Best Restaurants in Hamilton

Hamilton doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for being an up-and-coming foodie town. Hamilton has a wide variety of drool-worthy restaurants that are equally unique and delicious. Whether you’re new to town, or a local looking to find something new in the city, here are our top picks for restaurants you have to try while you’re in Hamilton.


49 King William St.

Juicy burgers and craft beer is a winning combination, and Hambrgr does it right. Start with appetizers like bacon fat popcorn, try a unique burger creation and make sure to sample a local beer. They also have a wide selection of bourbon if you’re looking to get your night out started early! Check out their Instagram account to start drooling before you get there.

Southern Smoke Barbecue House

201 Ottawa St. N

Southern Smoke Barbecue is both a beloved food truck you’ll spot around the Hamilton area, and a local favourite located in the heart of Ottawa Street. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can expect a hearty and delicious meal. Known for their smoked meats and their authentic wood fired barbeque, this is a meat lovers’ paradise.

The Harbour Diner

486 James St. N

Missing Mom’s home cooking? Craving some comfort food? The Harbour Diner is a popular spot for all of your diner favourites, served in a quaint atmosphere. Try the meatloaf and mashed potatoes or the crab and lobster mac and cheese!

Earth to Table: Bread Bar

258 Locke St. S

Dubbed one of the best pizza crusts in town, the stone baked pizza and delicious sandwiches are so good that you won’t even feel bad indulging in carbs! It is a small space, so make sure to make a reservation if you’re going with a big group. Every Tuesday is steak night; different cuts and different styles!

Chicago Style Pizza Shack

534 Upper Sherman Ave.

The Chicago Style Pizza Shack is a small restaurant, but worth the hype. Choose from thin and thick crust, or their renowned stuffed deep dish pan pizzas. Create the pizza of your dreams with endless options for customization. Oh, and did we mention fried ravioli?

Mezcal Tacos and Tequila

150 James St. S

Authentic tacos and tequila – could there be a better option for a night out with the roommates? Mezcal’s Chef Manny Ferreira is a Hamilton native and recent winner of the Food Network’s Chopped Canada. From pickles, to salsa and smoked cheeses, they make it all in-house. Open until 2 a.m. Friday to Sunday; great for a midnight snack.

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