Top 10 restaurants in Windsor, Canada

October 7, 2017 Deane Carmody

Many tourists know Windsor for its casino. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find fascinating history here. Once an important stop on the Underground Railroad, Windsor became an important center of whisky production and, thus, a major smuggling port during Prohibition. (Apparently Al Capone liked his Canadian Club.) In summer, catch the enormous fireworks display at the International Freedom Festival.
Things to do in Windsor

1. Nico Ristorante

851 Erie St E, Windsor, Ontario N9A 3Y7, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$196 +1 519-255-7548
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Nico Ristorante

Reviewed By Karolina H - Houston, Texas

Just come here--it's one of the best! Located on Erie St., you really can't go wrong! The cozy environment and small dimensions lend itself to a romantic atmosphere. Service is great--servers are super sweet. And don't get me started about the food--it's just like grandma made it! You really can't get much better than in Italy itself. Let me tell you, I've been there, and this place gives any restaurant in Italy a run for its money. Try the roasted beet salad, you won't be disappointed! The beef short rib is absolutely mouth-watering--literally falling off the bone! The pesto genovese and bolognese are both phenomenal! I've had the veal scallopine, which seemed bland and salty at the same time. However, I'm personally not a fan of veal scallopine, so I'm not the one to ask. You cannot skip the tiramisu here! Terrific!!!

2. Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge

804 Erie St E, Windsor, Ontario N9A 3Y4, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 519-252-4055
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 351 reviews

Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge

Reviewed By Catherine N

My fiancé and I ate at the restaurant for the first time last weekend, and the owner Fil and his staff gave an exceptional service. We highly recommend this restaurant for their great food especially their bruschetta appetizer, great service and wine! Thank you and we will definitely be coming back to try more of the menu

3. Spago Ristorante Italiano

690 Erie St E, Windsor, Ontario N9A 3X9, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 519-252-2233
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 881 reviews

Spago Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By Wendy M - Windsor

Spago has 3 locations in Windsor all are good , great portion size with great flavours! Great variety on their wine list! Desserts looked awesome but was way too full to try them!

4. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Windsor Riverside

1 Riverside Dr W, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5K3, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$243 - HK$392 +1 519-254-1646
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 556 reviews

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Windsor Riverside

Reviewed By Gregory M

Let me preface by saying the Keg is one of my favorite chain restaurants and has been for two decades.. I'm from the USA and make the effort to cross the border half-a-dozen times a year for special occasions and the amazing view of the...MoreThanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We understand you were disappointed with your experience, and we encourage you to email us at [email protected] with the details of your visit, including the location, so we can follow up with you directly.

5. Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine

372 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, Ontario N9A 1A6, Canada Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$126 - HK$181 +1 519-967-9696
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 541 reviews

Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine

Mazaar, true to its translation, "a place you must visit". Serving Windsor with two locations; Mazaar is an upscale-casual restaurant that offers authentic Lebanese cuisine in a comfortable yet energetic atmosphere. We at Mazaar combine friendly service with an extensive menu, offering a wide variety of fresh Lebanese entrees and appetizers. Lebanese food's rise to popularity is not only due to its wonderful flavour, but for its health promoting properties as well. This healthy alternative is being embraced by many including vegetarians in particular thanks to the number and variety of vegetarian dishes such as fattoush salad, tabouleh, hummus and baba ghanouj. In the true spirit of the Lebanese food, Mazaar welcomes you like close friends at a dinner gathering, and invites you to experience our fresh, healthy and flavouful Lebanese cuisine.

Reviewed By Carol P - Windsor, Canada

I have eaten at this restaurant many times (the Cabana location). Food is delicious plentiful and consistent. I highly recommend this restaurant!Dear Carol P, Thank you for being a loyal Mazaar guest, and we look forward to making every experience you have a great one. Thank you, E. A. Director of Operations

6. The Cook's Shop Restaurant

683 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J4, Canada Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$173 +1 519-254-3377
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 537 reviews

The Cook's Shop Restaurant

Reviewed By Bob H

The restaurant is quaint and “romantic “service is good. But that’s about it. Its dated and cheaply done. Like no updates since it opened.
Bargain basement style dish towels are your napkins and economy looking silverware (all the same size) and serving dishes. Salad is served in a cheap metal bowl. It works but it’s by no means “FINE DINING” this is like setting up a nice ambiance in your basement at home.
This place is highly overrated and I don’t see why.
My wife and I have been twice the we order the same thing when we go. Caesar salad. This is served in a big metal bowl and is literally Romain lettuce that’s cut twice. You have to cut it gain to be able to eat it unless you’re a farm animal. (this has been this way both times we attended)
The wine is good as reported by my wife. The drinks are served in very small glasses even the normal drinks such as Coke are served in cheap old looking little glasses. They are similar to the cheap little glasses you get to drink OJ in at a hotel for continental breakfast.
We both order steak I get NY Strip and Wife gets Filet Mignon.
The steak we both got on our last visit came with cheap spaghetti and bland sauce. I was shocked because last time I went I got a potato and veggie. So, I won’t be back to this place again.
This place is just one of them restaurants with a following and people enjoy it. I personally won’t be back because I get a much better experience from a place like the Keg where
Maybe I’m missing something but who serves spaghetti with steak and that’s it? The waiter said. Oh if you want veggies you have to ask as pasta is what we serve. So they give you 50 cents worth of cheap pasta and a steak that’s fine dining?
Personally, I’ll go to the keg as I get a much better service. Nice dishware, great service, good food, good size drinks, and the same price as the cook shop.

7. Calabrisella Ristorante

614 Erie St E, Windsor, Ontario N9A 3X9, Canada Italian, Vegetarian Friendly 519-977-7306
Excellent
83%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Calabrisella Ristorante

Reviewed By Paul G

Please do not tell anyone about Calabrisella. We found the restaurant this past Friday evening after a matinee in Windsor. I am up for trying anything but was a bit skeptical when the first restaurant was packed and Calabrisella had open tables. What a great meal and evening. It has a wonderful family feel and the food is outstanding. We will definitely be back even though it is a 45 minutes drive and we have to cross the boarder into Canada.

8. The Squirrel Cage

1 Maiden Lane W, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5V9, Canada Takeout, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Canadian, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$94 +1 519-252-2243
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

The Squirrel Cage

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Wonderful meal. Pleasantly surprised. Relaxed artsy decor. Friendly waiter. Meals were tasty and filling. I will definately return. I never knew that this place existed in this tiny lane in Windsor. I had brunch , the eggs charlotte ( like eggs Benedict with smoked salmon $12+tax). My friend had fluffy looking pancakes with strawberry-like sauce. Nearby parking lot or side street meter parking on pelissier St.

9. Paul's Kitchen

2565 Dougall Ave, Windsor, Ontario N8X 1T5, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 519-966-8080
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Paul's Kitchen

Reviewed By Katia B - Matera, Italy

I came over with my family to Windsor from Detroit for a quick brunch and we decided to try Paul's kitchen after Reading a lot of good reviews and it really lived up to our expectations! Very good quality food and huge portions. Loved the hash brown and the house special fruit crepes. Recommended!!

10. Mamo Burger Bar

1515 Ottawa St, Windsor, Ontario N8X 2G3, Canada Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 519-973-1234
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Mamo Burger Bar

Reviewed By beverleyb229 - Windsor

This restaurant has changed hands many times and many different food choices. However, it has finally found it's niche. There is a vast list of all kinds of burgers from plain to super chili to fantastic cheese but what is extra special are the fries. If you have never had garlic fries you have to try them there.

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