Riverbend Inn&Vineyard

4.0
54 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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French / Canadian
An atmosphere of warm elegance, thoughtful service and exquisite 4 diamond cuisine is enjoyed by guests, as well as locals at the Riverbend Inn dining room and lounge.

Although small, the dining room invites intimate dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The well trained staff is sincerely dedicated to attending to guests needs promptly and courteously.

Our food program – simple, fresh with quality ingredients. The menu is full of delicious surprises. The chef draws fresh inspiration from each passing season while using local specialties. Enjoy farm to table freshness from our herb and vegetable garden located just outside our kitchen doors. Sitting in the dining room, guests enjoy the dramatic views and taste exceptional culinary creations.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French / Canadian, Italian, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(905) 468-8866
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Niagara Parkway ad John St.
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Parking details
Free parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

The elegant historic fine dining room located in the heart of NOTL surrounding by vineyard offers 3 courses special Dinner menu on Christmas day for 75$ per person.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 54 People Are Saying
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LR
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a lovely evening in our fireplaced room and romantic restaurant. Most lovely server ever took great care of us! Can't say enough! We'll be back next year!

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JG
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Inn with a quiet, romatic restaurant. They have unique and delicious wine selection from graps grown in their vineyard. The duck breast and beef striploin are particularly excellent.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been to Riverbend on several occasions and have always enjoyed the selection of items on the menu, the service and atmosphere (love staying at the Inn as well). We both had the perch which was perfectly done and very tasty. What a great find in NOTL!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing , the ambiance was great , too bad my parten good was too salty

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The venue is lovely and our server was professional and attentive. The Caprese appetizer was fair — though the tomatoes were underripe, the house-made pesto gave the dish good flavor.

We had the lobster risotto and the fish. Both the main elements and the risotto/rice curry were bland and uninspired. I was very disappointed, particularly as this was our most anticipated dining experience and by far the most expensive.

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JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Just. Don’t.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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ES
Miami
126 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We ate on the patio, enjoying a beautiful evening and watching the sun set. The food is limited and good, but not great. The wine list is more limited than at a bad bar. The service was friendly and efficient. If you want a beautiful setting for drinks or dessert, try the patio. Otherwise, there are many other better choices for the same price.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The location is beautiful, but we were underwhelmed by the food. My nice halibut had plain white rice...I expected something more creative at a four star restaurant. We also had to take our check to the bar to pay...rather odd for an upscale establishment.

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e
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We arrived for an early dinner time (6:30pm) and there was only one other table occupied on the patio when we arrived. We were a party of 5. I had called to say that it was a birthday celebration and that one of our party was a vegan. The vegan options were very limited (which is not unusual). The chef had created a vegan option which was considerate. However, the Vegan in our party decided on the Mushroom Rissotto instead. The server was very pleasant. We ordered 4 main courses(one person just had a starter for a main), 3 starters and a bottle of wine. The meal came to $350. The food and service was very good, as expected for a pricier alternative to other restaurants in the area.
The setting was the best part. The patio looks over the vineyards towards Peller Estate and the setting sun. Very nice.

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CE
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had not dined at Riverbend for years but had been given a gift certificate and decided to use it. It was a beautiful day, but we chose to sit inside at the window as the patio was getting sunny and too warm. View over the vineyards was lovely and I like the old-fashioned room. But unfortunately, the meal did not live up to the location.
My first impression of the place was marred by scruffy dried-up geraniums in the planter not far from the entrance door. (Some of us notice that sort of thing!) As it was a warm summer day, I was hoping that the Soup du Jour would be a cold soup like a gazpacho. Alas, it was a Beef Stew soup (more suitable to a cold winter day IMHO!). But my salad with a thick raspberry vinaigrette was the best part of the whole meal. My lobster risotto with lobster tail was ample but the lobster tail was rubbery. Partner had Caesar salad (OK he said) and Duckling which was a little dry (perhaps should have ordered med-rare as the server suggested). We shared a peach tart with homemade ice cream (very tasty) which was apropos the Peach Celebration (but peaches were not as soft as I would have liked them). Our waitress was superb - friendly, knowledgeable, and service was great. But if you are going to command fine dining prices ($40 range entrees), there needs to be some more flair than just a basic "okay but not great" meal. I do not call myself a gourmet or require perfection, but having dined at other NOTL restaurants and wineries, I found Riverbend lacking. Perhaps that explains why it was not busy on what should have been a booming weekend.

