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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time here. It was gastronomically astronomically amazing. Pizza is not like any other you will ever eat. We loved the garlic, garlic, garlic pizza and the dill pickle fries. The drinks were delicious and served in unique fun mugs. The atmosphere...is very cool funky and unusual. We loved this place and highly recommend it. We will be going back for sure.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed December 7, 2023 via mobile

What a hidden gem! It’s like walking into a holiday! You feel like you’re away somewhere …and the decor wowwww! The drinks and good…wowww as well!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 26, 2023

Super great pizza spot in Hamilton. Bear pizza certainly best vibe. A getaway in the middle of the city. Pickle pizza is a favorite.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed November 18, 2023

I am not the type of person to post on here and complain but after our experience the other night I cannot not share.. My husband and I arrived just after 630 for our reservation. As we told her our appetizer order our server went...on to tell us that she would have to return in 5-10 minutes to take our main orders because she wanted us to have enough time to eat since the tables are flipped 4 times in a night and a 2 top has a 1.5 hour dining window..this wasn’t a huge issue but we kinda thought that was weird to tell us as we then felt rushed. food and drinks were fine no issues. VERY soon after we finished eating we were brought our bill (after we had just been brought 2 full drinks). I kid you not we had been seated for LESS than 1 hour and were told we would have to be moved to the bar because the next reservation for the table had arrived. After a few minutes the server came back telling us the reservation was being seated at the bar so we would now have until 8pm at our table. We hadn’t even put up a fuss at all so that was simply because the server knew how messed up it was. Our server did not seem genuinely sorry or apologetic during any of our exchanges either…all in all we found it very unprofessional.. This actually makes me sad because I had a positive experience here my prior visit but as a past server this really got to me. I get that it’s a business to make money but we really did feel like a money sign that night…very off putting. I love supporting small businesses especially in Hamilton so this one made me sad :(More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed August 31, 2023 via mobile

Maipai is a literal hidden oasis in the north end of Hamilton. Blink and you will miss the entrance. But it is a portal to another dimension. The South Pacific…with GOURMET Detroit style pizza! The combination of pizza and tiki drinks is genius! The drinks...are strong and beautiful! But wait….there’s more! Their wings and waffle fries are to die for! Put on your Hawaiian shirt and go! There is no way that you will be disappointed!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 15, 2023

A fun and delicious evening out. Staff were great, food delicious, drinks really good as well. After hearing so many great things about this place we decided it was time to try it. It was a great choice. Lots of nice vegetarian choices. Will definitely...be going back. Thanks Mai Pai for the awesome evening out.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 15, 2023

A hidden gem in every sense of the term, Mai Pai has been phenomenal every time. Our most recent trip was a small family birthday celebration with parents and two kids (8 & 5). Service was fast, pizza was outstanding, cocktails for the parents and...mocktails for the kids were super, and the atmosphere really does transport you to tropical places. Kids love the giant Moai statues. Hamilton needs characterful places like this. Awesome for families to boot!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed March 20, 2023

Our favorite place to eat... best Detroit Style Pizza anywhere, outstanding drink concoctions and love the Tiki decor and atmosphere! Can't be beat!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 2, 2023

Friends have told me about Maipai for years and I finally decided to check it out… I wish I had sooner. The pizza was some of the best I’ve ever had. The drinks were great and the price was fair.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 12, 2022

The ambience is very warm and authentic. But the main feature of this place is its food quality. The food and drinks are not great but exceptional. Don't let the "the food is good but not great" guys in the reviews to misguide you. They...serve the best pizza and wings in all over Canada. In addition, the cocktails are to-die-for. I sometimes travel all the way from Toronto to Hamilton just for this bar. Deserves more than 5 stars.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 13, 2022

I'm so pleased to see this place in the Hammer! Having grown up in Hamilton, the Barton St. East neighbourhood definitely feels a bit sketchy, but MaiPai is a wonderful surprise. A very vibey scene, easily the match of hot Toronto places, and the owner(s)...has/have gone all-in on the Tiki bar neon decorating; I had just been to Meow Wolf Santa Fe immersive art exhibit in the US the week before and it's hard to tell those pictures apart from our dinner at MaiPai on my photo roll. (I particularly like the blinking spam wall.) The cocktails are super cute for presentation, but to my mind, not the highlight. The Detroit-style pizzas are spectacular! The Secret Pickle pizza might be my favourite pizza anywhere. The huge chicken wings are also outstanding as starters, particularly the Korean-inspired Buffalo ones with gochujang butter. Even the waffle fries are way better than you'd expect for a standard side. I really appreciate that this is a restaurant that knows what it does really well, and just sticks to that. We've been twice for birthday parties and it's emerged as our unanimous choice for those kind of events. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

Omg.. this pizza is amazing! I've been making my own pizza for 30 years and I can't come close to this pizza... I don't know what they do to this crust but it is outstanding!.. I ordered the Supreme and the tomato sauce was so...homemade and fresh not like any other restaurant pizza I've ever had. My friend ordered the dill pickle pizza which I thought sounded gross but it was so delicious fresh dill and a delicious garlic Mayo on it never would have thought of a dill pickle pizza but I would definitely order it next timeMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed November 28, 2021 via mobile

Great food, funky drinks, and the tiki theme inside was fun and totally different. We have already booked another reservation to go with family for a birthday. This place is a must to go to!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2021 via mobile

A terrific Tiki experience!!! Very tasty tropical cocktails, presented with pizzazz! And the pizza......NEXT LEVEL!!! Contrary to my previous Tiki bar experiences, the food is the brightest star in this Tiki universe! Honourable mention to the pickle fries. Out of this world! We WILL BE...BACK!!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed January 24, 2021

WOW, this place blew me away and lived up to the hype! We unfortunately could not dine in and enjoy the cool Tiki atmosphere due to Covid lockdown, but we did their Family Deal on Sunday's for $50 which was outstanding... a true "Foodie" experience...which fed my family of four with two slices of pizza leftover! You can choose ANY large pizza, which normally isn't the case with these types of deals. We came for the Detroit Style pizza as this new style of pizza is out of this world, hard to find, and done well. We had the Chicken Bacon Ranch which was AMAZING (can't wait to try the others), it came with "out of this world" Parm Fries, your choice of high-end, BIG chicken wings with Foodie flavors... we went with Soy Caramel which delivered big time, finished off with a tasty gourmet salad with dried mango. Outstanding service and a super easy ordering process online made this a perfect experience for us. We drove all the way from Burlington and were not disappointed! Make sure you order a day ahead of time to ensure they have space for your order.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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