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Bar - The Standard, Hamilton, ON

The Standard

4.7
4.7
72 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
THE STANDARD:
[the stan-dard] Noun

1. a high level of quality or attainment, established by general consent as the model or example by which all should be measured.
2. set up or established as a rule for the measure of quality of which is upheld.

The Standard. One of Hamilton's most revered restaurants, has laid down its roots on James St N. With our everchanging menu, seasonal & local inspiration and forward approach to dining, our commitment to excellence shows in everything we do. We strive to provide a memorable experience each day, it is just what we love to do.

From our in house butchery or cooking over charcoal, to working with local suppliers in our community We challenge the way we all think about Food & Drink.

If its a night out with friends, an intimate dinner for two, or just something extraordinary like sitting at our chefs table, We take each day as a new challenge to provide something amazing. It’s a bold statement and that’s why we make it with The Standard.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (289) 619-0955
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    With a gorgeous and welcoming space, The Standard offers a team of experts to plan your perfect party. With the direct involvement of our Chef, Mixologist and in house event planner we can create your vision however big or small.
  • Neighbourhood
    Hamilton
  • Cross Street
    James St. N. & King William Str.
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Brunch Reservation at The Standard

    Apr 6 - Sep 30, 2024
    Enjoys brunch at The Standard with our la carte menu. The Standard is known for its everchanging menu offerings of creative and innovative dishes as well as classics reimagined. Whether its a intimate brunch for 2 or a large group let us show you how we set the standard when it comes to doing brunch. - No additional cost
    Brunch Reservation at The Standard photo
  • 7-Course Chefs Table Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    This is an exclusive dining event. The Chef's table is a 7-course blind Tasting Menu, composed of the best of the season. These are ring side seats right in front of the Kitchen where you will get to see and experience the stress, pressure and rapid fire execution of how a fast-paced restaurant engine runs. This is not for the faint-hearted, your experience will give you a front row seat to what really goes on in front of the stoves. Strap in, it's going to be a hell of a ride. Please note, Due to the menu complexity seating times are limited to 6pm & 8:30pm to allow for a full experience. Bookings outside of those seating times will need to be adjusted if available. With any dietary concerns please contact us prior to your booking.
    7-Course Chefs Table Menu photo

What 72 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southern Ontario

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Southern Ontario

    Contemporary Canadian

72 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great location, service and value

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  2. katiek

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good but took a while to come out. The service was mediocre and the hostess was not friendly. I felt disappointed I chose The Standard for my Mother’s Day celebrations.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and bartender were great! Hostess staff were not overly helpful.

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  4. Loralane3

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered 3 small plates and 2 mains to share between the 5 of us girls. Food was so delicious, as were the drinks. Service was amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my favourite Hamilton restaurant now ! The food was outstanding in presentation and taste! Restaurants employees delivered better culinary experience then many high end Toronto restaurants! Thank you !

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  6. RebeccaD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch - delicious food and great service. I can’t wait to go back for dinner!

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  7. Tiikame

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome brunch! Had the bacon biscuits, they were lovely but not warm enough to melt the butter. Also had frittata and cinnamon roll French toast (we were sharing). Food was excellent and service was fantastic. The only thing was you couldn’t just have a regular cup of coffee…went Americana instead which was nice but some grounds in the bottom. Overall love the vibe/food, would come again.

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  8. Banker99

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We experienced the chef’s table. Mike, the head chef, was an awesome host. Ryan was very knowledgeable and bang on with his wine pairings. The food was excellent as was the wine. We had done the Chef’s table at the Elora Mill and it was excellent also. This was almost half the price. Watching how a kitchen works is pretty cool and you can tell all of the individuals were enjoying what they were doing.

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  9. Brittany

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, stunning venue. Recommend for a special occasion or milestone.

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  10. SK04

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Must try for Hamilton. Great vibes, food and service! Absolutely loved it

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  11. Terri

    Toronto

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! The food, drinks and service are consistently fantastic! I like that the menu changes and we get to enjoy new dishes when we return. Great wines choices as well.

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  12. Lace

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenal first time experience. Amanda gave the best service that I've had in a long time. The food was gorgeous and the drinks were even better. We will be back for sure, and we will be asking for Amanda! Thank you!!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was simple and inviting. Food was great, Ryan was also a great host. We had a great time when family and friends. The kids loved their burger. It was a fantastic experience.

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  14. NatalieL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant has very delicious and unique dish combinations. The atmosphere is beautiful, rustic chic. It can get loud if they have too many parties.

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  15. HillaryP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wish I could give 6 stars! The chefs table was so interesting watching the team hard at work preparing the gorgeous plates for the restaurant. The chefs menu was thoughtfully created; the quality of ingredients and plating methods is incomparable to anywhere we have ever been. The wine pairings were literally perfection and the gentleman explaining them to us did so with such passion. Was an exciting experience from start to finish. We will definitely be back!

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  16. Torre

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Axel was a 10/10 The food was amazing and prepared with care by the kitchen to accommodate an allergy

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great engaging service. Great ambiance to dine in with an open kitchen. Only complaint is trying to decide which of the interesting eclectic combinations of food options to chose from when your co-diners won’t share! 😉

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and ambience. New menu and were out of some items but plenty of amazing dishes to try. Will definitely be going back there.

