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“Lots of choice for breakfast buffet”

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: View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Port Dover, Canada
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353 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Lots of choice for breakfast buffet”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

There were many options for the breakfast buffet at this quaint lodge restaurant. The meal was extremely filling and the staff were welcoming and helpful.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank 251ceh
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English first
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved the Schnitzel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We went on a Wed. night for the all you can eat pickerel, which the rest of our party enjoyed immensely. Very good value for the price. I had schnitzel as I am not a big fish eater. Also, extremely good. Desserts are fabulous. Great location and homey atmosphere. Service was very good, and we had a large party of 14. Will definitely return!

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank Susan H
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Burlington, Canada
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pickerel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

I love fish and pickerel in particular. With a vacation property in the area it is oyr favourite spot. Service is always friendly, even when the place is packed. The pickerel from the menu is delicious and is my meal of choice on weekends. But on vacation during the week I love the lightly breaded pan fried version of all you can eat Tuesday. My husband and i have sampled mamy of the schnitzels and nevver been disappointed. The lakeviews are lovely year round and the flowing water over the dam and into the mag is always a nice sight as you enter the property. The atmosphere is cozy cottage comfort ... just what vacation calls for.

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4 Thank DockTi
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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Authentic, homemade tastes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I will return. save room for the desserts!

Go early on all you can eat pickerel night (every Tuesday)

Menu was varied and the food was good, but the service was slow and it took us 30 minutes to be seated, then 3 hours for dinner. Lovely bar area w/ TV for the waiting!

*FREE WIFI is like gold in cottage country

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank fasterBerta
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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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2 Thank mmkwong
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