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The Gate House Bistro - The Gate House Bistro, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

The Gate House Bistro

4.1
4.1
127 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table
Located in one of the Niagara Region's oldest buildings, The Gate House showcases local ingredients throughout its bistro-driven menu. The restaurant is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout, on Wednesday thru Friday, and Sunday. We offer an all-day menu from 1130am until 8pm. More information on our menus can be found on our website at thegatehouse.ca

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2 people

7:30 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (905) 357-2038

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Williams

  • Catering

    From cocktail reception on our beautiful patio overlooking Queen Street, to a seasonally inspired dinner provided by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine, to the luxurious accommodations at the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa, we accommodate your every need to make planning your special day an enjoyable experience. Let us help you and your guests explore the endless adventures the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer. From wedding photographs on Queen St, historical landmarks and even horse drawn carriage rides through the town, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

  • Private party facilities

    From special celebrations to corporate events and everything in between, The Gate House is ready to welcome yourself and your guests. Newly renovated, The Gate House offers all that you need for a memorable event – distinguished surroundings, professional event staff, and a farm-to-table fine dining menu created by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine. The world-class 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa is also located steps away, ensuring that your guests delightful experience continues beyond their meal. We love hosting private events at The Gate House because everyone deserves time to celebrate, reconnect, and unwind together. Our experienced hospitality team will accommodate your every need; taking the stress out of planning so you can enjoy spending time with your guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Cross street

    142 Gate Street on the corner of Queen Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. E

    Eufare

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Our group could not understand how a fired oven pizza can be made to look disgusting and taste equally mediocre. This place knows how. Never again.
  2. JS

    JohnS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience! Elegant surroundings, quiet with wonderful food and service.
  3. RB

    RandyB

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Great food but very loud as voices echo through the large room ... bright lights so not the greatest ambience for a evening dinner. Food and service were very good in spite of the atmosphere.
  4. M

    Melie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    This restaurant was very disappointing. The ambiance was terrible. Our table was set in the middle of a wide open room it felt very awkward. The decor was very “blah” and it was very bright. The lighting needed to be dimmed to set the mood a bit. The waitress was unable to explain the menu very well but she was friendly. My husband meal was okay and the portion was large however mine was a total miss. The chicken was undercooked and I kept biting into large pieces of pepper. Definitely regretted this choice and will not be returning.
  5. V

    Vinnie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My husband had the beef tenderloin and gave it a five star. I had he salmon which I felt was not cooked. It was taken off my bill. I paid $25 for a glass of red wine which was served in what I would say a dollar store white wine glass. I would say our overall experience was pleasant but I would not return. I would definitely recommend it but just not for me.
  6. F

    Fidelis

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy eating at the Gate House. The service has always been friendly and prompt, the food looks and tastes delicious and the surroundings are clean and inviting. We highly recommend eating there.
  7. w

    waterloo58

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The steak was tough, carrots cold , selection was very limited
  8. H

    Hollywood

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for dinner for my birthday! Food and service was exceptional!
  9. J

    Jeffer24

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed. They are now closed Monday and Tuesday but haven’t bothered to update their website or apparently inform OpenTable. We were meeting friends for a milestone birthday and the place was dark. Brutal!
  10. KZ

    KimZ

    Manitoba

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    We were looking forward to an upscale dinner experience unfortunately the setting was sparse / boring , and the noise level was uncomfortable. With no carpet, curtains, linens or acoustic tile everything echoed. The “ Indian experience” food was overpriced and largely unremarkable. Having to pay extra for rice was unusual. The butter chicken was delicious however and more than enough for two people after a samosa and another appetizer. Our server was pleasant and personable.
  11. B

    Brontegal1

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our server was absolutely super and food was awesome. Thank you
  12. SR

    SteveR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here a couple times and have always had an excellent experience. The ingredients are free, local and the dishes are inspired. It’s on the pricy side, but worth every penny.
  13. G

    Group3

    Toronto

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our anniversary & got the window table I asked for but 2 of the customers were extremely loud & irritating, one sat behind us the the other was on the other side of the curtain in a group of 8. Very inconsiderate to all the other tables around them that are trying to enjoy their conversation, company & meal. Otherwise our waitress was great & the food was delicious.
  14. K

    Katharine

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was generally very good. Ambience was very stark. If I go back I will wait until nice weather to be outside. Service very pleasant and friendly although not strictly professionally trained.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and service.
  16. a

    aleemv

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for great dining in Niagara on the lake. The burrata and fig was delicious, and the slow braised beef was so soft you could cut it with a fork. I would definitely come back here when I'm back at Niagara on the lake.
  17. DT

    DavidT

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, very bright dining room. Server was very attentive to our needs, and they made our anniversary occasion feel special. Highly recommend.
  18. MB

    MikaB

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Nice modern setting and excellent service. Food was just okay. Pizza with chorizo sausage was not baked enough and doused in sauce - so it was partially raw and soggy. Butternut squash risotto was cooked perfectly, nice saffron and nut crumble but it lacked seasoning - so end result was bland. Would recommend the Sticky Toffee pudding which was very good.
  19. KD

    KatD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Had dinner at the Gate House on Friday night…the place was super quiet and definitely lacked energy and good vibes. We chose to sit outside as inside seemed way too quiet. There was no music inside just the sound of forks on plates. Outside had some quiet music and two of the three heaters were working. Became a bit cold after some time. The food was delicious and that’s super important. The menu is short and sweet and has enough to please anyone I think. A limited menu only means the dishes they do have will be on point. The bar is very limited though and besides basic drinks there was very little variety (no bartender either). Service was great - the waitress had no issue relocating us from inside to outside and then again closer to a heater. We were happy with the food but the atmosphere wasn’t anything special.
  20. JK

    JoanneK

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An enjoyable lunch on the patio. Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto was excellent! Will come again!
  21. EM

    EmilieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, friendly waitress. We were a bit surprised to be seated outside but it was warm enough with a jacket.. then it started raining and we were about to get really wet.. but we then got a nice table indoors. Everyone friendly, food great. We would definitely go back.
  22. D

    Dave

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The soup - butternut squash and chili aioli with roasted sage - was a gourmet delight! Along with the burger and quiche, our party of 3 thoroughly enjoyed our meals. And our enjoyment was beautifully complemented by our most personably helpful server, Melody (so sorry if I’ve misspelled your name). The patio location was ideal for late afternoon lunching/dining. Excellent in every way possible - we will definitely be back!
  23. MS

    MustangSally

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 4 who dined at the Gate House on Thanksgiving Day for lunch. The weather was beautiful so we were able to dine on the patio. We all had different entrees and all were very good. Our server, Kirsten, was friendly, efficient and passionate about her work. It was a great way to spend Thanksgiving Day and birthdays for 2 of the diners.
  24. JP

    JillP

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very pleasant lunch, with good service. Nice setting outside.
  25. ST

    SylvainT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Ambiance of a surgery room with to much light. Food below average and a bad service. I do not recommend that restaurant
  26. RG

    RebeccaG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve visited Gate House twice now and both times our experience was amazing! The food is fantastic, our server was wonderful, and it’s a quiet romantic spot. Definitely adding GH to the regular restaurant rotation when visiting NOTL. Thank you!

    The Gate House BistroResponded on October 4, 2021I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to be able to welcome you back again in the near future. Until then stay well

  27. AL

    ArleneL

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice patio. Service was reasonably good. My fish and chips was excellent. My husband enjoyed the steak Tatar, but it should have been an appetizer not a main course. There was not enough food for him.

    The Gate House BistroResponded on October 4, 2021ArleneL, I am sorry to hear that your husband did not feel the portion of steak tartar was filling enough for him. As your comments and concerns are important to us they have shared with our Chef. We do hope this will not prevent you from visiting us again. New Fall menu is due to come out around October 15th. All the best

  28. FF

    FoodFirst

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I experienced the food as being pretty average and heavy feeling. Service was not great. Had to ask multiple times for things like ketchup and drinks. One of or party’s order wasn’t put in and she wound up eating after everyone else was done.