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  19. Matt

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This past weekend, we drove about an hour from Toronto to see the Monster Jam event in Hamilton and decided to have brunch at The Standard first. It was a great experience overall. Our waitress was genuinely very friendly, She took time to make sure we were well looked after throughout our entire meal. The food looked and tasted great. Pricing was very reasonable given the quality of the food and the atmosphere here. I highly recommend making a visit here.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. BrownSugar

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience doing the chef table amazing surprise meal every bite was amazing looking forward to doing it again soon

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  21. angel4monkeys

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From cocktails to dessert, we were not disappointed with a thing! Special thanks to Axel for such great service and recommendations!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always feel like I’m at a restaurant in New York when I come here. Very cool vibe, the food is outstanding as is the service!

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  23. Terri

    Toronto

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service (thanks, Amanda!). This is my second visit and certainly will not be my last! I highly recommend this new Hamilton restaurant!

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  24. NATASHAT

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Two strikes and we are out! Tried this place for dinner about a month ago. At first we thought it looked great and front of the house (who happened to be the general manager) was kind and accommodating. Took a long time to be greeted by our server. When he did arrive he seemed flustered. We ordered some drinks. Which took a while but we were okay at this point. Then we placed our order for dinner. Food took quite a while. Dishes were tasty but not “mind blowing”. Again server was not attentive to us and although we wanted to order desert, after desert menus were brought over it took more than 20 minutes for our server to return. At that point we decided to just get the bill as we had spent way too much time waiting. The bill itself took forever and at that point that we complained. The manager and server apologized profusely (albeit the server’s breath had a strong odour of weed), saying multiple times it was an exception because they were short staffed. The manager did comp a few things on our order and promised that if we returned we would have a fantastic experience guaranteed! So we thought we would give it another try ..booked brunch for Mothers Day. We had looked forward to it and my husband did leave a note on the reservation for Anthony to call us to discuss that we were returning and wanted to ensure the experience would be better…he did not call. Yesterday we arrived for brunch. Not too busy. We were offered water. I then asked for a glass of Prosecco but my daughter was not asked if she wanted something to drink. Our server then finally came back to take our order and when I said that my daughter wanted a drink he said he would get that first and then come back to take our order. I don’t understand why he could not have just taken our order..we were more than ready. So we wait, and wait…until I flag him down to take our order..we place our order..Food takes over 1/2 hr, server never checks in..kitchen staff standing around.. we’re done!

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  25. Olu4

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice high-end dining experience. Saffron risotto was fantastic! House-made dessert menu looked amazing but we were too full to try it. Our waiter was very nice. Would recommend and will be back for dessert!

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  26. CanadianDylanA

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very much exceeded expectations, everything was amazing. Can’t wait to return.

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  27. BrownSugar

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience at brunch Service was great The bar seats on the side of the restaurant was nice and private even with how busy the restaurant was Can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu

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  28. SteveG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit after numerous reservations at Undefined. Great night, great food, great service. Ryan, we always enjoy your humour and attention to detail.

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  29. TS74

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved it! We travel across North America and this was one of the best dining experiences we've had in recent memory. Everything was amazing. The food, the service, and the mixology were all top shelf. We tried a lot of drinks and my favour was the oaxacan on sunshine. The dumpling appetizer was great. I loved the Tokyo short rib for my main. Cheese cake for desert was a great finish. We are already planning to go back with friends.

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  30. DeeMont

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible addition to the booming food scene downtown. I would highly recommend this amazing new hot spot!! The best food I’ve had in a very long time. Inventive and delicious. 10/10 on food, service, and ambience.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time at The Standard! It had a great vibe, great service, and really good food. I would say it’s a bit on the pricey side but I’d go back for sure. The pork and shrimp dumplings were SO GOOD. I also had the Oscar Ravioli which was also very good. But the dumplings are a must have!

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  32. Alana

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service, food was tasty. Drinks we ok but the espresso martini/dessert was delish. Would go again!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here with the my family before a show. The food was beautiful, service was great, and noise level was very low.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is so good and our server Amanda was the absolute best! I would highly recommend this place!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding ***** 5 Stars across the board! Excellent service, the food was presented beautifully and absolutely delicious as well. Highly recommend

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service , great food and our server was the best

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time! The food, staff and vibe were fantastic. We have recommended to many!

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  38. SarahM

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a wonderful experience. Went for dinner with my girlfriends. Monse our server was wonderful. Excellent food. Great cocktail menu. Will definitely be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience! Went for the brunch and it was delicious. Our server was absolutely lovely but the overall service was a bit slow and food came out slowly too. The atmosphere is great and I love the vibes. Would totally go back!

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  40. SimonC

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the one of the steaks and the shrimp octopus was over charred Also ordered the oysters. No the greatest Also, ordered martini my first time I drank a martini with black olives I was expecting green olives not that great either Vibe was nice tho

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

The Standard is rated 4.7 stars by 72 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Standard

12 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2J9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    James St. N. & King William Str.
  • Neighbourhood
    Hamilton
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (289) 619-0955
  • Private party facilities
    With a gorgeous and welcoming space, The Standard offers a team of experts to plan your perfect party. With the direct involvement of our Chef, Mixologist and in house event planner we can create your vision however big or small.
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