Honsberger Estate

4.6
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423 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
The Small Barn is our seasonal indoor restaurant. We have traditional Simplistic Italian dishes along with comfort farm food that everyone loves. We draw from local and Italian influences. Live entertainment is Saturday and Sundays. We open the end of end of October and run until the end of April. We have events on occasional weekends. Please call the restaurant for larger parties and events at 905-562-4339 (ext 5002). You can call for reservations or go through our website and book online on Open Table. We do request you follow our turn times: 1-2 guests is an hour and a half, 3-6 guests is 2 hours, 7 and more is 3 hours. We want everyone to have a wonderful dining experience and we look forward to serving you all.
What 423 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarieJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We had a good time mostly owing to our great server. Her energy and personality made our meal cheerful and fun, but the food was hit and miss. My husband had the halibut and enjoyed it very much. I had the risotto with duck confit and sautéed foie gras, three of my favourite foods. The first few bites were enjoyable but I quickly realized that I could not possibly eat the whole dish as the risotto was way too salty. I picked through the risotto to find all the pieces of duck but had to leave most of my dish :-( My husband's sticky toffee pudding was good, but my crème brûlée, though tasty, was accompanied by pieces of cake that were probably just torn by hand from a loaf, but they honestly looked like someone had taken a bite out of a larger piece of cake. Not the most appetizing presentation, but the crème brûlée was lovely. We would return, but not for a special occasion. Since this was our wedding anniversary, the dining experience fell a little short, but we will be back for patio season. Thanks!

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vipNoah
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent understated restaurant. Staff,food facilities were all excellent and always worthy of a return visit.

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samd
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was really good ! Service , food and atmosphere was excellent! We will be back !!!

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LucieO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ladies brunch out with out of town friends. I had been there in the summer and really enjoyed my outdoor luncheon experience.
I booked brunch on Sunday and all I can say is that I’ll be back. Back for the food and ambience but a big draw back is the couple who were singing and playing the guitar. Her voice is beautiful, as I was leaving they were singing ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gsga and Bradley Cooper....sooo good! I’ll be back.

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GillianP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Food, staff, ambiance excellent. Love the entertainment from Tin roof too!!

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Curt
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Honsberger Estates never disappoints! The Small Barn is so intimate and romantic and just oozes ambiance. We were there for just the charcuterie plate and some wine, but then couldn't resist splitting an excellent caesar salad, the arancini, as well as the sticky toffee pudding. All was excellent! Our server, Vivian, was outstanding. Friendly and attentive, she is everything you're looking for in a server. I still like to say that Honsberger Estates is "Niagara's Best Kept Secret", but given how popular it seemed to be the night we were there, the word is obviously getting out!

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vipRick
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best winery restaurant in the Niagara Region

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JaniceM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very unique and special venue. The lunch brunch menu was de-lish, and the service and ambiance with the live entertainment made it extra special. Go. Experience. Enjoy. Tell friends!

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ErinR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot! My new go to for all occasions.

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TonyH
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great night with great food and friends!

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JoannieG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

We were excited to try the Honsberger restaurant, and went for Valentine's dinner. The homemade bread was excellent and the appetizer was good. However, it was extremely loud with a speaker above our heads. They turned it down a bit, but not much. We then waited well over an hour for our main dishes... Unfortunately, my husband's strip loin was tough and he had a hard time cutting/eating it. I couldn't access /eat most of my lobster meat as they didn't have the tools to crack it. We should have sent it all back, but it was very busy and our waitress didn't check on us for a long time. We also had to be somewhere, so we were hesitant to send it back and wait over an hour again. They gave us complimentary desert, and said sorry, but for we paid $118.00 for meals we couldn't eat/ enjoy...

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LeslieP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I had lunch here with friends April last year and it was delicious, friendly and prompt service. So we Brought different friends from out of town here on Sat Feb 8..

1. service was definitely lacking this time; we waited over 1 hour with no explanation as to what the hold up was;
2.when the entrees did arrive not all arrived together and two of them were cold. and the forth entree arrived 10 min after the first three.
3.The server disappeared and when we asked to get an explanation as to what happened the "general manager" could only say " I don't have an answer to that" not helpful..

I love supporting my local businesses... I definitely wouldn't say don't go here, as the food I myself had...the Mushroom risotto... was quite good!
I hope they learned from this issue and you have a nicer visit.

Honsberger Estate
Responded on February 14, 2020

We apologize that Honsberger did not stand up to your dining expectations as we certainly take that very seriously. It is unfortunate that this situation accelerated to an uncomfortable tone for everyone. We appreciate your honest review.

