HOBNOB Restaurant

4.3
1032 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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Deliciously Refined Elegance
Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its historic architecture, golf courses, and culinary prowess, so why not combine these into one wonderful experience? The HobNob Restaurant & Wine Bar is found in a beautifully restored 1832 manor house that overlooks the renowned Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. The name of the game at HobNob is laidback, yet exquisite indulgence. Emphasizing the best ingredients – many from local farms – HobNob's menu provides temptations from start to finish, front to back.

Our CAA/AAA Four-Diamond rated dining room pampers breakfast, lunch and dinner guests seven days a week. A special day can be topped off with drinks and appetizers or desserts on our veranda — the perfect finisher to a day spent hitting the links or shopping the main street.

Private Dining

Dining at the HOBNOB Restaurant is always special. Enjoy the delicious cuisine with your guests as the attentive wait staff cater to your every need. Celebrating at the Charles Inn will ensure your event is one to remember.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Food was outstanding. The asaparus soup was flavourful and served piping hot. the gnocchi was an experience of texture and taste with crunchy slivered almonds and a mild smoke taste to the roasted tomatoes. My husband enjoyed the salmon carpaccio and the veal tenderloin both were excellent in taste and presentation. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable. The service by Alan was efficient and friendly without being intrusive. Great variety of fairly priced Canadian wines. We will definitely be back.

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I ordered the dinner and wine pairing, and every course was spot on. Incredible food, amazing wine and awesome service! I can’t wait to go back!! I missed a few of the course pictures, but added a few of the good ones!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On our trip from New Jersey to the charming town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario , we chose to celebrate our anniversary with a dinner at the Hobnob restaurant at the Charles Hotel. Our choice of Chef ThOshan Alweer’s tasting menu proved to be a 6 course culinary tour de force. From the Truffle Sunchoke Soup to the Foie Blackforest dessert, the creative imagination of each recipe was evident - beautifully conceived and perfectly executed. Darren, our server and host added to the perfection of the evening with his deft explanations of each course, his suggestions for accompanying wines, and his spot-on instinct for knowing when to converse and when to allow privacy. A lovely 58th anniversary dinner. The only negative was that it had to end.

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JC
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The HobNob is an excellent restaurant in Niagara on the Lake. The menu offers a lot of choice and the food is well prepared. The servers are very attentive. I strongly recommend this restaurant as one of the better restaurants in the area.

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AW
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal. Elegant atmosphere. Exquisite in every way!

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NF
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We opened the front door to the restaurant and it went down from there!

Our waiter, without a word, poured two glasses of water from a jug. We would have preferred sparkling but he was gone before I could ask. We waited for ever to have our drinks order taken. When they did arrive, we were immediately asked "have you decided?" (We don't look at menus until we have sampled our cocktails).

He then returned some 10 minutes later saying "have you decided or do you want another 15 minutes?" We ordered our meals and a bottle of wine. The "regulation 15 minutes" passed. Two pieces of bread broke the monotony. (I had to ask twice for salt which was not on the table). An amuse bouche was served: fried tofu, very adventuresome!

As a starter, I had escargots which were cold and rubbery. I left most of the dish. My partner had scallops which looked particularly unappetising. As the plates were removed, I commented on the rubbery escargots. The waitress was 'desolé. The waiter returned with a "hear you didn't like the escargots"!

We both had halibut for the entrée. It tasted delicious - or would have done if the 1.5" x 3" piece hadn't cost $44! Our waiter didn't return once to fill our wine glasses or take away the empty martini glasses.

Thankfully the meal came to an end shortly after. My partner went to get the car while I settled l'addition. The bill was nearly $250 before tax! The waiter hovered over me as I signed the slip. I meant to leave 5% tip but missed that step. I considered re-entering but thought 'to hell with it" and left. As I was going through the door, the water looked at the slip, presumably saw the zero tip and called "was anything wrong?"

We went to HobNob before Christmas when the food was poor. We said we would come back and give them a second chance. They had it last night. Never again!

HOBNOB Restaurant
Responded on June 2, 2019

Dear NeilF, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Its very disappointing that you didn't have an enjoyable experience with us. I apologize for falling short of your expectations of The HobNob. Our culinary team and front of house team been made aware of your review and we will use it to improve and ensure this wont happen again. We have a lot of great things planned for summer and hope you are able to return and give us another chance. Rafael, Food and Beverage Manager

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PL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I’ve been trying to go to this restaurant for ages and finally got in. It was very much worth the wait!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Way overrated. Unprofessional service for an upscale restaurant.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner on Sunday and Monday night. On Sunday I ordered Gnocchi and my husband ordered the lamb shoulder. The gnocchi was very good it was served with goat cheese, leeks and butter sauce, it also was served with potatoes. It would have been better with some other vegetable. The lamb shoulder was a very small portion and when the fat was trimmed off there was only a few ounces of meat left. On monday night my husband ordered the gnocchi and it was dry, the leeks were burned there was very little cheese and hardly any butter sauce. It seemed like sunday's leftovers warmed up. I ordered the cornish hen, it was ordinary and small portion as I expected. Overall for the prices charged for the meals it is a very poor value, and we would not return for dinner.

The hotel however is beautiful.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were especially impressed with our server, Alyssa, who was personable and very attentive. She took the time to chat with us and made our dining experience extra special. Overall, all of our dishes lacked seasoning; salt especially. We're from the States, so perhaps Canadians prefer less salt in their cooking. Loved the jalapeno peppers with my chicken and waffles. The hollandaise sauce on the salmon entree was the richest we had ever tasted; a little went a long way. The chocolate mousse dessert with the cookie crumble topping was amazing! And, the French press coffee was a perfect accompaniment. Would definitely enjoy dining at the HobNob restaurant on our next trip to NOTL.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service and sophisticated classic decor.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quite a gem in Niagara-on-The-Lake. As part of an older hotel, HOBNOB offered a fabulous selection of drinks and food. Service and art made the experience welcoming for a mother daughter brunch.

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TK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It is a very nice restaurant, however for some reason empty. It is definitely overpriced. For the $ we spent, the dinner was just good, not enough choice and the portions very little.

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CL
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I enjoyed a delicious dinner after the theatre. It was wonderful to dine in such a beautiful, historical home. Our waiter was both knowledgeable and polite. We were seated at a window table and loved the atmosphere which was both pleasant and quiet. We would definitely recommend Hob Nob to friends.

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the wine and food pairing experience and absolutely loved it. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the chef and his choices were delicious. We felt thoroughly pampered and would highly recommend the experience.

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BW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was bright even on this rainy day. We sat at a table by the window so we had a view out onto the street. The table was nicely set with a single flower in a vase. The food was fresh. I had the smoked chicken croissant with sweet potato soup and my husband had the tenderloin burger with salad. Both were delicious. The coffee was good and strong. I had the maple creme brûlée for dessert and my husband had the lemon curd tart. What an excellent way to finish the meal! Our server was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend HOBNOB Restaurant.

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w
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is in a beautiful mansion. We were welcomed warmly. The wine selection was great and the food was delicious and well made. We would definitely go back.

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B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The only thing going for this restaurant was perhaps the ambience. Steak was tough, meal was overpriced( even as compared to nearby restaurant's) and the waiter was not polished at all.

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E
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ambience first-rate. Love white table cloths and table linen. Lovely arrangement of tables so that you don't feel close to anybody. Outstanding food, but certainly on the expensive side. Service could not be beaten. Just one thing, however, which I bet happens once in a million times. After paying our bill, servers disappeared. We had to find our coats in a back room and silently steal out the door on our own.

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LC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and friendly service. We visit every time we are in Naples and everyone is so welcoming and more than accommodating
We strongly recommend HobNob for any and every occasion.

