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“Great Service, Mediocre Meal”
Review of R&L Bistro - CLOSED

R&L Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $26
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: 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.
Waterloo, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Great Service, Mediocre Meal”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Visited on a Thursday evening. Atmosphere is not outstanding. Decorating didn't do anything for us. Server was very attentive and friendly. I had the Pickerel and my wife had the chucked breast. Both were merely OK. Sauces need help. Somewhat bland.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Dave R
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muskokaguys, Owner at R&L Bistro, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review R&L Bistro. We take all reviews very seriously. We are glad that you enjoyed our excellent and professional worldclass service. We are also glad that you enjoyed our bread service with our olive oil and balsamic vinegar as well as our homemade olive and herb tappenade. We are pleased you enjoyed our starter of delicious oven baked garlic escargots with mozarella cheese, as well as our homemade layered carrot cake with double cream cheese icing and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for your dessert.
We are surprised however, about your unfavourable comments for our Fresh Ontario Pickerel filet in a traditional Meuniere sauce(lemon, butter and white wine), and your unfavourable comments regarding our Organic Free Range Stuffed Chicken Breast with Ontario Brie, Ontario cranberries and pecans, with our decadent Sherry,mushroom cream sauce.
Our interior design is by a local Canadian designer. We have strived to create a calming and warm interior with its neutral taupe, white and black colour scheme, complimented by white linen table cloths, comfortable chairs and modern art by a local Bracebridge artist. Our tables spaced well apart offer views to the street, two fireplaces and our floor to ceiling water feature.
We wish you both a very happy 45th anniversary this weekend and hope that you will give us another try in the not too distant future.
Rick Peltomaki(Owner)
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English first
Gravenhurst, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food and service.”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We have been to R&L's many times; this is by far our favorite restaurant in Muskoka. Great wine selection and service. Tonight we enjoyed excellent mushroom soup, chicken tikka, peach melba, carrot cake and as usual their exceptional meatloaf..

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Bobby C
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Ottawa, Ontario
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We had a great lunch at this eatery and can highly recommend it to visitors to Bracebridge. Service is very efficient and the fod is very good.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Ottawa_retiree
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

From the service, to the food, to the ambience, everything was perfect at the R&L Bistro.
The servers were genuine and friendly, and catered to our every need. Our server made us feel like we were locals in the little town, it's was welcoming. The food was exceptional, and the wine was paired well. It is a fine dining restaurant, so I was expecting a big bill although, the over all bill was reasonable and fairly priced for the quality and quantity of the food.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank wanderlust_foodie
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Port Carling, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Home Cooking at it's best”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This restaurant suits all the categories. Couples, Family, Friends, Business, Solo. Reservations recommended in Summer/Fall months.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank FrequentCust0mer
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