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MaryG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing to share great food and wine.
💕💕💕would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
56 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinners. Hot salad with goat cheese was unusual and very tasty. Burger and chicken sandwich with fries were delicious and filling
Onion jam on the burger was fantastic as was the Niagara gold cheese. Nice coffee drink to wash it all down. Service from Kim and Chloe was over the top
Beautiful romantic restaurant. Can’t wait to return for another meal

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FlyingV
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food decor was excellent loved itwould recommend the duck risotto

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Our first visit and it couldn’t have been any better. The staff, food and atmosphere were perfect! Planning our next visit already. Enjoy!

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Shane
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Very nice venue, wedding quality food at premium pricing. prompt service. Lovely evening out as it was out first time there. Great wine list and exceptional sticky toffee pudding for dessert! Will plan to return with the family.

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KathyK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm cozy atmosphere and nice music.

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CaileighT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The space was beautiful and the food was good. However, there were minimal options for vegetarians. Even letting the staff know ahead of time, they didn't offer any options or ways to customize a dish to fit a vegetarian. If you had stricter dietary requirements, I would not suggest this place. Otherwise, we really enjoyed it.

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DinerD2
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Food was delicious, service below average.
Tenderloin PERFECTLY cooked, but Au Jus/reduction was REALLY salty. Companion ordered steak medium-well, brought it out at medium....let server know, she still served it & left table. Had to ask for ground pepper, when we did an electric one was dropped off at our table for self-use. Espresso was served with no biscotti, no sugar and no liqueur offered.

Place was not CRAZY busy to explain any of this. Caesar salad & seafood chowder were both EXCELLENT. Also... everything served was generous portions! Wine list was limited & disappointing however.

Overall i’d go back for food/ambiance but with the hope service would be a bit better.

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StephenM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Menu selection was good, and the food was delicious.

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JerryM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn’t expect the interior to be so amazing based on the exterior appearance and the entrance/vestibule. The service and he food was excellent.

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BLou
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a fun evening at Honsberger Estate. The menu is creative and all offerings are delicious! Ohh the arancini and polenta fries, yum! Love the atmosphere and service - excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Been a half dozen times now, always been enjoyable in the Small Barn. Small menu but good variety. Very friendly staff.

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JudyP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quickly becoming one of our favourite places to dine.

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DuaneB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance. Amazing food and service. The wine is very good. This is a special place !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience and great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Server forgot to put our order in! Received our lunch 45 mins after order and then my husband’s was wrong! They did not charge us for our meal just the wine...which was just okay! Lovely decor and friendly staff but won’t go back!

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RobinC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I would have given full marks in every category (the food was great, the live music excellent, and the person who ultimately was our server was lovely) but for the unpleasant “host” who finally acknowledged us standing at the entrance to
the restaurant (we were there waiting for too long) and proceeded, very grumpily, to try to take the six of us to a completely inappropriate table for ten in a room that was intended for very large groups. When I indicated that I would prefer one of the two tables for six that were in the main room, she very huffily said she would see, that they were fully booked (they were not), and they had parties of 8 and 10 coming (what that had to do with the tables for six I can’t fathom). The person who ultimately became our server seemed to notice what was going on and took over. Things got back on track, and we had a lovely dinner. However, an initial experience like the one we had with the “host” leaves a bad impression. This is the second time at Honsberger that we have run into an unpleasant and incompetent server. Management would do well to pay attention to their serving staff.

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SueT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful lunch. Food was really good and the wine delicious. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Pleasant and inviting. Ambience awesome.

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hate2cook
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious brunch!
Enjoyed it immensely!!
Love the decor and ambiance!!!
Tin Roof a musical duo were so talented. I felt guilty though talking with our friends during their performance☺️😉

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A warm relaxing inviting atmosphere with personal service and amazing food. We have not had anything we didn’t love.

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Milena
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, service and food. Very quite, rustic and romantic. Highly recommend!

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vipTedSonya
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a unique, fun dinner we had here. The decor was so cool. They had live coffee shop style music. The food was really good! Great place to experience!

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DavidA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was date night and we had a fabulous time, thank you

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JaniceN
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Love coming to Honsberger - I usually order the chicken sandwich which I really enjoy but this time two of us had the chicken sandwich and both of us found the bun and chicken to be very dry so needless to say we were disappointed with this lunch. Hopefully on my next visit things will improve.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Nice space. Limited menu and food not exceptional but adequate for lunch. Would recommend for cozy lunch.

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KerryM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

We love Honsberger for the incredible atmosphere and local music. Delicious wine
Disappointed in the meal, my husband ordered chicken supreme, it was dry and also looked so bare in the plate, more vegetables are needed
I ordered the seafood pasta, it was good. However no follow up with Parmesan cheese and no spoon to twirl the pasta. It was awkward to eat
These are fixable issues.

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Browser
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Outstanding room. Food was excellent. Would have liked to see a main course vegetarian option.

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