HOBNOB Restaurant

4.2
1007 reviews
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Contemporary French
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 HOBNOB 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.
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TG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New chef with fabulous food. Alan was a fantastic server

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JC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time. The food was skillfully prepared . The service was attentive. It is a very good restaurant and it is highly recommended.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

What we ordered and what we recieved were very different. They need to update their menu!
I ordered the lobster bourride. Just before it came out the waiter let me know they would not include the normal claw garnish but would include an extra scallop which I said was fine. When it arrived, there was no lobster at all. The price was not reduced even though the dish was not the same at all. My wife ordered the salmon. Hers was indeed salmon, but none of the accompaniment was per the menu!
The food was good, but the experience was that of being taken for a ride. Not good enough.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was hugely disappointing. The complimentary amuse bouche was a spoonful of couscous with an overpowering quantity of red onion. We were celebrating our anniversary and new Year so we both splashed out on the expensive lobster dish ($44 each). Big mistake. The sauce was an insipid bisque. Submerged within it and buried under a mixture of flacid veg and less than fresh scallops and mussels were a few morsels of lobster which had the appearance of being half chewed. The dark chocolate creme brulee dessert was no better being more like a cold chocolate flavoured mousse than a warm and indulgent custard. The only upside was the glass of sparkling wine we were greeted with.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner - overall 5-star experience: food, romantic setting, and service by Trevor!

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NM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and service was 5 star
Would definetly come back

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant environment. Excellent service. seated us even though our reservation was not received through you. Food was outstanding.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a date night for my wife and I. It was very romantic spot. Great service & Quality. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We enjoyed Christmas dinner here last year, so I was excited to return again. This year was so busy, our server was frazzled and unknowledgeable about the wine selection. One of us ordered a steak done medium. It arrived super rare. She asked that it go back to the kitchen. The server returned with a different cut of meat entirely, smaller and less nice. She said the chef was confident it would be better. It was cold and just as raw. We sent it back and asked for the original cut of meat to be returned. Instead, we got the inferior cut of meat back, still pretty raw. We stopped trying at that point.

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TD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had Christmas dinner at Hob Nob. They had a special prix fixe menu for the holiday. Instead of roast turkey breast, they served a dry turkey roulade. Serving size was very small (see picture). The butternut squash soup was very good. Dessert was a spice cake that was so dry, that if not for the creme anglaise it was served in it would have been near to impossible to get down. Service was very slow. We were expecting more. I had heard very good things about this restaurant so was very disappointed. Perhaps it is better when it’s not a holiday and thus less busy.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall was good, things not good were, dessert, stale, dry was suppose to be a warm spice cake nothing warm about it sent it back, what we got was still no better.
Server was okay.
My steak was delicious, however would have preferred a different root vegetable. Got mash and parsnip both boring colors. Both starch food too.
Was it value for money, mm not really other then the steak

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The Christmas turkey dinner was horrible.. especially at $65.00. It was a pre-made slice of turkey roll.

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FF
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine and enjoy warm surroundings. The food and service are excellent; you’ll be back no question!

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CE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quite with the most perfect atmosphere!!
The food was delicious the service was great - highly recommend

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice presentation of plates.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in niagara . Just celebrated our 51 st wedding anniversary. Great food iand service in a cozy setting, we love it.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with wine pairing was sublime. Each course was to die for and the wine to pair with it was exquisite. Alan our server was very good and did a great job of explaining the wine. As a sommelier, he was fantastic and did a wonderful job.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice bubbling provided in recognition of our anniversary. Food was excellent. Service was good but server seemed rushed when interacting with us. Took my husband’s order for desert and started to rush away without asking if I wanted something. Had to call him back to place my order.
Tables are very close together and the people at the table next to us had very loud conversations so this impacted our visit for a romantic evening. Nice old historic setting.

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L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My friend and I went in November which I guess is off-season. I say it was quiet because there were only 2 tables occupied, including ours. I don't know what the noise level would be otherwise.
The food was very tasty. They are between chefs at the moment, so I say the sous-chefs did a great job considering. This was disappointing for me as I was looking forward to tasting the featured chef's culinary expertise, but although featured, he was not there.
Service was ok. We heard the waiter for the other table explaining every single detail on the plates. I wish our waitress had done that.
The place is lovely, and was tastefully decorated for the Christmas season.

We did have a bit of a chuckle. I tried to get a 7pm seating on Open Table, and it said it was full.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday with sparking, wine on the house. Jelly recommend.

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A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

A beautiful setting. Although the food was beautifully presented, it was not exceptional. The fish was overcooked even with the unusual question from the server of how we would like it done. The beet flavoured couscous was inventive but lacked interest. The cauliflower was also unusual, but not particularly tasty. The dessert was also disappointing.
However, the cost was low being part of Fabulicious, but we were expecting to pay more and get higher quality.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Alan was amazing, knowledgeable and attentive. We decided on the tasting menu with wine pairings, it was well worth it. The food was excellent, I’m still thinking about the gnocchi! We’ll be back.

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MP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Nikki was fantastic. Very sweet and efficient. She helped us with wine, and in a group with a few picky people she dealt with a guest that wanted to return a bottle. Much appreciated! The food was on a special fabulicious 2-course menu and was incredible value. Salmon was cooked excellently and not over-done. The burger and dessert items were also great.

The restaurant is not too loud and well-decorated with a style that fits Niagara on the Lake but also is fresh and maintained.

Highly recommend it!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

VERY disappointing service - we waited over an hour for our mains (ordered from a prix fixe menu, mind you). The exterior of the burger patty was fully burnt (likely from rushing after we reminded them we had been waiting 50+ minutes after ordering). There was barely an apology and the wait-staff didn't bother to offer fresh pepper or second glasses of wine (we also had to walk up to the maître d' to ask for refills on our water since our waiter seemed to have forgotten us by the time dessert was served). We had booked the reservation on Open Table with a note that we were celebrating a birthday - this was not acknowledged, though in any case I doubt it would have changed the quality of service. Overall, this meal soured an otherwise fine day in the region. I regret not taking previous negative reviews into account when deciding on this restaurant. Clearly the restaurant does not live up to the class it advertises or its pricing would suggest.

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KR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We ordered off Fabuliscious menu. Food was fair, service was poor. We never had our water refilled ,some side items on menu seemed to have been substituted and we were not made aware. We were given big soup spoons for our dessert. I got the sense that because we ordered off the Fabuliscious menu and didn’t order any alcohol we weren’t treated as well as others. Our server seemed too busy for us and focused on tables with bigger parties. I would not come here again.

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, good presentation. Service good , however we mentioned a special birthday and it was forgotten.

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T
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Allan and the food was delicious!

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the complimentary glasses of bubbly (it was our anniversary) and the amuse-bouche, to the terrific entrees and desert, our meals were outstanding. Chicken roulade and beef tenderloin both done to perfection. Both our server and the kitchen were most accommodating of an allergy request, and our server was spot-on in her descriptions of offerings and what we were being served. Many good places to eat in Niagara-on-the-lake, but highly recommend HobNob whether or not you are a guest of the inn.

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LH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal at Hobnob. Top notch service and food quality.

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O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the tasting menu.
It’s was fantastic and the service was great

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JC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience. The quality of food and service were excellent. Jill is a very friendly and capable server. We will definitely return to the Hobnob Restaurant .

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TB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The HOBNOB Restaurant was truly amazing. The food was beautiful and delicious. The ambience set the mood for celebrating our anniversary and made it special. Our server Jill, was a true gem. She made us feel like we were the only couple in the room on our special night. Thank you.

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MB
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was impressed. Service was exemplary, Jill knew the wine list and local vineyards well. From start to finish it was very good. Though no fault of the establishment, I wish female patrons wouldn't douse themselves in cheap "perfume". One thing I would do, is close the door between the dining room and the bar across the hallway. The noisey customers disturbs the quiet elegance of the dining room.
There was broken glass in front of the fireplace and unfortunately a table blocking it. Such a lovely focal point in the room.
Berkshire pork belly cured 24 hours in maple syrup and a perfectly cooked and translucent diver scallop. Served with a sparkling from nearby St. David, Ravine Charmat.
Sesame crusted just seared Ahi tuna atop a ginger fennel salad. Lovely but, really could have used some Fleur de sel. Paired it with a not too fruity 2017 Foreign Affair Amarose from Jordan.
Beef cooked rare to bleu, as requested but, with only one lone little grilled shrimp. 3 was the number I was expecting or at least, one big honkin' prawn. Nicely cooked veg although quite a pile of it. Paired with an Organized Crime, Break In, Pinot Noir.
Vanilla rose creme Brulee with mixed fruits and of course, a glass of Inniskillen ice wine.
I'll go back for sure.

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BQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had very high expectations of this restaurant. We were greeted well, seated in a lovely dining room by the fireplace, our server was friendly and helpful. We ordered appetizers that were lovely, but were disappointed in our main entrees. My husband ate the Halibut and it was a very small serving with only 5 individual gnocchi on his plate, and a tiny bowl of mushrooms. No other vegetables. I ordered the Beef tenderloin with prawn, and it was actually only 1 prawn. And it wasn't an overly large prawn - had it been bigger I would not have a reason to complain. The tenderloin was tender, but lacked in flavour - my entire entree was lack lustre. Even the plating of my entree looked rather amateur, was not appealing. Our desserts were also very small, did not stand up to what we imagined nor expected based on the menu descriptions. I would say that given our experience, the portions and flavours did not match the value we paid. We were left disappointed. I am sad to be writing this review because we had a lovely weekend in the area and enjoyed many restaurants with lovely food. This being a higher end restaurant should have been better than it was.

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DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointed in being located in the porch with continual foot traffic. Ambience was not good. Waiter was attentive but our Bill was wrong as we Booked through the Harbour House at a Set rate

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PS
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a nice lunch. Food took a while but waitress has advised us ahead about the wait which was helpful. I’d be a little concerned for future given the wait time. Ended up being 2 hours for lunch.

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ZL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food, quaint atmosphere all for a good price. Lots of local ingredients. Great date spot!

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L
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hands-down, it's the best place in town for a good meal in a romantic setting. Wait staff were timely and attentive. Good wine list, and well made cocktails. We had the Filet Mignon with prawns which was well prepared. Only complaint was that they did not offer ceasar salad (my fovorite) but their house salad was tasty.

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RF
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance as well as service and decor. Great for dinner.

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Dinner and Service was Great...Where we were seated was not! Thought I booked well enough in advance to get in house table rather than the veranda...Fruit Flies were terrible especially when spending that kind of money for Dinner!

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