About Us

Since opening our doors in May 2006, we have always been fascinated and
driven by the “farm-to-table” concept. To call the concept “farm-to-table”
new is incorrect – it has been considered the norm for all great
restaurants in Europe and many in the US over the past several decades. For
years, chefs have worked with their local suppliers and based their menus
upon the seasonal product of the region. We have undertaken the same
philosophy, emphasizing the best artisan producers from the Niagara region
and surrounding areas; using the restaurant to not only showcase our team’s
talent to our guests, but also showcase the individuals behind the

Our wine program is, and will always be, driven by Niagara. We are so
fortunate to be located in an area where world class wines are being
produced only minutes away. Smaller, quality-driven producers – such as
Five Rows, Leaning Post, Pearl Morissette and 2027 Cellars – are staples on
our list. We also have a small, but excellent selection of international
wines, with emphasis being placed on sustainable, organic, and biodynamic
offerings from smaller, family-run producers. Our sommelier
team will always be on hand to assist in enhancing our guests’
experience – not only at the restaurant, but also with their adventures
through wine country.

In the spring of 2018, we opened our bakery – Treadwell Bakery – next door
at 118 Queen Street. Following the same philosophies as the
restaurant, Treadwell Bakery showcases delicious seasonal pastries, fresh
bread and sandwiches (along with other sweet and savoury treats).



Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, our restaurant offers our guests an opportunity to experience the very best of Niagara food and wine.



Whether a catered event in the comfort of your own home or a wedding staged in the grandeur of a local winery, Treadwell Caters can accommodate all of your special needs. We strive to customize an experience that will exceed your expectations.



Treadwell hosts and participates in a variety of a special wine and food events throughout the year.

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Event Catering and Weddings

Whether a dinner party in the comfort of your own home or a wedding staged in the grandeur of a local winery, The Treadwell Catering Company can accommodate all of your special needs.

Customized Events
Special events are the personal vision of the host. We strive to customize an experience that will exceed your expectations. A unique approach to food is delivered by the freshness of our produce.

Service with Style
Different events require different styles of service. Whether a full wedding reception, a casual cocktail party with passed hors doeuvres, or a formal six course tasting menu with wine pairings, we are the ideal partner to stage and execute your event.

The Treadwell Catering Company follows the “farm to table” concept of the restaurant and will bring freshness and creativity to your wedding or special event. No type of cuisine is too challenging. The style of menu – any configuration your imagination can think up – will be executed with elegance and precision. Seasonal ingredients will provide freshness and intensity of flavours that is unexpected in a catered meal.

Nothing is Impossible
We are experienced in small or large events, intimate or casual, professional or romantic. The Treadwell Catering Company will arrange everything according to your specifications – tables, chairs, tents, cutlery, china, wine. Our staff are rated as the finest in the region and will service your needs with knowledgeable professionalism. Whether a bartender to design and execute a signature cocktail for your wedding, service staff to ensure that you do not lift a finger at your dinner party, or a chef to personally serve unique creations or cook right in front of your eyes, our team lives and breathes hospitality.

NEW – Southbrook Vineyards Catering

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Southbrook Vineyards as their exclusive events caterer! Whether an intimate corporate event or a winery wedding of up to 225 guests, Treadwell is able to cater a restaurant-style experience at one of Ontario’s most picturesque wineries. Please contact us below for further information on Southbrook and the experiences we provide.

“Just wanted to thank Chef, yourself, and the rest of the team for an unforgettable wedding!! We absolutely had a blast and had so many compliments on the food.”
– Sherry Lin, Winery Wedding.

“Sarah and Chef, our mouths still water when we think of our wedding meal. We often find ourselves wondering when and if we will ever have that meal again. Everyone loved it!!”
– Lisa & Rolando, Winery Wedding.

Click here for more catering information or contact us at events@treadwellcuisine.com.


    our team

    Stephen Treadwell

    Stephen Treadwell


    Stephen Treadwell was trained in some of England, Switzerland, and Sweden’s finest kitchens. From 1988 to 1994, he was Chef de Cuisine at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto, considered one of the finest French restaurants in Canada. After the restaurant was named “Patron’s Pick” as “Best Restaurant in Toronto 1994”, Stephen left Auberge du Pommier for Niagara-on-the-Lake, becoming Executive Chef at Queen’s Landing Inn. Over the next eleven years, Stephen would not only establish the Tiara Dining Room at Queen’s Landing Inn as one of the top hotel restaurants in Canada (named “Best Restaurant in Southern Ontario” by Stir Magazine) but would also pioneer the concept of “Niagara Cuisine” with fellow chefs Michael Olsen, Mark Picone and Tony de Luca. Since opening Treadwell, Stephen has been inducted as “Chef of the Year” and a Fellow into the Ontario Hostelry Institute as well as being named 2009 “Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

    James Treadwell

    James Treadwell


    James Treadwell was trained in both Canada and the UK. After completing his Honours Degree in Political Science and History from Carleton University, he decided to pursue a career in wine. He completed his Sommelier certification through National Capital Sommelier Guild in Ottawa and worked as Sommelier at Queen’s Landing Inn in Niagara on the Lake. In 2005, James moved to England and worked as a Sommelier at the Chewton Glen, arguably Europe’s most prestigious hotel and spa (coincidently, Stephen worked at the same hotel when he was James’ age). Since opening Treadwell, James and his sommelier team have placed emphasis on showcasing wines from small Ontario producers, on top of an eclectic section of international labels. James has been named one of Ontario’s “Top 30 Under 30” (OHI), one of Niagara’s “Top 40 Under 40” (Business Link), “Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year” (NEYA), and has judged at both the Canadian Wine Awards and InterVin World Wine Awards.

    Matthew Payne

    Matthew Payne

    Chef de Cuisine

    Born and raised in Burlington, Matthew received his education through Niagara College’s Culinary Program and worked previously at several well-known restaurants in South Western Ontario as well as being a Stagiere at the 1 Michelin Star-rated Gravetye Manor in the UK. Over the past ten years, he has worked his way up the kitchen ranks at Treadwell, eventually becoming Chef de Cuisine in 2013. Matthew is in charge of the day-to-day operation of our kitchen and shares Stephen Treadwell’s philosophy of simplicity and the importance of showcasing the artisan producers from the Niagara Region.

    Tony Alfarano

    Tony Alfarano

    General Manager

    Born and Raised in Niagara, Tony has always had a passion for food and wine but more as a hobby than a career. He originally went to post-secondary school for Mechanical Engineering before starting full-time in restaurants. Tony holds his sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as thru the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, and has spend the last eight years as a Sommelier and Restaurant Manager in Niagara and Toronto. He started out his professional career as a wine steward at The Prince of Wales Hotel before joining the sommelier team at Treadwell. After three years at Treadwell, he moved to Toronto to hone his skill and gain more experience in fine dining.

    While in Toronto, Tony was privileged to work at Splendido in the position of Manager and Sommelier. During his time at Splendido, he was part of the team that was awarded the 5th Best Restaurant in Canada by Canada’s 100 Best, as well as numerous other accolades. With the closure of Splendido at the end of 2015, Tony stayed on to assist in the opening of Piano Piano before rejoining Treadwell as its General Manager in the fall of 2016. With the reputation that Treadwell has built for itself over the past ten years and its continued growth in the industry, it was an easy decision to come back to where it all started.

    Sarah Gray

    Sarah Gray

    Catering Coordinator

    Born and raised in Ridgeway, Sarah joined Treadwell in our catering department in 2014 after graduating from Niagara College’s Event Management Post Graduate Program, with a specific focus on weddings. She holds her Wedding Coordinator certification through The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada. Currently, Sarah works alongside Chef Stephen Treadwell in the running of the day-to-day operation of Treadwell’s growing onsite and offsite catering operation; ensuring that each event, whether large or small, is planned and executed to the absolute highest standard.

    Reserve a Table at Treadwell Restaurant

    for kitchen and patio reservations, please contact the restaurant directly at 905.934.9797
    for groups of 8 guests or more, please contact the restaurant directly at 905.934.9797. Please note that we require a credit card to hold the booking. Treadwell is a very small restaurant and a party of 8 can take up nearly half our tables. Therefore, large parties who do not show for their reservation without cancelling will be subject to a charge of $50 per guest


    114 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0, Canada 905.934.9797


    For those guests looking for accommodation options, Treadwell strongly recommends 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa. Located steps from the restaurant, 124 on Queen is rated as Niagara-on-the-Lake’s best hotel and offers a range of luxury accommodation options and Spa services.

    For more information on the hotel, please click here

    Spring & Summer Hours 2018

    Monday – Sunday

    Lunch                           Sunday Lunch                            Dinner

    11:30am – 2:15pm              11:00am – 2:15pm                   5:00pm – Close


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    Treadwell hosts a variety of wine events throughout the year