HOBNOB Restaurant

4.3
940 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary French
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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 940 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was incredibly good. Servers personable and attentive. Overall is was an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Of the 5 restaurants we went to over our Canadian theatre vacation (both Stratford and Shaw), HOBNOB takes the prize! Not a single thing to complain about! The couple we were with were celebrating their anniversary and were treated with a glass of proseco! Will definitely return next year!

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful spot, the food just wasn’t that good. The service was rushed. We decided that we had a “drive-by waiter.” A quick introduction, then things just were plunked on the table without stopping. I asked to taste a wine before ordering a glass and it seemed like quite an inconvenience. We all ordered the coq au vin and the chicken was over cooked and dry. Over rated.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was a bit slow for our preference. Thought we would never get our dinner!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We first sat in the patio area to hear music. Our drinks were served immediately, but we also ordered a hummus plate which took 45 minutes to be served. After our drinks and hummus we were seated in the dining room, where the service was just as slow. Bread plates were on the table, but no bread was served. The waitress was sweet, but again slow.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Traditional fine dining with an emphasis on local ingredients. Even the wine list is confined to local wines.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Relatives from out of town

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We have dined at Hobnob a number of times. It was our 30th anniversary and my husband's 65th birthday. Unfortunately our waitress had very little knowledge of the wines saying " I haven't tried that one "etc. Apparently she has worked there for 4 years. Know they don't have a sommelier but a better knowledge of the wine menu is important. We did get a glass of sparkling wine. Water glasses weren't filled up when needed. Dessert should have been on the house as it was before for my birthday since we are repeat guests.
Would we go back for a special occcasions- probably not.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

A lovely little restaurant with a short but outstanding menu. We enjoyed the French onion soup, and were glad we took the server, Alan’s advice and tried the scallop with pork belly. It was out of this world. The complimentary champagne/sparkling wine was a nice touch to start. The Hallibut was amazing. We enjoyed the ambience of this quiet little place. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Lovely setting. Good service. Food was on salty side.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Very accommodating chef for dietary restrictions and allergies. Friendly hostess and great unique dishes with local foods and wine. Been back multiple times and will visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

They asked us if it was a special occasion and we said yes two birthdays and an anniversary then there was no mention of it again. This information was not passed on to the server.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. Sat on the patio facing the gold course. Very quite and private.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Pleasant venue Attentive service. Nice local wine list . Arugala salad fresh and tasty . We ordered coq au vin which was disappointing, chicken overcooked and very dry. Otherwise a pleasant dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The restaurant was very quiet and the food was superb and well priced. Our server was knowledgeable and very affable. We have eaten here on a few occasions and have never had a disappointing experience. A must location if you are hoping to sample local and creative cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with friends to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Great food, great wine, great service with great friends....a night to remember.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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