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Caro on James, hamilton, ON

Caro on James

4.6
4.6
448 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
A light and airy space with great modern Italian cuisine and cocktails. A place that you can call home, with friendly staff, great atmosphere and many laughs to be had. This is a restaurant that our dear guests, friends, family and community can enjoy for years to come.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (905) 529-2379

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Hamilton

  • Cross street

    James St. North and Robert Street

  • Parking details

    Municipal lot accessible via Mulberry St. Metered Street Parking available on James St. North

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 448 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Southern Ontario

    Italian

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  1. NC

    NonCook

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful tasty and generous food; excellent service!
  2. Y

    Yikes

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The restaurant was completely empty and the manager greeted us while not looking away from her laptop and food. We asked to sit on the patio, which literally had food dramatically flung on the ground... wow. We then sat in an empty front room that wasn't very clean. We ordered Aperol Spritz but were given something called Caro Spritz with no explanation of why we didn't get what we ordered. The drinks tasted sugary and pulpy and were inconsistent in portion and flavours. So disappointing. Can't stress enough the we wanted Aperol Spritz, not some sugary orange juice soda. It was a long wait for food considering we were the only people in the restaurant. Needless to say we won't be visiting again or recommending this place to anyone.
  3. SD

    ShannonD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    First visit to the James St. location and much smaller than I had expected but floor plan allowed for fluid movement. Started with drinks and as a DD, was excited that I could order a "mocktail" that made me feel like I was actually able to enjoy a cocktail. Ordered the fried calamari and polenta fries as appetizers and they did not disappoint. Cooked and seasoned just right! (Can definitely see myself ordering these as take out after work) The marinara and dipping sauces that accompanied them complemented perfectly. For our entrees we chose the Fettuccine Primavera and Short Rib Rigatoni. Both had wonderful flavours. The short rib sauce was sweet and rich and reminded me of my Mother's Sunday sauce growing up. The fettuccine were cooked perfectly al dente and I made sure to incorporate the tomatoes, spinach and beautiful pieces of garlic in every bite. The only criticism is there may have been a little too much black pepper for my taste. We were unable to decide on dessert and opted for only coffees and the waiter was kind enough to bring the Tiramisu which my guest was debating on ordering. There were several staff who attended to us over the course of the evening and all were so accommodating and pleasant but I really appreciated Josh's attentiveness and kindness. Looking forward to returning to this location with other guests.
  4. 9

    9bep2

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good vibes and good service. Definitely would recommend
  5. RV

    RinVancouver

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, nice place. Parking can be a little tricky. Overall fantastic and great tasting. Would definitely recommend. Meatballs were awesome!
  6. J

    Judyhopps

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite restaurants in hamilton! Always a treat to visit and an great culinary experience.
  7. LD

    LisaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food. Quick service. Good atmosphere. We enjoyed our dinner.
  8. MS

    MaggieS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was friendly and attentive and the food was exceptional. Great addition to the James Street scenery. Will definitely be back.
  9. CB

    CathyB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from all staff, brunch menu just the right size, easy to decide Good value Bright cheerful joyful
  10. b

    bobbyboy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was prompt, the complimntary drinks were a nice touch. I think the drinks were because our table was not our preferred spot. The food was hot and fresh; seasoned perfectly. Thanks for the enjoyable brunch Bob
  11. SE

    SheriE

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. We were a party of four for Father's Day brunch. What a delight!!! Food was delicious! We would definitely return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    waiters were great, food was great. no complaints
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I came here to celebrate our graduation, the service was amazing ! We loved our server and he made our experience that much better. Prices were very fair and the food was great! Good option of cocktails and very strong. 10/10 experience. Will be coming here again
  14. NW

    NicoleW

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were good. Portion was a little small for the price.
  15. T

    Tmap

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch, brunch or dinner. Today we had a wonderful waitress. She was very personable, attentive and efficient. What makes her even more amazing is that she was the only wait staff for that afternoon and the restaurant was busy. She definitely copes well under pressure! The food was excellent!
  16. BM

    BethM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our celebration lunch at Caro. Delicious food with fresh and unique ingredients and lovely cocktail, Italian Summer. Service was excellent and friendly. Great ambiance on the street and inside the restaurant.
  17. PM

    PaulaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was fantastic. Very friendly staff and they made great suggestions
  18. L

