Hearthside Dining - Elmhirst's Resort

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Farm-to-table
The Hearthside Dining Room at Elmhirst's Resort offers a unique farm to table dining experience. Guests are treated to a panoramic view of Rice Lake on arrival. The menu features Black Angus beef, raised on-site and processed to the Chef's specifications. Ducks, turkeys and vegetables are also raised on property. An All-Canadian wine list with 100+ labels complements the local food. Other venues include the Wild Blue Yonder Pub, a casual restaurant with a flying theme. Conference and banquet facilities for groups of up to 200 are available as well.
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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday food was great service from Andrew our waiter couldn’t be better
Very nice evening will be back for sure

DP
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic brunch, very nice updated, clean 4 bedroom cottage.
Not a good lake for swimming.
Float plane ride was fun.
Don

GS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The quality of the Brunch fell short of my expectations. It was 1pm and the hot food was warm.
Dessert while there was selection the variety and quality was lacking.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Ambiance, food was fresh and hot for our Sunday Brunch. Will definitely return again

DL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Would not recommend Monday buffet. Very little selection for warm food. Most food in steam table cool-wsrm. Desert and salad selections okay. Servers did not offer alcoholic beverages nor was there any wine options. Overall not impressed.

WV
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8 friends who drove from Toronto for Sunday brunch and loved it.

AV
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took parents/in-laws for owed Mother’s/Father’s Day experience. Flew in from Stoney Creek for brunch. Haven’t been for a couple of years. Much improved food and service.

BT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch. Amazing food and service. Stunning views. This is our 6th visit for brunch and always enjoy the afternoon. The only negative is the care and cleanliness of the washrooms. The need attention on ever occasion.

LE
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my parents 40th anniversary there. Amazing food and the view was spectacular. Thank you so much

SC
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food available was very good, I just expected a little more choice. Only meat was roast beef.
Atmosphere was nice.

JD
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

In the thirty plus years that we have been going to Elmhirst the service and food has steadily declined!
We usually come by boat and / or waverunner and the docks are a shambles! Finally someone repaired some of the pergolas !!!
Maintenance is substandard clearly !
Peter Elmhirst must be ashamed .
We are going to try the Sunday brunch .....if that has deteriorated also then we are off to somewhere else!!!!!
The waitress did s fair job, but all by herself?
It was our anniversary (45 th)
☹️

j
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The servers were very friendly and accommodating. Some of the staff in charge of the food stations were unfriendly and seemed like he didn’t want to be there. For the price, the amount of choices were a bit disappointing.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We had a very poor experience on Monday. Your online bookings over booked and we were the unfortunate group that had to eat in the pub area. Heidi came to our table and said that we would have a server to ourselves and all we had to do was get our plates of food from the other room. Well we sat there for half an hour with no server. Went for our meal. Came back and asked at the front desk for drinks. Server showed up and i asked for more water. He put jug of water on table and didn't even fill our empty glasses for us. No coffee or tea was ever offered and we had to ask the front desk for our bills. The food was delicious. No complaints there. The sevice was terrible. Non existent actually. We are asking for compensation for our bad experience.

B
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The relaxing view overlooking rice lake is why I go to this restaurant. The buffet has plenty to offer but the actual food is disappointing. The view outways the mediocre food.

NM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to celebrate our 43rd Anniversary. May have make this an anniversary event.

RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the buffet was delicious. Hot foods were hot, mashed potatoes and gravy always a hit with my husband. Salads plentiful and varied
Desserts mmmmm. Chocolate mousse and pecan pie are my favourites. The crumble and bread pudding a favorite with most others at our table.
Disappointed that more did not take advantage of the lovely weather and the setting

RC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service, will be going back again.

BW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely varied menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients with options for anyone with dietary restrictions. We sat overlooking Rice Lake, staff were attentive and we weren't rushed. We were there for a business lunch but I wouldn't hesitate to go for a special occasion, brunch or just for a meal when you don't feel like cooking.

JD
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our Easter Sunday with you. All staff was super attentive and the variety of food and abundance of food was great! Thank you
Jill

KA
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

will be back for sure
Service was excellent
Some of the food could have been a little hotter but tasted great
Once the ice is out and the grass green the view from the dining room should be fantastic

MW
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and they brought us out a complimentary dessert to celebrate our getting married!

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch. The food was amazing and everyone had a fabulous time. Will be back for sure!

KB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always an enjoyable pleasure to be at the Elmhirst Resort, for dining or staying in a cottage.

CH
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We come to Elmhirst every year for my son's birthday and it was a very good experience. The food was presented beautifully and although there were many full tables the line for the waffles and omelettes moved smoothly. The food was delicious and the service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions were a bit on the small side, and the salad that I ordered was not actually the salad that I received, but the food was good, the server was friendly, and the food arrived in a timely manner. The view from the restaurant was amazing, and our lunch was a very pleasant experience.

