Berkeley North

4.8
614 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Set in the revitalized James St. North neighbourhood, Berkeley North is a West Coast inspired restaurant located on historic King William Street in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Berkeley North is the go to spot for a quick bite to eat, weekend late night cocktails, celebrating a special occasion or hosting a private party. Our young and passionate culinary team follows no scripts or rules when creating vibrant and unique dishes. We allow the seasons to influence our changing menu and are committed to using responsibly sourced ingredients. Ultimately, what is most important to us is the way you feel from the time you walk in our door to the time you leave. Our staff genuinely delivers a dining experience like no other in the city.
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FK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has favourites but also seasonal changes. The wait staff were terrific and our server was extremely knowledgeable about the preparation of each menu item. We really enjoyed the shared plates, and the favourite was the King Crab Salad - amazing dish!

DG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was wonderful and the food was fresh, delicious and a welcome departure from main stream restaurant food. Something for everyone at reasonable prices for good quality dishes. Can't wait to go back.

JR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a real treat to experience this restaurant. A bit of risk, as one can never be sure about small plates and if it will be enough food, but it surpassed our expectations. Pleasing atmosphere, friendly staff and an innovative chef. We had 5 choices from the menu, one at a time (the best way, we think)
Started with duck pate....ohh, do good. Then avocado salad, shrimp tempura, then the pasta.....all wonderful. Also Sat evening 1/2 price wine before 6:00 p.m
We took home our dessert. (Unfortunately they sent the wrong one....they sent the one with ice cream??? Which of course melted....but the chocolate part was good)
Music was not well mixed. Patio chairs a bit uncomfortable but would go back in a minute!

KC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always recommend Berkeley North to friends and family. The atmosphere is friendly, vibrant, welcoming and warm. Service is second-to-none with warm and friendly staff having knowledge of all the dishes they serve. The cocktail and wine and beer are amazing with an outstanding bartender who can make you anything you want! The chefs are amazing serving fresh and delicious dishes each and every time I go. I am never disappointed.

SK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a pre-football game dinner with a friend. Had the first reservation of the evening. The bartender made me my favourite drink from last summers menu as they had all the required ingredients 👍🏼👍🏼Half price bottles of wine before 6 🙌🏼🙌🏼And the food was incredible perfect for sharing !! And the service was the 💣☺️Can’t wait to return

DT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. No pressure to eat and leave. We really enjoyed this restaurant

KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall the meal was great. My colleagues lives their meals. I ended up sick, but everyone else enjoyed their salad.

m
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I ordered the fish and chips and and though the fish was light and not greasy, the fries were not as crisp as they might have been. We sat on the patio which was lovely and our server was very informative about the fact that everything was sourced locally. She did bring my companion the wrong order but quickly rectified the situation.

e
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a lovely time and great food and service...thank you

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

I don’t believe it’s possible that Berkeley North could ever disappoint. Always an amazing experience!

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Berkeley North was fabulous. The Avocado salad was creative, our 7-year old loved the Teriyaki Eggplant, and the Crab Salad was a refreshing round out to the appetizers. We shared the steak and Arctic char and both were delicious. Even the frites were creatively seasoned. The lively vibe, creative decorations (real plants!) and friendly staff make this a must return when we’re back to Hamilton.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Hamilton. Stunning food and service.

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

Amazing food!! Great atmosphere!! The thought and creativity that went into the preparation of the meals was incredible. Super delicious.

L
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for an afternoon lunch with a friend and colleague before returning to the office.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food tasted great. Service was excellent. It was very expensive. Portions small. Not good value.
I would tell others that food is great but too expensive.

AW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! I would recommend this place to anyone!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Portions are very small tapas style. Service was great!

PT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant experience at Berkeley North. A very trendy looking restaurant, the food was absolutely amazing overload of wonderful flavors with every bite taken. Extremely knowledgeable staff doing a wonderful job explaining every dish. Then we happen to notice the size of the kitchen we're absolutely stunned, that you make it all happen in that little kitchen! We will definitely be back

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times and continue to be impressed by the level of customer service and the AMAZING, unique food choices. Cheers!

CC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Half price wine, build your own bowl, tables nicely spaced. Loved our lunch.

