When it comes to dining in Niagara-on-the-Lake, there are plenty of restaurants and wineries so you definitely won’t go hungry or thirsty. It really depends upon your tastes and budget.
Tips: If you are attending an evening performance at one of the theatres in town, we suggest you reserve your table for 5:30pm so you can enjoy a leisurely meal and walk—not run—to the theatre. Also, many restaurants close their kitchens at 9pm during the summer months, so be sure to be seated before then (pubs and wine bars excepted).
Our favourite spots to dine in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake are:
Old Winery Restaurant
In the tradition of the famous Italian Trattoria, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are created fresh every day in a beautifully restored old winery building. Enjoy pizza from a wood-burning oven, pasta, seafood, organic steaks and a variety of other delicious foods. You can easily share an appetizer or salad and a pizza or entrée as servings are generous enough. You can sit inside or outdoors on their wooden deck overlooking Butler’s Creek. There’s also entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights in the wine bar, where you can also order things from a tapas menu. Reservations recommended.
Address: 2228 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Stone Road Grille
Defined as “the place where locals dine,” this restaurant has been a hit since its doors opened. It’s more expensive than the Old Winery and, despite its odd location in a strip mall at the corner of Mary and Mississagua Streets, it exudes a funky vibe the minute you walk in. Reservations are definitely required.
Address: 238 Mary Street at Mississagua in the Garrison Plaza (Under the sign “REST”)
If you enjoy Asian cuisine, this is the place to go. Ginger’s son is the chef and he does an excellent job. A great choice for vegetarians. Relaxed and intimate dining atmosphere.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club Outdoor Patio
If the weather is warm, we recommend this place for casual dining, with the best views of the Niagara River mouth and Lake Ontario in town. If the weather is cool or nasty, you can also eat inside, but we prefer the patio.
This is one of the best restaurants on Queen Street (the main street in town). Again, if the weather is nice, sit out on their courtyard patio. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 84 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Low-key yet upscale, Zee’s is perfect for before-theatre dining or a quiet spot for a post-performance nightcap. There is a covered outdoor patio here as well. If you are not going to the theatre, make reservations for 7:30pm or later so you’re not caught up in the hustle and bustle of the theatre crowd demanding service. Reservations recommended.
Phone: 905-468-5711; 1-800-511-7070
Address: 92 Picton Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Charles Inn Lounge (where everything on the menu is under $15)
Be sure you’re seated in the lounge and not the dining room where the menu is more expensive. The Shepherd’s Pie here is to die for. Reservations recommended.
Phone: 905-468-4588; 1-866-556-8883
Address: 209 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Ravine Vineyard Bistro
This one is a bit out of town (about a 10-minute drive) but absolutely worth the trip. The food is excellent. We also recommend this spot for lunch. Sit outdoors on a patio overlooking the vineyards or inside. They also feature live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are always recommended for dinner, especially on weekends.
The Old Angel Inn Pub
A place to go for good old British pub food and lively entertainment. It’s also the place to go for a late dinner.
Address: 224 Regent Street
The Irish Harp Pub
Not to be outdone by the British, this Irish pub also serves up great food as well as lively entertainment.
Address: 245 King Street
One of our favourite things to do on a warm summer evening is to go for a picnic. There are tables and benches along Lake Ontario and the Niagara River for picnic lunches or dinners. You can pick up items from Cheese Secrets, Kurtz Orchards or, our personal favourite, the Harvest Barn (fresh baked bread, cold cuts, cheese, pizza slices, an extensive salad bar offering a wide selection of pasta and vegetable salads). We’ll even lend you a bistro table, a couple of chairs, a tablecloth, napkins, wine glasses, cutlery and dishes to create a stylish provençal picnic table that will be the envy of all who pass. Buy a bottle of wine and enjoy.