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The Oaklands

The Oaklands celebrates simplicity, the season, and a sense of place. We connect people to place through respect for our history, our land, artisans and our commitment to warm hospitality and service. The restaurant takes its culinary cues from Niagara’s ingredient driven cuisine, rooted in the breadth and depth of global French culinary influence.

The beautiful setting encourages you to lose track of time enjoying stunning vineyard views and our sister property, Peller Estates, while enjoying a menu that changes with the seasons.


Open for Brunch
Daily 10 AM – 3 PM

Open for Dinner
Thursday to Monday 4 PM – 8:30 PM
Closed for dinner service on Tuesday and Wednesday

Brunch Menu

Dinner Menu

Wine & Cocktail Menu




Dining Events at The Oaklands

Join us on our scenic back lawn at Riverbend Inn & Vineyard for our themed dining events. Reserve your spot via myWineCountry.com or by calling our Wine Country Concierge at 1-888-510-5537.

Canada Day BBQ – Friday, July 1
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An invitation to one and all to pop by the beautiful Riverbend Inn on Canada Day, Friday, July 1st between 12 noon and 3 o’clock for an informal barbeque hosted by Chef Ross.

In addition to our regular a la carte seating in the restaurant and patio (reservations strongly recommended), Chef Ross will be manning the BBQ in front of our Coach House. Pick up a burger or sausage, with all the fixings, and a beverage. Hover and chat with Chef around the grill, head to our gorgeous front lawn for games, or simply to take in our glorious space. Who knows, Chef may even pick up his guitar for a strum or two? All are welcome & informality encouraged!

Menu will include: Grilled Burgers, Grilled Sausages, Portabella and Goat’s Cheese Burgers, Individual Chips, Cookies as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. All items are priced individually and wrapped for your convenience.

PEI Lobster Boil – Friday, September 30
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Hosted by our very own Executive Chef and East Coast native, Ross Midgley, join us at Riverbend for this exciting event to kick off your summer. Would you trust your lobster boil to anyone else not from PEI?

The night will begin at 5:30 pm for a sparkling wine and canape reception. The dinner portion will begin at 6:30 pm, where you will be seated at a communal table and served family style with the rest of the lobster loving guests. You will enjoy fresh cracked lobster, drawn butter, coleslaw, and finger rolls, along with a glass of Chardonnay – a perfect pairing! Complete the evening with a classic lemon meringue tart.


Coming Soon

Canada Day BBQ – July 1
Lobster Boil – September 30
Harvest Dinner – October 21


Chef Ross Midgley

Raised in Prince Edward Island, Ross grew up around honest hospitality. His mother absolutely hated cooking but was, nonetheless, a consummate entertainer and from a young age he learned the intricacies of hosting a good party. He likes to refer to himself as a ‘born-again Chef’, having turned to the stoves after a couple of university degrees and stints in teaching, small business and banking. In 1996 he returned to his Charlottetown home to study at The Culinary Institute of Canada and has never looked back.

Soon after graduation, Ross moved to Niagara where he has worked in many of the area’s most renowned kitchens, holding the Executive Chef role in several. Ross has also been the Chef/Proprietor of his own place with his sommelier wife, Wendy – The Kitchen House at Peninsula Ridge.

Ross loves the full-service integration of food and lifestyle a boutique Inn affords, having spent months on ‘stage’ in Hampshire, England at the idyllic Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa. The acquisition and relaunch of The Riverbend Inn by Andrew Peller Limited is also a sort of homecoming for him as he was sous chef of our sister property, Trius/Hillebrand Estates from 2001-2005.

Motivated by all things ‘entertainment’, Ross is always on a quest for how to throw an even better party. When he is not cooking, Ross dreams of one day rock and roll stardom with his band, The Hopyards. He lives on a small farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake with his wife and three boys.