Just Cooking Rustic Italian

4.6
144 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for a Date
Welcome to Just Cooking Rustic Italian
Locally owned and operated
Fresh Locally Sourced (where available)
No Processed Foods
Scratch made recipes all made in house
Artisan Gelato
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Sunday: 12.00pm - 10.00pm
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Phone number
(905) 562-3222
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tim Cherry
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Private Party Contact
Carolyn Davis carolyn@justcooking.ca: (905) 562-3222
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Catering
Full Catering Available, please contact Carolyn Davis 905 562 3222 or by email carolyn@justcooking.ca
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Victoria Avenue
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Parking Details
Parking in front for accessible needs as well as multiple spots on shoulder and plenty of parking in rear of building.
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Entertainment
LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO STARTING FRIDAY JUNE 1ST AND CONTINUING EACH FRIDAY FOR THE SUMMER, IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER BAND WILL BE INSIDE, LATE NIGHT MENU OF APPETIZERS AVAILABLE UNTIL 11PM.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 144 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

An authentic Italian restaurant with a great Puttanesca dish. Please DO NOT remove this dish from your menu.
Flowerless chocolate torte with crumble is to die for.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Second time we have visited. Food delicious and everyone was very pleasant. Nice to have such this great choice 10 minutes from home.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Not our first visit and most definitely not our last. From great staff to great service to great food, this is the place to go. Never felt rushed and spent over two hours there overall a great experience.

Gerald Brake

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

This was my first visit and I only wish I had discovered Just Cooing sooner! I went with my 80 year old mom and we were treated extremely well. The food was absolutely excellent and extremely well priced. The staff was very friendly yet professional. They even let mom take home a creme brûlée- ramekin and all- when she just didn’t have room for it. She can’t wait to bring it back to them.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I dined at Just Cooking a few weeks ago with some friends and the experience was so great that I booked again for the following weekend. I had mentioned that it was my friends birthday as they had asked, but there was no mention of it that evening. Our experience was not quite as good as the first one, as there seemed to be a glitch with their computer system, but I would definately go again.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

A good option
We sat outside : the only thing is there was noise from the traffic as it is right on the highway and also cars were parking just feet from our table
But the staff are really nice and the food is good

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We had dinner on the patio, very comfortable on a summer evening. The food was excellent, along with a decent wine selection and friendly service. Will definitely have dinner there again.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Did not think the food was up to its normal standard on this visit. Have been here regularly so can compare. Can be noisy at times which can make conversation difficult.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We were so surprised by how amazing this little place was.
The food was wonderfully prepared, the menu was varied enough that no matter who eats there they will find something to interest them.
We ate inside but the patio looked beautiful and we were told they live music on Fridays ( so we will be back soon)
Service was great, young staff and they know their stuff.
Overall it was a great experience and we will be back again and again.

(noise level was moderate when we first arrived, but it was dust because there was a group of 10 close by) once they left the noise level was perfect.

5 Star all around

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We came from the Greater Toronto Area and were very impressed by the whole experience. Soup of the day, Spicy Tomato Bacon Crab soup was amazing, the mussels with wine cream sauce was so tasty, homemade gnocchi with Gorgonzola and rapini was soft, the way I like them, and the Osso Bucco was very tender. The salmon was nice (I should have asked for it more on the medium side - that was on me as my personal preference), but it was still very nice. We are definitely coming back. Worth the hour drive. Will bring more friends and family next time. I liked the selection of Ontario and Italian wines. The price was very reasonable as a "better" dining experience, compared to prices in Toronto for equal quality.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

This isnt our first time at Just Cooking and have always had incredible service, meals and ambiance. However, this time we had a Male waiter, who was not only rude, ignorant, and disrespectful, but he was slower then molasses in January. We went to watch their live music and the band was incredible! We decided because we couldn't get reservations until 9:30pm, we would have appetizers as tapas and desserts with drinks to enjoy the Max Hillier Trio. We told this to the waiter when we were punctually sat at 9:30. Due to inclement weather, they had to change our table a few times and management was apologetic and kind. However, I think the waiter was annoyed. We had placed our orders for tapas outside, as they arrived at our table w other waitresses, it began to rain, so we moved inside. He never brought dessert menus for us who wanted just desserts and drinks as asked upon our arrival. We are laid back, so awaited for our friends who ate tapas. It took until 10:30, when we asked other wait staff for menus, that we received the dessert menus from him but then he quickly left. We asked the other waitress about their gelato selections and she was gracious to help. The restaurant closes at 11, as well as performance ended then... and we felt rushed through our desserts and beverages. The rude waiter even removed the bread and oils that were given to us before they were finished. It seemed we were inconveniencing him. Then the bill came and he asked if he could bring 1 bill for the group since we were moved so many times, he lost track. Again, pretty going, we obliged him... we noticed our bottle of wine was missing and let him know...then waited another 15 mins for new bills. In summary, the food is incredible and the other staff and managers are incredibly helpful, polite and kind, but this man has got to go. I feel he doesnt represent the high standards we have always received at this fine restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

food just like Mama makes says my Italian raised husband, he had the porketta YUM YUM. I had the gnocchi and as close to my mother-inlaws cooking which is high praise!Good value for the money. Will be making Just Cooking our next stop and next ansd next... Con- Went on a Thursday evening at 730pm just a little too loud for me would go earlier next time.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Enjoying Just Cooking since it first opened. The word is out and it’s becoming a hot spot. The food is outstanding. Atmosphere is quaint, best Niagara wines, great service. Our go to place! Careful the focaccia is addicting.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Absolutely fantastic, we had calamari
Best ever, then ossobucco delicious. Better than we had in Tuscany last fall. Already recommended to family and friends, can’t wait to come back
Kelly and Ken

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great food, tasty, little spicy (but rather from herbs than just salt&peper), they use lot of local ingredients. 2 funtastic days with good meals. Recomend for all european style food lovers, who likes taste and ambience.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Very tasty menu items. Only disappointment was we had asked for a quieter table so we could converse. They could not accommodate this, and we were seated at the first table for 4 inside the door of the restaurant adjacent to a very large, loud group. By the end of the the meal we were happy to leave due to the noise. Our lovely waitress proclaimed “ the whole reastaurant is loud this evening”.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We loved it! Wonderful food and great service! We can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Just Cooking never disappoints. Food is excellent with good value and excellent service. This has become a go to for us.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Just Cooking Rustic Italian is one of our favorite local spots. Make sure to sit out on their patio - even if it's only for drinks and appetizers! Their pasta dishes are delicious - especially the gnocchi. They also have great wine selections. You'll always have a great dining experience here!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was our second time here and were unfortunately a bit disappointed in the food. Not as tasty as the first time we had visited. I had the soup was was quite bland and our friend's salad was very over salted. Our other friend's seafood pasta dish was supposed to be in a cream sauce but there was barely any sauce at all. My dish lacked a lot of flavours described on the menu. We will definitely be back to give it another try, maybe they were just having an off night in the kitchen.
Service was very friendly but way too slow for our liking. Dinner took over 2.5 hours.
They also forgot my husband's bday which I specified on my reservation.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Always a great meal

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Along with friends have enjoyed several of the Friday evening concerts. Food as always has been excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Probably one of the best overall outings in the last few years. Hillary, our server, was a delight. She answered all our questions, never rushed and served us graciously. The boar chop was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Always look forward to coming to Just Cooking and never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I can't imagine anyone giving this less than 5 stars. Everything was top notch including the service. My wife and I had pasta dishes and my son had a veal shank. All cooked perfectly and very tasty. I love Italian, and my wife is Italian so is very critical of Italian restaurants. She was happy. There is only one other Italian restaurant in the area that I would rank slightly above this one but it is in Guelph - a little out of the way.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

As usual an awesome dinner and awesome service. Miranda is the best. Great server and we always have fun when we dine at Just Cooking.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Lovely atmosphere in the heart of beamsville. great patio space even though we sat inside. Service was prompt and friendly and food and presentation was lovely. Highly recommend, and hats off the the chef!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Always a total pleasure! Staff are friendly and professional. Wonderful food and wines.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Have been to this great little restaurant multiple times, and have thoroughly enjoyed each visit. Excellent food & service, tucked away in a small town. Worth the drive!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We've been there many times. Always excellent. Service was a little disjointed. Very unusual.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This was an awesome experience. Loved the Osso Bucco. We all had the same dish and raves about it afterwards. I would definitely come back to this restaurant and dine again. Love love love!!!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The best restaurant in the wine region

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Just Cooking delivers more than just its name. From the moment my party of five walked in, we were treated like family to a pleasant afternoon filled with great Italian cuisine in a cozy setting. My husband and I were treating some relatives from Italy to lunch after showing them around Niagara Falls. The staff were friendly and attentive. We started with marinated olives, calamari and focaccia. The dips served with the calamari were fresh and flavourful. The Bolognese sauce on my linguine had been slow roasted and the flavours were well developed. My husband's veal picatta, which was served with risotto, was very tender and it was highly infused with lemon. The others enjoyed the fettuccini special with peameal bacon and locally sourced peas. The lunch sized portions were generous which left little room for dessert, so we all shared the in-house made raspberry gelato which was a perfect way to end a perfect lunch experience. Overall, Just Cooking delivers much more than just fantastic rustic Italian fare. It delivers a great cozy atmosphere, attentive staff, and a lunch experience that our relatives from Italy loved. You must try Just Cooking....it will not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food...service a little slow

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Awesome food at a very reasonable price. Could not ask for better servers, special Miranda....she is awesome.......

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Our lunch was wonderful! Special calamari appetizer that we shared and then both of us had the fish special, Arctic char on a crispy polenta cake, asparagus, garlic and fennel slaw. Fabulous!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I took my parents for lunch at Just Cooking to celebrate my dads 81st birthday.
The restaurant is bright and welcoming with lovely artwork on the walls
Our waiter was very attentive and offered my parents two samples of wine that he had recommended, they selected one of his choices and really enjoyed the bottle of wine with their lunch.
The food was presented beautifully and was very flavourfull .
My dad happily announced “Compliments to the Chef “after his meal.
That’s a huge compliment to the Chef and his staff 😊
My parents and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals and have already recommended this little Gem to friends and family
We are looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

we go at least once a month for dinner. fabulous food, fabulous staff.
the patio is a great option for the summer weather and the authentic Italian pizza oven is a great addition to the patio/summer season! we are so lucky to have such a quality place to eat in the Beamsville/Vineland area. supporting Tim and his staff is a pleasure!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service and tasty food as always the patio can use some music and the antipasto platter was a bit chinsey but main courses were great and amazing soup we will indeed be back

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great meal , server was a pleasure

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