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Riverbend Inn&Vineyard

4.1
4.1
72 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
French / Canadian

An atmosphere of warm elegance, thoughtful service and exquisite 4 diamond cuisine is enjoyed by guests, as well as locals at the Riverbend Inn dining room and lounge.

Although small, the dining room invites intimate dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The well trained staff is sincerely dedicated to attending to guests needs promptly and courteously.

Our food program – simple, fresh with quality ingredients. The menu is full of delicious surprises. The chef draws fresh inspiration from each passing season while using local specialties. Enjoy farm to table freshness from our herb and vegetable garden located just outside our kitchen doors. Sitting in the dining room, guests enjoy the dramatic views and taste exceptional culinary creations.

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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / Canadian, Italian, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (905) 468-8866

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Neighbourhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Cross Street

    Niagara Parkway ad John St.

  • Parking Details

    Free parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 72 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. CC

    ClaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our stay was wonderful, the decor was beautiful,. We had dinner at the Inn restaurant and our food was well prepared and very tasty, we were celebrating a birthday and the chef took care of my special request. I would recommend and go back for other weekend gateways. We enjoyed our stay very much.Thanks to all the staff for making our special day extra special.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on January 12, 2020

    Thank you very much for your kind words. We look forward to having you again soon.

  2. s

    susans

    Savannah

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The halibut was really good. The curried sauce and lemon risotto with it were wonderful. Really good restaurant.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on January 12, 2020

    Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed dinner. We hope to see you again soon.

  3. t

    traveller

    Toronto

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful dining room. The food and service were outstanding and we enjoyed immensely!

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on January 12, 2020

    Thank you for the review. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon.

  4. j

    jdou

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food, service were great but unfortunately there was a large party of 15 very loud guest who disturbed dining of others. Would have appreciated a heads up so we could have dined there another night instead!

  5. WB

    WendyB

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lot of charm with delicious food and wine.

  6. AV

    AzimV

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Nothing to write home about.The steak that I ordered was burnt .Seating was horrible ,old chairs . Had to seat at the only available table as the other tables were not set,Very pricey .Many more better restaurants (500 yrd away) in the town

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on October 20, 2019

    We are sorry to discover your experience was not up to standard. Yes, a large reservation had left prior to your arrival and that is the reason for the limited seating that evening. We wish you had told us about the issue with your steak when we came to perform our quality check. No one in your party mentioned any issues that evening. Everyone said to us everything was good. We are happy to rectify any problems when issues come to our attention during the service. Thank you for your visit.

  7. MF

    MarkF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent!

  8. NG

    NadiaG

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing meal, great patio overlooking the vineyard. Really had an amazing meal.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Patio on a summer evening is an unbeatable venue.

  10. DH

    DavidH

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting. We ate on the back patio. Great service. Chef-driven menu was just perfect. High end dining at small town prices. Loved it!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hotel and vineyard are stunning. We sat outside and watched the sun set over the vineyards. The service and food were outstanding.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on August 7, 2019

    Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. The view here is spectacular and we look forward to having you back soon.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We hadn’t been to Riverbend in a couple years and decided to meet friends for dinner. The view continues to be spectacular from the patio although the restaurant does need to be spruced up a little. The patio deck needs painting and the glassware is on the cheap side. I will say the service was excellent and the food delicious. The caprese salad was one of the best I’d tasted and the chef was flexible with the dishes. Time to freshen up the place Riverbend to stay in tuned with your service & food.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on August 7, 2019

    Thanks you for the great feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our food, our staff pride themselves in being able to accommodate our guests. We have retired our fatigued glassware. We look forward to having you back soon.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    Have eaten here before inside and had a very good experience Decided to enjoy weather and ate outside No table clothes at tables and deck appears very run down Even the main meal was not up to standard Had rack of lamb and mashed potatoes were hard and veggies over cooked. My wife’s salad was horrible for a mixed green- still trying to figure it out Very disappointing View was beautiful but for the money, they didn’t pull it together They need to invest some money into a proper patio

  14. TT

    Tea4Two

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    While the interior of the restaurant is very elegant, the patio leaves a lot to be desired. The servers were good at their jobs but overworked for the number of people. There seemed little rhyme or reason to how people were assigned a table- sit anywhere was the approach. The food was fine, not exceptional, and took a very long time to be delivered. My mother’s burger wasn’t hot. Good wine and a nice view.

