Berkeley North

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Set in the revitalized James St. North neighbourhood, Berkeley North is a West Coast inspired restaurant located on historic King William Street in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Berkeley North is the go to spot for a quick bite to eat, weekend late night cocktails, celebrating a special occasion or hosting a private party. Our young and passionate culinary team follows no scripts or rules when creating vibrant and unique dishes. We allow the seasons to influence our changing menu and are committed to using responsibly sourced ingredients. Ultimately, what is most important to us is the way you feel from the time you walk in our door to the time you leave. Our staff genuinely delivers a dining experience like no other in the city.
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HG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Berkeley North is the best restaurant in Hamilton. The food is five star and the dishes are creative, fresh, and innovative. The service is excellent.

KE
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place to go. Fantastic food. Diligent and friendly service. Music was a bit too loud for us to chat comfortably but we were there late-ish (9-10) and that might just be the vibe they want.

CC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was absolutely fantastic. Knowledgeable staff, fresh ingredients and great cocktails!! Loved it all.

HG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Hamilton. A real gift to the city and Mathew the owner is a national treasure.

SE
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was incredible. If you can request Laura’s section it will make your experience so enjoyable.

A
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. We picked it based on the reviews before the Michelle Obama show. I was really impressed that our server (apologies I can't remember her name) asked what time we wanted to be out by so that we could be sure to be at the show on time. I will be back and will recommend. Also LOVED the navy blue and gold wallpaper :)

RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited here before seeing Michelle Obama. Traffic was a mess getting there, called the restaurant and they kindly pushed back our reservation for us. They knew we were going to the event so were quite accommodating with getting us out in time.
Fabulous cocktails! Pretty decent wine and beer selection too. We always enjoy the sharing plates menus. Each dish we chose was quite delicious, most had a bit of a kick to them. My favourite was the tater tots, with the avocado salad coming in a close second. We will definitely be back, next time we are in Hamilton.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, interesting cocktails. We had a great time!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite go to spot in Downtown Hamilton. Loved the avocado salad. Always consistently top notch.

MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. A little pricey but worth it! Love the atmosphere.

JK
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner. Food was phenomenal, but service was only okay...not sure if this was because we were a party of 8, so gratuity was automatically added (making the server care less about contributing to our experience). Would still go back or recommend to others though.

g
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A nice little spot for a special occasion. It's on the pricey side for just a night out though, especially the drinks. We ordered several dishes, portions were small but the food was amazing, the mushroom dumplings were our favourite I would go back just for them! Staff were helpful accommodating our dairy-free requests and the restaurant was very cozy inside. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful. Someone in our party had a registered service animal, and the restaurant went over and beyond in accommodating us. The food was also excellent!

ND
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We opted to have the chef determine what dishes we were going to have -- you end up getting a taste of more of their menu and we enjoy sharing. Half price bottles of wine between 5pm and 6pm was a nice bonus.

SP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

from the moment we walked in , we felt they appreciated us.Our server was so attentive and explained the idea of sharing plates and even though it was a saturday night and the restaurant was full, she gave us plenty of time to make up our minds.From the mushroom appetizer to the chicken balls to the pasta , every dish looked as mouth watering as it ultimately tasted.I even indulged in their coffee ice cream .
What a wonderful way to spend our anniversary.

J
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for pre theatre dinner. The staff were wonderful.

CR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but too pricey. Nothing included with Artic Char priced at $29.00 I mean seriously only fish. Great food but expect to pay $$$ if you don’t want to leave hungry.

ML
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Love their sharing menu. Limited selection of wine but we enjoyed our bottle of Cab Sauv.

MB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, wonderful food and ambience highly recommend.

H
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Though the menu is setup as a tasting menu where you would order multiple plates per person, I felt the pricing/value was just okay for this approach, some plates I felt were a poor value. Great drinks menu with great variety (I would appreciate more ON craft beer choices), and the space itself is very nice and modern.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again a great dining experience.
Staff knowledgeable and eager to please.
You will see us again.

a
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Very well timed between dishes. Just wish the waitress would have brought to my attention the $16 glasses of wine I was ordering.

R
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were stuck in traffic, running a little late, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The staff were friendly and personable throughout the entire dining experience. We didn't have to wait long, and were served our drinks and meal promptly. The food was delicious!

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service. Menu is a bit small but everything was delicious

MD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent and the food tasted very good but there was just too little of it. We ordered many dishes but we found that 3 of 5 of us left still hungry. As I know people in my party have hearty appetites I would not book this restaurant again. Too bad because the servers were fantastic.

BV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Moving back from San Francisco, I had limited expectations. However overall, a great experience. Strong orientation to Asian fusion within a number of dishes on the limited menu. Very good execution of dishes and flavors. eggplant and artic char dishes were excellent. There is passion in the kitchen.

Only a slight reproach, considering the time of year, I would have expected more from farm to table dishes especially with all the fresh produce available and the theme of the restaurant Berkeley.

Nice, comfortable setting with a good vibe. Excellent, genuine service (Chloe take a bow).

This place is a good representation of an unexpected culinary scene that is evolving in Hamilton. Hoping they will thrive and others will follow.

Bravo.

EG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were simply amazing! Also ask your server about the dessert plater if you're with a group and have a hard time making a choice.

CV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and friendly, as always. The food was delicious and well-prepared. I especially appreciated the menu consideration given to my vegan daughter, who often finds it difficult to find something to order in a restaurant that also makes her non vegan family members happy. Berkeley North nicely finds that balance.

MR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious fresh cuisine. Will definitely visit again

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks we will definitely return!!

r
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here. The food is amazing. Servers really knew the menu and explained the dishes ahead of time to ensure we made the right choice for us. Cocktails were a hit. Very unique. The vibe is great. The owner is always walking the floor, conversing with guests and ensuring everything is running smoothly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

EB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best drinks! I would recommend for a nice night out and great for a regular andaffordable date night

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect spot for three old friends to catch up. Really relaxed vibe in an attractively designed space, with friendly, attentive service. My BLT sandwich was decadently delicious, oozing with yummy tomato jam and garlic mayo. My friends were also more than happy with their salad bowl and crispy chicken sandwich. We opted for some very creative non-alcoholic beverages, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The experience and value were both outstanding.

KF
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, original take on fresh ingredients. Particular favourites included the house-made fresh cheese on sour dough, the avocado salad, and (best of all) the Arctic char on a creamy cauliflower purée.

BL
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was great but food wasn't that great. Because of that we probably wouldn't return.

AS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

When it comes to food I’ll pay whatever price as long as it’s good...the food here was not good at all and it was way to expensive for what you get and how’s it’s presented and taste
Sorry :(

RB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our first visit, the menu was explained to us in great detail and suggestions offered (which we greatly appreciated). This occasion was the anniversary of our best friends and, as on our previous visit, the food was outstanding, the service, attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere very relaxed.
All in all, a most pleasant dining experience.

MN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time at Berkeley North. Awesome service, delicious and interesting dishes and a good wine selection. We are looking forward to going back.

M
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food with unexpected flavor combinations. Great experience and if I’m in Hamilton ever again, I will visit! Portions are ‘starter’ size and to share, but any 2 picks per person is a decent dinner amount of food. Enjoy this place!

a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food with a great atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone in Hamilton area

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