Zees Grill
Zees Grill

Zees Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zees.ca/
  • Phone: (905) 468-5715
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 10:00am; Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm (May-Nov) (Closed Dec-April (except holidays); Dinner: Sunday to Friday: 5:00pm - 830pm, Saturday: 5:00pm -9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Dobbie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer O'Connor 905-468-3369

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Queen St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available
A word from Zees Grill
Zees Grill at the Shaw Club Hotel and Spa is Niagara-on-the-Lake's newest hot spot, featuring classic nostalgic food updated with a whimsical twist. Across the street from the Shaw Festival Theatre and with the largest patio in Niagara, every detail of this exciting new restaurant will surely tickle your senses and tantalize your taste buds. Our award-winning chef has created an array of dishes that are as delicious as they are inventive. At Zees, fine dining meets fun dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Zees Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (138)fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (85)great for lunch (79)special occasion (72)romantic (51)scenic view (37)notable wine list (32)good for groups (32)great for brunch (28)hot spot (16)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We were there during Fabulicious. A nice fire burning in the fireplace on a snowy day was a bonus. My Reuban sandwich was amazing, the corned beef being very lean. The lobster pouting looked and tasted very good. The burger was ok but not outstanding. Desserts and starters were excellent and everything was presented nicely. Server was very friendly and prompt although he did get 1 order wrong. All in all a nice afternoon lunch with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We stopped on our way home from Toronto during a day long snow storm. We had made reservations at the restaurant for Fabulicious Week. The dining room is stunning. The menu offerings were generous and well-prepared, The server was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. We both had salmon which was done perfectly. The wine list is not extensive but was more than adequate and reasonably priced. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, good service
    bubbles
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I found the food was served beautifully and at the right temperature. It was delicious. I had the tuna and my friend had the lobster poutine - both excellent! We were, however, both disappointed in our desserts - chocolate pumpkin mousse and the apple thing. Both not overly tasty or satisfying, especially for the price of them. Overall, an excellent experience and I would go again. I just wouldn't order dessert there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • apesbutterfly
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Of the six people in our party, three were not impressed with the food this year (last year we all had a much better experience). Although we were given a delicious appetizer on the house, my lamb dinner for $30 came with exactly 2 quarters of a carrot stick. Two people had the scallop pasta which was overly salty. The atmosphere was good and the waiter was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    NewtoNOTL
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was amazing; many thanks to Executive Chef Jason Dobbie and his team. Our waiter (Joe) was also outstanding and a really nice guy. We highly recommend Zee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    TommyDines
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I made the reservation to Zee's based on ratings I found on Trip Advisor. We were very impressed with the quality of the food and the service and felt we got value for our money. I would definately eat there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food in a lovely spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We loved the food at this restaurant in NOTL, and received top-notch service. From the help with choosing the right wine for our entrees, through the amuse bouche offered before our meal, to the excellent appetizers and main dishes, we savoured it all and felt well treated throughout.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner, excellent staff
    NOTLvisit
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I booked this restaurant after focusing on location, ambiance and menu. It is right in town, across from the theatre, very convenient. The menu is broad, we had the soup, tuna cheese plate and a desert (shared a bit). I asked to sit at a different table when we arrived, and my request was accomodated. The waitress/server was very patient, as we tried several glasses of wine before picking one (he drinks red, I drink white). Through the meal we were visited a couple of times to ensure that we were enjoying ourselves, but it was not intrusive. I asked for a candle to be put in my husbands desert, and it was taken care of - a little something special. I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Birthday/show dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second visit to Zee's ( one lunch, one dinner). We enjoyed the food and service. We attended with NOTL residents who often frequent the Restaurant. It certainly met our requirements and lived up to our expectations...we shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner in NOTL
    Notthewinesnob
