Restaurant and bakery providing vegan comfort food and baked goods, with gluten-free options. Serves lunch until, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Open Tue-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm.

104 Reviews

First Review by veganstastebetter


Points +192

31 Mar 2023


Can't recommend enough. We stopped on our way to Toronto and ate so much. Food was delicious and we were so well treated. With much care and attention. Garlic maple seitan wings 10 out of 10. Nashville style seitan sandwich was so good. Crispy and spicy.



Points +380

16 Dec 2022

Lovely place to eat

Came here with family and we all ended up having the beetroot burger. It was delicious and moist but I would have personally liked more dairy-free blue cheese flavour coming through to complement the sweetness of the beetroot. Bread was a good but would have preferred an option which wasn’t white. Nice to have the option of skin on wedges or salad leaves plus an ability to upgrade to an even better side.

There were three options of bottled kombucha so we took one of each. It was great that these were sourced from Canada however there was quite a bit of sugar and flavouring in this branch which overpowered the base taste of kombucha.

Would have gone for the wings if these came with a bit of salad or some spring onions.

Pros: Staff


Points +1325

03 Nov 2022

Very good.

Food was amazing. It is definitely a good place to go. Seitan was delicious. I would recommend this place


Points +314

26 Oct 2022

Great food!

Come here for lunch and got the crispy seitan wrap and the killer crunch wrap, with side root abs feta salad. Both wraps were delicious, good size and very filling. Great flavour and nice drilled outside. Most impressed with the feta that was on the salad! It was amazing, I’m going to need the recipe! Forgot to take photos but overall love the lunch experience.

Pros: Great staff, Excellent feta, Cute vibe


Points +825

08 Oct 2022

A must go if in Niagara area

Halfway between gourmet and comfort food- this all vegan restaurant is fantastic. I have taken non-vegan friends and colleagues here and the verdict is unanimously positive. This is by far the best vegan restaurant in the Niagara area.

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-12

Pros: Amazingly delicious , Good selection of apps and entrees

Cons: Limited seating , Far from Toronto


Points +96

15 Sep 2022


We started with a large order of seitan wings, half with Buffalo sauce and half with Sriracha lime sauce. The Sriracha lime sauce was our favorite. We ordered the seitan wrap and the Killer Crunchwrap for entrees. We upgraded to mac cheese and loaded potato wedges for the sides for $3 extra. Portions were huge. We got a chocolate raspberry square and a Snickers square dessert to go. We were so full. The lemon aioli sauce that comes the wings is incredible and you can buy it in a container to go. If we weren’t traveling, I would have.


17 Sep 2022

If the wings are the same as the ones in their Hamilton location, that's awesome! They're the bomb!


Points +207

30 Aug 2022

Awesome food

Fresh and tasty food. Clean place .🥘

Pros: Nice options


Points +44

24 Aug 2022


Rise above is my absolute favorite restaurant in the whole city. I will never come to St.Catharines and not eat here! I absolutely love the killer crunch wrap and saucy seitan! I would (and have) recommend rise above to anyone!

Pros: Fresh and homemade , So many options, Very cute restaurant and friendly staff


Points +56

17 Aug 2022

Wonderful place to grab a bite!

After a nice bike ride in Niagara-on-the-lake, we stopped at Rise Above for lunch and it was amazing. We started with delicious Coconut Mojitos and they were cool and refreshing. We both had the eggplant “BLT” and it was grilled to perfection on their homemade sour dough bread. We upgraded our potatoes to Wedges Supreme and were thrilled with our decision - creamy, yummy potatoes with silky cheese sauce and sour cream. We were getting full by this time, but I couldn’t pass up trying the cheesecake and we decided to split it. It was a delicious vanilla cheesecake with a crust that had really rich caramelized flavor and it was topped with a tasty strawberry jam. We also went home with Shnicker’s Squares for later…because who knows when we will have a chance to come back. I would be here all the time if I lived closer! The owner served us and she was knowledgeable, helpful and super friendly. We loved everything.

Pros: Amazing food, Friendly staff, Outside seating available to bring your pup


Points +48

14 Aug 2022

Amazing Takeout

We ordered a ton of options from their menu to split among our group, including the Philly cheesesteak, kale salad, ginger noodle bowl, souvlaki bowl, and a handful of desserts. It was all delicious, especially the stuffed mushrooms. We were just passing through town so it was an excellent and unexpected find!

Pros: Super flavorful , Lots of variety, Very filling

Cons: Forgot one of our items


Points +1146

27 Jul 2022

Amazing vegan wings

This place, about a 20 minute drive from Niagara Falls, is an amazing place to eat at after a full day of exploring the Falls. You have to order the wings, with maple syrup and garlic sauce. Probably the best starter I’ve ever had. The rest of the menu was incredible and we were really stuck on what to order. I had the Philly Cheese Steak and poutine and my wife had the sesame ginger noodle bowl with beautiful tofu. You also have to try the espresso milkshake! Would 100% recommend this place!


Points +204

02 Jul 2022

Visiting for a week and came here everyday

The poutine, the cheesecake, the kombucha, the pesto sandwich, the oat latte. I could eat here everyday. Some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

Pros: The staff are Amazing , The wedges poutine , The Mac and cheese


Points +793

04 May 2022


Rise Above used to be the best but it has gone downhill over the years. You just never know what you’re gonna get, its hit or miss in a lot of aspects. My favourite dishes are the Killer Crunch Wrap, Crispy Seitan Wrap (with added bbq sauce), Pizza Rolls, BBQ or Honey Garlic Seitan Wings and Peanut Butter balls for dessert. Unfortunately their menu is very small at the moment. Hopefully it gets extended again in the future.

