Fun & Fast Food: The Best Casual Restaurants in Haliburton 2023

Photo courtesy  Maple Avenue Tap & Grill


Looking for fun and tasty casual dining experiences in Haliburton Ontario? Aneeqah Sohail shares her list of the top casual restaurants in Haliburton


Located amidst some of the best scenery in Ontario, Haliburton is well-known for its hospitality. It has also developed a reputation for its first-rate restaurants, including plenty of excellent casual eateries. 

And why not combine your culinary adventures with a getaway at one of the top Haliburton hotels and resorts?

To help you get the most from your dining experience, we’ve compiled a list of the best casual restaurants in Haliburton, each guaranteed to satisfy the ol’ tastebuds without denting the wallet. 



The Best Casual Restaurants in Haliburton


McKeck’s-Tap and Grill 
Haliburton Restaurants McKecks exterior sign
Owned by a former Leafs player,McKeck’s offers traditional pub fare in a homey atmosphere (Photo courtesy McKeck’s-Tap and Grill)


The Haliburton Highlands has a lot to offer Canada… including hockey players. Yes, hockey players! In fact, you can thank former Toronto Maple Leaf’s player Walt Mckechnie for opening McKeck’s-Tap and Grill, a traditional pub that has served the community – and travelers – for over 30 years.

No visit is complete without trying their wings, and there is a wild selection of flavours. Favourites include Eli’s secret sauce, Walker’s Whiskey, and Dry Cajun Rub, any of which will leave you and your party satisfied.

McKeck’s has also added their spin to traditional pub dishes like their maple pork back ribs, the Highland steak, and parmesan chicken. If you are into sharing, be sure to try their pizzas. Delicious toppings you can choose from include double-smoked bacon, hot genoa salami, and kalamata olives – all of which helped secure this casual Haliburton restaurant’s spot on our list of places you simply must go to when you make your trek up to cottage country.

For more details of these and other traditional pub foods, be sure to check out the McKeck’s menu on their website at


Maple Avenue Tap & Grill
Maple Avenue Tap & Grill top Haliburton Restaurant serves Asian inspired dishes
In addition to its North American menu items, Maple Avenue serves up a variety of traditional Asian dishes (Photo courtesy Maple Avenue Tap & Grill)


Maple Avenue Tap & Grill is a popular local casual Haliburton restaurant. Here cottagers, locals, and visitors come to get their fix of classic meals as well as traditional Asian cuisine. Some classics to feast on are the fish and chips, the chicken Caesar wrap, and the French onion soup.

However, no visit to the Maple Avenue Tap & Grill is complete without trying their classic burgers. Some notable creations are the brie and mushroom burger, and the cowboy burger, filled with pulled pork and bacon. If you are looking for an Asian influenced dish, the Pad Thai and Thai cashew stir fry are excellent choices.

The verdict? Maple Avenue Tap & Grill have the unique ability to bring flavours together that will leave your taste buds wanting seconds.

To see Maple Avenue Tap & Grill’s menu details, visit their website at


Kosy Korner 
Kozy Korner restaurant Haliburton view of exterior
Kosy Korner is one of the oldest (and most popular) casual eateries in Haliburton (Photo courtesy Kosy Korner)


Cottaging is all about relaxing and enjoying the company of others. Which is why you should leave it to the breakfast pros to fix you a meal. Located near Head Lake, Kosy Korner has been serving home-cooked meals since 1935.

You can’t go wrong with having breakfast here. The eggs are cooked to perfection and their omelets, pancakes, and  waffles keep guests coming back. If you are craving something savory, they have a mouth-watering meatloaf, a hearty turkey pot pie, and an irresistible baked lasagna.

Kosy Korner is a family tradition that has been, rightfully, a top Haliburton restaurant for years. Let’s face it: your trip  to cottage country isn’t complete without paying a visit. For quality and homestyle cooking, be sure to check their website for full menu details:




Contributor Aneeqah Sohail is a marketing specialist and content provider.