Born & Raised

4.6
403 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Top Chef Canada alumni Chef Vittorio Colacitti pays homage to his Ital-Canadian roots and passion for bright, bold global flavours using local ingredients.
What 403 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I'll always return to Born and Raised. The food is incredible and the entire environment is so engaging. Love it.

AL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Margarita pizza and drinks were good, but other than that it was so loud I couldn't even hear the person next to me. The server was so clearly and obviously rude to only our table, did not make eye contact, and when spoken too would not give a verbal response. Probably would not come back

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

One of the best restaurants in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Food is stellar and creative, mix of menu items is perfect and the service does it the justice it should. Bar selection is excellent and the staff are well knowledged on the food and drinks. We like to try different well rated restaurants and we find ourselves back to Born & Raised for a guaranteed fantastic time! Romantic or with a group are both perfect. Highly recommended.

JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Hamilton. I hope the quality of the food and service continues at it’s current level.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was having dinner with a friend, booked the reservation day of on a busy weekend night. We both ordered wine (Riesling was tasty). Attentive server and host. Small menu but clearly done well. She ordered the Margarita pizza and I got the wild mushroom pizza. Holy amazing. Worth the $21 price. Big portion too. Pizza maker was cute and danced around too :) lovely atmosphere as well. Would return for sure

ST
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Always great food and service. I am never disappointed. If you live in Hamilton and haven’t tried it yet, you ain’t livin right ! Get in there real long deep and hard !

OT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner. Music was loud.

MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Born and Raised. It was a warm evening and we were seated at a table close to the wood-burning pizza oven. We asked for another table which seemed to involve a lot of negotiation before we were given the approval to move. The in-house made bread, pasta and pizza were delicious. We would return to try other items on the menu.

S
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fabulous meal! Highly recommend. Great service.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The scallops with lentils and kale was superb! As was the pizza with garlic and rapini. The Gnocchi cacio e pepe and salmon tartar were very good and more subtle. Staff are always attentive and friendly.

RR
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. We would go back in a minute. It was busy so service was a little slow and the music was a little irritating because all we could was a drum beat. Neither of these small issues would prevent us from going back the food was fantastic.

A
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was a little confusing. I had to google some of the names because I wasn’t sure what the entrees came with but the food was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Our friends were here from out of town so we wanted to take them somewhere special. Living in London (UK), they are used to dining at some amazing restaurants. Needless to say, they fell in love with Born & Raised! The inside of the restaurant and the decor is rustic and charming, the Italian food is exceptional, the wine list is fantastic and the service....it’s above and beyond what you’d get anywhere else in Hamilton. We had brought a bottle of red wine for dinner (they offer a corking service) and the sommelier named Jeremy put it straight into a decanter so it would be ready to drink for our final course. In the meantime, Jeremy took over as our server as well. The guy knows his stuff, especially about wine. He’s amazing. His food and wine recommendations were spot on as we basically let him choose our entire meal from start to finish (including the wines). None of us would’ve changed a thing. He was back at our table multiple times to make sure that everything was perfect and more importantly to fill our glasses up. He took time to talk about the food and the wines and he was super friendly, observant and accommodating. Did I mention that we had three kids under 10 at the table as well? Some restaurants of this caliber aren’t very kid friendly but Jeremy and the rest of the staff made the kids feel comfortable and they really took care of them. We were beyond impressed. If you want properly made Italian food, great wine, and awesome service in a relaxed setting look no further then here!

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate soooo many oysters, definitely the best oysters and pizza in town ! Make sure to ask Jeremy on what’s the best wine to pair with your delicious meal 😋

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere

AH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a lovely dinner, however, it was one of the hottest nights of the summer and the air conditioning was not up to the work! It may have been the pizza oven, but the heat did impede our enjoy.dnt of the food. I plan to return in cooler months!

DP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration
Unfortunately it was so hot due to the heat outside and also the ovens that we were dying.
They need to look at installing more air-conditioning or fans

AF
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Exceptional service. Fairly good value for the price. Loud room. Still, highly recommended

j
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always - the chicken liver mousse is a definite favourite! The hazelnut gelato was also a wonderful treat.

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great authentic food. Solid beer selection.
Have been many times and would recommend as one of the best places to eat in Hamilton

CD
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously my fav restaurant!!! Love the food, atmosphere, staff!! Always a great experience!!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to your establishment 4 times and not once have we been disappointed--the food is excellent, the service incredible, the staff very congenial. What can I say, everything was superb. Have recommended your place to many. Thank you.

SC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food
Spectacular service!

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always the food was excellent, our waitress was amazing, the only complaint is that it's a little loud and difficult to have a good conversation but I guess liveliness and an energetic atmosphere isn't a bad thing!

RG
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Loved the food, service was great. Only negative was the loudness of the music - smallish place, lots of hard surfaces and notable number of speakers. So while OpenTable's highest rating for noise - "energetic", we found it made it quite difficult to talk with one another.

b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Pizza! Amazing meatballs! Amazing service! Best italian food in the city, by far! Thank you again.

PF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, loved the vibe! Will definitely be back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, vibe and service.

a
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Greeting was fast and friendly. I was given the absolute worst table in the house at the kitchen door. One waiter tripped over my chair on his way out with food in his hands. The table is unusually high or the chair too low. Waitress was friendly, informative and efficient and the food was excellent. A bit overpriced but nonetheless the quality cannot be argued with.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prompt service, and delicious food. The best gnocchi I have ever had!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. A true Hamilton delight

CT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus was outstanding
Will definitely go back again.
High end service

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic. Very attentive!! Food was spectacular. Very different from the usual. Just wish the mains and sides were separated on the menu. It’s a bit confusing. Didn’t see any salads.

RB
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Neopolitan style pizza you are going to find in Ontario! Splurge and go with the DOP style Margherita. It's excellent with the burrata on the side - but a little pricy.

WC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Small restaurant dining area. Cute decor, homey feel. Very warm inside, only a few fans and tables by the window had sun glaring right in, would have been nice to have patio or open windows to let a breeze in.
But food was great Italian food! Pizza was awesome.

AB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening with my wife for a date night. It lived up to expectations great decor and the service was second to none. We enjoyed the wine pairings and would recommend the octopus to anyone deciding to go. I will be returning for sure and anyone in Hamilton who hasn't been has to get down to this true jewel of the Hammer.

DC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My husband and I were celebrating our Anniversary last Thursday evening. I booked the reservation on line choosing that it was our Anniversary since it had an option as to what the occasion was. We get there at 5:30 and we were seated at the back near the kitchen. They pulled 2 tables roger for me my husband and my son. I then asked if it was possible to have a table up towards the front near a window. The guy ... tall wit glasses with an attitude said those are reserved. Funny because no one showed up to those tables till after we left. To say the least I was disappointed. We will not be back. Very rude service.

AP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we come here, it has been an outstanding experience. We appreciate the lovely service, which adds to the pleasure of an exquisite meal. The food is eye-rolling good !

A
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service was great but their was way too many people talking and I couldn’t even hear the person beside me!

TS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my girlfriends out to celebrate at my favourite restaurant and they LOVED it. Always a pleasure!

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