After my wife & I visited the Dam Grill for the first time, back in 2012 and we have told many of our friends about what a great place it was. We are very fortunate to be able to cruise along the beautiful Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) aboard our boat and figured that a return trip to the restaurant was due. This time around, we made it a destination for the Canada Day long weekend so that our kids and little granddaughter could enjoy it as much as we did the first time around. Nobody was disappointed!
Arriving for dinner around 5:00 pm, we found the outdoor patio of the restaurant about two thirds full and we we were seated immediately, right next to the water. What a view! Being situated right across the Severn River from Lock # 45 of the TSW, we enjoyed a steady stream of passing boats of all sizes. The location could not have been better for alfresco dining :-)
Having being recently diagnosed with MS, I have been following a strictly gluten free (G/F) diet, with my wife, daughter and granddaughter prefering G/F menu items as well. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that, although they do not explicitly refer to G/F on their main menu, they do offer a separate listing of items that are G/F. Confused? Don't worry, our server was too, as she did not even know that this list existed - & I think she didn't really grasp the concept of 'gluten free foods'. Moving forward, it would be great if they could offer some sort of indication on their main menu what is G/F. Restaurants such as Milestones simply have a little icon beside their menu items that are G/F & that might be an idea for the Dam Grill?? Would add value for the customers, as well as eliminate confusion with the staff. . .
My only reservation this time around was that our server was clearly struggling with her knowledge and people skills. Not that she was rude or anything, just woefully inexperienced and lacked the self confidence & personality that this type of work requires. Too much 'robot' and not enough 'sure, I'll look into that for you'. And the whole G/F thing really threw her for a loop.
Apart from the server issue (which was not a deal breaker, by any means), the food arrived quickly, was prepared perfectly and we all enjoyed our meals tremendously! Even our 15 month old granddaughter finished her dinner - including asparagus - with no complaints :-)
Will we return? Absolutely. We are looking forward to it!
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