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The Charles Inn Restaurant

209 Queen Street | P.O. Box 642, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
905 468 4588
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Price range: $15 - $58
Cuisines: French, Steakhouse, Canadian, Tea Room
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Simcoe St
Description: The Charles Inn Dining Room serves contemporary French cuisine with a regional flare. The restaurant features Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Visit the dining room, lounge, wine bar or fully licensed patio where you can enjoy a wide range of delicacies accompanied by a vast selection of Niagara wines. The Charles Inn dining room has been recommended in publications such as Gourmet Magazine, Wine Spectator and Toronto Life and is the proud recipient of the CAA Four Diamond Award as well as the VQA Gold Award of Excellence.
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89% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We spent about 70 CAD per person here without drinks for a very average meal. My salmon was a small, overcooked piece without much flavor or seasoning. The atmosphere is nice, but not worth the premium.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Had out 41st Anniversarydinner at Charles Inn This is what fine dining is all about. Food was great and the service was superb. Wait staff explained all the dishes on the plate when served. Provided a very nice dining experience.

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Fairport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We made a reservation based on reviews on TripAdvisor and were more than pleased with our dining experience. Four of us dined and chose different dishes and all of us were delighted with what we ate. The food combinations were flavorful, creative, and beautifully presented. Each one of us, all of whom have eaten well around the world, commented thoughout... More

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Rockville, MD
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The poor attitude of the servers and the incompetent wine service combined with 1940s music overtake the decency of the food. When you are so concerned about how poor the service is at your table, you start to notice it at the other tables and then who cares if the food is o.k.? Wine was too warm so we asked... More

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Syracuse, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We went here on recommendations from Kellar House B&B and we were not disappointed. We loved the food. It was excellently pared with our wine. The service was excellent and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The location is perfect and atmosphere very romantic. Hope to return again.

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Stow, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Went there for the fois gras and was not disappointed. Everything we had was delicious. The service was great. the presentation was beautiful and the ambiance was perfect. What a lovely evening!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

The Charles Inn patio is an excellent location for a light summer meal- pretty setting, good service, fair prices, and, for those of us of "a certain age", just the right size portions. As a NOTL resident, I certainly recommend this location.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We've been coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate our anniversary in recent years, but had never tried the Charles Inn Restaurant. This year we had dinner there with another couple, and liked it so well, we returned for lunch on the day we had to head back to the states. The atmosphere in the room was pleasant and relaxed, service was... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I visited the Charles restaurant in june mainly because of the good reviews that we read. Our first impressions were of nicely cared for gardens and a pleasant outdoor patio. We were seated at a nice table for two but as we sat down, we bottomed out on the seat cushions ( we are not large people)... More

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The food itself was good, although the selection from the menu was limited. Prices were high, and we would say there are better options nearby for less money.

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