Dark Horse Estate Winery

70665 B Line, Grand Bend ON N0M1T0
$$ American

We are proud to showcase the wonderful bounty that Huron County has to offer. Come sip a glass of our wine on the patio overlooking the vineyards.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Groups larger than 6, please call 519-671-5003. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate groups over 8 ppl.
Our dining experience is optimized for adult diners.
We can only hold your table for 10mins after your reserved time. Email us at [email protected] for dietary restrictions.
Parties of 6 or more will be subject to an automatic 18% gratuity.
We accept cash, debit and all major credit cards. Unfortunately we cannot split bills at tables at this time.

Business Info

  • Address: 70665 B Line, Grand Bend ON N0M1T0
  • Cross Street: HWY 81
  • Cuisine: American | Pizza | Seafood |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Winery
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 5196715003
  • Features: Outdoor Seating, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access, Free Wi-Fi, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Dining Alone, Meet for a Drink, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
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F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Our menu can be found on our website at https://darkhorseestatewinery.com/patio/
If you are a household larger than 4, book for 4 people and call our staff at (519) 671-5003 to let them know how many people are in your family.
With the current covid guidelines, we are only allowed to have 4 at a table. If you would like to book a larger group, please book separate tables and call us at (519) 671-5003 and let us know to put your tables beside each other.
Same-day bookings are not available, and we are only booking 14 days at a time.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.68 out of 5 stars based on 401 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2023
Sheila D.
Best pizza and great wines!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 31, 2023
Lois M.
We loved being on the patio overlooking the vineyard. The food was very good and the wine was excellent. Unfortunately the weather was very cool and windy, which made our stay uncomfortable, but no one can control the weather.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 12, 2023
Sue O.
We had a lovely time on the patio! Pizzas were yummy and service was very friendly. An enjoyable time!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 24, 2023
Cliff G.
Service was great and friendly

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 19, 2023
Shelley T.
Great food & wine

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Jul 09, 2023
Margaret J.
We absolutely loved everything! The building and interior design are spectacular, very impressive! The food and service are 5 star and of course we enjoyed the wine. The only issue was that when we arrived for dinner at 5:30 the bar was closed and we couldn’t purchase any wine. We would have bought a couple of cases.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 01, 2023
Paul W.
An amazing patio. The pizza and wine are great!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 29, 2023
Betty O.
Beautiful spot for lunch on the patio - nice leisurely experience, food was food - get the pizza made in the piZza oven by the chef on the patio - I would return - wine was very good as well

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 27, 2023
Janice T.
Wonderful spot! A must visit when you're in the Grand Bend area!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2023
Jan S.
We enjoyed the food and wine on the patio. Just disappointed that the restaurant was not open due to a wedding!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 20, 2023
Brenda M.
We had the bread and dips as an appetizer and it was good, but felt the quantity for the price was insufficient; 6 pieces of bread for $17…as well the wine is good, but again, for a 6 oz glass $13, is a significant price. When I made the reservation on the app, while it said it did allow for up to 6 people, it only allowed me to select up to 4 so had to call to adjust up to 6.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 05, 2023
Arthur P.
If you could, inform patrons before coming that the area temperature is quite chilly and a sweater may be appropriate.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 10, 2023
Jacquelyn H.
We had a lovely brunch on Easter Sunday. The ambiance was beautiful, service was excellent, and the food was delicious. It would have been fun if the Easter Bunny was there on Sunday as well as Saturday for the kids. The only other thing I would suggest is to place jam on the table with breakfast as we had to get the attention of the server and ask for it. Other than that I’m happy we chose Dark Horse winery to spend part of our Easter Sunday.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Apr 04, 2023
Jenny M.
From the elegant decor of the dining room inside a gorgeous winery to the excellent service and delicious food, Danu Cellars will quickly become your favourite fine dining experience.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Mar 28, 2023
Lindsay M.
My husband and I had a great dinner! Will absolutely return. Staff was great, atmosphere was awesome.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 18, 2023
Greg P.
All around awesome dining experience!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jan 01, 2023
Dave G.
We really enjoyed dining in your restaurant. The food was amazing and our servers so friendly. We will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 09, 2022
Kelly A.
Great new restaurant with amazing food and ambiance! The cream puff martini was excellent! We will definitely go back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 18, 2022
James E.
Everything was amazing. Service from Andrew was impeccable and Dean’s food was outstanding. Thank you for such a nice night . We will be sure to spread the love. Always nice to see Sue Ann

