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The Crazy Fox Bistro

Restaurant Cafe American restaurant Seafood restaurant Steak house Fine dining restaurant

One of the Top rated American restaurants in Barrie


135 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M 3B3, Canada



+1 705-737-5000

Price rating

$$$ $

Rating on Google Maps

4.50 (478 reviews)

Open on Google Maps

Working Hours

  • Tuesday: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Thursday: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 4:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: (Victoria Day), Closed, Hours might differ

Featured Reviews

Frequently mentioned in reviews: good (11) time (8) great (8) service (7) menu (6) experience (6) dishes (6)
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  • 5/5 Kevin T. 1 year ago on Google
    Came here for a dinner with my girlfriend for the first time on Saturday Oct 15, 2022. Had a reservation at 6:30 pm but couldn’t make it due to some last minute issues. I called in at 6:15 pm requesting if it could be pushed to 8:00 pm and the receptionist was very understanding, courteous and accommodating. I arrived at 7:55 pm and was seated immediately. The wait staff was very attentive and explained the specials and menu very well which made making our decision on choice a lot easier. We started with the tuna appetizer served in two ways. For entrees we got the ribeye steak and lamb chops. Both the appetizers and the mains tasted amazing and were cooked to our specified doneness. Our only complaint was that it did seem a bit cramped as our table was really close to our neighbor. Overall the food and customer service was great. The price was reasonable for a higher end restaurant and we do feel we got the value for what we paid. Would definitely come back again.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 April 1 year ago on Google
    You must go! The Crazy Fox is an outstanding dining experience if you're in the Barrie area. The menu has been perfected over the many years this bistro has been open. The cuisine combined with the wine list, service and atmosphere make this unique spot one you will want to return to. David and his staff always make each guest feel welcomed. They also offer take out from lunch or dinner menus, known as ‘Fox in a Box’.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lennon B. 1 year ago on Google
    Very nice fine dining experience on a Thursday evening. The food was delicious and the servings were the right amount for me. Our server was great and was able to accommodate our requests. I believe they were slightly understaffed as our server was also doing the job of the host and the food took a little while to arrive. The doneness on the lamb I ordered was medium but as you can see by the photo it was a little under. Still, everything tasted great and it was a very good evening out. I look forward to being back.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Yeri예리 1 year ago on Google
    Visited here for dinner with my boyfriend. Everything was so delicious and staffs were nice :) We tried lamb steak for the first time and it was really good! 10 out of 10
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Shaun 1 year ago on Google
    Pricier dining but well worth it. Terrific service. The menu is loaded with dishes I would want. The dishes are tasty and I like the simple natural, subtle flavours.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Penny M. 9 months ago on Google
    You are getting Micheline star quality dishes at this restaurant. First time there and was so impressed by the quality. A bit on the pricy side but you are getting gourmet, tasty, unique dishes. The walnut crusted chicken was amazing. The sauce it came with was so unique and well done. The fish was great too. The vegetables were cooked to perfection still crunchy. The crab, lobster pasta was also very tasty. We tried the tomato soup which was also very good. Only thing I could complain about would be that our meals took a long time to come but was well worth it.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 James M. 1 year ago on Google
    The food is fantastic. I had the salmon dish feature, which is not the same salmon dish on the menu. My wife ordered the salmon plank dish from the menu and the feature option was much better, as it came with a delightful sauce. The rest of our party ordered the pecan crusted chicken, the bacon wrapped filet mignon, the pan seared pickerel and an off-menu item; a vegan mushroom risotto. Everyone said that their meals were extremely good. We also had a few appetizers; chicken wings, bruschetta, salad, etc. and those were all great too. Our only bit of constructive feedback is that the washrooms are not wheelchair accessible. We had a person in our party that recently had major foot surgery and he had to walk down and up two flights of stairs to use the facilities. It would also be nice if they had some better desert options. Perhaps add some sort of cheesecake or iced cream cookie dish. A vegan desert option should be offered too, since they offer off-menu vegan mains. Overall, it was still a very good experience. The staff is super friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is great.

