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Niagara on the Lake lunch recomendations

2mom2 Aug 8, 2010 07:30 PM

We will be driving back from Niagara Falls to Toronto, and would like to stop at Niagara on the Lake for lunch – early dinner. Would you recommend something under $20 pp? We are open to any good food: seafood, steakhouse, Mexican, etc.

Thank you.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: 2mom2 Aug 9, 2010 05:20 AM

    First of all, you'll have to avoid all the major winery restaurants, as you can't get out of there for under $20 a person. You also aren't going to find seafood or a steakhouse for that price point. But here are a few options that would work:

    Epicurean (on the main drag of old town) -- grab some tasty salads or sandwiches and walk over to the park by the river and have a nice picnic

    The Pie Plate -- eclectic, funky little bakery with delicious offerings like meat pies, salads, quiches and usually a pizza special

    Stone Road Grille to Go (Rest to Go Go) -- really good pizzas and sandwiches, once again, take out and go eat by the river. Or you could go to the restaurant itself, but the price point might creep over $20.

    Ravine Winery deli and cafe -- casual, tasty fare in a beautiful setting overlooking the vineyards and NOTL. Note, that this is the most convenient option if you are coming from the Falls, as it's on York Road and right on your way out to the QEW.

    The Old Winery - casual pizzas and pastas from Tony de Luca, a well respected NOTL chef.

    Other than the Epicurean, none of these places are part of old town, but are all easy to get to (and a heck of a lot easier to park than in old town). Whatever you do, do NOT eat at any of the other restaurants on the main drag of old town, no matter how cute they look or how busy they are. I pretty much guarantee you'll be disappointed.

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

    Old Winery
    2228 Niagara Stone Rd, 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: TorontoJo
      cynalan RE: TorontoJo Aug 9, 2010 09:05 AM

      Agree with pretty much everything you've said TorontoJo. However, if location is a must, i.e. you want to be in old town. At your price point, one place that is adequate (read that - nothing special) is The Charles Inn. It provides British pub grub at a reasonable price. Food is not bad, nothing spectacular though. At $20 pp, your options are limited, particularly if you are looking to eat dinner in NOTL.

      Charles Inn
      209 Queen, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

      1. re: cynalan
        tangalli RE: cynalan Aug 9, 2010 10:32 AM

        The Epicurean was a huge disappointment if you intend on going there for dinner. Last week, we ordered 2 mains and 2 glasses of white, the bill came up to over $80 -- the cost simply did not justify the value. The patio was not well lit and candles only came after 930pm when it was dark out. Service was not exceptional either -- we asked for fresh ground pepper twice and it never came, their specialty was the chicken which turned out bland. We left unsatisfied.

        1. re: tangalli
          TorontoJo RE: tangalli Aug 9, 2010 11:44 AM

          I've never had dinner at the Epicurean, but for a take out lunch, they are solid. I particularly like the curry chicken salad. :)

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      belcat RE: 2mom2 Aug 9, 2010 11:07 AM

      You could try the Olde Angel Inn in NOTL. It is located off the parking lot behind the main street. It has a great pub with very good food at reasonable prices. I can recommend the steak, guiness and onion pie.


      Olde Angel Inn
      224 Regent St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

      1. ontariomom RE: 2mom2 Nov 11, 2011 05:57 PM

        $20.00 pp isn't worth much at NOTL to be honest. Maybe the Prince of Wales bar section, "Churchill Lounge" or buffet. It has a cozy warm atmosphere and good apple pie!
        Here is their pub menu.

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        1. re: ontariomom
          TorontoJo RE: ontariomom Nov 11, 2011 06:05 PM

          I can't imagine getting out of the Prince of Wales (or any of the hotel restaurants, for that matter) for $20.

          By the way, the original post was from over a year ago. :)

          1. re: TorontoJo
            ontariomom RE: TorontoJo Nov 11, 2011 06:19 PM

            Hi TorontoJo. You are correct as far as the main restaurant goes, but they should be able to eat in the lounge, have a peek at the link I posted. (the bar menu) they could eat off the bar menu. :)

            1. re: ontariomom
              TorontoJo RE: ontariomom Nov 11, 2011 06:24 PM

              The average entree in that menu is $16. With tax and tip, that is already $20. So it would only work if no one had drinks or apps or dessert.

              But like I said, the original poster has already eaten their lunch.

              1. re: TorontoJo
                ontariomom RE: TorontoJo Nov 11, 2011 06:32 PM

                I did my best. :) I have only eaten at The Irish Harp, The Buttery and TPOW and P&P.
                I thought that they may not have wanted alcohol, with a drive to TO afterwards. Or perhaps one of them could.
                I wonder where they did end up eating?

                1. re: ontariomom
                  TorontoJo RE: ontariomom Nov 12, 2011 07:54 AM

                  It was a valiant effort, ontariomom. :) It's just really, really hard to eat cheap in NOTL, unfortunately.

                  Sadly, the OP didn't report back. I wish she had.

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