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“Good, can be great ...at times.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Oar & Paddle

The Oar & Paddle
530 Muskoka Rd North, Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1G3, Canada
705-687-8618
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Ranked #6 of 50 Restaurants in Gravenhurst
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Muskoka, Ontario
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Good, can be great ...at times.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Nice higher end restaurant. The food is usually quite good, sometimes excellent.
While I have found that the lower level staff are polite and service oriented, the owner's always seem pretty indifferent.
This is not an inexpensive place and I think people should be made to feel more special.

Visited July 2012
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Northrestaurant, Owner at The Oar & Paddle, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Hi Steve,

Robbie here -

Thank you for taking the time to send us this feedback. I would love the opportunity to chat with, either by email or phone, to gather more information with regard to your review.

Thanks, I look forward to the opportunity of hearing from you.
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Ontario
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Introduced to the "Back Door, Fish with Chips" this past summer. At first I thought the price was on the high side but ..after seeing the portions quickly changed my mind!
We had the halibut with chips. The portion of halibut is very large and very "meaty" as is the norm for good halibut. It was perfectly prepared, lightly battered and piping hot. Generous portion of fries. A great easy dinner to pick up after a long drive or an impromptu dinner with local friends.

Can't wait to try the restaurant!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northrestaurant, Owner at The Oar & Paddle, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write such kind words about our fish and chips! We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you in to North to dine!
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Bracebridge, Canada
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“Very Good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We had the highly-recommended fish and chips and enjoyed it very much. If anything, the fish (haddock) was almost too thick! Cooked nicely though with a generous order of fries on the side. Onions rings were very greasy, although we were with a large group and the sheer number of orders being placed almost simultaneously may have created this slight slip up in the kitchen. Service was at a good pace and staff were pleasant and accommodating.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northrestaurant, Owner at The Oar & Paddle, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to comment on Trip Advisor! We appreciate your comments, and look forward to welcoming you back in to North and North West Restaurants!
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Just amazing quality and thought put into the menu. Fine dining fare and an upscale casual atmosphere. Great spot for dinner in Gravenhurst.

Visited August 2012
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Northrestaurant, Owner at The Oar & Paddle, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience at North! We appreciate the time you have taken to share our thoughts with us.

It is out pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to welcoming you back to North in the near future!
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Oakville, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Chic Rustic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

North Restaurant in Gravenhurst is one of only a handful of Muskoka restaurants that has very good food. We’ve eaten there twice and enjoyed our experience both times. Homemade soups, “Back Door” fish and chips, grilled meats are all well prepared and tasty. We discovered a delightful New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, Astrolabe, from their well-chosen wine list. (We’ve since bought several cases of Astrolabe for consumption at home, finding it a great summer wine). The restaurant setting is chic rustic (if there is such a thing). The prices may be a tad high but by my calculation dining there is still very good value.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northrestaurant, Owner at The Oar & Paddle, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to connect with us. We appreciate your comments, and I will be sure to share them with our team!!

Thanks again we look forward to welcoming you back to North!
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