently requiring reservations for dining in our Lighthouse45 Restaurant.
Menus are subject to change. Feature Menus may be offered in addition to regular menus.
Rawley Resort's, Lighthouse45 Restaurant, is a delight for the eyes and the palate – hidden among a natural waterside landscape it exudes culinary excellence. Our Executive Chef artfully blends savory tastes with innovative touches. Considered a must-see setting in Georgian Bay, don’t miss our picturesque vantage point on the water.
Our full-service bar features an unmatched collection of cocktails, wines, aperitifs, premium liquors & craft beers. For a more casual atmosphere, our Waterside Patio combines outdoor comfort with a sense of rustic elegance.
If your party is 8 guests or more please contact us at 705-538-2272 to make a reservation. Visit rawleyresort.com/dining for details on Group Bookings.
Rawley Resort, Spa & Marina is recognized as 1 of 2 Ontario resorts in the Top 25 Best Resorts of Canada in 2024.

Top review
Veronica
Dined 4 days ago
The service and food was excellent. Our server Brigitte was super attentive and was there as needed but we never felt like we were waiting or rushed. There are few other places in the area that we would consider celebrating special evenings out! Happy to have discovered this gem!
A photo of Bâton Rouge Grillhouse & Bar - Barrie restaurant
4.4
4.4 (634)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Grill
Barrie
About the restaurant
For our fine AAA steaks, slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, large selection of fine wines and vibrant ambience, there is no other choice than Bâton Rouge Grillhouse in Barrie.
Top review
Robertvip
Dined 5 days ago
The service was amazing. So friendly and a great sense of humour. The wine selection was fantastic
A photo of The Canadian Brewhouse - Barrie restaurant
4.4
4.4 (240)
CAN$30 and under
Sports Bar
Barrie
About the restaurant
Our one-of-a-kind Canadian themed sports bar & grill has an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, drinks and amazing specials every night of the week. You’ll note our Canadian decor starts right when you walk up to our huge Inukshuk at our doors and continues throughout the restaurant in a “cheeky” Canadian fashion. We promise, when you come to The Canadian Brewhouse, you’ll instantly feel at home, because our house is your house…only we have way more TVs! You won’t find a better selection of screens anywhere for the sports you love! We even provide tabletop speakers for those nights when multiple sports and teams are playing.
Top review
KarenT
Dined 5 days ago
Great staff but it was way too noisy for a dinner service. The sound system was way too loud and hard to have a conversation.
A photo of State + Main - Orillia restaurant
4.2
4.2 (99)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Orillia
About the restaurant
Welcome to State & Main Orilla. We serve elevated comfort food and cocktails, providing a vibrant downtown atmosphere in your neighbourhood restaurant & bar. Our location off of Highway 12 on Monarch Drive is surrounded by many amenities. We're the perfect spot for dinner and a movie with Cineplex Theatre being right next to us! If you're looking for a day outside, you can visit the Bass Lake Provincial Park with your pup before joining us on our dog-friendly patio. Being close to Lakehead University means our restaurant is a good spot to have lunch in between classes during one of our twice-daily Happy Hours. Visitors from out of town can stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites before coming over to dine on our standout shareables. However you're spending your time and whoever you're spending it with, State & Main is here to elevate your day!
Top review
Skip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Generally good experience. Sat outside where the music was far to loud.
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