Berkeley North

4.7
388 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(905) 522-5858
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Jonathan Kemeny
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
James Street North & King William Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 388 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing !!! 10/10 food was so good and prices were not to bad for the amazing food we got

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Inventive and interesting cuisine served by helpful and enthusiastic staff. We truly enjoyed our visit. Highly recommend.

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

Absolutely amazing service! Sushi was great. Just a suggestion: smaller cut pieces.
Everything was delicious!
Thank you.
PS.
Although I booked on line, they couldn’t find our reservation. We were seated no problem.

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

If I’m not mistaken, our server was named Amanda! Such a vibrant and outgoing yet very down to earth service was provided with food and drinks surpassing expectations. We had high hopes headed into Berkeley north on a Sunday night and were blown away by the level of professionalism and interpersonal communication. In house guest sushi chef had some amazing treats! Cocktails were out of this world with some truly high quality cuisine.

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

the only reason i did not give it a 5 was due to the fact that several of their renouned plates are no longer o the menu...ie the green beans etc....and the menu has 1/2 the entree selections they used to

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J
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time to this restaurant. Love that the menu is built on share plates, which is why it's great for a date night. We wish they offered more selection for post meal coffee/tea as we're not (alcohol) drinkers but like to splurge on a latte or a cappuccino. The desert we had was kind of 'blah' too but our meal was divine! The staff are exceptional and even asked for feedback on how they could do better. Highly recommend!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Really delicious food. The service was very slow which got tiring after a while

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If I were to review this restaurant in one word it would be "personable". The staff remembers their customers and their food preferences. They are accommodating and understanding of all dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian) without judgement. It is an excellent place for special occasions with delicious and unique foods. The service is both sincere and professional. A great place to treat yourself!

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KJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent! Fantastic service and delicious food. Will be returning shortly.

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CO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience....was actually there because of another friends recommendations....will definitely be back....food was incredible....wine was phenomenal and the service was stellar....incredible evening!

Well done Berkeley North.

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t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had the chicken balls and the shrimp - both extra tasty. The avocado salad was saltier than we like and the schnitzel was not very good as it was dry and salty too. We should have had more discussion with the waitress as it was our first time and would have benefited from advice. We will return

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z
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Half price wines on Wednesdays was a bonus! Schnitzel a little overdone and the sauce was okay. Arctic Char was the best as well as the duck pate, mushroom dumplings and tempura shrimp. Sharing was fun and the server gave us great advice on portions. We'll be back!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Plate sharing style restaurant, although I don't think you need to do it that way ... just be aware that plate servings are small. They recommend sharing 4 or 5 dishes for two people which is about right. Unfortunately the tables aren't really big enough for this style. The food was quite good. Very professional wait staff. Overall enjoyable experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small place tasty food!!Ribeye steak you absolutely need to try!!

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LO
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I don’t often rave or recommend many restaurants but this place had it all. Loved the look of the restaurant, our server was excellent , informed and personable. The food was spectacular. Highly recommend trying this place...you gotta eat here!

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LZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

It was a really nice night although our server didn’t tell us her shift had ended and we waited over 20 minutes to get our bill (we had to flag someone down).
The food was really good. Strongly recommend the mushroom dumplings!

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SO
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time diners, made reservations for a birthday and had a great experience. Waitress was very professional and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was FANTASTIC!!!! We had the duck pate, shrimp, polenta and schnitzel and everything was phenomenal. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My sister and I tired Berkeley North for the first time Friday night. The service was very good, the drinks and food were amazing. The portions were just right. We shared 3 apps as one main. The 35 day aged beef was delicious as was the fresh cheese on sourdough and mushroom dumplings! Will definitely be back.

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AF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic server - don’t remember his name but he added immensely to our experience

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JJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Good food but SMALL portions despite the BIG prices.

