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Special dinner for mom - Niagara region

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For thepast two years, my partner and I have taken his mother for a special birthday dinner in the niagara region - we both live in Ottawa, so we don't knwo the local scene very well. We have so far been to Inn on the Twenty and the restaurant at Vineland Estates - both very good. We like doing this for her as she is for want of nothing, and taking her for a great dinner out gives her something to talk about 4 months afterward!

Apart from the two places that we have gone, I have not heard about many other great places in the region. Niagara-on-the-Lake seem de rigeur these days. Can anyone suggest something special and out of the ordinary for us on the weekend of September 15? Thanks!

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  1. if its not too out of the way, I would think about Treadwell in Port Dalhousie.

    1. Henry of Pelham was great!

      1. Hello there! A local opinion for you, I can give you a few suggestions.... Zest, just off Hwy 20 on Pelham Road in Fonthill is very nice. I second Treadwells in Port Dalhousie (which is on the Lake, technically the top end of St. Catharines) If you want great food, but perhaps not as 'de rigeur' you could try the Valley Restaurant on Arthur (I have never been disappointed) or Fresco on Fourth Avenue, or La Scala on Church Street. All of those are in St. Catharines. In my humble opinion, I'd stay out of Niagara Falls. Haven't been to Niagara on the Lake as of late, living here, you tend to avoid it. We hope you have a lovely visit.

        1. Maybe try Tony De Luca at the Oban Inn in NOTL. Have not been there yet but I have heard great things. If you do go, post back - I am going there at the end of the month and would love some feedback!

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          1. re: elasticwaistband

            I would suggest Peller. If it is a special occassion, which it clearly is, Peller is superb. The food, service, and atmosphere are wonderful. I would say it is the same calibre as Vineland, if not better.

            1. re: elasticwaistband

              Me and my wife went to Tony De Luca for dinner when we got back from are honeymoon back in July. We had a 10 course tasting menu and it was one of the best meals that I have had. The meal included matching wines for each course. If you enjoy surprises and can sit for about 3.5 hours, although not cheap this is the way to go

            2. I had the Threadwell's 6 course tasting menu with wine pairing last month. It's well worth the money.