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c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, wonderful view of vineyards
Felt like you were in Tuscany
Location feels like you are far from the maddening crowd

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I should have paid attention to prior reviews. A beautiful summer evening and we are the ONLY people on the terrace. Wine—very mediocre and over priced. Food — mediocre. By the piece de resistance—a side of green beans for $6. But there were only 9 green beans. Save your money and go elsewhere

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ES
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely meal! I had the delicious Summer Salad—mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese! Perfect. Next the grilled halibut with a mild curry garnish—so good! Paired with Tollgate sauv blanc. Peach crisp was my dessert followed by a Remy Martin VSOP. Couldn’t have been better. Our waitress was superb!

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t
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I thought it was overpriced and had a limited menu but it was convenient to eat there while staying there.

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always enjoyed a lovely experience at the Riverbend Inn. This restaurant is superb, with friendly and attentive staff. Meals are very well prepared, and justify the moderate pricing. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for dinners, lunches, and special occasions.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Vacation great experience

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C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful vista, dining on the veranda. Real care taken in the preparation of each dish, and the staff are magnificently kind and patient.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A friends 60th birthdays

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OT
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food and service was good
Very disturbing that in the middle of the week they ran out of carbonated water, two wines I tried to order and one of their main courses
Waitress tried her best but really poor miss management on part of owners

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L
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, great for foodies, they need address the cold when someone opens the door. It was quit chilly tha day. Someone turned on a space heater but it was still a bit chilly ..

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MD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked the ambiance and live music. The menu was creative and very tasty. Our service was exceptional. We explored the idea of staying at the inn at a future date.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner - fine meal except they served turkey roll and we all would have preferred traditional roast turkey.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service! We are celebrating our anniversary and staying the in hotel. The restaurant was recommended by the front desk staff. The food was so delicious and the atmosphere is stunning. The service was also incredible. Definitely will be coming back!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hey, there’s a new chef in town! Hats of to Brad the new guy at Riverbend. We had a wonderful dinner last week. The food was extraordinary. Flavours bursts in the appetizer, roasted root vegetables and a chicken dish to die for. I can not wait to visit again! Thanks again!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat there. The food is amazing and the decor so romantic.
We went there with my old parents and they loved that the place was quiet and they were able to follow perfectly the conversation!
This place is my favorite place in Niagara.

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The dinner was excellent and the the service was great. We would definitely return.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We have eaten at Riverbend several times, but this time, it was disappointing. The room was too brightly lit when we arrived and with only one server, we waited a long while to even get our menus. When she finally came by, I asked if she might dim the lights, which she did, finally. She was also acting as bartender, so drinks took a long while too. We ordered crab cakes to start which were very good, then followed with the duck breast for me and beef tenderloin for my husband. Mine was OK, very rich, but his requested medium-rare beef was mostly medium. The server was told it was my birthday and most of the times restaurants will do a little something special with dessert. They did not. Our reservation was for 7PM, but it was like they weren't ready. Very disorganized. Not like Riverbend at all, so we'll hope it was just a glitch.

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b
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect and the service amazing. My wife and I had a great evening!

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SM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, setting and service.

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JE
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

A lovely spot in a beautiful inn. However, food was not very good. My husband liked his salad but my soup was not very good and the crab cakes were dry and flavorless and the mango used in the salsa was not ripe.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They mistakenly changed our reservation, so were not ready for our group of eight. Service was spotty and disjointed, although we did all receive our meals at the same time. Food was good and the setting is very nice.

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was attentive and joined in singing happy birthday to my guest.

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D
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was no hostess. No one in charge. We received 2 paper menus and 2 leather bound menus pretty tacky. It took a long time to get our cocktails there was No sense of order. If the patio had been open it would have been sheer chaos. Service was slow. My fish was raw. The waitress while kind was ditzy. As much as I want to go back I'm hesitant.

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TT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Food was not as good as we anticipated from recommendation from a local business person. Disappointing evening overall especially because of loud, obnoxious behavior of Other patrons who were drunk.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Niagara on the Lake has long been the meeting place for our Toronto cousins and Buffalo family. Saturday night there were no brunch reservations to be had in town, and I took a chance on Riverbend. We were a party of 6 adults, a 6 year old, and a 2 year old. Since it is a short distance down the road from the center of town, it was great to not have to hunt for a place to park! I had the classic Bennie (yum) and everyone enjoyed their brunch as much as I did. The service was very good, beautiful dining room and view of the vineyard, and the 2 year old was so happy she even forgot to say no!

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S
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The duck was excellent!

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S
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful building and lawns. Noise level was to a minimum. Food was delicious but on the bland side. Service was impeccable in the restaurant. The front desk ladies need to learn how to smile and be kind.

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HG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful dining room overlooking the vineyards. The service and food was exceptional and we will definitely be returning on our next visit to Niagara on the Lake

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening , Kelly was an amazing server , knowledgable about the entire menu and attentive to all our needs. The room was beautiful , the ambiance of the fire was delightful. The duck breast was succulent , the meal was made all the more wonderful by adding a lobster tail.

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