Twisted Lemon

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4.6
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580 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
  • Creative Cuisine
Welcome to the Twisted Lemon - ReDefining Fine Dining since 2009. Come enjoy our patio this summer! Located in the picturesque village of Cayuga, about 25 minutes south of Hamilton, Twisted Lemon is often described as a hidden gem, attracting a faithful following of 'flavour junkies' and experienced diners from far and wide. Featuring a lively open-concept kitchen, Executive Chef Dan Megna (Host of Cable 14's 'Hamilton Eats' and 'Real Food Sexy') creates dishes which are well thought out in their design, offering depth and balance in flavour and texture. Now in our tenth year, Twisted Lemon offers private dining, extensive on and off-site catering, private cooking classes and much more. Check out our website or social media for current events.
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SM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Fabulous food.
Amazing service. We highly recommend and will definitely return.

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AP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The wait staff was extremely attentive. The drinks we enjoyed at the bar were spectacular. The food was just OK for me; however, my family enjoyed their food (for the most part). You have to love certain flavour combinations. And if you like your meat charred/very crisp on the outside then you will be fine. The portions were great. The ambiance was ok. I wouldn't go back unless they changed their menu.

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SV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love coming here to Twisted Lemon, we make a point to come here at least once a year with out our children. And they never disappoint. Chef Dan is incredible, the servers are a delight, the food is mouth watering along with the display. We love it here and recommend this place to everyone we know. Thanks for making our special night very special.

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DT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I would suggest that the chef not use his phone while he is in the kitchen.

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PD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always. We have been many times and are always happy with the whole dinner. A great place to dine.

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p
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy our visit to the Twisted Lemon. We have gone there on several special occasions and sometimes just for a nice dinner. The staff are always friendly, efficient and professional. Chef Dan and his wife often visit our table and ask how we enjoyed our dinner. On several occasions Chef Dan has prepared a special dinner that was not on the menu for me.

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CE
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing! We have dined here several times and have never been disappointed. Our favourite place to dine for special occasions.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We attended for our anniversary based on a recommendation from a friend. We had a wonderful time. The service was great, personal and we never felt rushed. The food was very tasty and there was lots of it. Would absolutely return.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal at Twisted Lemon. The service was excellent. The food was amazing. And the "twists" are addictive!

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my parents to the Twisted Lemon last week to celebrate a combination of birthdays and mother's day/father's day, and we all loved it. It was a first visit for all of us and has easily become a new favorite spot. During appetizers we had already planned to return. We sat on the patio on one of our very few nice evenings this summer and were very pleased we did. Absolutely lovely evening. Thank you.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place NEVER disappoints! Thank you for offering unique and imaginative ways to serve delicious food. Your attention to detail - from pairing drinks to the food, the charm of staff and the presentation of each dish all are exquisitely executed. We tell everyone about you (& yet we secretly hope to keep you a hidden treasure as well) and know you’ll continue to exceed excellence. Thank you to the Twisted Lemon 🍋

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l
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and very friendly staff. We will definitely be returning.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our meals thoroughly....lovely servers, prompt service. The portions were more than adequate. Will definitely return!!

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SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite dining location - definitely worth the drive from Hamilton! Creative food that is so delicious- we have never had a disappointing meal at Twisted Lemon! Great ambience as well!

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Went on Thursday evening our waitress was very nice and efficient . The food was over priced I ordered the trout for $26.00 . I received two small pieces of fish three small pieces of potatoes. I was still hungry when I left. Chef Dan went and visited most of the tables but didn’t come to see how we liked our food. I am assuming it’s because we either aren’t regulars or he thought we had a wag jag coupon ( which we didn’t ). I figure it’s a small place and if you are coming out to speak to your customers you should include all your customers. With that being said I would never go back even with a wag jag coupon.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. Veal shank is highly recommended- fall off the bone tender!

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There for our 55th anniversary. Had a great meal. Staff were great.

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family have been going there for the the last six years and yet to be disappointed.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the drive to the restaurant and were impressed with the setting. It is a lovely home in the small town of Cayuga. As soon as we entered the atmosphere was lovely and the greeting was warm. From the moment we sat down the service was wonderful. We were 2 couples and we all ordered the same meal, the lamb shank, which was excellent. The starters of fish tacos and the cauliflower dish were so yummy. Dessert was delicious as well. We used a wag jag offer and thought the value was more than reasonable. The wine selection was good and the beer great. We would recommend this place and hope to return for lunch soon.