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great restaurant in the heart of downtown NOTL. Every dish was amazing. Both taste and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a delicious meal. The service was professional. The seating area was comfortable and pleasant. It was a great time and we'd highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SKMD
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always good We love the food and wine The service is good and we go several times a year
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getaway
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We both started with the green salad - it was perfect. I had the lobster poutine - delicious and my husband had the tuna - he really enjoyed it. Service was outstanding. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Have been here many times before before or after the theatre. Menu seemed limited this time, service extremely slow and poor--requested sauce from waiter--he never brought it, soup was not hot. People that came in after us were served first and waiter said it from was different part of kitchen. Overall, unless there is an improvement--would not eat here again. Sad>
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Across from Shaw Festival theater
    newuser25
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Used TripAdvisor for reviews of this restaurant. Reserved through Open Table, easy & for first time (and get points)! Ate on outdoor terrace that was covered. Locally sourced salad was delicious. Haven't gone deli in a while. So, The Reuben was great, its bread was amazingly tender, and the housemade sauerkraut was great (not too bland and not too bitter). Only major complaint was the sluggish service by the waitress. On OpenTable reservation, we indicated, via comment, that we were going to see the 2:00 PM show. The waitress wasn't paying attention to our verbal reminder of that show. She served other customers, who were sitting there. Meanwhile, we were trying to get her attention, and the bill. The time was getting close.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunchtime go to restaurant
    Lolly1960
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Elegance and great food in a comfortable setting. Location to Shaw Festival theatre is a big bonus for matinee and evening theatre goers. The patio is well placed for small and large groups. Clean lines and comfortable modern decor highlights original art. Less marks for the food experience. The lobster poutine was disappointingly salty with cold large curds and a spar situ of lobster, though on a previous occasion it was stellar. Hope other entrees present more consistently. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great outdoor patio with a wonderful ambiance. Food was one of the best on a two week trip. Our server was very pleasant and helpful. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent start to our evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    By husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and ate at Zees on the weekend. The food was wonderful, the service excellent and the lovely. Went to a play from there- a very special evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to beat Zee's
    epmck
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A very friendly, knowledgeable staff supported by a great kitchen makes Zee's a great place to relax and eat. It was a warm night and they had the outdoor heaters going, but turned them off when we suggested they were not necessary. Very nice of them. The lamb and the rib eye dishes were excellent. The salads with the raspberry reduction were just heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently very good
    jwrocVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    great for before or after theatre dining....several of the appetizers actually large enough to be entrees for us
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely spot
    Yaya
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We spent our anniversary at the Shaw. Breakfast at Zees is outstanding. Dinner however, a disappointment. Although they pay special attention to details, the soup was bland.......cold chowder..My husbands steak was skimpy and tough. I ordered two appetizers, a strawberry and compressed watermelon combo, which was very nice, and the carpaccio, served with arugula and a lovely vinagrette. Unfortunately, the menu offers few selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Outstanding presentation and preparation of the dishes served - they were all enjoyed(especially the salmon). The service was impeccable and greatly appreciated. A Zees is must visit when in NOTL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    PeggyL
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We ate on the veranda @ Zees before going to the theater. Service was attentive and professional. We loved the food! I especially enjoyed my vegetarian entree - it was healthy and flavorful, and every bit as special as my husband's meat entree. Lots of locally sourced products on the menu too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to it's reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Husband's burger way over cooked. The extra vegies I had asked for were swimming in olive oil. Service was very slow. Show but no substance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always reliable
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a lovely lunch on the porch in beautiful September weather. Husband loved his Reuben, mother-in-law enjoyed her pulled pork wrap and my veggie and arugula pizza was very good. Our waitress was outstanding. Come every year when we go to Shaw.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before matinees!
