HOBNOB Restaurant

4.4
924 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Dining Room is located in the old parlour and still features its original crystal chandeliers. The room is now painted a warm persimmon colour and offers comfortable upholstered banquettes and wing back chairs along with the more traditional dining chair. Whether taking afternoon tea and scones or savouring a multi-course meal prepared by Chef de Cuisine Steve Sperling, dining at the HOBNOB Restaurant is always special.

Our wine list features the best that Niagara has to offer including a wonderful selection of ice wines to accompany that special dessert. During the warmer months, a candle lit dinner can be enjoyed on the side verandah which overlooks the gardens as well as North America's oldest golf course.

After dinner, guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of port or ice wine or perhaps a specialty coffee in the adjoining lounge or sit on the verandah to enjoy the evening sky.

The dining room is open seven days a week.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Lunch every day from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(905) 468-4588
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Steve Sperling
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Simcoe St
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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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What 924 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Quiet
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed the meal although the meat portion seemed a bit small for the cost

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We decided to eat on the patio where there was live music. The patio menu was just OK.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Very disappointed with the service and the food was bland. For the price we paid I expected much more. We won’t be going back. It’s a shame really, such a beautiful property and so much potential.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a fabulous view of thw golf course, and one of the best meals ive ever had. Save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This is a very suitable restaurant for dinner. The environment is elegant, the service is very good, the food is delicious!This is a very suitable restaurant for dinner. The environment is elegant, the service is very good, the food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Picked this restaurant by accident, but we very pleased we did. The staff were excellent and very knowledgeable. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. This is definitely a place we will visit again

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Very good and personal service. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Appetizers have a great presentation. Food is very appealing. On the mild side for flavour. Would be good if they would add some spicier dishes to the menu, or just bump up the flavour a notch on some of the dishes. Great wine selection.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

This is, I think, the best restaurant for dinner in Niagara on the Lake. Inventive menu, interesting local wine choices, lovely atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Excellent waitress and accommodating chef!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Oliver was great our dinner was excellent

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Awesome ! I cant think of any negative about this fine restaurant. Food was great, every server and attendant was great. It was just a great experience! Will definitely come back

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Meeting old friends

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Outstanding! Everything about Hob Nob was excellent. Nestled in a charming 1800's inn, the room exuded warmth and comfort. Our server, Jillian, was helpful and fun. The food was awesome. I had the halibut, my wife had the rack of lamb. A truly memorable meal from start to finish. A must-go if you're in Niagara-On-The-Lake at dinnertime!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Overall excellent experience!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing service. Diane was really friendly. They have a a beautiful garden and delicious food of course!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was excellent and were able to accommodate food allergies with no fuss. We were surprised when the bill came and was less than expected. They were aware it was a special occasion and treated us to some simple specials to make the evening even more special.

Loved it!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our server was lovely and knowledgeable. Service was excellent, food interesting, delicious and beautifully presented. The setting feels like you are having a private meal in a gracious manor home.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The Oricchieti Bolognese was excellent and more than ample. The pan seared scallops were perfect with delicious vegetable strips. The huge Porchetta Pretzel Hoagie would have been better with less bacon and cheese as they overpowered the pork itself. The arugula pesto was very tasty and complemented the pork. The fries were also excellent. Has to request that the landscaper stop cutting the hedge; we could not hear ourselves speak and the ambience was ruined on such a lovely day.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I came in last year and absolutely enjoyed my time at Hobnob, however this year around its just was far off from my last experience.

The food wasn't same level as last year, i felt i came into a everyday bistro rather then a fine dining dinner establishment.

Eating quinoa as an opening with olive oil is not creative its just purely lazy. some ingredients in the dishes were switched which is expected but the waiter wasnt aware of it. Providing very scripted experience and if asked a question was lost and even asking me what is the ingredient.

I was also looking forward to the main meal dish, the AAA tenderloin but i never had such dry, tasteless piece of meat.

So sad to see just a promising establishment last year turns into less then average bistro shop.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had a very long wait for our lunch and the portion of my fish was very small. Poor value. We brought out of town friends and I was very disappointed.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Birthday. My mother’s. She enjoyed her lunch (grilled vegetable sandwich) and dessert (lemon cheesecake with lemon curd) Unfortunately, I did not. I think they forgot to put salad dressing on my salad ( grilled vegetable salad with a walnut) so it was very bland. I did not care for the raspberry mango mousse dessert.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Beautiful bed and breakfast with restaurant that overlooks golf course...simply amazing! The food and service was good!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We were celebrating 3 anniversaries-44th wedding , my husband's 70th birthday but most importantly the one year anniversary of my husband's successful transplant surgery-without which the other occasions would not have been possible. We were staying at The Charles Hotel and this made our dinner reservation an easy choice. Staff were friendly yet professional, knowledgeable and we were not rushed to finish the meal.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great lunch with attentive service on the verandah overlooking the golf course. Both the mac & cheese and the grilled veg sandwich were very good. We appreciated the hotel/restaurant's location at the quiet end of NOTL's main street .