  15. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, great staff, even better food ! The chicken was mouthwatering

  16. P

    jeanjacquesP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall3food1service3ambience4

    Beautiful place, nice, spacious and clean room. Courteous and welcoming people at the reception. But the food needs lots of improvements! We were surprised about the Christmas dinner... a soup (containing many small pieces of aniseed that should have been taken out before serving) , rack of lamb and a very small piece of cheesecake; really not a real Christmas dinner worth the price we paid! We also had lunch and the chicken was a bit hard and may be not fresh.

  17. BC

    BruceC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall3food1service3ambience4

    We went specifically for Christmas dinner, a pre-fix at $75 per person. My wife ordered the "traditional" turkey dinner. It was tough, with a very spicy stuffing, & undercooked vegetables. I ordered the tenderloin which was sent back 3 times. I ordered it medium well & it arrived twice bloody. The only dessert offered was a cheesecake, which we declined. The Inn itself is lovely & quiet. The food, including a disappointing breakfast is highly overpriced & underwhelming.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Demoland (US)

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Stopped in for a late lunch here as thought it looked like a cute place with a nice views. That was correct except the food was terrible. Over cooked fish and chips , while my seafood platter had no taste to it really. I would find another place to eat- there must be much better close by.

  19. LR

    LindaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Spent a lovely evening in our fireplaced room and romantic restaurant. Most lovely server ever took great care of us! Can't say enough! We'll be back next year!

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on November 10, 2018

    Thank you for your kind words Linda. We can't wait to see you again next year.

  20. JG

    JaminG

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful Inn with a quiet, romatic restaurant. They have unique and delicious wine selection from graps grown in their vineyard. The duck breast and beef striploin are particularly excellent.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on November 10, 2018

    Thank you for your kind words Jamin. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to hosting you again.

  21. MH

    MicheleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I have been to Riverbend on several occasions and have always enjoyed the selection of items on the menu, the service and atmosphere (love staying at the Inn as well). We both had the perch which was perfectly done and very tasty. What a great find in NOTL!

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on November 10, 2018

    Thank you for your kind words Michele. We are happy you enjoyed the fresh water Lake Erie Perch - it's one of our most popular menu items. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

  22. D

    Diego9

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The service was amazing , the ambiance was great , too bad my parten good was too salty

  23. J

    Jamt

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    The venue is lovely and our server was professional and attentive. The Caprese appetizer was fair — though the tomatoes were underripe, the house-made pesto gave the dish good flavor. We had the lobster risotto and the fish. Both the main elements and the risotto/rice curry were bland and uninspired. I was very disappointed, particularly as this was our most anticipated dining experience and by far the most expensive.

    Riverbend Inn&VineyardResponded on November 10, 2018

    Thank you for your review. We strive for excellence in everything we do. We are disappointed to hear we did not meet your expectations. We have passed on your constructive feedback to our kitchen team. We invite you to come back and try us again. We know we will deliver the dining experience in this beautiful setting that you are looking for.

  24. JB

    JenniferB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Just. Don’t.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Anniversary

  26. ES

    ElliotS

    West Palm Beach

    142 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We ate on the patio, enjoying a beautiful evening and watching the sun set. The food is limited and good, but not great. The wine list is more limited than at a bad bar. The service was friendly and efficient. If you want a beautiful setting for drinks or dessert, try the patio. Otherwise, there are many other better choices for the same price.

  27. DM

    DeborahM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The location is beautiful, but we were underwhelmed by the food. My nice halibut had plain white rice...I expected something more creative at a four star restaurant. We also had to take our check to the bar to pay...rather odd for an upscale establishment.

