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the swiss country house
Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Magnetawan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$33
Cuisines: Swiss, Canadian, German, European
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Good for: Child-friendly, View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Richmond Hill, Ontario
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Given the location...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Anywhere else, this restaurant would probably rank lower, but given the dearth of available dining options in the area beyond the burger and fries, it's a reasonable choice for the area.

Lake views are spectacular, if you are lucky to get one of the many seats by the windows. Generally the decor is "piney" walls and furniture - sort of chalet style, but unfortunately the seats are not the most comfy.

The menu is somewhat limited. We had a bit of an education on Swiss food, and realized that the Swiss do indeed have a unique cuisine (this is not Swiss Chalet. We started with a Greek and a house salad. Both were excellent. The Greek salad had no romaine, but was good enough to have my wife jotting down the ingredients.They do offer many different variations of schnitzel. Not being too familiar with this dish, I had the basic wiener schnitzel and a side of gravy. It came with great veggies, lightly cooked asparagus on top a root vegetable medley. My wife was seduced by the description of house produced bratwurst. While the schnitzel was okay, it reminded me too much of the breaded "mystery meat" I was served in my university dormitory. The bratwurst was decidedly underwhelming, the main spice seemed to be salt.

Draft beers are on tap, but only imported or domestic lagers were available, so hop heads will be disappointed.

As previous reviewers have noted, service was slow (kitchen problem?). The beer and salads came promptly, the wait for the mains was too long, and when delivered, cool, but acceptable. Our server, Samantha (?), was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu.

Would we return? Not likely, given 2 other venues near by that we regularly frequent, one with better libations and food, and one with similar food, but better beer and view.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Parry Sound, Canada
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312 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Another great meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

I visited The Swiss Country house for a retirement party and like usual the food and service are wonderful. The staff are always very pleasant and willing to get you anything. The views are great as well. I will definitely be back and recommend everyone try this place.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank klein3
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Huntsville, Canada
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Came for the pickerel!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Our Waitress (waitresses) were excellent but unfortunately, the service was extremely slow. We were a large group (16 ppl) but many of us had the all you can eat pickerel which I would have thought would have come out pretty quick. The food was excellent tho. We just felt 3 hrs for dinner , start to finish, was a little long.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Eyeguy3038
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Great location, great views, great food. Service tends to be a little slow during peak hours when they're busiest.

Visited July 2013
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Barrie, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Men's Hockey Gold”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

The owner agreed to open early and play the men's hockey gold metal game. What a great experience. We enjoyed at wonderful buffet breakfast after game.

Staff were great. Thanks again, what a great Sunday morning.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Lori B
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