24 Wharf St. 613-339-3338
The Drake really is a beautiful spot, they have done a fantastic job renovating this hotel. We have eaten there a few times and the food and service is good and the view cannot be beat. It is definitely worth a stopping by, and is in close proximity to a number of great wineries. Reservations should be made as this restaurant is extremely popular.
EAST AND MAIN - Wellington
270 Main St. 613-399-5420
A great spot open for lunches and dinners. The food has always been good.
ENID GRACE CAFE - Wellington
303-1 Main St. 613-399-3488
Nestled in the heart of the town of Wellington, Enid opened her cafe for the summer of 2017 and it was a huge hit right from the start. A self-proclaimed food nerd and epicurean wanderer, her delectable offerings with a European flare reflect her adventurous passion for food. Open for breakfast and lunches from 7 am - 3 pm every day but closed on Tuesdays. For more specifics - visit her site.
NORMAN HARDIE (WINERY) - Wellington
1152 Greer Rd
They have a fantastic outdoor restaurant area - only open on weekends. Their staff were trained by some of the best pizza places in Toronto, their artisinal thin-crust wood fired pizza is just delicious (if you know Pizza Libretto in Toronto, it reminded me of that). The wine is very good as well. Great spot for lunch.
266 Wellington Main St., Wellington
Midtown popped onto the scene in 2017, and the latest huge news in PEC is that Chef Neil Dowson - best known in these parts as the exceptionally talented chef from County Road Beer, will be joining them as of April 2018. Many were crushed upon hearing the news that County Road Beer had closed, but we are super excited to see that he has landed at Midtown and can't wait to what this menu will look like.
COUNTY YUM CLUB - Picton
13633 Loyalist Parkway 613-654-9771
It was a nice surprize to see this restaurant pop up this year in a stand-alone building located on the Loyalist Parkway surrounded by farmer's fields. I was already familiar with their packaged products, but had no idea they started up a restaurant in this location. We first stumbled across County Yum product a couple of years ago at Zest Kitchen Shop and then started seeing it in other locations across PEC shortly after. The first product we tried of theirs was their Hot Honey which was (and still is!) awesome. I've been to County Yum Club restaurant a few times now, and madly love their meatloaf sandwich, and their shwarmas are fantastic (they have both chicken and a chickpea vegan option). Visit the site to see their menu, or better yet - stop by and try out something - you're surely going to love it!
264 County Road 7 (AKA Lake-on-the-Mountain Rd) 613-476-1321
One of our favourites here for casual dining. The setting is stunning (steps away from the lake and just across the road from one of the most scenic views in The County). The food is down-to-earth goodness. I LOVE their tortiere, it's a family recipe that has been handed down for generations. They brew their own beer (it's great!) and make and bottle their own chili sauce and salad dressings that are for sale and available to take with you as well. Open from late April to mid-October.
THE MILLER HOUSE - Cafe/Brasserie at Lake-on-the-Mountain
264 County Road 7 (AKA Lake-on-the-Mountain Rd) 613-476-1321
Owned by the Lake-on-the-Mountain establishment. More charcuterie really, great for a glass of wine or beer for an afternoon snack - not a full meal in my opinion. The patio offers a stunning view - possibly the most gorgeous in The County. While sipping wine you can watch the Glenora ferry transport traffic across the reach to Adolphustown. They also serve a very nice breakfast too! Closed for most of Fall/Winter.
COUNTY CIDER COMPANY - Waupoos
657 Bongards Crossroad 613-476-1022
The outdoor restaurant of this wonderful Cider House has really grown over the years. Now they are serving not only declicious pizza - but probably the best burger I have ever eaten, with their own cider ketchup. The cider is also very good (I LOVE their pear cider!) and the view in itself is worth the drive to Waupoos, a VERY beautiful part of the area. You can count on this for lunches/late lunches. I don't believe they are open to serve dinner. Closed for most of Fall/Winter.
BLUMEN - Picton
647 Highway 49 613-476-6841
Just outside of Picton, this is a lovely higher-end restaurant with an absolutely beautiful garden seating area as well. Some of the tables in the garden are fairly private and are accessed by a gorgeous path. We would recommend the garden for lunches as in the evening - the bugs may come out! Reservations to be safe for sure as this is a very popular restaurant, and for good reason.
