The best memories are borne of adventure. They arrive serendipitously when you go places you’ve never been - when you open up to the unknown, and put yourself in the hands of those who know their way around.
With global cuisine and a beverage program that evoke a sense of place while focusing on low- and no-waste preparations, Australian-born Chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his team will show you the way to a place that feels foreign, yet familiar. Located on Niagara’s wine route in the up-and-coming arts district of downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, Dispatch offers an elevated, Australian-inspired culinary and hospitality experience without the fuss of fine dining.
It’s the place you’ve never been before, each and every time.
Dispatch was named one of Canada's Top 10 Best New Restaurants by enRoute Magazine.
About the team
Dispatch is owned and operated by Chef Adam Hynam-Smith and artist Tamara Jensen. Australian-born Hynam-Smith is the author of Curbside: Modern Street Food from a Vagabond Chef (Whitecap, 2015), and the duo are recognized as having pioneered the street food movement in Ontario. Dispatch is a long-awaited fine dining departure, allowing Hynam-Smith and his team to pursue an elevated culinary and hospitality experience without the fuss of fine dining. Restaurant Manager Michael Kapusty brings an unmatched standard of service and a passion for personalized experiences that makes dining at Dispatch memorable from start to finish.
About the location
Dispatch is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Neutral and Wendat peoples and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many nations and we offer our sincere gratitude to the original and continued stewards of this land, and to all nations, recorded and unrecorded, who take care of this land and have since time immemorial.
Dispatch is the anchor tenant of the redeveloped Lincoln Theatre, which formerly housed a 750-seat cinema. Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, Dispatch is surrounded by performance and fine arts venues, and sits directly on the wine route connecting the world-renowned Niagara wine regions.
Designed by Brian Burgess & Associates in conjunction with Ramm Design Labs, the open-concept dining room features ample natural light and a view of the open kitchen from every angle. The Chef's Counter perches at the kitchen pass, allowing for intimate tasting menu experiences for two. A custom sound system and ever-evolving playlists are courtesy of local DJ Marinko Jareb. Design elements draw on the marine-deco style of the original building, and custom large scale artwork by Tamara Jensen inspires the colourful accents in decor and the restaurant brand. Brand elements were developed by Shaun O’Melia.