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About Lake Road Restaurant

Welcome to Lake Road. We're located on exciting James Street North in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada

Lake Road is influenced by the heritage of its neighbourhood. Owner and Executive Chef Dan Megna (host of TV's Hamilton Eats and Real Food Sexy), works with his team to meld old-world flavours of the mediterranean with a new world touch. Exceptional food & service, live music, original art, fine wine, craft beer and custom cocktails are all part of a vibe which is current, warm and truly part of the community.

Sister restaurant to Twisted Lemon in Cayuga, owners Chef Dan and Laurie Lilliman look forward to welcoming you to Lake Road.

229 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R2L2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday Dinner 4:30pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday Dinner 4:30pm-10:30pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

Cross Street:
Mulberry

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(289) 389-9525

Website:
http://www.lakeroadrestaurant.ca/

Catering:
Kindly inquire for catering requests to info@lakeroadrestaurant.ca

Parking Details:
There are two municipal (Green-P) lots within a block of us, including one immediately behind the restaurant and serviced by a direct walkway. (Mulberry & MacNab streets) Kindly be aware it only takes coins.

Plenty of street parking is available with meters on James Street.

As a courtesy note to our guests, please don't park in the BMO lot up the block - they do tend to ticket!

Public Transit:
James Street North is serviced by Hamilton Transit.

Executive Chef:
Dan Megna

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lake Road Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for a Date (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Romantic (10)
Cozy (9)
Casual (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

I had a really good experience . It was my first time at this restaurant. I liked the atmosphere. The server was exceptional. The menu had a lot of variety and the food was reallly good. I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Located in a changing neighbourhood of Hamilton. Interesting art on the walls provided by local artists. The restaurant was quite noisy. It may have been caused by voices bouncing off the tin ceiling and there were a couple of large groups near us. The service was excellent. The food creative and locally produced. The wontons provided prior to the meal are addictive. For the main course I tried the pork jowel which was delicious. My husband had the lamb shank which he really enjoyed. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Chose Lake Rd to celebrate our friends birthday, was happy to be seated in the front room, it was warm and comfortable, our server was quite enthusiastic and patience as we had to wait for a friend that arrived late. He went thru the features and was able to answer all of our questions. The food came out in a timely manner and it was delicious, would definitely visit this restaurant in the future and would definitely recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our second visit as a group. Once again the food was fantastic. I tried the sweet potato and banana tart. I had no idea what to expect. It was a very filling meal garnished with a nice selection of veggies. For dessert we shared all three offerings. Our favourite was the butter tart.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service was awesome. We were well attended to and promptly. The ambiance was matured and conducive. The food was perfect as well. Above all the employees were very pleasant and respectful

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nice restaurant, good food. Limited choice for vegetarians although does advertise as vegetarian friendly.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

not sure why their system didn't have my open table confirmation #. What is the point of using OT when I can easily call the restaurant myself?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Average food for the price, we were pretty disappointed to be honest as we were looking forward to trying this place. There are much better restaurants in Hamilton and not as expensive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service. Amazing food. Great for foodies. Been here many times. Will come back again and again!!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Casual atmosphere comfortable setting and outstanding food. The service was great, knowledgeable and the chef/owner’s presence was appreciated. We love this kind of dining and meeting the chef always adds a personal touch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fabulous as always! Great food! Great service! Thank you so much!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was outstanding! Worth the drive from Oakville.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere and service. Amazing as always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sean was amazing and helped me out wantching the sodium. Great pasta feature for my wife and Great steak for me. Definitely would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great meal great service. Really enjoyed our time here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was amazing. I had the sirloin and it was cooked to perfection. The only down side is that it's very expensive. I had one glass of wine which was $17 and an app and an entrée and with tip, my bill was $97.00...just for me!! Ambiance was very cozy and comfy and our waitress Tina, was great. I'd definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was a bit loud but there were a few celebrations the night I went. I'm sure on a regular day the crowd noise isn't so high. The service was amazing, the food beautiful to look at and delicious! High end on the prices. $17 for a glass of wine is a bit much but still a great place.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our server wasn’t overly attentive leaving us without drinks for a while. The new bus boy was great ensuring our water was always filled however we could see that the rest of the staff was frustrated with him. We felt terrible for him. Twice runners brought the wrong food to our table in error. Simple mistake but our entrees took over an hour after our apps had been cleared. The food was just ok. Not a great dining experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We've been to their other Restaurant Twisted lemon so we suspected it would be good. Food and service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service , creative and delicious cuisine, and relaxed atmosphere made for a great evening. If you love food and have enough to splurge a little this is a great downtown spot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We had great service and wonderful food. The three of us all had something different and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the creative dishes. Loved the pork jowl. Disappointed that there was no homemade ginger beer for my Moscow mule. We will be back !

