Sure, the falls are the main attraction of any visit to Niagara Falls, but Niagara Falls restaurants have been known to wow a visitor or two, as well. Whether you’re looking for dining options on the American or Canadian side of the falls, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, from budget-friendly eats, to splurge-worthy spots that serve up breaktaking views alongside their sumptuous cuisine. Of course, with so many excellent restaurants in Niagara Falls, NY, it can be hard to choose. So, to make it easy for you, we’ve gathered some of our favorite deals at Niagara Falls restaurants in one place, so you can enjoy a great meal and save money while taking in everything this world-renowned tourist spot has to offer.
For a dinner show that appeals to both kids and adults equally, nab tickets to see famed magician Greg Frewin perform jaw-dropping illusions, including slights of hand, levitations, and optical illusions. Known as the International Champion of Magic, Greg incorporates live tigers and exotic birds into his show, so kids will have something to excitedly relive later in the evening as you enjoy dinner at Ruth’s Chris steakhouse. The show takes place on the Canadian side of the falls, so be sure to bring your passport along, if needed.
If you’re new to Indian food, and sensitive to spice, you should know that there are distinct differences in the regional cooking styles of India. Generally speaking, Southern Indian cuisine is where you’ll find the spiciest dishes, as well as a an abundance of seafood and rice-based specialties. Northern Indian cuisine, on the other hand, is where you’ll find complexly spiced (but not necessarily spicy) tandoori dishes and oven-baked breads like naan and paratha. If this is your first foray into Indian dining, Northern Indian cooking is typically more beginner-friendly option for western palates.
Read our guide to Indian Food for Beginners to learn more about Indian cuisine and order like a pro!
Hotels occupy some of the best real estate in Niagara Falls, so it stands to reason that hotel restaurants offer some of the very best views around. Luckily, these hotels have more to offer than just a standard continental breakfast: they actually serve some of the finest food in town. Most of the restaurants are open to diners even if they aren’t guests of the hotel—but if you are a guest, you may find that a complimentary meal or meal credit is included in your room rate. Lucky you!
When it comes to Italian restaurants in Niagara Falls, it doesn’t get more old school than The Como Restaurant, which has been serving up homemade pastas and Italian comfort food classics since 1927. The restaurant is so famous, in fact, that you can buy bottles of its homemade marinara sauce at local grocery stores! As for Como’s equally-famous meatballs, one of the owner’s family members estimates the restaurant has served at least nine million of them in its 90+ years in business.
The Como Restaurant’s food might be filling, but that doesn’t mean it comes with a heavy price tag. In fact, we included it in our itinerary, which is full of other budget-friendly picks: Niagara Falls on a Budget: How to Do a Weekend for $300.
Start with whites. Wineries often offer many different varieties of wine, from crisp and light whites to full bodied reds. But if you’re planning to sample the entire lineup, adopt a sipping strategy. Specifically, you should plan to sample the lightest wines first, then make you way to the darker varietals. Sampling the tannic-heavy reds first will make it more difficult for your to taste all the subtle flavors in the lighter wines, so save those for last if you want the best experience.
For more tips like this, check out our article titled: How to Taste Wine: Tasting Tips for Beginners.
When you visit a steakhouse, your waiter will likely ask you how you’d like your steak cooked. But did you know there is a right and wrong answer to this question? And it doesn’t just have to do with personal preference. Fatty, marbled cuts such as prime rib and rib eye can handle a longer stint on the grill, but leaner cuts such as filet mignon cannot. To ensure the best flavor, never order your filet well-done and instead stick to rare, or medium rare at most.