Berkeley North

4.7
526 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent table service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation to celebrate two birthdays. The experience was very welcoming as most of us has not been there before. Two of us weren’t used to the shareable style meals. The layout of the menu made it easy to understand and those who still wanted an entree were able to order something for themselves. My dad doesn’t drink alcohol but the placebo cocktails were excellent. The food and drinks were excellent and we will certainly be back this summer to enjoy the patio.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the idea of ordering different plates for sharing. There were two of us and we ordered 4 dishes. We loved that the dishes were served one at at time; we finished one and out came the next, hot from the kitchen. You could really enjoy the flavors of each dish, no rushing or dishes getting cold, and the server really took care of us and made it a wonderful experience. The artic char was incredible.

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A creative menu with fresh and bright flavours, Berkeley North sets out to bring West Coast dining and attitude to Hamilton's dining scene. The service is attentive and quick, and the food is sure to delight. We dined for my wife's birthday and were treated to a night of various tapas plates featuring lighter fares such as avocado salads with in-house pickled jalapenos and crisp greens with fleshy mandarins to heartier dishes of mushroom dumplings and rib eye steak with frites. The music was energetic and full of throwback R&B, perfect for a Friday night, without being overbearing. This place is full of Good Vibes Only, and surely will not disappoint. Thanks to Matt Webber and his phenomenal staff. We'll be back for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner for the first time the other night and it was fantastic! Great service and great food. Great sharing of small plates. They also were super receptive and accommodating to food allergies. Will recommend!!!

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LB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of the 3 plates we had were absolutely outstanding. The service was great and friendly as soon as we walked into the door. A memorable experience.

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HG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal I have had in Hamilton in a long time , food was inventive , well prepared and delicious. Service was very good

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RD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to Berkeley North. Our daughter and son-in-law were in from Toronto and we had been wanting to try it out for awhile. Everything was perfect. The food was excellent and we never felt rushed. Couldn't decide what item we liked the best. They were all so good. Can't wait to go again. Very impressed.

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R
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place just keeps getting better. Food is amazing and always in season and changing, ambience is so very pleasant and service 5***
Always a great evening all round

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, warm bistro ambience, and incredible food. Fresh ingredients, artfully arranged, generous portions. 'Outstanding experience. We will return. Highly recommended.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening. Everything was great, Staff, Food and Atmosphere. An absolutely wonderful place to dine.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What made this pure joy for us was the service and the food portions. Not too large and yet enough to share allowing us to sample several menu items.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptional, warm, easily knowledgeable about the food, caring about food sensitivities, and generous with timing. The food was beautifully presented, texturally interesting, and oh, so yummy. I loved the “placebos”, as the tartness was such a treat from the usually sweet alternatives to alcohol. Also, we enjoyed the shared dishes so we could have such variety.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Decent lighting (could be a bit dimmer in the evening). Such good cocktails too! Service impeccable.

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EH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The first time I went to your restaurant back in January 2019, I was extremely pleased with the food (we went for dinner). This time, I brought some friends from out of town thinking that I would get the same great food but all four of us were greatly disappointed (lunch). The food was so salty that none of us could finish our meals. However, we cannot say one bad thing about the service, which was absolutely excellent.

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HV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing food, and really nice service, did not rush us out of there and answered all our questions

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DF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. Food was outstanding and reasonable priced for the quality. Great wine list. Friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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MO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Ordered crispy beef with brussel sprouts - entree. Small bowl arrived with beef and fried greens. When asked about the brussel sprouts, waitress apologetic, guessed they had forgotten to tell me they had run out. Entree was tasty despite being other than what I had ordered. No recompense offered for their mistake. Bowl + draught beer over $32. Plan on ordering more items if you want a meal with variety.

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l
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the 'Wine Wednesday" half price bottles of wine. Food is served tapas style and is made for sharing. Great way to try new things. Lots of vegetarian options. I can't wait to go back!!

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NC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A very pleasant experience ... Good food, nice atmosphere, cool vibe, friendly service, what more can you ask for (and half priced bottles of wine!). Also, and very important ... They keep the place very clean and they water their plants! It's a bit of a trek to get there from Oakville, but well worth it. 🙌🤗👌

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OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trust the servers to guide your selections and make recommendations. We had the most amazing meal. The avo toast was out of this world. Fresh cheese was so fresh and satisfying. Tuna crudo was very well balanced.
Overall had an enjoyable night. We had a few nights left in Hamilton and were tempted to go back.

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating to my daughters Celiac diet. Excellent service and food!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is creative and varied, well thought out and presented by friendly and approachable staff. Thoroughly recommended and we will be back.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A bit over priced for what you get. I’d recommend the steak it was perfect had 6 appetizers and nothing stands out really

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service at Berkeley North! Our first time going and would strongly recommend. Will be back for sure!

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EH
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Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service
It was the perfect place to spend a special evening

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and Fun. Four of us did dinner prior to theater (Aquarius) show. We selected from a varied menu of dishes which we shared as they were brought out in curated order by our server. Lots of talk about were the dishes large enough and would we be satiated, but after 6 menu items plus fries we had just enough room for a shared dessert. This style of eating is tapas-style which I'd heard of but never done. The food was fantastic with each dish a surprising treat for the taste buds. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly but the experience came at a premium given that with a single beer or wine for three of us the fare was about $55 per diner with tip. I picked the spot so the other three gave me grief about the cost but I have a feeling they'll want to sneak back to try some of the menu items we missed (and not waste stomach room with the fries next time).

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Loved the frcor and ambience. Food was super but recommend less salt

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PR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious items on the menu and an interesting tapas style of serving. Very enjoyable, we’ll be going back.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening and if you get there between 5&6 on Friday and Saturday, half price wine!

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j
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For a dining experience not meant to be upscale, the ambience and service and overall experience was lovely, some tapas style servings were truly delicious, others delicious but not up to the expense. I would recommend this restaurant as fine casual dining.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Berkeley North never disappoints. We usually come in for dinner, so experiencing the lunch menu was a treat. Portion sizes are generous and the food, as always, is delicious. I absolutely can't wait to come back!

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MD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Very creative and tasty options - great tapas format - only drawback was a little bit loud as it is a smaller space

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great vibe and good value. Tapas portions were a tad larger than expected...but that’s where he value comes in. In Toronto, we would have paid the same price for smaller servings. Advice: order 5 items for 2 people; 6 was too much ... and no room for dessert.

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Z
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Food was delicious.....had the cod sandwich with salad. Husband had the fish and chips. We had lunch but plan on returning for dinner one night in April.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful local business to support!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there. Great food and great service.

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MS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good experience.. food was nice, drink (even non alcoholic) outstanding and service great .. perfect Sun window seating and very interesting items on the menu

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MS
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant! We headed there after multiple rave reviews from different friends and we were not disappointed. The cocktails were delicious, the food was all delightful. Portions were very reasonable and the variety of flavours among the dishes was a wonderful culinary journey. We’ll be back, regularly.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quick friendly service and excellent food

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