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May 30, 2011 07:12 AM

Recommendations for Niagara-on-the-Lake

We are staying one night in Niagara on the Lake and are looking for recommendations for a good restaurant. What are our best bets?

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  1. I've taken out of town visitors to DeLuca's and it was great.

    1. It depends on whether you're interested in the full "wine country" experience or just good food.

      If just good food, then I'd recommend Stone Road Grill. It's in a quirky location in a strip mall at the edge of old town. Food and service are excellent, decor is cozy funky. Great place to try a lot of different Niagara region wines.

      If you want dinner overlooking the vineyards, then your best bets are Peller Estates or Hillebrand. Peller Estates feels a bit more formal than Hillebrand, but both have beautiful spaces overlooking the vines.

      For a totally new option that I haven't tried yet, there is Ravine Winery's new bistro restaurant that just opened for business this week or last. The space looks to be quite warm and contemporary (lots of wood and windows), but I only saw it a few weeks before it was finished, so not sure what the final feel will be. The setting is spectacular, as they are up at the base of the escarpment, so have beautiful vistas north over the vineyards and NOTL.

      1. Been to Peller for their tasting menu, the Old Winery restaurant for dinner, and Ravine for lunch. Would recommend each one (although each are in different price brackets).

        The setting at Ravine was amazing, great service, solid but not transformational lunch food.
        Peller is old money luxury - very well executed food, A1 service, a great dining experience, but personally not worth the money for the tasting menu.
        Old Winery was not memorable but a nice meal nonetheless. I think what may skew my opinion was the awful 1/2 litre of Malivoire we tried, still can't get it out of my head. :)

        You will hear Stone Road Grille time and time again, which must mean something. We stayed right near the restaurant but decided not to go (although the bakery right in front of the resto was perfect for breakfast).

        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

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        1. re: miketoronto

          Was in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the first time ever last summer. Best meal we had there was at the Stone Road Grille. It is a bit quirky but everything was terrific. Enjoy!

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

        2. I've eaten at Stone Road Grille and its descent for dinner. Probably one of the better places.
          Charles Inn restaurant is also good.

          Shaw Cafe is good spot for lunch
          Corks is pub style with an ok lunch as well.

          I've eaten also at the Angel Inn which is another pub. Ok pub food but slow service and usually very busy.

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

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