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AquaTerra, Kingston, ON

AquaTerra

4.3
4.3
946 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
Kingston’s choice for waterfront dining, AquaTerra offers picturesque waterfront views of Lake Ontario and Confederation Harbour and a menu that focuses on the freshest, and whenever possible, locally sourced ingredients.

Mentioned in “Where to Eat in Canada” for over a decade and recommended by HuffPost Canada Living, an extensive wine list and private and semi-private dining options for groups large and small.

Our thanks to OpenTable Diners who have voted us in Canada’s Top 100 Best Brunch and Most Romantic Restaurants.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 549-6243

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Perfect for any function, AquaTerra Catering offers the same high-quality food and service you've come to expect from AquaTerra's culinary team. Choose pick-up, drop-offs or a fully catered event. Whether you're planning a corporate lunch or reception, a holiday party, a wedding, or a social gathering, let us help make your next event a memorable culinary experience. Please contact us at 613.650.5424 or contact@aquaterracatering.com to begin planning.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Smith: (613) 650-5405

  • Neighborhood

    Kingston

  • Cross street

    Ontario St.

  • Parking details

    Parking available at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront. We will happily validate parking for this lot. Otherwise, street parking is available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 946 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kingston

    Best Overall

  • Kingston

    Best Food

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    Best Ambiance

  • Kingston

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  1. AT

    AnaT

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was exceptional , he was informed and helpful
  2. TH

    TarekHussein

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favourite places when we have a special occasion
  3. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Our server Marco is the best. Attentive, professional and downright kind. Food is top notch, wine list is short but interesting. We will go back
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service
  5. TF

    TammyF

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful. Great Waiter but we didn’t enjoy the food too much.
  6. t

    tonyv

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You probably won’t find a more beautiful view on the waterfront. Both inside and on the patio. Went for breakfast and everyone was very happy with their orders. Pumpkin spice French toast was awesome! Servers were so polite and attentive. The inside is quiet and relaxing. Also very comfortable chairs. Would highly recommend.
  7. PO

    PatO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Seated at a table at back window booth seating, seat was torn. Our main was delivered to patrons two tables away. We watched them sample it then wait several minutes for the waiter. He picked it up and placed it on our table. We returned it and waited an hour to have a new dinner served. Bill came we were charged for 3 desserts…we had one. Not so impressed.
  8. K

    Katie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful lunch with a beautiful view of the water.
  9. JM

    JoanneM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I had the short ribs, while they tasted great, the pasta was not even warm. Our server, Tyson was amazing .
  10. H

    Hometownguy

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service and very good food
  11. M

    Mike

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    View was excellent, service very personable, waiter James was very good. We would return and recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, generous coffee refills without asking, food served promptly and quality excellent.
  13. K

    Katee

    Montreal

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Aquaterra is consistent in attention to detail, excellent service and interesting dishes. The only flaw in the meal we had is that we ordered surf and turf and the description does indicate a lobster tail when in fact it was a very small slice of lobster tail - we originally thought it was a piece of shrimp so perhaps it could benefit by a better description of the meal.
  14. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Service was about the only good thing, meal for 2 was $200 with tip, potatoes were cold and my ribeye tasted like a jar of salt was horrible food
  15. NL

    NathanL

    Ottawa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our second visit this summer for supper here, it did not disappoint. Our server, Marco, is an amazing asset to this restaurant. The food is not cheap, but it is excellent. 10/10 will dine again when in town.
  16. JD

    JohnD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling on the 401 from Ottawa and needed lunch. We booked on line and arrived to a fabulous lunch. We could not have been more pleased. The food the service and the view were wonderful. Thanks,
  17. S

    Skyler

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks paired with attentive service and beautiful ambiance makes for a nice dining experience!
  18. DJ

    DJLA27

    Montreal

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Delta hotel is situated right on the marina, which makes it very pleasant when dining at Aqua-Terra. Food is very tasting and well presented. We always make a point of dining here when in Kingston
  19. LM

    LundenneM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    good vibes but food is a bit overpriced. paid $17 for the smallest espresso martini. cute date night tho, service was fast
  20. SB

    StephanieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our meals (appetizers + mains) were very good. However we shared a crème brulée for dessert and it tasted so burnt. We barely finished it. What a shame to end an otherwise excellent dinner on this note. I was also surprised for a restaurant that advertises itself as somewhat upscale for Kingston to see so many dinners dressed in sweats and hoodies. But the restaurant can't really control that I suppose.
  21. DF

    DaleF

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent and the live music was a treat!
  22. D

    Disappointed

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    A disappointing meal. Aqua Terra has declined from the era when Clark Day oversaw the cuisine. We had a party of 4 who had 3 drinks, no appetizers, and no dessert, but the bill with tip was well over $200.00. That would be acceptable, but the food was poor to fair at best. Lamb was tough and gristly; scallops and risotto were lukewarm. Ambience: what's with the wait staff all in denim uniform? This is supposedly one of Kingston's upper end restaurants, not Home Depot. Also, if you are going to require "business casual", how about enforcing it. Our server was fine. We won't be coming back in the near future which is too bad.
  23. CF

    CarolineF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The night started off strong with service but quickly dropped off. The food was very average at best. We spent a lot of money for so so service and so so food. We wont be going back. And would not recommend.
  24. JB

    JeffB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place but a little overpriced. Small portions
  25. JW

    JohnW

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The shrimp appetizer was delicious. The chicken entree was on the dry side. The short ribs were fantastic. The lemon and lime dessert was quite tasty and light on the tummy.
  26. AN

    AnitaN

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I am usually happy with Aqua Terra. However that day there might have been some issues going on as we stood at the front while staff were discussing with each other some issue. Which is fine, but we stood there for quite a few minutes not being acknowledge at all (they could have said, so sorry just one minute please?) and when they were done discussing one of the staff (who seemed to be more a manager type) almost looked surprised we were waiting there and said "oh hello" - no "I'm so sorry to keep you waiting, etc." Upon being seated and asked if we were ready to order the server did not inform us of the daily soup or sandwich feature and we had to ask what those were - she had to go and check and return and tell us. Foodwise it was good but the oyster shucking was moderately well done with some gritty shells in two of the shells. Having been at Aqua Terra several times I would say the experience yesterday did not live up to the usual standards. Many thanks
  27. LN

    LauraN

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We sat out on the patio which is well set up with good shady spots. Our waiter was very friendly all the way through but forgot to bring us the machine after dropping off the bill. But that wasn’t a big deal. The tempeh salad I ordered was really delicious and would have been 5/5 except that there were a few wilted browning leaves in my salad and they forgot to give me the salad dressing. My friend had a strawberry basil mojito which she said was excellent!! I asked for a bowl of fruit (they have them at breakfast) and the waiter put a special plate together for me which I thought was very kind and accommodating. The two salads and one mojito came to $86 with tip. I think that’s pretty steep.
  28. CK

    ChrisK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an impromptu date-night and the night could not have gone any better. Our reservation was for 5:00 pm, under the name KISS. Trevor was our server and I cannot say enough good things about him. Coming from a service industry background of 10+ years, I was very satasfied. Trever was very informative, personable, and just an all around pleasure. We had a table of 2 sat behind us (approx. 5:30 ish) who were originally downstairs on the patio and proved to be a difficult table (i know a difficult table when I hear/see one). Trevor tended to their every need, was patient, problem solved, and handled everything like a pro. I quietly joked to him “good luck”, or “you’re doing great” all of to which he just smiled and knodded. The food fell nothing short of stellar . We had the escargot & steak tartare to start, followed by the lamb and the chicken. We ended with the torte and cheescake without any room for anything else. All in all a VERY pleasent visit, 12/10 would recommend. Will absolutely be back, provided Trevor is our server/waiter .
  29. MS

    MonaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance of Aquaterra was delightful. With the views from the lake as a back drop and the presentation of the food on the plate, made for a relaxing evening with my husband.
  30. MH

    MelanieH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent tasting food but portion size if sea food was small, in soup and scallop entree. Also, the Lamb was undercooked.
  31. DS

    DavidS

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again AquaTerra provided a first rate dining experience. The food is always excellent and James, our server, was cordial and attentive. We love our opportunities to dine there either inside or on the patio.
  32. C

    Christina

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    This place has a lot of potential, with its location facing the harbour (the reason why I chose to make a reservation here). The windows were dirty, the carpet needed to be vacuumed badly… just not as clean as what I expect from a hotel like the Delta. I felt let down by the ambiance so I didn’t enjoy my meal as much. My husband really enjoyed his French toast.
  33. RS

    RobertS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    It’s important to understand that AquaTerra is more a hotel eatery than a restaurant. There are many fine restaurants near AquaTerra that will provide an atmosphere and food quality that is far superior to the AquaTerra hotel eatery
  34. SB

    SusanB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    incredible service, beautiful environment, great food
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great and a nice view of the harbour if you get a window seat. My daughter was fixed on the number of spiders outside on the windows so don’t look if you don’t like otherwise some dishes had excellent presentation and others not so much but all tasted good! Andrew was our server and looked after us well!
  36. S

    Sandy

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service. Haven’t had a meal this good in a long time!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    seats sticky! upholstery terrible ! seemed air conditioning not cold enough ! food was all to over spiced
  38. CT

    ChrisT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable casual fine dining with very attentive staff, delicious food, and a good selection of various drinks.
  39. GS

    GregS

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were a little disappointed, but then our expectations were pretty high. My wife had the lamb. The lamb itself was a little tasteless and the sides (baba ghanoush) were overpowering. I had the scallops. They and the risotto were excellent, but the addition of prosciutto ham was unnecessary and kind of ruined it. Our waiter was fantastic and he even threw in a couple of comp deserts as it was our anniversary. Overall abidance of the place was fine, but for $200, you can eat much better in a dozen other Kingston restaurants.
  40. RS

    RobertS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent French onion soup simple great Steak so flavourful and tender Make a reservation to assure you get a table

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

AquaTerra is rated 4.3 stars by 946 OpenTable diners.

AquaTerra does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for AquaTerra

1 Johnson St., Kingston, ON K7L 5H7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ontario St.

  • Neighborhood

    Kingston

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Bar Daily 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking available at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront. We will happily validate parking for this lot. Otherwise, street parking is available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 549-6243

  • Catering

    Perfect for any function, AquaTerra Catering offers the same high-quality food and service you've come to expect from AquaTerra's culinary team. Choose pick-up, drop-offs or a fully catered event. Whether you're planning a corporate lunch or reception, a holiday party, a wedding, or a social gathering, let us help make your next event a memorable culinary experience. Please contact us at 613.650.5424 or contact@aquaterracatering.com to begin planning.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Smith: (613) 650-5405

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