HOBNOB Restaurant

4.5
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary French
Deliciously Refined Elegance
Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its historic architecture, golf courses, and culinary prowess, so why not combine these into one wonderful experience? The HobNob Restaurant & Wine Bar is found in a beautifully restored 1832 manor house that overlooks the renowned Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. The name of the game at HobNob is laidback, yet exquisite indulgence. Emphasizing the best ingredients – many from local farms – HobNob's menu provides temptations from start to finish, front to back.

Our CAA/AAA Four-Diamond rated dining room pampers breakfast, lunch and dinner guests seven days a week. A special day can be topped off with drinks and appetizers or desserts on our veranda — the perfect finisher to a day spent hitting the links or shopping the main street.
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MD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

As usual the food was outstanding. However being presented with a highly priced fixed menu was not to my liking. If I had seen it on the website, we would not have come. We are in our late eighties and have small diets. So they gave us smaller portions and still charged us the same price. Our waiter was not up to the same level as the ones at our previous visits. While explaining the courses he said the fish was cod while the menu clearly shows halibut. As mentioned earlier the food was excellent but (apart from this visit) the menu is sadly lacking in choice. When we decide on our next visit I will search the website to determine if we will like what is on the menu.

JC
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the Hob Nob. They have a very good selection of dishes. This food is always well prepared. Alan was our server and his service was very attentive. We went to the restaurant to celebrate a birthday and they made it a very special occasion. All in all, this a great restaurant to visit when visiting Niagara on the Lake.

AR
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were regulars to HObnob. It has a special place in our hearts as that was the place we dined on our engagement night. The food there used to be amazing and we recommended this spot to friends all the time. This time however it was a whole different experience. The food was mediocre and service was average. For what one pays in this place this is not a good combination. Also the place is empty most of the time lately, I am thinking more and more people are experiencing what we just did. I will have to step away from hobnob for sometime now which is disappointing as it was so special to us.

MD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was the best I have ever tasted. We both had the trout this time. Superb cooking. The service was excellent, prompt and unobtrusive. The location is a bit pokey, having been converted from a large house. We ate early (5 pm) and were the only ones there, very quiet! Got a table by the fire!!

CF
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I brought a friend to Hobnob for the first time. She is a discerning diner (as am I). We both enjoyed the meal...were able to have a wonderful conversation, even seated next to a very large group of women in the main dining room. The food was very good, and it was served in a timely manner. The bar is wonderful...comfortable seats, great ambiance, terrific cocktails, served quickly and well. I will definitely come back.

Christine Flasch

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect date night. Quiet, romantic, excellent food and excellent and attentive service. I would definitely recommend it.

RR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We were seated on an enclosed veranda on a cold windy night. I suspect it was to prop up the appearance of how busy the place was. Basically we were frozen by the end of dinner. Not a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Came for dinner for our Anniversary, have been coming to this restaurant for years and the food has always been excellent. Unfortunately this time I was disappointed, none of the main courses really appealed to any of us. I ended up choosing a main course that had a small portion of Pork Belly, 2 scallops and 3 tempura mushrooms, that was presented on the 1/2 side of the plate. It was not a lot of food and I ate the mushrooms and a couple of bites of the pork belly and unfortunately only 1 of the scallops because it was a way to salty, I felt that for $45.00 the meal should have at least included potatoes or vegetable to offset the meat, especially port belly. Unfortunately I should have stuck with my first thought to just order the soup and an appetizer.

The service was outstanding like it always is, so I would still recommend going to this restaurant, you just may want to check the menu before you go, I know we would not have gone here had we seen it before booking a table.

MD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was super deluxe excellant. You could taste each spice in the salad. My partner and I believe that the meat (trout and turkey) was the best ever. The place was a bit pokey with no real ambiance. The noise level was low (we are in our 80's) which was to our satisfaction. The price was at a once in a year level but if the we will definately return for special occasions, especially if the chef is still there.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall good experience! Great wine pairing.

AM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A girlfriends getaway dinner! Excellent service from Arturo . Food was good and served in a timely manner . We’ll definitely be back !

JC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here several times, and the quality of the service, food and atmosphere is excellent! Especially great for Christmas feel! Love it!

PS
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure. We are here once a week.

