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there must be one good restaurant in Niagara Falls!?

I am traveling to Niagara Falls for a conference in mid-April and am looking for suggestions on places to eat. I've scoured these boards and realize it doesn't look promising outside of touristy chains, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

I will not have a car, will be staying right across from the falls, and am not opposed to a walk or short cab ride. I'm not looking for fine dining, and definitely want to stay away from the chains. Are there any hidden gems, dives, ethnic restaurants, mom & pop shops worth going to? It doesn't need to be cheap, just good. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have!

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  1. Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse isn't bad. It's a lot of meat, but most of it is fairly tasty. There were only a few meat options that I wasn't a fan of, and it's a fun experience to boot. It's a bit pricey, but it's right by the main strip so it's also convenient. Make sure to book reservations, as they fill up quickly.

    Niagara-on-the-lake is the spot to be for awesome home-grown restaurants though (unfortunately!). If you get the chance, Stone Road Grille is absolutely delightful! Mouth watering food in a random location with a fun vibe. I just tried looking for their website, but it seems under construction right now. Good luck!

    1. The last time I was in Niagara Falls, we ate dinner at a lovely restaurant called AG. It's located in the Sterling Inn and Spa, where we were staying. I really don't like Niagara Falls and prefer to stay in Niagara on the Lake. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was fantastic. We were there during the summer, but I can still rememeber what I ate. A goat cheese and mushroom tart to start. Fabulous. The pastry was perfect, light and flaky without being greasy. Entree was a crusted beef tenderloin - done perfectly. For dessert I had a chocolate torte with poached pears. My husband also enjoyed his meal. Service was great also. It is pricier than the chain restaurants, but well worth it if you are looking for something more upscale. I would definately eat there again.

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      1. re: tj2007

        I second AG- delicious food with an emphasis on local ingredients and well-chosen Ontario wines. Highly recommended.

        1. re: tj2007

          thirding AG. We ate there last summer and it was delightful!!
          A perfect meal made with attention and served with care.

          1. re: tj2007

            I'm looking for a place for lunch on Sunday at Niagara Falls. Is AG open for Sunday lunch?

            I could not find the hours of operation in their website.

          2. If you can cross the border...The Western Door Steakhouse at the Seneca Niagara is top notch.

            1. If you're staying in Fallsview area your close options are limited to what's in the Fallsview Casino. Ponte Veccio and Noir 17 are both fairly good. Never been totally wowed but always happy with my meals there.

              A long walk or short cab or shuttle ride over to the Clifton Hill area has a couple of options for you:

              AG in The Sterling Inn - Creative localvore fine dining.

              Antica Pizza - Casual but tasty wood fired pizzas.

              Taco N Tequila - Casual Tex-Mex options served by a South American mom & pop team. Decor is cheesy, the food is solid, but a bit on the pricy side for what it is.

              Lucky's in Casino Niagara - Nothing fancy but a solid Chicago style steakhouse with reasonable prices. The open faced prime rib sandwhich smothered in melted cheese is a guilty pleasure of mine there.

              Most of your foodie options are in Niagara-On-The-Lake but without a car that's not an option. Your idea of avoiding chins is the best move, they're bad news. Good luck!

              1. I also recommend AG.

                Napoli on Ferry St. is also good for Italian.

                If you want to take a cab to Queen St. (downtown NF), Taps Brewery Pub is decent though sometimes inconsistent with their food.

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                1. re: frais

                  I second the idea of you heading to downtown NF - it is undergoing a revitalization with quaint art galleries and independent restaurants. You really won't believe that you are in Niagara Falls when you visit this part of town - very few tourists ever head this way (and that's a good thing after being stuck around Clifton Hill).