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“Beyond Delicious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Charles Inn Restaurant

The Charles Inn Restaurant
209 Queen Street | P.O. Box 642, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
+1 905-468-4588
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Price range: $13 - $50
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 HOB NOB Restaurant 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 HOB NOB restaurant 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.
Chatham, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Beyond Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

On our first night arriving at the Charles Inn, we thought we'd indulge and treat ourselves to a special meal at the Charles Inn Restaurant, as family had recommended it. We were so pleased we ate at the restaurant, we had dinner again here the next night.

The wait staff were knowledgable, friendly, and funny. Both servers we had made us feel like they were there solely for us, and treated us with a kind and friendly nature you may not expect at a fine dining restaurant.

Our meals were well prepared with complex flavours that left you rediscovering your meal with every bite. Portions were fair considering the price, but we eat our a lot, and thought it was one of the best meals, and then another best meal, we'd had in a very long time.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charles_Inn_FandB, Manager at The Charles Inn Restaurant, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for choosing The Charles Inn as your restaurant of choice on both consecutive nights for dinner. We are pleased that you not only enjoyed your meals but also the service. We hope to see you at the Charles Inn again in the future!
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Kitchener Ontario
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fine Food and Pretty Setting in Niagara”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This fine restaurant is right on the main street and on the lake side as you drive into town from the northeast. There is ample parking for free just in behind. For a more intimate experience, try to reserve a table around the edges, preferably at the front of the beautifully arched room.
Service is a little slow so make sure you let them know if you have to leave in time for a show. However, the service was very friendly and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly and displayed a very pleasant personality.
We all ordered fish, either the halibut or salmon. Both wives mentioned the halibut was slightly bland. I ordered the salmon and it was explained that it would come out cooked medium. I should have asked for a mid-section because I received a piece closer to the tail fin. It was thus thinner and a little overdone. It was very tasty however.
I would return for sure.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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new york
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Nice spot for special occasion dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I dined here on our anniversary, and had an excellent, expertly prepared meal. Each dish had interesting combinations, with subtle touches of flavor and texture that worked beautifully together. The staff were friendly and professional, and the ambiance was nice for a special occasion. Service was pretty slow for our food, but we weren't in a hurry, and our wine glasses were full. While our entrees were delicious, the dark chocolate pâté with pear sorbet that we had for dessert was so out of this world I would have been happy to make it the main course. However, if you are dining pre- theater, I would suggest allowing a little extra time, and/or let your server know you have time constraints.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charles_Inn_FandB, Manager at The Charles Inn Restaurant, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for choosing the Charles Inn for your anniversary dinner. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meals, the ambiance and our friendly, knowledgeable staff. We hope to see you again in the future.
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“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I recently enjoyed the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Wonderful setting with friendly attentive staff. Its set in an old colonial style house next to a picturesque golf course. Excellent for a romantic meal or just to enjoy the dinning experience.

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Special Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were at the Charles Inn for dinner with friends. We love the décor and the ambience. The white table linen coupled with the décor and lighting made the room elegant The service was very attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter had a fine understanding of the menu items as well as the wine. We all loved our meals, halibut, sausage wrapped pork tenderloin, tenderloin of beef were all amazing. Special mention to the onion soup...so flavourful and smooth. This was a lovely upscale dining experience.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charles_Inn_FandB, Manager at The Charles Inn Restaurant, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for choosing The Charles Inn, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our environment, meals and service in the restaurant. Here at the Charles Inn we strive to make every costumer feel comfortable and provide them with a delicious meal and great experience, where we offer that one of a kind French onion soup! We hope to see you again soon!
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