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I’m not a fan of giving a negative review. I’d rather say nothing at all but in this case there’s an opportunity to improve so much. This is a historic venue in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has a lot of potential. Our server, Allan while pleasant enough, was pretty distracted most of the night and often had to be prompted to serve us. The culinary experience was just ok. Cured Salmon was over the top salty. Duck was uneventful and portion sizes were American. This is a complete put off in my opinion. I much prefer quality over quantity. They opened the patio doors including screens and the entire dining room filled with mosquitos. It seemed like a deliberate tactic to get tables to finish up. I was disappointed in the experience and it doesn’t currently deserve its rating.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Booking again with HobNob within 3 days says it all! Really enjoyed the well prepared good food and the whole experience that went along. Merci beaucoup.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We celebrated our 30th anniversary. The food was very good as was the service. The restaurant is very quite and provided a delightful atmosphere as it was easy to carry a conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I was compelled to revisit within 3 days of my lunch with other friends. Service is friendly and accommodating. Food is exceptionally prepared, tasty and ample.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Rather a quiet time at Friday lunch at 11:30am, but made for more attentive service and noise levels in the resto. Comfy traditional inside seating.

Food portions were small, have to ask for bread, fish was tiny, but with crispy skin; steak was larger, but tough in parts. Interesting twist on a potato salad. Drinks over priced, but par for NotL.

Value also par for the tourist town NotL, read expensive.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Dinner with Mom

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Plenty of other better places for dinner. This place had good reviews but meals were under seasoned and over priced.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I recently celebrated my birthday at Hob Nob and we indulged in the tasting menu and wine pairing. It was effortless, delicious, perfectly-sized and served by someone who was both efficient and knowledgable -- and knew just how much to say without being over-the-top in describing the wines. We ate outside on the veranda on a particularly beautiful spring day, but I think we would have enjoyed our meal just as much inside. Truly one of the the top ten global dining experiences in our travels.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Awesome experience. Beautiful building. Wonderful food, ambiance , and service. Ansley is the best!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

HobNob continues to be our favourite dining experience in NOTL. Full of character and the food is amazing. Friendly helpful staff made it a lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

HobNob was a great place to eat, with amazing food and great wine. This was our second time there. We had a longer wait than ideal for the food to come out, so the service part was affected by that. Our server was fantastic, but when the kitchen's backed up, the server can't do much. However, it was a birthday meal and the did provide some complimentary champaign to celebrate which was a very nice touch. Overall, a very nice place to have a late meal and spend an evening.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Loved the wine pairing. We were even able to substitute an item.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at the HobNob. The tuna was very nice (although a tad overdone for my taste) and the lamb was excellent. The staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We attended Mother's Day Brunch to celebrate our anniversary, which falls around MD. The outside of the building looks neglected, and we were seated in an enclosed porch with a view of a rather messy patio. The inside dining room looked fine, but the porch missed ambiance. The bathroom is also in need of an update. We received a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and later MD plant from the friendly servers. We both ordered the steak and egg, which was well prepared and a well-sized portion. The food was overall well cooked, but missed surprises.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Upon entering the Hob Nob I was wowed by the impressive decor. The Charles hotel is not only historic but impeccably maintained and true to its era. The downfall was that there was little or no indication of the reception area and the greeting process was indifferent and lack lustre. Having heard good things we still gave it a chance. Supplemented with an appropriate dose of humour and good cheer our seating process ended up nicely with a prime window facing the quaint street view. Our server was enthusiastic and his wine pairings with the tasting menu were notable..
My favourite dish was the artic char. My favourite wine was the 30 bench cab merlot. Would never have pegged it as an Ontario wine! Absolutely impressed.
Minor complaint was the plate for the artic char and tenderloin should have been warm.
Least favourite dish was the foie gras but only because the Jack Daniels was a bit off and left the otherwise delicious torchon a bit mushy at the edges.
Overall the flavours were well thought out... the staff is well prepared to present and serve the food. They handled my gluten free needs seamlessly.
I would definitely return... definitely recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Timely, efficient and really fun service combined with sublime food. Mostly local wine, not the best of Niagara but lots of good ones. A full evening experience, completely satisfying and decent value.

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