About Davidson's Country Dining:
Davidson's Country Dining is at 73 Big Bay Point Rd near Alcina Ave. in Innisfil. More than thirty years old and still going strong, Davidson’s Country Dining is owner, and long-time Innisfil resident Dan Davidson’s business, which he proudly describes as ‘Innisfil, Ontario's, best-kept secret’ and ‘one of Innisfil and Barrie's premier restaurants.’ Opened in 1984, Davidson’s Country Dining is located on Big Bay Point, right on the north-eastern tip of the Innisfil region and a minute’s drive from the waters of Lake Simcoe.
A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and 2017 Winner, and in the top five restaurants in Innisfil, Davidson’s Country Dining offers a quaint and cottagey atmosphere within its single storey building, bolstered by a pleasant exterior of wood, white fencing and neat garden. Inside is small but pleasant, with logwood panels on the walls, a fireplace and a homely, country ambience.
- Cosy, rustic family restaurant in a peaceful location
- Extensive menus for lunch and dinner
- Chefs will prepare gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan and other speciality dishes if you call 48 hours in advance
- Kids menu (under 10 only)
- The owner has more than thirty years’ experience
- On-site car parking for patrons, small outside seating area
- Décor and furnishings would benefit from an update
- Interior is not the largest
- Service has been described as occasionally slow, but often due to the restaurant being busy or the food being cooked from scratch
Note: according to the website, reservations are required.
The restaurant’s menus, for both lunch and dinner, are extensive with a huge amount of dishes; wherever possible, Davidson’s sources fresh local produce for its food, most of which is prepared on site. The menus offer everything from tapas, main courses, soups, salads, homemade specialities, gourmet sandwiches (for lunch only) and pub fare, as well as a selection of homemade desserts. The lunchtime tapas selection includes garlic bread, bruschetta and mushroom crostini, while dishes such as homemade meatloaf, Irish stew and pot pie can be ordered from the specialities section, and the gourmet sandwich offerings include chicken tenders, steak and a classic clubhouse. For dinner, Davidson’s offers yet more tapas, including lime scallops and vegetable spring rolls, and for mains, the menu contains ‘gourmet pub fare’ and homemade specialities again, this time including rack of lamb, baby beef liver and chicken schnitzel. Desserts, meanwhile, are made on site and feature cheesecakes, pies and the restaurant’s ‘famous’ bread pudding.
Davidson’s has generally favourable online reviews across a number of websites, with one TripAdvisor reviewer reporting ‘awesome service combined with a super meal’, another reviewer on Google stating, ‘ordered the prime rib, portion size was amazing as was the Greek salad’, while on Yelp one patron commented, ‘Very fun eclectic ambience, the food is consistently great.’ There are a handful of negative entries, with one customer taking to Google to state, ‘Service was quite slow between courses and drinks ordered were either slow on delivery or forgotten altogether.
The chefs at Davidson’s will prepare gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan and other speciality dishes if you call 48 hours in advance, while the restaurant also offers a limited take out service along with full catering capabilities – both on- and off-site – for weddings, parties and corporate events. Opening hours during spring/summer are closed Mondays, Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 9:30 pm.