Big Tobacco Kitchen & Whiskey

4.5
48 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu

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Centrally located on Historic George street in downtown Hamilton, Big Tobacco, from chefs Brendan Prong & James Draper is a celebration of Southwestern Ontario. The culinary team at Big Tobacco is dedicated to reinterpreting the cuisine of our surrounding area, utilizing the finest ingredients our land has to offer. An ingredient driven cuisine means we lay our trust in the knowledge of our farmers and purveyors and the methodology of our staff. Our dining room offers a contrast between the natural elements of this historic home and industrial elements paying homage to our roots in agriculture and manufacturing.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00 - 10:00
Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00pm
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Phone number
(905) 527-8642
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brendan Prong
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Queen St.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Wine
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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Although Big Tobacco is a neighbourhood favourite of ours, we had been unable to come for quite some time. We were pleased to be able to sit on the patio on a beautiful evening and watch the comings and goings on George Street as we enjoyed our meal. We were offered both the patio and the dining room menu to choose from; the menus are not extensive, (in my mind a good thing, so they can focus on doing everything well instead of choosing to do too much and hoping they get it right) but do provide plenty of variety to accommodate different tastes. We had a hard time choosing, and none of our choices disappointed. Our salad was a subtle combination of flavours that didn't overwhelm the delicate greens; the fried chicken (an old favourite) was still amazing; bucatini with wild mushrooms was delicious, with wonderful depth of flavour, and the fried perch was beautifully done - light, not heavy or greasy. Dessert sounded wonderful, but we were full. We are grateful for this neighbourhood gem, and look forward to our next visit.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was really good. Exceeded expectations. I wish the wine list had a better variety but still good. I would definitely go back

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Best FRIED CHICKEN I've ever had. New Patio menu is a great deal.
Could use a few more vegetarian options. Salads were really good.
Service was not great, obviously they were short staffed.
But lovely owner, trendy decor, and THE CHICKEN...

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Once we figured out the menu it was a wonderful food experience. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff was helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was really neat. We struggled with the sharing format not knowing how big the portions were and our waitresses were not much help. We ended up ordering the $7 patio items because they are single portion.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Having gone to Big Tobacco several times, I can tell you their food is consistently top notch. I recommend getting the set menu as it offers a great variety of flavours.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Went here with family for a fun night out. We had an amazing time. Food was good, wine was EXCELLENT and the service was pretty much the best I've ever experienced. Can tell the chef takes a lot of pride in his work.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food, great service, unique food service style. The Boston lettuce salad was incredible, as was the fried chicken! Their menu changes every few days which can be problematic for picky eaters or food planners, but there was a decent selection of different dishes for most palates. So good, will definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very nice, hip spot. Very good service and unique food.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Delightful little spot with an eclectic feel. The food is divine, the service was personal and fabulous. Love the decor and the story behind the creation of this wonderfully comfortable place. It's our new favourite place!

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Not worth the money. We had a tasting menu and didn't really like any of the dishes. Their attempt at creativity in Caesar salad was roasted kale buds, that were just hard and chewy. They boast their whiskey selection but don't have a menu, and the combo server/bartender did not seem to have comprehensive knowledge of the whiskers they had. She said 'Umm' about every other word. The casualness was not worth the premium price.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Overall, we had a really nice time at this restaurant. The food was interesting, it came in a timely manner etc. The waitress was very attentive and checked in on us several times during our stay - this is generally a major positive in a restaurant, however we found it kind of distracting. It was supposed to be a nice intimate dinner out with a loved one and ended up being more of an interruption throughout the entirety of the meal. I suppose its a silly thing to complain about, but maybe just glance over and if we seem like we're still eating and enjoying ourselves, you don't need to come over and ask us how every bite is going.
The food was quite good, however there was a lot of fat on the striploin which made for a lot of cutting and putting things in your mouth only to have to take them out a second later. I would have expected a better quality or care taken into the meat prep. Like I said, it was interesting and enjoyable in other ways, but there were a few things that could have made our visit even better.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Absolutely the BEST food I have had in a long time. My third visit - consistent, creative, delicious but totally unpretentious eats - every course! Service is very friendly and efficient. This was my first visit on a Friday night and the music was a touch loud for casual conversation but it did create a vibrant buzz in the room. It's not an inexpensive meal but so worth the price. I will return again and again for the 'every bite yummy' experience. Well done BTKW!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent menu, the food was wonderful. Great ambiance and a friendly group of individuals working. Will absolutely be back.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food experience. Dishes are served family style, and each dish is a masterpiece. Incredible attention to detail, amazing flavours. I love not having to think about things and the courses just keep coming. Truly an unforgettable dining experience, and worth every penny. Great service too. This has become our favourite nice night out place in Hamilton.

nice wine list, a few local beers including Fairweather on tap and an incredible list of whiskeys.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our 3rd visit since May. 2 members of our party were arriving late. The staff were happy to accommodate us with food and drink while we waited. The fixed menu was exactly the same as our previous meal in December, leaving much to be desired. We were slightly disappointed as the food was not as tasty and smaller portions, considering the price. . The restaurant was packed and music too loud, causing us to yell in order to have conversation. This restaurant does not have an a la carte menu and although we are not picky eaters, several members of our party did not eat enough. If you do not like beets, this menu was not for you! We love family style but it would be nice to have a little more selection.We requested an appetizer we had in December but they were unable to accommodate. We were surprised with the $4 cup of simple drip coffee and if you have a sweet tooth, this restaurant does not do dessert justice!. The service is amazing, creating a friendly outgoing atmosphere. They are knowledgeable of wine, beer and whisky. We look forward to visiting again when the menu changes and we can enjoy some new flavors. Ps. Do not sit near the door, it was freezing! We kept our coats on!!!!

