Marina

4.3
37 reviews
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Latin American
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A true Latin-inspired dining experience, brought to you by the team behind Born and Raised Restaurant. Shareable plates of authentic Latin American cuisine, finely crafted cocktails, and memorable wine, all served in our beautiful James North space.
What 37 People Are Saying
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KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here and won’t be our last. Absolutely delicious!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious-great service and environment

JG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious unique vegetarian options

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c
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food
Good value

MP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly fantastic food! Short ribs are out of this world and we heard many customers around us rave about the cauliflower. Wonderful and extremely friendly staff. Very cute and luscious patio that they said they were continuing to improve for noise concerns. Will definitely return the next time we’re in the area.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food, and the drinks, and wait staff were helpful and very friendly, but our experience was somewhat spoiled by an incredibly loud table nearby whose enjoyment reached infuriating volume due partly to the reverberations of the room... would definitely return and cross my fingers for a quieter night!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food and cocktails superb.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my third time and I was disappointed. The service was ok but not great and the nacho chips were stale. There were no specials and my friend had a hair in her food.

CM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were divine! Very attentive and friendly service as well!

AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was quite slow to come out despite the restaurant not being very busy. Pretty good portion sizes though and the food was tasty.

ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for my Birthday Dinner on Saturday. We were greeted by friendly staff and a shot of tequila to start the celebration off right! =) The service was great & the food was delicious. I absolutely love the atmosphere and vibe of this place. Great bar selection too! Do not hesitate to check this gem out. Whatever you order will be amazing but don't forget to get the tortillas! They are made from scratch and the best tortillas we've ever had! Thank You Marnia for a great Birthday! We will be back again soon.

EW
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Service was excellent. Food portions are decent. Unique flavours. Some dishes more salty than others. Noise a bit loud. But overall great experience!

SL
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable restaurant, the service was perfect! Wish I could remember his name. Food was delicious and atmosphere flawless.
Can’t wait to go back!

m
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to try the brussel sprouts again. They were even better than I recall.
My steak was awesome, but too much mushy stuff with it.
I am told the ribs were amazing and the gambas...superb.
I am coming back.

BK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I was at Marina with a friend for a 6 pm reservation. It was apparently a very quite night as only a couple of other tables were filled. The service was a little slow when we arrived. The first server was replaced by a second one who was more attentive. The menu is interesting, but hard to decode. The first server indicated that everything on the menu could be put into a tortilla which they make in house. We order based on this advice, but realized the logic did not totally follow. The cauliflower dish was amazing and worked well on the tortillas. We also order the short ribs which were served on rice. The short ribs were good, but the bones and the rice did not lend themselves to tortillas. We also ordered the ceviche which was tasty, but had a fairly high proportion of avacado, so it tasted more like quacamole. I will probably go back and give it a second try.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a mixed grill special which was average. All of the on-menu items were spectacular, even the vegetables. pleasant environment. I’d recommend to anyone. Order a cocktail!

RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marina has great vegan options, a nice variety of seafood, and delicious made-to-order tortillas. The atmosphere is trendy, without feeling obnoxious, and the music's sound-level is low enough that you can easily have a nice conversation over dinner.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience once again! Love the food, especially the Brussels. The octopus feature was incredible. Service was fantastic as well.

EL
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Brussels were amazing. So were the tequila cocktails!

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a very unique menu that is awesome! Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Booked a reservation for a Friday evening for a group of six. Unfortunately the service was ready disappointing. We waited for over an hour for the food and when it came each dish was brought out 15 mins apart so we ate separately.
Asked for an extra plate and water and the waiter forgot.
We won’t be back.

S
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Awesome food and my only wish is I was able to eat it all. The wife and I ordered way too much but managed it as best as we could.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was unique and delicious. Service was excellent as well.

LK
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Me and my girlfriends were here for a very relaxing and long dinner. The restaurant adapted to our pace and kept things slow as requested. The food was excellent and the margaritas are fab. Will definitely go back

HS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such good food and cocktails and good staff. A really great place to come to eat family style.