N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing Fabulicious experience. Menu too limited & too many rich dishes.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was relaxed. Food was wonderful. Service was exceptional. We spent 3 hours over dinner, but we didn't guess it was that long! It was superb. They gave us a free glass of bubbly because of our anniversary.

JM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very quaint. Very personal. The service was excellent. The food was good.

OT
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere here were best in town and somehow less expensive. Really cool old vintage house turned hotel offered the perfect romantic dining setting. Notably people of all ages even a lot of young people.. loved the beet salad with cured salmon.

CM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambience is nice and restaurant is very quiet. The fireplace makes it very cozy. The food was good but the dishes were very safe. Some dishes lacked seasoning. It was not what I expected from this chef after going to his restaurant in Toronto. Overall I was slightly disappointed.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! The food was spectacular and service was wonderful. Highly recommend it. It was one of the highlights of our trip. From the bread, to the wine to the entrees, everything was beyond delicious!

WC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised! First time at the HOBNOB for my husband and I. We were not disappointed. Great selection of wine, delicious food. We had a little table for two looking for a romantic dinner. We look forward to going back and trying something else on the menu.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A hallmark of Niagara on the lake. Simple restaurant, but great food.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited special occasion menu, good flavours

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

B
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hobnob has been consistently outstanding over 6 visits these past several years. The menu is not extensive, but everything on it is fresh to an extreme, superbly prepared and presented beautifully. One of the few restaurants that you come away from thinking, "that was a fantastic meal".

JC
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The HobNob is an excellent restaurant in the heart of NOTL. The menu provides a lot of variety and the food is creatively prepared. The service is great and the restaurant has a wonderful ambiance. I would recommend this restaurant without reservation. It is very good value for the money.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect location with the most attentive wait staff. Not intrusive, very respectful when approaching not to interrupt. Food was excellent! It was a very nice evening for us as we celebrated 36 years of marriage.
Thank you!

C
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. However, we had told the staff that we needed to be at the theater for 7:30. We arrived at 6:00 pm. The food arrived at 7:05. Needless to say our dinner was rushed. The staff were very apologetic, this did not take away from having to wait 60 mins for the first plate to arrive.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was lovely but very overpriced

JL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and great service in a fine old century home.

DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Wine was a little too expensive, but Niagara wine is so good. Tone down the $$$$ please. Server was fun and attentive, no complaints with him.
Seated on the indoor veranda with fan turning and casting blinking light on our table, we feared seizure activity! That was a little tacky for our liking!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely ambiance. Nice place to have a romantic dinner.

BV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We hadn't been in over a year and quality and experience was just as good.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant. New Chef and he delivered on quality. We were a party of four and got seated right away. Service was good and the sirloin I had was cooked just right. Recommend if you can afford the $.

E
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance are wonderful. However the wine list is unnecessarily expensive.

DR
Grand Rapids
92 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. The service is always amazing! I had the heirloom tomatoes as a starter and the filet was delicious.

B
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Lovely patio to enjoy the food.

CD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We expected an amazing meal, considering price and location, what we got was subpar at best. My husband ordered sea bream @$40 plate. It lacked simple seasoning and was dry. I’ve created more flavors in my home kitchen. My dish, pasta @$34 was overly spiced with heat and had minimal vegetables (as the only vegetarian option, I was hoping for more then just pasta and spicy red sauce) our waiter was pleasant but did not ask why both of our plates were barely touched. As far as the wine list, I was taken back after seeing a price of $63, for a bottle of wine from Ravine (local) that is sold for $19 at the winery (10 minutes away)
Overall, food taste and quality did not measure to price. After a lovely day around town, it was a disappointment for sure.

G
26 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service.....Thanks Darrin. Compliments to chef and staff for excellent plating of delicious food.

AF
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service ! We ordered the large seafood tower to share and it was phenomenal. We also ordered the duck entree to spilt as well. The food was amazing and the service was top notch. Definitely a hidden gem in NOTL.

MG
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of three dined on a Friday evening before heading to the Royal George for a performance. We appreciated that it was in such close proximity. As performances go, the restaurant was the star of the evening. Starting with the tomato salad - divine. Our entrees were equally superb. The house cured tuna served as my entree and it was plentiful. Filled with amazing, not overpowering flavors of goat cheese and pickled vegetables, it was an artfully presented dish with a creative melding of flavors. The staff was friendly and attentive, great evening.

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