Looking for the best dining experiences in Haliburton Ontario? Contributor Aneeqah Sohail shares her list of the top Haliburton restaurants and casual eateries. Enjoy!
Nestled in Ontario’s most stunning cottage country, the Haliburton Highlands is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and endless adventures. The region’s unique landscape is what cottagers and locals are most attracted to, a rugged terrain that’s shaped as much by the Canadian Shield as it is by the over 500 lakes that can be found here.
After a long day of sightseeing, why not treat your taste buds with a visit to one the region’s excellent eateries? The best Haliburton restaurants will certainly satisfy your cravings with dishes such as delicious duck served at a fine dining restaurant, to mouthwatering wings available at the local pub. Best of all, food in Haliburton is known for being locally sourced, award-winning, and inspired by all ethnicities.
To help you get the most from your dining experience, we’ve compiled a list of the Haliburton restaurants and eateries we feel contribute the most to the region’s excellent food scene. Enjoy!
Rhubarb Restaurant (Featured Restaurant)
Make Rhubarb Restaurant your first stop for a memorable Haliburton dining experience. Knowing they use fresh ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets makes it easy to eat healthy while enjoying a delicious meal at this Minden restaurant. And don’t be fooled by the scenery – the Rhubarb menu is filled with dishes that are internationally inspired.
Be sure to try the signature crispy pork schnitzel, the impressive charcuteries plate, and many colourful salads. Rhubarb Restaurant partners with local bakeries, too, so you can experience all of Halliburton’s finest baked goods. End your meal with their legendary Butter Tart Cheesecake.
Rhubarb Restaurant has earned a reputation as a top Haliburton restaurants for its ability to deliver the characteristics of an upscale restaurant, all while being in cottage country.
Read More: Read the full Rhubarb feature story on LuxuryHaliburton.
Editor’s Note: Rhubarb Haliburton is where you’ll also find the excellent Boshkung Brewing Co. Be sure to sample some of their fine brews while dining at Rhubarb! You can learn more about them and other local brews on our Haliburton Breweries story.
Twin Fires @ Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa
Located in the elegant Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa, Twin Fires restaurant is an elevated fine dining experience in the heart of cottage country. Set overlooking Eagle Lake, this stunning restaurant is a gem because of the world-class food, as well as its views.
The Twin Fires menu entails several fan favorites, which include Confit Duck Leg, Quebec Duck Sausage, and a North African inspired ragout. Don’t forget to check out their one of a kind wine cellar, too. It’s home to a carefully selected collection of wines to make your meal complete.
If you choose to stay on the resort grounds, be sure to enjoy a unique breakfast. Some distinct items include Frittatas, consisting of an egg and crispy potato special, or the Triple Sec Infused French toast if you are looking for something sweet.
To learn more about the first-rate dining experiences available at what is undoubtedly one of the best Haliburton restaurants, or to plan a visit or book a reservation, visit their website at https://sirsamsinn.com.
Baked & Battered
Eating nutritious meals while on vacation in Haliburton shouldn’t be hard because Baked & Battered is here to offer healthy eating options for everyone. You can count on the produce being the freshest, their fish is sustainably sourced, and the baked goods are made from organic and simple ingredients… so yes, you can have another blueberry spelt muffin!
To get your daily greens, be sure to try their delicious healthy bowls, always filled with colourful vegetables and topped with a homemade dressing. All meals can be made to go, which is perfect because Head Lake is right across the road from Bake & Batter, making it super easy to have a picnic.
To explore more healthy options on the menu, check out their website at www.bakedandbattered.com.
The Cookhouse Restaurant
Nestled between Kennisis Lake and Little Redstone Lake lies one of the best places to eat in Haliburton: the Cookhouse Restaurant. Located in the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve (and reputedly their best-kept secret!), this popular eatery serves meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, each an authentic cookhouse dining experience.
Some highlights from the menu include a cookhouse benny, forest granola, and a house-smoked brisket sandwich. Also, the Cookhouse offers always-fresh seafood, ensuring their cod and chips hits the spot.
For the menu and Cookhouse details, visit their website at www.haliburtonforest.com/amenities/the-cookhouse-restaurant.
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 www.mckecks.ca.
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 www.mapleavenuetapandgrill.com.
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: www.kosykorner.com.
Contributor Aneeqah Sohail is a marketing specialist content provider.