BR
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and excellent service.
Parking is minimal.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely go here again. The food was creative and delicious. Most options can be made into shareable plates as well as eaten as an entree, so we were able to try lots of things. It had a selection of vegetarian choices and we enjoyed these the most. The server did a great job helping us figure out proper portions for our table.

RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very limited menu and not much explanation. Had to ask our server to explain almost everything on the menu. Cocktails were great and tasty. Food was mediocre. Both the lobster and steak were over cooked and chewy. The sauces were great and the tortillas but wouldn’t pay for that quality again.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. This is easily one of James streets best restaurants aside from Born and Raised. After dinner we went downstairs and devastated the dance floor. Was nice to see people of many ages having fun, not just 19 year olds. Great evening. Have lived in Hamilton for 2 years now and this was our most enjoyable night out!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place had an amazing vibe. Everything we ordered off the menu was great; although the Brussels sprouts, flatiron steak and red Thai curry were particular standouts. The rotating Fairweather tap was also a big plus for beer lovers such as myself. A must-try in Hamilton for elevated Mexican/Asian cuisine.

Marina
Responded on 25 December 2018

Thank you very much for the kind words! We're so happy you enjoyed dishes off of both menus~ We hope to see you again inside Marina :) -Marina

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RR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! The food is incredible, the decor is absolutely beautiful. One of my favourite places to go in Hamilton! My favourites: brussel sprouts, guacamole dip, cauliflower, red thai curry- A must try!

V
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance!

Marina
Responded on 27 November 2018

Hello Veetee, Thank you very much for the rating and review! We hope to see you soon~ Sincerely, Marina/Shaolin

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F
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely enjoyed the fantastic, authentic food!
The service is wonderful and the surroundings are comfy and eclectic.
Will be back!

Marina
Responded on 27 November 2018

Hi Foodiej67! Thank you for the review and rating. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the setting as well! We hope to see you soon! :) Best, Marina/Shaolin

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k
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cauliflower and brussel sprouts were super delish, very good experience overall! Service could be a little quicker

Marina
Responded on 27 November 2018

Hi Kiku, Thank you very much for the review and rating! As well, we appreciate the feedback on the pace of service. We hope to see you soon! Best, Marina/Shaolin

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent flavour but service needs to be optimized

Marina
Responded on 21 November 2018

Hello there, We sincerely appreciate the feedback and rating. Great service is a priority to us, so we are working towards to making it as great as the food we serve. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon! Best, Taqueria Marina.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although a bit hard to find, we did make it to Marina and enjoyed the colourful decor. The service was great. The tacos ($7 ea.) were unique and very tasty, but not filling enough to stand on their own even when ordering 2 each. The interesting menu needs more variety and full plate dinner options with more appetizers and some side dishes, salads, rice, beans, desserts etc. to go with the yummy tacos. The asian-style brussel sprouts ($11) as an appetizer were really different, flavourful, but maybe a bit overpowering without maybe a flatbread or rice or something to balance it out. I still enjoyed them although my husband just ate them because he was really hungry. Including tax and tip, it came to about $50 but we were hungry shortly after. I did enjoy the experience and would go back again if the menu was updated.

Marina
Responded on 14 November 2018

Hi Kelly, Thank you very much for the review. We love hearing feedback on things that will make the dining experience inside our taqueria more pleasurable. We will keep your points in mind and we hope to see you again soon! Best, -Taqueria Marina

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!! We were a party of 6 (4 adults, 2 children aged 10 and 15). We did not know much about this restaurant at all! Bailey our waitress was AMAZING! She helped all of us order based on what we might like and she was BANG ON! This is now my favourite restaurant and I cannot wait to go back and try more on this amazing menu!! Will also hope to have Bailey again!!

Marina
Responded on 11 November 2018

Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for the kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed the food and service. We will definitely pass this along to Bailey and we hope to see you again :). -Taqueria Marina

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