Lakeside Bala

4.7
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29 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
Lakeside Bala is a newly renovated restaurant where every seat in the dining room or the patio has a view of Lake Muskoka. Our food is fresh and creative. The environment is friendly with lovely jazz playing continuously. Join us for lunch or dinner.

Please note: Reservations will only be held for 15 minutes on KEE concert nights and the patio will be available only on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are for meals.
What 29 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have enjoyed eating at Lakeside since it opened. The food is very good. Haven’t had a bad meal yet. Date night was wonderful. The meals were very good. The entertainment was excellent. We had a great time. We can’t wait to do it again. It was a great idea.

4
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was my first time to Lakeside Bala for dinner. The restaurant was lit with flickering candles which had a very calming effect. We were seated in the spacious new addition over looking the water. Our server, Louis, was very friendly and knowledge about the food and the area.
We started with the baked Brie appetizer. It arrived warm and gooey with plenty of dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a stack of crunchy crostini. Plenty to share with 2-3 people.
I had the lamb shank. The meat was so tender it fell off the bone. My dining partner had the steak which was cooked to a proper medium rare. Both meals were very filling.
To end the night we shared the cream brulee trio and their flourless chocolate torte. Each cream brulee had a perfect sugar crust which cracked to reveal a different delicious cream center and the torte was a slow decadent death by chocolate.
I have dined in Muskoka over the past 18 years and this is one of the best dining experiences I have enjoyed.

KM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. They were really terrific with our large noisy group!! Fun night!
Thanks!

OT
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent work with an abbreviated menu. Three course meal combinations were attuned to the local cranberry festival & provided a good look at the local fall bounty

B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening at Lakeside. Food was delicious. We had a big table of 10 and service was great with lots of support to get meals out on time all together etc. Will definitely return.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Lakeside was fabulous. This is, in our opinion, the top dining option in Muskoka.

SD
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Third time to this restaurant and no complaints. The food was excellent and sitting on the patio in September was so nice. The waitress was a lot of fun. I would totally recommend Lakeside Bala.

d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Service and ambience were great - as expected. But the $20 hamburg was really disappointing. I had read on TripAdvisor that they were mushy and the critic was right. Hamburg was mushy, not much taste to it and fries were slightly burnt and cold.

JF
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

WE spent a very pleasant evening on the patio. The food was excellent and service attentive. And the setting is supurb.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lakeside setting with very attentive service!

RG
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fries were cold and tasted like frost bite, other food was okay but nothing to write home about. Best part was just being able to look at the lake.

RK
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fit d it to be cosy although there's a patio. That was very pretty & comfortable.

Server pleasant & knowledgeable re menus.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was great. Ate before a concert at The Kee. Seems to be under a Reno but could only tell if you looked for it. Great view and the food was excellent.

JH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went with apps. The brie was excellent. The curry coconut mussels were excellent being extremely fresh and perfectly cooked probably being one of the best mussel dishes we ever had. The charcuterie board was a little disappointing in that it was very basic and could have used a little more creativity in cheeses meats olives etc. The service was good and even the owner checked in on us.

B
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, delicious !food, 2nd time and will be back

AB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent ambiance

JV
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandy was our server, and she was so thoughtful and humourous with our family. Very easy to be there. The burger was okay- the bun “held it up” a bit. The ceviche was outstanding! Thank you!

SB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place,! food, service, location - all get a 5 star!!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the area and found this great restaurant right on the water. Has a patio area however we ate inside due to rain. Great pasta meals and loved the chocolate torte dessert!
Would definitely go here again if in the area.

KD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in beautiful Bala beside the lake.
Especially love coming by boat. The owners are there ensuring everything was perfect. Highly recommend this beautiful spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, outstanding service, awesome location at the edge of Lake Muskoka. Highly recommended.

DT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad we stopped in to this place.
The food was AMAZING. The service was even better. I honestly can not wait to go back this summer.
The online reservation system they have was a great touch!
See you soon!

DS
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice evening spent with my wife and Frank(the Chef) and Crystal(waitress). Food was excellent and ambiance very inviting

d
London
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quaint little place on the lake in Bala. This review was written in the winter so I have no knowledge of the patio. The dining room is really cozy and the service was wonderful. The Chef even came out to the table to talk to us to make sure we were enjoying our meals.
The menu has a little bit of everything. A true Bistro selection. I would recommend this place for a quiet dinner or a nice dinner party.
I will hopefully be back in the summer to enjoy the lake view and patio!

J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening spent at Lakeside, Bala. Lovely service, ambiance & very good food. Great to have this addition to Bala. Looking forward to next time. I'd definitely recommend it.

JN
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superbe food—excellent service

s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the cleanest restaurants I have seen in this area. Food was awesome and loved the little added touches.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great country restaurant right on the lake in Bala.

B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific night out. Eight of us and everyone enjoyed their meal. Great appetizers. Menu had a lovely fall flair. Chilled apple soup sampler was delicious. Very nice service too. Will definitely return.