Niagara on the Lake's Best
I'm trying to impress some out of towners and taking them to NOTL for a nice meal.
I was thinking either The Charles Inn, Peller Estates Winery Restaurant,or Hildebrand Estates Winery Restaurant. Any one have any experiances at any of these and if these arent the better of the best than what is? Recommendations for what to see and do as well would be greatly appreciated.
From your list, my personal favourite is Peller. They have a lovely restaurant with excellent service and a good menu. If the weather is nice, reserve an outdoor table overlooking the vineyard. Peller happens to have a very good oaked Chardonnay that complements many meals.
If you are willing to travel a bit out of NOTL, Treadwell's in Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines) is a must. You cannot miss with this one.
As for things to see and do in NOTL - Shaw Festival is number one. My wife and I have seen A Little Night Music and Belle Moral this year. Both were excellent though the latter may not be for all tastes. Number two on the list is winery tours... obviously.
If you have time, Nagara Falls has a number of touristy type things to do: the casino, the falls, Butterfly conservatory, etc.
Folks, please keep replies limited to food recommendations. Recommendations for what to see and do are off topic and will be deleted.
Of the restaurants you listed, I would place Peller first, followed very closely by Hillebrand. My favourite NOTL spot is the Stone Road Grill, known locally as "the Rest" - short for Restaurant - there is an amusing story behind that. The Stone Road Grill is not as elegant as Peller or Hillebrand, but the food is absolutely top-notch and the atmosphere is much more interesting, busy, full of character. Also don't be put off by the fact that the SRGrill is located in a stripmall, across from the gas station. It really is a great spot as many other posters on this site have noted
I very much enjoyed my stay and food at The Pillar and Post Inn last summer - a stunning old building, with food and service to match. Well prepared food with attention to detail. Extensive wine list, knowledgeable and attentive yet unobtrusive staff.
I highly recommend it. I stuck my nose in the Peller restaurant and liked what I saw but did not actually dine there. Next time! Happy chow-ing and please report back on where you went and how it was.
Agree with others - on your list Peller.
However Treadwell's is the finest (by far) in the area (of those I've tried), although it is just west of St Catharines, so a 20-minute drive from NOTL (along the lake front). Stone Road Grill has excellent food - but not the ambiance to impress visitors.