Niagara-On-The-Lake Offers a Sophisticated Palate

As you embark on your journey to The Niagara Region, you'll want to keep in mind that Niagara-on-the-Lake is where some of the most sophisticated restaurants are. Now this could rightfully so be due to the ritzy population of the quaint town, or it more notably could be due to the fact that some amazing chefs have brought Niagara-on-the-Lake up to a level of sheer food bliss, no matter which restaurant you stroll into. From enjoying sitting on the loveliest patio at Zee's, to enjoying a sophisticated dinner while gazing out at the golfers, the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake is that there are a plethora of wineries and restaurants to go around. So take a second, plan your visit, and know that wherever you stumble upon locals and tourists alike will come to join you at some of the best restaurants that Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer. From a unique oyster bar, to a traditionally extravagant English afternoon tea, your food journey will start the second you roll your car past the "Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake" sign. Sit back, relax and enjoy an evening fit for a king and queen at some of the very best restaurants this town of Niagara has to offer.


Taste is Niagara-on-the-Lakes best sandwich shop, well actually it's The Niagara Regions best sandwich shop. Why you may ask, well that's easy. It's because you can walk up to the counter, design a sandwich that suits all your needs, fixings included, and then you can hop on over to the park, or the waters edge to enjoy your impeccably crafted sandwich. This is the spot to take-out a sandwich like no other. Now if that doesn't get you hooked on enjoying a sandwich or two, then we certainly don't know what will! Taste has truly created a spot where you can take-out and enjoy The Niagara Region's best healthy options restaurant.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: The sandwiches are piled high with the most interesting ingredients, and made to your liking.

Local Expert tip: Once you've creatively crafted your sandwich, head down to the waters edge to dive into your mountainous sandwich.

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Corks Winebar & Eatery is about creating a space where all will feel welcome anytime of the day or night. As you step into Corks you'll love the eclectic nature of the place. Take in the sophisticated look of the bar, and dining area, and embark on an evening with good food, impeccable wine and the best of friends. If you're here to just grab a quick bite, than your best bet is to order up a whole slew of tapas or better yet, cancel all other reservations and make a night out of dining at Corks. The beauty of this restaurant is that the patio is fairly large so if you're bringing a whole slew of people, you can catch of glimpse of those walking on the famous Queen Street, all the while enjoying a meal at Corks.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: Located on Queen Street, the vibe and wide menu selection of the restaurant is one for the taking.

Local Expert tip: Wednesday evenings venture off to Corks for a night of music trivia and karaoke. With prizes and $6 martinis this is a great spot to add a little fun to your night out.

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This may not be the most traditional restaurant to venture off to while in the sophisticated Niagara-on-the-Lake, but it certainly made this Top 10 list because it is a place where locals and tourists come together to share in the craft of enjoying an afternoon at the pub. The second you walk into The Irish Harp, you'll feel like family. First, take to the extensive beer list, then dabble in a whole slew of traditional pub fare. No matter what you're in the mood for, an extra side of fries is a must here. So kick back, relax and enjoy a night out with your friends, English style.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: It's a great spot to catch up with friends over a few pints of beer, English style.

Local Expert tip: The Irish Harp Ale is a favorite among locals, with The Harp's own recipe it's a red cream ale and has a very unique taste, certainly something you and the gang should try.

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Strewn Winery's Terrior La Cachette is the place to be if you're looking for local cuisine and some of the best wines out there. With an effort to create an ever-changing menu depending on what is in season, and an effort to use local produce, Chef Alain Levesque has taken his French background to create some really fantastic dishes. From everything to Black Peppercorn Crusted Ontario Pork Tenderloin wit Brandied Strawberry Glaze to Daniel's Pappardelle the menu is bursting with new and exciting flavours at each visit. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the serene atmosphere Strewn Winery provides to all its guests.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: The tasting menu, and traditional menu are truly unique, and the wine pairings are very impressive.

Local Expert tip: If you're looking for an out of this world experience indulge in the 5 course dinner tasting menu. With Strewn Winery wines and decadent dishes, this is a sure hit.

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When walking down the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake it's as though you're walking through this most elegant little town. And what better way to enjoy the beauty of this town than head into a landmark of a place and dive into all things sweet-like. At The Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar you will be immersed in all things wonderful about this town and this restaurant. Order up one of the many desserts and coffee selections or if you're hungrier than you thought choose from the overflowing menu of goodness. Whichever item you choose to order you'll be happy you stopped at this spot.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: The desserts are decadent, and the atmosphere is one to brag about, it's a great spot to go after the theatre.

