Our guests are always asking us for advice on where to eat, so I thought it was time to list a variety of dining venues available in Niagara-on-the-Lake, aptly named the culinary capital of Canada in 2014. There’s something for every taste and budget.
Benchmark Restaurant: Located in Niagara College, everything on the menu is created and prepared by student chefs and service is provided by students planning to enter the hospitality industry. This little nugget is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Reserve at 905-641-2252, ext. 4619.
Bistro Six One: Offering great food at reasonable prices for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this bistro-style restaurant on Queen Street features an informal atmosphere, a diverse menu and wood-fire pizza. Feeling peckish after an evening theatre performance? Drop in here.
Epicurean Restaurant: Located at on Queen Street opposite the Royal George Theatre, the Epicurean features counter service for lunch and sit-down table service for dinner. Its outdoor patio is a splendid spot to spend a summer evening under the stars. Call 905-468-3408 for dinner reservations.
Farmhouse Café: Situated in the family-run Caroline Cellars on Line 2, this café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. This a wonderful place to stop for lunch if you’re cycling or driving through wine country. Best hamburger in the area!
Fournos Family Restaurant: Experience a little taste of Greece in Niagara-on-the-Lake at this Queen Street dining venue, which is open for lunch and dinner and features a kids’ menu.
Ginger Restaurant: If you love Asian fare, this is the place for you. Situated on 390 Mary Street, this restaurant features great food served in an intimate setting. Call 905-468-3871 for dinner reservations.
Grill on King: Immediately across from the Prince of Wales Hotel entrance on King Street, this dining venue features Mediterranean flavours for lunch and dinner. Call 905-468-7222.
HobNob Restaurant: For a truly special dining experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake, consider dining at the Charles Hotel. Savour a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Steve Sperling then, later, retreat to the Lounge for a glass of port, ice wine or a specialty coffee. The dining room is open for lunch, afternoon tea and scones or dinner.
Irish Harp Pub: Next door to the Grill on King, this pub serves traditional Irish fare, great beer and whiskey, and good old fashioned Irish “craic” (fun and chat). And on weekends, there’s great music as well.
Irish Tea Room: Tucked away at the back of the Irish Shoppe on Queen Street, this little gem serves up a wee taste of Ireland in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Step in for a cup of tea or a meal until 5 p.m. any day.
Kitchen 76: Located at Two Sisters Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this new restaurant features ever-changing tastes and flavours of the season and a local Niagara menu created to complement their award-winning wines. For lunch and dinner reservations, Tuesday through Sunday, call 905-468-0592.
Little Red Rooster Restaurant: This wallet-pleaser on Mary Street is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Favourites include pancakes, a meat lasagna, BBQ back ribs, eggplant parmigiana and homemade pies. Enjoy it all inside or outside on their patio until 8 p.m. any day during the summer.
Old Winery Restaurant: Fresh Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the Tuscan countryside is what you’ll find here. Dine indoors or out on their patio. Open for lunch and dinner, this popular dining choice gets busy, so be sure to call 905-468-8900 to make those dinner reservations. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, check out their Wine Bar where they host live entertainment after 8 p.m.
Olde Angel Inn: It’s been around since 1816 and it’s popular with locals and visitors alike for lunch or dinner. Check out their tasty Angus Burger and fries special offered Sunday to Thursday nights after 9 p.m. for just $5 (with every non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage purchase). Stick around for lively entertainment until 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
OLiV Tapas Bar & Restaurant: This new addition to our dining line-up in Niagara-on-the-Lake is located in the Strewn Winery on Lakeshore Road and it promises to become a favourite for lunch or dinner. Share a selection of tapas or order a meal from their dining menu. Every mouthful will tantalize your taste buds. Book your outdoor or indoor table at 289-868-8898.
Peller Estates Winery Restaurant: Sweeping vineyard views and a warm ambience entice you relax and enjoy creations by Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons at this excellent Zagat-rated restaurant at the Peller Estates Winery. For lunch or dinner reservations, call 905-468-6519, ext. 2.
Ravine Restaurant: This very popular (reservations highly recommended for lunch and dinner) restaurant features a farm-to-table culinary program. They bake their own bread, raise their own pigs and grow their own certified organic vegetable as well as produce their own wines. Dine indoors or outdoors and it’s open for lunch and dinner daily. Call 905-262-8463, ext. 34.
Ristorante Giardino: Craving Italian fare? This is where to go. Whether you book an indoor or outdoor table, a very special dining experience awaits you. Call 905-468-3263.
Riverbend Inn and Vineyard: A warm, elegant and intimate dining room features four-diamond cuisine and a menu filled with delicious surprises. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Reserve at 1-888-955-5553.
Sandtrap Pub & Grill: Join locals and visitors alike at this pub on Mary Street for local beer, wines and produce. They have the best pizza and wings in town and all menu items are available for take-out. A Games Room features pool tables, dart boards and Golden Tee video game. All at prices that won’t break your wallet.
Sweets & Swirls Café: Just around the corner from us at Community Centre and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Library, stop in for a cup of fresh coffee, soup, sandwich or dessert in this little haven of tranquility. And the price is right, too.
The Old Firehall Restaurant: Located on Four Mile Creek Road in St. David’s, this old favourite is open for lunch and dinner daily until 9 p.m. and features a remarkable menu. Try the French onion soup.
Trius Winery Restaurant: Let Chef Frank Dodd and his team impress you with a fine-dining menu served in elegant surroundings. They’ll even tailor wine pairings specific to your preferences or exploration goals. For lunch or dinner reservations, call 905-468-7123.
Willow Cakes & Pastries: Sometimes all you need is a cup of coffee or tea and a quick bite on the go. That’s what this little bakery offers. Breads, chocolates, cakes, pastries and tarts are made on the premises. In fact, you can watch Catherine and her team at work through the viewing window.
Zees Grill: Directly across from the Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this very popular dining venue offers indoor and outdoor seating and features a classic cuisine updated with a creative, modern twist. It’s open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are highly recommended: 1-800-474-0632.
COMING SOON! Backhouse Restaurant: The “new guys on the block” aren’t really so new as the chef and his wife were integral in opening the Stone Road Grille at the same location. They now run their own farm and have expanded upon the farm-to-table maxim by integrating hands-on sustainable farming into their restaurant, which is scheduled to open for lunch and dinner on July 15. For the ultimate dining experience, ask about the chef’s table. Dinner reservations are a must at 289-272-1242.
Heading to Niagara Falls, as so many of our guests do? We recommend the Windows by Jamie Kennedy on the 14th floor of the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel to experience a revolutionary dining experience as you enjoy a spectacular view of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Call 1-866-374-4408.
Posted by Donna Vieira, owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake