Berkeley North

4.6
409 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
  • 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.
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 409 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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JD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy we found this place. will definitely visit again and again.

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CO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Simply awesome.
Best service and food we have enjoyed in a long while

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, fast, friendly. Good lunch menu to choose from.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

food was alright but portions very small for the cost of meal. very limited menu. wouldn't go again.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic, servers were amazing and the atmosphere is just awesome!

The polenta was perfect!!!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant - wonderful vibe with the most creative tasty dishes you’ll find anywhere in Hamilton.

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ND
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants ever, so happy it is in Hamilton (vs. Toronto, where it would very easily fit in). Have been here for small group dinners (girl's nights) and anniversary dinner date, it is the perfect restaurant for either. The cocktails are fantastic, unique but all yummy. It is sharing plate style, order ~4-5 dishes per couple, the plates may be a bit small but they are absolutely packed with delicious and creative flavours that satisfy your appetite (and don't leave you feeling like you're going to explode). Specifically, I recommend the mushroom dumplings, arctic char and the fresh cheese is a MUST. Would come here just for the fresh cheese and half price wine bottles on Wednesday! (they have an excellent wine selection as well). Service has also been impeccable, friendly and professional every time. Seriously, you can't go wrong with Berkeley North!

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TN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food, nice selection. Would recommend highly!

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed the ambience it was quite homey, yet chic. I went out for dinner to connect with old friends and the quiet atmosphere was great for conversation. They could really improve on the food aspect though. The meat was questionable to say the least. It reminded me of a typical middle school lunch hall "mystery meat." Maybe it was due to starvation, but I did enjoy a couple of the fries ordered by my friend.

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SE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very comfortable and welcoming space. Service was warm and friendly from the moment we walked in, our server made great suggestions on the menu. Food was very nicely done with good presentation. Will absolutely returen.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our group of 6 had a great time at Berkeley North! We enjoyed the relaxed feel and comfy decor. The shareable appetizers and entrees dining experience was the best way to try all of the creative menu options. We really enjoyed trying so many different flavours, everyone loved each dish and couldn't decide on a favourite. The owner engaged with our table, shared the restaurant's story and was knowledgeable about every detail of the dishes. The staff genuinely delivered a dining experience like no other!

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Naples
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome waiter Matthew, nice atmosphere!!!

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I
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Went here with my two girlfriends because of the positive reviews I had read. Menu is very limited. Bar was under stocked - they do not carry flavoured vodkas and several wines on the menu were sold out. Tapas-style appetizers made sharing fun. The fresh cheese on house-made sourdough was divine (placed a second order before we finished the first)! Tempura shrimp was good but nothing special, crispy polenta was good, and truffle-fresh pasta was delicious. Due to limited bar menu, we decided to go elsewhere for after dinner drinks. For the prices and limited selections, I would not recommend or return.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Looking forward to going again!

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T
Toronto
231 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner with daughter and family it was very good and they provided a great dessert selection as a Bray gift thanks

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KL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Easily one of my favourites spots to grab a bite to eat. I have been a handful of times and each time have not been disappointed. Delicious food, excellent service, great wine list and unique & interesting options. Love the sharing aspect!

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s
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
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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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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