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Be Mine at Dinnertime! Valentines Day Dining in Niagara

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It’s a day of great expectations that calls upon the romantic in us all to craft an evening of epic proportions. Oh… the pressure! To make your Valentine’s Day dining woes subside, we’ve prepared a list of top-notch romantic experiences for you and your sweetie, that will keep you out of the “chateau chien” and have her wondering how you managed to select the perfect menu!

Benchmark Restaurant at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Prix Fixe: $45 for Three Courses
$50 for Four Courses

Known for its association with the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Benchmark Restaurant is privy to one of the best views in wine country. Nestled at the bottom of the escarpment, the restaurant overlooks the vineyard and a wintery wonderland of forest through the 270-degree windows of the dining space. The menu style is farm to table and culinary excellence is at the top of their priority list. This is a no-brainer for a romantic dinner for two.

Treadwell Cuisine

Tasting Menu: $80
Or a la carte: $14 – $45

The name Treadwell has become synonymous with gastronomy in Niagara. In Stephen Treadwell’s restaurant the divine elements do not end on the plate, as house sommelier James Treadwell has an excellent palate that will see you well served on a pairing menu, or guided to a bottle selection that will have your taste buds begging for more. Located in the heart of historic Port Dalhousie, there is something particularly lovely about this restaurant. A gem in Niagara.

Liv Restaurant at White Oaks

Prix Fixe: $65 for Three Courses

This restaurant, located at White Oaks Resort and Spa is a beautiful dining room with five-star service that will have you and your date feeling as though you’ve received the celebrity treatment. The menu never fails to impress and with a special Valentine’s menu offered for the evening, you can be certain that you are receiving a unique culinary experience.

Trius Winery at Hillebrand

Prix Fixe: $90 for Five Courses

Trius at Hillebrand is the quintessential wine country dining experience. Located on site at Hillebrand Winery, the dining room has big windows with gorgeous views of the estate vineyards. The interior dining space is elegant and inviting, the perfect ambiance for a romantic night out. Your dinner will be prepared by Chef Frank Dodd, seen on various television shows and often featured in culinary publications… a little celebrity for your indulgent night out for two! A beautifully crafted five course menu will be the ideal candlelit experience for a beautiful Valentines Day.

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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