Dine in a Snow Globe: 9 Stunning Spots for Dome Dining in Ontario

While the fad may have started pre-‘rona, one of the silver linings of these past few turbulent years is that dining in a dome or igloo has become a fad! How can it not – an adorable set up for a romantic dinner or a snazzy girls’ date? Count us in! Luckily there are a number of places for dome dining in Ontario. If you’re looking for a special spot for your next dinner out, here are some fantastic suggestions across the province.

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Top Spots for Dome Dining in Ontario

Whether you call it a dome, igloo or snow globe, there’s no denying these spots are incredibly charming. Be sure to take note of these top spots for dome dining in Ontario!

One of the Igloos at Friday Harbour Resort in Innisfil
One of the Igloos at Friday Harbour Resort in Innisfil

Friday Harbour Resort in Innisfil

With the slogan “Live every day like it’s Friday”, Friday Harbour Resort is looking to bring upscale resort vibes to Ontario. Located along the shores of Lake Simcoe, it’s a destination for all seasons with plenty of activities, beautiful scenery and wonderful amenities.

Head to the Promenade where you’ll find Friday Harbour’s collection of igloos. They’re available on a first-come, first-served basis and are self-serve. Close by you’ll find restaurants and coffee shops where you can grab some take-out to enjoy inside your igloo. Enjoying a full meal might be tricky but it’s a great spot to enjoy a hot beverage and a treat!

While you’re there, stop by and enjoy a cozy campfire at the beach on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (s’mores kits are available for purchase!) or explore the nature reserve and outdoor adventure centre.

Friday Harbour Resort Information

Address: 3999 Friday Dr, Innisfil, ON L9S 0J7
Hours of Operation: Varies
Reservations: No, reservations are not available
Average Price per Person: Varies

 

Tammies Place Igloos Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Tammies’ Place Snow Globes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Tammies’ Place in Orillia

Recognizing that connecting with customers is as important as serving up great eats, Tammies’ Place aims to make you feel like family. They bring a unique vibe to this Simcoe County city and it’s quickly becoming one of the top restaurants in Orillia. While you’ll enjoy a tropical vibe in the summer with cabanas, come winter the places transforms into nothing short of a winter wonderland.

Guests will be treated to a set snow globe dining menu for both lunch and dinner. Their lunch deal is $20 and you’ll enjoy an appetizer as well as a main course. Dinner is a three course meal (appetizer, main and dessert) and is priced at $45. Take a look at their menu options here and be prepared to pay in advance for your meal when you make your reservation. Oh, make sure your phone is fully charged – not just for photos but so you can be your own DJ as each snow globe comes with a personal speaker!

Tammies’ Place Information

Address: 83 Mississaga St W, Orillia, ON L3V 3A9
Hours of Operation: Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Reservations: Reservations are required, please call 705.325.8612 to reserve
Average Price per Person: $20 – $60

 

Trestle Brewing Company Bubbles - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Trestle Brewing Company Bubbles – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Trestle Brewing Company in Parry Sound

Head to where the Seguin River meets Georgian Bay in Parry Sound for a legendary brewery experience! What was once one of the largest train stations in Northern Ontario, Trestle Brewing Company has transformed it into a beer lover’s dream as well as a culinary destination. Their food menu may be small but they focus on delivering quality eats with their seasonal menus. Trestle is proudly FeastON certified and everything is made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. It’s also quite common to see their beer infused in these culinary delights to ensure visitors enjoy a taste you won’t find elsewhere!

Surrounded by gorgeous views and historic sites like the iconic CPR Trestle bridge, settle into one of their adorable bubbles as you enjoy their great eats and fantastic beer. Whether you’re looking for a cozy date night dinner or to grab a few pints with some buddies, you can’t go wrong with one of the bubbles at Trestle Brewing Company!

Trestle Brewing Company Information

Address: 9 Great North Rd, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X8
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00pm, Closed Mondays
Reservations: Reservations are required and can be booked here
Average Price per Person: $30 – $50

 

Proof Bar and Patio Igloos Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Proof Bar and Patio Igloos – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel in Toronto

Yorkville’s dining domes are back! Head to the rooftop where you’ll find Proof Bar and Patio at one of the best hotels in Ontario. Forget about the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto as you settle into one of their four cozy igloos. This “IGLOOsive” dining experience offers patrons a warm way to enjoy a winter date night enjoying light eats and sipping wine under the stars.

Three of the four igloos have a dedicated lounge tasting menu where you can choose from a few different options like charcuterie and calamari. If you’re looking for a full dinner experience, you’ll want to book the white igloo as you settle in for a delightful three course meal. This is certainly one of the more expensive private dome dining experiences on this list but you’ll receive a top-quality experience you surely won’t forget.

Another reason to check out these dining domes in Toronto? Proceeds from every reservation are donated directly to Nellie’s Shelter and Red Door Family Shelter to help women, children and families get back on their feet.

Proof Bar and Patio Information

Address: 220 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1T8
Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday from 3:30pm to 11:00 pm
Reservations: Reservations are required and can be booked via their website
Average Price per Person: $80 – $200

 

Village Biergarten Domes Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Village Biergarten Domes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

The Village Biergarten in St Jacob’s

Enjoy a taste of a German beer garden in the heart of St Jacob’s! Since 2019, the Village Biergarten has offered locals and visitors to Waterloo Region a beautiful spot to enjoy a meal and a brew inside their adorable restaurant or on one of the region’s largest patios. While the Village Biergarten embraces the German beer garden vibe, their menu offerings aren’t limited to that with a variety of items that dabble in a number of cuisines.

While most of the dome dining options on this list seat six, these domes in St Jacob’s can accommodate up to eight people making it great for folks with larger families or a bigger group of friends. The Village Biergarten is a popular spot in town already (especially on weekends) so if you’re dead set on enjoying one of their domes, reservations are encouraged.

As of right now, The Village Biergarten’s domes aren’t open but we’re hoping this will change soon. They still have an outdoor patio with fires to keep you cozy and a limited menu to enjoy with your beer!

The Village Biergarten Information

Address: 1381 King St N, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
Hours of Operation: Fridays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sundays from 12:00pm – 6:00 pm, Closed Monday to Thursday
Reservations: Reservations are recommended and can be booked via their website
Average Price per Person: $80 – $200

 

Elora Mill Snow Globes - Photo Courtesy of their Instagram Account
Elora Mill Snow Globes – Photo Courtesy of their Instagram Account

Elora Mill in Elora

One of the most iconic spots in town, the Elora Mill was once the industrial hub of Wellington County. While its mill days are long gone, this +175 year old building has stolen the hearts of many with its old-world charm and beautiful architecture. Patrons will be treated to an exquisite experience as it’s a top getaway in Ontario with incredible amenities like their state-of-the-art fitness facility and luxurious spa with unparalleled views of the Elora gorge.

With these incredible features, it’s no wonder the Elora Mill has added outdoor dining domes to the repertoire. Enjoy the culinary prowess of the kitchen within these magical surroundings. Their menu looks to highlight the region’s rich agricultural heritage as the majority of the ingredients used are harvested from their farm. It’s a true farm-to-table dining experience!

As of right now, it seems as though the Elora Mill snow globes are only available for spa and hotel guests for dinner until January 26th. There is lunch availability for non-guests but it is limited. It’s best to call ahead and inquire as this may change at any time.

Elora Mill Information

Address: 1381 King St N, St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
Hours of Operation: Daily from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Reservations: Reservations are required, please call 519.846.8464
Average Price per Person: $40 – $80

 

Hockley Valley Resort Snow Globes - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Hockley Valley Resort Snow Globes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Hockley Valley Resort in Mono

If you’re looking for the premiere dome dining experience in Ontario, Hockley Valley is the place to go. Hockley Valley Resort is already known for its slick slopes in the winter, outstanding golf course in the summer months and remarkable spa services. It’s not surprising that they’ve added such an iconic winter experience to their line-up!

Each of their snow globes seats up to six people and patrons will enjoy a five course meal complete with wine pairings from the neighbouring Adamo Estate Winery. The menu changes weekly but you’ll always enjoy an incredible farm-to-table dining experience! With charming twinkling lights to set the mood, warm faux fur throws to snuggle up in and the ability to be your own DJ, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or a wonderful date night out.

Hockley Valley Resort Information

Address: 793522 Mono 3rd Line, Mono, ON L9W 5X7
Hours of Operation: Times Vary from Thursday through Sunday
Reservations: Reservations are required, book online here
Average Price per Person: $150+

 

Fielding Estate Winery Domes - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Fielding Estate Winery Domes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Fielding Estate Winery in Beamsville

Situated in the largest wine-producing region in Ontario, Fielding Estate Winery is a must-stop spot for wine touring in the Niagara Region. They’ve been a top wine producer in the Beamsville Bench for over 15 years, taking home 20 medals in the 2021 National Wine Awards alone! Their gorgeous building offers wine drinkers brilliant views across Lake Ontario. You can even see as far as Toronto on a clear day!

Fielding Estate Winery is the only winery in Niagara offering the opportunity to wine and dine in their adorable domes. Seating up to six people, folks can enjoy Fielding’s stellar selection of wines with flights or by the glass as well as their delicious craft ciders. You won’t find a full menu here so it may not be the best place to go if you’re looking for a solid dinner, but they do have cheese and charcuterie plates perfect for grazing as you indulge. There is a $20 reservation fee for the wine dome experience. For more details, check out this great article summarizing the experience!

Fielding Estate Winery Information

Address: 4020 Locust Ln, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2
Hours of Operation: Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Reservations: Reservations are required, book online here
Average Price per Person: $30 – $50

 

Old Stone Inn Domes - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Old Stone Inn Domes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Old Stone Inn in Niagara Falls

The Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen, located inside the Old Stone Inn, is a lesser-known gem in Niagara Falls. As the only historic restaurant in the city at over 100 years old, you’ll love the contrast of rustic stone and earthy wood elements with the modern decor. Feast ON certified, quality is not compromised as the menu utilizes locally sourced ingredients to bring you the best flavours in the area.

As one of the top restaurants in Niagara Falls, your dining experience will be taken to the next level inside of their domes. Settle in for your private dining experience with impeccable service and scrumptious eats. The enchanting lights and faux fur throws complete the experience! Reservations are encouraged (though walk-ins may be available) and you’ll be required to pay a $50 deposit to reserve your dome – but this fee will be applied to your bill.

INSIDER TIP:
If you’re looking for a less expensive way to enjoy this Ontario restaurant, plan a midday visit for their afternoon tea experience!

Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen Information

Address:  6080 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V5
Hours of Operation: Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Reservations: Reservations are required, book online here
Average Price per Person: $50 – $100

 

Casa Toscana Greenhouses - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Casa Toscana Greenhouses – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

More Spots For Unique Outdoor Dining in Ontario

Dining in a dome is fun and all but some folks across the province are getting even more creative! For more fun ways to enjoy winter outdoor dining in Ontario, check out these restaurants.

The Greenhouses at Casa Toscana in Niagara

Looking for a little taste of Tuscany in Ontario? You’ll find exactly that at Casa Toscana in Beamsville! With direct connections to Italy, it’s the best spot in the region for gourmet products from the country. Casa Toscana brings a taste of Europe without boarding a flight!

Located in an elegant heritage home, Casa Toscana is a fantastic spot for a bite to eat in Niagara. However, they’ve recently added adorable greenhouses that customers can wine and dine in on their patio! There is a $25 booking fee to reserve a greenhouse but 50% of that fee is donated to a local charity.

Casa Toscana Information

Address: 9 Great North Rd, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X8
Hours of Operation: Thursday to Saturday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Closed Sunday through Wednesday
Reservations: Reservations are required, please call and 289.235.8888
Average Price per Person: $35 – $55

 

Trestle Brewing Company Yurt - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Trestle Brewing Company Yurt – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

The Yurt at Trestle Brewing Company in Parry Sound

Camping, or rather glamping in a yurt has become a top activity for many over the past few years. However, have you ever heard of dining in a yurt? How about an authentic Mongolian yurt? You can enjoy this unique experience only at Trestle Brewing Company! Produced by Groovy Yurts, the company works alongside rural Mongolian families to support their communities as a source of income. The story is quite remarkable and will warm your heart. Seating up to ten people, it’s a fantastic way to get out for some beers with your buds.

Trestle Brewing Company Information

Address: 9 Great North Rd, Parry Sound, ON P2A 2X8
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00pm, Closed Mondays
Reservations: Reservations are required and can be booked here
Average Price per Person: $30 – $50

 

Old Stone Inn Cabins - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Old Stone Inn Cabins – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

The Cabins at the Old Stone Inn in Niagara Falls

Looking for some northern vibes but don’t want to make the drive? Enjoy dinner in a cabin at the Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen! Similar to their domes, each cabin is complete with a heater to help patrons stay warm as well as a private speaker so you can be your own DJ. You can expect the same level of service as you would inside the restaurant or with the globes, just with a little dose of country charm!

Flour Mill Scratch Kitchen Information

Address:  6080 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V5
Hours of Operation: Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Reservations: Reservations are required, book online here
Average Price per Person: $50 – $100

Fielding Estate Winery Domes - Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page
Fielding Estate Winery Domes – Photo Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Things to Know For Your Ontario Dome Dining Experience

Dome dining may be one of the newer dining trends out there, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s something you need to do a little bit of prep work for. For one, it’s winter out there so temperatures can fluctuate with the possibility of it getting quite cold – especially at night. Be prepared with lots of layers including some thermal base layers to keep yourself warm. Bringing a blanket along isn’t a bad idea either to ensure you stay cozy!

Also, dates, times and requirements fluctuate based on the location. Restaurants may close due to inclement weather. Some are requiring you have an up-to-date vaccine passport as well in order to enjoy the experience so please do your research before making a reservation if this applies to you.

So, who’s ready for a dome dining experience in Ontario? If you know of another spot offering winter dome dining, let us know in a comment below and we’ll update the article!

About the author

The name's Lindsay and I'm the gal behind I've Been Bit! Born and raised here in Niagara, it's been a treat to get reacquainted with the area through my love of food. While I'm always a fan of a unique latte or eggs benedict, I'm definitely the lush of ELO. It's not uncommon to see me with a beer or cider in hand while enjoying a meal! Don't worry, I always enjoy responsibly as I seek out the most unique eats on the menu.

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