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Charles Inn
Charles Inn
  • Address:
    209 Queen St.
    Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: CAN$51 and over

Charles Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.niagarasfinest.com/properties/charlesre
  • Email: inquire@charlesinn.ca
  • Phone: (905) 468-4588
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 11:00 am;
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Steve Sperling
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Simcoe St
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Charles Inn
The Dining Room is located in the old parlour and still features its original crystal chandeliers. The room is now painted a warm persimmon colour and offers comfortable upholstered banquettes and wing back chairs along with the more traditional dining chair. Whether taking afternoon tea and scones or savouring a multi-course meal prepared by Chef de Cuisine Steve Sperling, dining at the Charles Inn Restaurant is always special. Our wine list features the best that Niagara has to offer including a wonderful selection of ice wines to accompany that special dessert. During the warmer months, a candle lit dinner can be enjoyed on the side verandah which overlooks the gardens as well as North America's oldest golf course. After dinner, guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of port or ice wine or perhaps a specialty coffee in the adjoining lounge or sit on the verandah to enjoy the evening sky. The dining room is open seven days a week.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "To make spinach taste that great blew me away. I ordered the salmon entrée and everything exceeded all expectations even given the already outstanding reputation of the Charles Inn Restaurant."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Dined at some of the finest 5 Star restaurants in Europe. The Avis in Lisbon and Hoerchers in Madrid are two that I am reminded of when we dine at the "Charles Inn" in terms of food, service and atmosphere. Everything about it, its charm, warm and romantic atmosphere and the gracious attendance is enjoyed. Can't imagine anyone having a bad experience in any way. Highly recommend the Onion Soup. I have never enjoyed something so uniquely different."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Chef Sperling offers exquisite, creative, delicious food every time we have visited. We come here because of him and the wonderful staff. The consistency offered is a rarity that you won't find in a less dedicated staff. Bon appetite."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We never go to Niagara on the Lake without having a meal at the Charles Inn. Always a wonderful meal with wonderful service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Beautiful converted century home - Servers were friendly and down to earth - The Sausage wrapped pork tenderloin was delicious."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Can't say enough good things about this place... staff really likes what they do and it shows, food was outstanding and we were surprised by a great bottle of VQA Pinot Noir!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The ambiance that comes with a 200 year-old inn, a first class chef, excellent wait staff ..... I really could not ask for more. My wife and I spent a very enjoyable and memorable sunset evening dining here and we recommend highly."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After reading lots of trip adviser reviews for the kind of food I was looking for, I booked a table for my Husband's Birthday dinner. All the dishes we ordered were excellent, we rate ourselves as foodies, having two children working in the fine dining restaurant business and we know great food and good service and were not disappointed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on TripAdvisor rankings, Everything people said about the Charles Inn was true! The food is delicious flavors paired together in new and interesting ways. We enjoyed two first c ourses, an entree each, then dessert. The menu is small in comparison to other places, but everything on the menu is top notch. We highly recommend this restaurant and will make sure to return when we are next in town."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Lovely ambience. Our server was very friendly. As for the food...we found part of the appetizer too vingeary. My partner's entree was excellent but my salmon entree was burnt and I had to send it back.I think that a restaurant with such a high rating should not have let this dish leave the kitchen. Their second salmon dish was done perfectly."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in a 200 year old inn. The minute you enter you feel as if you have been transported back to a period of grace & luxury! Unfortunately I can't remember our server's name (he once worked at Scaramouche in Toronto). He was very friendly, professional & knowledgeable. He assisted us with our food & wine choices. all of which were outstanding. This is not only one of the best restaurants in Niagara on the Lake. It is one of the best restaurants anywhere!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great romantic atmosphere with excellent food and service. Would go again any time, especially for their fabulicious set course menu which was very affordable and still very delicious."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It's often hard to measure up to your first time visit. So it was here. We had a spectacular first visit, middle of the week, mostly alone in a room by the fireplace. Follow up visit 9 years later on a busy weekend was good but not as magical. This is not really the fault of the restaurant - it's just really hard to recapture the magic of the first experience there. Food was really good, ambience is lovely, it's a bit drafty by the front door but otherwise awesome wait staff is great, knowledgeable and entertaining we'll go again but on a midweek night"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great place, great service, amazing food. We are apprehensive to eat anywhere else in NOTL because it couldn't possibly be as good as The Charles Inn. Everything was wonderful and we're looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I were in town for a couples retreat and saturday was our date night. The dinner was amazing and the tastiest food we have ever eaten. Our server was fantastic, friendly, funny and very knowledgeable on each item I had from the tasting menu. You could tell she loves her job and that made for one of the best culinary experiences in our travels. We have recommended your restaurant to our friends and family. Thank you for a memorable night!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent food served by a very knowledgable server .lovely ambience. Would highly recommend restaurant to anyone visiting Niagara on the Lake"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food and service was very, very good! We will definitely be back! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Fantastic as usual. The Charles Inn never disappoints!