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 02, 2022
Lorie B.
We had 2 tables of four for an important family function. Our experience was excellent! The only suggestion I have is why you would not have a larger party table. Site would only let you select max 6 with no explanation on site why. I had to make 2 separate reservations for 4.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 29, 2022
Sandy C.
My only comment would be to include more information on the website about pizza on the patio. The cost and pizza selections would be nice to know ahead of making a reservation.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 27, 2022
Debbie B.
Charcuterie was great but a little pricy , thinking $30 ,, wine by the glass $10 , would of been better if we could buy a bottle

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 17, 2022
Melinda M.
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyed it

Overall: 10/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 7/10
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Aug 16, 2022
Laurie B.
We only had a glass of wine and no food.The experience was excellent!Server was fantastic!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 10/10
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Aug 08, 2022
Dino D.
Excellent venue. it was a really hot day but the shade helped. the singer was excellent. food was good and we love the wine and views.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 05, 2021
Cathy K.
We had a fantastic pizza made right on the patio. We booked a wine tasting while on the patio and tasted some wonderful wine. We had never been to the winery before and now we have discovered some great wine which we will continue to enjoy. From now on it will be an annual visit.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 31, 2021
Sylvain F.
All was excellent! Very nice experience...

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 29, 2021
Jaclyn W.
We had a wonderful time! Definitely will be back!!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 24, 2021
Launie F.
Excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 23, 2021
Blair P.
Nothing but rave reviews. Staff was engaging and helpful. The food and service second to none. The pizza oven is a terrific idea, perhaps a daily cleaning would prevent the burnt crumbs sticking to the underside of the pizza. All in all, a lovely lunch on a hot summer day

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 16, 2021
Emily R.
It was a beautiful day to be at your stunning establishment..the patio entertainment was delightful and set the mood perfectly for enjoying our lunch and wine!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 31, 2021
Mark W.
Very nice chill vibe. Music, nice weather, great pizza and surroundings. Thought the prices for a glass of wine was a little much and that you couldn’t buy a whole bottle of wine was a little bit of a negative but other than that it was great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 28, 2021
Colin S.
What an amazing facility. Great wine, food and atmosphere. We will definitely be returning.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
Penny D.
The friendly staff made this a pleasant experience. Very helpful and knowledgeable on wine and food suggestions. Although the menu is limited the Canadian pizza was delicious as well as the two wines we selected.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2021
Melissa E.
Really enjoyed everything at dark horse other than the pizza. If the dough was homemade it would make them really good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 10, 2021
Sandra V.
It was drizzling and we stayed dry under the high roof top. The atmosphere is awesome and the wait staff are very professional and caring. We loved our wine tastings during lunch and we bought a few souvenirs to take home! Dark horse made a dreary day the best day! And the wood fired pizza oven pizza is delicious.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 14, 2021
Trent E.
Love to see a thinner pizza crust that blisters with the wood fired oven. A great weekend experience and look forward to seeing you again soon!!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 10, 2023
Gladis F.
The pizza was great, the burrata was ok, not as in Italy ☺️ For some reason, the patio had a lot of flies which took away from the enjoyment. Overall, a good experience.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 21, 2023
Andrea G.
Absolutely wonderful patio area and staff. All wines tasted were fantastic as well. Food was good, however felt the charcuterie board was a little simple compared to the experience/setting (it was still delicious though).

