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Red Canoe Bistro

398 John St., Burlington, Ontario L7R 2K4, Canada
905-637-6137
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Ranked #128 of 368 restaurants in Burlington
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lakeshore
Transit: A city bus terminal is located a 2 minute walk to the north.
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  • English first
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English first
Burlington
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Food was good with Salazpacho a creative combination of Gazpacho and a stuffed tomato, beef short rib you could cut with a spoon and nice trout filet, although it did have a very smokey taste which I'm not sure was meant to be. Server was attentive and knowledgeable but unfortunately our experience was ruined by the extreme slowness of the... More

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Burlington, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's hard to appreciate a place when food quality is average based on similar restaurants but the wait between courses is beyond long, bordering on ridiculous. 1h45 in before the main course is served is just not acceptable at any restaurant, maybe they are under staffed, who knows, unless you are polishing off a bottle or two of wine, I'd... More

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Burlington, ON
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Overall the food was good. Not amazing, but solid. The staff were friendly and relatively attentive. It felt like we were sitting around waiting to be sold more wine, as each course took a very long time to arrive. We had finished a great bottle of wine by the time our mains arrived. My wife tried the "Taste of Burlington"... More

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Burlington, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Came here for lunch during weekday. We ordered mac & cheese and steak & egg....nicely prepared dishes. Service was extremely slow. During our entire stay there was only one other table of patrons...yet it took 40mins before our food arrived. Considering the service and the ambiance, I think they are 20-30% overpriced, especially for the dinner menu.

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Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Happened to come across this venue while looking for another restaurant in Burlington and am glad we decided to try it instead. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing - fresh and tasty! I was going to return for a second evening but a health issue kept me from doing so. Look forward to visiting here again when... More

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Newmarket, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

On Mother's Day I took my mother to the restaurant for the Mother's Day brunch. While I have had some good experiences with this place in the past I have noticed a decline in service and food, and an incline in price! I ordered an omelette, asked for it to be firm and it came very runny. When I brought... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We visited this restaurant on may 7,2014. First of all the soup in the picture is not what you get at the restaurant it barely has any lobster on it. The waiter there was very unfriendly, all the time occupied with cleaning Andre organizing the tables while no one was there. She was barely look at you or ask you... More

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Montreal, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A nice restaurant in downtown Burlington on John St. One of the best wine lists I’ve ever seen with a lot of private wines. The menu is also so original. Mushroom meatballs are a must. And the desserts are great. The bread pudding was to die for. The service is lovely, obvious staff and chef are proud to work there... More

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Stoney Creek, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This was our first visit to Red Canoe Bistro on Feb 7/14. They focus on using local ingredients, a farm to table approach. Their wine list is extensive and they offer many local wines and craft beers from around Ontario. They will argue that Ontario wines are some of the best in the world, I like it! My wife had... More

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Burlington, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

If you like to go to franchise restaurants and always order the same thing then the RED CANOE is NOT the place or you. The menu here always changes; chef Tobias is continues to invent interesting dishes. I have had the pleasure of eating here 4 times and I look forward to the next visit! I can not wait to... More

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