Local Expert tip: If you love lemon than order the Lemon Blueberry Mouse, with its tangy lemon mousse and fresh blueberry sweet dough surrounded by pecan crumble you will love every second of eating it.

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Rest, also known as Stone Road Grille, is a restaurant where locals and tourists venture off to take a step out of the somewhat crowded downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Once you step into Rest, you'll be in good company. From Chef du Cuisine, Steve Page's, unique twists to a locally crafted menu, to a fresh oyster bar, locals love the laid back nature of the place. The restaurant is quaint and cosy and showcases that if you have a little bit of space, huge food revolutions can be done in that space. The restaurant specializes in smoked salmon, meats, charcuterie, and house-made breads.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: It's quaint, the staff is friendly, and the food is uniquely crafted to create an al around perfect dining experience.

Local Expert tip: Don't let the name or building fool you, this restaurant has been recommended by many high class newspapers and magazines.

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The Charles Restaurant, is located on Niagara-on-the-Lake's main street and is overlooking the serene Niagara-on-the-Lake golf course and Lake Ontario. It's a restaurant that emulates old world charm and sophistication with the antique decor items and menu that speaks volumes to anyone who walks in and experiences Executive Chef, Steve Sperling's tastes of a sophisticated nature. As you embark on a breakfast, lunch, afternoon cocktail, or dinner here, you will be in a state of bliss no matter what time of day you come. The menu is uniquely crafted, the staff is overly friendly and the aura that's interwind in the restaurant are key features as to why The Charles Restaurant is the place to be.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: Chef Steve Sperling has created a unique menu where the ingredients certainly speak for themselves in the best way possible.

Local Expert tip: Visit their events page to see if any exclusive dinner events are occurring while your in town.

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Escabèche, located in The Prince of Wales Hotel is one of the best restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its lovely sitting at English afternoon tea, to a sophisticated dinner menu that will have any palette jumping for food joy. The restaurant's friendly staff, eloquent and picturesque decor, and unique menus allows for a morning, afternoon, or evening of pure food bliss. Deemed as a four diamond restaurant, it isn't a wonder in the world as to why many people not only come back here again and again, but they end up staying at this quaint hotel over again. The menus are delectable, and sitting in the window to window dining room truly is an experience you'll never forget.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: It's a four diamond restaurant that continually awes its guests with uniquely crafted dishes.

Local Expert tip: After your English afternoon tea, take to the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake on a horse and buggy ride.

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Zee's Restaurant, located in the heart of Old Niagara-on-the-Lake is simply one of the best restaurants in the area. First and foremost the atmosphere takes you back to a time where there wasn't a care in the world as to where you had to be, secondly, the cheese platter is outstanding, and the wine list extensive, it certainly has a sophisticated menu for those who are looking to enjoy the finer things in life. Chef Jason Dobbie has so eloquently developed a menu that speaks to the breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon crowd. The price may be a little high for some of the dishes, but this just only means you're getting the finest ingredients, and are truly partaking in an evening filled with much food delight.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: The cheese and charcuterie menu and extensive wine list are something to brag about.

Local Expert tip: Ask for a seat out on the patio during the summer, the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake are booming, and eating patio side certainly couldn't get any more fun then this.

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On the grounds of the upscale Peller Estates Winery, this warm, inviting restaurant has truly raised eyebrows from both the general public and critics. Expert wining pairings, of course, are essential to this memorable dining experience, and the superbly-considered menu is updated seasonally, ensuring that patrons always get to sample the best (and freshest) that local farms, forests and waters produce.The beautiful thing about this restaurant is that the views are impeccable, the chef is top-notch, and the experiences you'll embark on while here are certainly ones you'll never forget. Representative main dishes include Atlantic salmon wrapped in duck prosciutto, thyme and cinnamon roasted elk, and fire roasted Muscovy duck.

Recommended for Niagara-on-the-lake's Best Restaurants because: Looking out at the vineyards while enjoying a decadent meal is a favourite about Peller Estates.

Local Expert tip: If you're in the area for their annual Food Trucks Event, make sure you get a ticket well before the event, it's one you won't want to miss.

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