HOBNOB Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious! Wine was a little too expensive, but Niagara wine is so good. Tone down the $$$$ please. Server was fun and attentive, no complaints with him.
Seated on the indoor veranda with fan turning and casting blinking light on our table, we feared seizure activity! That was a little tacky for our liking!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and lovely ambiance. Nice place to have a romantic dinner.

BV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We hadn't been in over a year and quality and experience was just as good.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant. New Chef and he delivered on quality. We were a party of four and got seated right away. Service was good and the sirloin I had was cooked just right. Recommend if you can afford the $.

E
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food and ambiance are wonderful. However the wine list is unnecessarily expensive.

DR
Grand Rapids
80 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. The service is always amazing! I had the heirloom tomatoes as a starter and the filet was delicious.

D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Lovely patio to enjoy the food.

CD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We expected an amazing meal, considering price and location, what we got was subpar at best. My husband ordered sea bream @$40 plate. It lacked simple seasoning and was dry. I’ve created more flavors in my home kitchen. My dish, pasta @$34 was overly spiced with heat and had minimal vegetables (as the only vegetarian option, I was hoping for more then just pasta and spicy red sauce) our waiter was pleasant but did not ask why both of our plates were barely touched. As far as the wine list, I was taken back after seeing a price of $63, for a bottle of wine from Ravine (local) that is sold for $19 at the winery (10 minutes away)
Overall, food taste and quality did not measure to price. After a lovely day around town, it was a disappointment for sure.

G
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service.....Thanks Darrin. Compliments to chef and staff for excellent plating of delicious food.

AF
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and service ! We ordered the large seafood tower to share and it was phenomenal. We also ordered the duck entree to spilt as well. The food was amazing and the service was top notch. Definitely a hidden gem in NOTL.

MG
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party of three dined on a Friday evening before heading to the Royal George for a performance. We appreciated that it was in such close proximity. As performances go, the restaurant was the star of the evening. Starting with the tomato salad - divine. Our entrees were equally superb. The house cured tuna served as my entree and it was plentiful. Filled with amazing, not overpowering flavors of goat cheese and pickled vegetables, it was an artfully presented dish with a creative melding of flavors. The staff was friendly and attentive, great evening.

HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Duck was cool sent back fired under a salamander and re-plated. Fish was very good as was the chicken. The server poured the wine the first time only during dessert dinner we had a sparkling wine which when poured filled the glass nearly to the top in fact there was only one pour for the bottle. And a bill of $800.00 was unexpected my three guests were visiting chefs from out of town and one from England all highly trained in Switzerland France and one in England you didn’t live up to your reputation that night . But we all have off nights I know.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All courses were fantastic, as well as the complimentary amuse bouches, homemade sourdough bread and wines by the glass. Will come back again!

s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great, and the service was excellent. The sea bream was great. Loved the palate cleansers.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just what we were looking for!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. Very slow.

SW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding.
Dinner on the veranda was enchanting.

LM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant did look beautiful and I am sure we just chose a bad day. We will try again as the menu looks delicious and we know that days like this do happen.
We arrived and were not greeted. We were ignored (no eye contact by employees) for more than 6-7 minutes. It was obvious the restaurant was very understaffed. The few patrons seated did not look happy, nor did the staff who seemed to not know what to do.

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great service. Excellent prosciutto - it's a must try if you're there. I had the burger and unfortunately, it was somewhat laking. Don't get me wrong, the burger was OK, however, for the price, I'm expecting more than just OK. The fries were super delicious tho

JD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Excellent dood. Small menu focused on doing it right. Was nice to be able to have a good conversation at dinner instead of trying to talk over the crowd!

GN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Celebrating a new job

W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Disappointing

PT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Table at door to kitchen access,busy .
Long wait between first and main course.
Good server,but stressed ,room packed.
Good parking at rear of venue.
All dishes excellent.
Good wine list,especially Viognier from Inniskilin.
Prices a little high,guest from Europe sic "overpriced"
Would recommend however.
PT

JR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was excellent. The service was mixed for the quality claimed by the restaurant. Each time dishes were cleared, visible food particles were on the white table cloth but were ignored. We were in a narrow vorridor area along a veranda. The tables were set up so that one person had a nice view and the other saw a post. The floor was dirty and the volume of traffic back and forth along the corridor by waiters and customers detracted from the romantic ambience sought in celebration of our 40th anniversary. A sour note to our celebratory weekend away.

TK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovey, intimate table and were presented with a glass of champagne on the house because it was our anniversary. The food was excellent and our waiter James was very professional and pleasant. We always enjoy our visits to Hob Nob’s.

J
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We went here on Jun 21st, Friday evening @ 7 PM. We ordered the Tuna Conserva as an appetizer to share. Then I ordered Veal Tenderloin, medium rare; my hubby ordered Truffled Cornish Hen Ballotine. My steak was over-cooked to medium. They charged $54 for that steak, more than a steak house, so I expected perfection. I sent it back but my server came back with a suggestion to order another entree instead. I got the hint and ordered the Cornish Hen since I already tried my husband's and it was good. I have to wait about 20 minutes before my new order arrived. By then, my husband has finished his dinner.
I didn't like the Tuna Conserva either. My server was good. He noticed I wasn't eating my dinner and came forward. He also kept assuring me my dinner is coming soon. The sauce chef was good but the Grill chef over-cooked my Veal Tenderloin. I knew as soon as my knife touched the steak. My waiter said my veal steak was medium-rare (guessed he repeated what the chef said). Well, look at the picture and you be my judge. For all these years I frequented Fine Dining restaurant and Steak House, this was a medium-well steak.
Not going back ro this restaurant and not recommending this restaurant for steak as chef can't tell the difference of a medium-well, medium, and medium-rare steak. Menu is very limited. Only soup they serve is Soup of the day. Their Soup of the day was Tomato Soup which is not my favourite. Check the menu before you go. If your favourite is not there, you would have very limited choice.

SG
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch outside in the patio. Service was perfect. Waitress was the most pleasant! Food delicious. We both had the grain bowls.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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.

OT
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!

d
New York Area
4 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.

JC
Toronto
25 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.

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

Excellent meal. Elegant atmosphere. Exquisite in every way!

NF
Toronto
14 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
3 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!!!

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

Way overrated. Unprofessional service for an upscale restaurant.

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.

B
New England
2 reviews
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.

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

Great food, great service and sophisticated classic decor.

OT
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.

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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