About Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Treat yourself to authentic Wine Country cuisine in the contemporary Mediterranean flair of Escabèche. Our 4-diamond designation & VQA Restaurant Award of Excellence are testimony to the high caliber of dining experience you can expect.
Savour each season as it is revealed in innovative menus created by Executive Chef Chris Smythe. He masterfully blends art & science to create dishes sure to stimulate & satisfy the most discerning palates.
Enhance your meal with a bottle of wine from our award winning list of over 400 vintages from Niagara & around the world. Be sure to visit our world class cellar with Sommelier Fred Gamula.
Whether you are here on business, a romantic getaway or family trip, we will cater to your every need. Unparalleled service, award-winning cuisine & elegant ambience make your dinner at Escabèche a truly extraordinary experience.
Call to enquire about Tea in our Drawing Room or a visit to our Churchill Lounge & Patio.
Canadian, Contemporary French / American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Saturday 7am - 11am
Monday to Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm
SUNDAY VICTORIAN BREAKFAST BUFFET 8am - 12pm
Sunday to Saturday 5pm - 9:30pm
CAN$51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(905) 468-3246 ext. 6530
Featuring great live entertainment in our Churchill Lounge:
Fridays from 9pm to 11pm
Saturdays from 8pm to 11pm
We do both onsite and offsite catering. Our group menus are fresh, contemporary and of great value.
Chef Chris Smythe and his team has put together menus that will suit most tastes. If you don't see something you want, ask us and we may be able provide it!
We are Vegetarian & Vegan friendly with many Gluten-free options.
Complimentary parking is available to all our guests in the lot of Prince of Wales Hotel, home to Escabèche.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Perfect for Weddings, Corporate Groups, Baptisms, Holy Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversaries, Birthdays & Themed Parties. More recently we've added Little Princess Tea Parties - your little girl can entertain her friends with Afternoon Tea!
At Prince of Wales hotel, we can host groups of up to 100.
Our brand new soon to open Banquet Facility, will be able accomodate up to 250 persons.
Call us for info or to book you next event with us.
Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I very much enjoyed our dinner at this restaurant. The food was very nicely prepared, and quite delicious. The reason why I only gave this 3 stars was to do with the service. While our waiter was very nice and pleasant, the service was very slow. Additionally, we were not asked how we wanted our steak to be cooked. Fortunately it arrived cooked perfectly, but I felt that we should have been asked. Finally, trying to sort out our bill took a very long time as we were part of a package that had been ordered. Again, our waiter was very pleasant and very apologetic for the delay. I feel that the restaurant did not have enough staff to adequately support the busyness of the evening.
A few couples stopped in for dinner during the Icewine Festival. The menu had some tempting choices, both my friend and I ordered the Arctic char and were both surprised at how bland it was. It's like they forgot to season it and there was no salt on the table. Two other guests ordered the huge steak and they were both not cooked to their likings. The place is very charming and unique, but the staff seemed tired and even handed my friend the breakfast menu for dessert! Not the most professional. They did comp one of the steaks, but it was still disappointing that they cooked them wrong. My husband's 'rare' steak was medium-well with a lot of char that tasted bitter. With all the other options in Niagara on the Lake, we'll be trying something else next time.
I remember this location from my childhood. It has become a neighbourhood icon and proudly wears its heritage. We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary and could not have been more pleased with our choice. We booked this evening from our home in BC and it was well worth the effort. Thank you!
We were having a simple post New Year's break and decided to try the main restaurant associated with the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We were very pleased with the outstanding ambiance and seasonal decor. The sound system provided great background music (we could hear ourselves, but not the other couples nearby). Our dinner was well presented with an superb salad and an excellent main course (tenderloin). Service was attentive, friendly and appropriately responsive and totally unrushed. However, we would appreciate having more gluten-free options, especially for dessert. We would highly recommend Escabeche and plan on returning when there's better weather, soon!
When we arrived at the restaurant we were treated very shabbily. In fact the staff were belligerent, rude and not cooperative
The dinner was great our server was lovely.
When we were leaving the same staff that were present on arrival retrieved our coats and offered NO assistance to the lady.
We found this unacceptable
Wow what a difference from the Trump Hotel in Chicago where we were treated royally 2 days previously
We reserved our table at Escabeche for Christmas dinner with our son and daughter in law . While the ambiance was magical,the food superb our experience began with a very long + 45 minute wait for our table.It seemed the entire second seating experienced the same wait. While a reasonable wait time is acceptable, having to wait for a 7:15 reservation in the lobby of the hotel with most of the other diners with like reservations for almost an hour was a little off putting. The servers were great,under the circumstances,but were obviously rattledby the experience.
Rather disappointing overall. The selection was limited, and while OK, certainly not to the standard I have seen from this establishment in the past. As for the seating, we were a table of four stuck in a thoroughfare with another table of four. In order to get to the food someone from the neighbouring table had to get up and move their chair out the way every time. Not impressed for an over $200 price tag.
