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The Gate House Bistro - The Gate House Bistro, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

The Gate House Bistro

3.9
3.9
148 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table
Located in one of the Niagara Region's oldest buildings, The Gate House showcases local ingredients throughout its bistro-driven menu. The restaurant is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout, on Wednesday thru Friday, and Sunday. We offer an all-day menu from 1130am until 8pm on Thursday thru Saturday, and an all-day brunch from 1030am until 6pm on Sunday. More information on our menus can be found on our website at thegatehouse.ca

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (905) 357-2038

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Williams

  • Catering

    From cocktail reception on our beautiful patio overlooking Queen Street, to a seasonally inspired dinner provided by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine, to the luxurious accommodations at the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa, we accommodate your every need to make planning your special day an enjoyable experience. Let us help you and your guests explore the endless adventures the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer. From wedding photographs on Queen St, historical landmarks and even horse drawn carriage rides through the town, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

  • Private party facilities

    From special celebrations to corporate events and everything in between, The Gate House is ready to welcome yourself and your guests. Newly renovated, The Gate House offers all that you need for a memorable event – distinguished surroundings, professional event staff, and a farm-to-table fine dining menu created by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine. The world-class 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa is also located steps away, ensuring that your guests delightful experience continues beyond their meal. We love hosting private events at The Gate House because everyone deserves time to celebrate, reconnect, and unwind together. Our experienced hospitality team will accommodate your every need; taking the stress out of planning so you can enjoy spending time with your guests.

  • Neighbourhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Cross Street

    142 Gate Street on the corner of Queen Street

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Good for special occasions

  • Niagara

    Great for brunch

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Niagara

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  2. S

    Sassiesomm

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service was great but it was freezing - there seemed to be something up with the ac/heat. I had to wear my coat, but overall it was a lovely place to dine pre-theatre.
  3. N

    Notler

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food by Chef Treadwell. A must if you are visiting Niagara!
  4. RK

    RuthK

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Lobster Linguine: what a disappointment as lots of peas and bacon but no solid pieces of lobster other than a couple of tentacles which I would feed to the cat and all this for $36. My friend had the Buffalo Milk Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes and said the tomatoes definitely were past their prime and would have been better suited in a pasta sauce and as for the burrata, it too was a disappointment as not seeming as fresh.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was breakfast with Santa. Took my grandson who is 3. He loved it. Food was a bit pricey for a 3 year old but we enjoyed it.
  6. t

    thebookbelongsto

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    Staff were extremely helpful and professional. Great food in a great location but this is more set up for an event space.
  7. KR

    KaytlynR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was very professional and helpful! We had a great time
  8. L

    London

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately we did not end up staying for dinner. The venue is more suited to a “ wedding “ or Event” . Just. A few table scattered in a room with no ambiance at all . The menus was very limited and we were looking for a bit more variety.
  9. KM

    KatherineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat on gorgeous patio. Service was top notch. Food was delicious but pricy (as expected given location and farm to table).
  10. DN

    DanielleN

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy brunch!
  11. j

    jujubered

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch: I had a wonderful peach, pecan and goat cheese salad, and my sister had a delicious sandwich. We would eat there again.
  12. A

    Alpat

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent, very friendly and always there when needed. Very knowledgeable as well. The avocado toast was too hard and had too much pepper for my taste. The eggs Benedict were just average. The smoked salmon didn’t have much taste. There was very little hollandaise sauce as well. Not sure if we would recommend to friends.
  13. DO

    DavidfromOrangeville

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and our server was wonderful and despite a small delay in receiving our main meal, kept us updated and aware. She was incredibly busy but made us feel like we were her only customers. Excellent service.
  14. JL

    JoeLucky

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Awesome patio, friendly service, consistently good food, sometimes a bit overcooked. Always a delight.
  15. H

    Howard

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I was disappointed that I couldn't request seating outside when I made the reservation and there were no tables of course when we got there.
  16. ZG

    ZGur

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Great atmosphere, but the food is overpriced for what you get. It was quite noisy when we went for brunch, two large groups there at the same time. There are better places to spend your money.
  17. PS

    PhilS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here to celebrate my Moms 102 birthday. She loves Niagara on the lake so it was a nice choice she loved it. She had the salmon and ate everything on her plate. Restaurant gave her a wonderful desert. It was a wonderful day and she really enjoyed thanks to the staff.
  18. C

    Client

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Pizza dough was dense very disappointing. When we arrive we were told to order now because the kitchen was closing, but they accepted the reservation weeks ago at that time. Overpriced for everything. Ambiance is very quiet.
  19. TG

    TinaG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food & service
  20. GB

    GordonB

    Edmonton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Took two hours a charcuterie board and a pizza. They were understaffed and the staff they had were inexperienced
  21. BS

    BobandSharon

    Toronto

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to try out The Gate House as we’d been buy it numerous times but not stopped. We’re so glad we did. We sat inside with a lovely window seat. My wife ordered the Pan seared salmon and I ordered the Linguini Carbonara. Both were outstanding. They have a great selection of wines as well. Our waitress was wonderful and the staff truly all work together to provide a great experience for diners. We’ll look forward to returning to this NOTL gem.
  22. E

    Eufare

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Our group could not understand how a fired oven pizza can be made to look disgusting and taste equally mediocre. This place knows how. Never again.
  23. JS

