Where to Eat in Owen Sound: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 30, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Owen Sound (Canada 2016 Census population 21,341), the county seat of Grey County, is a city in the northern area of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Owen Sound is located at the mouths of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham Rivers on an inlet of Georgian Bay.
Things to do in Owen Sound

1. Grey's Boot & Blade

1135 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Canadian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 519-372-2222
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Grey's Boot & Blade

Reviewed By memery2017 - Owen Sound, Canada

The Boot has all day breakfast. Our kind of place. The selection is large and varied. The atmosphere is relaxed and the wait staff are wonderful. The Boot even has baked goods for sale. On the whole a very nice way to start your day or end it.

2. Nathaniel's Restaurant

215 8th St E, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 1L2, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Canadian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 519-371-3440
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Nathaniel's Restaurant

Reviewed By AdvisorOntario - Kitchener, Canada

Went to Nathaniel's for a business lunch and it was really good. The Trout was particularly well received but I had and excellent shrimp cocktail with French Onion Soup although the soup was a bit salty. They have a varied menu with something for everyone. Highly recommend.

3. Norma Jean's

243 8th St E, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 1L2, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Canadian, Delicatessen, Fusion, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$173 +1 519-376-2232
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 228 reviews

Norma Jean's

Norma Jean's opened it's doors in 1984 and has been a local favourite for 30 years. Offering a wide range of food and brews/spirits for every walk of life. Drawing inspiration from many cultures and culinary styles. Norma Jean's also includes daily lunch and dinner features created by the amazing team of chefs dwelling in the closet... Uh hum, I mean kitchen!

Reviewed By mools - London, Canada

My blackened salmon dish was so good I went back the next night to have it again before leaving for home. I would recommend this restaurant. It was quaint, whimsical and the food is excellent. It was recommended to me, and both nights that I was there (weeknights) they were booked up, a sign of a good restaurant. I was told they are known for their burgers, but I was interested in the seafood. The salmon was so moist, perfectly cooked (slightly better the first night as it was so moist). The vegetables with it were good. I had all vegetables, no starch, and the second night they added a 2.00 charge to my bill for additional veggies. When I asked they explained that they charge for two veggies. However, since I hadn't asked for them, I had only asked for no starch all vegetable, they removed the charge. I would say that was the only down side. The first night the chef came to the table to take my order and recommended I try the salmon blackened (they do a lemon version as well). I was glad I did that as it was not to hot but nicely seasoned. Give this place a try.

4. Channing Restaurant

1002 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2H7, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 519-376-0718
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Channing Restaurant

Reviewed By Sandcastler - Ontario

I visited a few times now and the dine in and take out is very good. The restaurant is spacious and well appointed. The service is friendly and the dishes are certainly prepared with quality and in abundance. Vegetable dishes are fresh and crisp and their chicken and shrimp dishes were very flavorful. Definitely an above average and very clean venue.

5. Harrison Park Inn

137 2nd Ave W, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 6R5, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 519-376-5151
Excellent
52%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 137 reviews

Harrison Park Inn

The Harrison Park Inn Restaurant ExperienceOur Service: You are our top priority at Harrison Park Inn Restaurant and we want your experience to be one that you share with your friends along the way. We are very accommodating to special needs and we serve you with warm smile and a friendliness that is meant to make you feel at home.Dining room: We offer comfortable and casual dining in our main dining room. With paintings on the wall from local artisans, carved wooden geese overhead, a stained glass window depicting nature, a large rock faced fireplace, and open vaulted wooden ceilings, it is a truly remarkable building with a feeling of a true peacefulness.Patio: With an extensive patio that faces outwards to a panoramic of beautiful Harrison Park, you can truly take in a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with the best view in Owen Sound. Share The perfect place to relax and unwind over a couple of refreshing drinks.Window seating: With picturesque window Seating on three sides of the dining room, you are treated to scenery that is as nice as the food. In early spring cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the summer makes way for lush greenery, the fall shares a dazzling array of colours, and the winter treats you to its serene blanket of snow.Take out window: Our take out window is an Owen Sound treasure. You may as well mark it with “X” on your map because this spot is famous! With so very much to do in the park, many start or finish their day with a treat from our window. This is not your ordinary Takeout window as we offer many of our featured dishes such as our mouthwatering hamburgers and our snowballs to those that choose to eat in the park. We do have the crowd pleasers such as milkshakes, ice cream, and so much more!OPEN 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, 7 days a week!

