Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel
Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel

Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vintage-hotels.com/princeofwales/dining.htm
  • Phone: 905-468-3246x6530
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST:
    Sunday to Saturday 7am - 11am

    LUNCH
    Monday to Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm

    SUNDAY VICTORIAN BRUNCH BUFFET 10am - 12:30pm

    DINNER
    Sunday to Thursday 6pm - 9pm
    Friday & Saturday 5pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Italian, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Smythe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do both onsite and offsite catering. Our group menus are fresh, contemporary and of great value.

    Chef Chris Smythe and his team has put together menus that will suit most tastes. If you don't see something you want, ask us and we may be able provide it!

    We are Vegetarian & Vegan friendly with many Gluten-free options.
  • Entertainment: Featuring great live entertainment in our Churchill Lounge:

    Fridays from 9pm to 11pm
    Saturdays from 8pm to 11pm
  • Special Events: Perfect for Weddings, Corporate Groups, Baptisms, Holy Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversaries, Birthdays & Themed Parties. More recently we've added Little Princess Tea Parties - your little girl can entertain her friends with Afternoon Tea!

    At Prince of Wales hotel, we can host groups of up to 100.
    Our brand new soon to open Banquet Facility, will be able accomodate up to 250 persons.

    Call us for info or to book you next event with us.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available to all our guests in the lot of Prince of Wales Hotel, home to Escabèche.
A word from Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel
Treat yourself to authentic Wine Country cuisine in the contemporary Mediterranean flair of Escabèche. Our 4-diamond designation & VQA Restaurant Award of Excellence are testimony to the high caliber of dining experience you can expect.

Savour each season as it is revealed in innovative menus created by Executive Chef Chris Smythe. He masterfully blends art & science to create dishes sure to stimulate & satisfy the most discerning palates.

Enhance your meal with a bottle of wine from our award winning list of over 400 vintages from Niagara & around the world. Be sure to visit our world class cellar with Sommelier Fred Gamula.

Whether you are here on business, a romantic getaway or family trip, we will cater to your every need. Unparalleled service, award-winning cuisine & elegant ambience make your dinner at Escabèche a truly extraordinary experience.

