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About Restaurant Oban Inn

Since its beginning in 1824, the long tradition of The Oban Inn dining experience has been enjoyed by generation after generation of our returning guests. Open daily for lunch and dinner.



Dine in our delightful sunroom overlooking lush English gardens or cozy historic Shaw's Corner and in the chic elegance of our fireside dining room. Ideal for intimate dining or for group celebrations for up to 60 guests. Located only 2-blocks from Queen Street and minutes walk to nearby Shaw Festival Theatres.



Savour delicious "Four Diamond" creations combining Oban classics with modern gastronomy focusing on the Niagara Region's fresh ingredients married with the outstanding harvest of Niagara Wines as chosen by our sommelier.

160 Front Street
P.O. Box 94
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
November to April
Lunch Daily - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Dinner Sunday to Thursday - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

May to October
Lunch Daily - 11:30am to 3:00pm
Dinner Sunday to Thursday - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Gate Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(905) 468-2165

Website:
http://www.obaninn.ca/dining.html

Parking Details:
On-site complimentary self-service parking available exclusively for dining, spa, and hotel guests.

Executive Chef:
Karrie Galvin

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in our Milloy Room available for up to 32 guests for lunch or dinner celebrations. Advance reservations required.
Semi-private dining in our Restaurant Solarium available for up to 40 guests for lunch or dinner celebrations. Advance reservations required.

Private Party Contact:
Ian Shulman: (905) 468-2165

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Restaurant Oban Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Scenic View (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Jimmy was the best, took care of all our needs and then some.
Food exceeded my expectations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The beet and goat cheese salad had lots of salad but precious little beets or goat cheese. The add on Chicken was well cooked and delicious but was $10 extra, I did not feel that this plate was worth $23. Excellent service, good atmosphere, but not great value for money

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing food, from the appetizer to the main course. Service is a bit slow, but it happens when you have only 1 waiter for the area. He did keep us updated, but we weren't in a rush so it was great!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We came for Fabulicious on a Sunday. The restaurant itself was lovely - great ambience and character. We were early for our reservation and were seated promptly in a wonderful corner window location with a good view of Gate St. and people passing by along with the horse carriages.
The meal was ok - nice choice of selections. The squash soup was described by the waiter as "spicy" and it really was spicy. No problem for me but my wife found it far too spicy and when she had neglected to finish, the waitress asked if it was ok and whether the waiter had mentioned it was spicy or not. She said he had told her but the waitress still offered her another appetizer - a nice touch but my wife didn't ask for another. The meal was quite nice but was somewhat lukewarm - still good though. Dessert was the highlight of the meal - a delicious pumpkin cheesecake. All in all, a nice meal in a lovely restaurant.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great time! Our server was very attentive. We first went for a drink before our meal and had to wait a while to be served. Seemed that there was no bartender and the servers were also manning the bar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went for Fabulicious. Everything was amazing. Pumpkin cheese cake was sooo good.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was quite good, however perhaps the best way to describe our meal would be inconsistent. The appetizers - one good (french onion soup); one fairly good (sweet potato soup, which would have improved visually and taste-wise with a swirl of balsamic vinegar, rather than the swirl of oil that persisted as a little slick of oil droplets). The rib eye was tender, tasty and cooked to specification, and although the accompanying vegetables had a pleasant appearance, they were oily and lacking in taste. The presentation of the chicken and rice main course was extremely unappetizing - the rice seemed to have been cooked excessively, resulting in a somewhat regurgitated lumpy pudding appearance. The chicken was moist however quite bland. Desserts were the best part of our meal - well presented and tasty - the apple in puff pastry was delicious; the poached pear very nice, with the exception of the sponge toffee pieces, which stuck the patron’s top and bottom teeth completely together.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was excellent as always - except that the wait staff whisked away our plates when we were barely finished and then presented the bill as if wanting us to leave ASAP

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have been to Oban Inn many times in the past, as residents of this area. The food is always good as it was on this occasion for the 2017 Fabulicious event.

The salad, salmon, and the chocolate tort were excellent. However, the service is usually lacking to be rated above "average (3 stars at best). We asked one waiter for salt but it never arrived. A bit later as the food was getting cold, we asked another waiter who brought it promptly. No one asked us if we wanted coffee or tea with our dessert at any point. Seemed like they were in a hurry to finish serving us. We went elsewhere to have coffee after eating the delicious tort.

As we were leaving, our coats at the coat check could not be located as we were not given anything to help relocate them. One of us needed to go back to where the coats were hung to help retrieve them.

It is a pity that the excellent efforts of the Chef and the entire kitchen are not adequately completed by some of the others at Oban Inn, which was a problem in previous visits as well.

Go for the food but do not expect great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Went to Oban Inn for Fabulicious - great set menu. Goid ambiance

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our meal was delicious. Everything was well-prepared and portions were generous. Our waitress was friendly and helpful but didn't hover. We would eat here again.
The only downside was the couple at the next table who were a bit too loud and too nosy. They wanted to engage us in their conversation when we preferred to be by ourselves. No fault of the restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our waitress, Alexa was lovely. The restaurant is small and warm feeling. We had a great table that overlooked the gardens. They are missing an opportunity to set up small landscape lights to view the garden after dark. My husbands Diet Coke was flat. The 2nd glass was fine. Now for the food - my French onion soup was Luke warm, the cheese was still in slice form and was still cold. The broth tasted like a fatty broth. Alexa offered to bring a new another one. Did not take her up on the offer since even heated with melted, bubbly cheese you could not save the flavor. The shrimp and scallops over pasta was flavorless and extremely oily. My salmon over vegetables was extremely oily as well. A great disappointment.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner at the Oban Inn. The mushroom soup was good and the salmon main course was very good. The pumpkin cheesecake was excellent - not too sweet. Note - the side of vegetables with the salmon was spicy for my husband and I would recommend that the wait staff always give a heads up if something is on the spicy side. We will definitely come here again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent restaurant with a business casual vibe. The wait staff were very attentive and eagerly recommended a great selection of wines. The food was excellent with a good selection of menu options. Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is excellent the room is beautiful! Special place except that they just seem to have a chronic shortage of well trained staff whenever we dine there. The front of house needs to be beefed up and we would dine there much more often.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had a nice table by the window, looking out into the garden. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent. We haven't been to the Oban Inn for years. At one time portions were really small and prices higher than expected. This has changed.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is wonderfully prepared and very tasty! Always return for the excellent service and changing menu.

