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Niagara on the lake resaturant reccomendations for a family friendly lunch and adult dinner

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My husband and I are going on a lovely vacation next week and we are bringing our little girl (she's one and a half). We love well-prepared food, but feel a bit weird bringing a toddler to fancy restaurants. We have babysitting for dinner and will be going to the Stone Road Grille both nights (unless someone thinks we should really try somewhere else)! I was thinking of going to Olson Foods for lunch one day. Any ideas?

Thanks!!!

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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  1. Ok, I have found at that the Olson foods is not a Ravine winery anymore...does anyone know if it is still good?

    I have read good things about Peller Estates winery, Treadwell's, La Cachette at Strewn, Niagara Culinary Institute dining room, Pennisula Ridge, and About Thyme. Can anyone steer me to one family friendly lunch and a spot to go for dinner?

    Thanks so much!

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    Treadwell
    61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

    La Cachette
    1339 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

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    1. re: Alicia

      The food at Ravine is still good, but the desserts have suffered (as you can probably imagine, with the loss of Anna Olson). It's actually a great family friendly lunch spot, as you can eat on the covered porch overlooking the vineyard and your toddler is welcome to run around the lawn between the porch and the vineyard. There are a couple of tables on the lawn itself, as well. I'll just note that it is a casual spot, and a totally different experience than Peller Estates or La Cachette, etc.

      You really can't go wrong with any of your choices. Peller and Hillebrand have particularly beautiful views, if you snag a window table or eat on the patio. I love Stone Road Grille and would make that one of your dinners, but I wouldn't make it your dinner both nights, as you'd miss out on having a dinner looking out at the vines...

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      Stone Road Grille
      238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

      La Cachette
      1339 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

      1. re: Alicia

        I agree with TorontoJo. I love Stone Road Grille, Peller, La Cachette and Hillebrand. Havent been to Treadwell. You will pay more at Peller and Hillebrand, so it depends what you want. What I love about Peller and Hillebrand for dinner though is that you can sit out in the vineyards.. very romantic!
        I was at Ravine on fathers day.. it is still good, just a STEP down from when Anna was there. We didnt have any dessert so I cant judge that. But its a GREAT atmosphere, and when we were there it seemed that every other table had a toddler at it.

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        Stone Road Grille
        238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

        Treadwell
        61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

        La Cachette
        1339 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

      2. I would say that you should take your kid to Stone Road Grille. It's really great food but it doesn't really feel like a fancy restaurant. There are kids when we went and the staff was great with them. At the end it depends on your child, my son was able to sit through a 3 course meal at nice restaurants that age if I bring things to keep him occupied. We always made sure we make an early reservation so we are done before my son got tired and start acting up.

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        Stone Road Grille
        238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

        1. I agree with the previous posters, you have a lot of good choices there. I also would recommend trying somewhere other than Stone Road Grille for your second meal (the food is good but one night is probably enough). Just a quick note that Treadwell's is about a 20 minute drive from NOTL and About Thyme is about 30 minutes away so that could influence your decision as well.

          Some more family friendly places for lunch are Kurtz Orchards, The Pie Plate in Virgil and the Little Red Rooster. All of them are informal. At Kurtz you can get either premade or made to order sandwiches and other light lunch items and take them outside to eat. They have a pond on the property where your toddler might enjoy watching the ducks. It is also across from the Niagara River Parkway which is a popular and scenic picnic spot. The Pie Plate is a good family place although there is nowhere for your child to run around. The Little Red Rooster is a family restaurant close to Old Town that is popular with locals. Nothing fancy, but decent home made food. The Ravine is still a good choice as well, even though the Olson's are no longer there.

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          Stone Road Grille
          238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

          Treadwell
          61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

          Little Red Rooster
          271 Mary, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

          The Pie Plate
          1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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          1. re: frais

            Yes to The Pie Plate. Great little quaint place. Tight squeeze, but very good food in a casual atmosphere (old house with crooked floors and mismatched furniture).

            Treadwell's receives accolades for the food, but it just wasn't for me. I didn't like the room; it felt cold and without character. I much preferred About Thyme Bistro, where the food was still excellent, despite not being as artfully-prepared or slick as Treadwell's. It felt more intimate, and I liked the cosy bistro feeling of the room. They're open for lunch and dinner, and close to the wonderful wineries on the Bench.

            About Thyme Bistro also has an amazing prix fixe option:

            http://www.aboutthymebistro.com/id1.html

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            Treadwell
            61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

            About Thyme Bistro
            3457 King St, Vineland, ON L0R2C0, CA

            The Pie Plate
            1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

          2. Thanks for all the tips everyone!

            I think we will go to Ravine and About Thyme for lunch and Stone Road Grille for one dinner but I am trying to decide between Peller and la Cachette, because all the restaurants on my list are either closed or too far. Anyone want to sway me one we or the other?

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            Stone Road Grille
            238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA