Restaurant Oban Inn
Restaurant Oban Inn
  • Address:
    160 Front Street
    P.O. Box 94
    Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
    Neighborhood:
    Niagara-on-the-lake
  • Cuisine:
    Continental
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Restaurant Oban Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.obaninn.ca/dining.html
  • Phone: 9054682165
  • Hours of Operation:
    November to April
    Lunch Daily - 11:30am to 3:00pm
    Dinner Sunday to Thursday - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    Dinner Friday and Saturday - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    May to October
    Lunch Daily - 11:30am to 3:00pm
    Dinner Daily - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jill St-Amour
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining in our Milloy Room available for up to 32 guests for lunch or dinner celebrations. Advance reservations required. Semi-private dining in our Restaurant Solarium available for up to 40 guests for lunch or dinner celebrations. Advance reservations required.
  • Private Party Contact: Celia Liu 9054682165

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gate Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: On-site complimentary self-service parking available exclusive for dining and hotel guests.
A word from Restaurant Oban Inn
Since its beginning in 1824, the long tradition of The Oban Inn dining experience has been enjoyed by generation after generation of our returning guests. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Dine in our delightful sunroom overlooking lush English gardens or cozy historic Shaw's Corner and in the chic elegance of our fireside dining room. Ideal for intimate dining or for group celebrations for up to 60 guests. Located only 2-blocks from Queen Street and minutes walk to nearby Shaw Festival Theatres.

Savour delicious "Four Diamond" creations combining Oban classics with modern gastronomy focusing on the Niagara Region's fresh ingredients married with the outstanding harvest of Niagara Wines as chosen by our sommelier.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Restaurant Oban Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)fit for foodies (21)romantic (21)scenic view (17)neighborhood gem (16)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Oban Inn
    wedinefor2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A Lovely setting and wonderful ambiance. We enjoyed the fact we could talk to each other withought loud music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious dining
    AlCathVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The Oban Inn is a wonderful place for a leisurely lunch, with nice views of the well-manicured gardens. Decor is beautiful and service is top-notch, with knowledgeable wait staff who are friendly and eager to please. Food is superb; the pasta of the day was generous, with a rich sauce. Fish of the day (salmon) with the frites was also good, though a tad salty. Lovely wines by the glass. Highly recommended for a special lunch or dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    the food and wine was good, the ambience was very good, the server was knowledgeable and attentive WHEN she was able to get to our table. HOWEVER, the restaurant was terribly understaffed. As for recommending this restaurant-----only with an explanation of our experience so they wouldn't go in expecting anything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    DecorDom
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I went to the restaurant for our anniversary and it was wonderful. The menu was great, ambiance wonderful and very romantic. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pleasuredining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We found the Oban Inn to be a great dining experience. The food was exceptionally good. Would like to try staying at the Inn some time. Would highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    Sidrew
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Did not meet expectations. Never going back. Tuna dish was overly salty and duck was unacceptably tough.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved this location!
    Kimmiepie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We decided at the last minute to try this restaurant based on a recommendation. The wonderful food and amazing service will definitely bring us back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomG
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Highly recommend this wonderful dining room in a special place. Great food, I had the veal, others liked their meals as well. A bit pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Got some things right
    diningout
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Wonderful food, too expensive, service was just adequate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment in dining
    Hatepretentiousplaces
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Every restaurant has a night off. This night only one server was handling an entire room of tables. This server forgot the coffee order. Also forgot to say thanks when the cheque was paid. Oban's food is interesting, but the portions are small for the price. Lots of effort goes into decorating and presenting the food, but folks come to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not exceptional
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Listed as a moderate price restaurant $30 range, but ... We split a green salad and ordered an entree and 3 of the 4 of us ordered a glass of wine. We paid about $65 each for a standard meal ... not overly exceptional or exciting. The restaurant for 6:00 timing (between theatre performances) was fairly empty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dona
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Recommend most highly for visitors at the Shaw festival.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strangely bland
    LucySnow
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We looked forward to our dinner at the Oban, but were disappointed. Both our starters were extremely bland (the bouillabaisse, and the Waldorf salad). The mains (halibut and beef tenderloin) were OK, but nothing special. Service was adequate.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beautiful
    kate1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    great garden scene, lovely staff, wonderful food, excellent service in an updated vibrant inn that keeps it's quaint appeal from when the Oban Inn was my grandmother's favorite place to take us out for dinner.
    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.
