Food and Drink
Located in the causeway of the Old Train Station in the Canal District of Port Colborne, The Smokin’ Buddha casually delivers your favourite dishes from around the world. Vintage maps, exposed brick and an open-kitchen create our distinct “shop”. Part industrial grit, part Asian zen- we offer a small, laid-back space to explore global eats and local Niagara food culture.
The name and concept “The Smokin’ Buddha” was conceived with friends while sipping sake under a kotatsu (heated coffee table) near Hiroshima, Japan in 1998.
When we (Kevin and Kyla) moved to Niagara, we missed the fresh tastes of our travels to Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Korea, so we started cooking up plates for friends and family – always happy to entertain over a meal.
In 2005 these meals took the leap out of the Sugarloaf kitchen and on to the Port Colborne Farmer’s Market. The first products were California rolls and curry pastes, sold out of a red Coleman cooler. Over time, the menu expanded (and so did the cooler!) and in 2006, the Buddha expanded to the Fonthill and Welland markets.
In 2007 “The Smokin’ Buddha” Restaurant opened its doors in the old train station in Port Colborne. The original plan was to serve globally inspired appetizers accompanied by craft beers and wine, modelled after the Izakaya concept in Japan (fun, lively, little pubs). This concept has evolved over time and the menu has grown to include our favourite feel-good foods from all over the world.
The Local Markets
Where it all began for the Buddha in 2005, the Farmers’ Markets connect us to the best of Niagara food, culture and community. You can find us this summer at these local markets:
NOTL – Wednesdays from May to September 4:30 – Dusk
FONTHILL – Thursdays from May to October 4:30 – Dusk
CRYSTAL BEACH – Thursdays from June to September 4 – 9pm
WELLAND – Saturdays all year round 8am – 12 pm
Grab a quick breakfast or lunch and browse the markets!
Welcome to The Canalside Restaurant, Port Colborne’s first choice for casual dining. Your hosts Greg and Rosemari invite you to come, sit down, relax and watch the world sail by.
Located on historic West Street, Canalside Restaurant offers diverse lunch, dinner and late-night menus including steaks, pasta, seafood and vegetarian selections. Daily lunch & dinner features add to our variety along with unique homemade soups.
Canal side is a great restaurant on historic West Street in Port Colborne, Ontario, serving great homemade food “Slow Food”, in a casual fine dining atmosphere, with daily features,fresh vegetables, homemade sauces and soups as well.
Join us at The Canalside where we serve REAL FOOD, NOT FAST FOOD. We serve great homemade meals daily with a separate lunch and dinner menu featuring Ontario corn fed steaks, seafood, and pastas as well as amazing daily features. We make some very creative, homemade soups daily.
Canalside, located in world-renowned Niagara Wine Country, serves a wide variety of local wines and Ontario craft beers. Sit down and try some of our over 70 different kinds of beer (yeah!) with a beer passport; an extensive wine and cocktail list as well. Yes, we carry local wines from the Niagara Region, since we are a Canadian pub.
Extensive wine list from the Niagara Region and around the world.
Canal side offers live entertainment Friday nights. Come and watch the world sail by in our lounge, or at a table…..The atmosphere is awesome and the staff are always happy to see you… Enjoy our open air patio throughout the summer with a fantastic view of the Welland Canal at Bridge 21.
We also offer free local lunch delivery for group orders. (minimum 8)
Open daily at 11:30 am Reservations accepted Seating for 80
Come and watch the world sail by!
Planning a holiday, reunion, or group party? Let us take care fit for you. we have many menu choices to suit your needs. The Canalside Banquet Room offers comfortable seating for 50 people. Great for parties, meeting or showers, offering a gorgeous view of the Welland Canal and Bridge 21. Projector and screen available for groups and meetings
Food service or hall rental available.
Full table service
July 2008 – Voted BEST SOUP in the Niagara Region and the best place to splurge, by the readers of Pulse magazine
March 2009- voted restaurant with the best view…(hey, we’ll take it)…
June 2009 – voted best food in region, by Pulse magazine..
July 2010 – voted best Veggie Burger in the region (and we have numerous vegetarian dishes).
March 2011 – Awarded business of the year by the Port Colborne/Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.