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Burlington Spotlight: Emma’s Back Porch & The Water St. Cooker

Since 1919 the building that is now home to Emma’s Back Porch and The Water St. Cooker has been a mainstay on Burlington’s lakeshore. And since 1992, they have been helping the city’s residents enjoy great food, atmosphere, and company.

It’s no wonder why these two Burlington institutions are one of the favourite summer spots in Canada’s Best Mid-Sized City, sharing a historic space on Old Lakeshore Rd. and offering high quality, great tasting food items on their menus.

Whether you choose to sit inside, or outside on the patio, you truly can’t go wrong!

The Water St. Cooker menu features Start & Share Plates, Small Plates, Medium Plates, and Large Plates that will make your mouth water and fill your belly with happiness. We recommend starting with the Warm 5 Cheese Crab Dip or Buffalo Cauliflower and pairing it with one of the 22 wines on their menu.

At Emma’s, the menu also features Starters & Shares, with Sides, Fresh Greens, Sandwiches, Porch Favourites, and Burgers to satisfy your hunger and taste buds. Also available on the back porch are a fantastic assortment of cocktails, beer (domestic, imported, and craft), and wine to enjoy!

Emma’s Back Porch is also home to fantastic live music all summer long, with dates booked through the first weekend of September. Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, plus Monday, August 7, you can enjoy a cold drink, great food, and excellent entertainment in the afternoon or evening.

Porch with Lake View at Emma's Back Porch Burlington

There’s also the view that cannot be overlooked. With the water of Lake Ontario feeling like it’s close enough to reach out to check the temperature, you will instantly feel the serenity and peacefulness that comes from being that close to the water.

Don’t wait, make Emma’s Back Porch and Water St. Cooker part of your Burlington summer soon.


2084 Old Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON


Emma’s Back Porch
Phone: 905-634-2084

Water St. Cooker
Phone: 905-634-2084 ex. 3