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“Beautiful location, long wait”

Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar
Cuisines: Wine Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed April 17, 2014

I'll start by saying we were on vacation in Niagara-on-the-Lake -- so the hour-plus wait for our food was forgiven by the company and our nice server, who did check on us often. I'm just glad we were just getting hungry when we arrived and not absolutely starving -- I would have been passed out somewhere by the time our fish and chips arrived.

The location in the pretty downtown was great, and we chose to sit upstairs near the bar with a great view of the street. The building itself is very pretty and interesting, and the restaurant was buzzing on a Saturday afternoon . . . which may have accounted for some of the wait for food, but not all. Service was good and friendly, and our meals were very tasty (though pricey for lunchtime). We enjoyed the experience because we weren't in a hurry, but I'd avoid Shaw Cafe if you're just out to eat and run.

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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Took my family out for lunch and wanted something a little special. This is such a lovely place and the menu looked good so in we went. Sat up on the balcony with a beautiful view of the street. That's where the good part ends. Food was WAY overpriced and mediocre at best. Our waiter was decent enough, but not overly friendly. It was not busy and we left feeling very dissapointed. I would say it's a beautiful place, but maybe only for coffee or drinks. The food did not match the atmosphere at all.

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Thank Liz P
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

This was our second visit for lunch. Just as good as the first. Food and server were both great. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Had lunch here after shopping in town. We saw the sign out front luring us in with the fish and chips on the menu. The interior is pretty cool with the central circular staircase up and down.

We elected to eat upstairs beside the open wood burning fireplace. Our server was prompt and efficient bringing our tap beers quickly. My wife and I both had the fish and chips. The food was fresh and the portions generous.


A little on the pricey side for lunch at $64 (tip included) but overall no complaints.

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Thank PKS6636
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Great lunch spot when visiting the town or Shaw Theatre. Unique chef created menu that seems to always change for the season. Nice wine selection. Patio faces the street but is set back for some privacy.

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Thank Dwight6790
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