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L
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for an evening with friends. Sharing plates, great ambience, good seating.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a very positive experience. A little pricey, but the food was very well prepared.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

By sharing, our group of three were able to try many delectable plates. All of our choices were superb! The only downside was the size of the small single table for 3 people and all our plates.

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RH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time and reviews were very accurate - great spot before/after show at First Ontario Concert Hall.

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DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I both enjoyed our first dining experience at Berkeley North. The food was very tasty and very fresh. The server we had was excellent. She listened to my wine criteria and recommended the perfect wine. Definitely would call it a high quality spot yet in a casual atmosphere.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fire. Fire. Fire. Fire. What else can I say besides absolute fire.

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LH
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First trip to Berkley North this past Saturday for a small birthday dinner. The four of us eat out frequently so our frame of reference is wide. We were absolutely thrilled with service, presentation and quality of food. Berkley North is in a class of its own. We plan to be regulars.

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very impressed overall by our experience from the creative dishes from the chef to the incredible servers.

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EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were impressed from the moment we entered. The food was amazing and the service excellent. We will visit again. It was a bit loud for us but we enjoyed the restaurant anyway.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food choices and great crispy polenta! Mushroom dumplings were tasty and pasta was on point!

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MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

first time there tapas like food choices and food was very tasty we will go back for sure

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TL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was very impressed. First off they were so attentive to my allergy that when we sat down they already told me what I could eat. Service was quick and when each dish came out, they briefly explained what it contained. The combination of flavours was amazing and we ended up being full. I really loved the avocado salad. While the cheese on toast was good, it was nothing compared to the other unique combinations they served. You won't be disappointed.

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NB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Since hearing about Berkeley North, (CHCH TV Morning Show), and then subsequently following them on Instagram, I absolutely “fell in love” with the concept of this restaurant. Unfortunately, I live 3 hours away, so not an easy trek, the day finally arrived for me to visit Hamilton, and I didn’t hesitate to make a reservation. From my initial contact with them on the phone to confirm our reservation, it was warm, and professional. We had a small glitch with our reservation, and they assured me they would “see to it”, that we would be taken care of. On arrival, they exceeded my expectations of a mere greeting, and from that point on, they exceeded our expectations in table selection, service and most importantly cocktails & food, we truly felt we would never experience this kind of culinary delight again !! We’ve eaten in some pretty outstanding restaurants around the world..and this restaurant is by far, a cut above the rest. There are NOT enough words to describe the dishes or the menu for that matter, flavours, innovative techniques, presentation and culinary creativity are abound here..Bravo Berkeley North!!! Bravo !! Thank you for a amazing evening !!! You can feel the passion as soon as you walk in the front door, and that’s a treasure in itself !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice spot! Great food and atmosphere.
I would say it’s one of the nicer dining options in Hamilton!

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

So delicious! Date with husband, loved sharing food. Don't expect apps and full dinner, but shareable smaller portions. Tomato toast appeared underwhelming but was delicious! So was the polenta and arctic char. Great chocolate cake, cocktails were expensive, but almost too easy to drink. Seriously good.

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JD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It's a nice place to share an appetizer and a drink! We had an awesome time as service was excellent!

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, and wonderful servers. We were a group of four and we let our server surprise us with her favourites from the tasting menu. She did an excellent job. Half price wine on Wednesday was great too!

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KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a waitress that was over the top to the point it was boarder line annoying. We had the fish special, it was good but not fabulous and the same with steak.

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f
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful evening we had sharing wine and so many truly delicious dishes. The sharing plates really expanded all the food we could enjoy. Even the heirloom tomato toast was special with tomato jam on sourdough bread. Our waiter let us know right away that we could enjoy a bottle of wine for half price, her attention and enthusiastic descriptions made the evening special!

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RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went on a date without the kids this past Saturday. We spent the evening at Berkeley North and we both loved it. It satisfied her desire for 'different' yet deliciousness as well as my hungry palate. Our fav was probably the Teriyaki Eggplant (who would have guessed)... I liked the Shrimp Tempura and Tomato Toast. We'll be back!

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