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 30, 2023
Harry V.
Overall service was very good, the only flaw was that our after dinner coffee was forgotten. Regarding ambiance we found the space to be very noisy, lots of echo. Perhaps some soft, noise absorbing accessories might help.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 10, 2023
Mike W.
Rules for making reservation needs a tune up. Reservation for 11 people had to call a number. Tried calling, calling, calling and no one answers, get answer machine. Portions little short. Service by all. Very good Pricing was good! We will be back! We will recommend to others.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 29, 2022
Ines C.
We were five ladies. We were there barley one hour and were told our reservation time was coming to an end. We felt rushed. We waited for our table to be ready from the previous group without any issues. Thank you

Overall: 9/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 1/10
Ambience: 1/10
Value: 0/10
Aug 04, 2022
Rick E.
Overpriced foods & wines. Left disappointed with entire experience. Have toured several wineries in Kelona, Portugal, Niagara Falls & the Goderich area, this was rated as sub par. Will not recommend this location to anyone.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2022
Catherine M.
A really nice setting on the patio. We enjoyed the wine, and the wood oven pizza was one of the best I've ever had in my life.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 6/10
Sep 01, 2021
Brian C.
They had a guy playing and he was good perfect 1 and a half hours... realize its covid but really wasnt impressed with the 40 dollar board ...wine was very good i will be back but maybe i will try the pizza next time

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2021
Paula P.
We went for lunch and wine tasting. The Greek salad was delicious. Very fresh ingredients and amazing dressing. We also ordered the charcuterie board which had lots of variety and enough for the 4 of us. The wine tasting was informative and fun.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 11, 2021
Victoria H.
The wines were very enjoyable. Wish that you were open later for dinner - maybe once all Covid restrictions are finished. This would be a lovely setting for a group event.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 22, 2021
Mel J.
A bigger menu for the patio. Otherwise a great experience!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
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Aug 10, 2023
Kim M.
10, across the board!!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 20, 2023
Maureen B.
Better washroom facilities required. Door to washroom extremely heavy for elderly ladies.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 30, 2023
Carol M.
The venue was wonderful, the service exceptional, the pizza was disappointing. Outside crust was burnt bottom of pizza was soggy.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 29, 2023
Betty T.
Flight of wines, very expensive ($25) considering most wineries charge $10-12 and some don't charge if purchases are made. (We had 3 glasses of wine with our patio lunch and purchased 2 bottles of wine including a premium wine.) Our favourite wine of those sampled was the Riesling. Will we return? I'm not sure. We'll certainly let our friends know about your prices.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Feb 12, 2023
Rob M.
Excellent Dinner. Andrew was great host and made sure we were educated on each plate.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 19, 2022
Barb V.
The pizza was delicious, but very soggy.....hard to eat without utensils.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 24, 2021
Kira L.
Great atmosphere and excellent service! Wish there was the option to do the wine tastings on the patio. Would be nice to have a longer reservation than 1.5 hrs as felt a little rushed to finish lunch and would have liked to enjoy the wine and patio a little longer :)

Overall: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 08, 2021
Natalie D.
Great facility and setting. Food choices were limited and no plates were available.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 06, 2021
Mark M.
Would be nice to expand the menu. Prices are on the expensive side. $22 for a small pizza and $16 for a salad. Probably will not be back for food but will be back for wine.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 05, 2021
Lindsay G.
Would love to have had a few more food options for gluten free & would be great to order a flight of wines at the table to try.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 02, 2023
Lorna L.
The charcuterie board was not as good as last years- - no breads, no preserves and 6 jalapeños! The pizza of the day was sub par , sloppily presented , overly dressed with gobs of carmelized onions and not too tasty. Disappointing.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Jun 29, 2023
Jim H.
We had the baco noir wine which was quite tasty. We also had the signature pizza of the day which was OK. They gave us brittle wood forks and knives to eat with, based on the prices you would expect real utensils. The patio is very nice.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 6/10
Aug 06, 2021
Lauren I.
Service was great and the winery was beautiful but the fact that we had to eat a charcuterie board with wooden cutlery and paper plates ruined the experience. Also, we noticed that every single pizza was served in a cardboard box for guests even though they were seated at tables. This just seems wasteful.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 02, 2021
Lisa M.
Food wine and service were excellent as always, but the patio had an abundance of flies around us the entire time.