Kingston | Ontario Culinary
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Discover what's on their table.

Settled on a bed of limestone right on Lake Ontario, Kingston is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Huron-Wendat First Nations. In Anishinaabemowin, this space is called “Gaadanokwii,” which is interpreted to mean “a great meeting place.”

Known for its vibrant arts scene and many astounding musical acts, Kingston is also home to what can only be described as an epic food scene. Whether you’re taking part in a local food tour, brunching out at Wharf & Feather or The Union Kitchen + Cocktails, cozying up with a few beers and a great burger at Black Dog Tavern or Red House, you’re sure to find the right meal to suit how you’re feeling. If you’re in the west end, grab a house created margarita to go with your hand-rolled flautas at Mesa Fresca or savour North Indian flavours at Namaste’s new west-end location.

You can wet your whistle at a variety of local breweries across the city. In the west end, you’ll find Kingston’s only cidery, Hardway Cider Co. and Spearhead Brewing Co. Downtown Kingston you’ll find Daft Brewing and Something in the Water, and in the east end check out Fine Balance Brewing.

Craving caffeine and sweet treats? Check out Patriam Coffee located inside Fine Balance Brewing or one of Juniper Café’s locations and then head to Cocoa Bistro or Mac’s Chocolate and Bakeshop, located inside Otter Creek Kitchen’s west end location.

Ready to rock? Let’s roll. Start exploring Kingston’s vibrant food scene.


Kingston is home to not one, not two but eight Feast On® restaurants plus a whole lot more goodness.  Neighbouring farms in Frontenac, South Frontenac, and Prince Edward counties provide fresh, local ingredients to inspire Kingston chefs. And to complement your locavore meal in Kingston, you can savour locally made wines, beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you’re visiting between April and November, you can visit the Kingston Public Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This is Ontario’s oldest farmers’ market and has been serving up the community since 1801!

In the mood for a great burger? Black Dog Tavern and Harper’s Burger Bar are must-stops to scratch that itch. If you’re at an event, you may just be lucky enough to also try made-from-scratch wagyu burgers from Otter Creek Food Truck (or head to their brick and mortar restaurant in the west end of the city!)

If seafood is more your thing, go for a classic fish n’ chips at Dianne’s Fish Shack and Smokehouse or something a little upscale at Wharf & Feather or AquaTerra, both of which are located right on Kingston’s scenic waterfront.

Fancy a dip? We recommend wading into Lake Ontario at the Gord Edgar Downie Pier and then following it up with a Dolce de Leche gelato from Mio Gelato (drooling yet?).

With fresh bread made right in-house and lots of fresh, healthy options, you’ll love breakfast or lunch at Toast & Jam or grab a tasty ‘za from Atomica Kitchen + Cocktails. You really can’t go wrong with either one.

Exploring the Region?

Here are a few great places to start.

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