Berkeley North

4.7
446 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
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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4.7
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4.6
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there during a snowstorm, so it was very quiet. And we really enjoyed the quiet aspect of it.
The food was creative and very good, and the atmosphere very cosy. Would love to go back.

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BR
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While the menu seems unassuming, the food comes out specular. The staff was friendly and know an impressive amount about the food.

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is fresh and so tasty. But what adds to the charm ang amazing food is the phenomial staff. Our waitress Chloe was so pleasant, knowledgeable about the food and so upbeat!! I would definitely recommend for lunch and/or dinner!!

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RA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent, innovative, delicious menu options. Attentive staff with helpful suggestions for first-timers - Berkeley North will be visited again soon!

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g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

The shareables we chose were delicious! We had the shrimp tempura, the chili beef, the homemade ravioli and Arctic char for dinner. All were delicious, and we loved how we got to taste 4 different things on the menu. We then had a chocolate dessert as it was my husband's birthday, and they bought a candle out, which was nice :) Half-price bottles of wine from 5-6pm so we got to enjoy a lovely bottle. Watch if you want a glass though, they get $. All in all we had a great time. Tables by the window are nicer, nice decor and great service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative dishes with lots of different textures and flavours. Friendly and efficient service.

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O
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Would like to come back in the summer when the patio is open.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic date with my hubs. This was our second visit. Food was great but the drinks were outstanding. Make sure to have a cocktail when you go. The bartender is incredible.

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MF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Incredible food. Staff that feel like friends. Top notch service. A reliably great meal.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service with a unique, well-crafted prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve. Vegetarian options were all tasty.

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place in downtown Hamilton. Food is great and service is wonderful too. Would highly recommend.

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t
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. Sourdough/fresh cheese and the Char are worth the drive. Favourite restaurant in Hamilton.

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s
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best New Years Eve dinner (experience) we've had. We didn't want a party, we wanted a nice dinner with friendly people in a comfortable restaurant, with wonderful food! Matt and Dianna have (with their staff) provided an incredible experience. (Prices were incredible as well!)

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Berkley North and so glad we picked this restaurant. Loved everything about it, the atmosphere, the vibe and service. Found the menu to be a little different and didn’t know what to expect but when the food came, everything tasted soooo good! Definitely will be going back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 1

Won’t return

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HM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our waitress, Grace, was wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable about the food and fare.
Would definitely recommend!

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AV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great place, awesome food and service. Downfall is that it was cold with the draft coming from the door :(

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My experience at Berkeley North was amazing! The new menu items and cocktails, along with great music and service, made my Friday night very enjoyable!

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T
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily becoming one of my favourite spots in Downtown Hamilton! The servers are consistently friendly and engaged while interacting with customers. The venue has such a good vibe. Oh, the food never disappoints!! Everything is delicious; but the polenta and the mushroom dumplings are outstanding!!

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H
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Place was good; food descriptors needs a bit more information. I understand the concept of Tapas and small bite of food but it’s a bit pricey.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing service, okay food.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently outstanding. Great service and unique cuisine.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second experience was just amazing as the first! Great live mix of Christmas music; lively service; the BEST food! We ordered almost everything on the menu with our group of 5 and none of us could what we wouldn't get again! We treated our family from Europe- one who is a chef and they couldn't stop raving about that night!

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h
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here never disappoints - try the teriyaki eggplant, or the Cumbrae's ribeye - so tender & delicious! Small plates mean we can choose a few dishes to share, and I believe the same attention to quality and detail goes into all the dishes on the menu.
Service is friendly and efficient, and the ambience is perfect - a cozy space where we can enjoy conversation without shouting over the music or background noise.
Berkeley North has become a favourite for these reasons!

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B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best mushroom soup ever! Fabulous food with creative twists. They change their menu options periodically so that there is always something new to try. Friendly and efficient service. Great spot for a business lunch or a lingering dinner. Every dish that's delivered is a mouth-watering taste experience. Love this restaurant!!

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II
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Eggplant was epic!!! Owner was there and was very informative and hospitable, always appreciate that.

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JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dishes to share (duck pâté exceptional), friendly and informed service, warm ambience. In short, delightful.

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was amazing and food was really good. Descent amount for your money.
We were there for a Christmas Lunch and it was spot on. Casual, yet classy. Serves wine and beer if you wish and cute French Press coffee decanters if you order coffee. Will definitely go again. Thank you so much!

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AA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my girlfriend out to this place for a date, and the service and the food were highlights of the experience! Everyone was very nice and helpful, frequently filling waters and asking if we were good. The food is local and has many unique flavours. I wish I could try everything there! The noise level was high but it was a Saturday night so I am not surprised, lunch or a weeknight may be a quieter option. Our cocktails were also delicious. We will definitely be back!

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s
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time trying new cocktails and tapas. We will be back.

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WG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had never been to this restaurant but we on my list of King William restaurants. Was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent served tapas style. The crispy beef and eggplant are still a vivid memory. Would highly recommend a visit. I will be back.

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M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot to eat. No complaints except that it is very noisy. Mushroom dumplings amazing.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was one of the best I have ever had- knowledgeable, friendly and home town proud

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the food and service at Berkeley North are exquisite

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for lunch and we both ordered the salad. It was delish. Also indulged a bit and got their cheesecake which was awesome! Vegan and gluten free 👌🏼

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TO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Laura, our server, was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about menu items and some of our food preferences. A treat having her with us!

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y
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night. Love this restaurant because the staff truly care and the managers and bar tender are invested in the service and overall experience of the customer always love it. I would not order the polenta or pasta again. I find the Asian flare dishes are always great. The polenta was mush in centre and too heavy. The ricotta stuff ravioli were good but not overly different. We loved everything else. We also had a great server named Tanya. Overall a fantastic evening

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

All in all a pleasant dining experience. I admit, my expectations were a smidge higher. The food was solid. Only issue is when we ordered wine and a cocktail... they arrived well after our food arrived. The second round of drinks... another wait. It was a little disjointed and awkward waiting for drinks as our food got colder.

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SJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing but our waiter Matthew made the evening spectacular. He let us know the specialties and described them so well we had to say yes and we were not disappointed. We were worried that we ordered too much food with two apps and two mains but he promised to pace everything. Started with the mushroom dumplings with ginger and scallions. Fabulous. Then had the Teriyaki Eggplant. Fabulous again. Schnitzel was on the menu but not available so Matthew proudly advised that there was a substitute Rib Eye sliced in a delectable sauce with tiny brussel sprouts and other tasty surprises. We realized we were then pleasantly satiated so we told Matthew and he asked if still wanted the 4th and final item, Artic Char, that we ordered. We said no thank you and he said no problem. He could have suggested it was so good and convinced us but we didn't need the extra. We will definitely be back and ask for Matthew to be our waiter. Started with a Blue Moon each and then a beer for me and wine for my partner. $100 + big tip. Very reasonable for an amazing dinner. Topped it off with Il Divo at FOnt Concert Hall. Doesn't get much better. Only complaint was that restaurant was full and quite noisy.

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