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3.5 stars 56 reviews

Lowville Bistro

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6179 Guelph Line
Burlington, ON  L7P 0A6

(905) 335-0750

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3.5 star rating
Not all it's cracked up to be
August 04, 2014

The bistro itself is very nice. Interesting decorating ideas. Service was very poor. Our waitress had little enthusiasm when talking to us and looked as though she didn't really want to be there. Food was very good, but also slow to receive. Our waitress was never to be seen again. We waited 20
Minutes until another waitress asked us if... more

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3.5 star rating
1st Year Anniversay
August 03, 2014

My parents had reserved for us on August 3rd a dinner out for our year one. It took 30 minutes for someone to acknowledge us and bring us a menu and ask us if we wanted drinks. They did not come back for another 20 minutes. My husband has a severe dairy allergy and asked the waitress if his order... more

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3.5 star rating
Brunch Sunday
July 26, 2014

Food was great. Service was a little slow and servers forgot things like condiments for toast and ketchup. We were celebrating a bday and were provided with a free piece of cake. Also, refills on coffee were free.

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3.5 star rating
Exceedingly Poor Lunch-don't waste your time or money
July 19, 2014

My wife and I fancied a quick trip to a lovely country venue prior to going berry picking. We had passed the Bistro many times and thought we would give it a whirl as we had heard good things about it. Was I disappointed. We ordered two meals-the Greek Salad and the Smoked Ham with Brie panini The meal took... more

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3.5 star rating
An anniversary
July 12, 2014

A beautiful warm evening,, but, very humid so we chose to eat inside even though the patio looked very nice. We found it very noisy inside. The service was great as was the food....except for the calamari which was very rubbery. The salads and the dessert were delicious. The entree could have been a bit hotter. I found the price... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent lunch, a little pricey
July 06, 2014

Went to the Lowville Bistro for lunch with a friend and found the location great as it was a short pleasant drive in the country from Burlington. There is a patio but we chose to eat inside. The staff is very courteous and we definitely did not feel rushed. The menu online does not show prices so we were a... more

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3.5 star rating
Excellent Food and Service
June 30, 2014

My husband and I had lunch at the Lowville Bistro this past Saturday and were very impressed with both the food and the service. We both ordered the pasta specials of the day and were amazed at the flavor of the sauce. For Father's Day we had gone to a more expensive Italian restaurant for dinner and were very disappointed,... more

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3.5 star rating
Best kept secret..please stay that way
May 13, 2014

I went to this restaurant on Mother's Day with my mum and I must say it was an absolute delight. The owner accommodated us with no reservations on a full night. We ordered the lamb chops and I can honestly say it was the best lamb I have ever tasted. The food was perfectly cooked. The restaurant is set amongst... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Lunch
April 28, 2014

This restaurant is fully accessible. Great food and service. Will visit again. Check out the rest rooms.

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3.5 star rating
The staff took it upon themselves to change my order
April 19, 2014

I stopped in to Lowville Biatro this afternoon to order a sandwich to go. First off, there was no vegetarian option on the menu in regards to sandwiches. And I believe the only other vegetarian options were a Greek salad, a spicy pasta and maybe a breakfast item (French toast).
After reviewing the menu I asked the gentleman for the... more

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3.5 star rating
Letdown
April 09, 2014

This was our favourite local bistro for years, until last Sunday. My wife and I always share the entree and dessert. We don't do it to economize. We can't handle the too-large servings most restaurants still put out.
However, the bill for this lunch of one soup, one entree, two glasses of wine and cups of coffee, and one dessert... more

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3.5 star rating
Best Bistro in the world
March 15, 2014

There is nothing that compares to a Sunday evening at The Lowville Bistro. Cozy, intimate, upscale. Laid back and friendly. You feel right at home the moment you walk in the door. Robert is the quintessential host - charming, efficient and helpful. The service is excellent, the specials imaginative and the regular menu always a treat. And the dessert counter... more

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3.5 star rating
Fabulous evening
March 13, 2014

What a fabulous evening! The service was exceptional and the salmon dinner special, outstanding. The service was attentive and amazingly friendly. We look fwd to going back again, soon.

