Bolete

4.5
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149 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian

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About

Bolete is the newest gem located in an historic building in Downtown St. Catharines. Award winning Chef Andrew McLeod’s menu features dishes to reflect Canadian cuisine, with his inspiration ranging from PEI to Northern Ontario to British Columbia. Seafood, including oysters, is delivered fresh from both the east and west coasts, cheeses from Ontario and Quebec, produce from the Niagara region. The beverage list accents some of the best wines from Niagara, craft beers and signature craft cocktails. Large paintings adorn the walls, with local artists rotating their pieces every few months. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming and with the open concept kitchen making it feel more like you are having dinner at Chef’s home than in a restaurant. There is also a private dining room for special events.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian, Contemporary Asian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(905) 641-9559
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew McLeod
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
James Street
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is truly amazing to find a restaurant of this level in a small town like St Catharines. The food was truly delicious the combination of flavors that this chef uses is truly unique. We were 3 people and ordered two dishes each and dessert. Everything was perfectly prepared and presented and delicious. This place puts to shame many restaurants in large cities with great reputations. Please if you are in St. Catharines or close by do not deny yourself this wonderful culinary experience.

LF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, lovely service and excellent food! We will be back!!

RM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best beef tenderloin we've ever had. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Thank you

LG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and lovely staff. Simple pretty decor. Would definitely recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. There was not one moment where I had to look around for my server when I wanted something. I ordered the beef tenderloin. It was one of the best meals I've had in months and I eat at fine dining restaurants regularly. The meat almost melted in my mouth, since it was cooked to perfection. I would definitely go back.

DT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the main reasons we went there was a buck a shuck for oysters for our anniversary. Unfortunately they were not available that day. Having said that, the food was outstanding as well as the presentation.

G
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group was greeted with the most welcoming personality by our server, Paris. Her cheerfulness, plus the airy, colorful, interior gave us terrific 1st impressions. This was followed by equally enjoyable drinks and meals had by each person at our table. Thank you for a memorable evening, staff at Bolete.

ES
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay. Not great. I started with the pork dumplings- they were kind of tough and could’ve used more salt. My friend started with the disco fries and those were tasty. I then had the carrot gnocchi, which I enjoyed. My friend has the seared scallops for her main and she said they were good too. Both of our dessert were disappointing- her cheesecake had no flavour; and my blueberry mini pie was also bland and the basil cream it came with was too savoury. Our server was lovely. But overall, I wouldn’t return for the price. Plus, I’m out of town and it’s not worth the drive in traffic in my opinion.

SS
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Great place to din in on any occasions.

KH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service... enjoyed it immensely...will return!

O
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was extremely quiet for a Saturday evening. We noticed that other restaurants around were a lot busier and wondered why that was.
Bolete is more pricey and fine cuisine, which means smaller portion of more refine foods.
Staff was very friendly and the music was "New York" lounge style.
The art was from a local artist and complemented the venue.
Overall, a very nice dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excelent kitchen and service

OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were the only people there but the music was so loud and we had 2 infants trying to sleep but we didn't want to ask them to turn it down. It was okay but I was shocked they didn't turn it down.

AV
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was fantastic. The oysters were ever-so-fresh and the scallops were cooked to perfection. The wine list is all local and includes several unique virtual winery selections. It was nice to have a chat with Andrew at the end of our meal over a glass of a fine meritage! Will return soon.

L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good in general. The restaurant is interesting and has a good feel when you enter.
It took a long time to get wine to start, but then things picked up once we ordered food. We found that it got very noisy as the evening progressed. In fairness, it was packed. But the noise level is one reason we would hesitate to recommend it to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sexy place. Server was amazing.

t
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience5

I have a small to medium slice of cauliflower with 3 button sized tomatoes on the three points \this was 26.00. This was called a cauliflower steak. I went home and eat after

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Went to the theatre 7.30 pm arrived 5.40 pm at. restaurant
Ordered drinks and soup and main course same time
Waitress was great. ...soup was great ...main course
Arrived 7.07. Pm. Ten minutes eat my dinner
Served 50 minutes after soup
Complained to chef..walked away the chef that is
Ps waitress knew we were going to theatre
Couple behind us had the same problem
65 people work with me they all know now. !!