R
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a vacation road trip to revisit a city we had not been back to in close 30 years, we were disappointed in the changes. Several meals were uninviting and bland. For our last evening in Hamilton we choose Berkeley North based upon a casual walk by. We were left at times speechless. The welcoming of the hosts, and our servers comment about “building or meal” was curiously appealing. Being somewhat of a foodie, my wife and I were pleasantly surprised, awstruck by the quality and creativity of the kitchen. Carl guided my wife through a flight of wine, picked by him to compliment the small plates we had chosen. We ended our meal with the Arctic char, which was truly a fitting end to a very enjoyable, satisfying two hour stay. We left, not wanting to. We will be back, and are considering a specific trip to Berkeley North. Thank you very much.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. If anything, perhaps some of the dishes were a bit too salty for my liking.

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

Thank you always to Matt, Diana, Kurt and the fabulous wait staff!!!! Always a warm welcome, great vibe and delicious meal! We love to introduce friends to Berkeley North... we know they shall return! We also enjoy a visit and any excuse to experience a new menu item or indulge in the ones we know and love. Guaranteed to please! Thank you !!!
Georg & Di

DC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Berkeley North many times for supper, but this was my first time for lunch. Always an amazing experience!

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

Great girls night out.. excellent food and service

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great service. No rushing guests

TH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our time here very much. Our server Stephanie was very pleasant and attentive without being over bearing. The food is amazing and great value. We will definitely be back and recommend it to others.

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

Beautiful food, slow pace, we weren't forced to dine and run. Excellent staff and wine is half price on Wednesdays!

M
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch with friends! When one of my friends mentioned we were celebrating my birthday the staff delivered a piece of the most amazing gluten free/vegan cheesecake (my friend is gluten free and dairy free) for us to enjoy! We love coming here. Great food and service!

MC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere were excellent. My wife prefers gluten free and there were enough options for her, including chocolate cake for dessert, which she says was very, very good. We had salad, very tasty and fresh, arctic char, perfectly cooked with crispy skin, and a ribeye steak, medium rare. The steak was closer to rare than medium, but very tasty. I had a piece of cheesecake for dessert, also wonderfully good and a decaf coffee. This is one of the very rare places that serves a prime decaf, in a french press, with a timer. Fabulous. Overall this was an outstanding dinner. We will be going back.

LH
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We’ve dined here before and felt Berkley North one of the best restaurants in the area. This past Friday was a disappointment. We brought friends for their first visit. Sadly, one ordered shrimp tempura and it was greasy and “fishy”. The other ordered steak frites medium well and found it undercooked and basically tough! I mentioned the shrimp problem to our server whose response was “oh, really.”. That ended the discussion. The staff here is always friendly and efficient but I felt like they dropped the ball on this one. Sadly, one bad meal always negatively affects your impression of a place, sadly, our friends aren’t interested in a return visit!

SW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely, the place, the server and then came the most delicious food! Fabulous!

d
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

From a warm welcome to an outstanding dining experience, we were impressed... once again!
All menu items came with a little something different and delicious- making Berkley North stand out from the rest
Dessert was magnificent too. If only I could make the same at home
Finally, an hour glass timer for the french press coffee, and a lovely china cup and saucer for my tea
Well done. Thanks for making not only dinner, but lunch memorable too.

BM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were incredible. Will 100% be back to try more of what's on the incredible food and drink menus.

OT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my moms graduation, didn’t realize it was a tapas style restaurant when we booked but, it was very delicious.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and unbelievably service.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Very original. Would definitely recommend to friends and return.

CS
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate the vegan options.

Great flavours!

Cynthia

m
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an exceptional dining experience. We almost left when we sat down as the menu seemed very small. Once our server came over we understood it was a place where sharing was encouraged. He answered our questions, like the plates were designed for 2 to share, what are the tater tots all about and explain this sourdough bread. Recommending 2 dishes per person we went for 3 each for our table of 3. Everything was delicious and unique. Beautifully presented, and perfectly cooked. So many flavour and texture combos... and such attentive service. We loved everything about this place and everyone in this place. Planning our next visit already.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely small restaurant with floor to ceiling open air on nice days and small patio. Excellent options for vegetarians and vegans. Especially recommend avocado salad, cheese toast and dumplings. Drinks are pricey. $15 for a moderate Pinot Grigio pour and it was not adequately chilled. Beer selection limited. Otherwise, lovely.

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