My husband and I had not been out to eat for a while, and we both love to eat good food and enjoy wine. I saw that they had a promo going on that included live jazz music which I love and my husband tolerates. ;)We were warmly greeted by Julie when we came in and she happened to be our server for the evening too. We felt comfortable and made to be welcome and treated special by her for the whole evening. I had the seafood linguine with a beautiful glass of Pondview Riesling while my husband ordered the stuffed Cornish hen with a choice red wine he loved.
The live music added to our enjoyment of the evening and it felt very intimate inside the restaurant most particularly from the excellent service we received. We will definitely go back and will love to experience the patio during the summer months.
Valentine’s Date Night with live music!
Lakeside once again delivered, food was beautifully presented, delicious and hot, attentive service, with wonderful entertainment and ambiance! Always enjoy our time & meals at Lakeside Bala! ❤️
Excellent value and service. Thank you. The entertainment was amazing too wonder vocals
Food & service as usual were wonderful!!! We had a relaxing fun evening.
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.
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.
Excellent service and food. They were really terrific with our large noisy group!! Fun night!
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
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.
As usual, Lakeside was fabulous. This is, in our opinion, the top dining option in Muskoka.
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.
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.
WE spent a very pleasant evening on the patio. The food was excellent and service attentive. And the setting is supurb.
Great food in a lakeside setting with very attentive service!
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.
Fit d it to be cosy although there's a patio. That was very pretty & comfortable.
Server pleasant & knowledgeable re menus.
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.
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.
Excellent experience, delicious !food, 2nd time and will be back
Excellent food excellent ambiance
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!
Awesome place,! food, service, location - all get a 5 star!!
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.
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.
Excellent food, outstanding service, awesome location at the edge of Lake Muskoka. Highly recommended.
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!
Very nice evening spent with my wife and Frank(the Chef) and Crystal(waitress). Food was excellent and ambiance very inviting
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!
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.
Superbe food—excellent service
One of the cleanest restaurants I have seen in this area. Food was awesome and loved the little added touches.
A great country restaurant right on the lake in Bala.
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.