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CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very impressed with the restaurant and our waiter we loved our dinner and our time there. We have already recommended the restaurant to our friends and co workers

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S
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Hob Nob for Fabulicious... and it was “fabulous!” We were seated by one of the two fireplaces in the room where we ate - which was much appreciated after coming in from the cold and very windy outdoors. We had an early start to dinner so it was quiet... and lovely. Even after other diners were seated, we could still have an easy conversation. The ambience was very peaceful and calm, and our server was lovely... happy , personable and professional. My salmon was excellent and my husband’s steak was thick and juicy... just the way he likes it. We noticed that they had an adjoining room with a table that would seat about 12 people (or more) if you wanted to dine with a larger group. The period features also added to the ambience. All in all, a very delightful and delicious dining experience. 🤗 We would go back. 👍

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L
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Would definitely return and recommend Hobnob to others.

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TG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

New chef with fabulous food. Alan was a fantastic server

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JC
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent time. The food was skillfully prepared . The service was attentive. It is a very good restaurant and it is highly recommended.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

What we ordered and what we recieved were very different. They need to update their menu!
I ordered the lobster bourride. Just before it came out the waiter let me know they would not include the normal claw garnish but would include an extra scallop which I said was fine. When it arrived, there was no lobster at all. The price was not reduced even though the dish was not the same at all. My wife ordered the salmon. Hers was indeed salmon, but none of the accompaniment was per the menu!
The food was good, but the experience was that of being taken for a ride. Not good enough.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

The food was hugely disappointing. The complimentary amuse bouche was a spoonful of couscous with an overpowering quantity of red onion. We were celebrating our anniversary and new Year so we both splashed out on the expensive lobster dish ($44 each). Big mistake. The sauce was an insipid bisque. Submerged within it and buried under a mixture of flacid veg and less than fresh scallops and mussels were a few morsels of lobster which had the appearance of being half chewed. The dark chocolate creme brulee dessert was no better being more like a cold chocolate flavoured mousse than a warm and indulgent custard. The only upside was the glass of sparkling wine we were greeted with.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner - overall 5-star experience: food, romantic setting, and service by Trevor!

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NM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal and service was 5 star
Would definetly come back

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasant environment. Excellent service. seated us even though our reservation was not received through you. Food was outstanding.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a date night for my wife and I. It was very romantic spot. Great service & Quality. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We enjoyed Christmas dinner here last year, so I was excited to return again. This year was so busy, our server was frazzled and unknowledgeable about the wine selection. One of us ordered a steak done medium. It arrived super rare. She asked that it go back to the kitchen. The server returned with a different cut of meat entirely, smaller and less nice. She said the chef was confident it would be better. It was cold and just as raw. We sent it back and asked for the original cut of meat to be returned. Instead, we got the inferior cut of meat back, still pretty raw. We stopped trying at that point.

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TD
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

We had Christmas dinner at Hob Nob. They had a special prix fixe menu for the holiday. Instead of roast turkey breast, they served a dry turkey roulade. Serving size was very small (see picture). The butternut squash soup was very good. Dessert was a spice cake that was so dry, that if not for the creme anglaise it was served in it would have been near to impossible to get down. Service was very slow. We were expecting more. I had heard very good things about this restaurant so was very disappointed. Perhaps it is better when it’s not a holiday and thus less busy.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Overall was good, things not good were, dessert, stale, dry was suppose to be a warm spice cake nothing warm about it sent it back, what we got was still no better.
Server was okay.
My steak was delicious, however would have preferred a different root vegetable. Got mash and parsnip both boring colors. Both starch food too.
Was it value for money, mm not really other then the steak

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The Christmas turkey dinner was horrible.. especially at $65.00. It was a pre-made slice of turkey roll.

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FF
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine and enjoy warm surroundings. The food and service are excellent; you’ll be back no question!

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CE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Quite with the most perfect atmosphere!!
The food was delicious the service was great - highly recommend

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KA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Limited menu if you don't eat meat however the hors d'oeuvre of Salad Nicoise was amazing! Would eat that for my main course if it were available. Speaking of main course my Gnocci was very sad, have made better myself sadly. My husband had a great steak though.
Wait staff were great.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice presentation of plates.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in niagara . Just celebrated our 51 st wedding anniversary. Great food iand service in a cozy setting, we love it.

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