Penetanguishene Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Penetanguishene

March 24, 2018 Madelene Haan

Penetanguishene /pɛnɪˈtæŋɡwɪʃiːn/ ( listen), sometimes shortened to Penetang, is a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the southeasterly tip of Georgian Bay. Incorporated on February 22, 1882, this bilingual (French and English) community has a population of 8,962 in the Canada 2016 Census.
Things to do in Penetanguishene

1. The Arch Steak House

771 Yonge St, Midland, Ontario L4R 2E1, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Greek, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 705-526-7313
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

The Arch Steak House

Reviewed By Ontheroadagain447 - Toronto, Canada

This is a family owned, operated restaurant. Definitely not nouvelle cuisine ... just old fashioned place, with table cloths and candles, meat and potatoes entrees, but well prepared and served by friendly wait staff. We have never had a bad meal here.
Not much of a wine selection

2. Cellarman's Alehouse

337 King St, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Canadian, American, British Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$110 +1 705-526-8223
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

Cellarman's Alehouse

Traditional British Pub Full Service Restaurant 12 Draught on Tap

Reviewed By BurstIntoSong - Ontario Canada

Love how this unique restaurant is tucked back behind the shops on King St. (Not the same alley as Explorer's, but the next one towards the harbour.)
Excellent food, I had a Shepherd's Pie, great flavour. My two teen boys had 1/2 price chicken wings and enjoyed them. Lovely interior and atmosphere, you would think you were in Ireland. Love the ceilings and light fixtures.
Same prices as anywhere else, good portions, great flavour, great atmosphere.
Good selection of beers and ales.
Recommended if you enjoy a pint while you're in Midland!

3. Mom's Restaurant

200 Pillsbury Drive, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K5, Canada Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Canadian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 705-527-0700
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 235 reviews

Mom's Restaurant

Reviewed By MaggieM1221 - Ridgeway, Canada

I made a dinner reservation well in advance of Thanksgiving for a group of friends and myself for thanksgiving dinner. What a disappointment. We were told that our table was only allowed 5 Turkey dinners! We went there for Turkey dinner as friends who were there last year raved about it. I ended up having sole, and it was terrible. Dry, no taste, gob of egg on the bottom, mashed potatoes were cold and lumpy and the veg was a mix of squash and turnip that was mashed ... most of us did not like it. I went back a second time with 2 friends and again I was very disappointed in my food and I will not be going back again.

4. Captain Ken's Diner-Billiards

70 Main St, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1T4, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Seafood, Canadian Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$118 +1 705-549-8691
Excellent
51%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Captain Ken's Diner-Billiards

Reviewed By arodger1 - Barrie, Canada

Delicious and fresh handmade fish and chips! We have been coming here for years and this place just keeps getting better and better with a newly renovated interior. Warm atmosphere and true Canadian hospitality!
What is also, unique about this fish and chip place is you can choose to have your fish either battered or pan fried! We also love getting poutine with our fish as the gravy here is outstanding!

5. World Famous Dock Lunch

4 Main St, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1T1, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Canadian +1 705-549-8111
Excellent
20%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
12%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 110 reviews

World Famous Dock Lunch

Reviewed By Jay O - Sugar Land, Texas

We stopped off here while in the area. I had the fish and chips. My son had the souvlaki. We both enjoyed what we had. We ate outside next to the harbor. It made a nice setting. Will go back when in the areaThank you, Jay We are glad you enjoyed your lunch, and hope you do stop by when you are in the area again. Nick

6. Pan Mai Restaurant

175 Main St, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1L8, Canada Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Waitstaff Asian, Chinese Lunch, Dinner +1 705-549-0526
Excellent
23%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
6%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 30 reviews

Pan Mai Restaurant

Reviewed By 45DegreesNorth - Montreal

You can have your massive Chinese buffets that have everything but the kitchen sink. This friendly little restaurant has the good basics that you look for - wonton soup, chicken balls, noodles, rice, etc. The one suggestion I would make is that it would be nice to have a dessert option. The service at the table was exceptional - our waitress was immediately bringing us extra plates, beverages, always clearing away plates, we felt well taken care of. My friends bought a house in this area last fall and this has become their new favourite place.

7. Pizza Delight

104-2 Poyntz St, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1M2, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Canadian, Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 705-549-9999
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Pizza Delight

At Pizza Delight, our pizzas are legendary because they are prepared with dough that we make fresh every day in our restaurants, our secret recipe pizza sauce, and the freshest toppings. Our Italian inspired menu has a variety of mouthwatering food that is sure to appeal to everyone’s taste. Entrées also include our famous Super Donairs, Garlic Cheese Fingers, Signature skillet dishes featuring fresh vegetables, chicken and seafood, panini sandwiches, pastas made with a selection of meats, fresh vegetables and signature sauces, delicious salads and our signature desserts.

