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R&L Bistro

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$$$
International, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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193 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1S3, Canada
+1 705-646-2237
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: R&L Bistro is a small quaint Bistro on Manitoba Street in the heart of...
R&L Bistro is a small quaint Bistro on Manitoba Street in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. We seat a maximum of 32 covers for lunch and dinner at one time. We do recommend reservations either by phone or online through our booking interface.Inside you will find a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere, with white linen table cloths. In the evening the atmosphere is decidedly romantic.A local artist provides the stunning artwork.Our food although simple and delicious, covers a wide array of cuisine styles from traditional French, to Asian and Italian dishes, all presented with flair.Our service is second to none, and in the evening is modeled on the service found at Michelin starred establishments.We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends to R&L Bistro.
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We joined our friends at R & L for dinner last week (August 27th) and had a wonderful experience. Each of us ordered something different and each of us thought we had made the best choice! The service was just right - professional and friendly. I would highly recommend this spot for locals and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Nancy G
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We joined our friends at R & L for dinner last week (August 27th) and had a wonderful experience. Each of us ordered something different and each of us thought we had made the best choice! The service was just right - professional and friendly. I would highly recommend this spot for locals and cottagers alike. Great value for a... More 

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I have been patronizing R&L bistro for several years. We encourage you to try this intimate and friendly local restaurant. Rick, the chef provides excellent choices for all courses. The appetizers vary from seafood, cheeses to pasta. The mains selection will not disappoint; beef, poultry, fresh pickerel, salmon. Many dishes have an International slant, Indian curry, Italian... More 

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Once a month during our golfing season, The Highland Lassies were fortunate to have R&Ls cater a luncheon at our clubhouse. After our nine holes of golf, our lunch was delivered, attractively displayed and served by the owner personally....with a smile. The variety over the weeks was amazing. Our August lunch consisted of baked ham or baked salmon with scalloped... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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102 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was a rainy day in Muskoka when we decided to have lunch at R & L Bistro. The restaurant was full which is usually a good sign that the restaurant is a good place to eat. Although we were told that it could be a 20 minute wait we got a table fairly quickly, but that is when the... More 

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muskokaguys, Owner at R&L Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We take all reviews very seriously. I am sorry that you felt the wait time, which was 25 minutes after your order was placed was too long, and that you felt the food was average. We try to accomodate diners with a wait time of 30 minutes or less during peak periods, occasionally there may... More 

Barrie
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78 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We have dined here in the past and continue to enjoy everything about the Bistro. Make sure you book ahead as many people sadly didn't make reservations and had to be turned away. We were seated quickly and served a delicious "amuse bouche"- a complimentary taste sensation from the chef. I enjoyed the garlicky cheese escargot served with fresh bread... More 

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Bracebridge, Ontario
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I wrote a review awhile ago that was very unfair,and I thank Rick (the owner for tuning me in) My wife and I have eaten breakfast in here quite often.I mentioned that their green tea was cheap grocery store brand.It is not cheap it is what we sometimes use at home.I recommend R&L for breakfast strongly.I cannot rate any other... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My husband and I happened upon this restaurant while wandering Bracebridge looking for a nice place to eat lunch. We were not disappointed. I chose the quiche lorraine and my husband had shrimp on a croissant with potato salad. Everything was delicious. The server was friendly and helpful. She even went out of her way to help a couple who... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Dinner was excellent from the welcoming service, through the amuse bouche and interesting breads with dips, salad and main course. The salad was perfectly dressed, not too much or too little dressing. The main courses, chicken and salmon, were delicious and nicely presented. The prices were reasonable for the offerings.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We visit Bracebridge every summer and always ensure we stop at R&L. Service is excellent, Adam and staff are very personable. The food is of high quality, perfectly seasoned and prepared. Prices are very reasonable relative to the high quality of food. Always enjoy our experience at this restaurant.

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14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We were in Bracebridge just for the day and We went here because is was rated #1 so thought that we would try it. It was Sunday brunch and we ordered the Eggs Benedict Restaurant looked like it needed a good sweeping, Food was not bad, I have had better, average age in there was probably 65 so maybe the... More 

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muskokaguys, Owner at R&L Bistro, responded to this review

Thank You for your review. We take all reviews seriously. I am sorry that R&L Bistro did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide excellent food and service, and are constantly reviewing our menus and servers performance. You are indeed correct that the server was new and this was his first shift for the last hour of business alone.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 193 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1S3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Muskoka District  >  Bracebridge
  • Phone Number: +1 705-646-2237

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26
  • Cuisine: International, Mediterranean, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

R&L Bistro is a small quaint Bistro on Manitoba Street in the heart of downtown Bracebridge. We seat a maximum of 32 covers for lunch and dinner at one time. We do recommend reservations either by phone or online through our booking interface.Inside you will find a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere, with white linen table cloths. In the evening the atmosphere is decidedly romantic.A local artist provides the stunning artwork.Our food although simple and delicious, covers a wide array of cuisine styles from traditional French, to Asian and Italian dishes, all presented with flair.Our service is second to none, and in the evening is modeled on the service found at Michelin starred establishments.We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends to R&L Bistro.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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