MU
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very innovative menu choices and a great location. We will definitely be back!

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality menu, very hip ambiance with its open concept kitchen

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This was our first time dining here and it was amazing. The food was exquisite. The service was good, just a little slow on getting our water and drinks. But overall it was amazing, definitely will return.

TG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The wait staff was so quite I constantly had to ask my server to repeat himsellf. Twice our server forgot my wifes drink and had to be reminded. The food decent enough but I would say definitely not worth the price. A nice looking place, but honestly I think that's all it is.

GB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff were lovely and friendly. The food was delicious. The ambiance was perfect.

SR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely evening out at Bolete, the food and cocktails were delicious, and staff was attentive and friendly. Also their cheesecake might just be the most perfect cheesecake around.

FM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my Mom for dinner. Although nearly empty (Tuesday night), it was still inviting and had a warm feel. Decor was modern and simple, minimal but not sparse. Service was very attentive and friendly, but not overbearing. Food presentation was excellent, as was the taste: potion sizes were perfect. Cost on the high side of medium but fair. Would definately return.

DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It took an hour and 15 minutes from the time of ordering to the time our main course arrived. Our server was extremely apologetic but for whatever the reason the kitchen couldn't seem to produce two simple orders. The couple at the table next to us got up and walked out when their meals failed to appear. The restaurant wasn't overly busy, but the kitchen couldn't seem to keep up. Server staff was wonderful. And the meal itself was fabulous, once it arrived.

GS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bolete was the perfect place for us to celebrate our Valentine Day. The dishes were inventive and delicious, the ambiance was bright and lively; and everyone nearby was clearly enjoying the restaurant as much as we were. We'll return time and time again!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Best beef tenderloin I’ve ever had

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our experience was frustrating. We were on our way to a concert which the restaurant was aware of and we waited 1.5 hours to get our food which meant we had 15 minutes to eat and get to the concert. With that said, the food was delicious. The delay was no fault of our server. She did everything she could to help us. The restaurant was overbooked and the kitchen just couldn’t keep up with the orders.

OT
Dusseldorf Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner before a concert. Excellent food and good service. Although a bit pricey I’d return any time.

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious chef-inspired dishes, great atmosphere and friendly wait staff.

LW
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went here for my birthday. Our waitress smelled of cigarettes and wasn’t personable whatsoever. The food was over priced and bland. The ambiance was lovely but I think that’s about the only positive I have. Was so disappointed because of all the hype. Doubt we will be back.

JM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Rack of lamb was excellent. Salmon mousse ravioli was just OK.

3
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The food was amazing. Will definitely be back!

TR
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations.....great value.....will be going back soon

A
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little spot, downtown St Kits.
Had the scallops...cooked to perfection.
Sit at the back bar and watch the chefs work.

LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, will definitely be back, food was outstanding: flavour , presentation, and portion size well done!
The ambiance is eclectic, more of an open concept done tastefully.

FO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Recommended by family as they had eaten the chef's food at another location. Attended and was greeted by the hostess who took our coats. Observed that there were 3 other tables in various states of their meals. Seated at a table in poor condition extremely wobbly. The building is old I understand however many renovations were done and yet the floor had a noticeable dip which affected the table. Chairs were modern and uncomfortable. No cocktail list. Hostess was our waitress. Long wait times for food even though once again only 4 tables present. 5th table arrived towards end of our meal, would have ordered dessert however waitress had seated, taken drink orders, served drinks, taken appetizers order and served appetizers prior to questioning if we wanted dessert.

The food was good, the service needed improvement, the price point is too high for the experience obtained.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal duck and beet salad.

BL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband & I went for dinner but it sure will not be the last time. The soup, wings & lamb were excellent! We highly recommend this restaurant!!