On The Niagara Peninsula

Following is a list of recommended restaurants on the Niagara Peninsula.  This list should by no means be considered absolute and complete.  Rather, it should be considered a starting point as new establishments are constantly being added.  If you have a restaurant that you feel should be included in this list, please e-mail it to us at info@TouringInWineCountry.com.  Be sure to include address, phone number, the type of cuisine, and why you think it should be recommended to others.

45 Ontario Street
Grimsby, ON L3M 3H2
Ph: 905-945-5522
Web: www.angelfood.ca
E-mail: angelfood@sympatico.ca

Described by the National Post as offering "sophisticated gourmet fare in an upscale setting," this smoke-free restaurant offers outdoor dining in their courtyard in warmer weather.

4041 Locust Lane
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2
Ph: 905-945-5522
Web: www.eastdell.com
E-mail: winery@eastdell.com

On the grounds of East Dell Winery, high up on the escarpment, the Bench Bistro offers country dining with a stunning view of the peninsula and Lake Ontario in their rustic facility.  Their cuisine is designed to match perfectly with their wines, with each augmenting the other.  Every Sunday, they have a brunch buffet.

Pillar & Post Inn
48 John St.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0
Ph: (905) 468-2123
Fx: (905) 468-3551
Web: www.vintageinns.com

Experience true country charm in the Cannery and Carriages Dining Rooms as you dine by candlelight and experience the warm glow of a genuine brick oven. Surrounded by high ceilings, exposed beams and delicate chandeliers that reflect the time of early upper Canada, the Cannery and Carriages offers renowned cuisine in exceptional surroundings. Executive Chef, Virginia Marr and her team of award winning Chefs (rated 4-diamond by CAA/AAA) combine fresh local ingredients to create innovative cuisine.  A favorite among many is the 'Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Local Market Vegetables, baked Russet Potatoes and Thyme Pan Juices.

P.O. Box 46
6 Picton Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Ph: 905-468-3246
Fx: 905-468-8646
Web: www.vintageinns.com

Escabèche allows you experience your dinner in a beautifully gilded restaurant that is reminiscent of the High Victorian period (rated 4-diamond by CAA/AAA).  The menu embellishes the true essence of Canadian Cuisine bringing out the very best in each food ingredient, whether it is a vegetable or premium quality fish or meat. Their award-winning kitchen team presents a menu of contemporary French cuisine that is expertly paired with region and international wines that have been carefully selected.  Escabèche is decorated in the Victorian style with an abundance of rich oil paintings, tapestries plush fabrics and fine china and crystal. Traditional High Tea is also available daily from 2:00 to 6:00 as the scent of fresh roses will lead you to their elegant Drawing Room to enjoy leisurely Afternoon Tea and indulge in the decadent pastries.

R.R. #2, Highway 55
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0
Tel: (905) 468-3201
Fax: (905) 468-4789
Web: www.hillebrand.com
E-mail: info@hillebrand.com

The café is an excellent lunch break from winery hopping, offering regional cuisine (only Niagara Peninsula products are used).  Toronto Life Magazine awarded the restaurant 3½ stars. The Café is on the grounds of the winery, where tours are available.  The restaurant is open Saturday-Sunday from 12:00 - 3:00 pm and 5:00 - 9:00 pm.

3836 Main St.
Jordan, ON L0R1S0
Tel: (905) 562-7313
Fax: (905) 562-3348
Web: www.innonthetwenty.com
E-mail: Vintners@niagara.net

On the Twenty, Ontario's first and best-known estate winery restaurant, is consistently rated as one of the finest restaurants in Canada.  Ingredients are carefully selected from the best local producers. Among the exciting regional foods available for our kitchens are fabulous tree fruits and berries, quail, trout, and organically-grown vegetables, herbs and greens.  On the Twenty is proud to be a Distinguished Restaurants of North America  (DiRõNA) award recipient.  They are open daily 11:30-3 pm & 5:00-10 pm.   

P.O. Box 1011
160 Front Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Ph: 905-468-2165
Fx: 905-468-4165
Web: www.obaninn.ca

Overlooking Lake Ontario in building that dates back to 1824, the Oban Inn is truly reminiscent of an English inn, from its décor, to its service, to its cuisine.  Surrounded by beautifully manicured English style gardens, you may choose to savor Afternoon Tea or maybe a light lunch or dinner, served near a warm and inviting hearth. In honor of George Bernard Shaw, world-renowned playwright, Shaw's Corner is nestled in a small corner of the Pub, featuring a piano bar and memorabilia from over 40 seasons of The Shaw Festival Theatre.  Diners can select from traditional and hearty English style fare, served in either the formal dining room or the congenial pub. 