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3.5 star rating
Delicious and fun
March 01, 2014

I took my lady friend out for a birthday dinner and to enjoy the jazz. We thoroughly enjoyed both! I had the Meditteranean White Pizza and she had the Nasi Goreng, which is something she has had in Indonesia and was amazed to see it here! Both were excellent - very tasty :-) Our waitress, Dawn, provided excellent, attentive service.... more

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3.5 star rating
If you love good food this is where to go
February 19, 2014

My husband and I have had dinner here several times and we have NEVER been disappointed. We usually pick from the specials and they are all great choices. We usually pick different things and enjoy sharing them. It's atmosphere is like being in someones home, it's cozy and welcoming. In the winter they have a warm fire you can sit... more

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3.5 star rating
A constant disappointment
January 25, 2014

I went last night for the 4th time in a row they told me they didn't have any more of the Chef's special left (it was 7pm). I had to settle for something different, that's fine I guess. The issue was when they brought our mains, my wife received a pasta dish when she ordered a seafood risotto. They came... more

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3.5 star rating
Nestled amongst nature with sounds of Chicago
December 30, 2013

Sunday nights is jazz night. Make reservations and expect upscale menu for fine dining or order a wood thin crust pizza. We tried the pizza and had the swordfish. Both fantastic. The 2 piece jazz band was fantastic. Service was excellent and the owner manager is meticulous and a perfectionist when it comes to details. We had a party there... more

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3.5 star rating
Staff ignored us... We walked out
November 16, 2013

I never walked out while waiting for service, especially when I was hungry. Our area outside was poorly lit, they did not supply us with a candle or turn on a light. Thinking back, I don't know how the staff could find their behaviour acceptable. Our drink took forever to arrive. The Management is either stupid or wants the business... more

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3.5 star rating
Wear ear plugs
November 16, 2013

We recently visited this restaurant and were actually quite surprised by how quaint this restaurant was despite being on the main road. It had a nice atmosphere and the service was above average. The food was somewhat of a let down. I had the calabrese pizza, which to my surprise came loaded with cheese and truffle oil. I do not... more

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3.5 star rating
Best chicken parmesan ever
November 10, 2013

Last night, a group of us went to Lowville Bistro for a night of dinner and jazz and had a great time. The ambiance was mellow and intimate and the jazz singer crooning in the background, who was excellent by the way, gave it a nice speak-easy kind of vibe. The restaurant is small and tastefully decorated much like an... more

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3.5 star rating
Delicious
October 30, 2013

My friend and I ate at Lowville Bistro last week. I was expecting a little cafe style restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised.
It is a really quaint little place, nice atmosphere, and had great service (albeit a little slow) and amazing food, actually one of the best steaks ever. Hats off to the Chef!
Would definitely eat here again, or... more

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3.5 star rating
Terrible service
September 27, 2013

We have been going to the Lowville Bistro for years, often taking out-of-town guests, and had always been reasonably happy with food and service. However, a few weeks ago we went for dinner, two in the party ordering a very expensive special of the day fish dinner.
Food took over an hour to arrive, with no effort being made to... more

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3.5 star rating
Nice dining spot
September 20, 2013

We've been here a few times and food has been great each time. If you are there in nice weather it has a nice secluded patio you can eat at. If not outside, the interior is relatively small so it can get a little cramped or noisy. One time we went they had a jazz singer there while you ate.... more

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3.5 star rating
Hidden gem
September 08, 2013

While visiting wineries in Niagara, we asked if there was a nice spot to dine en route home to Waterloo Region. We were recommended Lowville Bistro: never even heard of the village, much less the restaurant. Thrilled with the great food, friendly and helpful service and reasonable prices. They featured a Niagara Riesling named after the Manager--delightful and refreshing! The... more

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3.5 star rating
September 06, 2013

I've never had such Brusque service. It was 3.95 for a glass of flat ginger ale with three chips of ice in it - and the drinks are not on the menu so there is no warning you will be charged four bucks for a a 60 cent drink. We saw the waitress twice - once to take the order and once after we asked the bus boy to have the bill brought around. I was never offered another drink even though I... more

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3.5 star rating
Lowville Bistro
September 01, 2013

Visited on Sunday,Sept. 1st. Restaurant was pleasant but extremely noisy. The jazz was great but you had to practically yell to carry on a conversation.
Food was okay but very over priced for what you got. House wines are also overpriced at $12 and up per 6 oz. glass.
Overall, not worth the money!

