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“Not for the faint of heart or adverse weather”

The Library Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 81 Restaurants in Midland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Midland, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not for the faint of heart or adverse weather”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Original menu charmingly served. However to eat outside, which is the only option for anyone with any degree of handicap, an able body person has to climb the stairs. Could they not rig Abell cord?!
It was a fair wait before anyone came to help us.
Good was excellent but an over two hour affair.

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Suburb of Toronto
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal at the Library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

We had a lovely meal at the library this past Saturday evening.

We happened to meet the owner standing outside as we were walking up, who subsequently introduced us to the chef. A quick converstation later we had a suggestion for the perfect bottle of wine to match the mussels we determined we'd start with, my wife would have pickerel and I'd have the duck we'd heard others talk about. OMG it was good! The dishes were unique, presented beautifully, delicious and cooked to perfection. Hats off to the kitchen staff and everyone at the Library who ensured we had an wonderful experience

  • Visited June 2012
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Midland, Canada
1 review
“Average for midland”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

My wife and i had dinner at the library restaurant the other day. We were left waiting at the wide open front of the restaurant for literally about four minutes, after someone finally noticed we were there, we were sat and waited another 10 minutes without water or even a gentle nod of our presence by the server. ( the restaurant was a quarter full at this time.) All that aside we ordered the soup of the day (Minestrone), bison carpaccio, pork belly with scallops for our appetizers. For our mains we chose braised short ribs and the duck breast with gnocci. After letting the waitress know what we wanted she proceeded to tell us that they were out of short ribs, so my wife chose the filet mignon.
The soup was put in a square bowl that could have held a litre of soup , but since it was an 8 ounce portion approx, it was barely an inch on the bottom of the bowl. Therefore it cools quite rapidly and is hard to get it on to the spoon. All the brunoised vegetables in the soup were very tender however the spring onions that were cut were absolutely raw and cut to thick. They added a unpalletable crunchyness to the otherwise soft soup. we sent it back after eating only two spoonfuls to actually identify where that god awful crunch was comming from. next the scallops and pork belly. The flavours were good but the scallops were over cooked and were only half brown on one side. good dish , bad execution. the bison carpaccio was good but was too cold. the flavours could not breath. it came with a wonderful pile of pickled mushrooms, but no bread, no crustini just thinly sliced meat with a pile of pickled mushrooms.
The duck main had excellent flavour but the vegetable component was non exsistant: a red pepper under cooked a little carrot , and a rock hard turnip if my memory serves me correct. And the duck was overcooked (my biggest pet peeve) the gnocci were average.
The filet was cooked properly but must have been a tail end peice of the tenderloin that was basterdized to sell to the public because in no way shape or form did it resemble a straight cut filet mignon that i have had many times in many different restaurants.
Throughout the night we had a bottle of wine which was average price but upon ordering it the waitress corrected me on the vinyards name, which was incorrect anyways. Also she charged us for the soup!
Average for midland, it is what you would expect from a small town restaurant. I hope they do well and I hope that people arent as serious about the food they spend their money on as I am.

  • Visited February 2012
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Midland, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, lovely presentation, warm service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

It's always nice to enter The Library and to get their warm welcome. The decor reflects its original function with a quiet, natural wood feel--a blend of casual and formal that works well. The staff are attentive and friendly without being intrusive. This was a birthday party for an adult daughter, so we were happy to have time to chat and to make our selections. We had duck, pork tenderloin, lamb, and seafood pasta as entrees and they were all noteworthy and definitely to be repeated. Two of us had desserts that were a nice combination of elegance and fun. It was another great evening at The Library.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Richard W
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London, Canada
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2 reviews
“Duck to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

We had the cinnamon crusted duck with sour cherry relish and maple butter served with scallion gnocchi. This is Jim's signature dish.

Visited February 2012
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