Berkeley North

4.7
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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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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of our favourite restaurants in Hamilton! We brought first timers with us this time. They loved it too! There’s something on the menu for everyone, the food is outstanding & the service is awesome!

GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! All of the dishes are shareable and the staff order the plates prefectly!

MJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for food sharing. Top notch cuisine. A bit pricey but YOLO. Loved the soft cheese on toast, avocado salad, plus the wine....excellent 1st experience. Our server Alix was super knowledgeable and very pleasant.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Berkeley North is incredible. Service was fantastic from the moment we arrived with introductions to the menu and recommendations. Service team really seemed to work well together as a unified team. They checked in often and we never went without water, drinks and the food came promptly. It was nice that the courses came spread out so we could discover the foods/flavours individually. The food was incredible. So much flavour. I can't wait to return. Already looking to make another reservation and have recommended to friends. My new favourite restaurant in Hamilton, hands down.

k
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an incredible meal - amazing homemade cheese on toast - a must try; the mushroom dumplings were flavourful and light; the short ribs were a great surprise; the pecorino-brown butter homemade stuffed pasta was tasty; and the profiterole with dulce de leche and bourbon ice cream was decadent... not to mention the cocktails. Service was incredible and fast!

LR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely experience, enjoyed the menu, not a large menu but good range of choices. We will definitely go back. Remember to make a reservation as we did, especially on the weekends, we were close to the door and they had to turn quite a few walk ins away.

KC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Berkley North was a great experience, from beginning to end. We particularly enjoyed catching up with Matthew, Alex and Carl. We look forward to our next dining experience.

Warmest regards,

Patricia and Ken.

CC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was recommended this restaurant and was happy with the outcome.

Was not told the special would be somewhat spicy (not that I'm complaining) but that could turn off other customers. It was delicious and everyone liked it.

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service! The food is bursting with flavour!

TM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great tasting meals. More variety of wine by the glass would be nice. No Sauvignon Blanc

ML
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will definitely come back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a gem! So kind and attentive.

i
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I had requested a window seat but there was a draft so the host moved us, no problem. Chloe was a very professional server, knowledgeable and attentive. We thought the menu was small but we ordered 8 dishes for 4 people and we had enough food. Highly recommend the mushroom dumplings, chicken balls, shrimp and eggplant. Certain bottles of wine are half price if ordered before 6pm. We will be back!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and excellent waitress!

MH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The share plate idea is fantastic. We enjoyed getting to try multiple dishes and enjoyed everything that we tried.
The only downside was the waitress was aware that we were heading to a play and there was a big gap before our last two dishes. When I went to the kitchen to inquire she replied that she would get those on right away.
It was too bad because we had to eat the last plate quickly and we would have liked to have tried a dessert and had a coffee.
Regardless, the food was exceptional and we will be back.

AC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Not quite what we expected. Great place to snack with a drink but unusual for a full meal although food was excellently prepared and delicious. Most items were priced similar to a full entree but you needed three or more to satisfy dinner-hour hunger. Would go back for tappas and wine but would think twice before taking guests for DINNER.

s
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Berkeley North delivers an amazing evening. It's great for a romantic evening - not a quiet evening, but a fun and enjoyable time full of great food, wonderful staff and lots of time to chat and laugh with your partner and anyone else that comes with you. It's just a really great way to spend time together and enjoy a menu of unique and delicious food. Try the duck pate - amazing!

D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great restaurant with wonderful staff and delicious food! The Black Bull cocktail was particularly good. Will definitely go back!

JV
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We celebrated my sister's birthday with friends a couple of weeks ago. It was everyone's first time at the restaurant.

We were warmly welcomed and given advice on ordering dishes to share with everyone at the table.

We would have preferred more available menu options.

The food for the most part was fine except that it could be excessively salty. For instance the fresh cheese and especially the pommes frites were too salty for our liking. The aubergine was flavourful however it was somewhat greasy and did not appeal to everyone's palate.

