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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Simcoe County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 (127)
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
Wendy
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Excellent meal with good wine selections , we will return . Thanks .
A photo of Fabbrica At Thornbury restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1062)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Thornbury
About the restaurant
Chef Mark McEwan brings his rustic Italian cuisine to Thornbury. Using traditional techniques, heritage flours and the highest quality produce available, the Fabbrica culinary team lets ingredients shine. From handmade pastas and seasonal salads to wood-fired pizza and regional antipasti, there is something for every taste. We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful Everything was above and beyond expectations
A photo of PICNIC restaurant
4.8
4.8 (288)
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
JasminePvip
Dined 6 days ago
Went in with my family and shared a few dishes and everything we had was fantastic! The service was fast and friendly!
A photo of The Hog & Penny restaurant
4.8
4.8 (65)
CAN$30 and under
Pub
Orillia
About the restaurant
Orillia's Pub! An authentic British pub in the heart of downtown Orillia.
Top review
ChristineM
Dined 4 days ago
Our first visit to H&P and had a great time! Service and food were excellent- thank you 💚
A photo of Bent Taco restaurant
4.7
4.7 (211)
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
Jess
Dined 1 day ago
Love this place. Their beet tacos and cocktails are the best.
A photo of Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
CAN$30 and under
Brewery
Orillia
About the restaurant
Our Taproom offers a full dine-in and bar experience with full views of our brite-tank room, as well as a full service patio. Offering delectable bites from our Red Seal Chef, Brandon, who utilizes local and fresh ingredients. Find the perfect pairing with our selection of beer, wine, and cocktails today!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious and the service great. We found the menu to be a bit limited, but overall, a great experience.
A photo of Tesoro Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (398)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Collingwood
About the restaurant
Voted Collingwood’s favourite Italian restaurant! The traditional Italian menu offers a wide range of appetizing entrées & Italian specialities. Gourmet thin crust pizza, antipasto platter & fresh salads are a hit at lunch with your favourite pasta or pizza. Dinner offers everything from spaghetti & Sicilian meatballs to house made lasagna, goat cheese stuffed supreme, osso bucco and veal scallopini. A reservation are recommended but you can always order take out if you can’t get a seat.

Tesoro Mercato, next door to the restaurant, offers fresh, frozen, Italian grocery, gluten-free & vegan options, desserts, giftware and so much more!
Top review
CarolJ
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Great food. Small restaurant with hard surfaces, so it can get a little noisy. No quiet corners. Outdoor seating available, but then you may be dealing with weather. Service was very good.
A photo of Oak Bay Golf Club restaurant
4.5
4.5 (239)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
International
Port Severn
About the restaurant
With its contemporary appeal and design, the 10,000–square foot clubhouse at Oak Bay is the ideal setting for your next golf tournament, a family function, or a wedding for up to 90 people. While the clubhouse is licensed for 180, a smaller, intimate wedding with the club’s stunning setting is ideal.
Top review
GregK
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great dinner. The pizza is very good. We will return.
A photo of Kelseys Original Roadhouse - Barrie - Mapleview restaurant
4.5
4.5 (63)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Barrie
About the restaurant
Kelseys has been Canada's Original Roadhouse Restaurant & Sports Bar since 1978. Inspired by the uninhibited spirit of road tripping and the classic Roadhouse, the rules are different at Kelseys Barrie - Mapleview. It is where you go to eat what you want to eat, drink what you want to drink, and be who you want to be. Enjoy classics like our fresh double stacked burgers, two-handed sandwiches, and unforgettable chicken wings. Fuel your adventurous spirit that craves something a little different - a little more Original!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Our waitress Arianna was wonderful and the food was great!
A photo of Match Eatery & Public House - Wasaga Beach restaurant
4.2
4.2 (430)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Wasaga Beach
About the restaurant
MATCH Eatery & Public House has combined the welcoming and social traditions of a neighbourhood pub with the high-energy of a lively sports bar. The big game, the family celebrations, or social gatherings with friends... our casual and upbeat atmosphere is ideal for any occasion. Whatever your great night out looks like, we'll match it with our creative comfort food, cold libations and exciting entertainment.
Top review
Unhappy
Dined 3 days ago
Food was awesome. We had some service related issues but the manager and staff made us feel heard. We will definitely be back. Several menu choices on our list to try.
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