THE MERRILL INN - Picton
343 Main Street East 613-476-7451
A very good but small higher-end restaurant with Chef Michael Sullivan at the helm (previously of The Fifth, Auberge du Pommier and Opus in Toronto). Reservations are required here for sure, last time we were there, there were two sittings for dinner.
THE VIC CAFE - Picton
222 Main St. W. 613-476-2233
This is an adorable cafe right next to The Regent Theatre in the heart of Picton. They have delicious Asian-inspired bowls that are also very health conscious and use local and season produce and products as much as they can. We LOVED our lunch. Open for breakfast and lunch.
THE COUNTY CANTEEN - Picton
279 Main St. 613-476-6663
This is a great casual restaurant on Main Street in Picton. Tons of energy, they make their own beer (and have a great selection of micro breweries on tap) and good food too. A good place for lunch or a casual dinner and the prices are good too.
THE ACOUSTIC GRILL- Picton
172 Main St. 613-476-2887
Another great casual restaurant in the heart of Picton. Great burgers, a great selection of County beers and wine and live music on select evenings as well. A county classic for sure.
THE VIEW- Picton
734 County Road #49 613-476-8383
There are a few restaurants in The County area that boast an incredible view, and this place is certainly one of them! Not a golfer? Not a problem - this restaurant is open to the public whether you are working on your swing or not! They offer a great brunch on weekends too. Open seasonally.
CHEF MICHAEL HOY - Picton
106 Bridge St. 613-476-3811
Chef Michael Hoy is a highlly popular caterer in The County. I've been to an event he catered which was fantastic, and on Sunday mornings, he and his wife Susan host a brunch that is quite delicious. If you are in the hood and want a great eggs benny (I had a duck benny that was fantastic), for sure stop by. Reservations are recommended.
433 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-3301
This is the new restaurant set to open in April 2018, replacing The Hub.
274 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-5858
This is a really adorable retro cafe/bistro that is part of a B&B serving breakfast and lunch. You can choose to sit outside in their lovely garden, or inside where there are a few tables. It's almost like going to your Mom's for lunch, that is, if your mom is a great cook! We've had soups and sandwiches there that are declicious, and their desserts are quite good too. On a nice day, the patio is beautiful.
THE AGRARIAN - Bloomfield
275 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-0111
We've had lunch a few times at this restaurant with a bistro-style menu and it's worth stopping by if you are in Bloomfield. In the evenings their speakeasy bar hosts live music and events (we've never been for that but it sounds fun!) I also want to note that the owners of this restaurant also own Keint-He winery in Wellington.
1705 County Road 12 - 613-393-7263
Sand and Pearl Raw Bar opened last summer (2017) after much anticipation. The well-loved Sam Ravenda of the Shore Oysters was attached to it, so it opened with great anticipation but sadly, she recently announced that she has left the operation and will continue to do pop ups around PEC. Sand and Pearl will re-open for dinners only starting in May (I think they usually open at 5 pm - perfect for a post beach fix - it's just 5 minutes from Sandbanks!), and the menu changes frequently. At first glance, the menu items look like dishes you have had elsewhere. Here's the catch (no pun intented!) - they are nowhere near what you expect them to be, as the chef always seems to put a really inventive spin on typcial menu items like bao, ceviche, tostadas and potato salad. This is NOT your mom's potato salad btw (unless she is a fantastic and inventive cook - who am I to judge your mom). If you like seafood (or oysters), do yourself a huge favour and try this place out. Best to follow on their Instagram @sandandpearlrawbar - they update opening times, post menus etc...
Below is a list (with links) of our favourite restaurants here, and I've drawn a map to give you a general idea of where they are. Most restaurants are fairly casual, the food is sophisticated and prices are very reasonable and there is no pretention here. Most also support local suppliers and favour local wines, beer, produce and cheeses which is great. For most - reservations are usually required (I've included their phone numbers) so check ahead if you plan to go. Also be sure to call and check if they are open for lunch if that's what you have in mind, and some may be closed on Mondays or Tuesdays and winter hours are much more varied, some close for a few weeks if not for the season. You can click HERE to see a map to give you a general idea of where these are located.