    JohnS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience! Elegant surroundings, quiet with wonderful food and service.
  24. RB

    RandyB

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Great food but very loud as voices echo through the large room ... bright lights so not the greatest ambience for a evening dinner. Food and service were very good in spite of the atmosphere.
  25. M

    Melie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    This restaurant was very disappointing. The ambiance was terrible. Our table was set in the middle of a wide open room it felt very awkward. The decor was very “blah” and it was very bright. The lighting needed to be dimmed to set the mood a bit. The waitress was unable to explain the menu very well but she was friendly. My husband meal was okay and the portion was large however mine was a total miss. The chicken was undercooked and I kept biting into large pieces of pepper. Definitely regretted this choice and will not be returning.
  26. V

    Vinnie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My husband had the beef tenderloin and gave it a five star. I had he salmon which I felt was not cooked. It was taken off my bill. I paid $25 for a glass of red wine which was served in what I would say a dollar store white wine glass. I would say our overall experience was pleasant but I would not return. I would definitely recommend it but just not for me.
  27. F

    Fidelis

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy eating at the Gate House. The service has always been friendly and prompt, the food looks and tastes delicious and the surroundings are clean and inviting. We highly recommend eating there.
  28. w

    waterloo58

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The steak was tough, carrots cold , selection was very limited
  29. H

    Hollywood

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for dinner for my birthday! Food and service was exceptional!
  30. J

    Jeffer24

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed. They are now closed Monday and Tuesday but haven’t bothered to update their website or apparently inform OpenTable. We were meeting friends for a milestone birthday and the place was dark. Brutal!
  31. KZ

    KimZ

    Manitoba

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    We were looking forward to an upscale dinner experience unfortunately the setting was sparse / boring , and the noise level was uncomfortable. With no carpet, curtains, linens or acoustic tile everything echoed. The “ Indian experience” food was overpriced and largely unremarkable. Having to pay extra for rice was unusual. The butter chicken was delicious however and more than enough for two people after a samosa and another appetizer. Our server was pleasant and personable.
  32. B

    Brontegal1

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our server was absolutely super and food was awesome. Thank you
  33. SR

    SteveR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here a couple times and have always had an excellent experience. The ingredients are free, local and the dishes are inspired. It’s on the pricy side, but worth every penny.
  34. G

    Guestof4

    Toronto

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our anniversary & got the window table I asked for but 2 of the customers were extremely loud & irritating, one sat behind us the the other was on the other side of the curtain in a group of 8. Very inconsiderate to all the other tables around them that are trying to enjoy their conversation, company & meal. Otherwise our waitress was great & the food was delicious.
  35. K

    Katharine

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was generally very good. Ambience was very stark. If I go back I will wait until nice weather to be outside. Service very pleasant and friendly although not strictly professionally trained.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and service.
  37. a

    aleemv

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for great dining in Niagara on the lake. The burrata and fig was delicious, and the slow braised beef was so soft you could cut it with a fork. I would definitely come back here when I'm back at Niagara on the lake.
  38. DT

    DavidT

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, very bright dining room. Server was very attentive to our needs, and they made our anniversary occasion feel special. Highly recommend.
  39. MB

    MikaB

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Nice modern setting and excellent service. Food was just okay. Pizza with chorizo sausage was not baked enough and doused in sauce - so it was partially raw and soggy. Butternut squash risotto was cooked perfectly, nice saffron and nut crumble but it lacked seasoning - so end result was bland. Would recommend the Sticky Toffee pudding which was very good.
  40. KD

    KatD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Had dinner at the Gate House on Friday night…the place was super quiet and definitely lacked energy and good vibes. We chose to sit outside as inside seemed way too quiet. There was no music inside just the sound of forks on plates. Outside had some quiet music and two of the three heaters were working. Became a bit cold after some time. The food was delicious and that’s super important. The menu is short and sweet and has enough to please anyone I think. A limited menu only means the dishes they do have will be on point. The bar is very limited though and besides basic drinks there was very little variety (no bartender either). Service was great - the waitress had no issue relocating us from inside to outside and then again closer to a heater. We were happy with the food but the atmosphere wasn’t anything special.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Gate House Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 357-2038.

The Gate House Bistro is rated 3.9 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for The Gate House Bistro

142 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    142 Gate Street on the corner of Queen Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu–Sat 11:30 am–8:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:30 am–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Williams

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (905) 357-2038

  • Catering

    From cocktail reception on our beautiful patio overlooking Queen Street, to a seasonally inspired dinner provided by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine, to the luxurious accommodations at the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa, we accommodate your every need to make planning your special day an enjoyable experience. Let us help you and your guests explore the endless adventures the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer. From wedding photographs on Queen St, historical landmarks and even horse drawn carriage rides through the town, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

  • Private party facilities

    From special celebrations to corporate events and everything in between, The Gate House is ready to welcome yourself and your guests. Newly renovated, The Gate House offers all that you need for a memorable event – distinguished surroundings, professional event staff, and a farm-to-table fine dining menu created by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine. The world-class 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa is also located steps away, ensuring that your guests delightful experience continues beyond their meal. We love hosting private events at The Gate House because everyone deserves time to celebrate, reconnect, and unwind together. Our experienced hospitality team will accommodate your every need; taking the stress out of planning so you can enjoy spending time with your guests.

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