About Hamilton's Grill Room
Canal side, nestled in the European charm of a courtyard near the Delaware River & surrounded by quaint antique shops & art galleries, it is the remarkable creation & signature of award winning Broadway set designer & restaurateur Jim Hamilton, & reflects his one-of-a-kind signature style. Warm, soulful & sophisticated, the Grill Room remains one of the most romantic & unique places to dine in the Northeast. The Grill room's vibrant menus combine great style with a reverence for Mediterranean-inspired classics. Expertly prepared with skill & passion by executive chef Mark Miller, Jim Hamilton's seasonal offerings include grilled foods with voluptuous flavors liberally borrowed from cultural influences ranging from France, Greece & Italy to Spain & Morocco. Featuring fresh ingredients from some of the region's best purveyors, dishes are artful & generously portioned at the same time they are satisfyingly simple. CATERING at your place or ours expect perfection to the last detail.
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Mediterranean, Steakhouse, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30pm
North Union Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
At the Grill Room, the combination of fresh imaginative cuisine, flawless service and warm ambiance has the kind of alchemy that turns ordinary events into extraordinary occasions. In your home of other venue it's an equally custom experience. Whether simple or lavish, traditional or unconventional, large or small, each celebration is highly personal, and produced with infinite thoughtfulness and care.
At your place or ours expect...perfection to the last detail.
On & off site catering.
Street parking requires feeding the meter with quarters. One quarter for 20 minutes with a 2 hr maximum. There is limited parking in the alley, & also in Finkel's parking lot along the canal after 5:00pm.
Private Party Facilities:
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Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings . Cocktail Parties . Rehearsal Dinners . Bridal / Baby Showers . Anniversaries . Graduations . Fundraisers . Birthdays
Christening / Confirmations . Bar / Bat Mitzvahs . Holiday Celebrations Business Events . Corporate Meetings . Team Building -Cooking Classes
Unforgettable events begin with careful attention to details and uncompromising standards. Rest assured that in the hands of our gracious, polished, and genuinely caring staff your celebration will shine. They'll be no attitude, no pretension and nary a cummerbund or ruffled shirt. Trust us to produce tasteful events tailored to your needs and flawlessly executed.
Hamilton's Grill Room Ratings and Reviews
An early Sunday. A walk by the canal path. Drinks at the Boat House. Dinner at Hamilton’s. We normally sit at the grill and enjoy the show. This time we sat in the front room with the view of the canal. Shrimp in anchovy sauce to start. This is a menu item that is uniquely wonderful, extraordinary sauce. Next scallops and steak au poivre. Both prepared perfectly, scallops gently grilled (or pan fried) with parsnip ‘mash’ and the peppercorn encrusted Delmonico was excellent. The quiet room, gentle tiny white lights above, attentive service- all made for a very enjoyable evening.
Had the oven roasted scallops they were great, companions had the crispy salmon, they liked it. Everyone had dessert, it wassail good. Hostess seated us at a nice table but near the door to entrance when we arrived, we asked to be moved and were seated in main dining room. Food good, service fine, noise a little much but it was an enjoyable evening.
We had heard from a knowledgeable source that Hamilton's Grill Room might not be what it once was...the source proved correct...two out of four entrees - the bronzino and the duck - were essentially inedible...the salmon - the other two entrees - was decent...the oyster appetizer (on deviled eggs??) was about the worst example of a fried oyster app I've had...our dessert for the table...i can't even remember what type of baked good it was supposed to be...but our waitress offered that it had been on the menu forever...was also inedible...the coffee was so insipid and tasteless that we sent it back...which we did with the dessert...and should have done with two of the entrees...the table next to us included several diners that were so loud and obnoxious that we finally had to have the manager come over and quiet them down...the other diners in the room kept on giving them dirty looks...why management did nothing on their own for almost a half hour is beyond me...i must say that our waitress and the rest of the staff were very cordial...and i have nothing but good thoughts for them...the food...not so much...and that really is why you're there in the first place...
Mixed night at Hamilton’s Grill Room. Second straight time that service was inattentive and kitchen was slow. Appetizers were good, but fish main course was a filet that had some bones, a pairing with broccoli rabe (odd combination) and a side of cous cous that was a roughly $8 flavorless boil-in-the-bag variety. They cook beef well and excelled again tonight. The dessert menu lacked creativity or innovation, seems to have been the same dessert menu for years. This once cool place seems dated and tired, taking customers for granted in an ever evolving and competitive restaurant environment . There were just too many misses tonight.
Arrived and was met with surly manager. Ordered only to be told that the two dinners we wanted were no longer available. Waited thirty minutes for our appetizers, which were not ours. Fifteen minutes later ours came out. A very small salad and oysters. At 8:00 after being seated at 6:35 we still had not eaten our main course. When we spoke to the manager he was disrespectful and arrogant. Waitress was extremely apologetic. We left! Will never return!
My seven-year-old daughter and I had a reservation at 5:00 on Saturday evening. It was a special evening since we rarely get to spend time together as just the two of us. My wife and I had dined here before and we always enjoyed it. Admittedly It is not the kind of restaurant that you should take your young kid, but my daughter promised to behave well. Fortunately she kept her end of the bargain and we had a wonderful time. The wait staff was gracious, welcoming and accommodating, and the food was wonderful (as it always is). Thanks for a memorable evening!
Would highly recommend the Hamilton Grill to anyone looking for great food, eclectic, fun, unique atmosphere! Food is fresh and creative, yet still provides the comfort and familiar flavors one would come to expect at a high end restaurant. One could simply sample the vast array of appetizers and specials, sans the main entree, and still come away completely satisfied. The wine pairings will always be perfect as it is BYOB! Bon appetit!
