1886 Lake House Bistro

392 Main St S, Callander ON P0H 1H0
$$ French

upscale cottage casual bistro - farm to table - local ingredients including our on site gardens and greenhouse - Wine Spectator award winning wine list - hand crafted cocktails and mocktails - small breweries - kids menu

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Reservations are NOT necessary but we have some spots for them if you prefer. Most of the restaurant is walkin only so come on down. Reservation system is a trial running from Sep 11 2023 - may 18 2024 Cancellation policy in effect within 12 hours of reservation time slot.. 5 minute grace period. Please be on time. Please be courteous and polite to all staff members. Thank you to all our great supporting guests!

Business Info

  • Address: 392 Main St S, Callander ON P0H 1H0
  • Cross Street: Corner of Main Street South and Fleet Street
  • Cuisine: American | Desserts | French | Pasta | Seafood | Steak | Sunday Brunch | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 7057130423
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options, Tea Service, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Monday Hours 11 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday
Tuesday Hours 11 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Wednesday
Wednesday Hours 11 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Thursday
Thursday Hours 11 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Friday
Friday Hours 11 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Saturday
Saturday Hours 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Sunday
Sunday Hours 9 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.86 out of 5 stars based on 406 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 03, 2024
Terrol G.
Food as always was excellent. It's wonderful to be able to make a reservation. We love the restaurant but did not go as often as we liked as we didn't like driving to Callander to find we could not get in. Thanks a lot.

Overall: 10/10
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May 03, 2024
Pauline L.
We really enjoy the lab use we have ever had anything we didn’t enjoy. Food delicious, service great, there really isn’t anything wrong. But it would make it easier for me if it was easer for handcaped to get in.

Overall: 10/10
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May 01, 2024
Craig H.
It's been a few years since I've been to 1886. Had family in town for the weekend and decided to bring them here. Everyone had a great experience from the time we sat down until we left.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 23, 2024
Patricia D.
Lovely everything!One little thing.My chicken stew was so hot,I could not eat it. I had a stuffed chicken last time with veggies and it was great.Everything else was superior!!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 20, 2024
Karen C.
Really great and fun evening in the Bistro! Service and food is top notch and Megan has a continuous smile thru out all the demands thrown at here!❤️

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 12, 2024
Byron J.
Food was great, it was a bit crowded but they moved us to a quiet area for our anniversary dinner. Price was better than most places and the portions were filling. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Apr 10, 2024
Jill F.
The majority of the food was just excellent. Mussels, Pasta, Meatloaf, Artic Char- all yummy! Great serving size. The fish and chips though were served with the coleslaw loose in the basket and the fluid seeped into the fried fish and fries-my husband didn't like the flavor of the coleslaw and so the flavor being seeped into everything ruined his dish. Nothing a small dish couldn't have solved. The breadbasket was sad:(

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 09, 2024
Christine H.
This is a hidden gem! You truly felt at home here and the food is incredible as is the staff. Their wine menu was a little overwhelming, but award winning at the same time. We will 100% be back for more date nights.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 26, 2024
Keith B.
We absolutely LOVE the Bistro. The atmosphere is great, the staff are super friendly, and the food is AMAZING!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 26, 2024
Tabitha L.
Always love our dinners here. New seating is very comfortable and cozy feeling

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 25, 2024
Rick R.
everything was great. I think the bartender was weak on measuring his alcohol/cheap in his drinks, which always kind of leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth, so I ended up going to the casino, and they knew how to mix a proper old-fashioned drink and mix it correctly little weak on the alcohol would be my only complaint

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 18, 2024
Shelly C.
An amazing celebratory evening. The food and wine was perfection and our table hostess/server...but much more than that, made the night even more special

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 12, 2024
Jamie B.
By far the best food we have ever eaten. We don’t know how we will eat a steak anywhere else. 10/10 We plan to come back

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 05, 2024
Dan R.
Excellent as always

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 26, 2024
Catherine M.
Lake House Bistro in Callander was a lovely experience from a to z! Our server, the food, the friendliness, the service …. Excellent! I will be returning again…and again! Un gros, gros merci!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 25, 2024
Chad S.
Waitress was great, food was brought out soon, fun atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Feb 18, 2024
Patrick S.
Delicious

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 15, 2024
Robert J.
Our first time there, we'll be back !

