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HOBNOB Restaurant

4.6
889 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
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  • Romance
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 889 People Are Saying
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Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We have always enjoyed Hob Nob, and this was no exception. Terrific food, atmosphere and as always lovely service. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

This has been a favourite restaurant of ours in NOTL over the years, but having moved to BC in 2015 it had been a while since we had dined here. We came with friends for a special reunion (that included an afternoon theatre experience with Shaw Festival). What a delight! The restaurant is better than remembered with a recent refresh on decor and a few menu changes. The ambience is wonderful. The food was fantastic ... between the six of us we sampled the Cheese platter; Mains of Lamb, Halibut and Duck; Desserts of Bread Pudding, Cheesecake and Chocolate. Everything was delectable. Finally, the service provided was top notch. Warm but not obtrusive. Thanks for an evening to fondly remember. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Very friendly staff. If you want to relax with friends this is the place. Excellent value for your dollar.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We experienced a very special evening at the Hob Nob. We chose the Tasting Menu with wine pairing.
Our server Alan was excellent, his knowledge and personal service was second to non. The salmon "WOW", and all other dishes were beautifully presented and flavourful, the ambiance perfect and complimentary glass of sparkling wine for our Anniversary was a lovely touch. We shall certainly return...my only gripe...was the water chlorinated? I feel it was filtered, but still had a taste of chlorine which was a little disappointing...otherwise this was an evening to be remembered.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Very enjoyable evening, redecorated main dining room is very attractive. Food excellent to outstanding, service excellent. Will go back to try the tasting menu some day.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food and service!! Overall excellent experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was great as usual and Dianne our server always makes us feel special. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great meal on the patio. Mac and cheese was the best ! Friendly service

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Very good food set in multiple settings of the Charles Hotel. We had the choice of a dining room, lounge or on the sunlit veranda. They have a good wine selection and full bar. The service is excellent. We can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The service and meal were excellent. However, the building is not wheelchair accessible as there are stairs at the front and back entrances. The brick work on the parking lot make it very difficult for a person using a wheelchair to mobilize. Once inside the restaurant and lounge are accessible.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very romantic... quite place, our server was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service was excellent, the waitress warm and very friendly, the fish dinner was perfect. I will certainly be back, and will recommend it to friends.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We dine at HobNob at least once or twice a month and we have been doing that for over 5 years... Valentine's dinner last night was awful. Average first course, average second course and for dessert no one in the kitchen even bothered to turn the oven on ... 2 chocolate covered strawberries, a wedge of cheese and a tablespoon of nuts! Really? In a town full of great restaurants are you aspiring to become mediocre?

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I really wanted to love my meal. I would even accept liking it. But in the end, I was really disappointed.

When I was seated, there was a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu on the table. I was cool with this, as I assumed at the time that this menu was the only one available. Also, my server lead me to believe this was the case. However, as the meal progressed i realized the the table next to mine was eating different food than what i was being served. By the end of the mean, I was angry that I had not been given that option.

My guest and i began with the whitefish chowder. The soup was served lukewarm. In addition, it just wasn’t very good. My guest and I acknowledged that it was cold and not very good, but we ate it anyway as we were quite hungry. But it really set the meal off to a bad start.

Next course was the duck confit tortellini. My guest enjoyed it. I thought it was ok. At least it was hot!

Next was the butter poached lobster. This was good. Not great, but good.

Finally, came dessert. This included an oddly large wedge of cheese, two chocolate covered strawberries, and a small handful of nuts. I get that this was a prix fixe menu, but the dessert was just underwhelming. To make it worse, the people next to us were obviously enjoying a chocolate/caramel dessert that looked amazing.

I'm not trying to throw Hobnob under the bus. Maybe it's spectacular 99% of the time. But tonight, it really missed the mark.

Once the meal was complete, our server seemed to disappear. It was getting late and his section was emptying out. From my experience in the food service industry, I assume that he was busy with his side jobs in an attempt to get out of work once we left. So, there we sat. Finally, I had to ask a busser to fetch our check. When the check came, our server seemed to be in quite a rush to return to wherever he had come from, and was quickly gone.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful and attentive service in a beautoful dining room

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Hob Nob was an excellent restaurant! Set in a beautiful old home. The food is outstanding. We had oysters, pork belly, Arctic Char and lobster gnocchi. Nothing disappointed. Our waiter, Sean, was most knowledgeable and helpful with wines and winery’s to visit. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Thank you Hob Nob!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing experience! We went on Valentines Day and had a great time. Service was awesome and food was great! Very classy and fancy! Loved itttt

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Went to HobNob for our 40th anniversary and was not disappointed. Quiet surroundings, background music was perfect, service impeccable
Well done!!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The Ambiance was well worth the drive and food was very good

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely amazing place. Food is top notch and tasting menu paired perfectly with wines from Niagara area. Great value for an unforgettable meal!!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Nice atmosphere
Great meal

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We returned to the Charles Inn for my wife’s birthday. Situated in a fine old inn, the dining room is a an elegant victorian setting for an intimate occasion. I can’t figure out where they got the name “HobNobs” from, though. The food and service were excellent. It’s a great place to go to capture the feel of historic Niagara on the Lake

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Atmosphere and service was excellent. Food was even better. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great Lunch

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We stayed at the Charles Inn and had dinner at HobNob once and drinks in the bar twice. The bar is very relaxing. The dinner in the main dining room was formal and excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Food is very good - portions are extremely small for the price. Other restaurants in NOTL offer larger portions for similar prices. Menu hasn’t evolved much.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We have eaten in the dining room before, which was lovely. That is what we were expecting when we made the resrvation this time. Instead, we were taken to a table in the enclosed porch area which was very cold and drafty. The waitress moved us to the bar lounge which was warmer, but noisy. Not the ambiance we were hoping for at $95 per person for the new years eve dinner (not including the wine pairings).
We advised the reservation desk of a glutton allergy, and pointed it out to the waitress when we saw ravioli as an appetizer. We were brought the ravioli anyways, which the server quickly replaced with a soup once we told him about the allergy. Then, we were served a troufle dessert with a cake/flour base for dessert. Again, the gluten allergy was ignored AND the kitchen denied there being flour in it once it was brought to their attention. There definitely WAS flour in the base.
The service was very slow...a 3 hour dinner. And wine pairings were not brought out with the proper course (had to ask for it once), and we were often not told what kind of wine it was unless we asked.
Not at all the service we expected after our previous visit in March. The food was delicious though.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was Okay, never got asked if I wanted another drink the whole meal after being finished with it 1 hour into a 3 hour meal. The food was really good with no complaints. They sat us next to a window with a very cold breeze.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The HobNob is an excellent restaurant. The food is delicious and well prepared and presented. We tried the 5 course meal with wine pairings and it was very good. The service was excellent and the server was knowledgeable about the food that was presented. We have eaten before at this restaurant and we have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

HobNob is one of my favorite restaurants in NotL. The dining room is lovely, and always decorated perfectly. The service is generally impeccable. And the chefs care tremendously about the guest experience. If you have vegetarians or gluten-free people in your group, the chefs have no problem catering to everyone individually.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Disappointing for the price. Incredibly average for the amount we paid. Will be looking for a new place. Medallion of turkey breast, small scoop of pasty mashed potatoes and 2 Brussels sprouts cut in half. Not happy.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas dinner on Christmas day. The food, service and ambiance was absolutely perfect! Couldn't have asked for better.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Great decor and ambiance,needs some works on the balance of the flavor,some course were very cold.Great service,wine pairing was great!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Our favourite restaurant in the whole wide world! The food is excellent and the service impeccable.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant had a warm welcoming and relaxing feel to it , with the glow from the fireplaces creating the ambience. The food was absolutely delicious and the courses were well timed. Not a lot of straight up choice for vegetarians as mostly every dish was created with one type of meat or another. However there is definitely a willingness to change a dish to suit the customer 's diet. Definitely recommend for a specific occasion!

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