Great Restaurant With an Off Night
Bit of a mixed feeling on this restaurant. On the one hand I had left a request through OpenTable reservations to note it was a special occasion and have to say that the service staff in the restaurant went out of their way to make the entire evening feel special for us (over the top drinks and custom desert). On the other hand, we found the food we ordered to be a bit of a mess, and in my case overcooked (not to the point of it being inedible by any means). On this night neither my wife or I enjoyed the food, but the atmosphere and incredible serving staff overwhelmingly made our experience quite enjoyable. Due to the service staff I would be more than willing to give this restaurant another shot any day.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
As one of our occasional visits
As one of our occasional visits we dined at Liv for another celebration. With kids for the first time, but not the last, the service was above and beyond as always with Ruth as our server. We tried new dishes this time however feel that we will stick with our old faithfuls next time. Will be back again for certain.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sean the Concignere was fantastic
Sean the Concignere was fantastic and helped my purchase flowers for my husband for our Aniversary, helped my book an appt. for my nails at the spa. The Resteraunt was great and all the staff was great.I had to stay quite a few days in the last 3 weeks at your resort and it was all wonderful.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was or 30th wedding anniversary
It was or 30th wedding anniversary and the staff was so kind and considerate, we were served a glass of Sparkling wine on the house and also as a parting gift was given home made banana bread. My husband and daughter ate it the next day and said it was delicious.
Our server and I do apologize I do not remember her name as it was different but did beging with an E, I thought it sounded like Elisha but I am not sure, she was outstanding, attentive, friendly and made our first experience at Liv a night to remember.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
My girlfriend and I ordered
My girlfriend and I ordered a lot of different dishes [because I like to over-order for the variety]. It was hit-and-miss. Nothing was bad, but while some of the dishes were fantastic, some were simply average. For the price, and how they portray themselves, I expected everything to be great. Overall, it was still an enjoyable experience.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Liv is an exceptional restaurant
Liv is an exceptional restaurant with wonderful ambience, impeccable service, superb food that is well presented and attention to detail. My family celebrates my mother's birthday at Liv every year and we always are amazed at our experience. There was a birthday card and champagne waiting for us upon arrival to the table; the server remembered what drinks, wine and food we had last year and was very attentive to our every need; there was a special dessert for my mother and we were all given beautifully wrapped banana bread to take with us. Anyone coming to Niagara should think about staying at White Oaks and dining at their restaurant, Liv.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were very impressed- the
We were very impressed- the food was fantastic and the service was pretty good. Our waitress was slow at getting our drinks to us but otherwise it was great!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for a weekend getaway. My wife an I have a wonderful time. Extremely relaxing and enjoyable meal. The tables were a bit large for a romantic dinner so I pulled myself around to sit next to her. Took a few inquisitive looks for other guests, but staff were quite accommodating.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience
We were treated to a great dining experience right from the start. We enjoyed all the little extras and and the friendly waiters. This made our wedding celebration a memorable experience.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice dining experience
My husband and I dined here to celebrate our anniversary. When we were sat at our table we were asked if we were celebrating any special occasion and we told the server it was our anniversary. My husband ordered the rack of lamb which was excellent and I ordered the pasta special of the day in a chipolte sauce which was excellent also. For dessert we ordered a sample platter which had 4 different desserts. When the plate was brought to us it had "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate! That was a very nice touch and made us feel special.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, the environment, a plus service from the moment you walk through hotel doors. Food quality and service outstanding. This place spoils you for other establishments. No one seems to compare after my stay there.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Royal Treatment
We celebrated our 15th Anniversary at LIV, it was by far THE best anniversary to date. We opened our menus to Happy Anniversary salutations, a lovely touch. Our server Jeff was beyond outstanding, he created a night filled with memories and ambiance, complete with complimentary, celebratory champagne. He answered all our questions and gave us amazing recommendations, his extensive menu knowledge was impressive.The Shellfish 4x and Marinated Korean Beef Rolls were an excellent way to start our evening! Our mains were just as scrumptious and the Flourless Chocolate Armaggedon Cake was to die for! Cannot say enough about the staff and environment of this restaurant, we hope to get back before Jeff is off to Med school in Ireland.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Night to Remember..
I chose LIV for the place to propose to my girlfriend. The restaurant was extremely romantic, private, and the perfect place for a special occasion. It is rated 4 star, I would personally rate it closer to a 5 star. The food was excellent, and the service and staff were even better. The complementary glasses of champagne after I "popped" the question was totally unexpected and added to a very special evening.
We are now considering White Oaks for our wedding and reception next year.
