The Best Restaurants On Clifton Hill, No Matter Which Side You Venture On

Clifton Hill is one of the most eccentric places in The Niagara Region. Why you may ask? Well, it's because of its bright lights, flashy signs, and about a hundred and one things to do on such a short hill. If you ask many people who venture up that cleverly placed hill, they'll tell you they spent the afternoon there just taking in all of the sights and sounds of the place. With much to do on one street, of course comes a plethora of restaurants that cater to anyone and everyone's tastes. From a wacky cafe to a lovely steakhouse, no matter what type of food you're in the mood for, your food expectations will certainly be met and will most likely be exceeded while enjoying a loving meal on this flashy street. The beautiful thing about Clifton Hill is the fact that it's located centrally to the main attraction, The Falls, which makes it even more fun for people to park at the top of The Hill, then make their way down it, all the while enjoying the attractions, shops and restaurants that Clifton Hill has to offer. It's The Vegas of The Niagara Region, so what are you waiting for, go on and explore this amazing street.


Hard Rock Cafe

Admittedly touristy, this familiar enterprise pays tribute to everybody from Elvis to the Beatles with an abundance of memorabilia, an enormous guitar bar and music videos. While you check it all out, dig into a plate of nachos, a chicken club, a burger (there are even turkey and vegetarian versions), ribs, fajitas, a steak or the catch of the day. Finish it all with a hot fudge brownie and you're good to go again. Depending on your itinerary and mobility, you can also catch the Hard Rock on the American side. Hard Rock Cafe also has a club attached to the restaurant, so if you're enjoying a dinner here, and feel like partying all night, this is the place to be.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: The Hard Rock Cafe is a great spot because it offers a place to kick back, relax and enjoy a meal.

Local Expert tip: Don't forget to order the hot fudge brownie, this is truly one of the best desserts Niagara Falls has to offer.

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With its Western-styled interior, including a series of Remington sculptures from which the restaurant takes its name, there's no mistaking that beef is prominent here. More sophisticated than your average steak house, though, Remington's capitalizes on local ingredients and scouts out other premium items worldwide. Remington's may not be actually located on Clifton Hill, but it literally is steps away, and thus it had to make it on this top 10 list for its fancy steaks and large selection of seafood dishes. It certainly is a top favourite among locals and tourists alike who are looking for a sophisticated meal on Clifton Hill.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: Remington's is a delectable restaurant if you're keen on a juicy steak. With all the fixings included, this steakhouse is loved by many.

Local Expert tip: There is a plethora of dishes to choose from, so if you're not in the mood for a steak tonight, take a look at the variety of seafood dishes they have.

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Mama Mia's is the perfect spot if you are ready to be taken back many centuries and enjoy a perfect Italian meal. Having been in business for over 25 years, Mama Mia's is quick to ensure there guests are not only looked after, but that the ingredients used in every dish are the up most best in quality. Feel as if you are in a classical Italian household when you enter Mama Mia's and leave completely satisfied, as if your Nonna just prepared you the best meal ever. If you have little ones this spot is perfect as there is an extensive kids menu that are the little ones will love. And if you are passionate about wine, well so are Italians, and thus Mama Mia's has an extensive wine list to choose from.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: Mama Mia's is a fantastic Italian restaurant because it's recipes date back to over 25 years of home-made cooking.

Local Expert tip: Book reservations to Mama Mia's online today to ensure you get the best spot in the house, as you indulge in a whole lot of perfect Italian cuisines.

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This pizza joint is the perfect spot to play a video game or two, watch the NFL or just enjoy some quality time with a bunch of friends. Located right on Clifton Hill, Boston Pizza is the place where you can indulge in the most uniquely crafted pizzas, a plethora of unique drinks or for those looking for a dose of something besides pizza try the thai chicken or plethora of salads and sandwiches awaiting you. At Boston Pizza you truly are mixing food with fun, and after that delicious meal venture out to see the beauty of Niagara Falls at night.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: Boston Pizza is 'the' spot to go if you're looking to catch a game, and enjoy a night with the boys (or girls!)

Local Expert tip: Looking for parking? Park at the golf course behind Boston Pizza and tell them you're going there to eat, you'll get free parking out of it!

