Looking for the best Niagara winery restaurants?
Our comprehensive guide features detailed descriptions and menu highlights for all 7 Niagara on the Lake winery restaurant concepts.
The Niagara winery restaurant scene offers a broad variety of culinary experiences. Visitors can choose from elegant tasting menus at romantic Niagara winery restaurants, or fork through heartier fare in a more casual setting. Street-food fans can also find happiness at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery’s seasonal cocktail bar popup.
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Niagara Winery Restaurants Guide
If you’re planning a tour of the Niagara on the Lake wineries, you’re likely keen to enjoy a tasty meal or two. Many of the Niagara on the Lake wineries offer onsite restaurants, perfect for those who want to tuck into a feast after a tour and tasting.
The best Niagara winery restaurants for a romantic dinner can be found at Ravine Vineyard, Trius, Peller Estates and Two Sisters Vineyards.
We suggest enjoying a hearty lunch at Caroline Cellars Farmhouse Cafe or Oliv Tapas at Strewn Winery for a vibe that is a little more low key. Wayne Gretzky Estates offers a whisky patio bar during the summer and winter, which serves craft cocktails, poutine, pretzels and gourmet hot dogs.
290 John St E, 1-888-673-5537
The Winery Restaurant at Peller Estates is one of the most elegant dining rooms in Niagara on the Lake.
The Niagara winery restaurant’s interior features golden carpets, dangling chandeliers that appear like floating vine roots and handsome white tablecloth wrapped tables. A choir of friendly sommeliers and servers are dressed in dapper ties and spiffy white and black uniforms.
The Winery Restaurant at Peller Estates fills with natural sunlight during the day, offering a warm interior for hose looking to wine and dine while enjoying views over the vineyard. During the warmer months of the year, the restaurants doors pop open and splash onto an al fresco patio.
Chef Jason Parsons FeastOn approved menu ebbs and flows with the bounty of each season. The kitchen sources 50% of its products from Ontario and 98% from across Canada. Chef Parsons also takes trips to the winery’s own farm, a small organic outfit just 3kms up the road, allowing his culinary brigade to swap out freshly plucked fruits and vegetables for signature dishes based on what’s ripe and ready. One week the creamy house made ricotta may be adorned with snap peas, while later in the season you might encounter a ruby red beet.
During the winter Chef Parsons culinary team host an annual Icewine Maker’s Dinner, an unforgettable feast that takes place in the winery’s underground barrel cellar.
- Foie Gras Torchon: puff pastry, caramelized shallots, rosemary roasted apples
- Signature Lobster Linguini: black truffle pasta, icewine poached lobster, smoked bacon, chardonnay cream
- Pan Seared Sablefish: roasted spaghetti squash, spatzle, baby carrots
- Spiced Duck Breast: celeriac puree, braised cabbage, crispy shallots, beet merlot reduction
- Leek Risotto: bell peppers, kale, broccoli, goat cheese
1249 Niagara Stone Rd, 1-800-582-8412
Looking for a romantic restaurant to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner at a Niagara winery? Trius Winery Restaurant features an upscale dining room, bubbly Trius Brut Bar and special dining events throughout the year.
Skip inside the Trius Winery Restaurant and you’ll find luxurious hardwood floors, dangling orb chandeliers and warm yellow and rich red upholstered furniture. The restaurant’s dining room fills with elegant natural light thanks to floor to ceiling windows, which open onto an outdoor Wine Garden during the warmer months of the year.
Chef Frank Dodd has been acting as the executive chef at Trius Winery Restaurant for over a decade, “Niagara is, without a doubt, one of Canada’s most prolific regions for really fantastic farm-to-table ingredients, and we’re seeing amazing new things every season. Add to that getting to work closely with a winemaker who really understands food and is making a world-class portfolio of wines for me to cook and pair dishes with,” says Dodd.
In addition to multi-course tasting menus with wine pairings, Chef Dodd also offers themed dining events, including blind tasting dinners and collaborative cooking classes. On Monday nights Trius Winery Restaurant hosts “Monday Night Date Night,” where guests can enjoy a prix fixe 3-course menu for just $99 a couple.
- Creamed Ontario Butternut Squash Soup: pumpkin cake, maple squash, cinnamon spiced goat’s cheese, candied walnut, pumpkin seed.
- Homestead Farm Fried Duck Egg: burrata cheese, smoked duck breast, icewine onion jam, cremini mushroom, brioche
- Icewine Pulled Pork and White Bean Cassoulet Poutine: russet fries, thornloe dairy cheese curds, spring onion, pickled chili, peanut crumble
- Trius Crispy Falafel Cakes: acorn squash, golden beets, fried brussels, pickled red onion, zucchini jam, sour cream, salsify chips, balsamic dressing
- Steak & Frites: 12oz bar five farms beef ribeye steak, icewine onion jam, portobello mushroom, homestead farm fried duck egg, truffle fries
1366 York Rd, 905-262-8463
Ravine Vineyard is located on a fifth generation family farm near the historic village of St. Davids. The Lowrey-Harber vineyard is home to an award winning organic winery, restaurant and grocery store.