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely nothing wrong with the restaurant. The setting is lovely, staff were attentive and the food was good. Sadly, nothing was memorable either. Our biggest negative was the price. $50 for a multi-course meal could be a good deal, if the food was spectacular, but it simply wasn't. Complimentary fritters and whisky to start were nice. Having to pay extra for biscuits (when most restaurants provide complimentary bread) was too much. Kalette (described to us as having the crispiness of kale and the flavour of brus. sprouts) sounded great, but was too over seasoned with ginger and balsamic to taste the vegetable itself. Fried chicken was good, but not spectacular. Overall we enjoyed the experience, just not memorable or worth the price. Lots of other options available with more innovative food with better value for money.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Dinner was prix fix and "family style" neither of which I am a fan of but the food was excellent and something for everyone despite the limited choice.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful spot! Fantastic food, with great service!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic venue with delicious food. The staff are truly amazing and I look forward to visiting again very soon.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our second time enjoying a meal at Big Tobacco and they did not disappoint. The food was flavorful and unique, the waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the welcome glass of bourbon and we enjoyed the opportunity to taste our wine before deciding on the perfect pairing.

This is my new favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Incredible service, exceptional food and ambiance making this place my new go to spot when I want to host friends from out of town.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

I ordered what I would call the tasting menu or family sharing at $50. Each dish was delicious. Once tried, I would not do it again. A lot of food for one (I think the chef was generous to me]. Although delicious the food combination was unusual going from biscuit, to Brussels sprouts to barley risotto to fish and chips to steak to dessert. I might have elongated the battered fish and chips - just didn’t seem to go. My dining partner ordered the Fogo cod and chips. Was amazed that he got same size plate as my fish for $30. Lot of money for a small portion.

As I said food was delicious, I would go back if they opened up the menu to regular menu choices.

Cannot fault the service - young lady was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Had a fantastic meal from out of the world biscuits to dreamy dessert. Can hardly wait to eat here again soon

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful open table concept. Food is fantastic with great flavour profiles. Love the whiskey

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect dining experience in all ways! Our server Amanda was welcoming right from the start, she made us feel at home and started the night off perfectly. Our table of four shared 6 dishes and everything was excellent ,we left very happy and full of great food. The biscuits were super flaky l, the risotto was delicious and the oxtail was rich and satisfying. We will be back for sure in the future. Thanks so much:)

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a chance to check out this restaurant last Friday and had an excellent time. My guest and I enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu and each course was great! Whiskey pairings shared by Nick and his service team were excellent. Will definitely return again! Thanks, Trystan.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great evening. Service and food quality is excellent. The menu is not posted on the website and took a little while to understand. After an explanation, we were good to go. The Tasting menu is the way to go. The atmosphere is very cozy. With a full house, it could feel a little crowded. Overall, a great evening with excellent food. I'll definitely go back again ... especially when the patio is open.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

What a great experience! They make everyone feel so important! Explains every dish coming out!! Amazing stories on their background and what the restaurant is all about!!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

It was a nice change to accept the tasting menu and enjoy the dishes family style. Everything we tasted was delicious from the beets and brussel sprouts to the pork and beef. Nice touch being greeted by the owner with a whisky tasting both before and after our meal. Highly recommend dinner at the Big Tobacco Kitchen and Whisky!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We loved how comfortable yet ckassy the restaurant is! Everyone was very friendly ! The brothers that run the restaurant truly make you feel you are guests in their personal kitchen! I also love how we received a complimentary bourbon drink! Amazing!

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

It was our second visit !!! We loved it so much after our first wonderful out of this world visit we had to treat our grown adult children to my birthday celebration!! Loved it, great service, delicious food and friendly staff. So fresh local food, meat, veggies, fruits all grown by local farmers. It is truly a gem!! Thank you Big Tobbacco for a wonderful evening.
Kathryn Surina

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful service from a delightful staff, great atmosphere and one-of-a-kind dishes from amazing chefs in a beautiful restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Very nice food. Very creative menu! But very expensive as well!

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing. Everyone in our party is still raving about the food and hospitality. We had the family style dinne choice paired with a great wine recommendation. Each course seem better than the last.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

The owner greeted us with enthusiasm and a small sample of whiskey. A great start to our dinner experience. The wine is half price on Tuesdays, so that was a nice bonus as well. Our server was ok...we had lots of attention at first and then it faded. I don't think she knew how to keep us happy as we waited 45 minutes for our first bite of food. The long wait aside, the food was delicious; well cooked, tasty and presented. Our table had the lamb, beef and chicken. Another good addition to the restaurant scene in Hamilton.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Phenomenal, creative food. Great whiskey and great service.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2017

We had not been to dinner out in Hamilton very often and found this spot for a pre-concert dinner. Food was very good and interesting as we did the family style for 4 with the glass of wine. Great experience and would recommend this Restaurant to others

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The dinner was incredible. We ordered the shared plates and every course excellent. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Awesome atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Fried chicken was delicious, juicy on the inside crunchy on the outside. We did a tasting menu and all courses served were great but I still felt hungry when dessert was served. I think I needed a carb to make me feel full.

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