We have been to the OMR several times, for both lunch and dinner, and each time it is a pleasant experience for family style dining. We've enjoyed the awesome hamburgers with tasty sweet potato fries and chipotle dip. Highly recommended is the swiss cheese and mushroom burger. The maple salmon dinner is nicely cooked and comes with rice and a vegetable. The schnitzel isn't the best around (this restaurant is nearby the great German restaurants of Kitchener!!), but it's good, and it comes with a choice of potato or vegetable and homemade coleslaw. The quesadillas are delicious and arrive hot with lots of veg to put into them. There is a large menu with varied dishes, all family favourites, as well as a kid's menu.
The drinks menu is varied with lots of local beer to choose from, wines and spirits as well. They have many non-alcoholic choices.
Desserts are disappointing, with most of them being pre-prepared frozen from a bulk supplier. They're more expensive than what they are worth. The butter and pecan tarts are probably the best item and closest to being homemade. Ice cream is ice cream, and the sundaes are good.
The actual location of the restaurant is great for people coming from Cambridge, Kitchener or Guelph, and its situation on the shore of Puslinch Lake is a treat. A little bit of Geography trivia: Puslinch Lake is the largest kettle lake in North America, and as most of the shoreline is now privately owned, it is virtually inaccessible to the public. However, the OMR does provide a location for accessing the lake. It's particularly lovely at sunset in the autumn with all the colour around the lake. In the summer, evenings are pleasant out on the large deck. It's fun to watch the folks from McClintock's Water Ski school doing their waterski practice out on the lake.
Reservations are not accepted here, so there can sometimes be a wait for a table, especially on weekends. Deck tables are always the most popular in the summer but worth the wait if you have the time.
We have always had good service and friendly waitstaff. Yes, we do have to wait longer than a place like the Swiss Chalet for example, but the food is more homemade here than at a place like the Swiss Chalet!
The ambiance inside the restaurant is country-rustic, with old memorabilia scattered throughout the dining room. There are two model trains that run on tracks above the tables - fun for railroad fans and kids alike. At times when the restaurant is very busy (eg. on a weekend), the place becomes very loud and it's hard to hear people at your own table, but that's what it's like at a family restaurant.
We recommend this spot if you want casual, good value family dining. Great with a group of friends or after a nice autumn hike on the local trails or the Bruce Trail!
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