Niagara on the Lake lunch recomendations
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.
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
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
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.
209 Queen, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA
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.
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