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- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
About The Opinicon
Over 100 years of hospitality - restaurant, pub, cafe, and ice cream. Come for a meal, or stay in one of our beautiful cottages. Event spaces also available.
We can't say enough about how much we enjoy staying at the Opinicon - in cosy Juniper Cottage - especially with the two comfortable chairs for sitting on the verandah.
Great friendly welcoming staff! Cabins are spacious and cozy. Delicious dinner and good breakfasts. All in all a happy experience!!
We had a lovely time. The cabin was perfect. We quickly became very relaxed and enjoyed every minute of our getaway. Everyone was friendly and willing to please. We'll be back!
We love your place!! Kleenex in rooms would be nice. We appreciated using the hot tub...in October! Thanks. We have been going to The Opinicon for decades; even celebrated our 50th anniversary with you last year.
Everything about the Opinicon was great but the staff were above and beyond wonderful. They were all so professional but also friendly, approachable, helpful and lovely. They made a great place just world class. Bravo to them and bravo to the genius (geniuses?) that can spot talent and hire it. Thank you! PS. For was great like we expected but the nachos (yes, the nachos!) were beyond our expectations!
My wife Laura and I have visited the Opinicon for those special dates, the anniversaries, and other times when we just want to go for a scenic drive ending at a familiar and friendly place. We highly recommend The Opinicon.
It is such a pleasure to see this old beauty renewed with modern amenities while keeping it's historic charm and atmosphere. The menu is mostly casual with a few higher end options but the food is wonderful and the service and attention to detail is exceptional. It was a lovely treat to dine here and we will be back - and we plan on staying in one of the charming cottages next year! Highly recommended.
Our server was very friendly and prompt. Enjoyed the evening immensely!
A beautiful place, and we enjoyed a lovely evening with friends in the dining room. Great service and wonderful food. We will be back for sure!!
Lovely meal in a beautiful environment.
Fantastic service last Monday night. Everything about the meal was great. We look forward to Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.
First time dining at the new Opinicon. Everything was perfect including the value for the quality/variety of food, service, and atmosphere. It will certainly not be the only time for us. Well done! Rideau Lakes needed a unique place to dine and you have certainly fill that market need.
The acoustics on the side porch is such that you cannot hear the persons across the table talking. Never sit there again. Front porch is lovely. Would like more choice on the fall menu....a pasta dish would be nice.
Lovely surroundings, good food and welcoming service
One gets the feeling that the Staff have a stake in the place. The service is that good. Kudos to the one who does the hiring. You are that good too.
We booked on line and Didnt see any option to request verandah seating . Once we arrived, We were told we had do request this area, To be able to sit there. I asked if we could be moved, but was told no room to accommodate 5 of us.. We booked online as no one answered when we called , so rather than leave message I booked using on line option.your online option should have option to requests verandah seating. Now we know.we have to request it !!
The renovations to the Opinicon are well done and have maintained the original atmosphere. My wife and I went for supper and enjoyed our experience. My wife had the Artisan salad that she rated excellent and the beef tenderloin that she said was a bit chewee (not what you would expect from beef tenderloin. I had the broccoli soup (very good) and the braised beef that was nicely cooked but not as tender as it might have been. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The only negative point was the crowd noise. This was a Monday night and the restaurant was only half full at its peak but the noise from the other tables seemed to get magnified. Sometimes hard to talk. I would certainly like to return but not until the noise problem is addressed.
We are learning how to use your menu in order to get the food that suits us best at the best value for the price.
Meal was incredible! Service was great as well. I would recommend always having a chicken dish on your menu. You didn't this time and one of us isn't a big red meat or fish eater.
I wish to apologize for our late arrival. Thank you for graciously accommodating us. As always the food,atmosphere and service was excellent. I hope we didn't cause too much chaos for your kitchen staff. We will definitely be back and next time "on time". How wonderful to have such a fine facility in our area. Keep up the excellent work. Sincerely,Carol.
We had a wonderful mini vacay despite the weather and have booked for next year. Cudos to the owners for an outstanding job! Every staff member we spoke to were happy, friendly, courteous, and full of praise for their bosses. Telltale sign there for sure. Keep up the great work and see you next year.
Simply put: The Opinicon is truly a gorgeous place to stay, from the stately trees to the impressive grounds and to the cheerful staff and their readiness to help wherever they can made our stay a most enjoyable one. We have booked for next September.
Our waitress, same gal both nights, was amazing. Always went above and beyond to give us excellent service.
Visited with my 94 yr old mother - stayed a couple of nights in one of the cabins. We had a wonderful time. My mother loved the whole experience. We particularly found the staff so helpful, pleasant, cheerful and friendly! Although I have read some negative comments about the restaurant, this was not our experience. We enjoyed all our meals and especially appreciated the flexibility of being able to order one meal to be shared between the two of us. Thank you so much! We can't wait to come back. :)
We greatly enjoyed it. Food was excellent.