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-04


Points +33

02 Mar 2022

Delicious take-out

We had the root and feta salad, seitan wings and sesame ginger noodle bowl. Yummy and filling after a day of hiking the Bruce Trail.

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-20


Points +16

15 Feb 2022


I liked everything. We had the mac&cheese and chilli and it was awesome. We also got desserts. The cheesecake is superior.

Pros: Great menu, Awesome food, Cozy atmosphere


Points +962

12 Feb 2022

Holy smoke

Mac&cheese is super creamy and hearty. Cheese cake with raspberry sauce hit the spot, amazing texture with the right amount of sweetness 😋 #Veganuary

Pros: Super tasty, Nice takeout package


Points +385

01 Jan 2022

Pretty Good Vegan food. Worth the drive to St. Catherines.

Come to St. Catherine's for The Lemon Tree and Beechwood Donuts but also (after) come here for their really good wings and killer shakes. Those are their stars.

Pros: Wings, Shakes

Cons: Macaroni and Cheese, Crunchwrap


Points +67

11 Dec 2021

18 minute drive from Niagara Falls and well worth the drive!

Took hubby to Niagara Falls for his birthday present and although he's a carnivore and could eat anything anywhere, I could not being that I'm not only vegan but also Celiac. Only there over night but crazy sick from cross contamination. Desperate to find food that wouldn't kill me, we drove here on our way back to meet friends in Toronto. Slightly out of the way, we arrived 1/2 hr early and walked and waited. It was definitely worth it! Our hostess, Kimberly, went over and above to make sure I didn't have a bad experience! Delicious from the first bite of the spicy carrot ginger soup, the potato wedges fried in the gf fryer, the Mac and cheese with the crispy broccoli and then the sesame ginger rice noodle bowl 💚💚💚 it all had this belly very appreciative of everything! Although stuffed, we still had the peppermint cheese cake for dessert.

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-11

Pros: All vegan options, GF for a lot of things, Friendly and knowledgeable staff

Cons: Although lots will find it pricey, I did not., Decor needs to be updated badly


Points +364

Mostly Veg
19 Jul 2021

Don’t Miss!

Have eaten here several times and am always happy and satisfied. Have had pizza, stuffed mushrooms (so good!), Mac & cheese, sandwiches, seitan wings (also incredible), salads, killer crunch wrap, cheesecake. Everything has been magnificent. The only downside is that it’s quite a small place and usually very crowded/small tables. I wish it were a little more comfortable.

Pros: Seitan Wings!, Variety, Regular Menu Updates

Cons: Tables and chairs (small)


Points +498

17 Mar 2021

Favorite St Catharines Restaurant!

My fiancé and I frequent Rise Above for date nights, and my oh my, the food is DELICIOUS!!! I swear I could order one of everything off the menu... actually make that too... and still want more the next day! You must eat here. Their stuffed mushrooms are an all time favorite food of mine!

Pros: All vegan! , DELICIOUS , Cozy atmosphere!

Cons: Can be a little pricy


Points +174

18 Sep 2020

A little disappointed

I got three items. Figured it would be too much food for one but was looking forward to leftovers for $34

There were no leftovers😒sadly.

Lg cheddar Mac and cheese: noodles were cooked nicely and the sauce had a great texture but was bland and no cheddar flavor. The crumb topping was incinerated and only realizing now looking back at the menu that it was broccoli. I assumed bread crumbs. Curious to see what the small order comes in.

Lg seitan wings with classic bbq sauce. The sauce was a nice mix of Smokey sweet with a bit of heat. The wing itself ... 70% was very wet and spongy, 20% of them had a nice density and 10% were almost hard like they were cooked an extra turn. What’s up with 4 sticks? Why bother.

Nanimo bar. Definitely the star of the show at at $3, a solid deal. I should have just got 10 of these.

Pros: Lots of options.

Cons: Expensive , Poor execution


Points +18

13 Sep 2020

Fantastic Seitan Wings!

Found this place on our way back from Niagara Falls. The Maple garlic wings are a must. We also had the macaroni and cheese- it was good but found it to lack flavour- felt like it was missing something.
The area is a little run down which took away from the vibe of the restaurant.

Pros: Full vegan menu, Good portions

Cons: Location


Points +18

16 Aug 2020


My girlfriend and I were looking for a vegan restaurant and found this one! What an amazing experience! Super friendly staff and what about the food! We arrived and got the chance to order before they close! The cheesecake is a DREAM!

Pros: All vegan, Friendly staff


Points +93

17 Jul 2020

Great food

My family brought me here when visiting, none of them vegan, just me. Every one of us enjoyed our meal, so tasty.

Pros: All vegan so pick whatever suits your craving, Everything is delicious

Cons: Very busy, plan ahead


Points +18

29 Jun 2020


Was visiting from Michigan and found them using Happy Cow. Omg, everything was so good! Such a cute little restaurant serving amazing food. Whoever is in the kitchen knows what they are doing!!

Pros: Lots of amazing options

Cons: A bit pricey


Points +180

06 May 2020


Great atmosphere and delicious food. They were very accommodating and had lots of options. Loved it.


Points +292

10 Mar 2020


Went here solo (well with my two month old) food was great, ordered way too much. Nice wine too.

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