1. Top of the Falls Restaurant
Looking for a side of “wow”? The Top of the Falls Restaurant at Niagara Falls State Park is where they serve it. Overlooking Terrapin Point on Goat Island, the panoramic restaurant overlooks Niagara Falls, boasting jaw-dropping views of the Horseshoe Falls. Your meal will be accompanied by these thrilling views thanks to epic floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air dining decks.
Food-wise (remember, you came here to eat), the restaurant is a proud ally of the Taste NY movement, so you’re guaranteed to get an authentic taste of the Empire State. Especially if you order the restaurant’s signature fish and chips: delicious haddock, beer-battered with Buffalo-brewed ale. And for dessert? Well, you’re in New York — say cheesecake!
2. Water Street Landing
A little farther downstream takes you to the picture-perfect Water Street Landing in the riverside town of Lewiston. The hot spot offers two dining experiences, from a side bar featuring cold brews and bison burgers to a fine-dining restaurant — both featuring stunning Niagara River views.
Oh, and music fans take note: Water Street Landing is developing a reputation as one of the leading live gig venues in Western New York.
3. The Silo
How’s this for quirky? What was once a functioning coal silo is now one of the most fun (and scenic) food experiences in the region. The Silo, also located in Lewiston, offers magnificent bird’s-eye views of the Niagara River with an equally impressive menu.
The deliciously notorious special is The Silo’s Original Haystack: seasoned rib-eye steak loaded with melted Mozzarella and toasted hash browns all served on a fresh baked hoagie roll. If you’re still up for a challenge, the ice-cream caboose next door sells a one-gallon sundae with a winner’s T-shirt up for grabs if you manage to down it. Not for the faint-hearted (or the lactose intolerant).
4. Wilson Boat House Restaurant
If you’re venturing along the banks of Lake Ontario, the charming Wilson Boat House Restaurant is the perfect place to drop anchor. For more than 100 years, visitors have been soaking up the stunning views — and the sublime seafood dishes.
Staples include creamy Parmesan and basil risotto with day-boat scallops and shrimp, or lobster-stuffed puff pastry with a fragrant seafood bisque. Pair it with a glass of local riesling and a screensaver-worthy sunset and you’ve got yourself an evening to remember!
5. Red Coach Inn
It pretty much feels like Valentine’s Day every day at Niagara Falls’ charming Red Coach Inn. Not only does the historic inn ooze an old-school romance, it also offers great Niagara views. The inn’s Rapids Room overlooks the Upper Niagara River, just as it’s about to plunge over American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
The Red Coach is open for dining throughout the day: think strawberry Belgian waffles for breakfast, indulgent vegetable Wellington for lunch and delicious New York strip-loins for dinner. Looking for an even better view? Consider overnighting in one of the inn’s Niagara view rooms upstairs!
6. Spring Lake Winery Café
Enjoy a lakeside view with your lunch! Spring Lake Winery Café offers a gourmet-inspired menu of delicious chef selections, from artisanal soups to decadent cheese platters. And don’t forget the extensive wine tasting menu. From local chardonnays to seasonal sangrias, there’s something for everyone to indulge in.
Cap off your meal with truly one-of-a-kind wine sorbet — an over-21-year-old treat you won’t soon forget.
7. Picnic Paradise
How do you like the idea of BYOP? Bringing your own picnic to Niagara Falls State Park not only ensures that winning al fresco flavor, but you also score the best seats in the house. All Niagara County parks offer open green spaces, allowing you to take in the views of everything from the American Falls to the Whirlpool rapids — and of course, that delicious meal!
Looking to stock up your picnic basket? Mackinali's Cafe & Bake Shop, conveniently up the street from Niagara Falls State Park offers a variety of fresh deli sandwiches, all boxed and ready to go! They also serve speciality brews, baked goods and their infamous loaded cheesecake slices, topped with everything from sweet sauces to candy-coated pieces.
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