Eight Niagara restaurants make list of Top-100 outdoor dining spots


Published May 18, 2023 at 3:01 pm

With Victoria Day weekend upon us and some warm weather on the way, OpenTable, a global leader in restaurant technology, analyzed over one million reviews and created Canada’s 100 Most Popular Outdoor Dining Restaurant list.

Eight Niagara Region restaurants made the 2023 list as some of the finest dining and outdoor settings combined to make the area among the most desirable in the country.

In alphabetical order, here’s our “Great Eight”:

Bricks and Barley, 1573 Four Mile Creek Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake Phone: 905-468-8808
“Located next to the NOTL arena and in the heart of wine-country, Bricks & Barley is a family-owned restaurant with something for everyone. Featuring an entire gluten-friendly menu, an assortment of local craft beer and wines & a year-round heated covered patio in addition to a large indoor space.”

Lake House Restaurant, 3100 N Service Rd, Vineland Station (Lincoln) Phone: 905-562-6777
“Lake House features European Mediterranean cuisine, including such specialties as gourmet, thin-crust pizzas; magnificent pasta and risotto dishes as well as our Signature Pecan Crusted Salmon, Seafood Paella, Chicken Supreme, New York Striploin and many more. We offer a wine list featuring many selections from our local Niagara region.”

The Good Earth Vineyard and Winery, 4556 Lincoln Ave, Lincoln Phone: 905-563-6333
“Since 1998, when we opened our Niagara farm, home and hearts to our guests, The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. has been a haven for discerning food and wine lovers and an oasis for the senses. Our gardens, orchards and vineyards provide a spectacular backdrop for wine and culinary experiences that reflect all the good things the earth has to offer.”

The Winery Restaurant at Peller Estates, 290 John St E, Niagara-on-the-Lake Phone: 1-888-673-5537
“At the heart of Peller Estates is The Winery Restaurant, where sweeping vineyard views from our dining room or patio and a warm ambiance make it easy to relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. It is here where Executive Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons awakens your palate with inventive seasonal menus focused on local ingredients, and Winemaker Katie Dickieson thoughtfully crafts wines with food pairings in mind, creating a truly memorable meal. Our restaurant recently received the highest possible rating for food by Zagat readers: “Extraordinary,” and is included in the Top 10 on the Best Overall Dining Experience and Best Ambience lists (GTA/Ontario) on OpenTable.”

Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine, 114 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake  Phone 905-934-9797
“Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, our restaurant offers our guests an opportunity to experience the very best of Niagara food and wine. Whether a catered event in the comfort of your own home or a wedding staged in the grandeur of a local winery, Treadwell can accommodate all of your special needs. With luxurious hotel accommodations and a world-class spa, you’re sure to have a memorable stay with us.”

Trius Winery Restaurant, 1249 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake  Phone: 1-800-582-8412

“Trius Winery Restaurant celebrates the relationship between our land, our people, our wines and our food. 2010 Toronto Gold Medal Plates winner, Chef Frank Dodd showcases locally inspired cuisine made with ingredients from the bounty of Niagara Wine Country and Winemaker Craig McDonald pairs them with wines made from grapes that grow in the same soil.”

Valley Restaurant, 93 Arthur St, St. Catharines  Phone 905-646-4000

“The Valley Restaurant brings a European feel to Niagara dining. Tucked away on a quiet street in north St. Catharines close to Niagara-on-the-Lake this trattoria style restaurant serves homemade Italian inspired cuisine. Everything is made in house from the fresh baked bread, fresh pastas and sauces, gelato and incredible desserts. The menu includes veal, seafood, steak, a variety of pasta dishes including gnocchi, lasagne, ravioli. There is a full cocktail menu and fabulous wine list including local and imported selections. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a large fireplace, intimate tables, white linen tablecloths and impeccable service.”

Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant, 3620 Moyer Rd, Vineland (Lincoln)  Phone: 1-888-846-3526
“Imagine dining and enjoying the stunning view of our vineyards and lake Ontario in the distance. Headed by Executive Chef George Ward Jr, our talented team of Chefs create Niagara cuisine utilizing the freshest local seasonal ingredients. Toronto Life Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Zagat Dining Review, DiRoNa and Food Network Canada have all recognized our 4-Diamond Restaurant as the quintessential wine country dining experience. For a unique experience, ask us about arriving by helicopter or extending your wine country experience by staying in our private Bed & Breakfast Cottage and the Estate Guest House.”