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3.5 star rating
Overpriced poor service
August 16, 2013

Having passed this place many times we finally called i on a Saturdat at 5pm, the place was empty
But we were asked if we had a reservation? The servers were less than friendly to the point of being curt, with no one else in the place it seemed like they wanted us out, our server asked do we know... more

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3.5 star rating
loved the outdoor patio option this time around
August 10, 2013

Stopped by the Lowville bistro for lunch on saturday ( yesterday) and it was an incredible day from the weather to the food we had. The location is in a quiet hamlet and its easy in and out parking lot is just perfect.
Upon arriving at noon, we were greeted by the wait staff who promtly sat us in our... more

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3.5 star rating
July 06, 2013

We were a big group but we did have a reservation.
We waited 1 hour for our lunch to come. Ordered at 12 noon & served at 1pm.
A glass of soda water was $3.95, a glass of wine was $12.

Not enough staff to handle the customers.
Tip was added to our bills. I don't feel I got my money's worth. My bill was $25.53 for a wrap, small salad & glass of soda.
I won't be going to the Lowville Bistro... more

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3.5 star rating
Beautiful Lowville Village but Bistro Just so-so
July 01, 2013

My spouse and I walked to Lowville along the Bruce Trail today and stopped in at the Lowville Bistro for lunch. We've lived in the area for 20 years.
The atmosphere of the bistro is nice/average, the staff are not super friendly but not unfriendly, sort of just so-so about their service. The menu is basic soup, salads, sandwich style,... more

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3.5 star rating
June 06, 2013

Great phone and excellent service and atmosphere. Will return and will recommend.

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3.5 star rating
Always have good time, good food
May 26, 2013

Some of the reviews here break me up. People seem to expect to pay less because they're off the beaten track. Guess what, folks. Quality costs money. Get over it.
We've been dropping into the Loweville Bistro now and then for the past five years and we always leave happy, whether we had a complete dinner at a table or... more

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3.5 star rating
Good and loud, but loud and good
May 25, 2013

This is a small and local bistro. It's small and would be quaint except for the fact that it retains noise. Service was good and food was better than that. Salmon was good, but pizza ( surprisingly) was excellent. 2 hours flew by and we will not hesitate to return. Prices were slightly high but not bad.
It was a... more

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3.5 star rating
Pricy But Nice Location
May 19, 2013

Stopped here for lunch on a whim while driving between Burlington and Guelph where we were visiting. It's classed as Burlington but it really is quite a ways out of town, in the country and perhaps half way between the city and the 401 on Guelph Line. A beautiful, sunny and warm day and we ate on the patio which... more

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3.5 star rating
review
May 05, 2013

very good food but expensive. Again we are talking Toronto pricing for a restaurant out in the sticks. I did like what I had but would not good out of my way unless in the area

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3.5 star rating
They have my vote
April 21, 2013

5 out of 5!! These guys knocked it out of the park!
From the friendly greeting and showing us to our table, this was a pleasant dining experience. My wife had the Surf and Turf & I had the stratciatella soup and veal Picata.
Tables are a bit close together but c'est la vie.
Make sure you make a reservation.... more

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3.5 star rating
Really lovely, great atmosphere
April 08, 2013

A charming surprise, tucked away in the heart of Lowville. I met my cousin there for lunch, and was entirely charmed. The food was really good, the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and made every effort to make the experience a great one. Will definitely be going back!

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3.5 star rating
April 06, 2013

Love this place summer or winter! The jazz music, the excellent food and service makes this a place I go back to frequently. A little pricey but worth it.

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3.5 star rating
Way over priced
March 04, 2013

My boyfriend and I stopped in here for lunch one day. We each ordered a burger and fries and had a Juice to drink. When we got the bill our eyeballs almost popped out of our heads. Our bill was 70.00 with tip for the 2 of us to have lunch. The food was okay but I would have been... more

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3.5 star rating
Cozy, but a little over priced
December 26, 2012

I drive by this little Bistro all the time and have wanted to try it for years. So glad that finally it worked out to go with a friend.
We split the fried calamari to start and it was fine. Could have used more of the dipping sauce, but it was okay - no different than anywhere else. They had... more

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3.5 star rating
A great place to grab a bite if you don't feel like cooking
December 10, 2012

We use Lowville Bistro as a place to eat if we are driving past and don't feel like cooking dinner. I have, unfortunately, found it too busy and unorganized to have a relaxing dinner out with friends. But the food is good and they cater well to the family. Be aware that you need to call ahead for reservations as... more

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3.5 star rating
Great service, good food but pricey for the location
December 01, 2012

This is my 2nd visit in the past month. Two nights ago, we went with a Party of 6 and luckily got the same waitress as last time. She is friendly, professional, and knows how to pace a meal. 3 of our party ordered the Seabass and said it was phenomenal. I had the gnocchi and it was good, the... more

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3.5 star rating
lunch
November 27, 2012

We have visited twice for lunch, and was very dissappointed both times. The meals are very expensive for what you get. Lunch for two with tip came close to $90. The meal we had was over cooked and very dry. We will not return.