We would recommend LIV to anyone, and everyone looking for a special place, for a special event, for a special person. Truly outstanding.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
When learning of the reason for our visit to Liv our waiter brought a complimentary glass of bubbly to enjoy. Our waiter was very knowledgable of wine and help us choose a perfect wine to compliment our dinner choices. Our meal was delicious and my guests felt very special by the whole dining experience
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am an extreme foodie who cooks delicious and clean, with whole foods on a daily basis. This makes it difficult to find restaurants that are to par with that diet. I looked at the menu at Liv before I was arriving at the hotel, and there is a reason I followed through with making a reservation: I had trouble just picking ONE thing to order from the menu. A very good sign in itself.
As for the experience, it lived up to as well as exceeded my predictions. I terms of food, delicious, fresh, simple and clean, prepared fantastically and I'm sure every other dish I didn't order would have been the same. This is the main thing that will get me to come back to Whiteoaks.. To try another dish off of Liv's menu!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a disappointment
Special occasions brought us back to Liv. 3 birthdays this time were celebrated. As always, Ruth's outstanding service was the topping on the cake. Food was good as expected. Accommodation of our food allergies is never a concern with Ruth taking care of us. I would like to see the presentation on the "Sea Scallop" entree recreated. It has been the same for quite some time now. Different from our first encounters however. Ruth, thanks again for making our visit top notch!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
ANOTHER AMAZING DINNER EXPERIENCE
It was my birhtday and our service Pauline? couldn't have been more attentive if she tried..It was such a relaxing and amazing meal with their full attention on you...no rushing and we must have been there for approximately 2 hours....a wonderful dining experience.
We also had lunch and dinner another eveing in the bar area and couldn't have asked for better service as well from the servers to the managers etc.
thank you so much
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Overall. Great Food,
Amazing Overall. Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent romantic atmosphere
Thoroughly enjoyed everything about our dining experience at Liv. Thank you for making our anniversary so memorable. We will be back!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous White Oaks
This is by far my favourite hotel and LIV my favourite restaurant. The food is delicious, service is like no other. Our server Ruth is gracious, professional and friendly as well as knowledgeable of the menu. My bison steak was cooked perfectly the way I like, medium rare. We have been coming to White Oaks Liv for many years and always return as the service is flawless. For a fine dining experience and to be spoiled, this is the place to be.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service - Excellent Food
My husband and I have been to Liv a few times and we are always pleasantly surprised by the excellent personal service we receive. Ruth and Celine were very attentive and made us feel they were there strictly for us. You are never rushed at Liv. The excellent food, not only in taste but presentation, coupled with outstanding service makes this restaurant truly a delight.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
LIV....best dining in NOTL
Hello, we have been coming to LIV for many years, and with every vist wether it is a special occasion or just driving in for brunch on a weekend we are impressed with the service, the menu and always the food. Having dined in all of the Vintage Inns in downtown NOTL, LIV is by far the best for service, hands down every time. Great job guys.
Note-on this particular occasion we brought some friends with us, who are also Foodies from the GTA, they were blown away by the service and quality of LIV.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Night to remember
This was our second time to Liv. Good friends took us there a few months ago and we just had to come back to celebrate our anniversary. Food was great, atmosphere warm but service made the night perfect.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Liv is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food. The food was not only fantastic but portions were very good as well and service was prompt and courteous. Would definitely return more than once.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised by Liv. The ambiance is spa-like and relaxed. The service was excellent, as was the food. We would definitely return.
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Girls Week end
We had a lovely dinner before heading off to a show at the Shaw Festival. It was quiet but very nice.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ladies Night - OK
We traveled to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a Ladies Weekend Adventure (7 women - various ages). Various restaurant websites and social sites were consulted before we chose to dine at Liv at the White Oaks Resort -- based on the menu (we are foodies!) and the proximity of the restaurant to our hotel (couldn't beat right in the hotel!). The menu was pricey, but it did have enough choices for the different palettes in our group. The touches of amuse-bouche, palette cleanser and after-dessert treats are always a welcome addition to any meal. The servers were very adept at fine dining service, and that was enjoyable. Some of the meals were exceptional (shrimp) and some were mediocre (eggplant parmaesan). The pumpkin was nice, though out of season.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner at Liv.
We had a great dinner at Liv. The food and service was excellent.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great attention to detail.
Great attention to detail. Had our 50th Birthday Dinner (twins).
Manager offered a free Champagne toast to start our Dinner to all our guests(10) nice gesture and free Dessert for the birthday Girls.....
Food was great , We had a wonderful time and spent 31/2 hours and enjoying our dinner without any one asking us to leave....
Will go back again.......
Rosa & Alba
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Find in Niagara on the lake
Wow what a great restaurant.Doin it right! Old school service from the minute you arrive to when you leave.All staff very attentive and descriptive.Many upscale restaurants have lost the little subtlelies that was the norm 30 years ago.This restaurant has brought those back to the fore front.When we sat down our hostess introduced herself and who our waiter would be .Seconds later our waiter was there to answer any questions take a drink order and tell us of the chef's experiment( feature for the night).we started with a chef's special trial app with some awesome breads and dips.Then proceeded with our apps and dinner.Sorbet between courses and of course a great chocolate fondue for two to finish.This will become a regular dining experience
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious! The servers were friendly. I was impressed with the food, the service, the atmosphere and the decor!
