What feels better than leaving the cold outside to find your cheeks warmed by the glow of a fireplace? To have your glasses fogged by the steam rising from a piping hot bowl of soup? Or to just feel you could relax in your comfortable chair forever? We’ll raise a toast to those cozy dining spots that make you feel toasty, even on the chilliest nights. Find out where to go for memorably cozy dinners, delicious cocktails, and everything in between during your Niagara Falls getaway this season.
Red Coach Inn
The Red Coach Inn has been a Niagara Falls fixture since 1923, and its dining room immediately conjures a timeless elegance. Nab a seat next to the natural stone fireplace in the Grill Room before picking your dinner selection off their award-winning menu. Bonus for travelers on short trips: The restaurant is open every day except for Christmas.
A local favorite since 1980, Carmelo’s in Lewiston is as known for its intimate environment (only 16 tables!) as it is for its daily menus of beautifully plated seasonal food. For an extra-cozy meal, choose one of the warming fresh pastas on the menu. And for those who might be dining alone, look for one of the five seats at the bar.
Sometimes, settling in for a delicious burger and beer is all you can ask for out of an afternoon. Griffon Gastropub has 50 beers on tap at its Niagara Falls location and a menu that emphasizes creative gastropub dishes. But it’s the dim lighting, pressed-tin ceilings and friendly service that makes this a cozy place to settle in for a few hours with friends.
Imagine pushing open a door and stepping through a portal to a cozy Irish country pub. That’s what it’s like to walk into Shamus, with its exposed brick walls and dark wood beams. Settle in with a pint and pick from classic U.K. dishes like fish ’n’ chips or shepherd’s pie. As many products as possible are locally sourced and the meats are smoked in-house, so you can be guaranteed a meal that’s as fresh as it is filling.
Modeled on the classic bistros of France, Webster’s Bistro is a warm and inviting restaurant housed in a landmark building in North Tonawanda. Select a bottle from the well-curated wine list and settle in for a fine-dining meal in a casually cozy environment.
Sometimes you just want to feel you’re in someone’s home, eating dinner with the family, and that’s just what you’ll get when you settle in at Michael’s Restaurant in Niagara Falls. Family-owned since 1960, Michael’s specializes in classic Southern Italian dishes served in a warm bistro atmosphere. One thing we can promise—no one leaves here hungry!