Ensconced in the floral scapes of the Oakes Garden Theatre and proffering premium views of the American Falls, The Secret Garden combines victual tradition and natural beauty. A menu of Canadian classics promises farm-fresh eggs in the morning, back bacon and sausage over stir-fried veggies at lunch, and Ontario pork at dinner. Inside, colourful paintings and blooming floral displays line The Secret Garden's air-conditioned dining room. Diners who choose the extensive outdoor patio are seated among lush flower gardens, close enough to the hear the roar of the Niagara Falls, which might be able to drown out the roar of their date's empty stomach.
Smart casual dining, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the intimacy of dining in the comfort and warmth of a Grand Lodge setting. Skillfully prepared seasonal inspirations with premium incredients. Rated three diamonds by CAA/AAA. VQA Award of Excellence wine list featuring local wines & international favourites.
The Old Winery dishes upscale Tuscan classics within a rehabilitated winery. Immediate hunger pangs capitulate upon encountering lager-steamed mussels appetizers with chorizo, rapini, and pepperoncini backup ($11). Wood-fired pies available at lunch and dinner run round the pizza circumference with traditional cheese-and-pepperoni ($11) and a white pizza topped with tuna, red onion, and chili peppers ($15).
LL&C Tours harnesses a 24-passenger shuttle bus to transport passengers on guided expeditions through four picturesque wineries that spread themselves across the Niagara area. In the four-hour journey, sightseers sip free samples, take in vineyard scenery, and learn about a grape's journey from birth to bar mitzvah during guided behind-the-scenes tours. A stop at Caroline Cellars' rustic, wood-panelled premises earns guests four free samples of the cellar's audacious varieties. Then, a jaunt to Reif Estate Winery fills brains to the brim with a full-guided tour, after which guests test the 125-acre winery's award-winning vidal icewine. With about an hour set aside for touring and tasting at Reif Estate, visitors might find that the swanky mansion surroundings and finely groomed garden are ideal for taking snapshots, sniffing flowers, or high-fiving Mother Nature. The tour then proceeds to Pondview Estate Winery and Riverview Cellars, where grapeheads enjoy the view of the Niagara River while sampling the merchandise.
Guests relax amid island-themed decor as Margaritaville's culinary savants whip up a menu of grill classics and inventive Caribbean-inspired eats. Dive into a seafood quesadilla appetizer ($12.25), which beckons diners to devour shrimp, scallops, and crab fillings held together by the same spinach and cheese foundation that supports the restaurant's walls. Equipped with certified grain-fed Angus beef, chefs grill 9 ounces of top sirloin ($24.95) to desired temperature levels and top the meaty mountain in a cap of gorgonzola cream. Jimmy's Jammin Jambalaya ($19.95) fills up big bowls with classic Cajun flavours, and the aptly named Licensed to Chill chicken burger ($13.95) silences stomach cries with a jerk-style breast basted in maple-bourbon sauce. For dessert, customers can sink teeth into a Jamaican rum cake ($7.95) that comes topped in seasonal fruits as fresh as a morning newspaper mistakenly printed on dryer sheets.