I really appreciated the purse rest (very handy).
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely loved everything. Food was great, service exceptional and ambiance unsurpassed. This was our second visit and I have highly reccommended your restaurant to several friends and relatives.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Liv is great. Been there a half dozen times and it never disappoints.
Te food is wonderful from the moment you walk in and get seated through dessert and capacino.
The steak is the only downfall. A but gamey. Maybe I'm just from the states so I'm used to different styles of cuts and prep but nonetheless the steak was gamey.
Ask for Fiona. She's wraps the best server in the world. 3 thumbs up.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very skeptical of all the excellent reviews but I am now a convert. This restaurant is simply amazing from start to finish. It is a very quiet with lots of spacing between tables. The service levels are fabulous. The staff does everything in their power to make the experience wonderful. We were talking about a particular Niagara winery with our waitress. Without being asked, she brought a sample of their wine to compare to the wines we had ordered with dinner. Wow! Plus the food is simply amazing as well. There were four different appetizers and mains. Each and every one was outstanding. I had the sea scallops and they were cooked absolutely perfectly. We will definitely be returning.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
For special moments
My husband and I dined at Liv celebrating our 25th anniversary. We were treated in a very special and intimate way. We were great with a "Happy Anniversry" wish. They incorporated a happy anniversary wish in the menu, treated us to complimentary sparkling wine and dessert. Not to even mention the food which was delicious. It was creative and simply yummy!!!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food; great service
Our food was spectacular and the service was great. Not cheap, but well worth a visit.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining experience
Had dinner there on Saturday night with my wife and the quality of the food and service was simply superb. Liv offers a fine dining experience at very reasonable prices - definitely not your typical hotel restaurant. We also enjoyed breakfast there the following morning and our overall experience was quite good. My only complaint would be the limited breakfast buffet options.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best
Usually we go to Peller Estates for our dining experience when we are up in this area.
We now have 2 of our favourite restaurants yours now on our list.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extraordinary & delicious
Simply extraordinary degree of service and extremely professional in every way. Not at all obtrusive as others tend to be. Together with an outstanding kitchen the servers make this truly the best experience in dining in the region. Applause for the breadth of regional wine selection as well as the clear and clever way of grouping wines beyond the ordinary red and white. Makes choosing a wine refreshingly easy. Vegetarian options and willingness to improve very much appreciated. Every dish we tried was very, very good.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and the restaurant had a special greeting and quote for us in our menus. We were also offered a glass of champagne upon arrival. Everything was wonderful, the restaurant is beautiful and stylish and the food and service lived up to expectations. The flavours and presentation were sumptuous. Highly recommend Liv....thank you for a wonderful evening.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second time here.
We recently celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary. This has become our go-to no brainer place to celebrate. Last year blew us away. We were not disappointed yet again this year. Love this restaurant. We want to tell so many people about it but would also like to keep it our little secret.
Superb. Don't change a thing!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner after winery tour
We really enjoyed this place. The food was excellent . The hotel was crowded with 2 large groups but they were in other parts/restaurants of the hotel and our experience was fantastic. We would return anytime...
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, Fantastic food. Will be back again...
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We spent an absolute blissful evening of fabulous food, fine wine and impeccable friendly service at this wonderful gem of a restaurant in the heart of the Niagara region. After an enjoyable 3 hours of pampered relaxation in the onsite spa we then spend the rest of the evening pampering our taste buds with a delicious meal at The Liv Restaurant It's impossible to describe how our taste buds tingled with ecstasy. The acoustics, ambiance and general atmosphere was very romantic and the food and service provided by the staff and chef was 5-star. It was a great experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic great food!
After spending a day visiting the wineries in the area we decided to go to Liv for dinner. I didn't get any recommendations just choose based on the image menu and reviews. The food was great and so was the service. we startwd with the shellfishx4 which was fabulous. I had the duck and my boyfriend had the 8 ounce steak for our mains. They forgot our side of truffle frites but to be honest it would have been too much food anyways. Overall the ambiance is nice but it's not a hot spot for young hip diners, not sure what would be in NOTL though??
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The LIV dining experience was relaxing and very satisfying. The staff was first rate, and the food was phenomenal. LIV dining provided a wonderful evening for our birthday celebration.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Live the good life at Liv
Like everything else at White Oaks, Liv is special. The subtle attention to detail makes for a memorable occasion. Tucked away in the back of the Club, it is a quiet refuge of wonderful local flavours. Try Thursday Dinner for Two.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM