Berkeley North

4.7
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like the creative healthy choices. Was there for a long lunch. I sat by the window.Staff really adds to the pleasantness of being there. I didn't feel rushed. Ordered the customized bowl on the menu. Liked having the choices and the dish was visually appealing as well as delicious.

JW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really busy on Friday evening . We
Received a heads up phone call letting us know our table was running a bit late. It was very thoughtful and we were well looked after when we arrived. It was a great evening. Thank you.

W
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

fabulous dinner ... great waitress... small plates.. very flavourful dishes and out of the ordinary
l would put it in the top three places to eat in hamilton... very casual ..plates can be shared depending on your mood...

BA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

6th time to this restaurant and have officaily declared it my favorite restaurant in Hamilton. We dont live in Hamilton but have gone out of our way to eat here. if you go as a group dont order off the menu let the team at Berkly figure it out for you. Trust the experts and you wont be disappointed!

V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time experiencing the dinner menu and it was fantastic! We went on a double date and shared a total of 8 plates. The lamb noodle, mushroom dumplings, eggplant and spare ribs were out of this world. The salmon crudo and duck salad weren’t our favourites but we definitely can’t wait to come back for dinner again!

MD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good Location with lots of parking close by.
Warm and inviting atmosphere.
Greeted by friendly staff and the awesome service continued until we left.
Cocktails to start were very Yummy!
Food was Delicious and of the ultimate freshness and quality.
I found a few items a little "pricey".
I will definitely visit again.
Thank you for a lovely evening.

d
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice relaxed yet upscale vibe. Tasty food, great service. On the expensive side.

LM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very tasty food and lovely staff and atmosphere. Pricey for tapas dishes though. Definitely worth a visit.

C
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere was all great! A little bit chilly by the front window, but that’s okay. Thanks for a great night out and the excellent and kind service!

NS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made reservations for dinner to catch up with a friend. We were spontaneous and asked the server to choose a few tapas plates for us. Everything was so delicious, and really enjoyed pushing ourselves outside out comfort zone. Definitely meant that we tried some dishes that we wouldn't have normally chosen.

KP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Where to start? Absolutely LOVED Berkeley North, and will not hesitate to visit again or to recommend. Mushroom dumplings were so tasty, as was the spiced lamb with egg noodles. EVERYTHING made in-house ... and our tastebuds certainly appreciated each and every thing we ate! Top 100 restaurant for the past few years, and well deserved! Great ambience, food, service .... What's not to love?

TK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very interesting menu and good selection of beer/wine.
Service was top notch.
The only negative aspect was that many of the dishes were overly salty.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

The menu and service are both outstanding, always a great time at Berkeley.

DR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took elderly mother for dinner. All three of us were blown away. Had the mushroom dumplings, the truffle ravioli, rib steak and 2 orders of ribs. It was the perfect amount of food and the most exquisite flavours. And the half price bottle of wine didn’t hurt. We will be back!!

JH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Berkeley North before attending a play at Theatre Aquarius as part of our celebration of our 42nd wedding anniversary. The warm greeting we received as we entered the restaurant was a precursor of the friendly, helpful, and excellent service we were to receive from all staff. Our server was very informative when discussing menu selections and serving portions. Service was prompt without feeling rushed. The food portions were ample and the food, itself, delicious. Overall, great value!

My only suggestion would be to offer half bottle options on the wine list. A full bottle may be a bit too much for 2 diners, especially if one of them is driving.

L
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional as usual! Our friends enjoyed it and want to return.

DP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very nice experience. Reminds me of somewhere in Toronto or NYC but just a short walk from my home.

e
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed all our dishes as did the other couple we were with. Very flavourful & wonderfully presented. I am vegetarian & there were enough options. Had a delicious dessert too (altho certainly didn't need it!) & was able to take advantage of the Saturday night earlybird half price bottle of wine!