Walked in w/reservation but no one was up front. Person arrived but then took someone behind us before us who apparently was a regular. Hand written menu is hard to read. Waiter staff was rather "stiff" and the meal took a long time to arrive, perhaps because they had a party in the back room. Had soup which a bit watery and lacked flavor. Pasta itself was good, but gravy/sauce underwhelming. I couldn't identify much other than the tomato sauce. Fish was good but you didn't taste "the grill". Cheesecake slice was small. We've been to Hamilton 4 or 5 times. we've had pretty good and just average. This was about average. I think maybe its time to spruce it up a bit, focus a bit on service consistency and what comes out of the kitchen.
Normally I would have been delighted so take this single review of Hamilton Grill as possibly one where the waiter just was not into it. Secondly the menu could benefit from less salt everyone notice their meal was over seasoned. We will try it again because we have enjoyed the 10 other times.
Positives first. After I sent the menu special ribeye back, it returned cooked as I asked. The apple and bread pudding desserts were okay but nothing special. There were so many negatives that we'll never return to this place we used to frequent years ago. Carpets are threadbare, light fixtures crooked, it's the details. Only steak on the menu was a Delmonico for $35 -- pricey in these parts, but not for a very good restaurant. We ordered the ribeye special. The waiter did not tell us prices of any of the specials and we didn't ask because we brought a guest for her birthday. Big mistake. Ribeye was $45 -- way overpriced. They took advantage. Good cut of beef, but both orders under-done. If you charge steak-house prices, you'd better grill the meat right the first time. Salad had interesting greens, but was so dense and flat it didn't come off as a fresh salad. Dressing was tasteless. So was the piece of thick plastic I found in my mouth. Manager's solution? I'll take if off the tab and "I'll let the kitchen know." REALLY? My family is in the restaurant biz -- proper response was to comp the one meal entirely, offer a gift card, or at least comp dessert. I could have made a fuss but talked quietly to manager. Service was mediocre -- waiter said the right things but didn't take care of his table. We had to ask for water refills and look for the waiter by getting up several times. Coffee was good, but for $3 apiece we got only half cups and no offers of a refill. That's a ripoff. How they handled the plastic in my salad reveals the main problem -- Hamilton's focus is not its diners. Deleting the price of a salad I couldn't finish is not compensation for a nasty kitchen error. We're done with Hamilton's. Contrast to Bowman's Tavern, where a valet left mud in my car, manager offered real compensation. That's class. That's a restaurant focused on customers. Should have gone there. Will next time.
Had the soup special wild mushroom which came out tepid. Tasty but just some broth with a few mushrooms. If it had been hot would have been a lot better. The entrees were excellent though a little pricy. Would have given the food a 5 had it not been for the soup.
Had a reservation for six and were seated at a smaller table than the table of 4 across from us. It would have been a lot better with a bigger table.
Service was adequate.
It is a quaint little restaurant which again would have been better with a larger table more suited tob6 people.
Excellent Food and Ambiance. Service was not good or attentive, even though the restaurant was not full at the time we dined. I dropped off two bottles of wine an hour before the meal (a white and a red) . Asked them to chill the white. They chilled both. Not good. The waiter was not attentive and absent most of the time. Lost our credit card at the end of the meal for about 10 minutes.
I had prime rib, which was fabulous: not the typical uniform slice of beef, but a big chunk with some wonderful "outside pieces," which is actually my favorite part. I had the daily "special," which included fresh green beans, mashed potato, and a salad. The plain dinner salad was a BIG portion of crispy Romaine and the bread was yummy. The portion of beef was huge, and the potato and beans were more modest, which wasOK with me. My husband had grilled halibut, which was also delicious. My only complaint is the amount of time we sat before giving our order and the lag between our salaads and entrees. Normally, I would rarely comment on "slow service," because when we go out to eat, we like to take our time. This was our 30th wedding anniversary, after all. Still, on this occasion--our first visit--it seemed we had those salads for at least 45 minutes. And the restaurant was very quiet on a Wednesday evening. We like the BYO aspect, too. Oh, well, we are not deterred and look forward to returning for the next occasion.
Hamilton's is a hidden gem in Lambertville, tucked away on an alley along the canal. In season the outside seating gives the feeling of being far away. The meal selections were delicious, and the server was very attentive. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, great care is taken to present a visually pleasing plate.
We have dined here many times, enjoy the outside seating the best. Indoors can be quite loud when the restaurant is full and the front room can be a bit smoky from the grill.
Though the restaurant does not have a liquor license, the Boat House, a bar right across the alley, served cocktails and bottles of wine can be purchased and taken to Hamilton's.
Arrived at 8:15 for dinner was seated right away ordered oysters rare steak and a crab cake we did not receive entrees until 9:40 when we asked about our order we where given 2 separate stories regarding our entrees 1st excuse was kitchen did not receive order until 15 minutes prior to us asking so that means server forgot to put order in 2nd excuse was kitchen did not make order . Very disappointed in the professionalism we where given a piece of cake as a sorry for inconvenience needless to say I left cake on table upon exiting establishment..
This was the first time we dined at The Hamilton Grill. The crabcake and stuffed pepper appetizer's were delicious, but very small. The grilled duck was very good. The Bronzino was a very small portion, but good. The mashed potatoes were extremely salty, I could not eat them. We found the experience disappointing overall and very expensive. My husband was still hungry!
I have been going to Hamilton's for many, many years. It has slipped. The food quality was very mediocre. Perhaps it's because I was there on a Sunday, but that should not matter, of course. The service was a plus and our waitress was superb. The food was a disappointment on several levels...overly salty, mashed potatoes were tasteless, Oyster's were sandy...just not a good night food wise.
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