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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Simcoe County

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Beertown Public House - Barrie restaurant
4.8 (758)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
Beertown Public House is the destination for the instinctively curious. We fuel your fascination for all things purposefully crafted, whether that's beer, cuisine or design. Our Guests know that life is too short for the ordinary. With 40 beers on tap and over 60 in bottles, there is a beer for everyone. Our Chefs have taken as much time as the brewers to craft everything that goes onto each plate.

If your desired reservation time is unavailable, call us directly at 705-999-0212. Please understand we are leaving some space available for walk-in Guests. Please stop by if you’re in the area.

Our team looks forward to serving you!

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great service and food. Brisket was great as was the burger
A photo of The KTCHN restaurant
4.8 (965)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Situated within the clubhouse at Braestone Club, The Ktchn features menus as lively as the views of the valley that extend beyond its bar and dining room. Inspired by the remarkable location, but open to creative interpretations and flavours, The Ktchn’s well-crafted cuisine is characterized by an eclectic perspective expressed through diverse dishes and fare. The maturing beverage program features a curated list of small-production wine and beer, and an assortment of thoughtfully crafted cocktails, unique gins and bubbly from Ontario and beyond. With engaging guest experiences like the 45oz Tomahawk, and playful dessert options. The Ktchn provides a place to create memories.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
The Ktchn is an outstanding restaurant with unmatched service - the perfect place to grab brunch/lunch during the day. I love the indoor-outdoor seating option in the summer months. The restaurant is beautifully designed and has a calm and cozy aesthetic. The food is also fresh and delicious.
A photo of PICNIC restaurant
4.8 (287)
CAN$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
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
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great service and amazing food at reasonable prices
A photo of The Hog & Penny restaurant
4.8 (56)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Orillia's Pub! An authentic British pub in the heart of downtown Orillia.
Top review
Dined on May 19, 2024
Fantastic pub food, good service and the music was exceptional. Great food evening out.
A photo of Bent Taco restaurant
4.7 (208)
CAN$30 and under
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
Dined 6 days ago
We love the Fish Tacos The seating options indoors are not comfortable . Tables for 2 can barely accommodate the cookie sheet serving platters and drinks. The decor needs updating, it looks tired and unwelcoming I would be reluctant to recommend this restaurant for that reason. Good fish tacos.
A photo of Marine Room Gastropub restaurant
4.7 (71)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
Marine Room Gastropub at Friday Harbour Resort is the newest venture by Fishbone Restaurant Group. Offering casual dining, tasty cocktails and gorgeous views of the Marina. Come enjoy our comfortable, family friendly space where you can enjoy a great meal while watching the game.
Top review
Dined on May 19, 2024
Delicious & constantly good!! We definitely will keep coming back!!
A photo of The Canadian Brewhouse - Barrie restaurant
4.4 (229)
CAN$30 and under
Sports Bar
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We take a friend out for her birthday, we enjoyed the atmosphere, we enjoyed our good. I myself had the fish and fries , fish needed more flavour and was too mushy. Dessert was great.
A photo of State + Main - Orillia restaurant
4.3 (94)
CAN$30 and under
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Excellent food and service, beautiful restaurant. Would have preferred a more private booth but still a great experience.
A photo of The Rec Room - Barrie restaurant
4.2 (274)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
About the restaurant
The Rec Room redefines the meaning of fun with exciting arcade games, attractions, mouth-watering eats and live entertainment all packed under one roof. We’re Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hot spot!

For reservations of parties of 13 guests or more, please call the venue directly. We kindly request our guests refrain from making multiple reservations for a single large party. While we will do our best to accommodate large groups, we cannot guarantee multiple reservations will be seated together.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Amazing food and service, great games. Had great family time.
A photo of THE BOATHOUSE EATERY restaurant
4 (376)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
with the best view in town overlooking the beautiful Georgian Bay.
Come in and enjoy our Georgian Bay water front patio, and let us wow you, your family and friends at the Boathouse Eatery.

We're a great place for you to come drink, eat, and enjoy great company, with a spectacular view of Georgian Bay located at the Town Docks of Midland.

Boathouse Eatery is a great spot for a casual fine dining experiences, a place to catch the ball game with friends, or meeting up after work for a beer on the patio.
Enjoy live entertainment Thursday-Sunday with a great mix of music for all your tastes *Check out our live entertainment calendar.
Come and let the Boathouse Eatery wow you with our freshly prepared menu items, friendly crew mates, and sit back and enjoy the view. The Boathouse Eatery is a great place to spend all your special moments this summer, and we hope to see you soon.

Top review
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Our server was lovely and attentive. Food orders arrived quickly
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