1886 Lake House Bistro
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1886 Lake House Bistro

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Hours
Sun
10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mon
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tue
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thu
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fri
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $35.00
CUISINES
French
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Cottage casual family bistro, contemporary cuisine, comfort food, kids menu, fresh pressed juices, infused martinis, award winning wines. FYI. We much prefer reviews in person. Don’t be a keyboard warrior.
PRICE RANGE
$10.00 – $35.00
CUISINES
French
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles89 reviews
Excellent
64
Very good
14
Average
5
Poor
3
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

David B
North Bay630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
Met some friends here for lunch on the patio during the Covid Times. Must say that I was impressed watching how thorough each area was cleaned between guests. We had the good fortune to have Nevaeh as our waitress, who looked after us well and helped with our selections. I started with the Tomato Cream Soup ($6.00) and it was amazing, extremely tasty and I hope to have that again in the future. I then went with a Daily Special, the Crispy Chicken Wrap ($13 .00) and upgraded the side to Poutine ($4.00). I felt the Crispy Chicken Wrap was very good with a nice variety of flavours, the Poutine was just okay and I'm not sure that I would have that again. I went with a ginger ale to drink ($2.25) which came with free refills. My partner went with the fish and chips ($17.00) and added gravy ($2.00) and a Bees Knees Mocktail for ($5,00). We had been by this place many times but for some reason I had the impression that it was crazy expensive, now maybe it is because we went at lunch time but I found that we got good quality food at a good price. We look forward to returning, hopefully in the near future.
Written July 27, 2020
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Peter H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
My wife and I enjoyed a delicious, perfectly portioned lunch. Menu selection offered unique and tasty choices at reasonable prices. We found that the food was well balanced in that none of the ingredients overpowered the meal and yet we could taste everything. Service was great and staff was friendly. We were checked for our Covid QR code when we entered and it was a simple, no fuss process. I am immunocompromised and really appreciated that we could have an excellent meal in a safe environment. We would definitely come here again - without hesitation. We were here on Nov 21, 2021.
Written November 22, 2021
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ToddandDenise
Lakeshore133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
We were looking to try something new while visiting our son in North Bay and this restaurant was a mere 15 minutes away! The menu looked intriguing so we phoned and a pleasant and upbeat voice greeted us. The person happily provided us with details about protocols and the like, including when times would be busy as there are no reservations. We went a bit later as recommended at 7. The mussels special of the night was done in the french onion broth-excellent! I had the onion soup as well with just the right amount of cheese and onions. The wine in the broth gave the finishing touch. I had the cherry BBQ chicken on sourdough. The french onion soup was happily substituted for a nominal fee. Very pleased this could be done. My husband had the Nipissing Burger and fries. The blue cheese was smooth and the meal filling. Craft beer from New Ontario(Local) and a martini with pear and cranberry pie, topped off the night. We will definitely be back. The service from Jazz was excellent, orders are taken with consideration for allergies, plates whisked away when done. Served in a timely manner.
Written July 14, 2021
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Cindy S
Callander29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
The chef knows how to cook a steak! It's what I recommend. Not fussy on the fish and chips. I found the fish greasy so never ordered it again. A friend ordered them on another visit and her chips were burnt. On this same visit we were rushed through our supper by the server because they needed our table for a large group. We were a group of four and it was our night out to celebrate the Christmas season, so we weren't impressed. I wasn't sure why they didn't seat us at a table that wasn't needed for this big group. That would have solved that issue. The restaurant is mid to high range for dining out. Be prepared to pay top dollar for your drinks. The atmosphere is cosy. They do not take reservations. It's fun to sit out on the patio in the summer.
Written January 19, 2020
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br0mley1
Belleville57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
We visited on what we didnt realize was the hottest day of the year in July 2020. Despite this the server and cook rose to the occasion and accomodated us on the scorching patio. She was very friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. It is high end food for mid range price. They even have lamb and duck on the menu. The patio was excellent. Will be back.
Written July 10, 2020
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Kinghooo
North Bay23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
Quaint and reserved, a bit of a hidden gem in the heart of Callander. I have witnessed this establishment change over the years, but my most recent visit, under new ownership and name - 1886 Lake House Bistro is now at its best! The service was awesome, wine knowledge and selection was beyond expectations. The food was....OK. It may have had to do somewhat with our food choice but I will need to re-visit to truly judge the food. Will we be back...100% we will. I encourage anyone in the area to stop in for lunch or dinner...I dont think you will be disppointed.
