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Hob Nob Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $46
Cuisines: French, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Simcoe St
Description: The HobNob restaurant & wine bar 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 Hotel 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.
Reviewed November 22, 2009

The Charles Inn is a white heritage house with verandas, shutters and porches to draw you in. It sits on the edge of the oldest golf course in North America. Not sure about this honestly, but the place is lovely! You will find this restaurant on the edge of the business district - an easy walk from just about anywhere but there is also free parking in the back. It had kept all the old world charm and history rather than getting a fully modern facelift.

The Charles is true to the period. The restaurant main dining room sits in what was once the living and dining rooms of a large and gracious home. I love the main room's warm and historic feel, the lofty ceilings, old fireplaces, and the chandeliers. There is a separate bar area and a very charming eating veranda that overlooks the main street. I enjoy both the veranda and the main dining room and have had meals in each. There is a patio in summer.

Lunch on the veranda is sunny and a flashback to British colonial homes in the islands. Linens were fresh white and the meals were local and liesurely. I especially loved the pate I had here. Also recommend the cheese plate. The artic char was delish and served with local mushrooms and seasonal veg. (Ate there in October 09) Today (Nov 09) we had lunch in the main dining room. While the lentil soup was a bit bland and underwhelming, I loved the rendition chicken pot pie - a supreme of chicken served on winter veg and with a light-as-air topper. This is my fave version of this meal ever. Desert was vanilla bean ice cream and rich, rich brownie which I needed help to finish. My guest's desert was apple cheesecake which was perfectly creamy.

I hear that (like Harbour House which I LOVE and is owned by the same group) Charles Inn serves an included breakfast with your stay. It's a gracious addition. Must consider staying here!

Tip - check out Fabulicious - its a great way to try the four diamond cuisine on a budget!

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Reviewed October 24, 2009

Once again, the Charles Inn restaurant goes beyond excellence. Chef creates flavours that waken your senses. The staff, well, the staff is perfect.…….life does not get any better. Directors make movies about places like this.

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Reviewed October 9, 2009

Though the food was very good, the attitude of the staff (hurrying us along, needed to be asked 4 times for water, coffee, etc) definitely makes this NOT a place to visit again-- given how expensive it was. There are much better places we tried that we had wonderful experiences at. Not recommended, though it was #1 on the trip advisor list (:

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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Been to many places in NOTL, that is the best restaurant!

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Reviewed September 24, 2009

We received a Shoppers Life Experience card as a gift from our children for dinner and wine pairings at The Charles Inn. Each of the 4 courses that we had was paired with the perfect wine. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was attentive and professional. The room was elegant. We will certainly be back.

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