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Cafe Limoncello

4.1
306 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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About

Surprise your senses! Italy may be distant but Cafe Limoncello is a perfect destination for Authentic Italian cuisine and great wines. Limoncello has developed a faithful following for its fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner entrées, spectacular décor and friendly atmosphere. Out-of-this-world desserts and down-to-earth prices are also an integral part of the Café Limoncello experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(905) 549-3556
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
If you’re planning a special event, Café Limoncello has the perfect atmosphere. Whether it’s a birthday, first communion, baptism, anniversary, business luncheon or corporate event, why not consider our private party room, The Bella Room. This room can accommodate up to 50 of your special guests.
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Private party contact
Nancy Leo: (905) 549-3556
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Catering
Café Limoncello offers on and off site customized catering, for all your functions. Whether it’s a baptism communion, anniversary, birthday party or corporate function, small or large, simple or elaborate, food only or full event planning, our experienced catering team can take care of all the details. Everything can be arranged to meet your desires and budget. Consider Café Limoncello for your next celebration. You will receive Café Limoncello quality food, pleasant professional service and compliments from your guests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Edinburgh Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is available on the metered street or in the public lots behind Cafe Limoncello.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
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3.7
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 23, 2014

I'm here whenever I'm in "The Hammer". Always good food and good service.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2014

Limoncello was a great spot for our group of retired friends. We all enjoyed the food, especially the pizza and the veal sandwich. Our server was fantastic, and so very funny too. We did not feel rushed to finiosh eating and move on, which was very nice.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2014

Food is consistently good. Today I enjoyed the pizza while my friend had pasta. When I'm in Hamilton for a meeting I'll usually stop here for lunch. I know what I'm getting and it's always been good.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

This is my first time here and was pleasantly surprised with the amazing home cooked food! I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

Good food and exceptional staff. All at the right price

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2014

The place was very appealing and bright inside. Staff was friendly and greeted us promptly. My cutlet sandwich was grisly and another guest's meatball sandwich was not very tasty. An order of gnocchi was ruined with an over-abundance of garlic added. An order was also messed up with a side salad or full salad order as the waitress did not seem to get it right. Our waitress seemed condescending and I dislike it very much when a waitress, sales clerk or stranger calls me honey or sweetie or something like that. Staff should be taught to not address customers this way. It was very busy at lunch and the service was prompt, considering how hectic it was for them.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2014

Our first time trying this neighbourhood spot in the middle of a 'village' within the city. Web site claimed great pasta and Cafe Limoncello did not disappoint. Veal (marsala, with mushrooms) was excellent, a generous portion, half came home. Partner had the eggplant parm, very good but could have been served a bit warmer. Most if not all of the clientele excepting us were locals though, and we were not the only ones there talking business. Menu was varied and interesting enough to want us to drive back into the City some evening and try dinner here. The service was excellent, with staff being very friendly and attentive, as one might expect in a 'neighbourhood' style restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2014

Food is great but Melissa and the entire staff is why we keep going back . Always have everything that we need and more ! We usually have a party of 10 and allow us LOVE Limoncellos

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2014

The food was not authentic Italian. The linguini with pesto cream sauce and chicken tasted more like salt than anything else. The chicken was in small cubes! --- and did not taste freshly roasted or sautéed. The salad greens were a bit wilted. Only good part was the lemon tart dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Whether I want a great gluten-free pizza, or my husband wants to take me out in a special occasion, Café Limoncello is always our first choice. For our latest visit (Mothers Day) i enjoyed Mushroom Risotto and a side Greek salad. My husband loved his libster and scallops with fettuccine. A half-litre of wine plus dessert with a latte...it was exceptional. The entire meal was a delight and the attentive, friendly staff made the occasion even more special. We highly recommend Café Limoncello.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Limoncello is our go to restaurant we we want a guaranteed good meal. The daily specials are always interesting and worth trying, but if not, the regular menu items are also very delicious and well prepared. The menu has something for everyone. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. Excellent service is consistent no matter when you go. We've been for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have literally never been disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

I know what I have been missing...perfect salmon eggs Benedict with a lick your plate hollandaise sauce and Mediterranean omelette with a side of Italian sausage . Clean and bright. Service was great from the minute we walked in. server made excellent recommendations. Food came out fast and hot. No complaints , will be going back for dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

I like this place. This was my 3rd visit. I like their food, prices and ambience. I had the seafood platter and a side caeser salad. The salad was great, very nice dressing. I enjoyed the entree as well but it could use some improvement. It came with risotto which was a bit overcooked. The onions that were added we have been better if they had been caramalized. The risotto was on the bland side, needed some zip. The salmon and shrimp were tastey but the grilled calamari were bland as well. They were cooked to perfection but they needed more than olive oil. I actually added salt and pepper to my food, which I rarely do. This dish would be so much better if it was more flavourful. Their coffee is delicious.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2014

Acoustics make for too loud of an environment for anyone who is HSP. If you enjoy a more noisy volume then this is a wonderful choice. The gluten-free pizza crust was the best that I have had.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2014

My husband and I loved this restaurant and now we say we are only going there if we want pasta because it's by far the best pasta we have ever had.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2014

the food was ok the bruscetta not that fresh

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2014

This has a nice welcoming atmosphere, the food is very tasty with generous portions, the staff is friendly and relaxed.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

had never been to this restaurant despite it being around for years, decided to try another part of the city.
Nice location with a view of a parkette, must be nicer in summer- but that may never come this year!
Full selection of apps, pastas and entrees.
My gnocchi was soft and delicious in the rose sauce. Ample size serving too which I just couldn't finish off.
Nice desserts, appear to be from outside the restaurant.
Will definitely add this place to our usual restaurant rota.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2014

Every time I have went to Limoncello cafe it has been great ....never wanting or waiting for anything ..waitress staff is fantastic... feels like going into an old family friends home ...food is great in both quality and quantity !

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

Everything was great, the only suggestion is to have a place to put coats. Other than that everything was great, I would definitely eat there again.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

Cafe Limoncello is a great place to visit for wonderful Italian food, but just as pleasant to go for breakfast/brunch. Generous servings with plenty of fruit.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

My family and I have been going to Limoncello for about 4months now for breakfast on Sundays .
Our waitress Melissa recommend we try out their dinner menu some time so for my mothers 81st birthday we made reservations and it was fabulous . The food was outstanding ..the girls made my Mom feel like a Queen for the night .They brought her cake while singing Happy Birthday . Everyone enjoyed their food and service , never wanting or waiting for anything ! Great job Lemoncello .

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2014

Can always count on great food and service from the best waitresses in town. Thanks for the extra effort you always give to make our visit easy and fun.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2014

My brother use to work here. We booked my mother's 50th luncheon here and every time someone asked my brother what to get he would say "everything's good!" He wasn't kidding!! All 13 of us enjoyed our chosen meals. Limoncello is a gem to Ottawa Street, and Hamilton!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2014

Lucky to dine at Limoncello on Super Bowl Sunday with great deals to be had: all regular pasta dishes were $8 while a glass of wine came in at $4 - we liked that!
Service was solid, with one experienced and one inexperienced waitress, so two levels but certainly pleasant.
Caesar salad was very good.
While the presentation on the plate lacked a bit, the main courses were tasty and got finished up.
Dessert was nice - different kinds of cheesecakes and really good.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2014

Cafe Limoncello has been our go to place for a few years. The food is wonderful and the portions are more than generous......even when you chose a 'smaller' plate! If you like sausage seafood, and pasta.........you simply must try the pasta jambalaya---wonderful!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2014

We have made about 6 visits in the last 3 months and never have we been dissatisfied. Each time I've tried a different entre and again always perfect. We have been in groups of 4 or 5 and just the 2 of us and our friends have always been satisfied. Staff is always there when you want them and they always have a sense of humor.

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2013

Every thing was really great except for my husband's gnocci-which was the special. The meat was over cooked & dry & the pasta was under cooked. I am sorry he did not say anything till after we got home. I was so mad with him. He loves his pasta so that was a big disapointment.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2013

Great tasting Italian food, everyone at the table was happy. The noise level in the restaurant makes it difficult to have a conversation.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2013

The food was amazing, waitress got out drink orders wrong. Felt like they kind of rushed us out of there because we weren't drinking. Other than that great night.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Took a friend to one of my favourite dining spots and she was impressed! She loved the vibe of the cafe and the location tucked away on Ottawa street. She had the Pizza Margherita with a side Caesar. The pizza was cooked to her liking, spices very flavourful and perfect crust! Size was unexpected and a lot went home. Caesar salad was awesome as usual. Just the right amount of garlic and dressing! I had the small portion ofthe pasta Frutti de Mar (again) and it was more than enough with nice size pieces of seafood covered in a tasty sauce. Service was awesome as usual. My only negative comment on this restaurant is the noise level. It can be very loud, especially if thereare any large groups dining. All, in all, we were both very satisfied.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2013

The food was great, the service was great, I'd go back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2013

We live in the neighbourhood and frequently drop in at Limoncellos for brunch. It was my first time using the online service to reserve a table and it worked really seamlessly. It was my moms 59th birthday and I wanted to ensure we got a table.
Everyone was incredibly satisfied with their meal, the portions are huge and the price is very reasonable. We asked our server to pair a glass of wine with each meal and she came through with great pairings, no hesitation!
What an awesome night out with the family. I can't wait to return, I love our neighbourhood gem.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2013

Had lunch with two other ladies and all had pizza. It was awesome! Service was great. We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2013

The service was great, all the staff were very friendly and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2013

Everything was of the highest quality in freshness when it came to the salad. Best crab cakes ever! Deliciously prepared and full of flavour. But the desserts! I was too full to eat it all but I did anyway.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2013

We had the veal and although it was tasty it seemed to be a bit well done. Pasta and Greek salad were very nice. Wine could have been cooler. Service and ambiance were great.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2013

Limoncello is a great place for lunch. They are always quick to have your lunch served without compromising quality. Good food and exemplary service. Try it!

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2013

Great as always, usually go there for girls office birthday lunches, have been going for the last 4 years.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2013

We had a party of 12 and I was afraid that the food would take forever to arrive and that it wouldn't all come at once, but I was pleasantly surprised that everyone received their food at the same time and it was very quick and very good food. Out of the 12 people, only 2 have been before but after our great dining experience, everyone said they would come again. Well done!

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