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R&L Bistro

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Canadian, International, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
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193 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1S3, Canada
+1 705-646-2237
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Dorset, Canada
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking for fine dining in Muskoka, with great service and a relaxed atmosphere, you need to visit R&L Bistro in Bracebridge. It is located on the main street, Manitoba, at the corner with Ann Street. We returned last Thursday night after a lengthy absence, hoping it would be as nice as we remembered. Five of the tables... More 

Thank D2squared
Bracebridge, Canada
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A week ago we returned to R & L's for dinner and as, usual, enjoyed every minute of it. Michael is not a big eater but loves seafood. The special of the night was a creamy pasta; however, since Michael prefers a tomato sauce, they did this and added large shrimp to the order. It was so appetizing the table... More 

Thank Michael B
Gravenhurst, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Prime Rib Wednesday's is our favorite go to place for a casual dinner. Excellent Prime Rib and service every time. We have been several times for this special. Reasonably priced too.

Thank Mary S
Ancaster, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

R&L is in a great location and looked inviting. To our surprise we were greeted with "IT'S A 20 WAIT". The warning came from the server who looked mad at us for showing up. I asked why when the restaurant is half empty. ANSWER: We have a table of 7 which has backed up the kitchen. I had to stay... More 

Thank Abkboat
Georgetown, Canada
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a solid Reuben sandwich here. Very well done over all good lunch, I had my dog with me and they were accommodating in letting me sit on their patio (which is really the sidewalk) with her. Service was very attentive and friendly.

2 Thank Ontheroad1982
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793 reviews
512 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those places. Those places where you feel like family from the second you walk in. Those places who you tell them that one of your party is gluten free, and they plan the dish in advance. Yes, tonight was a lovely evening in Bracebridge. AMAZING service, fabulous well-priced menu, super food. Wine list solid, and fair... More 

Thank MaraFromToronto
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

R&L Bistro opened on Canada Day for a special breakfast for a Real Estate function. However as usual when there is activity in this local eatery and the door is open customers are still welcomed and before Rick, Leo or Pat knew what happened the restaurant was filled to capacity again even after the special function had been concluded. With... More 

Thank Bernie B
Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I do not usually write second reviews for hotels or restaurants but felt compelled to after seeing the review from Franee. My husband and I first discovered R&L Bistro over two years ago and have been seasonal regulars ever since. Here is our two cents worth. The restaurant of about 30 seats is spotlessly clean and well furnished with comfortable... More 

Thank Traveller6345
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Our first time at this restaurant and what an evening we had. Our server was gracious and explained the daily specials and featured wines. Fantastic seafood stew, lamb, steak and gluten free pasta. The starter of Merguez and two salads one a pear and blue cheese the other a strawberry and Brie were wonderful. We had no room for desert... More 

Thank cooper752016
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123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Dirty table cloths, filthy menus and the food is not great either. Service is not great . This was a return visit and we had hoped things had improved but if anything it is worse and we will not go back!

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

Thankyou for choosing R&L Biistro we are a small restaurant that has been providing quality gourmet food and meticulous servise for 25 years. At lunch we provid a ever changing menu that includes a selection for Veagans and vegetarians,featuring our lentil loaf with miso gravey and chakra caesar salad we also offer a selection of home made soups and sandwitches... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Canadian, International, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?