Twisted Lemon

4.7
632 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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HG
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place, our absolute favourite place to eat.

JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Went on a Tuesday night - there were no "specials" and some items on the limited menu were also not available....feels like this restaurant caters to weekends....

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

It’s simple you have to go there since Chef Dan says so

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

Loved the alcoholic freebie. The pan seared Pickerel with a coconut lemon beurre blanc was fantastic; loved the sweet potatoe banan fritters that were served with it.

We hoped to try the fried “grumpy” laaagna but they were out of it. It’s hugely popular. They recommend reserving the lasagna when you book your table if you want to be guaranteed they’ll have it for you.

Highly recommend.

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even thou Dan was taking a well deserved night off, His team met all expectations. From Patrick having a bottle of our favorite wine available to the tremendous table service that we are accustomed to and we can't leave out the ones that make it all come together and platted so nicely The Kitchen crew. this is what makes The Twisted Lemon our go to for special occasions

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very good dinner at The Twister Lemon! Appetizers (Beet salad and Scallops) were both very good! The Pickeral was excellent - perfectly cooked and the rice with edamame was a perfect accompaniment! My wife had the Chicken and Waffle which tasted great however was a bit on the skimpy side for the chicken! Too much breading and not enough chicken.

Service was excellent - attentive without being overbearing.

We’ll definitely return but will avoid the chicken!

PK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quaint restaurant with a great menu of varied items. Service was terrific by everyone. We’ll definitely be back.

ME
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal never disappointed . Great food , great staff awesome place .

J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such care is put into each dish. The flavours and interest level of each dish is high. I love getting a meal where I go 'what's that?' and find new foods or new twists on foods. The service is also outstanding. Very caring, prompt and friendly. I wouldn't change anything....

JD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Such a very nice atmosphere. Definately a must visit.

P
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Never a disappointment to eat here.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We sat outdoors on the patio which was nice. The only negative comment I have is that three times we had cigarette smoke as well as cigar smoke wafting past our table from the smokers in the parking lot. Perhaps smokers should be asked to smoke farther away from the patio.

CA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

The eclectic restaurant was interesting. The noise level very high which spoiled our anniversary evening.
The appetizers were good but the main was over cooked/blackened, and 3 scallops for $18. way over priced. The multi rice dish was good.

BA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We always enjoy the food, and the service is fantastic - we reluctantly took our children, and they went above and beyond to make sure we all had a great evening. The seats could use updating, though, as the vinyl stuck to my legs in bits, and I went home with it on me haha.

K
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and myself had lunch at the Twisted Lemon and it was our first visit. The menu was amazing with a variety of choices from light fare such as soup and salad to chicken and waffles. I had a chicken club sandwich that melted in your mouth along with real Yukon Gold fries. Wonderful!!! My husband ordered the chicken and waffles and it was beyond delicious with fluffy waffles and moist chicken. He cannot wait to go back and order it again. Dessert was a banana bread cheesecake for my husband and creme brulee for me. The cheesecake was divine with a light caramel sauce and the creme brulee was heavenly. The service was attentive and friendly. Wonderful experience overall and we cannot wait to go back for lunch or dinner.

EB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. All staff were so attentive! The Cauliflower appetizer was so good as was the wild boar dinner and sweet potato gnocchi dinner - melt in your mouth good! The scallops appetizer with Panko crusted tomatoes was also very nice and we especially loved the tomatoes with them but didn’t think the scallops were anything extraordinary. They were still tasty just not something we would rave about. The banana bread pudding cheesecake was so delicious. We will definitely return!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was an amazing experience will go back again Food was second to none
Great little gem of a restaurant

AM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful! Food is always so fantastic and matched by the incredible service!

SS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional and outstanding are the words that first come to mind!

RO
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the food very much. Our waitress was nice but she never stopped to ask how the meal was or if we needed anything. She only stopped by to ask if we'd like dessert. It was very loud and thankfully we weren't sitting close to the other tables. As it was whenever my wife or I spoke to one another we had to lean over the table to hear what the other was saying.

a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the menu was rich with options which made it tough to decide . we loved everything we ordered including watching chef dan cook alongside his son . out with my own daughter we thoroughly enjoyed the not only the meal but the entire experience.. coming back soon !

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I visited the Twisted Lemon 3-4 years ago and clearly recall what I and my date ate, it was so amazing. I had looked forward to returning. Unfortunately we were both underwhelmed on this visit. I had the lamb shank and my friend had the pasta. The lamb was tender but overcooked. The pasta was not very flavourful. The service was excellent both times and the ambience grand. I hope the meals were a ‘one-off’

DA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was in Cayuga for work and visited Twisted Lemon on the recommendation of a client. Delicious food. Great service. 5 stars.

EF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The prices are high but the food was very tasty, cooked to perfection.

D
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the first time we sat out on the patio, and it was simply delightful, surrounded by gorgeous flower planters. Lunch was quick, delicious and our server was so sweet! We’ve never had a bad experience here, food is amazing and service spectacular!

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant I have been to in a long time. Outstanding food and service. Presentation was exceptional!!!! Can't say enough about this place.

N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Twisted Lemon never disappoints....great food, amazing service and I loved my colour changing lavender lemonade!!!!

ML
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We attended for dinner on their 10th anniversary. They brought back some old favourites for the weekend and they were exceptional. Duck Tacos and Scallops for apps. Rack of Lamb & we also tried the Southern Fried Chicken and Cornbread Waffles for entrées. So good!!!!
Even had the Lavender Lemonade for my fancy drink.....changes colour as you add the mix!!!

JE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always 10/10!! Great food, drinks and service! Fair prices for the quality of food

LR
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food and love the evolving menu! I had the wild boar and the beet salad it was excellent. My parents couldn’t say enough about their steak and fish. As always, an excellent outing and an excellent meal.

TB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant and well laid out, Staff are super friendly and attend to what you want. Food we ordered was awesome and came in a timely manner got drinks right away. Good variety of drinks and even craft beer, just wish there was a bit more variety on the menu for meal choices.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a fabulous dinner. Everything tasted amazing. All about flavours enhancing and complimenting the meals. Sweet potato gnocchi was beyond delicious!!!! Great service!

FI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely deeeeelish!!!! Every dish had beautiful presentation. Gorgeous looking ingredients that tasted AMAZING!! A hidden gem! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful and no rushing! I can’t wait to go again and I’m an hour away! Worth the drive to Cayuga!! Thanks Twisted Lemon for an incredible experience. 💜💜💜

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

Nice laid back evening with excellent food and service. Its amazing the flavors Chef Dan comes up with. We will definitely be going back!

AH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Twisted Lemon never disappoints and is always a great place for a group inside or a nice night with my bride on the patio. Definitely our favourite cruise night destination!!! #shelbygt . If there was room for improvement it would be on the communication of gluten free choices (which exist and are amazing) we Just experienced limited knowledge from dinner and dessert servers on the last visit when we brought guests with that challenge. All in all amazing!

HG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Came for our 15th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint! Great service and excellent food. We had the chicken and waffles—so good! We will be back for sure.

TR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was my second visit and just as good as the first. A very popular spot and I can see why! Portions are generous, quality is there. A good variety on the menu. Good service, friendly staff.

k
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service was good
Atmosphere was a little different with fragrances for sale in one corner

ML
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the feel of this restaurant. They are always helpful with suggesting items to try. Service is great.
The patio looks inviting and I can't wait to enjoy and drink and appetizer there. I tried the Scallops appetizer this time and it was lovely - very tasty. Always a great dinner.

C
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Was not impressed with all the hype we heard we expected far superior food than we received...was just OK ...

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