    Leane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    The food was good. Service was terrible. When we sat down, the side plate and cutlery was dirty. Once our first drinks came, food came. We did not see the waiter after that. We were not asked how the food was tasting. We were not asked if we wanted another drink. Needed more water. Not asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. I had to get up and ask for the bill. Then had to wait for that. Disappointed I would not return or recommend this restaurant.
  19. G

    Great

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and our vegan guest loved the house-made cashew ‘cheese’. We had a friendly, attentive server and the prices weren’t bad. The only negative, resulting in the loss of a star for service, is we stood at the door for over 5 minutes while 4 staff members stood in front of us, talking. I’m sure it was a meeting, however it would have taken 30 seconds to seat us. Then one of them actually came over and asked if we’d been served. When I told him no and that we’d been standing there a while, there was no apology, and he pointed at a table and said ‘that’s your table over there’ and walked away. If everything else hadn’t been good, it would have ruined our experience.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service…friendly…professional and fun…had the Vato Bread…amazing…and the Burrata…excellent but could do with a couple more crostinis…drinks were very good…beer…Aperol Spritz and wine…pizzas were outstanding…one disappointing dish was the carbonara…maybe it just wasn’t how we do it at home…all in all a great dining experience
  21. b

    btttt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around. Took my wife her for her birthday with a bunch of friends. Loved it!
  22. B

    Baker98

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We went here for brunch. The menu looked great, but we were very disappointed. The service was terrible. We made a reservation, but when we arrived they didn’t have a table for us. They messed up our drink order and didn’t fix it until we were already finished with our meal. The food was very disappointing. The eggs were over cooked and the potatoes and bacon were burned to a crisp.
  23. B

    Bran

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food and cocktails! We went for Sunday brunch. It was a little pricey, but that's to be expected of a trendy restaurant
  24. AM

    AlexM

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Ashley and the team; delicious pizza, Burrata and pasta, and a lovely Aperol spritz. Top notch all around
  25. TB

    TeresaB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, awesome ambiance. Our server was very attentive and the food came out very quickly. Everything was a great size and delicious.
  26. CH

    CathyH

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love Caro and have been a few times for lunch. Yesterday, it was very cold in the restaurant. We asked for the fan to be turned off and it was. It was still cold though. The pizza was less delicious than usual. Too much tomato sauce? I am not sure. The salad and gelato were great. The server was efficient too. I always wish there were some soft surfaces to absorb the noise.
  27. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot. Great food and service. We will be back!
  28. J

    Jaybear

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Server was exceptionally nice !
  29. k

    karend

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and experience
  30. SS

    StephenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall fantastic, amazing high quality food, great service, and very fair prices. Now one of favorites, but don't tell anyone!
  31. A

    Alice

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Social savvy wait staff :) we were served promptly and the staff were very attentive to our needs. Ambience and layout has character and is neat and tidy. The food is incredibly delicious - had the calamari, Margherita pizza and ricotta gnocchi. Highly recommended!!!
  32. ET

    ElenaT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food loved the Polenta fries. Everything was well done. Would definitely go again.
  33. LM

    LauraM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Regardless the night was unfortunate for the chef that suffered a seizure...our waitress went above and beyond to make our night great!! We ordered through covid for pickup and this would not stop us from visiting again!!!
  34. NT

    NatT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around. Ambience was great for a dinner to catch up with old friends.
  35. EB

    EmilyBeegs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my family here for brunch and everyone loved it! My dad is a retired chef and said it was one of the best brunches he’s had in a long time. The food was fresh, delicious and our server was lovely. I would go back here 100000%.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Probably the best breakfast I’ve ever had
  37. DN

    DuyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great unique ambiance, not a traditional uptight Italian restaurant, but an energetic, classy experience with some youth. The food was wonderful. Their pasta is a must with complex and rich flavours. Service was friendly and helpful.
  38. DM

    DianaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Ambience was very nice
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service is always great. Our waiter was outstanding.
  40. PC

    PhilC

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place for some real Italian. Would go again.

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You can order delivery directly from Caro on James using the Order Online button. Caro on James also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Caro on James also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 529-2379.

Caro on James is rated 4.6 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Caro on James

229 James street North hamilton, ON L8R 2L2

Additional information

  • Cross street

    James St. North and Robert Street

  • Neighborhood

    Hamilton

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Municipal lot accessible via Mulberry St. Metered Street Parking available on James St. North

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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