    The Gate House BistroResponded on October 4, 2021Hello FoodFirst Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. I wish I was made aware of your concerns while you were dining with us so I could have made some concessions for you and your party. Please accept my apologies and assurance, that although human error does occur from time to time it certainly is not the service that is typical of us at The Gate House. I hope you will allow us another opportunity to show you our true service style. Kindly

  29. DB

    DB56

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great dinner, excellent service. A somewhat limited menu. We were on the patio and it started to pour during dinner but everyone was kept dry and in a strange way it enhanced the atmosphere.

    The Gate House BistroResponded on October 4, 2021Thank you for your kind words and embracing the experience during one of our many Fall storms this year. Kindly

  30. RB

    RonB

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kortney did an amazing job looking after us and all of the tables here!! She was extremely upbeat and always smiling!! Ps food was almost as good the service

    The Gate House BistroResponded on October 4, 2021Thank you Ron. Courtney is an amazing server and person and we are extremely lucky to have her on our team.

  31. D

    Disappointed

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Didn't enjoy it -- didn't live up to our expectations of Treadwell's reputation.
  32. LC

    LarryC

    Cancun

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Glad to eat there again. It was quite cool during our dinner there are no heaters and very limited wine selction. Food was good and the service was excellent.
  33. L

    Local

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was absolutely horrible. Have eaten there many times before as live nearby. I had the quiche which I have had before, top was burned to brown, little tiny bowl of basic salad that was warm, dressing barely a dressing.. like they just splashed a little oil and vinegar... no flavour...something you would get at a fast food place. Husband had the club sandwich, his fries came a deeo brown colour almost burnt... big piece of the rib of iceberg lettuce hanging out of his sandwich, No flavour again. Really plain and basic food... other than location/venue... dont see how this place would survive. Too bad to see it go so dowhnhill. Sad as one of the town patios we like to sit at... but now will likely not return.
  34. EP

    EventPlanner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful patio and delicious food. Fresh and local, both food and wine
  35. S

    Stormyweather

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely peaceful patio and delicious food. Limited patio menu but something for everyone. We sat by the corner fountain nearer the sidewalk which was made up of 3 tables (2 for 2 people and 1 for 4-5 people). I felt bad for the waitress who had to walk quite a ways from inside the restaurant to way out to the small patio by the sidewalk. But she didn’t seem to mind and was very attentive and efficient. Steak was a little overdone but I attribute it to the long way from the kitchen, it was delicious though and perfectly seasoned. The quiche was also delicious as was the white chocolate raspberry panna cotta.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quality food and very flavourful. Exceptional service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu is casual and limited (which was a positive for what we were looking for) but the surprise was quality and size of the portions was excellent and the service was absolutely top notch (I wish I had got her name, she usually works at sister resto Treadwell).
  38. NB

    NealB

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Seated outside and it was very chilly. Waitress missed order and we ended up canceling it and leaving
  39. SF

    StevenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food served in a beautiful setting
  40. HK

    HayleyK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server; Katie was AMAZING! The food was delicious too

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Gate House Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 357-2038.

The Gate House Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for The Gate House Bistro

142 Queen St Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    142 Gate Street on the corner of Queen Street

  • Neighborhood

    Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Williams

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (905) 357-2038

  • Catering

    From cocktail reception on our beautiful patio overlooking Queen Street, to a seasonally inspired dinner provided by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine, to the luxurious accommodations at the 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa, we accommodate your every need to make planning your special day an enjoyable experience. Let us help you and your guests explore the endless adventures the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer. From wedding photographs on Queen St, historical landmarks and even horse drawn carriage rides through the town, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

  • Private party facilities

    From special celebrations to corporate events and everything in between, The Gate House is ready to welcome yourself and your guests. Newly renovated, The Gate House offers all that you need for a memorable event – distinguished surroundings, professional event staff, and a farm-to-table fine dining menu created by the critically acclaimed Treadwell Cuisine. The world-class 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa is also located steps away, ensuring that your guests delightful experience continues beyond their meal. We love hosting private events at The Gate House because everyone deserves time to celebrate, reconnect, and unwind together. Our experienced hospitality team will accommodate your every need; taking the stress out of planning so you can enjoy spending time with your guests.

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