Call to enquire about Tea in our Drawing Room or a visit to our Churchill Lounge & Patio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)romantic (24)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (17)scenic view (15)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    thank you, we had a lovely 77th Birthday celebration for my mom.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The atmosphere was great and friendly staff handled the orders. Food was extremely tasty and the portions were right for all of us. Highly recommend this place for friends and family. The view outside was spectacular and provided nice visual treat while dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, but expensive!
    Thrifty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The dining experience for the three of us was quite enjoyable. However, I found the prices to be inflated beyond what I am accustomed to for an evening dining experience. Who makes that kind of money these days?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Overall BUT
    tinysan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was quite good and the service was good, with one exception. We were asked to keep a used fork, which you never expect from a class restaurant. I also noted that the windows were very dirty, especially the ones over the glassed-in front room. They had not been washed in several months! It makes one wonder about the overall cleanliness of the facility. Goodness only knows they charge enough for everything, so that they could give out clean forks and wash the windows fairly often. There are enough very good places to eat in town, so it will be a while before I return. It was our first time and we were disappointed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BuntzVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Escabeche is one of Niagara-on-the-Lake's most elegant places to dine with very good food and service, but with correspondingly high prices. Our dinners were very good; my only complaint is that the foie gras portion, while delicious and velvety smooth, was quite small. A nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    From its website: "Escabèche is the perfect restaurant for diners with discerning palates and an appreciation for opulence." Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. We had lunch there; simply put, it tasted like fast food. The service started off poorly too; however, our server did recover and, when we complained about the food, she offered to give my wife something else. Since we were so disappointed, we didn't want anything else so they did take off my wife's meal, which she hardly touched, off the bill. Perhaps dinners - with the executive chef - are good. Unfortunately, based on the lunch we had, we will not be returning to try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mmmgood1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent menu selection, lovely waiter, good advice on wine.....altogether a most enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Escabeche Escape
    Flyboy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I selected the Escabeche Restaurant to introduce my granddaughter to the experience of fine dining on her birthday. I had eaten there before, and found the whole package: food, service, and ambience, to be outstanding. My granddaughter was thrilled with her food, with the patient and informative wait staff, and with the atmosphere, which hinted at opulent dining of days gone by. We were able to converse in normal tones, eat at our leisure, and celebrate her birthday in the way I had intended. Nick, our waiter, was never more than a nod away, and never intruded. The squid ink tagliatelle was exquisite, and my granddaughter's steak was perfect. On the whole a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch Date
    PatP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    First time in Niagara on the lake and the Prince of Wales. Great ambience & scenic view. Presentation of food was phenomenal. Attention to derail amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed Escabeche!
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It is a beautiful place and the wait staff was first rate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beleive the hype!
    DRSabsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a great lunch experience! We found the portions to be quite large. My wife and I started with a Charcuterie Board. We enjoyed a fantastic 2011 Jackson Triggs Grand Reserve Chardonnay that was served at the precise temperature for enjoyment. Lunch entrees were fish and chips and a Thai chicken wrap. There was no room for dessert! Juan Carlos was our server and he was great; both knowledgeable and entertaining. We thought that he was just the type of server someone would want when on vacation. TIP: Parking is hard to find, but, if you have a dining reservation at Escabeche, you can valet your vehicle at the hotel FOR FREE! No stress and the car was back in less then five minutes after the request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We've dined at many top restaurnats in major cities throughtout North America, Europe and some of Asia. We rank this restaurant among some of the best in all categories.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Glaswegian
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I really enjoyed eating lunch by the window watching the passing parade.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Foodiewoman
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The tasting menu left a lot to be desired. The high tea is great. Won't stay again, mattresses are old and hard.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    MichaelV
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My wife and I dined here about 25 years ago and could not wait for a return visit. Unfortunately, the food was a great disappointment - especially for the price. The setting is spectacular and the service was pretty good. If you are looking for exceptional food, this isn't the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Romantic weekend
    NGRMAN
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great service. Local wine list was extensive. overall a great experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the hype
    bruncherVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Amazing quality and presentation. A wonderful global wine list. A must for foodies and people looking for a high-end dining experience. We tried a number of amazing restaurants in the Niagra area and this is one of the best. Our server, Gerard, was outstanding, and certainly made the experiece one I'd like to repeat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Service was amazing. Everyone was so nice. Food was so good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply amazing
    Amazing
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Everything from being seated,to leaving the restaurant was impeccable!!The food is delicious and abundant!Cooked perfectly,tender and flavourful!!The service was great,not over bearing,just there when required.A perfect atmosphere for dining!Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    food
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I booked the Prince of Wales hotel for a birthday gift for my husband, after having problems initially with booking a package with Prince of Wales, the food made up for our issues. The suggested 2011 Cabernet wine from Chateau des Charmes was just right for our meals. The Roasted white onion soup and cauliflower bisque were spectacular! For our second course, we had the Potatoe gnocchi the beef tenderloin. It was also great! We finished the meal off with their creme brûlée and their house made ice-cream. Although I didn't enjoy the ice cream much, I really enjoyed their creme brûlée and the detail put into it. I would definitely come back again for this fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Saturday dinner was excellent. However, most of the dishes during the Sunday buffet brunch were cold.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, not great
    operalover