To the right of the winery’s historic Woodruff House is the packing shed, which has been transformed into a farm to table fine dining restaurant by Chef Matt Payne. Skip inside the Ravine Vineyard Restaurant and you’ll find a farm-chic interior. The walls around the bar are covered in colourful Lowrey Brothers preserve jars while antique chairs are found tucked under rustic wooden tables.
Beginning in the Spring, Ravine Vineyard’s garden offers a cornucopia of fresh, organic produce. Early season sprouts give way to mixed salad greens, asparagus, spring onions, rhubarb and berries. During the hot summer months Chef Payne’s team pluck hot peppers, heirloom tomatoes, patty pan squash and plump melons.
Ravine Vineyard Restaurant is best known for its seasonal wood-fired pizza oven, which becomes the vocal point of the space during the warmer months of the year. Overlooking the Chardonnay vines, the popular Niagara winery restaurant’s cooks bake wood oven pizzas using fresh produce from the garden and locally cured charcuterie. The outdoor bar pours local craft beer and Lowrey Brothers hard cider alongside Ravine wines. Ravine is one of the most popular Niagara winery restaurants for locals, as it offers a lineup of talented musicians who provide a lively entertainment.
- Ravine House Made Charcuterie: toasted baguette, chicken liver parfait, preserves
- Mushroom on Toast: wild and cultivated mushrooms, mushroom béchamel, house made sourdough, sunny side up egg
- Pumpkin Gnocchi: confit quail, goat cheese, crispy sage, pickled pear
- Duck Duo: aged duck breast, white bean and lentil, mustard vinaigrette, pulled duck confit, chimichurri, turnips, jus
- Beef Short Rib: blue cheese gratin, celery root puree, confit celery root, roasted pearl onions
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240 John St E, 905-468-0592
Niagara on the Lake’s Two Sisters Vineyards first opened its doors in 2014. The stunning estate was inspired by Italian Renaissance design, specifically 16th century architect Andrea Palladio. The landmark building is reminiscent of a grand chateau estate and boasts original art from the Italian Marotta family’s private collection.
Two Sisters Winemaker Adam Pearce has a penchant for producing Bordeaux-style wines; Cabernet Franc with its earthy structure, Cabernet Sauvignon for its rich, muscular presence and Merlot for its perfumed, elegant and harmonious synergy of red and dark fruit.
For those looking to sample the winery’s finest bottles, hop up on a stool in the tasting room for a swish, sniff and slurp. Once you’re feeling peckish skip down the hall to Kitchen 76, the winery’s signature restaurant which celebrates rustic Italian dishes inspired by the family’s favourite recipes.
The Niagara winery restaurant’s mascot is the honourable hare, and a choir of rabbits greet guests as they step into the warm glow of the dining room. In the cooler months a booming fireplace offers warmth as hungry guests twirl pasta and dangle stringy cheese from pretty pizza pies. In the summer the restaurants coveted patio offers a sublime setting for wine sloshed romance, perched over row after row of lush grape vines.
- Arancini: sicilian rice balls with smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil
- Fagioli Toscani: braised white beans, pancetta, swiss chard, fried pork belly
- Dolce e Salato Pizza: mozzarella, gorgonzola, pear, prosciutto di parma, toasted walnuts, arugula, honey drizzle
- Paccheri: white rabbit ragu, soffrito, mushrooms, sage, parmesan
- Agnolotti: chicken liver stuffed pasta with celeriac and apple puree with brown butter and walnuts
1010 Line 2 Rd, 905-468-8814
Caroline Cellars is a Niagara on the Lake winery managed by the Lakeit family. It opened in August 2002, offering visitors a casual barn vibe that incorporated the families love of knotty pine. The rustic wood used throughout the space is complimented by a fireplace in the wine boutique surrounded by fieldstones that were sourced from the vineyard.
In June 2012 Caroline Cellars opened an onsite restaurant concept, which serves lunch daily, year round. The families German roots are expressed through the wineries stellar Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The Farmhouse Cafe also features German classics like schnitzel and spätzle.
The Niagara winery restaurant’s front of house manager Justine Lakeit explains, “Our menu is upscale cozy and casual, with most items being made from scratch, in-house, using local ingredients wherever we can. In season we have our own herb garden, as well as a large garden, where we grow various veggies for the restaurant. We want guests to feel like they’ve sat down to eat in a farmer’s kitchen – where the meals are hearty, home cooked and warm the soul.”
- Charcuterie Plate: Prosciutto, Genoa salami, capicola, bocconcini cheese, pepperoncini peppers, olives and grape tomatoes with housemade crostini and fresh baguette.
- Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich: crispy marinated chicken breast, tangy cabbage slaw, pickles, garlic aioli on a Kaiser
- 40 Creek BBQ Pork Ribs: half rack of tender pork side ribs with 40 Creek BBQ Sauce, served with coleslaw and fries.