Our waitress was helpful and able to answer our questions to everyone's satisfaction.

It was a busy night and the noise level was high making conversation difficult.

Would consider returning with a change in the menu and giving the patron the option of adding our own salt.

S
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food wasn’t that great, I’ve only heard amazing things about this place. Checked it out the pasta was not good, the steak was mostly fat and the other dishes we ordered were average at best. All in all I don’t think I’d go back, even though the service was great.

S
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was amazing. The toast with their housemade cheese...the teriyaki eggplant that makes you satisfied without having ordered meat...and their feature sundae was all perfect with a beer. I'm going again.

K
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The service was excellent and all of the small plates were as artfully plated as they were delicious. Avocado salad was phenomenal.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience! We’ll be back

HG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Ontario. Superior and gracious service and the food is just stunning.

DK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Service! All the food they recommended was incredibly delicious and the place is absolutely beautiful!

SD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Good was excellent ; service the best ; the venue is lovely...one of my very favorite places!

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love love love this place. Some of the most delicious, and creative dishes in the city. Service is wonderful. The only reason I just can’t give it five stars is because I think the dishes could just offer a little bit more (quantity). A bit pricey to be a regular stop for me- but I always enjoy it when I’m there!

2
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Wednesday Night & it was half price wine! Bonus! Everyone was great and had several vegan options for my daughter which we all loved...especially the teriyaki eggplant. Omg . There were so many highlights it is hard to pick one dish, but my fav was the cumbraes ribeye.

CM
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been at Berkeley north for lunch which was always great. First time for dinner and it was super!
Our food was amazingly delicious and the service was top notch - highly recommend this great little gem in downtown Hamilton.

Claudette

AM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Berkeley North very much. The wait staff was attentive, informative and friendly. The food was delicious and we are looking forward to a return visit soon.
Andrea, Andy and Eric

DH
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my parent's first experience with "family sharing" and they really enjoyed it. The food was out of the comfort zone, but they loved it. They especially loved the tempura shrimp. The hostess and server were friendly and patient as they figured out how it all worked! Thanks for a great experience!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot for a date. Delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were top notch. The only thing which wasn’t perfect was the noise level. It required my date and I to lean forward to get closer together and speak more loudly than usual. The leaning forward was perhaps a good thing though.

PL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and pleasant staff. Food was excellent and enjoyed each dish. An enjoyable night out. Would like to see a Cab Sav by the glass on the wine list.

PB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, great service, brilliant menu, superb food

S
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner experience! We both loved everything we had for dinner. Highly recommend for anyone who loves great flavour with fantastic service and vibes! We will definitely be back.

LA
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year's eve with friends. We all loved the food, the services and the place. The 5 course meal menu was outstanding!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Berkeley North has some stand out dishes (we’ve been here several times) but last night was a disaster. We didn’t finish a single course. Cheese on top of (burnt) toast so cold it hurt my teeth. A duck salad so sweet it was inedible. So much chilli powder dumped on top of our pasta dish it left a metallic aftertaste. A dry chocolate cake. An obsession with peanuts on almost every dish. We ordered the salad to pair with teriyaki eggplant which we know is sweet. Waitress described it as fresh and refreshing and it could not have been further from the truth. A disastrous pairing. The last few times we’ve been here the food just hadn’t been up to par. What they do well they do incredibly well (avocado salad, ribeye, Arctic char) but straying from those can be disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our third visit to Berkeley north And Our second new year’s ..
The food and service is fantastic.
The menu is beautifully balanced and leaves you feeling comfortable and satisfied.

Hats off to this fantastic restaurant and their greats chefs and staff...
Five star experience every time !

h
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Berkeley North has become a favourite for us. Food and service are consistently great here. There are no bad choices on the menu, and there's always something new and delicious to try!
Ambience is good, too - even on a busy night, we didn't have to compete with music or the sounds of other diners to have a conversation.

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