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JosefK Sep 23, 2013 04:36 AM

Hi! Will be spending one night in Niagara Falls on Sunday May 4th with my wife and was hoping for some tips on restaurants. We will have one dinner (on Sunday) as well as a breakfast and a lunch on the following day before going to Ithaca. We are both very interested in food and work with wines. We appreciate most cuisines, but if possible would like to eat locally produced ingredients. Price is not a big concern, quality of food far more important, but I rather eat good bistro style food than mediocre fine dining. From having a quick search on restaurants in Niagara Falls my plan is dinner at Windows by Jamie Kennedy, breakfast at Regal Diner and lunch at Syndicate Brewery. I also had a look at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and Falls Manor as alternatives. Are these good choices or can I do better?
A none food oriented question. As we only have one night we would very much like to get a hotel room with a view over the falls. From looking at the different options, prices seems to be quite similar in all the hotels that offers rooms with a view. Is there any of the hotels that stands out compared to the others in terms of view or comfortability?
All comments and tips are deeply appreciated.

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  1. TorontoJo Sep 23, 2013 04:48 AM

    I think your dinner and breakfast choices are good ones. I haven't been to Windows, but generally like with Jamie Kennedy does. Another fine dining option in the area is AG at the Sterling Inn. http://www.agcuisine.com/ Once again, I haven't dined there, so can't personally vouch for it.

    For lunch on Monday, you might consider driving to Niagara-on-the-Lake and going to lunch at Ravine Vineyard in the little town of St. Davids. It's only about a 15 minute drive from The Regal and Syndicate and will give you a beautiful view of the vineyards. The restaurant is a lovely but casual bistro style and they are incredibly locally focused -- even raise their own herd of pigs for their charcuterie and such. And it's less than 5 minutes from Ravine to the Stanley onramp for the 405, which is right near the Queenston-Lewiston bridge into New York.

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      JosefK Sep 23, 2013 04:57 AM

      Thanks! Both AG and the Ravine looks like very good choices and the latter also of course gives us a chance to have a look at the winery and vineyards. Definitely an alternative!

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        TorontoJo Sep 23, 2013 05:00 AM

        Just in case, here's the web site:

        https://www.ravinevineyard.com/restau...

        One of my favourite spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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          JosefK Sep 23, 2013 06:09 AM

          Looks great, strongly leaning on going there for my lunch.

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        h3llbringer Sep 23, 2013 07:57 AM

        I had an amazing experience at Windows. Best waitress ever and the food was amazing too!

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          shaywood Oct 22, 2013 08:25 AM

          Inn on the Twenty in Jordan Station is awesome - go for lunch over Ravine. There is a vinyard and tasting room attached.

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            Charles Yu Oct 22, 2013 06:52 PM

            Is the Inn still good?! When were you there last?
            Used to be my favorite years ago but haven't been for a while after noticing they keep on changing chefs!

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              shaywood Oct 23, 2013 05:13 AM

              Actually I haven't been there lately so you may be correct. Pellar Estates has a great tasting menu. White Oaks is a great place to stay if looking for a hotel.

      3. Charles Yu Sep 23, 2013 06:37 AM

        I would like to add the newly relocated 'Treadwell' to your list.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9161...

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          JosefK Sep 23, 2013 07:08 AM

          Appreciate the review, is it worth a taxi ride from Niagara falls for dinner? Both me and my wife will be drinking wine with the dinner so won't be driving.

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            TorontoJo Sep 23, 2013 07:44 AM

            While I think that Treadwell (which I love) is probably better than Windows or AG, I don't think it will be worth the taxi fare, which will probably be at least $60 each way (it's $35 for me to get to old town NOTL where Treadwell is and I *live* in NOTL). For that $120 taxi fare, I'd rather have dinner at Windows with a view of the Falls and order a great bottle of wine. :)

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              JosefK Sep 25, 2013 12:42 AM

              Thanks, I will probably do just that. If the main idea of the trip was culinary I might have changed our hotel to Niagara on the lake, but it is the falls and then some good food on top of that.

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          caviartothegeneral Sep 23, 2013 02:55 PM

          My dinner at Windows about a year ago was disappointing -- overcooked and underseasoned.

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            JosefK Sep 25, 2013 12:45 AM

            Sorry to hear that, have you been there more than once? Just thinking if it was a bad night or not?

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              caviartothegeneral Sep 25, 2013 06:36 PM

              It was just the one visit. I like JK's food so it may have just been a bad night. The main (coq au vin) doesn't seem to be on the menu any more, so it may also have just been a faulty dish. I did appreciate the service, wine list and view.

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                JosefK Sep 26, 2013 01:08 AM

                If nothing changes it looks like I will try Windows for dinner. Will report back how ti was. However, there is still a long time until I get there so things may change.

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            Lindsaycan Sep 25, 2013 09:31 PM

            We went to the Syndicate for dinner this summer and I can honestly say you can do better. We were seated on the second floor and it had the ambiance of my garage. The food was mediocre at best. Service was as if the waitress was doing us a favor. The beer was ok.

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              JosefK Sep 26, 2013 01:09 AM

              From the feedback I've been given I'm thinking about going to Ravine Vineyards for lunch. Seems very locally oriented, will give a glimpse to the Canadian wine industry and is on the way back to US.

            2. duckdown Sep 27, 2013 05:13 PM

              Can someone tell me what the prices at Windows are like? They have one of these damn online menus with no indication on pricing at all

              Syndicate is OK, better for the beer than the food, for certain. GF ordered a duck poutine there that was hideously overcooked and definitely reheated

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