  28. e

    evergreen

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We arrived for an early dinner time (6:30pm) and there was only one other table occupied on the patio when we arrived. We were a party of 5. I had called to say that it was a birthday celebration and that one of our party was a vegan. The vegan options were very limited (which is not unusual). The chef had created a vegan option which was considerate. However, the Vegan in our party decided on the Mushroom Rissotto instead. The server was very pleasant. We ordered 4 main courses(one person just had a starter for a main), 3 starters and a bottle of wine. The meal came to $350. The food and service was very good, as expected for a pricier alternative to other restaurants in the area. The setting was the best part. The patio looks over the vineyards towards Peller Estate and the setting sun. Very nice.

  29. CE

    CanadianEh

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We had not dined at Riverbend for years but had been given a gift certificate and decided to use it. It was a beautiful day, but we chose to sit inside at the window as the patio was getting sunny and too warm. View over the vineyards was lovely and I like the old-fashioned room. But unfortunately, the meal did not live up to the location. My first impression of the place was marred by scruffy dried-up geraniums in the planter not far from the entrance door. (Some of us notice that sort of thing!) As it was a warm summer day, I was hoping that the Soup du Jour would be a cold soup like a gazpacho. Alas, it was a Beef Stew soup (more suitable to a cold winter day IMHO!). But my salad with a thick raspberry vinaigrette was the best part of the whole meal. My lobster risotto with lobster tail was ample but the lobster tail was rubbery. Partner had Caesar salad (OK he said) and Duckling which was a little dry (perhaps should have ordered med-rare as the server suggested). We shared a peach tart with homemade ice cream (very tasty) which was apropos the Peach Celebration (but peaches were not as soft as I would have liked them). Our waitress was superb - friendly, knowledgeable, and service was great. But if you are going to command fine dining prices ($40 range entrees), there needs to be some more flair than just a basic "okay but not great" meal. I do not call myself a gourmet or require perfection, but having dined at other NOTL restaurants and wineries, I found Riverbend lacking. Perhaps that explains why it was not busy on what should have been a booming weekend.

  30. c

    carolynb

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great location, wonderful view of vineyards Felt like you were in Tuscany Location feels like you are far from the maddening crowd

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    I should have paid attention to prior reviews. A beautiful summer evening and we are the ONLY people on the terrace. Wine—very mediocre and over priced. Food — mediocre. By the piece de resistance—a side of green beans for $6. But there were only 9 green beans. Save your money and go elsewhere

  32. ES

    EdwardS

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a lovely meal! I had the delicious Summer Salad—mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese! Perfect. Next the grilled halibut with a mild curry garnish—so good! Paired with Tollgate sauv blanc. Peach crisp was my dessert followed by a Remy Martin VSOP. Couldn’t have been better. Our waitress was superb!

  33. t

    treid

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I thought it was overpriced and had a limited menu but it was convenient to eat there while staying there.

  34. LG

    LawrenceG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have always enjoyed a lovely experience at the Riverbend Inn. This restaurant is superb, with friendly and attentive staff. Meals are very well prepared, and justify the moderate pricing. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for dinners, lunches, and special occasions.

  35. p

    pennik

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Vacation great experience

  36. C

    Cirrus

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful vista, dining on the veranda. Real care taken in the preparation of each dish, and the staff are magnificently kind and patient.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A friends 60th birthdays

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Food and service was good Very disturbing that in the middle of the week they ran out of carbonated water, two wines I tried to order and one of their main courses Waitress tried her best but really poor miss management on part of owners

  39. L

    Live2eat

    Cleveland

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service, great for foodies, they need address the cold when someone opens the door. It was quit chilly tha day. Someone turned on a space heater but it was still a bit chilly ..

  40. MD

    MartinD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We liked the ambiance and live music. The menu was creative and very tasty. Our service was exceptional. We explored the idea of staying at the inn at a future date.

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  • Cross Street

    Niagara Parkway ad John St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am
    Lunch
    Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French / Canadian, Italian, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Free parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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