Mississauga restaurants from 100 years ago and what they served

Published May 14, 2023 at 10:00 am


Mississauga has long had one of the best food scenes around, but it goes back even further than you might think.

Some of these restaurants date back more than 100 years in Mississauga.

Here’s a look at some old restaurants that were quite popular in days gone by.

The Crofton Villa was a popular spot in Cooksville from 1922 to 1968.

This Crofton Villa looked like a restaurant opened up in a residential house in Mississauga.

The restaurant specialized in steak and chicken dinners.

Dutch and Indonesian cuisine was on the menu at the Dutch Kitchen Tavern in Port Credit in the 60s and 70s in Mississauga.

It might seem like a strange combination, but before World War II, Indonesia was known as the Dutch East Indies.

The restaurant offered “leisurely dining in a comfortable authentic atmosphere.” Dutch Kitchen’s unit, 71 Lakeshore Road East, is now the Shore Grill and Grotto.

At a time when “ethnic food” mostly referred to cuisine from European countries other than the United Kingdom, you could visit The Norsemen Restaurant and Tavern in the 60s and 70s.

This self-described “Viking lounge” in Cooksville served a “Smorgasborg, catering to the most discriminating gourmet.”

If you visit 1125 Dundas Street East today, it’s home to Polish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Italian food, along with a Subway.

Stage West Theatre and Restaurant opened in 1986 in Mississauga and closed its doors in 2013 after a 27-year run. It was the last place in the GTA you could watch a theatre performance and eat dinner at the same time.

Seen here is Elliott Gould in the 1991 production of Rumors. An Academy Award nominee in 1969, he also starred in the movie of M*A*S*H.

Built in 1822 at the intersection of Dundas St East and Cawthra, the Cherry Hill House is known to be one of the oldest houses in Mississauga. It has been multiple restaurants over its last 100 years and has had the distinction of being Mississauga’s most haunted house.

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