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12 Lock St, St Catharines, ON L2N 5B5
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Restaurantica12
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extremely disappointed...should have left before drinks!!!

Where shall I begin? We picked Spice of Life to celebrate a Birthday, and some milestones in our childrens' life. We checked out the menu on line, and called for a reservation. When I called, the hostess asked if we had any dietary concerns, to which I responded no. We were impressed that they asked. Our reservation was for 5pm on a Saturday night in July. We arrived a few moments early and were greeted by a lovely young lady and directed to our table. We noticed it to be a little warm in the dining room and the flies were terrible. So bad, that they had plastic deli take out containers of pennies on the tables in water to ward off the flies. A few moments later, the menus arrived and she offered to take our drink orders. She began by asking if the person that took our reservation explained that they currently do not have a liquor license and would therefore not be able to serve alcohol. We all responded with no we weren't advised. She asked if that was ok, we paused and then said oh well, I guess. BIG MISTAKE, we should have left then. We ordered soft drinks, one person in our party wanted a 7-up or sprite, was informed that there was only ginger ale. The drinks arrived and our order was taken. We enquired about the salads, if they were appetizer size or dinner size, told they were dinner size. We ordered: Appetizers--Spring Rolls, Garlic bundles, Mediterranean Maze, Ceasar Salad (split between two) Dinner--Sea-Food Bello, Fusilli with Vegetables, Penne with Shrimp, a ceasar salad (dinner for our teenager) and two Pecan crusted Chicken stuffed with Goats Cheese (I had asked for the Mango Chicken, told that they didn't have that available, sorry for not informing me. The first to arrive were the appetizers: Ceasar Salad had very little dressing and No flavour. Garlic Bundles tasted like they weren't cooked on the outside. Spring Rolls were ok. By the time dinner arrived, we had to cover the basket of bread with a plate as the flies were so bad, I even commented at this point, I'd move inside to finish my dinner...oh wait we were inside. We had to ask for refills on our soft drinks. Dinner arrived, and was an even bigger disappointment. The Sea-Food dish was very small for the price, and the mushrooms were burnt beyond eating. The Pecan crusted chicken tasted like a pre-packaged frozen dinner from the grocery store, definitely not home made. The supposed dinner size ceasar salad was no where near the size of a dinner plate. I'm so sorry to report such a negative comment, but feel others should know. The worst is that the waitress took the brunt of our disappointment with a very cheap tip, the first in all our years of dining out. By the time we left we were all hot and wishing we had left before we ordered drinks.

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Restaurantica12
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Pretty good - I had the samosas and the Thai dish...

Pretty good - I had the samosas and the Thai dish with green curry and shrimp. However, I might try something else if I go again. The service was great since we had two servers looking after our group of 8. The atmosphere on the patio and walkway was lively and a good spot for an early weekend summer evening.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Spice of Life catered a triple birthday party in...

Spice of Life catered a triple birthday party in Lowbanks! The two Sue's, served well and very organized. They helped with wine pairing, gave excellent choices. Sorbet Mango/lemon served before Filet Mignon with brandy, Aspapagus,Potatoes and Carrots! Everyone loved it, tasty and cooked to perfection! All appetizers were enjoyed by all. Lobster Bisque was bowl licking good.Cheese Cake Mango and Spanish coffee topped of an unforgetable night. Many raves over the evening. Sue helped to plan a perfect evening, we received many thanks and everyone enjoyed a pefect meal and service!!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Whilst visiting family in Port Dalhousie we...

Whilst visiting family in Port Dalhousie we decided to stop in at Spice of Life for dinner as we had talked many times previously about sampling their delights. The appestiser of thai satay was extremely flavorful and an excellent start to the meal. The butter chicken was mouth watering. Being an ex-pat Brit, curry is a favorite dish of mine and I have to say that Spice of Life's Butter Chicken made me think of home, and there can be no higher praise than that.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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small, cozy location....good for intimate dinner...

small, cozy location....good for intimate dinner date. food and presentation was fabulous.....wanted to lick the plate. service was good.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Beware!! Disgusting, raw chicken in the...

Beware!! Disgusting, raw chicken in the shawarma! Will be taking it up with the local health and business authorities!

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Food was well prepared with pleasing...