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I booked for Valentines and had a wonderful experience. The wait staff were knowledgable, friendly and professional. We had a choice of lovely local wines. We had the crispy salmon and the tenderloin. We skipped dessert and ordered the cheese plates paired with ice wines."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From warm reception to equisite food at an unrushed pace. Great way to end a day of winery touring."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This Victorian inn is a beautiful homage to a simpler time but with comfortable chairs! We chose a table in a corner with a wing chair facing the lovely fireplace and usually this type of seating puts your chin at table height, not this one! A perfect height for dining and chatting. Even though we were not starving and ordered only one appetizer and one main, the chef sent out a beautiful and delicious little amuse bouche. What a lovely surprise. Wine glasses were kept full as were water glasses. Service was friendly and reserved, perfect for a romantic dinner. Great good, classy service and romantic ambiance."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "On a really quiet evening when most folk were keeping out of the dreadful weather, it was a joy to find a restaurant that still had its "A Team" at work. Wonderful ambiance, excellent/attentive service [thank you Martin] and a delicious, elegant and full-of-flavour meal. And for those of us driving, the selection of wines by the glass was very good indeed."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Very romantic...the food is outstanding and service impeccable"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The tasting menu with wine pairing is incredible. Every course was fantastic and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend it for a romantic dinner in niagara on the lake if you are on a weekend getaway."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! We have been coming to NOTL for 4 years and this was the first time we had been to the Charles Inn and boy had we been missing out. The dinner was fantastic from start to finish. There were 6 of us and we all enjoyed our meal. The food was cooked to perfection from the salmon to the beef tenderloin. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Charles Inn is an exceptional experience at a reasonable price. The staff is courteous, friendly, and knowledgable and the food was not only beautiful, but delicious. I took my fiance here after I proposed. It was the perfect ending to a special day."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I dined with my 2 daughters as a Holiday gift and we were very impressed with the knowledgeable server (Alan, I believe) and the fantastic preparation of our starter, main courses and dessert's for the ladies. Their wine and beverage list was very complimentary to their menu and the girls even had MockTini's. We had everything from the Salmon, the Stuffed Chicken and the Filet, all were unique with their sides and wonderfully done. I would recommend this restaurant to my closest friends and family for sure. Well done Service staff and Chef Steve!!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Our experience was very good, and had added ambience, sitting near a warm gas fire on a cold day. The service was excellent and our server wine-knowlegeable. Food was very well prepared and presented and, for a Christmas Day, very reasonably priced. Thanks to all concerned! We can recommend The Charles Inn and will be returning there ourselves."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We have dined at The Charles Inn a number of times over the past year since moving to Niagara on the Lake and it has been consistently good. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We visited the Charles Inn for Christmas dinner. We enjoyed all courses - the turkey dinner was excellent."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My husband and I had our Christmas dinner at the Charles Inn. We ordered the Arugula and Pear salad for our appetizer; it was fresh, beautifully presented and with just the right amount of tasty dressing. We ordered the Traditional Turkey dinner, which we can only describe as perfect. The turkey breast slices were moist and delicious, the gravy was a rich dark brown, and the carrots, small onions and snap peas were done to perfection. Our eggnog dessert was just right... not overly sweet, but light and refreshing. It was delicious! Our waiter was friendly and conscientious and service was well-timed. We could not have selected a better restaurant! Thank you!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We had six in our group and all had an excellent meal. Our waiter Greg provided terrific service and the right amount of presence. The halibut and ragout white beans was outstanding. One of our group had been there before and said the service and food was consistent with the previous visit. We would definitely return again."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This gem is in the heart of historic Niagara on the Lake. It is a beautiful old Inn. The staff are, warm, welcoming, knowledgeable & very professional. The food is absolutely amazing & there is an outstanding wine list."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on December 1, 2013. The pear arugula salad was crisp, flavourful and dressed to perfection. The presentation and veggies which accompanied my husband's beef tenderloin and my pork tenderloin were not only beautiful to behold but cooked to perfection. A wonderful evening which we look forward to repeating soon. Thank you!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Reserved a table for a romantic evening with my girlfriend, we came with high excitement from all the reviews on the internet, and we were pleasantly surprised. Charles Inn surpassed all our expectations. Will return again!!!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We went with a group of four of us while on the Niagara wine tour, all of our meals were perfect, not a complaint from anyone. My steak was fabulous and tender cooked perfectly and the fish was done to perfection. It was a very cold night and the chef had thought to make up a small complimentary soup that was delicious and sure hit the spot on a very cold night after a short walk. We were not rushed at all and the length of time between courses was timed great. A totally enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "but you SHOULD dine here at least once. The food is always well prepared and the presentation is drop dead. Lovely table setting as well"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "We were glad to be able to walk to this restaurant from a NOTL hotel and therefore both of us were able to indulge in ordering the wine accompaniments that came with the three course menu. The food was excellent and unpretentious with generous portions of mostly local ingredients. We were glad to have chosen to dine at the Charles Inn and will return next time we visit the area."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We had a very nice meal but they were slightly understaffed, forgetting to bring us our dessert wine and coffee."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Food was fresh, excellent & well served. We will be back."
    Dined on 11/11/2013