  • 5/5 Rich C. 1 year ago on Google
    This Crazy Fox Bistro does not disappoint. My parents are from out of town and wanted a restaurant which had variety, good food and wasn't hectic. The food was fantastic and the service was very friendly. I had the lamb and it was fantastic. Only critiques are the fact that I'd like to see sort of crab dip as an appetizer and at least one dessert without berries or booze. The others I ate with had the Salmon special (excellent), crusted chicken (excellent), Duck (excellent) and the veal parm (excellent). I will be back again and would recommend to anyone looking for a new spot to try out.

  • 5/5 Dwayne S. 2 years ago on Google
    The food and atmosphere was amazing. Kim, our waitress, was especially good! Definitely be back!

  • 4/5 Natalie C. 1 year ago on Google
    We enjoyed our dinner and experience here. Service was great and the food was good. We got the escargot, bang bang shrimp, lamb chops, pickerel, and raspberry truffle wedge. Portions were okay for the price, and all of our food was well cooked. We’ll be back :)

  • 4/5 Lorraine F. 1 year ago on Google
    Food was delicious. Boston leaf salad with caramelized pear was amazing. Entrée was the lobster and crab mezzaluna, delicious. I finished off with tea. First time dining since before covid. I did not give a 5 star rating, waiter was not very attentive, didn't even enquire if we wanted more drinks. Just felt we weren't important.

  • 4/5 CDK 1 year ago on Google
    This place was so cozy, small restaurant but the service was great! The food was 10/10 and it reminded me of The Keg but more of a family cozier smaller less fancier vibe. The only negative part of my experience was that I requested them to surprise with a dessert for my friends birthday and called twice to remind them and made multiple of hints to the waitress and it never happened.. Other than that, it was really good! Will come back again for dinner!

  • 5/5 Davis D. 1 year ago on Google
    Great experience, and food. They were busy and still took the time to serve us a table and treat us like family. I would highly recommend and will be returning without my son to stay longer and have desert.

  • 3/5 H H. 1 year ago on Google
    This place used to be one of our favourite places to go pre-pandemic. We went this evening because it’s been a while but we were very disappointed.The quality isn’t what it used to be. One of our favourite items was the pear salad. Used to have large chunks of caramelized pears and good sized pieces of candied nuts. No nuts this time and only small slivers of pears. They got rid of the chef’s appetizer sampler which was disappointing. They’ve cut the menu but haven’t introduced any new dishes, the ones they kept are not terribly exciting- had a hard time finding something that appealed. The food prices have increased- no longer worth the price in our opinion. The service tonight was painfully slow. Only saw our server to order & then pay. We were there for 2 long hours. We were pretty certain she forgot about us. We had no pretty candle on our table and were not offered fresh rolls like all the other tables. Sadly we won’t be back. There are many better restaurants in Barrie. It’s too bad because we used to love this place.

  • 3/5 Thang Cam D. 5 months ago on Google
    The service is good, but the food is not worth the price. I prefer The Keg and Jack Astor's.

  • 5/5 Carole S. 6 months ago on Google
    The chef creates these wonderful, delicious, unique dishes.The crispy bass whole fish is highly recommended. Honestly, everything I have had is amazing. The butterflied wings....lightly crispy on the outside...the meat so moist...a must try!

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  • Parking
    • ✓️ Free parking lot
    • ✓️ Plenty of parking
    • ✓️ Free of charge street parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Debit cards
    • ✓️ Credit cards
    • ✓️ NFC mobile payments
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Wine
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Spirits
    • ✓️ Cocktails
    • ✓️ Small plates
    • ✓️ Healthy options
    • ✓️ Vegetarian options
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible seating
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✗ Delivery
    • ✓️ Takeaway
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating


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