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The Opinicon

1697 Chaffeys Lock Rd, Elgin, ON, Canada, K0G 1E0
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The Opinicon is currently closed for renovations. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest information and photos.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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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.

Cuisine: Contemporary, Bakery, Banquet, Cafe, Child Friendly, Locally Sourced, Romantic, Seafood
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Monday, 13 August 2018

Everything at The Opinicon was great! Service friendly and helpful, food delicious and grounds very tidy and clean. We stayed in the Maple cottage, beautiful.

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Visited On Monday, 13 August 2018

Waitress was excellent. Meal prep by kitchen somewhat slow. Could be more vegetarian meals offered. Menu selection has improved over last year.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Pool service was outstanding. We were much happier with the dinner service at this visit. The server was very good and the food was excellent and didn't take too long like it did on our last visit earlier this year. We LOVE what you guys are doing at Opinicon and want to see you succeed. We are recommending you to all the boaters we encounter. Room for improvement is breakfast... a little faster with the coffee on arrival, and more breakfast options. For example our son has a dairy allergy and all the breakfast buffet options had milk... pancakes had milk, potatoes had cheese in them, and there was no bacon! Breakfast without bacon? :-) Also they ran out of maple syrup completely. Many hotels with buffets also have a short order cook near the buffet who can make an omelette or eggs any style for people who can't find something they like at the buffet... this would be a great addition. Also, if you only have the buffet then best to ensure at least the basics are there i.e. bacon, eggs, potatoes (without cheese) before getting fancier.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Food was very poor quality. Pretentious options but did not deliver on quality. Part of my meal arrived cold. Children's pasta option was so unappetizing my child could not eat it and it look like it could have come from a cafeteria. It would truly serve them to also offer options on the menu that are not trying so hard and have some simple options that are actually tasty. Our server in the dining room was good and made sure to be careful when it came to the gluten free meal. The servers in the Pub however were atrocious. We were ignored forever being seated despite asking the bartender if we should just seat ourselves and MANY staff milling about. When we finally sat we had no menus and had to go and get up to request those as well. The Pub was not even busy at the time. My family hoped for more accessible menu options in the Pub and were very surprised that it was the exact same disappointing menu as the dining room. Could not even get fish and chips as were told it is only served on Fridays. Breakfast was also rather mediocre. Beautiful resort but would never return for the food.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Due to the volume of individuals coming and going I found the initial entry to the dining experience slightly confusing. We were sent in the wrong direction to wait for our reservation. Front desk staff are not overly welcoming and warm unfortunately. Though once seated in the dining room our wait staff was exceptional. Acoustics of the rooms are interesting and make the noise amplified. We were given ample time to enjoy the experience and I would recommend to anyone to make their way to the resort for a meal and a walk around.

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Great Job Fiona! We are amazed at what you are doing with the "old place"!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

We had a lovely dinner and were very impressed in the atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Lovely lunch. Service very good

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

Amazing dinner Friday night! Wonderful Chef! 6 of us raving about perfect meals!!

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

We are so fortunate to have such a Fabulous resort in beautiful Rideau Lakes!

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

We love going to The Opinicon and we love taking guests too!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Service was very slow.all else was great. The waiter who sang happy birthday was wonderful!

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Visited On Monday, 30 July 2018

I enjoyed the finest monkfish dish i have ever experienced and my guests loved their meals as well. Great night thanks to you folks. Service, ambience, food exceptional

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Well staffed and the docking crew that helped us with our boat were great.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Very nice grounds for an after dinner stroll with the grandchildren.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

We had a great visit to the Opinicon! Hope to stay overnight sometime soon. A lovely place.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The noise, for us who have even slight issues with hearing, is very difficult to deal with. We were seated on one of glassed in verandas, which is where we wished to be, but needs some additions, such as hanging swags, in area or improve acoustics.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

Our lunch with the ladies event was, as always, a time of great food, wonderful service and friendship. The Sangria was a nice change for a hot summer day and very much enjoyed. Our server, whom we have had before, is super friendly, enthusiastic and provided excellent service throughout our lunch. Shrimp on hot, garlic bun was scrumptious. We all had it! Would have had one of the tasty sounding desserts, but we all decided to go to your ice cream shop instead. See you soon!

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Nice location, food was excellent service was prompt.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Excellent all round experience. Many Thanks.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

It was a great way to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary, will come back again. my last name is spelled Oastler

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

Food and service was excellent. Only issue was being seated over a floor vent blowing cold conditioned air, which was a little uncomfortable.

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

We had a wonderful time and you wonderful resort. Only issue was the expense, which is really high.

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

Beautiful place! Great dining experience and service...and best cobb salad we've had!

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

Hi, Six of us had dinner on the porch this past Monday and everyone though that the food was excellent and that the overall place is beautiful. The two problems that we had were that the dining areas are extremely noisy and my wife asked for the remainder of her dinner (Shrimp Carbonera) to be put in a container to take home. Unfortunately it was never returned to our table and thus we forgot about it. Re the noise, when another shift of diners was seated around 8pm and the porch was full, we could not hear ourselves talk/think so we left instead of staying further for dessert and coffee. This has also been a complaint we have gotten from others that have dined there. You really need to try and do something re the acoustics in the dining areas. The 3 stars for atmosphere was due to this. The 4 stars for service was due to the waiter forgetting to bring the rest of my wife's dinner back to the table. We will however be returning in the future. Thanks. Phil Ellis

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