Nearby points of interest

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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.57mi
  2. Distance: 6.79mi
  3. Distance: 7.22mi
  4. Distance: 7.25mi

About Fishbone By The Lake

Soak up the sun, have a tasty cocktail and delicious food at what is probably one of the best patios in the GTA !
A fantastic venue for all sorts of events. Have your wedding ceremony on the beach and reception all at same location.... just 40 minutes from Downtown Toronto.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:

Phone Number:
(905) 591-3737

Website:
http://www.fishbonebistro.ca/by-the-lake/

Fishbone By The Lake Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (60)
Waterfront (57)
Outdoor Eating (55)
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Lunch (50)
Casual (45)
Worth the Drive (45)
Seasonal (44)
Good for a Date (36)
Neighbourhood Gem (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Group Bookings (23)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Romance (21)
Fun (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Healthy (15)
Cozy (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Brunch (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Authentic (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Comfort Food (8)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Child-Friendly (5)
Great Beer (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post-theatre (3)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten-Free Options (1)
Late-Night Find (1)
Paleo-Friendly (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on September 4, 2017

Best kept secret for a delicious lunch or dinner on the water. Great for special occasions for large groups or just a party for two.

The portions could be a little larger for the price tag and seeing that my kids were hungry again by the time we got home.

Would definitely return next summer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This was our second visit to Fishbone on Musselman's Lake this summer. We love this restaurant! The patio overlooking the lake makes you feel like you are in cottage country... without the long drive. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and our server, Bea, was friendly and attentive. In particular, the salmon and brussel sprouts were fantastic. We will definitely be back next summer!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
Food1
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was the only disappointment. We were the first seated when restaurant opened, but served much later than new guests that were seated after us. Our server seemed to forget the sequence of who she was waiting on.
When the manager came around doing his rounds of asking guests how the meal was, we mentioned the slow service and his first response was that the kitchen was a little off due to influx of guests. It had nothing to do with the kitchen... they were great. When they got the order they quickly served the delicious meal. He then came back defending the service. This is where I tuned out and told him to drop it. If you are going to ask your customers' feedback then have the courtesy of listening to the concern. This was a service issue not food.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing service by maitre d' and server. Great view of the lake. Good food.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always enjoy coming to Fishbone by the Lake. Has a nice 'summer time ' vibe, especially when the weather cooperates with the sun and the view over the lake.
The food is always high quality with a beautiful presentation.
It was a bonus to try the zucchini flowers and we love the Portuguese tarts.
One member of our party had the octopus and raved about it. Now we are all curious. Could it be cut up as an appetizer so we could try it?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fun, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nothing negative to say!!! Food / service / company was outstanding!!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Scenic View
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love the outdoor atmosphere, worth the drive from Thornhill to feel like you are at the cottage.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Loved the crab cake burger! Great appetizers, service and view!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Consistently good service and really tasty, well-presented food. Friendly, casual and welcoming staff. We were given a lovely table with a perfect lake view. Great location. Everything we've had there has been delicious. On this occasion, we had excellent mussels and crab cake and lamb/ beef burgers. For my taste, mussels could have a bit more piri-piri spicing. Best custard tart ever! I'd go back just for that tart. A great summer lunch away from it all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 31, 2017

This was our first time visiting this restaurant.
The setting was beautiful
The food was plentiful. Tasty and yummy
The service was lovely and friendly

Will certainly be going back next year

Lovely night was enjoyed by both of us

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 31, 2017

An enjoyable and relaxed dining experience for friends from the city.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 29, 2017

Nice view and relaxing. I like that the restaurant had blankets for the customers. The poke was little disappointing but other then that the food was good.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great service and food was good.Wasps were bothersome but can't be helped.Loved the lake.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fabulous as always! We love Cynthia!!! She wasn't there on Wednesday, but our server was polite and efficient. My daughter's first time, she'll be a regular next season and is looking forward to coming to your Stouffville location for Pepe's Meatballs!

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tapas, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Naples)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fishbone By The Lake has become a seasonal favorite for us. Food is excellent (particularly the lamb/beef burger and the fries!), staff is accommodating and efficient. You just can't beat the view for waterfront dining on a beautiful summer day. Well worth the drive!

