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The 12 best restaurants in Niagara Falls

With farm-to-table values, contemporary dishes and local Ontario wines - here are our top Niagara Falls restaurants

By Kieran Meeke

While visiting the famous grand waterfall is one of the top things to do in Niagara Falls, the growing food scene makes a case for the next best thing. The city's fast-food reputation is long gone. Local chefs have made like upmarket rival Niagara-on-the-Lake and embraced the growth in quality of Ontario vineyards, the produce coming out of its farms and orchards, and the ubiquitous craft beer wave. Farm-to-table has well and truly arrived and Niagara Falls’ restaurants are well equipped to offer visitors to this epic natural wonder a well-rounded taste of Canada.

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

Tide & Vine
Photograph: Tide & Vine

2. 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 favorites include blackened octopus and baked scallops. The beef burgers are fantastic too.

Price: Pricey

Mai Thai Cuisine
Photograph: Mai Thai Cuisine

3. Mai Thai Cuisine

What is it? A friendly and homely placeserving 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

Carpaccio Ristorante
Photograph: Carpaccio Ristorante

4. 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 arancine, 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

5. 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

Queen Charlotte Tea Room
Photograph: Queen Charlotte Tea Room

6. 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

Niagara Brewing Company
Photograph: Niagara Brewing Company

7. 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

8. 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

The Blue Line
Photograph: The Blue Line

9. The Blue Line

What is it? American-style diner with great food, large portions and super-friendly service.

Why go? You can’t go to Canada without having some peameal bacon, and this hockey-themed diner is the place to load up a breakfast plate with it and all the trimmings. Pancakes, home fries, eggs, ham, toast, coffee… you sure won’t get up from the table feeling hungry.

Price: Bargain

The Flour Mill Restaurant
Photograph: The Flour Mill Restaurant

10. The Flour Mill 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

Canyon Creek
Photograph: Jin Lee

11. Canyon Creek

What is it? Enjoy a view of the Horseshoe Falls while dining off a contemporary Canadian menu.

Why go? Steak is always a good choice at this restaurant on the first floor of the Fallsview Casino Resort. Part of a small Canadian chain, the three-course prix-fixe menu is also good value.

Price: Average

Tony Roma's
Photograph: Tony Roma's

12. Tony Roma’s

What is it? World-famous baby back ribs in the Niagara Falls Radisson.

Why go? When you want good portions of rib-sticking food and friendly service, this is the kind of popular chain restaurant to head for. Barbecue ribs and mash, steak and baked potato, burgers, onion loaf, pasta and cocktails… Tony’s ticks all the right boxes. Try Quebec favorite, poutine: French fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Price: Average

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