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“Hillebrand Restaurant Experience”

Trius Winery Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $52 - $153
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Hillebrand Winery Restaurant celebrates the relationship between our land, our people, our wines and our food. Chef Frank Dodd showcases locally inspired cuisine made with ingredients from the bounty of Niagara Wine Country, and Winemaker Craig McDonald pairs them with wines made from grapes that grow in the same soil. Extend your stay in Wine Country, and allow us to arrange a private tasting in our Collector's Boutique or another Winery Experience prior to your meal.
Oakville, Ontario
2 reviews
“Hillebrand Restaurant Experience”
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Outstanding!! We highly recommend this restarant as we've never been disappointed. My family enjoyed their spoils once again and if it were correct I would have licked my plates clean. Delicious.

Thank DelightfulCyn
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Palmyra, New Jersey
1 review
“A Plus Top Notch Fabulousous could not have been more pleased..”
Reviewed November 22, 2010

Our Inn Concierge recommended us as we asked for the best restaurant that was included in the Fabulousois (Restaurant Week)... We were pleasantly surprised. My 3 courses consisted of a starter of smoked salmon appetizer the Lamb chop, served with fingerlink potatoe as a main course and chocolate moose...cookie thing.. The staff was friendly. The wine paring was good too. Loved their 2007 Merlot.. Bought a few bottles home....$35 for Fabulousois week! $30 to include 2 glass's of wine and a 3rd Ice desert wine..yum...

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Thank rickdenatale
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Ottawa On
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Very disappointing experience at Hillebrand!!”
Reviewed October 18, 2010

We were there to celebrate 3 very important occasions - two milestone birthdays and my parents' upcoming 60th anniversary. My sister called beforehand and mentioned these occasions to the host. Unfortunately, it was evident that our waiter (I believe his name was Dave M. ) couldn't have cared less - the experience and the meal went downhill rapidly. Suffice it to say, that for the prices they charge, we expected a stellar experience. We didn't get it by any means. Yes, the walnut bread was good and the scallops as an appetizer were delicious (should have ordered that for my main) - however, the smoked salmon appetizer for $18 which my parents wanted to share (and which was our waiters' supposed "favourite dish") consisted of one tiny quail egg and a dollop of smoked salmon - there is a limit to how small a portion should be to be considered acceptable and this wasn't. There was not enough for one person, let alone two. Of course, this wasn't mentioned at the outset - literally $18 for two bites of food - it was not that delicious and certainly not worth the price. Two of us (we were six people) had problems with the steak - my meat was cold and tough - same problem with the other steak dish. My father was offered and brought another piece of tender meat - too bad he received it after the rest of us had finished our dinners. My mother's lamb chop was so tough she asked for a serrated knife to cut it. They didn't have any and the only choice was to have the chef cut it up for her - very impressive. We were clearly not happy (although we did have a good laugh at the size of the smoked salmon appetizer) - and absolutely no mention at all from our waiter to compensate with anything - not with price, not with dessert or even coffee. The fact that we were there to celebrate such important occasions was clearly lost on this waiter who did the absolute minimum to ensure we had good service. We were supposed to have two desserts with congratulatory writing on them, but instead we opted to leave and take our business elsewhere for dessert. If you think we are not used to restaurants such as this in terms of fine dining, I assure you we are - but this did not rate and I would never come back. If you read through the reviews you will see how often service is said to be lacking - unbelievable for a restaurant that charges $40 a plate! Nice place, wine tastings beforehand was fun, excellent busboy who tried his hardest, but the inattentive service (i wouldn't say horrible, but not far off) and the less than mediocre food make this one destination I won't be seeking out in the future. There are better places to eat in Niagara on the Lake, and certainly better restaurants who actually care about the important occasions you are celebrating.

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3 Thank ChilliinOttawa
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Tallmadge, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
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“Best plate of food this year!”
Reviewed October 18, 2010

And we've been to Italy, New York, Switzerland, California. Hands down, best meal. The mushroom broth, the fish dish and the chocolate dessert were above excellent. If they gave out Michelin ratings in Canada, Hillebrand would have one! This is definitely a splurge night out.... not for the budget conscious.

Thank janbo19
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food - prepare for lots of wine!”
Reviewed October 17, 2010

We drove all the way from Toronto to have lunch at Hillebrand (a longer drive than usual thanks to an accident involving a trailer full of cows), and it was more than worth it. We knew it would be expensive, but there really was a lot of value provided - for example, it costs $25 to add the wine choices to go with the lunch tasting menu, and you get 4 actual glasses of wine (one with each course), not small tasting glasses... 4 glasses of good wine (including icewine) at a similar calibre of restaurant would cost a lot more than $25!

Food was excellent, the portions look small but we were all very full by the end of the meal. I much prefer this setup that allows you to taste a wide variety of local dishes, rather than a regular restaurant where you get one huge plate that's mostly starch and vegetables. Service was always attentive and very knowledgeable about wine, explaining the history, winemaking procedure and why it goes with that particular dish. The location was great too, good view out across the vineyard.

If you have a special occasion, the trip to Hillebrand is well worth it.

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1 Thank Manatus
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