A Place in Burlington we Love – Emma’s Back Porch
Enjoy a lunch to your Spa visit with us from Emma’s Back Porch, a Burlington restaurant located steps away from Waters Edge Salon and Spa.
At Waters Edge Salon and Spa, beverages are complimentary during your visit. Some spa packages include a snack or lunch. If you would like to add a lunch to your time at the salon or spa, mention at the time of booking and we can make the arrangements with Emma’s Back Porch one of our favourite places in Burlington.
Emma’s Back Porch History
Located at 2084 Old Lakeshore Road Burlington, Ontario L7R 1A3
The Water St. Cooker & Emma's Back Porch was formally known as the Estaminet Standard Hotel. In 1919, owners Emma and George Byrens bought the house and opened a restaurant with only four tables. Emma ordered all supplies locally and insisted on the best quality; and they quickly became known for serving the finest foods providing the most sought-after lakefront atmosphere. Emma greeted each of her guests dressed in full evening attire with her talking lime green parrot, Paul. He was also responsible for closing the restaurant by calling out 'All out, gentlemen. This establishment is now closing!'
The Estaminet was visited by famous patrons including Liberate, Louis Armstrong, John Diefenbaker, Barbara Ann Scott and Ontario's Premier Mitchell F. Hepburn.
In 1952, Emma retired and the house changed hands to the Cooper family who added a night spot in 1968 called The Tree Top which featured live music and a $1 buffet until it was sold in 1973.
Since 1973, the old Estaminet has seen a string of owners until 1992 when it officially became home to Emma's Back Porch & The Water St. Cooker. The restaurant names were selected in honour of the building's historical value and to continue both old and new traditions.
Emma's Back Porch houses many memories for the community of Burlington and it continues to be a staple venue for good food, good times, and great hospitality!