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3.5 star rating
Thrusday Birthday Surprise
November 09, 2012

Excellent food, Excellent Service, Romatic, Surprise from the wait staff they brought out a lovely cake & candle.
Very romatic place to please anyone

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3.5 star rating
November 06, 2012

This place is great...! I live in Toronto and I have been meeting a friend from Kitchener there once a month for lunch for the past year. Food and service has always been great... The patio is a wonderful place in the summer.

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3.5 star rating
Great Sunday Jazz
November 05, 2012

My wife and I have been to Lowville Bistro several times and are never disappointed, We have been for lunch and for dinner. You will generally need a reservation. Robert the manager is great as is all the staff. It sits in the middle of no where actually, but worth hitting Google to find your way there up the Guelph... more

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3.5 star rating
Wish that it as fabulous
September 19, 2012

It is really too bad that this place is not a bit tastier and the staff is not kinder and more genuine...The atmosphere is quite nice and being next to Lowville Park and in the lovely countryside hills you would think they could have a chance and get it right. The manager is inappropriate...the wait staff is irritating and the... more

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3.5 star rating
Warning: Worst Food and Dining Experience
September 18, 2012

I've never written a review of a restaurant before, but after the experience I had at Lowville Bistro, I feel compelled to warn others about this place. I drove for over 1 1/2 hours to get to the restaurant on a Sunday night.
When I walked in, I waited to be seated and was approached by Robert Small, the general... more

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3.5 star rating
Very unfriendly reception by staff
September 08, 2012

My friend and I stopped in here with the thought of either having a late afternoon meal or early dinner after an afternoon of house hunting in the area. We were greeted by a sullen waitress who immediatly infomed us they had finished lunch service and were not serving dinner until 5 pm ( it was 4:30 pm) and we... more

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3.5 star rating
What happened to the quality and service
July 21, 2012

Been to the Restauant a few times in the past and had a satisfactory experience. Most recently though something went wrong:
1. On a Saturday night they were out of at least 3 entrees (evidently because of a busy Friday night) including hamburger and eggplant. They couldn't go to the market that morning and do some shopping?
2. The restaurant... more

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3.5 star rating
Not impressed
July 12, 2012

Dinner with two friends. My suggestion since it was recommended by another. We all ordered the Nasi Goreng, two chicken and one shrimp. The shrimp Nasi was full of nice big juicy shrimp about 6 or so. My friend and I looked at our chicken ones expecting at least a grilled breast. It was "where's the chicken?" Really, we had... more

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3.5 star rating
Wonderful spot on the escarpment
June 29, 2012

Lowville bistro is our go-to restaurant! Food is excellent, white wine chilled and staff are friendly and attentive. Their patio is lovely and private, no traffic sounds bother you here. Main courses are varied with the seasons using local ingredients. We especially enjoy the chef's salmon specials. Sunday is Jazz Night, sometimes there is a cover charge. Inside, the restaurant... more

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3.5 star rating
pleasant garden patio, lots of menu choices, fine experience
June 22, 2012

This bistro on Guelph Line in Lowville is really the only choice in the immediate area, but that's fine, because it's a very pleasant experience. Try to go in the summer when the patio is open with tables mostly in the shade--calm, with lovely garden plants and flowers all around. Tables aren't too close together either. Very nice. There are... more

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3.5 star rating
Lovely eating establishment
June 14, 2012

Very friendly restaurant, excellent food with some unusual dishes, speciality burgers a must, waitresses lovely & friendly, nice outdoor patio area, highly recommended !!!

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3.5 star rating
How much
June 01, 2012

Stopped by for a couple of drinks after work. Wife asked if they had coolers. No. They said but recomended the Sangria. Great. So it comes, very small & just OK. I had a beer made locally maybe just over a half pint. $21.50 b4 tip. I can get 3 mini pitchers of beer for that just down the road.... more

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3.5 star rating
November 06, 2011

Slow service, overpriced food, nice location, will not return.

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