Born & Raised

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Italian
Top Chef Canada alumni Chef Vittorio Colacitti pays homage to his Ital-Canadian roots and passion for bright, bold global flavours using local ingredients.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most consistently good restaurants in the city. The food is amazing, locally sourced, nice variety, always well prepared and presented. Beverages are also local so if you have an issue with that you should check out the menu online. The staff really know good service and deliver perfectly. I love the team approach to service. The room is nice and can accommodate any size group. Reservations are definitely required. I always look forward to going there and know I can bring others there without worry.

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family visiting from Italy and took them here for dinner. It's always risky taking visiting Italians to an Italian restaurant in Canada because you never know how Canadian-ized the food is going to be-- but the food was awesome! We ordered the burrata&bread and salumi plates to start, and the wild mushroom and Margherita pizzas. The bread is baked in-house and was really good. The ingredients were fresh and the pizza had a really nice crust. We will definitely come here again

CW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service and food. Excellent bar!
Just a bit too loud.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, 1/2 price wine, good service ... who could ask for more? Will be back!

MG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent pizza, great waitress but should offer house wine at a more reasonable price

M
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is amazing as always but this time my boyfriend and i waited over 45 minutes for our food. Some people that got there after us got their food before we did. It was definitely frustrating as this has never happened before

BH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting, small restaurant with nice ambience. My group ordered salad and pizza. Salads were yummy and pizza very delicious. A different selection of pizza toppings which were a taste treat. Only complaint was the pizza crust on 2 of the pizza was slightly burned. Overall a good experience.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I always leave satisfied despite occasionally slow service. Very understandable as it is a busy establishment with high demand. Will always return.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and well made. Sear on the scallops was perfect and the combo with the lentils was our favourite of the night. The steak had a deep flavour that I wasn’t used to but enjoyed. The frites were perfect and the spicy rapini had excellent spice and flavour. Overall, the three items together were far too salty for my tastes. The high top seating was uncomfortable due to a lack of somewhere to place our feet comfortably, but otherwise great ambiance and beautiful decor.

J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I'll always return to Born and Raised. The food is incredible and the entire environment is so engaging. Love it.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Margarita pizza and drinks were good, but other than that it was so loud I couldn't even hear the person next to me. The server was so clearly and obviously rude to only our table, did not make eye contact, and when spoken too would not give a verbal response. Probably would not come back

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Food is stellar and creative, mix of menu items is perfect and the service does it the justice it should. Bar selection is excellent and the staff are well knowledged on the food and drinks. We like to try different well rated restaurants and we find ourselves back to Born & Raised for a guaranteed fantastic time! Romantic or with a group are both perfect. Highly recommended.

JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Hamilton. I hope the quality of the food and service continues at it’s current level.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was having dinner with a friend, booked the reservation day of on a busy weekend night. We both ordered wine (Riesling was tasty). Attentive server and host. Small menu but clearly done well. She ordered the Margarita pizza and I got the wild mushroom pizza. Holy amazing. Worth the $21 price. Big portion too. Pizza maker was cute and danced around too :) lovely atmosphere as well. Would return for sure

ST
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Always great food and service. I am never disappointed. If you live in Hamilton and haven’t tried it yet, you ain’t livin right ! Get in there real long deep and hard !

OT
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner. Music was loud.

MM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Born and Raised. It was a warm evening and we were seated at a table close to the wood-burning pizza oven. We asked for another table which seemed to involve a lot of negotiation before we were given the approval to move. The in-house made bread, pasta and pizza were delicious. We would return to try other items on the menu.

S
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fabulous meal! Highly recommend. Great service.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The scallops with lentils and kale was superb! As was the pizza with garlic and rapini. The Gnocchi cacio e pepe and salmon tartar were very good and more subtle. Staff are always attentive and friendly.

RR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. We would go back in a minute. It was busy so service was a little slow and the music was a little irritating because all we could was a drum beat. Neither of these small issues would prevent us from going back the food was fantastic.

A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was a little confusing. I had to google some of the names because I wasn’t sure what the entrees came with but the food was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Our friends were here from out of town so we wanted to take them somewhere special. Living in London (UK), they are used to dining at some amazing restaurants. Needless to say, they fell in love with Born & Raised! The inside of the restaurant and the decor is rustic and charming, the Italian food is exceptional, the wine list is fantastic and the service....it’s above and beyond what you’d get anywhere else in Hamilton. We had brought a bottle of red wine for dinner (they offer a corking service) and the sommelier named Jeremy put it straight into a decanter so it would be ready to drink for our final course. In the meantime, Jeremy took over as our server as well. The guy knows his stuff, especially about wine. He’s amazing. His food and wine recommendations were spot on as we basically let him choose our entire meal from start to finish (including the wines). None of us would’ve changed a thing. He was back at our table multiple times to make sure that everything was perfect and more importantly to fill our glasses up. He took time to talk about the food and the wines and he was super friendly, observant and accommodating. Did I mention that we had three kids under 10 at the table as well? Some restaurants of this caliber aren’t very kid friendly but Jeremy and the rest of the staff made the kids feel comfortable and they really took care of them. We were beyond impressed. If you want properly made Italian food, great wine, and awesome service in a relaxed setting look no further then here!

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate soooo many oysters, definitely the best oysters and pizza in town ! Make sure to ask Jeremy on what’s the best wine to pair with your delicious meal 😋

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere

AH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a lovely dinner, however, it was one of the hottest nights of the summer and the air conditioning was not up to the work! It may have been the pizza oven, but the heat did impede our enjoy.dnt of the food. I plan to return in cooler months!

DP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration
Unfortunately it was so hot due to the heat outside and also the ovens that we were dying.
They need to look at installing more air-conditioning or fans

AF
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Exceptional service. Fairly good value for the price. Loud room. Still, highly recommended

j
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always - the chicken liver mousse is a definite favourite! The hazelnut gelato was also a wonderful treat.

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great authentic food. Solid beer selection.
Have been many times and would recommend as one of the best places to eat in Hamilton

CD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously my fav restaurant!!! Love the food, atmosphere, staff!! Always a great experience!!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to your establishment 4 times and not once have we been disappointed--the food is excellent, the service incredible, the staff very congenial. What can I say, everything was superb. Have recommended your place to many. Thank you.

SC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food
Spectacular service!

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always the food was excellent, our waitress was amazing, the only complaint is that it's a little loud and difficult to have a good conversation but I guess liveliness and an energetic atmosphere isn't a bad thing!

RG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Loved the food, service was great. Only negative was the loudness of the music - smallish place, lots of hard surfaces and notable number of speakers. So while OpenTable's highest rating for noise - "energetic", we found it made it quite difficult to talk with one another.

b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Pizza! Amazing meatballs! Amazing service! Best italian food in the city, by far! Thank you again.

PF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, loved the vibe! Will definitely be back.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, vibe and service.

a
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Greeting was fast and friendly. I was given the absolute worst table in the house at the kitchen door. One waiter tripped over my chair on his way out with food in his hands. The table is unusually high or the chair too low. Waitress was friendly, informative and efficient and the food was excellent. A bit overpriced but nonetheless the quality cannot be argued with.

DJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Prompt service, and delicious food. The best gnocchi I have ever had!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. A true Hamilton delight

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