290 John Street East
Niagara-on-the-lake, ON L0S 1J0
Tel: 1-888-267-8687
Fax: 1-905-468-4678
Web: www.peller.com

An elegant part of the Peller Estate Winery experience, the Restaurant offers an  extremely innovative menu with what is best described as "Nouveau-American" cuisine based on country ingredients.  The menu and wine selection are purposefully designed to highlight each other.  The restaurant and the adjoining patio offer a magnificent overlook the vineyards and the Niagara Escarpment.

Gate House Hotel
142 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Ph: 905-468-3263
Fx: 905-468-7400
Web: www.gatehouse-niagara.com
E-mail: Giardino@niagara.com

With a distinctly European flair, Ristorante Giardino's chefs prepare authentic Italian dishes, with pasta that is made daily on site.  Their exquisite desserts and extensive wine list of regional and international wines perfectly round out their cuisine.

5600 King Street West
Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0
Ph: 905-563-0900
Web: www.peninsularidge.com
E-mail: info@peninsularidge.com

Located in a brick Victorian mansion high with a gorgeous view of Toronto and Lake Ontario, the restaurant offers cuisine that is based entirely on Niagara ingredients and is designed to highlight Peninsula Ridge's wines.  During warmer months, dining is available on their patio.

12 Lock Street
Old Port Dalhousie
St. Catharines, ON L2R 5B5
Ph: 905-937-9027
Web: www.niagaraspiceoflife.com
E-mail: lifespic@vaxxine.com

Located in old Port Dalhousie, an eclectic area of shopping, marinas, and theaters, Spice of Life's menu is puts a new spin on classic international fusion flavors with a menu that caters to all palates. Their newly renovated fine dining room upstairs overlooks the lake.

92 Queen Street 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Web: www.shawcafe.ca

Located right on the main street of the downtown-shopping district, the Shaw Café is perfectly situated for a bite to eat before or after the show or as a break in the shopping.  Offering a nouveau style of bistro fare, the Café has an impressive wine list, heavily stocked with local wines by the glass.  As such, this is an excellent place to sample wines prior to winery-hopping. 

The cuisine is prepared in the French café style, which is unsophisticated in taste and finds its identity in its simplicity and diversity. Dishes like Omelettes, Sandwiches, Quiches and Onion Soups reflect what one is expecting to find on this type of menu.  The Shaw Café and Wine Bar creates its own pastries, breads, baguettes, pies and cakes, all produced under the direction and guidance of the Three Feathers Patisserie and are worth a stop on their own (think picnic!).

(Queen's Landing Inn)
155 Byron St., PO Box 1180
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0
Tel: (905) 468-2195
Fax: (905) 468-2227
Web: www.vintageinns.com

Rated 4-diamond by CAA/AAA, the Tiara Dining Room is aptly described as "the marriage of traditional French presentation with local produce".  Chef de Cuisine, Stephen Treadwell  focuses on the locally grown produce that the Niagara Region is known for, including its fruits such as vine grown tomatoes, peaches, pears apples and grapes. In addition, the menus offer exotic meats including venison and beef strip loin, Atlantic salmon filet, lamb shank and pan roasted pheasant breast.

Overlooking the scenic Niagara River and Lake Ontario, the Tiara offers a spectacular view in an atmosphere of Georgian elegance and charm.

3620 Moyer Rd., R.R. #1
Vineland, ON L0R2C0
Tel: (905) 562-7088
Fax: (905) 562-3071
Web: www.vineland.com

Offering Canadian and Regional Niagara  (fruit & vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy) dishes, the Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant changes its menu to reflect the season.  Their menus are wonderfully creative and have an approach that is more rustic than classical.  Located high on the escarpment on the grounds of Vineland Estates Winery, the outdoor dining in warmer months is especially nice as you are removed from the noise and hustle-and-bustle you get closer to the Q.E.W.  The view overlooks their vineyards and Lake Ontario.  Their hours are 11am-3pm and 5-9pm in the summer and noon - 2:30pm and 5-8:30pm in the Winter.

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