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Niagara on the Lake --- Zees

RYP Dec 16, 2005 02:56 PM

Has anyone ever eaten at Zees in Niagara on the Lake?

My husband and I are spending some time in NOTL over Christmas and our dinner options for Dec. 26 seem to be few. Zee's seems to be one of the few places open for dinner that day.


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    Gourmando RE: RYP Dec 19, 2005 06:47 AM

    Zees is nice. The menu is creative ("Popcorn Shrimp" is actually several large shrimp served with, you guessed it, popcorn), and the kitchen is talented. The related Charles Inn (www.charlesinn.ca) is more upscale, and probably also open on the 26th.

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      fresh RE: RYP Jul 17, 2006 07:06 PM

      Zees is a good, fun place. Maybe not the best restaurant in the world, but solid food with some creativity, as noted above.

      1. Googs RE: RYP Jul 18, 2006 06:47 PM

        I quite like Vineland Estates whenever I'm NOTL bound. Don't know if they're open Dec 26, but they do have a toll-free # so finding out is at least free. It's only a shame you won't be there in the summer. It has one of the most breathtaking views from a patio I have ever seen.


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          Gourmando RE: RYP Jul 18, 2006 08:19 PM

          Zee's is great, as is the Charles Inn. Vineland Estates is a bit far afield from NOTL. I think Hotels will probably be your most likely bets on the 26th, but you might try the Epicurean or Stone Road Grille.

          1. pixelchef RE: RYP Jul 18, 2006 10:08 PM

            I previously would have enthusiastically suggested Vineland as well, but since Mark Picone left, I've found it to be incredibly subpar (2 meals since his departure). Just one man's opinion, of course.

            My new "go to" spot in the region is Peller Estates. Jason Parsons is pretty incredible.

            1. Googs RE: RYP Jul 19, 2006 05:00 PM

              Admittedly it's been just over a year since visiting Vineland Estates. It's unfortunate since I truly enjoy their cab sauv's. I find getting a great meal paired with a winery line that I enjoy difficult. Hillebrand Estates is one such example. Great food, beautiful room, but you have to endure their wines. If only Malivoire had a dining room.

              Thanks for the Peller recommendation. I'll give it a whirl. Has anyone tried dining the Niagara Culinary Institute in Vineland where Picone is an instructor or Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine in Port Dalhousie?

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                FlyingChef RE: Googs Jul 21, 2006 01:18 PM

                Niagara Culinary Institute Is joke, Longwait poor service,Food well there is a TH down the road. stay away.

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                jackackattack RE: RYP Jul 21, 2006 02:35 PM

                My husband and I recently (in June) stayed at the Inn on the Twenty. The room was magnificent and we ate at "The Twenty". We did what was supposed to be a 5 course tasting menu for my birthday and we actually got the 7 course instead. Wines were paired with the food accordingly. We gave the chef full rein on the menu for the 2 of us and he surprised us with give us each something different for all 7 courses. Definitely one of the most memorable dining experiences I will ever have in my lifetime...yes...it WAS that spectacular!!!

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                  jazzman RE: RYP Nov 26, 2006 06:10 AM

                  We all know anyone can have a bad night - we had one at Zee's in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
                  I had the Trio Seafood which consisted of one scallop, three shrimps and a small piece of sea bass. Not much value for your dollar. Although, I like my seafood on the rare side - It was raw and cold in all but the outter edge and inedible. We all know off meals sometimes happen - but its the way the establishment reacts that separates the good ones. The waitress didnt care, she said she'd pass along my concern - but no response at all was received. My wife had potato & cheese soup which was bland and the pasta sheets which she enjoyed but was put off by the apathetic waitress. A very disapointing experience in general.

                  1. s0memale RE: RYP Nov 26, 2006 06:35 AM

                    I live in NOTL and have been to Zee's quite a few times. Don't expect this place to WOW you, or anything like that, but it rarely dissapoints considering the volume that they do.

                    Like someone mentione above, Peller Estates is a very nice choice if you are looking for a more fine dining experience.

                    Stone Road Grille may not have the best atmostphere, but it certainly has the best food.

                    1. andreas RE: RYP Nov 26, 2006 07:51 PM

                      Zees, in my opinion, has recently gone downhill. They were excellent when they first opened and we visited a couple of weeks ago after a 12 month break, expecting the usual high quality.

                      I found that while the food was still ok, it was workmanlike and uninspired. Peller Estates is the better option nowadays.

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