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Oct 19, 2010 06:23 PM

Something Unique in Niagara Falls Canada

My Husband and I are heading to Niagara Falls Canada this coming weekend. I am running in the International Marathon, and it's our 7yr Anniversary...awwe ;)

I'm not looking for a steak house or pasta shop or chineese food or a chain

I'm looking for something Unique, we are willing to drive 30mins in just about any direction.

Something Unique, Casual yet intimate...we enjoy all types of food....atmosphere is also important.

Tall order...can anyone help?


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  1. Take the scenic drive up the Niagara River Parkway and go to Stone Road Grille. It's unique, casual and intimate. :) It's also in a strip mall, but don't let that fool you. The food and service are excellent.

    Or you could hit up one of the winery restaurants, which I don't find particularly intimate, but are generally lovely rooms.

    I seem to recall reading good reviews about the restaurant at the Riverbend Inn, but I'm blanking on the name right now.

    Good luck with the race and happy anniversary!

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

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Second the recommendation for Stone Road Grille... really nice intimate but casual atmosphere, wonderful foods with a local touch, great service... I believe reservations are necessary.

      And if you need a daytime snack, the Pie Plate has yummy pies made with local fruit :) down the road from Stone Road Grille.

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

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

    2. You could also try AG which is in the Sterling Inn & Spa right in downtown Niagara Falls. My SO and I spent the weekend there about a month ago and the food is incredible. They use as many local ingredients as possible and they also offer a food flight menu and a wine flight menu (or both). Very intimate but still casual and a varied menu.

      1. There are hundreds of restaurants in Niagara Falls, but mostly "tourist" feeders. One of the best, for food and atmosphere, is not in Niagara Falls, but in St. Catharines, 10 -15 minutes down the road toward Toronto.

        It is the Wellington-Court (Wellington Street, downtown 905-682-5518).

        I don't own it or anything like that. I just know that I and the locals know that it is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in the Niagara Region.

        The chef is Erik Peacock who is well known in Ontario and delights in creating great food and experience.


        1. If you're thinking St. Catharines, you have to think Treadwell -- fresh and local at its absolute best.
          SRG, as otherwise suggested, too. Wineries in NOTL can be very nice.

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

          1. This is a bit late but the Niagara culinary school also has a restaurant that is phenomenal. Its off the highway near White Oaks. I have had a few events hosted there and the food is amazing. I think usually its a set menu, sort of a casual/formal dining place. The lighting when I was there for a regular dinner was set perfect to make it an intimate atmosphere. But there isnt an extreme amount of privacy since its all table seating, and its one big room as the dining area.

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            1. re: jamilv

              I went to a couple wine festivals in Niagara where they prepared the food, and I agree the food was great! I chatted with a couple at one of the festivals and they also raved about dining at the school's restaurant. It looks like the place is now called Benchmark.

              Last time I was in St. Catherine's I went to Stone Road Grille and The Pie Plate based on the recommendations on this board. Funny thing is, it was the third time attempting to go to Stone Road Grille. The first two times I went, it was closed (you'd think I'd learn after the first time... make sure you call ahead and make a reservation!). Third time's a charm, and wow, they did not disappoint. Very much a hidden gem. A fun menu and the food was absolutely fantastic. The Pie Plate was also a wonderful choice, although I do wish their Guinness pie was a bit bigger! I will definitely be going back to both places.

              For anyone going to Stone Road Grille, be sure to check out Willow Cakes and Pastries, which is in the same plaza. Delicious runny butter tarts and more!

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

              Willow Cakes
              242 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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