Niagara Falls is a popular vacation destination, with luxury accommodations, one-of-a-kind attractions, and unparalleled outdoor beauty. You and your family could pack your itinerary from sun-up to sun-down with activities, like the Maid of the Mist boat tours and the Niagara Falls History Museum. Kids and adults alike hate to miss out on wild adventures in Clifton Hill or on Dufferin Islands. You can go directly from a day of wine tastings in the world-class Niagara wine country to a night filled with theater productions in Niagara-on-the-Lake without taking a breath.
However, it is exactly Niagara’s plethora of can’t-miss opportunities that often allows visitors to miss out on a simple necessity that is particularly delightful in this region: eating. Niagara’s restaurants are outstanding in more ways than one, which means you absolutely must remember to stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and plenty of snacks at the following delicious locations.
Tim Hortons. A Canadian standby, Tim Hortons is always around the corner with fresh coffee and warm food. Even when you are in a rush to get going on your Niagara adventure, you can start the day right with a fast, filling meal.
Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery. Most kids are picky eaters, especially just after they wake up. Fortunately, Perkins Family Restaurant was built to satisfy all members of a family. Adults can select a lavishly flavorful morning meal, like a Mediterranean omelet or hearty steak breakfast, while kids chow down on chocolate chip pancakes or French toast.
Blueline Diner. The local diner of choice, Blueline is packed with personality. Like all true Canadians, the owners of Blueline show their ardent support for their NHL teams with myriad hockey memorabilia hanging from the diner’s walls. Service is fast and friendly, and the food cannot be beat.
Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill. The original bar and grill in Niagara Falls, Yanks has had time to perfect the art of lunch. With skillfully layered burgers, customized specialty pizzas, and other familiarly delicious fare, this is a comfortable place to crash for the midday meal.
Fallsview Buffet. Tucked into Sheraton on the Falls, this extensive buffet provides any food your family could crave come lunchtime. A handful of worthwhile vacation packages provide pre-paid meals to this fast-and-easy spot, which could help you save money.
Hard Rock Café. Surely a family favorite, the Hard Rock in Niagara Falls offers the same beloved food as you are accustomed to. Plus, if your family enjoys a day at the Fallsview Indoor Water Park, you can order delicious Hard Rock meals right from your lounge chair so no one has to worry about interrupting their fun.
Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Inspired equally by the culinary history of Italy and the fresh, fertile foods of Canada, Chef Massimo Capra has produced a distinctive dinner menu unmatched even amongst the top Niagara Falls restaurants. Even kids can appreciate the delicate flavors placed passionately in each and every plate.
AG Inspired Cuisine. Perhaps the first true farm-to-table establishments in Niagara Falls, AG is devoted to showcasing the bounty of Niagara’s fertile soils. You can find everything from local fruits and vegetables to Niagara-region wines — and it is all supremely delicious.
Windows by Jamie Kennedy. For a slightly more upscale experience, Windows provides an outstanding menu created by award-winning chef Jamie Kennedy as well as breathtaking views of magnificent Horseshoe Falls through the venue’s namesake glass.
Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show. If good food isn’t your only concern, you might book tickets at the renowned “Oh Canada, Eh?” Dinner Show in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This award-winning music and comedy spectacular is suitable for all ages, and the dinner fare is equally excellent.
Smoke’s Poutinerie. Perhaps Canada’s most beloved export, poutine is best when it comes from the source. Newbies absolutely must sample the original poutine, which smothers French fries in cheese curds and savory gravy, but those familiar with poutine might also be tempted to try Smoke’s variations, like veggie deluxe (with mushrooms, onions, and peas) or inferno (with chicken, jalapenos, Sriracha sauce, and red peppers).
Niagara Brewing Company. The best new microbrew on the block, this bar debuted with a flight of world-class ales and lagers — all of them appropriately Niagara-themed — as well as a kitchen serving simple and satisfying brewery fare. The entire family will enjoy stopping in for a bite (and perhaps a pint) to break up a long day of sight-seeing.
Boston Pizza (Clifton Hill). The menu at Boston Pizza is vast enough to suit any meal throughout the day, but usually this eatery is best utilized while kids (of all ages) run rampant around Clifton Hill’s Great Canadian Midway. After all, food in your stomach will keep your hands steady while you struggle to show off your skee-ball prowess.