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    For the prices it charges, Escabeche should do better. The food is good to very good but some distance from outstanding. The serving staff is cheerful but under-trained. The crowd watching the hockey game in the nearby bar was loud and occasionally distracting. The space is a very agreeable one, but I remember enjoying it more when I was last here a couple of years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Escabeche
    onmyown
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I loved it. The only problem was the group of 40 or so (women) talking. You know how that can be. I asked if I could move to a quieter spot and was immediately moved to one. Problem solved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Escabeche - Dinner Place
    ABP123
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Hello, My husband and I had dinner here. The food was gourmet and delicious. And our waiter was very attentive. The prices are high but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • friendly and knowledgeable staff
    foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. We were a party of four, the lamb shank is highly recommended. Chicken breath was very flavourful, but would have preferred vegetables with the dish. Staff was very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
    ProudofmomVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The restaurant did an excellent job to cope with their Mother's Day brunch theme. Once my mom and I walked in the restaurant reception, we were greeted with several friendly and cheerful faces by saying "Happy Mother's Day" to my mom. We were both given a mini pot of roses when we were paying the bill. This really made our days:) As to the buffet food, I would not say it was excellent but well worth what we paid for $38 per person. There were roast beef, roast turkey, French toasts, egg benedict, sausages, bacons, omelettes, pasta, hot soup, smoke meats, smoke salmon, salads, fresh fruits, breads, croissants, etc., and of course variety of desserts. The restaurant arranged a musician playing harp during part of the brunch. Cool!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Town - Niagara-on-the-Lake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We took my Mother there for lunch on Saturday, the day before Mother's Day. It was a great experience. My Mother was very impressed and enjoyed this higher class restaurant that she is use to. The food was great and the service was outstanding. We will plan to return to this restaurant soon again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 82 reviews are from the Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel reviews archive.
  • Dinner
    oakwoodgal
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food, except for the rather blah endive salad, was excellent. The waiter was very helpful, and served very well. He was conscientious without being intrusive. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvNOL
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service was impeccable and the food was excellent. The hotel is a treat - very old world British and regal. Good excuse to dress up and go out!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great!
    tsn1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Side order of roasted veggies, not that great, was very under-cook. complementary appetizer: amuse- bush of steak tartar with blue cheese is not for everybody . recommend some more popular appetizer .
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Spot
    jennifermorse74
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful meal and service. Perfect for celebrating my 40th birthday!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class
    1ofmyfaves
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was our first time staying at the Prince of Wales and having dinner at their on-site restaurant. The entire experience was great! The food was delicious, the wine menus are superb, and the staff is so attentive and they anticipate their dining customers needs. Loved every bit(e) of it!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a nice place, the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Its a nice place, the service was great, and the food was good but at those prices I would expect the food to be more than just good. The Charles Inn has similar menu but better quality food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overbooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had been planning a visit to the Prince of Wales hotel in NOTL for this time of year, so we were pleased with the "special" they had. We had a lovely room at a very good price. My only problem with the dinner included package was that they were tremendously overbooked. On two of the three nights we had to wait half hour for our reservation ("you may wait at the bar") No thanks, I have my own bar In my room, call when you're ready. Once seated, service attentive. Food lovely, wine too over -priced. One night I'm fairly sure we were charged for a much more expensive bottle than we either ordered or received. I'd advise holding onto the empty bottle until your tab arrives. I recall breakfast as being far superior but still nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!!!
    Visart
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Theysat us facing a wall and a large pillar ( I booked well in advance and when there was plenty of other empty tables?) We ordered the lamb ($40), and Striped Bass ($38), with a side of scallops ($20) ...only three small scallops with drawn butter, ...good, but nothing special, so why $20 .certainly my view of the wall and pillar did not compensate. The lamb was a shank, literally no bigger then a small turkey drumstick, presented on a very small amount of tasteless beans, greens and sauce. It seemed to have no flavour added, just lamb - a tasteless $40 entree!?! My bass was presented on a bed of over-cooked, tasteless, unedible quoina and collared greens. The fish itself was very good, but tiny, 4cm x 6cm (four forkfulls) for $38.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winter in NOTL
    Grocers
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My wife and I spent a delightful evening At the Prince. Due to the fact that it was mid-week and Winter time meant we were able to have a window table. The menu has a range of food to suit most tastes and was well cooked and presented.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious our first
    Foodlover
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Food was delicious our first time coming and it was a great exerience. The presentation was beautiful and our waitress was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy bar food
    DrSnufalasaurasVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The decor and atmosphere at Prince of Wales is outstanding. Walking into the restaurant and being seating for a great view of the park was a perfect intro to lunch. Unfortunately, for the lunch that we ordered the food was more like bar food than it was a fine dining experience. The food was good, but wasn't what we expected from the elegance of the decor and white gloved wait staff, etc. I'm not sure that we would go back, as it was a little bit pricey for a "bar food" experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    gpuliti
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went to this restaurant for the first time on Valentines day, for lunch. The service was outstanding, with a very friendly host, and immediate seating, although we arrived 30 minutes before our reserved time. The food was served timely, and we always felt the attention and care of any host walking by. The wine list is great, with a good variety of local and imported wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adorable Quaint Restaurant
    mc26
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    My husband and I had lunch here and every from the tea to the dessert was absolutely delicious. It's almost like going back in time for how classy and elegant everything is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.