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LA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We used our Wagjag certificate. What a value! The meal was outstanding.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The experience we had at the Twisted Lemon was very good, the staff were vey knowlegable and offered suggestions for the wine as well as the main course (wild boar).
We are so lucky to have this establishment so close to home.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was phenomenal, food was very good, had an amazing time while I was there.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at Twisted Lemon - we'll be coming back often!

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AM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars here and love it. It's always a super dining experience with great service and tasty selections. Old favorites on the menu are accented by new specials regularly. Love dis place!

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was described in good detail by our waiter. We shared the perch tacos which come three to a serving but that was enough for us as we wanted to enjoy our main course . The entrres were well presented on warm plates and were good portions . We ordered the fettuccine carbonara and the stuffed chicken leg on risotto. Both were flavourful with an original flare and we ate everything! We shared the vanilla creme brûlée which was silky in texture with a great crunch to the burnt sugar crust. Delicious meal and friendly service. We will definitely return!

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed, always a nice time. Their Lemon twists are fab! Loved the added touch of a seedling from their own garden given to mothers on Mother’s Day! I hope there is something special coming up for Father’s Day!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We’ve been to twisted lemon several times and have always enjoyed it. It is a destination spot and we have always thought it was worth the drive. When my husband and I finally had a chance to have a date night we decided to take the 40min drive out there and enjoy an evening of great food. The experience this time around was disappointing. Our appetizers were ok at best. Our fish tacos lacked flavour. They could of used some salt and more lime as the lime we received had no juice. Unfortunately we couldn’t get either bc the server never came to check on us to see how our apps were and didn’t ask when she cleared the plates. Then there were the mains. My husbands was good but it had a lot going on. Mine was not edible in my opinion. I ate one scallop and could not finish my meal. The scallops were cooked perfectly but the flavours were too overpowering, I could not stomach the sauce, there was too much going on and did not work (for me). Again our waitress did not check on us and only came when my husband was finished. When I told her I could not eat my meal she asked if I would like to take it home. I found that very odd as I could not eat it. There was no offer to do anything to compensate. Not even a measly 15% discount. Even an offer to put the scallops with some plan rice would have been an acceptable offer. So displeased with our experience and the way the handled the situation especially when you are spending $200 for a dinner for two. At least our drinks were good.

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KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was on point, food tasted amazing. Not a single thing to improve here.

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ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the spaghetti squash special. Delicious. Hope to see it again. And always love the welcoming crisps!

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The last bite was as good as the first and the only surprises were pleasant ones.

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LB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite places to dine. I can't wait to go again.
Lisa Barlow

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P
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time and the food was delicious !

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We were on a Wagjag coupon.
The shared appetizer was cauliflower which we both enjoyed. Our expectation was that it would be crispy in texture and it was a bit soggy. However, it was very good and a unique tasting starter.

My wife chose the lamb shank and was a bit disappointed as the sauce was lacking in flavour. Later we were discussing this and she remembered ordering the same item at the Lakehouse and having a similar reaction.

My main was the carbanera(?) which I found delightful. An interesting sauce and pasta was highlighted by the egg on top. A great combination of flavours.

Our dessert was a chocolate pate. Great flavour and presentation.

Our bottle of wine was very good and appropriately priced.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Twisted lemon never disappoints the food, staff and atmosphere are amazing! My husband and I love it here.

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JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always delicious and the staff are amazing. The staff are amazing, especially nice to my 92 year old mom:)

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food value excellent. Alcohol way overpriced. Noisy where we were first seated, much improved after we requested another table. Pleasant conversation with chef Dan at the end of our meal. Will definitely return 🙂

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AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed every minute of the evening. Great service, Great Food, Great atmosphere. Even greater ...the wine.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall it was very nice. Generally, the food was very good, the servers were friendly, and it was a nice atmosphere. We waited quite a long time for our drink and food orders to be taken, as well as for our food to be delivered. Also, a couple of the food items were pricey for the amount of food served. We will drive the 45 minutes to try the restaurant again but we won’t rush back!

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are so lucky to have such a gem in our little community. The staff are fabulous and the food is amazing! We are never disappointed!
Thanks Dan and |Laurie for your charming hospitality!

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food and the service were amazing. Great place to have a quiet date night and a drink from their list of wines and craft beers.

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