Exceptional food with an exceptional story. That's what you'll find at the Garden's Gate Restaurant in Tehkummah on Manitoulin Island. Owned and operated by Rose and John Diebolt since 1991, few restaurants make as much use of local food in season, and even fewer combine great taste, presentation and service in a way that's kept loyal customers coming back for decades.
Originally built as a farm house in the late 1800's, the Garden's Gate has a rich history of food and hospitality. Early on it became known as a place where travellers could tie up their horses and stop for a good bowl of soup and a sandwich made by the farmer's wife. Since then the Garden's Gate has undergone many changes, but continues to build its legacy of wholesome, delicious food and warm, friendly hospitality. It's even won a few awards. Among them are multiple certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor, and an official recommendation from "Where to Eat in Canada". Not very often will you find a small country restaurant that's received this sort of recognition, but dozens of loyal customers will tell you that it's certainly well deserved.
When it comes to food at the Garden's Gate, Rose Diebolt's creativity really shines. She and her kitchen staff make sure every meal is prepared with her signature great flavour and a presentation that makes you feel like you're eating art. Each dish served is a unique blend of flavours, colours and textures, many of which come from Rose's own garden just a few steps from the restaurant door. And if the food on your plate wasn't grown by Rose herself, there's an excellent chance it came from another local Manitoulin producer known personally to Rose and John.
Great food is only part of the equation. Top notch service is vital too, and that's John's speciality. As many visitors to the Garden's Gate will tell you, John is much more than just a server. He and the table staff make everyone who comes into the restaurant feel like family, with laughs, smiles, and a warmth that reflects genuine care. John's serving expertise extends into beverages too. He always seems to know the perfect wine or beer to compliment every meal on the menu, and customers will tell you they never regret taking his advice.
There are certainly fancier, more urban places to eat in the world. But if you're interested in venturing beyond the typical restaurant experience, come on out to the Garden's Gate sometime. We're certain you'll be glad you did.