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Bistro by the Bay

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2 James St, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1T2, Canada
+1 705-746-3712
Wed - Sun 16:00 - 21:00
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I am going out for a sit down dinner this is the place. The food is wonderful, the staff is very friendly. Its small and cozy and has wonderful views from outside.

Thank Danncamby
Niagara Falls, Canada
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437 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 673 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank goodness for Bistro by the Bay! It's the best restaurant in Parry Sound and the only one with other-than-fast-food-tasting food as far as I'm concerned. I've been here a few times now for dinner and each time we visit family in Parry Sound and decide to go out, this is the only place I want to go for a... More 

Thank BahiaDelray
Whitby, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is cozy and the food was delicious. Overall the meal was excellent although I did find a few of the prices high for the portion size received. The quality of the food was excellent and not what you would expect to find in a small town. It was a welcome surprise.

Thank DeborahN25
Carling Township RR 1 Nobel ON CA
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190 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took our friends out for an appreciation dinner. We and they were very pleased with the food and the service.. An evening to remember.

Thank Paddler14
dallas, texas
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113 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We had heard that this restaurant was the nicest place for dinner in Parry Sound and it was a fantastic choice for our date night when we were up at our cottage. The food was excellent—we had the duck special, a squid appetizer (half grilled, half fried), and the pickerel. Everything was lovely. The wine list had a lot of... More 

Thank jooles_p
Parry Sound, Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Excellent food-quality cooked to your desires /tastes/quantity, are all top end, c/w in a very NICE setting with great service!!

Thank Cancode
Parry Sound, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Service was prompt and unobtrusive, the squid was perfectly cooked and tender, the lamb shank melted off the bone. My stuffed pasta shells were served in a delicious roasted vegetable sauce. Wonderful meal.

Thank 1curlycanuck
Parry Sound, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is where I bring friends who are visiting because it seems to be the only place in town where the chef takes pride in creating each plate from scratch - it's not merely reheated commercial frozen fare. The carpaccio is delicious and the baby arugula salad with warm goat cheese is my favourite. The creme brule is the real... More 

Thank Sandie S
Kitchener, Canada
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152 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

On the first night of our road trip to B.C. we chose this Bistro on the recommendation of Trip Advisor and were certainly glad we did. The owners have cleverly converted an old house into a cozy eating establishment with a deceptively simple menu, offering great food. My friend enjoyed the braised short ribs with barley risotto (which she was... More 

Thank gowens56
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Came to visit our daughter here on Thanksgiving weekend. Bistro was very very busy but service was quick and the food hot and tasty. I recomend this resturant. We sat on the heated deck and were quite comfortable. They even supply blankets if your still cool. Very nice...

Thank Michael G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Canadian, Grill, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 James St, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1T2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Northeastern Ontario  >  Parry Sound
  • Phone Number: +1 705-746-3712
Hello and welcome to our Bistro By The Bay web site. We are located at 2 James Street in Parry Sound, Ontario, near the port facilities. Our "on-the-deck" dining experience provides a pleasing view of the Seguin River rapids as well as the nearby Georgian Bay port itself. Indoor seating is also available, of course. We are pleased to offer our valued customers a fine dining menu that includes shrimp and mussels in six different sauces, pickerel, salmon, stuffed chicken, stuffed pork, fall off the bone ribs, some wonderful pastas, and a variety of delicious homemade desserts. We also provide vegetarian and gluten free options.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?