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 28, 2017

Loved sitting outside overlooking the water. The organic salmon was very good & our waiter Silvester couldn't have been more charming. Would love to go back with my girlfriends

Tags: Great for Brunch, Organic, People Watching, Waterfront, Fun
Food2
Ambience2
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

Overall had a nice experience .
Only downfall was when leaving watching a staff member directly handling food with bare hands. Left me wondering were hands have been and how my meal was handled.😳

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Waterfront
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

A beautiful patio on a pretty lake. You would think you are in the Muskokas. The entire patio, which is quite large, is under a large roof, but open at all sides, so you are nicely in the shade at almost all tables. For any restaurant, nevermind a seasonal one, the food was quite tasty. The service was very friendly. We had the deep-fried zucchini flowers to start and crab cake sandwich and burger for mains. Had a nice glass of Cabernet Savignon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Had a great time! Food was delicious and service was excellent!

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 25, 2017

Very special location on the lake with lovely view from every table. Like being on vacation. Delicious food, something for everyone, and attentive service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

It was cloudy and chilly and we had considered cancelling. Thankfully the restaurant has blankets to help keep diners warm on such days. We might have stayed longer on a nicer day. I was just there last week with 4 other friends.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great food. Never disappoints. Love the whole scene.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tasting Menu
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Our beet and orange salad had extremely little goat cheese.... I could hardly find any!

Also our reservations for Sept 18 were cancelled as FB is closing early :( this year.

Awesome spot though and looking forward to next year.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great atmosphere and Julian, the owner, is terrific.
DQ Newmarket

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Amazing view. Great service from wait staff. Food was delicious. Very accommodating.

Hostess could be a little friendly. Dis not feel very welcome by them.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Could not have been better. There was four of us plus a child. We have been many times to the restaurant by the Lake as well as the one in Stouffville and Aurora.

The food and service is always first class at all the locations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Beautiful scenic setting and excellent food. Service was friendly and efficient...I would definitely recommend Fishbone by the Lake to everyone..

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 19, 2017

We found this restaurant by accident - And we've never turned back! We love it! We've brought friends, family and business acquaintances- And they all raved about the restaurant, food, atmosphere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Worth a drive from wherever, its a great setting. Hope for good weather. Food is good. Portions are good. Very nice overall if you want outdoor dining.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Beef & lamb burger was very salty & bun was cold. Beer was warm.

Tags: Scenic View
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 17, 2017

it was our first trip to Fishbone on the lake. We have been to Fishbone Aurora. We will visit again and definitely recommend to our friends. My wife and I both had fish which was perfectly cooked.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Miami)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The service was excellent. My shrimp pasta could have been hotter, my friends was the same. Very noisy under the tent, we originally sat under an umbrella but sprinkles of rain took us under the tent.

I love Fishbone by the Lake and returning tomorrow (Sunday) for lunch.

Gloria wilkinson

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent cuisine, the Irish Salmon in particular as that is what two of us ordered, it was tender, cooked to perfection on a bed of vegetables, very good. If it is a day without rain then sit outside the covered in area as the canopy made the sound level very high! Didn't matter as we had a really nice time, great wait staff, very good overall.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent Atmosphere! Service was excellent. The fries are totally delicious.
I thought then sea bass plate need a little more..
Lovely dining place!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Seasonal
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on August 16, 2017

It was absolutely a beautiful afternoon. The service was excellent and the setting perfect. Personally, I would like to see more variety on the menu.

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Beautiful spot for dinner. Warm and friendly welcome from the hostess, bar tender and server. Once our order was taken, the service seemed quite slow. It was a busy Tuesday night and we were in no hurry so I wasn't concerned. Sprouts and salad appetizers were awesome. Main course took forever to arrive and was warm, not hot. The wood oven pizza looked as though it had been under a heat lamp for some time. Dessert was slow to arrive, but very good. We had coffee and once served weren't offered a top up. I ended up taking the carafe from the server's station and served my wife and I myself. The most disappointing part of the evening was that the staff started to pack up and clean up while we were still eating. We were one of the last five tables there. We couldn't help but feel we were being pushed out the door. I don't understand why the staff couldn't wait for the patrons to leave before tackling the fifteen minute job. I'm certain all who were there would have left feeling much better about their dining experience. For me, the good outweighed the bad and I'm willing to give "By The Lake" another chance. We have enjoyed both the Stouffville and Aurora locations and hope that this was just a bit of an off night. Unfortunate that we didn't get Fishbone's best for our anniversary.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Love this spot!! Feels like you r in glorious cottage country and the food is wonderful!!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 15, 2017

Fabulous dining experience to celebrate a birthday

Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 15, 2017

A little noisy but the server was fantastic!! Food was fine. No specials.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 15, 2017

Had a great lunch with friends. Always enjoy going to Fishbone by the lake. The view is relaxing and food is great. Server was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Fun, Waterfront, Seasonal, Casual, Scenic View

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