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restaurants in Niagara on the Lake

We will be in Niagara on the Lake for 3 nights, Sept 15,16, and 17. I've read that it's important to avoid the tourist trap restaurants on Queen Street and to find restaurants away from the crowded downtown area.

We are not looking for a break- the -bank special occasion meal (like the fancy winery dining rooms )--just a good (more casual) restaurant. We're trying to avoid fried food if possible.

Stone Road Grille is highly recommended as well as Ginger (on Queen). anywhere else we should consider?

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

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  1. The one exception on Queen St. is the Epicurean. Very good salads, sandwiches and other carry out options. Perfect spot to put together a picnic.

    Stone Road Grille also has a carry out spot that has good sandwiches and pizzas.

    I would also check out The Old Winery for a casual restaurant option.

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    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: TorontoJo

      Agree on the suggestons of Stone Road Grille and Old Winery above. The Old Winery is a bit more casual and has fantastic pizza. I also like the bar/patio at the Queen's Landing Hotel - a bit off the main drag but with excellent food that doesn't break the bank.

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      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

    2. If you have a car, head out to Treadwell and Peller Estate. Food is better than what NOTL has to offer!

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

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        But I think of both of those choices as the "fancy winery dining rooms" that the OP is looking to avoid, no?

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I've dined twice at Peller Estate, both times were lunches combined deal with theatre tickets. I thought the price was quite reasonable, and the food, the room, the service and the overall experience were exquisite. We had dinner at the Charles Inn, which was just OK, and not a great value. Wish we would have gone to Stone Road Grille, but we wanted to walk from where we were staying.

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

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

          1. re: ClevelandRandy

            We visit Niagara On The Lake Every year for 10 -14 days from Nova Scotia so we know it well. The only downtown restaurants we visit is the Epicurean-- excellent always and very reaslonable & the Irish Harp Pub for its Fish and Chips.
            . Our other favourites in town, but not downtown are The Old Winery and "REST" aka the Stone Road Grill. Finally, the hidden gem is the NOTL Golf Club dining room. Excellent food, good prices and a great view of Lake Ontario.

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            Old Winery
            2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

            The Irish Harp Pub
            245 King, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

            1. re: mrcassociates

              I appreciate everyone's input.

              No one has mentioned Zee's Grill. Is that not a good option too? We are not going to the Shaw Festival.

              I know the Stone Road Grille should be on the top of my list, but to be honest, I can't get excited about anything on the menu. (I called and the menu on line is current). But due to the rave reviews, I feel obligated to at least give it a try.

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

              1. re: JudyDenver

                Food at the Stone Road Grill (aka REST) is good, however the space is noisy & crowed and the service is not to the same standard as the food. We tried it 4 times, but will not go again.
                As for Zee's, food is good but unspectacular. The staff are friendly and effecient. It's proximity to the Festival Theatre makes it a popular choice, but there are many better outside of his downtown area.

                1. re: JudyDenver

                  Personally, I find Zee's very boring with mediocre service. I've previously reviewed this restaurant and found it to be overpriced by about $10 per entree for the meal delivered. I find their cuisine uninspired and pedestrian. The only positive is its location next to the Festival Theatre. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

          1. Im from Niagara and can second the Niagara golf club and the epicurean. Havent eaten there in years, but they were good. Highly recommened the Maple Leaf Fudge store as well ;) Pick up some jam if you are on Queen street.

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            Maple Leaf Restaurant
            1076 Cardiff Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5S1P3, CA