About Escabeche - The Prince of Wales Hotel
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, Italian, 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
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(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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
Escabeche hits all the high notes for a ...
Escabeche hits all the high notes for a 5-star experience. You expect a finely-tuned menu, cellar, and staff from a restaurant at Escabeche's level and they did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and experienced and the menu was enticing, the execution of the dishes perfect. Give yourself plenty of time to experience what they have to offer. We did not have the tasting menu, but assembled three courses from the ample selections available and were not disappointed.
The food was poorly prepared and overcoo ...
The food was poorly prepared and overcooked. The Fishwich was fried to the point where it was rubber, the haddock had more batter than fish inside and for the price you pay, at least give the person a bigger portion of food and side. The bun was bigger then the burger, disappointed. I expected more from a higher end restaurant.
My husband and I have eaten at Escabeche ...
My husband and I have eaten at Escabeche several times but it has been a few since our last visit. Disappointingly it has gone downmarket. Our starters (mussels, and lettuce leaves) were fine but overpriced. Of our entrees (chicken, and fish) we ate only the proteins, and left everything else on the plate. I would have been embarrassed to put such plates in front of guests! The tomato, mushroom and rapini on mine were overcooked, and mixed together on the plate; it looked like a mess. The frisee mixture on my husband's plate looked tired (brown edges). And for this we paid close to $300, including a discount the waiter arranged because of the poor main courses. We used to look forward to dining at Escabeche when we visited NOTL, but we'll be looking for another dining venue in future. So sad.
Other than its location inside the Princ ...
Other than its location inside the Prince of Wales Hotel, there is really no reason to dine there. I found the menu selections very limited and what we did order was mediocre at best. It has a nice ambience but that's about all.
The service was excellent but ... we ord ...
The service was excellent but ... we ordered the salad (sort of a Caesar) with chicken and the portion was quite small and really it was just a few romaine leaves thrown on the plate ... very unimpressive. The food did not match the lovely room and service. I could have done much better myself. Yes, it was just a light salad that we ordered but it could have been carried out with some style, don't you think?
I attended the mother's day brunch. Alth ...
I attended the mother's day brunch. Although we had a pleasant afternoon overall I would say that I felt things were disorganized. There was no signage inside or out to direct people to the completely separate building behind the hotel. When we went to the resautrant they seemed to confirm we had a reservation and were told to wait while they set our table. After waiting about 15 mins I didn't see any buffet so I questioned the host and then they confirmed we were in the wrong place. When we finally found the building where brunch was served we had to again wait about 15-20 mins. Finally seated it took a while for our server to take our drink order. Food stations were messy, serving spoons had caked on food, dishes were adequate certainly nothing special or extra special for mothers day. I had to clear our plates myself and walk them over to someone!!! Pancakes and French toast were hard and dry which was disappointing. By the time we got to dessert there was no fruit left and the staff confirmed! Lastly, the setting was disappointing. We were just in a closed off banquet hall which was pretty sad. I would have expected mother's day to be special and a main feature inside the hotel with all its charm which is why I chose to book here in the first place. I do like this hotel and have been here for tea but unfortunately I will not be back for mothers day brunch.
Review of Mother's Day Brunch
We had the Mother's Day Brunch in the Royal Cambridge Room at the Prince of Wales Hotel. We booked a reservations for 3 people months in advance. We were sat at a table for 2 where we were crammed in with barely enough room for our plates. The ambience was terrible. We were sat at rows of tables in a large conference-style room. The line for the food was quite long and the food was either cold or the buffet containers were empty. The service was absolutely terrible. Our server sat us, got us orange juice and then never came back. We had to ask another server to get refill our drinks and clear our plates. Definitely not worth it.
My hubby took me here for my mother's day brunch and although we had reservations, we still had to wait in the long line for 15 minutes to get in. I'm not sure there was enough staff on hand to sit everyone. However once we got inside and met with our server, everything was great. Attentive server, excellent food and always great ambience. We sat in the bar area this time as I guess the dining room was full, but it was still a great ambience very close to the fireplace. My eggwhite omelette with squash, oka cheese and Kale was excellent!
We were very excited to go to the Prince of Wales for a fine dining experience with our grandparents. We were taking them to a fancy lunch and play. I was very frustrated from the beginning. Not one person came to our table for about 15 minutes. Finally we got service. We all asked for water and only 4 of the 5 of us got one. Throughout the lunch the water glasses were empty. We then asked for a appetizer, which was a Caesar salad.. it was specified by myself that I wanted this before hand. It came with the meal, the food was tasty. No complaints there. My sister did not enjoy the pizza very much. It was then time for the bill, and we waited around for a half an hour after all plates were removed for the bill, after specifying that was all and the bill was needed. After we got the bill we then waited 15 minutes for the server to come back and get the payment. For a fine dining restaurant I was exceptionally disappointed with the service. I would probably never return unless it was for high tea.
Everything from the food, to the service and the ambience was first rate. The lobby was decorated beautifully, as always. There was a magical theme of Alice in Wonderland throughout the main reception area. Whoever is responsible for the decoration and display of the Prince of Wales Hotel should receive an award. I believe it is why I return time and time again. Whether it is life size nutcrackers at the entrance during the holiday season, or stunning flower displays or the Alice in Wonderland backdrop, it is the stunning decor at this Hotel that sets it apart. We had a really enjoyable morning at the Escabeche restaurant and will be returning very soon.
Special Night Out
we were celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary and the staff could not do enough for us.
from the assistance in choosing the right wine, to the added pre-dinner treat, to the script wishing us a happy anniversary on our dessert plate the attention to detail was outstanding.
The main course of red snapper was cooked to perfection. We both enjoyed our evening and plan to return next year.
Our server, Daniel, was tremendous. He w ...
Our server, Daniel, was tremendous. He was personable and professional and his suggestion to have the perch pan sauteed without the cornmeal crust was perfect. We will come back again when we visit Niagara on the Lake!
All the right components but ...
We ordered the tasting menu and wine pairing. The seasame shiitake mushroom salad was an amazing balance of flavor and freshness - certainly a nice way to start the dinner. The appetizer course of scallop and pulled pork was a tasty if a somewhat odd combination. For the main, the duck breast was badly undercooked. The skin was hardly crispy and the rest was, well ... essentially sashimi. We were told it would be served medium rare, but it was far from that. On the upside, the wine pairings and the sommelier were excellent. Interesting experience and lots of potential with some real highlights, but a bit inconsistent.
Our meal was very nice - not amazing but nice - the room however was freezing - we were seated beside a window on an extremely cold night - I was chilled to the bone by the time I left - they really needed to heat the room. I don't expect to have to keep my coat when we are eating upscale. Service was good and food tasty.
Good Food Excelent Service
We enjoyed a 2 night stay at Prince of Wales on the Icewine Lovers package which included dinner and breakfast. The two breakfasts and the dinner we had at Escabeche were excellent ~ couldn't believe how yummy the gluten free french toast was! At dinner my boyfriend had the pork chop and I had the fish... both very tasty but I did covet the pork chop when our meals arrived. The food was well prepared, beautifully presented and, most importantly, served hot. It was clearly a very slow time of year there but all of our servers were wonderful and attentive ~ Especially Fred and Gerry who took care of us during dinner.
New Year's Thieve
In the spirit of cutting to the chase, I am going to break down the good and the bad in point form first, and add my write up further down:
- As the title suggests, this was a NYE dinner, which may have affected their service level, food quality and value adversely. I have never dined there before so perhaps their daily experience is better.
- Absolutely beautiful setting.
- Historic yet well maintained.
- Definitely a good pick for a special occasion.
- We arrived exactly at the time we reserved, yet had to wait for about 30 mins.
- Service was excessively slow and flustered.
- I was surprised to find that I was limited to the NYE prix fixe menu (this was not mentioned on their website when I was making the reservation) and at $90 per person it was incredibly overpriced (and that's not even taking into account the subpar experience).
- Food experience was average, with dessert being mediocre and soup mediocre, which - to add insult to injury - was served lukewarm.
Having set their NYE menu to roughly double the expected cost per person when no particular holiday show or other form of entertainment was on would lead you to expect a stellar gastro-experience. However, this was far from the reality. The staff was overwhelmed, people had to wait long to be seated, and (considering we were in for a relatively late dinner) the dinner service took up about 2 hours in our case. Some tables were served their courses out of order. If it wasn't for the lovely ambiance and the pleasant waiter, this would have been a total flop.
Good dinner, but had to wait 35-40 min
We arrived right on time for our reservation, but were told it would be about 10 minutes, and to kindly go to the bar in the meantime. After about 35 minutes someone finally showed up and we were seated and things were fine from there. BUT this is too long too wait for a table that had been reserved, and there was no apology made whatsoever. No offer to pay for drinks at the bar either, of course
Over booked at Christmas lunch.
Booked one month in advance. 45 minute wait for the table. Manager was good with us but still service was really bad. A lot of people complaining. We go ever year at Christmas but this experience will make us look at other options. We are local to the area and would keep away in the future. I would recommend do not over book your restaurant and keep tabs on your wait staff. You could see the look of fear on all the staffs faces from how busy it was. Food was pretty good.
We had a reservation for 5 guests 1:00 pm but due to over booking we were not seated until 1:40. The hostess tried her very best and was most apologetic. Upon being seated our table encourched on other tables making it uncomfortable for them. Our table settings were not complete with glassware & cutlery. The table lacked any centrepiece to mark the holiday. Our server required multiple requests for beverages & butter. Attentive to take away soiled plates was appreciated.
The buffet was very average and for a holiday meal of over $40 per person I expected more. The carving station offered Turkey & Roast beef. The soup was tasteless. The breakfast menus were standard. Pancakes?? No variety of side dishes. Dessert average. For a CHRISTMAS buffet attention to detail such as ham, lamb would have been nice. Vegetables variety choice of mashed potatoes , pasta. Trifle or pudding for dessert.
As mentioned disappointed and will not return for further dining.
A Feast for All Senses
From the minute I walked in the restaurant, I was treated to an exquisite experience. Friendly, personable service, a beautifully presented and wonderfully delicious meal, and a warm atmosphere made my Christmas Eve memorable. I will definitely add Escabeche to my holiday traditions.
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