VH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful New Years evening! The dinner and wine tasting were delicious and the hosts were very informative and fun.

Definitely recommend Elmhirst resort for a special occasion

CP
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time Bruncher and non-baker, so I was completed amazed and entralled by the 20+ perfect desserts on this buffet.

EC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and bonus of a free dessert for my birthday. Really enjoyed it.

MB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to Elmhirst for many years. Its Sunday brunch and Monday lunch buffet are excellent value, great selection and wonderful food. We especially enjoy their special occasion meals as in Mother’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving to name a few. The food is always amazingly delicious and well presented. The staff are attentive without being “in your face”! We have recommended Elmhirst to all our friends and family...many of them joining us for an awesome visit.

KO
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely, romantic evening...with excellent service..we will be back..great strong coffee too!

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed ourselves immensely! The Elmhirst family are very gracious.

M
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love Elmhirst’s ,very friendly ,good food , excellent scenery . Enjoyed the horse drawn carriage ride.

AM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely place to have a fancy meal. The staff were very friendly and accomodating when our reservation had been booked incorrectly online. They were still able to seat six of us with a very minimal wait. The food is superb, I recommend the chicken!

W
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Birthday celebration dinner for elderly parents was disappointing. We have eaten at Elmhirst's 2x before; once it was very good and once just average. This visit was poor. We were seated promptly at a great table with a great view. Then we waited. Eventually a server dropped 3 menus on the table and left. No greeting, no drink order. The restaurant was only about half full, but there weren't enough menus to go around. We got our 4th menu when another table had finished ordering.

There was no wine list provided, so I got up to ask for one.

The server came to get our dinner order - I asked if we could get some drinks first. We ordered a bottle of wine and some beer. After a few minutes the server returned to tell me the wine was out of stock, and that I should go look in the cabinet myself to see what was available. The wine cabinet had many empty spots so we ordered wine by the glass.

Dinner was inconsistent. Pickerel dishes were good. Steak dish was fine. Locally-grown veggies were very nice. Soup wasn't hot, salads were gritty with dirt, roast lamb was very undercooked and had to go back to the kitchen. I learned later when I saw the bill that the server had erroneously sent in an order of medium rare instead of the medium I had asked for. The kitchen ignored her incorrect request even, and provided rare. Still cold in the centre.

Coffees were cold. Server asked how the coffee was and one of our guests answered it was cold; the server replied "good, glad you're enjoying everything." A group SMH followed.

We learned there was a large group event downstairs - this may have had an impact on our service... don't know, don't care.

I know these are all small things, but they add up to make the dinner less than appealing. For reference, approx $250 with 15% gratuity. I know the servers were working hard, but one must not confuse effort with success; I just couldn't leave my normal 25% for this service and meal.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice place , however wedding going on at same time so started a little strange trying to figure where to go .

PP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was simply delicious and without doubt well worth the 1 1/2hr drive for our special occasion! One slight problem with one dish was corrected immediately and without any question. The view of Rice Lake was lovely and we could have watched the clouds all day.
My filet mignon was one of the best I've ever had and my wife's pickerel was terrific.
So, if you have a special occasion, a romantic date or even just a night out - go and treat yourself to the Elmhirst Resort restaurant...you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to the chef and staff for making the evening delightful.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've had Sunday brunch here several times, and I think the selection has gone down over the years while the price has gone up. The food itself wasn't bad, although I will avoid the hot table in the future: everything had been sitting too long and was lukewarm. The desserts are amazing, and the seafood was different and tasty. Service wasn't as attentive as it could have been despite it being very quiet.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great meal and the service was excellent.

LE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were at Elmhirst to celebrate two birthdays. The dining room was beautiful, decorated for Xmas, and a roaring fire in the hearth. The server was attentive, friendly, and well-trained at her job which makes the dining experience more pleasurable. Three of us thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers, meals and desserts, and the amuse bouche and the palate cleanser were pleasant surprises. We were also pleased by the dessert assortment that arrived with candles without even ordering it for the birthday girls. Overall a delightful experience- the only drawbacks were the rather loud large Xmas party gathering in the adjoining room with their own live music. It wasn't possible to dampen the sound so the only option was to turn off the softer music in our space and listen to the loud Xmas carols from the other space (in November).

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The only down point was how this "date night" was marketed to me through OpenTable. This date night was supposed to be a special price/offer. However, after arriving at our table the waiter stated that there was no special offer and we would have to order off of the menu at the regular price. We would not have booked this restaurant had we known that it wasn't a special price.

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