  • Exceptional - Far Above Expected
    PeppeandPenelope
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Service was fantastic - Sarah was awesome - offered wonderful recommendations, professional yet interactive. Food was unique in a delightful way - great mixings of seasonal offerings
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Oban Inn is a lovely spot for a special getaway. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. The food was outstanding; my wife's halibut was perfect and my salmon was a different but delicious presentation in a light pastry. Service was so relaxed that it almost bordered on being too long between visits to the table and serving the next course. It was unfortunate that the family with young children was seated in the middle of the dining area, where others could not help but be distracted. The parents tried, but fell short of keeping the young ones' behavior appropriate. The wait staff was caught between a rock and a hard place. Otherwise, the ambience was very pleasant. (For overnight guests at Oban, the breakfast trays were marvelous.)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    FriendlyTorontonian
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Wonderful service by extremely friendly staff. Food was delicious and had an excellent time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oban strikes out
    WestlakeBob
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Disappointing. Waldorf salad had none of the promised walnuts and no hint of stilton (a fancy, shaved "iced stilton" was promised). Bland dressing. Watery broth in bouillabaise. Good, fresh seafood, but no saffron taste (It was yellow!), no veggies or pernod. Bland. Great, full-flavored, rich beef ravioli appetizer with asiago-cream sauce. One for three might be good in baseball, but not restaurants. We left after those courses.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sweet Potato Fries
    AstilbeHere
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Your SPFs were terrific. Quite unlike any others I've ever had. Light and crispy with a rosemary rub. Yummm. Worth the trip (and calories) just for those fries. Beautiful garden views and well situated in historic Niagara-on-th-Lake for an after-lunch walk. Attentive, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Limited menu. Ordered filet medium rare and it was cooked medium. Service was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Kate was our waitress and she was outstanding, pleasant, efficient, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. When making the reservation, I mentioned that we were celebrating my husband's birthday. I never repeated this to Kate but she had obviously checked the reservation and was was very appropriate with the understated celebration so my husband was not embarrassed. Also, during the torrential rainstorm, she offered to call a taxi to take us back to our B & B when we were finished. (Thank goodness, we didn't need it!). The food was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxing and Kate was attentive without being intrusive. She made all the difference in the world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Portion size was disappointing, left hungry. Good wine list
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    wine list very expensive compared to others venues
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A bit uninspiring. Food good but not great. Did not feel it was worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and beautiful view
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The service was outstanding. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and very efficient. They made our dining experience very enjoyable. The duck and the coffee are outstanding. Try to get a window seat with a view of the garden. It's very serene and makes for a memorable evening. Have visited the Oban many times when we are in town and will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The Oban came highly praised..so I was looking forward to a wonderful experience. We were not greeted at the door, in fact we had to look for someone in the dining room to eventually seat us (we did have a reservation). Lunch portions were more than adequate but the only part I enjoyed were the potato fries. My friend and I both found our fish and meat respectively to be over cooked and dry. I had hoped that the hamburger bun might be home baked, but it certainly was not. Other than the view, there was nothing outstanding about our luncheon and considering the prices are on the higher side I expected much more. I doubt that I will return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 59 reviews are from the Restaurant Oban Inn reviews archive.
  • An old favorite still delivers
    JackH
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Oban Inn was not crowded when a friend of mine and I had lunch there on a Saturday. The service was friendly and the food was good. It was just right for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    SheilaP1
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    In the past we have experienced problems here with portion size. However, our visit here on May 28 was extremely enjoyable. All our menu choices were delicious and the portions ample. The service was prompt and friendly, and our view of the gardens a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    sammy35
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Had pre-drink at bar and the bar maid was pleasant and engaging. She made an excellent Muddled Old Fashion. Dinner reservation, although made, was not really necessary for this Tuesday evening. Dinner was excellent as was the service. The waitress was attentive, but not overly so. The atmosphere was inviting, yet very quiet, as we were put in a small room, while a larger group was placed in another area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not what it was
    notagain
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have enjoyed dinner at the Oban for many years. At dinner in May 2014 we experienced significant changes from previous meals - smaller portions, higher prices, meat not cooked to order and cold food. Very disappointing given their past offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special needs diet
    Peachy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    First I have to say I am on a restricted diet. They bent over backwards to meet my needs but also made it taste delicious. The service was outstanding and my dates dinner was outstanding. The next day we had the complimentary continental breakfast and I have never experienced a breakfast like that. Everything was fresh and the service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    the food was very good and interesting mix of flavours. The service however was very slow. Way too much time in between courses for sure-and there were only three tables so not busy. But the server was lovely
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Bad
    Luke
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very nice restaurant atmosphere. Food was good. Only complaint is that the portion size is very small, especially for the prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All of the guests in our party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    All of the guests in our party had a very enjoyable evening. Appetizers, drinks, dinner, dessert were all great. Service by our waitress, Dawn, was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Luncheon
    tablehopper
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Excellent attentive service in a sunny solarium. My only complaint: some menu items were not available and the fish served with frites was farmed salmon--not the fish advertised.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening with Friends
    Kenneth
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A fantastic dinner with close friends here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Oban has been a long time favorite spot here in town, and now with its new dining room it is now one of the best restaurants in town. The dining room has a nice relaxed astrosphere and add excellent and attentive service you have a winner. It is across the street from the Golf Course so you get a bit of a view of the lake even if very limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    poochie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to try this restaurant again. It has been many years since we were last here. The food and service was great and we enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oban Inn Restaurant Disappoints
    Misty
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Four of us dined during Fabulicious. Despite a bad experience there two years ago, we decided to give it a second chance. Although the service was good, the food was mediocre. Three of us found our first courses to be bland. I sent my entree back as the fish was overcooked and rubbery. The other three entrees were described as flavourless. The desserts that boasted coconut in their descriptions had no taste of coconut, although the desserts were tasty in themselves. We told our wait person of our dismay with the food after both the first course and entrees. The response was “I will let the chef know”. At the end of the meal, not a word of ‘sorry’ or a complimentary glass of wine in recognition of our poor food experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food...very romantic
    kc2014
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The food here is amazing but not cheap. Plan to pay $28-39 for a main dish. Good spot for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Entire evening was fantastic. Service was exceptions and food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.