Food was well prepared with pleasing presentation. Service was prompt and courteous. Lovely outdoor patio.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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chef has a deft touch with spicing. The sauce...

chef has a deft touch with spicing. The sauce with the shrimp appetizer is excellent.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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The food was excellent. Not hot but very tasty...

The food was excellent. Not hot but very tasty. We'll come back again.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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First time when we visited we were 15 of and...

First time when we visited we were 15 of and second time 32. Every item was fresh . Muffins were really fresh baked and warm Omelets were fluffy and unique assorted flavours, Fruit crepes were unbelievable with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup . Every one really enjoyed eating , service was extant, friendly and attentive. Cannot wait to visit again and try English High Tea, in the spring as well as lunch and dinner. All will visit again!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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For a vegan, this is the largest selection of...

For a vegan, this is the largest selection of dishes that I have ever encountered in the Niagara region- and some of the best. The garlic bundles were the finest garlic dish I ever had. The restaurant was tiny, but not busy, and very intimate. Our server was polite, but a bit slow. Perhaps she was just starting out. Everyone raved about the presentation of the food- they were materpieces.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Love the restaurant! We've been there once...

Love the restaurant! We've been there once before, loved it then, too. They are so very accomadating with limited diets (vegetarian, vegan, glutten-free, etc.) The food is fantastic, you can tell it's fresh and all great quality, care goes into everything they make. It was a very personal experience. Service was great. Great location. Great menu selection.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Excellent food. Allergy & Food Intollerance...

Excellent food. Allergy & Food Intollerance friendy. Good for special occasions - a little pricey for every day.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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The food and service were both fantastic, I would...

The food and service were both fantastic, I would definetely go back.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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We have been visiting Spice of Life since they...

We have been visiting Spice of Life since they open in doqntown, now we are regular, Spice of Life has always good food and woderful unique recepes. We will go all the time it is great.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Our friends , who enjoy eating at Spice of Life...

Our friends , who enjoy eating at Spice of Life ,invited us to experience this unique fusion menu from Burlington. We order East West Fritters and Garlic Bundles for appetizers , for our meal we order Spicy butter chicken and linguine with scallops with Niagara raising wine cream sauce. All dishes were excellent and very fresh . It was a different experience . Food was very healthy and tasty . Service was friendly and personal attention from owner We are looking forward to try other menu. Good variety of fusion food , they also have Vegetarian , Vegan and Gluten free menu. Great restaurant in Niagara region.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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The dressing for the Morrocan chicken salad was...

The dressing for the Morrocan chicken salad was wonderful! The greens were fresh and I would definitly order it again. Mango cheesecake also rated a 10 out of 10, warm and rich but a bit pricey. Soup was ok but for me the weak link. A bit of a wait for the food but the staff was pleasant and able.Over $30. for lunch was a bit high but not necessary to spend that much for a good lunch there.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurant was busy and service was friendly...

Restaurant was busy and service was friendly , and prompt , personable , Moreover ,food was really great,very fresh and tasty and very different menu creation , It is fusion menu , as people say “Variety is the Spice Of Life” We will visit again and this is our second visit .

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Party of 6 - 3 appys came out first, 5 minutes...

Party of 6 - 3 appys came out first, 5 minutes later the next two, 10 more minutes for the last appetizer. Salads came all at once but the waitress didn't clear the table first. We piled our appetizer plates on the next able. One bite into our salads & here come 3 entrees, a few minutes later 2 more were delivered. The last entree was very late. We handed a few empty plates to the waitress, but she never came back to clear the rest, again we piled them up on the next table. 3 desserts ordered - 4 delivered. Again the table was not cleared. This table was accessible from 3 sides but the waitress kept going to one end and asking the guests to pass everything down the line. I don't how many people were on the patio, but there were only 3 tables to servre in the dining room. The food was good but the service was the worst I've had. The prices were about $110-120 per couple before tip. I would not recommend this restaurant

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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My wife and I were very disappointed with the...

My wife and I were very disappointed with the restaurant as a whole. Wevisited with friends who recommended you. We were told that a wedding was booked for that evening but you were still taking reservations. When we arrived we were escorted upstairs. The waiter was very pleasant but we were shocked when we arrived at our table. The atmosphere was less than desirable. The area was very shabbily decorated and the table and chairs were totally unacceptable. If your main area was booked you should have closed to the public that evening. It is unlikely that we would return!

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
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