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Kelsey's Restaurant
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Deemed as 'Your Neighborhood Favorite' this restaurant certainly caters to each and every person that walks through its doors. Continually catering to locals and tourists alike this joint serves up a whole lot of delicious dishes that anybody will love. From everything to juicy ribs to fully loaded nachos you will truly be able to sit back and relax while hanging out at this restaurant. The franchise has just added 16 new dishes to their menu which include anything from crispy flat breads to mouthwatering pastas that cater to a healthier crowd. So whether you're looking to meet some locals or enjoy a meal on the patio, this restaurant is one for the taking.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: With a reasonably priced menu, great food, friendly staff, and chilled vibe, it's a popular spot among many.

Local Expert tip: If you're here in the summer months then ask to sit on the patio. It's the perfect spot for you to enjoy a delicious lunch all the while people-watching.

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A dream-like landscape of dense, tropical flora, punctuated by wild animal calls, distinguishes this intriguing eatery, which also features cascading waterfalls, saltwater fish, and primitive hand-carved furniture. With a live shark tank and creatures of the forest around you, the place is great for kids and adults alike. Still, amid the exoticism, folks can enjoy a menu of familiar favorites such as burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, seafood, steaks, and salads, with an international flair that will have even young diners enjoying something delicious. For kids of all ages, watch as favorite rainforest characters come to life and romp among the tables. A "retail village" holds the promise of exotic gifts for the whole family.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: The seats are cosy, the animals are wacky, and the staff is overly friendly at The Rainforest Cafe.

Local Expert tip: There are two 'best' spots to sit in The Rainforest Cafe, by the gorillas or by the rain wall. If either are taken, just being in this unique restaurant will have any kid giddy throughout dinner.

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Antica Pizzeria
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Dive into delicious individual thin-crust pizzas that will certainly have you coming back a few times while on vacation in Niagara Falls. What The Mascia Family has done to Antica's Pizzeria is they have created a place where you are treated like family all the while tasting some of their most unique wood-oven pizzas. It's not every day that you feel at home while dining at a restaurant in Niagara Falls and thus if you and the family are looking for a delicious thin-crust, wood oven pizza or you and your buddies want to catch the game, Antica's is the place to go. With perfect Italian pizza making skills, Antica truly shows its guests just how to make the perfect pizza.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: With it's wood-oven thin-crust pizza, there isn't a wonder in the world as to why you shouldn't enjoy a pizza here.

Local Expert tip: If you have a love for pizza, Antica's is the place to be. Be sure to get here a little early if you have a large party as the wait-times are always longer than normal.

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The Rainbow Room Restaurant
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If you thought staying or dining at The Crowne Plaza would be anything ordinary, you thought wrong. If you have a passion for cooking and love to be with some of the finest chefs the world has to offer, than The Rainbow Room is the spot for you to enjoy a delicious breakfast. With a fresh market menu developed by Famous Chef Massimo Capra, signature dishes are created for anytime of the day. Using locally grown foods, Chef Massimo looks towards what is available to him during all the days of the year and certainly puts a unique spark to the menu. With a sophisticated breakfast menu, you will certainly want to come back here every morning you are in Niagara Falls.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: Chef Massimo Capra certainly knows how to bring is own unique styles to the plate in a local way.

Local Expert tip: Breakfast at The Rainbow Room is a must if you're staying at The Crowne Plaza or near Clifton Hill. The Belgium Waffles are fabulous.

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Niagara Falls is home to prized restaurants anywhere you look, and Monticello Restaurant & Wine Bar is certainly one of those prized restaurants. The quaint spot is boasting with tourists and locals any night of the week and serves up delicious plates of pasta, steak and seafood. Known for its premium cuts of steak, if you're looking for a that perfect steak dinner, than The Monticello is the spot for you. After indulging in a decadent meal, take to the streets and enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls.

Recommended for Clifton Hill's Best Restaurants because: Monticello is a prized restaurant. It's sleek atmosphere, friendly staff and amazing food makes this a top pick for many.

Local Expert tip: Monticello includes an all-you-can-eat antipasto bar that is included with your dinner. If you are just looking to come for some sweet and savory antipasto than you can order the all-you-can-eat antipasto bar for $19.

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