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 04, 2024
Heather K.
Amazing customer service and outstanding food.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 02, 2024
Brian D.
We had a great time visiting with family. Everything was perfect and the food was delicious. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 01, 2024
Marc D.
Service was excellent! Food was delicious, as always.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 28, 2024
Peter S.
Everything was perfect

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 7/10
Jan 03, 2024
thomas p.
The staff were excellent as well as the food

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 03, 2024
Carol H.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the New Years Eve menu. The only " complaint " would although the bison my husband had was cooked perfectly, some of it was just too tough to enjoy. Your servers were very efficient and pleasant. Thank you for the great outing.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2023
Corine J.
Excellent place!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2023
Norma O.
Our group thoroughly enjoyed our time at your restaurant. Food was delicious and the staff were great. Very happy that you are taking reservations now. Merry Christmas!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 17, 2023
Cara P.
A lovely night! Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 13, 2023
Genevieve C.
Fantastic experience. Loved the fresh produce from Mnogin Greenhouse to start and thoroughly enjoyed a seafood medley special for the main. Can’t wait to come again!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 12, 2023
JEREMY H.
Don't change anything. Everything was amazing!!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 08, 2023
Christina J.
The restaurant was warm, inviting and had wonderful ambience. The waitress was friendly, professional and could sense when to suggest something if you were struggling. The food was fantastic, didn’t feel rushed either.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 06, 2023
Shannon P.
Thank you! Food was great!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 05, 2023
Heather H.
We loved it! The food was amazing. Our waitress was lovely. The atmosphere was nice and quiet. We couldn't afford to go here regularly ($200 for 4 persons) but it was a nice treat for a special occasion.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 28, 2023
Liam D.
Lovely drinks and tasty food. Most importantly amazing service!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 25, 2023
Jennifer G.
Food was delicious

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
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Nov 18, 2023
Marion M.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the friendliness and the overall feeling of being in a warm hearted place. As always!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 11, 2023
Anne M.
Amazing as always!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 09, 2023
Bill A.
Wonderful dinner with family. A great restaurant - very good menu, great food, excellent service, would highly recommend the Lake House to anyone...

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 05, 2023
William A.
Really good as always. Ilike the reservation policy and fully agree with charge for no shows.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 02, 2023
John C.
Our experience has been wonderful with each visit. We took our friends this outing and they too enjoyed all aspects of the dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2023
Marilyn S.
Found the music a bit loud. This meant all patrons were raising their voices to have a conversation. Other than that it was a lovely evening with friends.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 14, 2023
Fiona G.
We had a very enjoyable evening . The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 13, 2023
Lorna R.
We had a great meal as usual, love having this great restaurant in Callander

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2023
Cathy B.
Everything was excellent. We had a great evening of dinning. Food is always delish and service remains impeccable.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2023
Rachelle R.
Dinner was great! Service was excellent. We love your place!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 07, 2023
Jim L.
Always a great dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 28, 2023
Andrea M.
Excellent evening. Lakehouse Bistro is one of our favorites and did not disappoint! Loved the reservation option!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 28, 2023
Sir Donald M.
Marvelous, simply Marvelous.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 14, 2023
Wendy L.
The food and service were amazing. Can’t wait to return. Thank you. Wendy

Overall: 9/10
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Apr 24, 2024
Kim D.
Loved the new benches. The surf and turf special was fantastic. The only area for improvement I could offer is… I found the women’s bathroom cold.

Overall: 9/10
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Apr 20, 2024
Nicole B.
The Bistro is a great place. Great food, great service, great ambiance. The only reason the "overall experience" wasn't a ten, we because we were seated by the door, and it was a bit chilly anytime someone walked in. Other than that... awesome! Thank you for a great evening!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
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Mar 26, 2024
Zofia W.
The bathroom was freezing!

Overall: 9/10
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Jan 24, 2024
Michael D.
Great food, and service. Will be back

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 9/10
Dec 21, 2023
Linda G.
We all enjoyed our lunch except for the two people that had salads with chicken. Unfortunately the chicken was overcooked and therefore really dry. The fish and chips were excellent as was the burger. Great service!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Nov 13, 2023
Chris T.
Had a great night at the Bistro Server was awesome and very personal It was a little chilly in there even though they had the electric fireplace going. I’m not sure why the table agent asks while booking why you’re coming (Eg birthday) because no body new or nothing special was done. So not sure why question was asked.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Mar 06, 2024
Ronald T.
We have been coming at least once or twice a month for the last year. Only problem is the food is never hot enough. Plates should be warm so food stays hot longer always gone cold before we finish. Thanks.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Jan 21, 2024
Danny C.
1886 Lake House Bistro is a consistent gem.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 07, 2023
Hallie H.
Very frustrated with trying to book reservation online when I called and hit 6 to speak to someone the guy repeated himself 3 times and no one ever answered. Waitress very friendly did not mention specials to us.