17 AWESOME SPOTS TO PAIR DRINKS & A MEAL IN ONTARIO

These Ontario breweries, wineries and cideries invite you to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Pair your drink with a delicious meal at their Instagram-able onsite eateries that will have you foodies feeling gratified and craving more.

The Kitchen at Elora Brewing Company, Elora
One of Ontario’s most enchanting villages is home to a craft beer and ‘farm-to-table’ gem of a brewery, gastropub and bottle shop. The heritage architecture, Grand River, Elora Gorge and recently renovated Elora Mill Hotel and Spa invite you to stay awhile.

The Restaurant at Pearl Morrissette, Jordan Station
Never one to conform, Pearl Morrissette has opened its doors to diners with an ever-changing, carte blanche menu of seasonally inspired French style fare, perfectly paired with their outstanding wines.
Note: Let them know about any dietary restrictions in advance so the Chefs can fully accommodate you.

Bistro at Good Earth Food & Wine Co., Beamsville
One of Niagara’s original farm-to-table dining spots, this bistro also offers unique cooking classes and demos, as well as awesome events with local chefs and wineries, including of course, their own.

Burger Rebellion and Refined Fools Brewery, Sarnia
Sarnia’s midtown location of popular Burger Rebellion is conveniently located at the Refined Fools Brewery, local craft brews with a hipster flair and high-brow burgers. A perfect union.

Viewpointe Estate Winery, Harrow
Perched on the edge of Lake Erie, Viewpointe is one of Essex County’s treasures, showcasing culinary diversity and a magnificent panorama from the patio.

Bushfire Smoke BBQ at Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake
What better complements an old 1800s barn than great craft beer and old school barbeque? Possibly the hippest renovated cowshed in Niagara, Oast House Brewers invites you to the big red barn for Friday night pints, live music and BBQ.

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Paddock Cafe at Adamo Estate Winery, Orangeville
Come for the award –winning wine, stay a bit longer for the farm-to-table fare and views overlooking the vineyard and countryside. The selection of charcuterie plates featuring salumi and cheese, cured and aged onsite, come highly recommended.

The Restaurant at Waupoos Estate Winery, Prince Edward County
Visit the oldest winery in The County, nestled among the vines and orchards, overlooking Prince Edward Bay. The full-service restaurant features grand windows with a commanding view of Lake Ontario, and a menu that includes poultry and produce from the winery’s own operational farm and gardens.

Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters Vineyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Looking for an authentic, rustic Italian menu perfectly paired with full bodied red wine overlooking over 100 acres of vineyard? Look no further; just get yourself to Two Sisters (reservations are recommended).

Rhubarb at Boshkung Brewing Co, Minden
Located just below Haliburton and Muskoka, Boshkung serves as a gateway to cottage country and has become an essential stop for tasty small batch brews and the local seasonal food at Rhubarb. Tip: on warm fall days, snag a picnic table overlooking Mirror Lake. Instagram gold!

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Image credit: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery grocery shop

Restaurant at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, St. Davids
One of Niagara’s heritage vineyards, Ravine Winery employs green practices both in the winemaking and in the kitchen. They grow their own organic vegetables onsite, bake their own bread and sell their own canned preserves. Farm dining at its best.

Bistro 42 at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery, Colchester
Surrounded by vineyards, Carolinian forests, Lake Erie shores and lavender fields, there’s no end to the views at this lovely fusion-style bistro in southwestern Ontario’s EPIC wine country.

Riverside Brewpub at Whitewater Brewery, Foresters Falls
Located right by the Ottawa River, Whitewater Brewing Company brings the same passion and priorities they invest in their craft beer to their seasonal, locally sourced brewpub menu.

Bistro at Spirit Tree Cidery, Caledon
Spend an afternoon at this oasis in the Caledon countryside. May we recommend the Cider Master’s Charcuterie Board; five cider samples paired with artisan cheeses, cured meats, Ice Cider Pate, Cafe de Paris Butter and artisan bread made onsite.
Side note: the new boardwalk and viewing platform at nearby Cheltenham Badlands are scheduled to open this fall.

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The Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, Beamsville
Dine in a restored 1885 Queen Anne Victorian style manor at Peninsula Estates Winery for lunch, dinner or leisurely Sunday brunch. On a clear day, you can see the Toronto skyline from the vineyard.

Tap Room at Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, Kenora
Inspired by the clean, fresh water of northern Ontario, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company’s Sultana Gold Blonde Ale is a Royal Winter Fair winner – best paired with comfort pub fare at the tap room. Ask about onsite brewery tours.

The Patio Restaurant at County Cider, Waupoos
What pairs extremely well with a delicious cider? Lamb sliders and wood fired pizza, of course. Add in a breathtaking view overlooking Prince Edward Bay and you have yet another reason to visit Prince Edward County.

Still hungry and/or thirsty? Learn more about  Ontario’s culinary hotspots.

Main photo credit: Elora Brewing Company by Daniel Dunlop Photography @the__stash