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Twisted Lemon

326 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French / American
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to the Twisted Lemon - the Hamilton Spectator's 2015 Best Overall Restaurant.

Located in the picturesque villiage of Cayuga, about 20 minutes south of Hamilton, Twisted Lemon is often described as a "hidden gem", which attracts a faithful following of 'flavour junkies' and experienced diners from far and wide.

Featuring a lively open-concept kitchen in a tasteful and eclectic ambiance, Executive Chef Dan Megna's dishes are well thought out in their design. Careful consideration is put into each dish, intended to illuminate all of the senses and offer depth and balance in flavour and texture.

Now in its eighth year, Twisted Lemon offers private dining, extensive on and off-site catering (including weddings), special Tuesday & Wednesday night "Date Night" Tasting Menus (must be booked/confirmed in advance, prior to 2:00pm the day of dining), Wine pairings and much more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm ; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(905) 772-6636
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chef Dan Megna
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Private Party Facilities
Twisted Lemon can accommodate private dining for up to 14 in our private dining room, or you may book the entire restaurant (up to approximately 50.) Chef Dan also books exclusive Chef's Table dining for 6-10 guests in the private kitchen.
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Private Party Contact
Michelle Dunn: (905) 772-6636
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Twisted Lemon caters everything from Weddings to intimate private dinners in your own home, catering on film & TV shoots, and everything in between.
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Cross Street
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Parking Details
Twisted Lemon has a parking lot in front of the restaurant as well as denoted spaces alongside the restaurant. There is plenty of street parking in the general vicinity.
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine
What 326 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Went with friends to celebrate my hubby's birthday. Had our favourite table right by the kitchen so we got dinner and a show. Service is attentive without making you feel overwhelmed. Menu selection is creative and varied. Food is perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Wine selection is interesting and perfect pairings were suggested and enjoyed. Another really enjoyable evening.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love this place! Has never disappointed on any dish. I have been 4 times and every time was over the top! One thing to note not as a bad thing just to be aware of is that the chef does tend to cook on the side of well for steaks. It may have been a one-off but I ordered medium rare and it was medium but still delicious none the less.

4.0  Dined 7 days ago

It's always a treat to dine at twisted lemon! Loved that I could book our reservation online. I did note in the comments it was our anniversary however, that was not mentioned to us. Our food was wonderful, both in appearance and flavour. We had early reservations and were the second table to arrive. We did have to flag our waitress to get a second drink. The atmosphere is lovely, little cool, I had to leave my shawl on. A nice touch was bringing a small stool for my purse. Definitely will go back!

Tully (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service. Enjoyed watching cooks at work and interacting with nearby customers.
Parking is minimal.

JeanD (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a unique experience. The time that the staff spent on everything from wine to mixed drinks, unconventional appetizer to our meals was greatly appreciated. Thank you Twisted Lemon for one of the most enjoyable lunches.

LeanneE (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Once again, the Lemon doesn't disappoint!! The best food, service and atmosphere! Thanks for a great night!

ScottishTJ (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great tasting food. Excellent service and romantic atmosphere. Definitely going back!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We very much enjoyed the food the meat was cooked exactly how I like it. Overall the food and service was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant is always an experience! They go out of their way to make sure my dietary needs are met, and I so appreciate it. I know I never have to worry with my gluten free mandatory diet. I always look forward to the way they make you feel so welcome. It will always be our special place to go. Thank you Dan, Laurie and the staff of Twisted Lemon for the wonderful adventure we always have❤️ PS I had the robust beef soup!!!! It was the best soup I have ever had👍
Lynn Adams

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We went for my sons birthday on Friday the food was very good although I would have liked more choices, there were only 6 choices for the entrees. We had the scallops for an appetizer, they are served with only 3 in an order, I requested 4 so we could all have one they were very good but ended up costing $27, My son had the wild boar which he said was good but the 3 small peices was not worth the $45. The wine I had was very good but $17 a glass for a bottle that is $20 at the LCBO I thought was too much . Over all it was nice for special occasion but would not go back for just a dinner out

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Always amazing!! Food is the best! Service us top notch! Attention to every detail is always on point. My husband and I love going to the twisted lemon!!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and service. Certainly worth the drive from Simcoe and Port Dover.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

overpretencious restaurant is notable only by the fact that there are few other options in the region. I would recommend making the effort, and driving to the Argyle grill in Caledodnia or Davids in Pot Dover

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was good, kinda got pushed into a “date night” 5 crse meal without telling us the price, food was good but not worth spending $55 each on a Tuesday night dinner for soup, chicken wings and fish
To mark up a fairly inexpensive bottle of wine almost 3 times as much in a very small town is ridiculous

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Overall excellent food, atmosphere and service. It is however a little pricey so would recommend for special occasion.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Friendly, attentive service. Good food. Cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely return.

NPGG (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Somewhat difficult to find - look for the green swirl logo! Food was very nice with unique presentation. All food & drinks were made with care. A great spot.

Jersey (Mobile)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Outstanding service and great food. Definitely going back!

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

We came from over a hour away. It was a delightful experience. Would recommend to anyone who would like a different style meal.
Great service even though they were quite busy
Desert was only downfall. Just not great compared to the meal which was extraordinary

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food and very good service will defenetly cause me to come back