L
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family Gathering

LA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We'd read about Berkeley North online and it did not disappoint. The ambiance was modern but warm, the service attentive, without being cloying and the food was served hot and delicious and remarkably quickly. What more could you want? The next time we're in Hamilton, we will definitely be making a pitstop on King William at Berkeley North! Thanks for a great dining experience!

G
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was my second visit to BN. We especially enjoyed the cheese toast and chicken skewers. We were surprised that both the teriyaki eggplant AND the beef shortribs were covered in hot peppers. The eggplant was replaced, minus the chilis, however with the shortribs, we opted to pick them off as our waitress had disappeared (the restaurant was busy). Once the peppers were off the two dishes, they were very good. The food is great, but 'all' ingredients should be listed on the menu to prevent episodes like this. Just because we told the waitress we had no food allergies, does not mean we enjoy turning our mouths into a burning hell. The only other negative comment would be the price for the shortribs. Expensive, considering the dish consisted of three very thin slices (1/4 inch) with a serious amount of fat.

BF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, tasty craft cocktails, wonderful service and the tasting menu was great value for cost. Will most definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent. Service was respectful helpful and non intrusive. Food was sensational. Absolutely loved our date night out. Thank you !

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a reservation...thank goodness...as the place was packed on a Wednesday night.
The shared plates that four of us experienced were super. Just ask your server what are the best ones and voila you have gourmet food as they make their own bread, pates and deserts etc. We had a desert that the chef had experimented with for over a month before releasing it to the public and it was just a mind blower in terms of taste. I could have eaten 10 of them. They have a first class chef and the staff and owners are super. This restaurant is a real gem. Oh and they had bottles of wine at half price!!

JO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Bravo Berkley North! We had a wonderful first experience and hope to enjoy it numerous more times! Staff were friendly and very helpful. Food was an outstanding food experience! You have not seen the last of me!

KM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was awesome! Couldn’t have asked for better atmosphere, service or food! The cocktails were fantastic too!

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Berkeley! They never disappoint! So happy we got to try the new fall menu

HG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Berkeley North is the best restaurant in Hamilton. The food is five star and the dishes are creative, fresh, and innovative. The service is excellent.

KE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great place to go. Fantastic food. Diligent and friendly service. Music was a bit too loud for us to chat comfortably but we were there late-ish (9-10) and that might just be the vibe they want.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was absolutely fantastic. Knowledgeable staff, fresh ingredients and great cocktails!! Loved it all.

HG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Hamilton. A real gift to the city and Mathew the owner is a national treasure.

SE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was incredible. If you can request Laura’s section it will make your experience so enjoyable.

A
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food. We picked it based on the reviews before the Michelle Obama show. I was really impressed that our server (apologies I can't remember her name) asked what time we wanted to be out by so that we could be sure to be at the show on time. I will be back and will recommend. Also LOVED the navy blue and gold wallpaper :)

RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited here before seeing Michelle Obama. Traffic was a mess getting there, called the restaurant and they kindly pushed back our reservation for us. They knew we were going to the event so were quite accommodating with getting us out in time.
Fabulous cocktails! Pretty decent wine and beer selection too. We always enjoy the sharing plates menus. Each dish we chose was quite delicious, most had a bit of a kick to them. My favourite was the tater tots, with the avocado salad coming in a close second. We will definitely be back, next time we are in Hamilton.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, interesting cocktails. We had a great time!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A definite go to spot in Downtown Hamilton. Loved the avocado salad. Always consistently top notch.

MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal. A little pricey but worth it! Love the atmosphere.

JK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner. Food was phenomenal, but service was only okay...not sure if this was because we were a party of 8, so gratuity was automatically added (making the server care less about contributing to our experience). Would still go back or recommend to others though.

g
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A nice little spot for a special occasion. It's on the pricey side for just a night out though, especially the drinks. We ordered several dishes, portions were small but the food was amazing, the mushroom dumplings were our favourite I would go back just for them! Staff were helpful accommodating our dairy-free requests and the restaurant was very cozy inside. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was wonderful. Someone in our party had a registered service animal, and the restaurant went over and beyond in accommodating us. The food was also excellent!

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