Our Christmas Eve dinner was superb. We have been coming on Christmas Eve for 20 plus years. Our party size has declined considerably over the years , however, we still feel like special guests and look forward every year to an extraordinary evening. Service, food and ambiance was excellent once again this year.
While the food was excellent at this location we did not find the restaurant to be good value for money. They serve very small "nouvelle cuisine" portions and when one is spending upwards of $200.00 for a meal one expects to leave the establishment pleasantly full, not thinking of what to eat later.
We cannot fault the service which was consistently excellent.
We choose to do the tasting menu and were delighted with the flavour and presentation of each course. Our waiter was also excellent and very personable. We were however somewhat disappointed in finding that the accompanying wine for the main course was substituted with two selections that were barely drinkable. (The sommelier made a point of letting us know that he had added an extra wine to the pairing, but did not mention the they would both be bad). The listed ice wine that was to accompany the desert course was also substituted with the same wine from a vintage two years older than listed in the menu. This would normally be considered to be a bonus, but, the 2004 Vidal ice wine, while still drinkable was brown in colour and had an off flavour (which is difficult for many to detect in a sweet variety).
Overall... a nice experience, but really disappointed with the deviation from the printed wine pairings - especially considering the fact that we're in the middle of Ontario's wine country.
Our first dining experience at Escabeche and we won't be recommending it. The chowder was nice but other dishes were all cold to tepid. Service was inattentice even though the place was not busy. Waiter had to be reminded to bring our dessert. The dining room is beautiful, bright, and nice view of the street. The menu sounded great but the kitchen did not deliver. With several excellent restaurants nearby, we were disappointed.
Had the faboulicious menu; romaine salad & tuna & cheesecake. Husband had the Duck confit appetizer & tuna. Everything was well presented & generally tasty. The tuna accompaniments were very tasty but unfortunately the tuna was quite bland. Although it was nicely done (not too rare/not overdone). Wine sommelier was quite good. Suggestion he made was great. Had a bottle of Gamay.
The service was great and the ambience lovely! Great table! Unfortunately the food was very disappointing - it was Fabulicious, the restaurant was very busy. The beef tenderloin was very under done for medium rare and the tuna was dry, tasteless and overcooked. I would give them another try as i have had very good meals there. But food really needs improvement!
We had Wayne as our server. Wayne was very comfortable making both wine, and food suggestions. We even had the sommelier for our single glass selections with our first two courses.
The Beef Tenderloin was perfectly tender, perfectly seasoned, and had just enough on the plate.
The food, and staff were both lovely and helpful without pretentiousness.
We stayed at The Prince of Wales on our last visit but were unable to book a room this time so we decided to go for dinner one night at Escabeche. Although the dining room is elegant and the waiter and additional wait staff were excellent, friendly and professional, we were very disappointed in our food. I ordered the tiger prawns and expected giant juicy shrimp but instead got the size of the extra large you would buy at the grocery store that were far from succulent. My husband had the chicken which was dry. The desserts were not spectacular either, overall we were not pleased with the food based on the price of the meal. We love to dine out and we do dine out at least once every weekend but I think we are spoiled by our home town of Prince Edward County chefs that prepare meals that are twice as good, we don't mind spending the money on a good meal but not when the meal is not up to the price. Overall is was not good value and very disappointing.
Escabeche is always our go to restaurant for special occasions. This type of upscale dining is disappearing all over so we need to frequent the remaining good ones to show our support for the style that we want maintained. This occasion was our wedding supper having just been married that afternoon in Niagara on the lake. Well done Escabeche!
We had never dined here and pass it every year and think we should book a dinner. This year we did and it lived up to our expectations. Our table was near the window so we had a great view of all the flowers and the people passing by. The food was exceptional, the menu extensive enough that you had several choices and the wine list was perhaps a bit daunting and we know the local wines enough and even we were intimidated. The sommelier stopped by and was very helpful and suggested a great bottle of wine, not too expensive and very tasty. We will definitely add this one to our list. We ate lunch earlier in the day in the Churchill and it was good too, nice place for lunch or a drink before/after the play.
Overall a nice meal. Service was excellent and the waiter was very attentive. A bit disappointed that my steak was on the rare side instead of medium rare. The music was a bit dated. OK if you like Frank Sinatra and that era for background music. The cake for dessert was on the dry side.
Bustling, crowded tourist trap but fun nonetheless, if you aren't too fussy. Service was eccentric but amusing. The whole room seemed to be anarchic with nobody actually in charge. Decor is cozy meets shopworn. The food is terrible ("organic" romaine that was both wilted and improperly washed, greasy fish and chips, inedible pasta with leaden meatballs, etc.). Decent list of mostly local wines. Prices fairly high. So long as you don't take it too seriously, this can be a potentially amusing stopover in a popular tourist area.
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