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

Outstanding food and drink. Everything was perfect. Can't wait to go back!

RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant meal - but the pizza just isn’t to the quality standard that it once was.

S
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the atmosphere! The staff was very polite and generous. Some of the kitchen staff came to our table to see how everything was tasting. They replenished our drinks as needed and were very attentive throughout the meal.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On arrival service was prompt and courteous. We were unhappy with the table by the kitchen and were accommodated with a better table without complaint.
Great Menu with the best pizzas we have ever had-our guests were truly impressed. Good variety on the menu which did not go on and on with items one rarely wants.
Good wines at reasonable prices.
Food arrived in good time and we enjoyed a great dinner.
Yes, we are recommending Born& Raised to all our friends!

d
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

we always enjoy this restaurant...food is always great...pizza's even better....but unfortunately, the staff has problem with the notion of "service with a smile"...not sure why this is the case....but its hard to get the wait staff to really ever engage or even pretend to do so...I guess when your booked solid all the time...it doesn't really matter.....at least for now... that said, still visit this place...well worth the trip..

SS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Excellent service and ambiance!

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had made reservations with open table. We wanted 6:00 but the only time available for a group of
6 on a Sunday was 6:45. We arrived 5 minutes early and were told it would be at least 15 minutes.
They was a large party of 26 at the back. That is too many for a small restaurant.
We waited in total 25 minutes. The bartender was kind enough to give us a drink on the house.
The food was good, but by the time we finished it was almost 8:30 on a Sunday.
We would have liked to get coffee and dessert but it was too late.
You should allow more time for reservations. I would if I knew booked way earlier.

TM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, amazing food, loved the 1/2 price Sunday wine. It was one of the funnest dates we have had in a while. Really a nice time and a cool adventure to try something new. Music is too loud for lots of conversation but we enjoyed the vibe. Got help from the bartender with wine and he was amazing. Oysters were fantastic, salumi and cheese were varied and delicious.

E
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, our waitress was great, loved the vibe. Went Friday & it’s two days later writing this review & i’ve already recommended twice & plan to return. Just lovely.

V
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely outstanding! I was celebrating a birthday, and I had informed staff beforehand and they helped tremendously. They brought out a beautiful plate of dessert with happy birthday written on it, so when they say they put it in their notes- they most definitely do. I didnt have to pull our server aside and ask him anything, they remembered and did their best and helped us celebrated a wonderful night!

DH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were excellent, the food was top notch - I had the grilled octopus and it was outstanding. The tunes selected were great though there was some overzealous patrons trying to compete with the level of the music making it hard to hear my partner but everyone was having fun so who cares! I definitely recommend B&R and will be back again!

LG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The four of us were all delighted with this take on traditional Italian...from homemade Pappardelle with wild mushrooms to my own Octopus, firm yet tender, on a bed of rapini flavoured perfectly. Both the chicken dinner and marharita pizza were mouth watering. Even dessert (Susan's torte and gelato with olive oil) surprised us on the positive side. The service was friendly yet efficient and we were made to feel completely at home.

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
21 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
10 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.

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