Reviewed By SallyW7630202 - Guelph, Canada

A real surprise. This place is reasonably priced and serves decent food with great service. Fresh food in a small but roomy restaurant. Not just take-out but a real table-service resto with surprisingly good and quick food and a broad menu, not just pizza. Try the grill your own bread station; kids will love it and so will you. May be the best kept secret in the area. And bonus: it's right next to the liquor store for your take-out.

8. The Explorers Cafe

345 King St, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$118 - HK$157 +1 705-527-9199
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

The Explorers Cafe

If arriving by foot, we are on the east side of King between Yonge and Elizabeth. If driving, approach from Midland Ave. between Yonge and Elizabeth, free three hour parking in municipal lot.

Reviewed By WhiteLakeDan - White Lake Ontario

My 2 out of 5 rating would be for the food (which is why we went there in the first place, right?). Service, ambience, wine selection and price points, however, would deserve top marks based on our one and only visit there.
So, about that food: I ordered chicken satay and my wife the mussels for apps. My satay was quite good. The mussels, however, were anemic shrivelled up little things and certainly not the plump delicious creatures we experienced in PEI just a few weeks ago. The curry sauce was way too aggressive for such delicate little things and the baguette was very weird in that it had the look and feel of freezer burnt bread but from the inside out.
As mains, I wanted the Sea Bass only to be told they had none due to a “menu change”. OK. Fair enough. Take it off the menu, then. I settled for the stuffed pork tenderloin with brie, bacon, onions. My wife went for the seafood linguine..
The linguine had shrimp (good), scallops (lousy, rubbery little pucks) and more of them low grade mussels. The dill cream sauce was just not pleasant (there are so many ways to prep seafood pasta...dill should not be a 1st choice, IMO).
My pork tenderloin was not the preferred centre part. Rather, I got both ends (lucky me). That is, the stuffed “big end” and that flat other end that cannot be stuffed. Both were quite over done and very dry. The stuffed end, where stuffing will naturally try to ooze out, had minimal Brie, a few onions and no hint of bacon. The mashed spuds looked promising but were way under seasoned. The veg were totally forgettable. Not a well executed dish by any means.
So there you have our 1st experience at Explorers restaurant. We were expecting far better than what we got But would give the place another try if/when we are back this way (it is an interesting looking place after all.)

9. Dino's Frozen Yogurt & Sandwch

319 King St, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M5, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 705-526-2431
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Dino's Frozen Yogurt & Sandwch

Reviewed By Raggs - Midland, Canada

Friendly staff, long line-ups at most times but especially around lunch time, but it moves quickly. Dino and Suzanne have hard-working staff who seem to enjoy their work and smile a lot. Plenty of Seating, including some outside on King Street in warmer weather.

10. Ciboulette et Cie - A Food Shop

290 King St, Midland, Ontario L4R 3M6, Canada Takeout, Seating Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 705-245-0410
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Ciboulette et Cie - A Food Shop

o is Ciboulette et Cie." Remember the vibrant flavours and a home-cooked meal? Though Canadian families have grown increasingly busy, few of us have forgotten how delicious a home-cooked meal can be. But who has time anymore? Ciboulette et Cie is here to help. We combine superb culinary skills with a passion for fresh, local, hand-picked ingredients to bring the home-cooked meal to your table. All you have to do is sit and enjoy with family and friends. Our concept is simple: We find as many quality, locally sourced ingredients as possible then transform them into delicious, ready-to-eat take-home meals. Whether a family dinner on a Wednesday evening, a gathering at the family cottage, or a romantic dinner for two, we are there to contribute to the experience. Our Commitment Ciboulette et Cie (Chive and Company) is rooted in the community. We create partnerships between producers, farmers, and chefs so that you can enjoy the best our region has to offer. Just like the old General Store was at the heart of the neighbourhood, so too is Ciboulette et Cie. We believe ‘Local’ is more than a trend. Like us, it is here to stay. We have deep roots in this community and we believe your food should too. Unlike a supermarket, or a single-aisle store, we can tell you where your food came from – and chances are it's just up the road. By shopping locally and preparing our ingredients and meals right here in our store, we are ensuring that that the environment and local economy will benefit just as much as you and your family. So come in to our kitchen, and bring something home to yours.

Reviewed By AEM123 - Ontario's Highlands, Canada

Great little restaurant. Good fresh food. Pleasant staff. Best ginger cookies ever! In the midst of moving to a new location but still good eats at their temporary spot.

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