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went to Lake Road Restaurant for our anniversary and had a great time. The service, food, and atmosphere were all amazing

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

All staff were incredibly friendly, warm and welcoming! The lemon pepper wonton snacks were addictive and our appetizer, mains, and cocktails were all very well put together. Would recommend for a nice evening out!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Best tomahawk steak and calamari

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Out to celebrate a birthday. Great food & not noisy. Easy to carry on a conversation. Service was terrific & the meal was filling. Would definitely go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great place. Service was awesome. Callamari was a bit over-salted. Sat in the front area. Dressed for AC and the front area had the window open so we got quite warm....but that's no fault of the restaurant. Overall, was quite pleased with the experience. Wait staff was engaging, knowledgable, while being professional and curt.
Would love to come back and try the lamb.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were seated quickly. Server was great. Explained the menu and drinks. Tried some of her suggestions which turned out great. Meals were excellent and allowed some minor deviations. Dessert and coffee were good but unfortunate that the espresso machine was broken. Will try it again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Eagerly anticipated our Anniversary dinner at Lake Road and was not disappointed. Cannot say enough about the creativity of the menu. The food was outstanding and unlike anything we've tasted. You need to add Lake Road to your list of places to eat.

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing service, great food, lovely atmosphere! I would definitely recommend this restaurant! A++

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

An anniversary dinner, and seems we go back each year to Lake Road. Always a great meal, great service too. Although we miss the braised octopus appy and flank steak main! Nevertheless still an excellent meal and evening. Shaun our server is always great too.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Our meals were excellent in taste and presentation. Always enjoyed my visits to this place.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The server was a bit off with her timing even though her table load was light. Main was very closely served on the heels of the appetizer when we specifically requested a leisurely pace (the restaurant was quite empty). The server (a different one) confused two of our four drinks, all of our mains and two of three desserts when brought to the table. My husband and I loved our meals - our friends are picky without justification so I'm not sure how they felt about their meals. We will be back but will probably visit Twisted Lemon first :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Very happy with the meal we had there. Pleasant staff, good service, great tasting food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Menu items are so creative, well presented and delicious! Special requests were accomodated with a smile.
Everyone ordered something different so we were all able to taste each of the dishes.
Lamb, trout, steak, paste feature....it was all great! Thank you!!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I happened to be in Hamilton and found there was space available at Lake Road on Open Table. The restaurant was recommended by my sister plus we had eaten previously at Twisted Lemon.

My sister was right. What a fantastic meal. The server Kathleen was very helpful with describing the options for the evening. In fact, the staff was attentive and friendly. The food was creative and delicious. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will definitely be back.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Best meal we have ever had. It's pricier than advertised ($$$$$$$$), but fully worth it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A delightful little gem with a limited but very good menu if a bit heavy on steak. The dishes we like best were the chorizo stuffed kalamari served on a sort of ratatouille , the cumin scented lamb shanks and the rainbow trout. The trout was perfectly cooked with crisp skin and just cooked flesh served on creamy lentils with roasted tom thumb tomatoes and sauteed radishes.
Wine selection is well balanced and reasonable. Cocktails are unusual and delightful.
Ambiance is a bit noisy in the front section open to the road and the lack of curtains means the person facing the street was blinded by the sun. The street noise and smells also invade this small area.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

We have been to Lake Road a few times now, both with friends and for date night. It is our new favourite dinner place in Hamilton. We enjoy sharing entrees and desserts. The atmosphere is friendly and casual with a touch of class. Everything on the menu is worth trying!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Exquisite food, friendly and efficient waiter, overall an A+ experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 22, 2017

From the time we walked in until we left the whole experience was amazing. People are so nice, helpful, courteous - excellent service.
And the food was outstanding as well. My mom who is a vegetarian and has several dietary restrictions was with us. Unfortunately, she couldn't have the soup on the menu and the restaurant had run out of the Avocado Flan (which I too wanted to try). But the restaurant was king enough to prepare a special pasta for my mom..truly appreciate that kind of service.
Our starter was Quattro Tuffo - you have to try this one!! This comes with five different dips and the Carrot-Harissa puree is out of this world!!!
Hubby ordered the Steak and I ordered the Stuffed Confit Chicken - both of which were perfectly cooked and outstanding...Absolutely loved the chicken-perfectly crisp and tender!!
Our server, Shawn was very helpful, courteous and the girl at the bar (did not get her name) was very good too..
All in all it was worth the drive , despite the rains!!!
And we will definitely go back!!!

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