- Mushroom Schnitzel: crispy breaded pork cutlets topped with a creamy mushroom sauce.
- Baco Braised Beef Ribs: with housemade spätzle.
1339 Lakeshore Rd, 905-468-1222
Oliv is the on-site restaurant at Strewn Winery. The casual farm-to-table concept focuses on serving tapas-style small plates over lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
The Niagara winery restaurant is located between Strewn’s tasting room and popular cooking school. The light-filled 65 seat dining room overlooks Four Mile Creek and offers outdoor seating on its patio in the summer.
The Oliv Tapas proprietor also owns an oil and vinegar business, which are flavoured locally and sold at an onsite retail shop. Olive oil flavours include basil, parmesan and roasted garlic, while popular balsamics are infused with blueberry and black walnut.
Chef Alex Mahamuni is responsible for crafting Oliv Tapas’ seasonal menus. The kitchen creatively make use of the restaurants signature extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The menu offers a selection of vegetarian and vegan options served alongside creative dishes featuring everything from fresh seafood and succulent steak.
- Oliv Platter: marinated olives, paprika spiced almonds, feta cheese, Oliv lemon evoo and cask 18 balsamic
- Lobster Coquilles St Jacques: atlantic lobster, white wine cream, button mushrooms, shallots, mashed potatoes, gruyere
- Camembert Frit: breaded camembert cheese, fruit chutney, bread, Oliv butter evoo and strawberry peach white balsamic
- Port Tenderloin Fettuccine: seared pork medallions, calvados, white wine, onions, wild mushrooms, apple slices, cream
- Indian Fish and Prawn Curry: tomatoes, tamarind, cod, prawns, coconut cream, cilantro
1219 Niagara Stone Rd, 1-844-643-7799
Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s self-titled Niagara on the Lake winery offers a seasonal restaurant for visiting wine and whisky lovers.
The Whisky Bar Patio at Wayne Gretzky Estates is open during the winter and summer months. Enjoy a sip and nibble on the winery’s outdoor patio during the warm summer months or a festive cocktail while cozying up under a patio heater during the winter.
Chef Dodd’s casual comfort foods showcase the region’s farm to table flavours, each bite best enjoyed by pairing with a muddled whisky libation or award winning wine. During the winter months The Whisky Bar Patio serves gourmet hot dogs, soft baked pretzels and a selection of jazzed up poutines.
Niagara on the Lake Accommodation
Looking to enjoy a Niagara wine country getaway? We suggest spending 2-3 nights in Niagara on the Lake as it will give you enough time to enjoy the village’s historic main street, gourmet restaurants, and award-winning wineries. Old Town offers plenty of accommodation options, from luxury boutique hotels to historic bed and breakfasts.
We’ve included helpful links to the best hotel booking sites so you can compare prices and availability.
- Pillar & Post: Pillar & Post is a charming country inn offering guests luxurious suites, fine dining restaurant, gorgeous gardens and Niagara on the Lake’s largest spa.
- 124 on Queen Hotel: this resort-style hotel sits perched over Niagara on the Lake’s main street. It offers unique villa suites as well as a boutique spa and award-winning restaurant.
- Somerset Bed and Breakfast: is the only accommodation in Niagara on the Lake located on Lake Ontario. The properties 3 luxurious suites enjoy views of nearby Fort Niagara. Ranked as the best B&B in Niagara for a romantic getaway.
- The Charles Hotel: is our favourite boutique hotel in Niagara on the Lake. The historic property offers antique adorned suites, fine dining restaurant and a popular verandah that sits perched over North America’s oldest golf course.
Keen to book one of the best Niagara on the Lake wine tours? Leave the trip planning to local experts and enjoy an unforgettable adventure in Ontario wine country!
- Niagara on the Lake Winery Tour: enjoy a private tasting tour of Niagara wine region featuring tastings and lunch in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Niagara on the Lake Wine Tour and Icewine Lounge: this 6 hour tour visits a local chocolate factory, award-winning wineries and special stop to Peller Estates 10 Below Icewine Lounge.
- Niagara Wine, Cider and Brewery Tour: this 5 hour tour showcases Niagara’s best liquids in style. Travel in a Mercedes Benz to sample local wine, cider and craft beer.
- Niagara on the Lake Foodie Tour: this 3 hour small group tour showcases Niagara’s multicultural culinary flare.
- Private Wine and Chocolate Tour: this private tour accommodates up to 6 people and stops at 9 Niagara on the Lake wineries and a chocolate factory.
- Niagara on the Lake English Cab Tour: this 6 hour Niagara on the Lake wine tour is offered in an authentic black British taxi. Perfect option for a romantic couple, this private tour includes wine tastings and fine dining dinner.
- Indoor Baby Goat Yoga and Cider Tasting: for a truly quirky experience, Small Talk Vineyards offers goat yoga followed by a cider tasting.
- Niagara Falls Day Tour: this Niagara Falls day tour features a cruise, lunch and “journey behind the falls.”
- Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour: enjoy an unforgettable flight over Niagara Falls by helicopter.
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