Reviewed By Paul M - Meaford, Canada

In need of a snack and a break from Christmas shopping, Mason and I decided to head down to the Inn for some take-out fries and gravy. Most of the time (we come for these fairly frequently), our stuff is perfect. I LOVE the gravy from the Inn.
Unfortunately, this visit, as well as our last, I found our fries to be a little undercooked.
Service at the Inn is always pretty friendly, I will be sure to simply ask for our fries to be cooked crispy in the future. Easy Peasy. Still a wonderful snack and a well needed break from the hustle bustle of town.
Thank-you!,
Paul

6. Bishop's Landing Restaurant and Lounge

1800 2nd Ave East | Best Western Inn On The Bay, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J6, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$173 +1 519-470-1000
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Bishop's Landing Restaurant and Lounge

A beautiful dining room and patio with serene views over Georgian Bay. This restaurant offers standard and lounge style Seating with a full bar available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, The Bishop's Landing Restaurant is well known for being a nice quiet place with quality food. Specializing in groups and large parties, This restaurant is the ideal choice for your next gathering.

Reviewed By Bikerbelle B - Toronto, Canada

Frequent here for business lunches; have learned to arrive around 11:30 am to beat the rush. This spot is pretty busy, and its better to get in and out before it fills up. There is a daily soup, pizza and omelet although some of the flavour combinations are not always appetizing.
Food is consistently good, served hot and usually pretty quick. I find the service to be really good and the price is reasonable for the servings provided. Great spot to look out at the lake and enjoy a relaxing lunch.

7. Rockford Restaurant

317757 6 & 10 Hwy, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Canadian, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 519-371-6588
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 108 reviews

Rockford Restaurant

Reviewed By Craig B - Owen Sound, Canada

This place has a loyal clientele. Went on a recent Thursday night, and enjoyed the Jaeger Schnitzel dinner, and our whole group of six had various schnitzels. Good service and enjoyed the food. They serve good home fries, but wish they had spaetzli. Portions are large and food was tasty.

8. Shorty's Bar & Grill

967 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2K7, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 519-376-0044
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

Shorty's Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Philip C

My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner. The food was great, I would recommend the prime rib beef on Friday night. The prices were reasonable, but the menu warns that they will be going up in January 2018 to address the increase in minimum wage. I would think that this will decrease the percentage one would give for a tip, since the idea of the tip is to offset the lower wage that the waitress receives.

9. Kettles Back Home Cookin'

317239 6 & 10 Hwy | Rr#3, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 +1 519-794-0330
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Kettles Back Home Cookin'

Small, family owned business. Back-home style cooking. Featuring fresh baking, homemade soups, famous fish and chips. Eat in or Take Out. Open Daily- 9pm.

Reviewed By Zappafan5797 - Hanover, Canada

this place is always so busy, and you see why. The food here is plain home style cooking that never fails to please. The staff are great and it always seems clean

10. Dragonfly Cafe

317560 6 & 10 Hwy, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Cafe, Canadian, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 519-371-4177
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Dragonfly Cafe

Breakfast spot a favourite of locals, almost don't want to give away this secret, but their food is excellent and their service great, they totally deserve the recognition!

Reviewed By Charlotte M - St. Catharines, Canada

We always stop here on our way south, and it's just for the Reuben sandwiches. They are simply the best Reubens in Ontario, and perhaps anywhere: loads of pastrami and sauerkraut, excellent swiss cheese, and a good tangy Dijon mustard. They Sandwich comes on huge slabs of the Dragonfly's house-made Bauer Brot.
Add in the bottomless coffee cups, and the friendly and attentive staff, and it's no surprise the place is always busy.

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