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AG Inspired Cuisine
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The 9 best restaurants in Niagara Falls

With family values, contemporary dishes and Ontario wines - there is plenty to love at the best restaurants in Niagara Falls

Written by
Kieran Meeke

You could spend a lifetime gazing at the world’s most famous waterfall, but at some point, you’re going to get hungry. No matter which side of the border you are, you’ll have plenty of options, but separating the good from the great can be the difference between, well, a good trip and a great one. The Canadian side of Niagara Falls used to have a reputation for fast-food but that is long gone, with local chefs embracing the quality of Ontario’s vineyards and the produce flowing out of its farms and orchards. Everyone is a winner (well, except the big fast-food companies), and it has never been easier to find great food while visiting this incredible landmark. Check out our pick of the best restaurants in Niagara Falls, and enjoy a well-rounded taste of Canada in the process. 

The 12 best restaurants in Niagara Falls

AG Inspired Cuisine
Photograph: AG Inspired Cuisine

1. AG Inspired Cuisine

What is it? This city’s best in creative cooking, local wines and service.

Why go? Numerous awards keep AG at the top of a fine-dining scene it practically created. But it still feels like a hidden gem, in the depths of the Sterling Inn & Spa. The seasonal menu – using ingredients harvested daily from the restaurant’s own farm, where they also keep bees – is paired with Ontario wines.

Price: Pricey

The Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen Restaurant
Photograph: The Flour Mill Restaurant

2. The Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen Restaurant

What is it? Fresh, local organic produce and Ontario wines in a cozy farmhouse setting.

Why go? Escape from the lights of the entertainment district and Niagara Falls Boulevard into this rustic oasis inside the Old Stone Inn, now a boutique hotel. Sample dishes based on local ingredients such as Niagara cheeses or house-cured meats in a romantic setting with a large open fire. Booking is essential in this cozy space.

Price: Blowout

Carpaccio Ristorante
Photograph: Carpaccio Ristorante

3. Carpaccio Ristorante

What is it? Popular Italian restaurant tucked away among the fast-food outlets on Lundy’s Lane.

Why go? For classics such as arancini, penne arrabbiata, or brick oven pizzas, perhaps paired with a crisp Ontario pinot grigio. In true Italian style, the coffee here is good. This place is busy, loud and lively, so if you’re after a quieter meal, go midweek or earlier in the evening.

Price: Average

Sandstone Grillhouse
Photograph: Sandstone Grillhouse

4. Sandstone Grillhouse

What is it? Authentic Italian fare in lovely surrounds.

Why go? All the family will feel right at home at this casual Italian grillhouse. You can even bring Fido if the weather is fine, as the patio is dog-friendly. The prime Alberta Angus steaks are a popular choice (especially with shrimp skewers), as is the beer-battered fish and chips, and family recipe hamburger.

Price: Average

Niagara Brewing Company
Photograph: Niagara Brewing Company

5. Niagara Brewing Company

What is it? A huge corner pub with snacks, sandwiches, pizzas, and its own range of beers.

Why go? Sample a flight of Canadian craft beers as you listen to live music and watch life go by on Clifton Hill. Hit happy hour and share the varied appetizers (don’t miss the smoky ‘olde York kettle chips’).

Price: Average

Photograph: Weinkeller

6. Weinkeller

What is it? Wine bar with a carefully curated fixed-price menu and matching range of Ontario wines.

Why go? For a guided tour of local produce and wines, perhaps on the open patio, with live music. It’s next door to the Nightmares Fear Factory but any bad dreams here will only come from eating too much of the (delicious) cheese options.

Price: Blowout

Queen Charlotte Tea Room
Photograph: Queen Charlotte Tea Room

7. Queen Charlotte Tea Room

What is it? An English-style tea room in the center of Niagara Falls.

Why go? Whether your taste in English food runs to fish’n’chips, steak pie or a Sunday roast, you’ll find something here. Lighter fare includes afternoon tea or just tea and scones, all with fine English china and tea cozies, amid pictures of the British royal family. It’s normally packed, so reservations are recommended.

Price: Average

Tide & Vine
Photograph: Tide & Vine

8. Tide & Vine

What is it? Serving the best in seafood and local wines, this oyster house started out as a VW food truck.

Why go? Quality has remained a constant on this eatery’s journey. The oysters here are great, while other favourites include blackened octopus and baked scallops. The beef burgers are fantastic too.

Price: Pricey

Mai Thai Cuisine
Photograph: Mai Thai Cuisine

9. Mai Thai Cuisine

What is it? A friendly and homely place serving authentic Thai food.

Why go? Taste some good ol' Thai home cooking at this family-run joint. Its location close to the Canada One Factory Outlets makes it the perfect destination for a mid- or post-shopping meal. Order the Mai Thai platter to share for a flavorful starter.

Price: Bargain

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Niagara Falls welcomes about 30 million visitors between them each year. View the Falls several different ways in one trip – on foot, from a boat on the rapids, in an antique cable car, or up a tower with a drink in your hand. 

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