Written March 5, 2020
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selectivedi
North Bay2124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
If you treat yourself occasionally make sure to put this place on your top list of restaurants to visit. Everything and I mean everything was top notch. The wait staff were beyond exception and the gentleman who we think was the owner, could be seen helping out his staff delivering drinks, food etc. Where do you see that ever happen. The food ! ohhhh my the pickeral dinner was the best we've had so far. Add rizzotto balls and this meal ranked right up there. So, we highly recommend this place as being our new favourite restaurant. Pat & Diane
Written August 10, 2022
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Gary D
Ontario39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
We had lunch here on Wednesday. The food was tasty and presented beautifully. I had the pasta special; it had plenty bacon in the sauce and was served piping hot. I highly recommend this restaurant. Our server Trina was very good.
Written November 4, 2021
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ToddandDenise
Lakeshore133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 couples
Looking to try something new while visiting our son in North Bay and this restaurant was a mere 15 minutes away! The menu looked intriguing so we phoned and a pleasant and upbeat voice greeted us. The person happily provided us with details about protocols and the like, including when times would be busy as there are no reservations. We went a bit later as recommended at 7. The mussels special of the night was done in the french onion broth-excellent! I had the onion soup as well with just the right amount of cheese and onions. The wine in the broth gave the finishing touch. I had the cherry BBQ chicken on sourdough. The french onion soup was happily substituted for a nominal fee. Very pleased this could be done. My husband had
Written June 20, 2024
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LoveZih8years
Zihuatanejo5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 none
Service excellent food very good. But do not order the creme brulee . the top sugar crust very thick could hardly break it with my spoon and was so well done it was dark brown and bitter. I think it was the owner, He was very curt and not very nice about it, told us that is the way it is and they serve 30 at least per week .. I have had alot of creme brulee from here to Mexico and it has never been like this. I definatley do not recommend any one order it. What a let down after a great meal.
Written December 29, 2021
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sarah
North Bay4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
This will always be my go- to restaurant!! The food has never once disappointed. It is extremely well-made and high-end, yet it will not break the bank. Everything is always cooked to perfection. I have yet to have some thing I don’t like… Their drinks are also probably the best in the north bay area, you literally can’t get a better cocktail. The atmosphere is also my favourite. Bistro lights on a warm summer night and they are always playing amazing music. If you’d like to try them for brunch they do also have a really good eggs Benedict. The absolute only thing that I wish they did, was reservations! But other than that 10/10
Written August 24, 2021
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Lin M
North Bay3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 friends
Our last meal out with friends was lovely. Fabulous appetizers and lamb burgers. Our previous visits were a bit inconsistent in service and the temperature of the food (the food is always good, just not always hot:( We have had several occasions where different servers complained about being so busy, short staffed, overworked etc. I'm always patient and sympathetic when staff mention that they are short staffed, but I don't need to keep hearing about it at every trip to the table. That said, this is still our go-to favourite place.
Written November 13, 2023
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FunFoodFinder
Burlington1204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
Visiting in the area. Google suggests 1886. Good reviews. Visually very nice and warm inside. Cute boutique atmosphere. Very pleasant staff. ( they don't due reservations, but not along wait) Gives you a chance to check out their homemade products as you wait. (we took some home) Started with Roasted Garlic. Cranberry compote, warm herb goat cheese, thyme, parsley, chives, toasted crostinis . Absolutely amazing. Followed by an Arugula Caesar. Original concept and very good considering the romaine lettuce shortage. Wifey had the French Bistro Onion Soup. Caramelized sweet onions, port wine, herbs, beef broth, buttered croutons, Gruyere cheese. Then came the high point of the meal. Duck Rillette. Pulled duck, duck confit, brandy, garlic cloves, caramelized cherry preserve, microgreens, olive oil balsamic port reduction, baguette points One of the best appetizers I have ever had anywhere. Would return just to have this. The mains did not continue the amazing experience. Sorry to say. I had a steak. side fries, side Arugula Caesar and an extra side of the wild mushroom risotto Wifey had Fish special, pureed veg, and the buckwheat risotto. Salt... Salt... and more Salt I actually think it was a error, perhaps it was salted 2 or three times. But we didnt finish any of it. Then desert was back on track. Lemon tart and a homemade apple crumble Both very nice. Would we go back, sure. But may just stick with the Apps.
Written November 30, 2022
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Ivan F
Wasaga Beach73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 friends
our group of 5 people came here because of their gluten friendly (gluten free) options because one of the people needs gluten free. Both the service and food were excellent. The menu choices were varied and interesting. We will return here when we are in the North Bay area again.
Written May 27, 2024
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1967Marc
Sudbury44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 none
Definitely a place worth going to, even when you live over an hour away. The food is amazing and always brought to you by a great serving staff. Even something like meatloaf is done with a terrific flavour. If your a fan of wine this restaurant has a great selection.
Written November 13, 2022
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