Best Restaurants In St. Catharines That I Can’t Stop Eating At – Local’s Guide

Best Restaurants St. Catharines

When it comes to the dining scene in St. Catharines, there are so many different restaurants of varying cuisines scattered throughout the city. However, there are some spots that stand out more than the rest.

With mouthwatering food and a great atmosphere, there are five local spots that I just can’t stay away from. In fact, I find myself going back again and again.

So follow me from St. Paul Street to Port Weller as I share the best restaurants in St. Catharines that you need to try.

Merchant Ale House

For good old-fashioned comfort food, there is no better place to stop than The Merchant Ale House. Whenever I have a craving for a solid burger or some mac n’ cheese, this is the place I gravitate to.

No matter what entree I choose, I always make sure to start off with their garlic knots and a blueberry wheat beer. For all those beer lovers out there, this St. Catharines restaurant has an expansive list of their own suds to choose from.


Eh José

There are few local taco joints in St. Catharines and while many of them are great, Eh José reigns superior in my opinion. The tiny shop is just off St. Paul Street and has great authentic Mexican cuisine.

My favourite go-to meal would be guac and chips, some taco al pastor, and their house margarita.


Valley Restaurant

I’m a huge Italian lover, which means when it comes to my pasta I get picky. Valley Restaurant has blown me away every single time I’ve visited.

It’s now my go-to spot for birthday dinners and celebrations. With everything made in-house, you’ll want to taste your way through the entire menu.


The District

With an expansive tapas menu, this joint will take your taste buds on a tour around the world. Some of my favourites include the Smoked Duck Bao Buns, Avacado Bruschetta, Korean BBQ Sticky Pork Ribs and Chimi-Tostadas.

The District also has a great brunch menu that’s available every Saturday and Sunday.


Cold Break Brewing

Cold Break is perfect to go to all year round, with a great indoor space and patio. The spot also has an expansive beer list that changes with the seasons.

In terms of food, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. But their BBQ’d Brisket Sammy, Double Deuce Burger and Burrata Platta are favourites.


This article is part of a series called “Local’s Guide.” Allysha Howse has lived in Niagara for three years and has been visiting the spot for much longer. With her new-found knowledge of the area, she’s decided to share all of her favourite places and answer some tough questions.

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