Side Trips from Toronto Restaurants

The dining in Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake is enough to boost a whole other genre of tourism, as there are a number of outstanding restaurants thanks to the area's many chefs being trained at the area's reputable culinary schools, and impeccably fresh ingredients from local farms. Produce, meats, cheeses, beers, and wine ar
The dining in Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake is enough to boost a whole other genre of tourism, as there are a number of outstanding restaurants thanks to the area's many chefs being trained at the area's reputable culinary schools, and impeccably fresh ingredients f
The dining in Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake is enough to boost a whole other genre of tourism, as there are a number

The dining in Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake is enough to boost a whole other genre of tourism, as there are a number of outstanding restaurants thanks to the area's many chefs being trained at the area's reputable culinary schools, and impeccably fresh ingredients from local farms. Produce, meats, cheeses, beers, and wine are all produced in Ontario, and some restaurants even have their own gardens, vineyards, or farms. In the immediate areas surrounding Niagara Falls, the dining is a little more lackluster, as views, convenience, and glamour take precedence over food, but there are some great pubs and upscale restaurants to be found among the tourist traps. Reservations are always encouraged, if not essential.

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  • 1. Casa Mia Ristorante

    $$$$ | Italian

    Fresh, quality ingredients done simply and in generous portions are what make this off-the-beaten-path restaurant, about a 10-minute drive from...Read More

  • 2. Hillebrand Winery Restaurant

    $$$$ | International

    Niagara-on-the-Lake's first winery restaurant is still one of its best. After a complimentary winery tour and tasting, you can continue to indulge...Read More

  • 3. Inn on the Twenty Restaurant

    $$$$ | European

    The huge windows framing the Twenty Valley conservation area are reason enough to dine at this restaurant on Jordan's boutiques-lined Main Street...Read More

  • 4. Peller Estates Winery Restaurant

    $$$$ | European

    Frequently cited as the best restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake—an impressive feat in a town with so many excellent restaurants—Peller manages...Read More

  • 5. Restaurant@Vineland Estates Winery

    $$$$ | Canadian

    Exquisite progressive Canadian food and venerable wines are served by an enthusiastic staff on this bucolic property with three 19th-century...Read More

  • 6. Rundles Restaurant

    $$$$ | European

    At Stratford's top choice for sophisticated haute cuisine the look is summery and modern: brick is exposed, windows are unadorned and panoramic...Read More

  • 7. 21 Club

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    The best fine-dining-with-a-view in town, 21 Club plays up its casino locale without being kitschy. The tall-ceilinged, modern space is inspired...Read More

  • 8. Arowhon Pines Restaurant

    $$$$ | Canadian

    A meal at this breathtaking, circular log-cabin restaurant in the heart of Algonquin Park is the highlight of many visits. A view of the lake...Read More

  • 9. Bartlett Lodge Restaurant

    $$$$ | Canadian

    In the original 1917 lodge building, this small lakeside pine dining room offers an ever-changing prix-fixe menu of comtemporary Canadian cuisine...Read More

  • 10. Bentley's

    $$ | Canadian

    The well-stocked bar at this casual pub with booth and patio seating divides the room into two equal halves, with the locals converging on the...Read More

  • 11. Bijou

    $$$ | European

    A husband-and-wife team, both Stratford Chefs School grads, operates this small, self-professed "culinary gem." The chalkboard menu changes...Read More

  • 12. Blue Willow Tea Shop

    $$ | Café

    The dozen or so petite tables are set with blue-willow-pattern china in this quaint restaurant serving traditional English fare on the Muskoka...Read More

  • 13. Boomer's Gourmet Fries

    The humble potato rises to become a star at Boomer's Gourmet Fries, equipped with a take-out window and a handful of stools at a counter. Toppings...Read More

  • 14. Church Restaurant and Belfry

    $$$$ | French

    Constructed in 1873 as a congregational church, the building has most of the original architecture in place, but today white tablecloths gleam...Read More

  • 15. Edgewaters Restaurant

    $$ | American

    Inside a former refectory building, this second-floor restaurant operated by Niagara Parks has a huge veranda overlooking the falls, across...Read More

  • 16. Elements on the Falls

    $$ | Canadian

    Most tourists end up at the Table Rock Centre, where you can buy tickets for most of the attractions in Niagara Falls and peer over the brink...Read More

  • 17. Lucky's Steakhouse

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    Heavy soundproof doors insulate this classy 1920s-style steakhouse from the less glamourous and very loud Casino Niagara where it's located...Read More

  • 18. Marty's World Famous Café

    $ | Café

    Duck into this cozy café in the afternoon for what is possibly the best butter tart you've ever tasted. The chalkboard on the wall lists other...Read More

  • 19. Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

    $$ | Italian

    On busy Ferry Street, Napoli is just a five-minute drive from Clifton Hill but it's a local joint that manages to be both casual and refined...Read More

  • 20. Olde Angel Inn

    $$ | British

    You can request a Yorkshire pudding to accompany any meal at this tavern just off Queen Street, which should tip you off to its British leanings...Read More

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