The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro in Barrie

137 Dunlop St E, Barrie
About The Works:

A part of a smaller local franchise, The Works is a place where people when they have a burger craving. Located on 137 Dunlop Street East in Barrie, Ontario, this location is among the most favoured of all, with great décor, very friendly staff, and amazing burgers.

The Works Barrie location has some street-side parking, is wheelchair accessible, is welcoming to kids, and packs takeout meals. People can even order delivery via Skip the Dishes and DoorDash apps. There is no TV, but this place serves beer and wine.

The menu has items prepared from fresh local ingredients and people with allergies can ask their servers and will get a specially prepared meal. The Works Burger Bistro in Barrie is opened seven days a week: from Sunday to Thursday it works from 11 AM to 9 PM and on Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM.

People that have dined here have left reviews online on Trip Advisor, Facebook, and Google Reviews. I’ve read these and below I’ve made a list of pros and cons of this restaurant/burger place.


  • Great burger selection
  • Beer and wine
  • Steampunk décor
  • Nice, friendly staff
  • Separate kids menu


  • Complaints on poorly prepared takeout

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has opened its Barrie location in 2013, and since then this has become a favourite dining place to many Barrie citizens. The location itself is nice, and the décor makes it even more appealing. There is plenty of exposed brick walls, steampunk décors like exposed piping, wire mesh details, raw concrete walls, and many interesting wooden decorations.

The ceilings have exposed ductwork and are painted black, with bold orange accent walls and wooden tables, chairs and seating booths. To add to the charm, there are unusual light fixtures and mirrors placed diagonally and embedded into the mortar.

The menu is also interesting and has starters, sammies, salads, poutine, and more. The lunch menu has several burger varieties. Some of the starters like the tower-O-rings are served on a stand which is very interesting. Also, all the salads, fries and poutine are served on black and white checkered wax paper-lined baskets, and the burgers are served on metal trays lined with paper designed to look like it was cut from a newspaper, adding to the charm of the place.

To accommodate kids, there is a separate menu, also gluten-free options for the gluten-intolerant people and shakes, suds and drunken grapes to accompany a meal. (Suds is beer and drunken grapes are wine J).

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has a large selection of burgers with funky names like Bacon your fancy, elk on a beech, beyond a hipster's wildest dreams, getting piggy with it, juicy Lucy, living on the vedge, sexy burger, taste of heaven, barking and my cow, blues burger, crappy tire, dead ringer, first date, down under, Greek goddess, Ho Mum, kamikaze, Johnny be goat, man cave, Plain Jane and plenty more.

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