One of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, it’s easy to see why the iconic Niagara Falls is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Although many of the city’s restaurants provide typical tourist-friendly fare, those willing to dig a little deeper will find that it’s actually home to a number of innovative restaurants. Read on to find out the 10 best places to eat in Niagara Falls.
Casa Mia Ristorante offers generous portions of Italian cuisine, made using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Owned and managed by the Mollica family for more than 25 years, the restaurant’s interior features stylish seaside decor inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The restaurant is located about a 10-minute drive from the Falls, with a free shuttle service operated from local hotels. The simple, well-prepared menu features pastas and mains like veal parmigiana, along with a selection of antipasti and sides. There’s a sommelier on staff to help diners choose wine pairings from the restaurant’s cellar, which is full of over 300 labels.
Taps On Queen Brewhouse & Grill offers a diverse menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and pub classics, alongside beers brewed on-site. Taps beers are brewed using only four ingredients – filtered water, hops, malted barley, and yeast – and all menu items are prepared fresh in-house with a focus on local products. The restaurant is set in an old warehouse, featuring an open concept interior that allows diners to watch sports on the TV or enjoy the live music often performed on the small stage. The restaurant frequently hosts bands, DJs, and open mic nights, in addition to offering weekly specials like wing nights.
Located in a drab strip mall, Phở Xyclo’s bland exterior belies the authentic Vietnamese and East Asian dishes served inside. The interior is simple yet cheerful and service is consistently friendly. The menu features a variety of noodle soups, rice dishes, vermicelli, and wontons. Dishes like the Tom Yum Pho (hot and sour Thai soup) are spicy enough to satisfy diners who crave a piquant dish; while there are also plenty of milder dishes that cater to less adventurous eaters, such as the Xyclo Fried Rice made with egg, shrimp, grilled chicken, BBQ pork, carrots, peas, corn, and the restaurant’s signature sauce.
Weinkeller brings the brew pub concept to wines, with three reds and three whites produced right in the restaurant. Set in an intimate, brick-walled basement, the restaurant takes its name from the German word for ‘wine cellar’. Aside from craft wines, the restaurant’s menu focuses on seasonal, local ingredients, Diners have a choice of three or five course prix fixe menus, which might include a main like Pacific salmon served cedar planked; blackened; poached with hollandaise; or grilled with fresh herb butter, according to the diners’ preference.
Owned and managed by British expats Linda and Roger Ollis, Queen Charlotte offers diners a quintessentially British experience. The restaurant’s charming decor is inspired by a British tearoom, with a menu to match. The menu focuses on British classics, including fish and chips; steak and kidney pie; and bangers and mash served with baked beans and Yorkshire pudding. There are also dozens of types of loose-leaf tea, from herbal varieties like peppermint to specialty teas like Scottish Caramel. By booking in advance, diners can enjoy a traditional afternoon High Tea, complete with scones and Devonshire cream, and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.
Set in the basement of Sterling Inn and Spa, AG Inspired Cuisine is a sleek restaurant with a cutting-edge, contemporary menu. Chef Cory Linkson uses classic French cooking techniques to present local ingredients from Niagara region’s farms in creative new ways. Expect dishes like venison sausage with parsnip purée, fig marmalade and sage butternut coulis. The ‘Field-to-Fork’ section of the menu is seasonal, changing daily depending on the ingredients available. The restaurant’s atmosphere is particularly inviting on Friday and Saturday evenings, when live music is often featured.
Widely touted as the best Italian restaurant in the city, Napoli Ristorante Pizzeria has been serving up home-style Italian fare for over 30 years. The staff follow a mantra of ‘he who eats well, lives well’, and the restaurant exudes a warm, welcoming ambiance. The menu is a familiar mix of pizzas, pastas, and risottos, with all diners given a plate of house-made foccacia and olive oil to enjoy while choosing their meal. Go for the Ravioli di Casa, made with ricotta, parmigiano, goat’s cheese, and served in a tomato cream sauce.
The Tide and Vine is a rustic oyster bar that offers expertly-shucked oysters and some of the region’s freshest seafood. The restaurant is converting even non-seafood enthusiasts into fans with its fantastic menu, which includes an excellent selection of local wines and beers. Everything is produced in-house, from the seafood chowder and lobster profiteroles; to the fresh oysters served alongside grated horseradish, mignonette, and Scotch Bonnet hot sauce. The cozy 24-seat restaurant is decorated with natural woods, stainless steel, white ceramic and airy green-and-blue tones.
Owned and operated by a French family, Paris Crepes Café mixes fine French cuisine with a relaxed, bistro-style ambiance. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu focuses on sweet and savory crepes from the La Gourmande with eggs, bacon, brie, tomatoes, and maple syrup, to the Niagara Falls – with mixed berries, peaches, nutella, and vanilla ice cream. In addition to crepes, the menu includes other French classics like ratatouille, escargot, mussels, and magret de canard a l’orange, as well as a fine selection of French and Niagara VQA wines.
Located in Fallsview Casino Resort, 21 Club’s red, black, and gold color scheme is inspired by the game of roulette. The best seats are along the windows, set on an illuminated platform and offering fantastic views overlooking the Falls. Although the restaurant’s dishes change with the seasons, 21 Club is primarily a steakhouse with a menu focused on prime-aged steaks and pork chops, along with poultry, seafood, and a raw bar. A well-stocked wine cellar rounds out the excellent menu and contemporary atmosphere.