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Cottage Bistro

81 Joseph Street, Port Carling, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0B 1J0, Canada
+1 705-791-0213
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good16%
  • Average0%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible16%
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American, Street Food, Canadian, Fast food
$$ - $$$
81 Joseph Street, Port Carling, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0B 1J0, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast totally disappointing. Everything is served as a sandwich except French toast. Ordered it. Came as three slices of terribly ordinary sandwich loaf cut in half and slightly burned. Fruit side was melon chunks, not a berry to be seen. Expensive and served Luke warm....More

Thank RoxyMama1
Culinaria1, Manager at Cottage Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review! We do state that everything is 'on a bun' on our breakfast menu, but if you had wanted something more custom, we would have loved to make you a breakfast that would not be served as a sandwich....More

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Took a long time to be waited on then long wait time for food. In fact one waitress asked if we were waiting for our bill. Then 2/3 meals were cold. And cheese in grilled cheese and on burger was sliced process cheese. Washrooms downstairs.

1  Thank Marlene L
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

We went for breakfast - it was really good. All of the items are technically breakfast sandwiches but you can order them as meals too. I had the steak & eggs - it was very filling and flavourful. Think the staff in the kitchen might...More

Thank RightWing2013
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends. Food and service was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we went back for breakfast the next morning.

Thank Shirley_WGuelph
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Cottage Bistro is a summer operation run by Big City veteran restaurateurs. Definitely they understand what people crave. Check the hours of operation as they're a little spotty, but believe me breakfast, lunch and dinner you will LOVE the food. You will be surprised at...More

2  Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

This place was terrific. Food was excellent. I had the eggplant Parmesan- very tasty. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant. Ask to sit on the patio. Has boat access.

Thank Sharron W
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Arrived just before noon and we had a choice of both the breakfast and lunch menu. Actually a bit of overlap between the two. Ended up having a western omelette which was tasty. It was a rainy day so could...More

Thank Jim F
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Just had a great DINNER at Cottage Bistro, and it's way more than a burger bar now. We enjoyed delicious bruschetta (perfectly crunchy toast, fresh tomato and sweet balsamic drizzle), as well as the juicy, savory shrimp with rich guacamole appetizer. For our main course,...More

Thank Rondajambe
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We’ve been to some great burger joints and man was I surprised by how good their burgers and OMG those fries were!!! We had parked way the heck on the other side of the hill before the plaza and schlepped to all the way over...More

Thank Canack
Reviewed May 23, 2017

This year the Buchanan family has re-tooled this wonderful venue into a gourmet burger restaurant, and it is wonderful. They'll be open on weekends until Canada Day, and then five days a week all summer. My wife and I tried the turkey burger and the...More

Thank Waterloonie
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July 14, 2017|
Response from Waterloonie | Reviewed this property |
Yes good salads, and a few other sandwiches e.g. Philly and pulled pork.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 Joseph Street, Port Carling, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0B 1J0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Muskoka District  >  Muskoka Lakes  >  Port Carling
  • Phone Number: +1 705-791-0213
  • E-mail
Cottage Bistro offers a unique Breakfast, Lunch and casual dinner menu.If you have never heard of a Potato Scallion Bun then you will after this visit. Our chef inspired casual menu can be enjoyed on our lake-side patio, our air-conditioned dining room or can be taken away or delivered straight to our dock! We will be open for breakfast and lunch up until September 2nd! We have unfortunately shut down for dinner service for the rest of the summer season.
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