Tags: Vegan, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I was really disappointed as my prevoius visits were always awesome. Risotto was awful drink orders were super slow. Server didn't really explain my guests dish...which she never would've ordered anyway it will probably be a long while before we return.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very nice thanksgiving dinner option. Turkey and sweet potato mash were excellent.
Service was good but a little slow. Could have been a Nice atmosphère for a date except that we were seated next to a larger louder group.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, great food, amazing service! We had a phenomenal late lunch here on Sunday afternoon. We had tried to go to some of the other wineries for a bite to eat but they were all full or had a wait so we ended up at the Oban Inn and were not disappointed! The meal was wonderful in every way and parking was easy which is hard to find around that area!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our party of four had some food sensitivities (one didn't like spice, one was gluten- and lactose-intolerant). Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu, make creative suggestions and remembered all our peculiar little requests. The food and ambience were both delightful and we LOVED our view of the breath-taking gardens. A wonderful experience!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Once again, we were warmly greeted by the friendly, professional, and delightful staff, who made sure we comfortably finished our meals well in time to walk to the theater. Our appetizers and main courses were some of the best we have had the pleasure of enjoying, with exceptional attention to detail, presentation, rich, luxurious sauces and the highest of quality of ingredients. Dessert, a rare treat for us, was well worth the indulgence, and not to be missed. Local wine choices were extensive and well priced. We enjoyed everything about the meal at Oban Inn, to the degree we cancelled our coveted Saturday night reservation at another top local restaurant, to have the opportunity to dine at Oban Inn for a second evening. We'll be back again soon!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was slow to start, but improved. Food was very good, though menu is somewhat limited.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner. Food, service, ambiance was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We dine here a few times a year and it is never disappointing. The food and service are absolutely outstanding. Food is creative and beautifully presented. Wines are pricey, but typical of all other restaurants in NOTL. Alexa took care of is this time and we were treated royally from the moment we entered the dining room. Thank you for another great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food and service were outstanding! We will definitely return next time we are in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Ordered the king crab & avocado salad, it was good except for the chunk of shell.
The seafood linguine was really quite heavy on the garlic.
I don't think the kitchen was informed of my complaints though, for either dish.
Ordered a glass of wine that the server suggested but I could not drink it. No one asked if I wanted something else or remove it rom the bill.
I won't be back.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

My friend and I greatly enjoyed our meals prior to attending the theatre. The beef was excellent and nice portion sized. A bit on the expensive side, but worth it for a once in a year special treat when attending the Shaw Festival in beautiful Niagara on the Lake. We hope to come back next year.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We enjoyed our meal of strip steak and service was putstanding. Nicr size portion which can be split .

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was perfect except for the noise level. I was expecting a more intimate (couldn't avoid hearing the conversation at the next table) romantic atmosphere.

The service and food were perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Love the setting and the grounds were beautiful, had a loud talker beside us but no fault of yours. Had a 25th wedding anniversary dinner after getting engaged at the Oban Inn and did not expect anything but would have been nice to have a offer of a after dinner liquor or a desert once again not something that was required. Request the best table days prior but ended up waiting for a clean table by the window but received the one with the post so not the nicest table after specifically requested it.
Ambience and diner was superb and the only small difference I would have liked was fresh table flowers and or a romantic candle.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very well prepared and presented food and beverages. Menu was not large, but had a variety. Server was attentive and knowledgeable. Glad we chose this for a birthday celebration. We would go back again when in the area. Only critique is the kitchen was quite slow during our visit given that most tables already had their dinners when we arrived.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was great and equalled by the attentive service we also had a guest who was celebrating his 80th birthday and he was made to feel special. The staff were also great with indicating the gluten free menu choices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Highly recommend

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great meal and service, unfortunately they would not accept our open table reward cheque saying they had never seen one before and did not know how to credit our bill. If they are an open table client they should be educated on your policy.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Fantastic meal in every aspect from appetizer to dessert. Katie was a great host!

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

We had a wonderful server, Alexa, who provided the perfect level of service - attentive but not intrusive. She worked with the kitchen to happily organize a delicious vegan option for me, & had hearty meaty options for my dining companions. It was a cozy setting in a beautiful old inn with lovely gardens. I would definitely recommend it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

We hit all of the restaurants in NOTL
ALL
The executive chef came out after our meal
She is exceptional Her meals are creative and
and delicious. Reservations a must
The filet mignon in bordelaise reduction sauce is stellar. As is the peach pie. Bravo ‼️
We are visitors from Florida

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Elegant and sophisticated great food the ambiance is gracious and the grounds are magnificent

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Our experience at The Restaurant redeemed our stay at the Oban. The food, presentation and taste was second to none-well worth the stay in this respect. The hotel stay is lacking if they consider themselves a 5*. The check in staff were very accommodating and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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