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“Great food, great location”

The Willow On Wascana
Ranked #71 of 576 Restaurants in Regina
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Willow on Wascana has been a part of Regina life since 2004. We pride ourselves on the amazing and quite surprising bounty this great province has to offer. From every grain under the sun to the most flavorful vegetables you have ever tasted. We even have fresh fruit growing in the valley. The willow has worked very hard with countless families and individuals skilled in the art form known as farming. From our major meat supplier, Pine View Farms in Osler supplying us with an array of all farm animals. Our wild boar family Schneider Farm just 15 minutes outside of Regina. Local eggs, local flour and now even a local cheese artist. Our amazing produce from Heliotrope Farm in Craven, you name it chances are they grow it. All these great things we enjoy so much and transform into our own culinary masterpieces, and just picked fresh right out of the backyard. From Farm to Table, let's face it, that's the way it should be. Cheers, Chef Tim Davies
Regina, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great food, great location”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We finally decided to give this a try after many recommendations from friends. We were warned to make a reservation because this is a small place. The online reservation was easy to use. We chose to sit on the deck and enjoy the view of the lake and park. The menu is small; but it is what I expect from a restaraunt providing fresh local ingredients. This isn't Boston Pizza, this is fresh made. The menu is quite unique. Not all the items will appeal to everyone; but and open mind and willingness to try new flavour combinations will make this a memorable experience. Food was fantastic and service was appropriate. Once the servers discovered this was a special occasion they kept a respectful distance; but responded immediately when they looked our way. The price was fair considering the quality and service. One disclaimer is that we never tried the extensive wine menu.

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DaveBurkeOwner, Owner at The Willow On Wascana, responded to this review, 11 January 2015
DPT, so glad you enjoyed your time with us! and thanks for the review!!

we are currently under going MAJOR renovations so I think you will be quite pleased on your next visit as well! Grand re opening is expected late January

See you soon

Dave
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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742 restaurant reviews
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“Lovely Lunch Experience”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We met a cousin for lunch on a Friday and sat on the deck with a view of Lake Wascana and the legislature. The breeze made for a most pleasant experience. Service was excellent as was the quality of food. We enjoyed the coconut crusted chicken with cornmeal waffles, the catch of the day and the soup and salad combo. I would recommend reservations and the next time we will come for dinner. There was plenty of free parking available.

Visited July 2014
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DaveBurkeOwner, Owner at The Willow On Wascana, responded to this review, 11 January 2015
K, thanks for your kind review, and the next time your in Regina we have a surprise for you as we are currently under going MAJOR renovations so I think you will be quite pleased on your next visit as well! Grand re opening is expected late January

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Dave
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Regina, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“My favourite restaurant in Regina”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I love the Willow. The food is consistently delicious, the portion sizes are just right, and the service is truly outstanding. I'm a vegetarian and there is always an appealing and creative vegetarian option (usually we veggies are stuck with boring veggies-in-tomato-based-something). The menu changes seasonally. The current menu (Spring/summer 2014) actually has 3 amazing vegetarian options. One past commenter said the options were limited…understand that this is a gourmet restaurant. The food does not come from a box; therefore, you will not find 50 different options like you would at some restaurants. That said, the Willow has a good selection of entrees (usually 7 or so), tons of appetizer/salad options, and usually 4 or 5 desserts. The Willow uses local and often organic ingredients to make their dishes from scratch. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
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DaveBurkeOwner, Owner at The Willow On Wascana, responded to this review, 11 January 2015
AF, thanks for the review!! and thanks for pointing out what many do not realise... we try very hard to get it right every time for every guest and its because of guests like you that we get to do what we love

Cheers

we are currently under going MAJOR renovations so I think you will be quite pleased on your next visit as well! Grand re opening is expected late January

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Regina, Canada
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“Awesome as always...but over-the-top good tonight!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We were having a bit of a lousy Canada Day, just by chance. We decided that we would go to the Willow for dinner because it is a consistently positive experience and always an uplifting evening. The food is always spectacular and the service by Dave, Josh, Sean, and their team is consistently outstanding! Once again, tonight, the dinner was fantastic - but tonight the customer service was extraordinary! Just after we finished dinner we went to take a taxi home, having decided to leave before the fireworks so that we could avoid all the traffic congestion. We call the taxi who said they would be 10 minutes and then waited outside the restaurant for half an hour. Dave noticed and came out to check on us - he then proceeded to stand out on the street for almost an hour trying to get us a taxicab! We went back in and enjoyed a fantastic glass of wine and eventually got back home. This is the kind of customer service that you simply can't get anywhere else and yet another example of why the Willow is and will continue to be our number one destination for dinner. Thank you to the Willow team for everything!

  • Visited July 2014
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DaveBurkeOwner, Owner at The Willow On Wascana, responded to this review, 11 January 2015
Nicholas it is because of amazing guests like you that we are able to announce...we are currently under going MAJOR renovations so I think you will be quite pleased on your next visit as well! Grand re opening is expected late January

YOU ROCK! thanks for the support over the years

Cheers

Dave
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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“Great dining - gluten and dairy free included”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Lovely spot, friendly attentive service, delicious food, good wine! What more could anyone ask? I require both gluten and dairy free food. Here is a restaurant that understands these needs and is able to provide delicious food that is safe for me to eat. I can relax and enjoy without worrying about being ill afterward.

  • Visited June 2014
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DaveBurkeOwner, Owner at The Willow On Wascana, responded to this review, 11 January 2015
We are always happy to look after our guests... actually making our food from scratch allows us the opportunity to look after virtually all dietary restrictions! Glad you enjoyed your time with us... we are currently under going MAJOR renovations so I think you will be quite pleased on your next visit as well! Grand re opening is expected late January

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