    Heidi
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was with a friend who is on a very unique diet and she just loved the food. I've been here several times and always found excellent service and a great menu. I specially enjoy the ambiance in the veranda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amateur food at top chef prices
    dissapointedonthelake
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Min boggling that they could charge $35 for a 6 oz ribeye that tasted like it was made by a college student on a barbecue. Really the worst steak I have ever had. And it was smattered with poorly sautéed onions, dry mushrooms, and corn niblets that tasted like they were out of a can. I was floored. I ate with my fiancee and our bill for 2 with one drink came to $180. Her salmon was also inedible. Having had the tasting menu at Peller Estates the night before, we were admittedly coming off a culinary high. The dinner at Peller cost twice as much and was worth every penny. They do serve a really nice breakfast though. I would recommend that but dinner is way overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of best meals in NOTL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The menu was interesting and eclectic. The caesar salad was the most unique variation of a caesar I've ever had. The pasta with scallops and shrimp was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service spoiler
    NOTLDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have dined at Zee's many times in the past for lunch before a Shaw play. We planned our visit with ample time to dine before the matinee. Our order was taken promptly, within 20 minutes the first course appeared, but after 45 minutes there we had to flag down our waiter to ask about our main course. He said it would be out "soon" - another 10 minutes went by, still no food, or update from him. By this time, we had been waiting nearly an hour and requested our check, so we could walk to the Royal George. At this point our food finally appeared. Our server did not seem to care that we had waited so long. We feel that an adjustment to our bill and acknowledgement of our delayed service should have been made by a manager.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful day to sit outside
    Seapearl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service were wonderful. Beautifully presented. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My friends and I throughly enjoyed our lunch at Zee's. We were welcomed when we entered and our waitress, Ashley, was friendly and attentive. I had dined at Zee's two years ago and wasn't very pleased as the menu was totally different from that shown on their website. This visit the menu was as expected, all five of us really enjoyed our meals. I would return to Zee's and would recommend it to anyone heading to Niagara on the Lake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Zee's serves consistently interesting and delicious food, with special attention to presentation. Appetizers and desserts are especially wonderful! We visit NOL once-a-year and make sure that Zee's is one of our dining choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    we eat at Zee's Grill when we are in Niagara. love the porch soups are best great menu one of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    wineanddine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place came highly recommended by a local resident and we were not disappointed. Our meals were delicious and well presented. Portions were perfect; service was excellent....very attentive and knowledgeable. I would suggest asking for a table on the porch if weather permits. This was our first time at Zees but we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Shaw Festival Play
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Attractive restaurant with good food and cheerful service next door to the Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice
    OCBob
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Kitchen was behind, so service was slow. Recommend a 6:00 seating if you are going to Festival or a bit earlier if attending other venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience at Zees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had a 6pm reservation at Zees, which should have been plenty of time for a nice meal before the 8pm show at the Festival Theater next door...but my entree of seared tuna arrived at 7:15pm! According to the menu, the tuna was supposed to be rare but mine came out medium-well to well-done, making it chewy, fishy tasting, and almost inedible (although the accompanying soba noodles and daikon salad were good). I should have sent the tuna back but, considering as how I had to leave for a show soon, I didn't. The server did not offer any explanation or seem to think one was even needed. I expected much more of this restaurant but was disappointed. The ambience was excellent, but the service and tuna entree were fair at best.
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  • Shaw Eats
    NGToronto
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Zees was the perfect spot for our lunch before a matinee at The Festivsl theatre, being just across the street. It would have been just as perfect for dinner before an evening performance. We enjoyed the outdoor patio on a lovely day. Service was fast and friendly and our food was delicious. Lots of choice on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Dinner at Zees Grill
    OldBobbyBoy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Zees Grill before walking across the street to the Shaw Theatre. We both had the salmon, and our dinners were terrific. We also shared a wonderful cheescake desert and we each had a latte after dinner. It was a dinner we will both long remember. Some might consider the menu to be a little limited, but we thought there were some very good choices and we're both glad we picked the salmon and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    ABCc
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Absolutely a wonderful experience from fan table setting - under over yet out of doors. Food outstanding and service excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.