For this week’s restaurant spotlight, we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at one of Mississauga’s most iconic and renowned restaurants: Snug Harbour.
Snug Harbour is a beautiful cabin-style restaurant located in the Port Credit marina. The restaurant vaguely resembles a boat house and has a long wooden patio running down the side of the main building. Within the building you’ll be struck by the beautiful, bright interior, with polished tables and comfortable chairs. The bar has a wooden wall with a giant fake oyster shell that helps to exude a light atmosphere. The restaurant boasts incredible views of both Port Credit and Lake Ontario.
Snug’s position upon the lake and within Port Credit means it is always a hot-spot with both locals and tourists, particularly in the summer months. All year round, Snug can be seen at capacity with smiling patrons but that’s even more true in the summer, when it becomes absolutely necessary to book a table if you’re intending to visit.
As striking and memorable as the views are, people don’t come to Snug Harbour for them alone. No, the renowned seafood is often the reason people decide to swing by for lunch or a night in the Harbour.
Beginning with the starters, Snug offers an extensive list that includes everything you’d expect; Calimari ($15), Smoked Salmon ($15), Coconut Shrimp ($14), Crab Cakes ($17), and Bruschetta ($13). Beyond those however, you can find Anitpasto For Two ($25) – Italian meats, cheeses, sweet chilli, Kiwi Mussels, and shrimp – Little Neck Clam Chowder ($9) – smoked bacon, onions, potatoes, and garden vegetables – and a Seafood Trio ($18) – vodka-cured smoked salmon with cream cheese and pickled onions, poached black tiger shrimp, sesame-crusted Ahi Tuna.
One aspect of Snug Harbour that truly sets it apart from the competition and establishes it as the cities best for seafood, is the oyster bar. The oysters are prepared fresh in-house, and you can try the daily specials, with all oysters shucked to order! You can also try East Coast Mussels, both traditional or marinara ($15), Jerk Shrimp ($14), and a Shrimp Cocktail ($15).
As far as seafood goes, there’s also the dinner section to talk about, and then we’ll move on to other food types! On the dinner menu you can find Salmon Florentine ($28), Black Tiger Shrimp ($27), Panko Crusted Tilapia ($24), East Coast Salmon ($24), Fish & Chips ($15 for 1 piece, $25 for 2), Pecan Encrusted Salmon ($28), Rainbow Trout ($24), Sea Scallops ($37), Seafood Bouillabaisse ($29), Blackened Catfish ($24), Canadian Whitefish ($35), Lobster Tail (price varies). That is by far one of, if not the, most extensive seafood menu in all of Mississauga, and everything is as fresh as can be. There is a tonne of options here with different fish types, for those who are adventurous and those who want to stick to something a little safer.
Alas, not everyone likes seafood, but the good news is that Snug Harbour offers lots more! Then restaurant certainly specialises in fish but it also has fantastic menus of more standard foods. The From The Grill menu consists of a variety of meats, served with either potatoes or rice and vegetables. The menu offers BBQ Ribs ($28), New York Striploin ($39), Fillet Mignon ($36), Citrus Chicken ($24), and Chicken Dijonaise ($24). The steaks are fantastic, grilled to perfection – medium rare of course – but the Citrus Chicken and Chicken Dijonaise offer something very different for those looking for something new.
Beyond their seafood, Snug Harbour is rather renowned for its stone-baked pizza’s. The pizza menu is small but, with only three options, but the pies are amazing thin crust concoctions that make for a great change from the regular pizza you get. You can get a Chorizo pizza ($19), Smoked Salmon ($18), and a classic Margarita ($17).
Continuing the trend of non-seafood menu options, Snug Harbour also offers burgers, sandwiches, pasta’s, salads, and more. The other element worth talking about is the dessert menu. Snug’s dessert options are a little more impressive than many of its contemporaries; Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8.50), Chocolate Lava Cake ($8.50), Taffy Apple Cheesecake ($8.50), Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie ($8.95), Key Lime Pie ($8.95), Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream ($8.95), and Italian Tartufo ($5.25). There’s also unique coffee options, as well as scotch, cognac, brandy, whiskey, and lots more alcohol.
So that’s our rundown of the entire menu, which is incredible in both quality and depth. There’s so many options on the menu that make Snug Harbour vastly different from most other restaurants in the city. However, we don’t expect you to just take our word for it, so below are a few recent reviews from TripAdvisor:
This was the third time we went Snug Harbour, my suggested the seafood ravioli. The best I ever had in my life. A lots of seafood filling the ravioli and not the usual fillings you see in most places. It is worthwhile to try. The sauce is perfect for the pasta. Will return soon.
– Alberto B
I was told by a friend that this is a place to try. I went with an old family friend and we were warmly greeted by Dennis our server once the hostess led us to our table. When I mentioned oysters – Dennis was quick to point out the different varieties and origins of each type of oyster. I had 6 in total – 3 to two different kinds. What a great appetizer. I ordered the Jack Daniels burger and found it juicy and flavorful, not to mention properly cooked. My dining companion had a salmon steak and Cesar salad.The Salmon was cooked to perfection. The Bill was reasonable and the atmosphere enchanting.
– Stephen T
We went there to have a mini reunion of friends with lunch. It was a cloudy day with on and off rain, so we decided to sit inside near the window. Amazing view of the marina and port credit light house. Service was as expected. Food was little pricy but delicious.
Overall it was a pleasant experience.
The last time I was at Snug Harbour must have been over 15 years ago. At that time, I was not impressed with the food and felt it was overpriced even with the great view. We visited Snug Harbour this month and was pleasantly surprised. The food has improved a lot. The servings are large and food was tasty. If you haven’t been there in a while, you may want to give it a try again.
– Jose B
Clearly, we’re not alone in thinking Snug Harbour is something special. The restaurant has been around for quite some time but also underwent renovations in recent years to bring it into competition with many of the city’s modern restaurants.
Snug Harbour is one of Mississauga’s finest options for a nice night of dining with the best view in the entire city. It’s a fairly upscale restaurant but one that feels low-key and casual enough for everyone to enjoy. It’s become something of an icon, not only for Port Credit, but for Mississauga as a whole, and you only garner such status with quality and consistency. Some come on out to Snug Harbour and experience a high-quality classic.