Brothers Grimm Bistro

Brothers Grimm Bistro

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Hours
Sun
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wed
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thu
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Fri
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sat
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Is this restaurant good for lunch?
PRICE RANGE
$15.00 – $120.00
CUISINES
European, Canadian
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Non-smoking restaurants
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles116 reviews
Excellent
104
Very good
5
Average
4
Poor
2
Terrible
1
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Anika
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
Altogether, I (a pretty particular guest) was absolutely thrilled with this place. Should you go there for your next date night or intimate celebration? YES. Resounding yes. Let's break it down: The Location: might be hard to spot as an average pedestrian, but the Brothers Grimm door on King street leads to an intimate and gorgeous little cellar getaway. It feels like you've entered a little haven and it's easy to put the outside world on the shelf for a moment. Minimal but nice decor. Exactly how I would set up my own fairytale speakeasy. The Food: delicious. We had venison meatballs (so rich and juicy!), Brussels sprouts (just the right amount of zing), steak frites, and their excellent game meat sausages. My husband loved comparing the rabbit, duck, and elk, all tied together with the wild boar. The only suggestions I have (as, yet again, a very picky reviewer), is to add a touch of honey to the Brussels sprouts to round it out and perhaps pair the elk sausage with something other than the goat cheese polenta? The flavours were marvelous but the textures could've worked together better. I'd still order both again as they are, though. The Drink: we only had a bottle of cab sauv (their special for the night) but we'll definitely be back to try some of the cocktails. They sounded good, though the nerd I am would love to see more of a Grimm theme to them. The Service: genuinely excellent throughout the night. Ariana, who served us, was friendly and thoughtful but not overbearing. Frank, the general manager, also made sure to see to us throughout our date. They make excellent use of their organizational software and remembered our names and the reason for our visit consistently. Really special experience. The Bonus: since we went for our fifth anniversary, the Brothers Grimm gave us a complimentary chocolate torte. SO GOOD. we ordered another because I struggle to share delicious desserts. (Can you blame me?) Honestly, if you're looking for a special date night that doesn't break the bank entirely (looking at you, Edgewater), still gives you decent portions of really good food (if you order steak frites at The Keg you get half as much for twice the money), and leaves you excited to come back, try this place out. We have our eyes set on the Hunters Elk Pie and Duck Confit Poutine next 👀
Written August 20, 2021
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Alvaro V
Well... it doesn't happen often But, I am speechless! Our Team endeavors to create a 'memorable' experience for every guest and it seems by your kind words above, we succeeded in achieving our goal. It was our pleasure hosting your Special Occasion. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Looking forward to being of service to you again soon. Cordially yours, Franklyn
Written August 21, 2021
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Sheila L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
My husband and I dined at Brothers Grimm for the first time tonight and I can assure you, it won’t be the last!! Such a pleasant experience from the moment we arrived! We were immediately welcomed by the General Manager Chris who was super friendly and accommodating. The decor is chic and the place was bustling - clearly a popular spot for discerning diners. Our server Arianna was amazing! Very helpful in guiding us through the menu and attentive throughout our entire experience. We shared the Sausage Trio and accompaniments, the Grilled Brussel Sprouts and the Cauliflower Bites - and we savoured every morsel. The sausage paired wonderfully with a German Ale which was enjoyed by my husband, while I enjoyed a lovely Pinot Grigio with my meal. We finished off with a decadent Chocolate Torte and freshly brewed Colombian coffee - it was absolutely scrumptious. The staff are friendly and clearly proud of their fare. It was an enjoyable experience from beginning to end and we will be sure to spread the word and return with friends next time! Ross & Sheila
Written November 26, 2021
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Alvaro V
Hey Sheila; We were very pleased that you and Ross decided to walk in and try our venue. Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience. We endeavor to consistently put our best efforts forward to create a memorable experience. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written December 6, 2021
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Mike Cappuccino
Hamilton8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 couples
A must try if ever in downtown Hamilton, Frank the manager will make sure your experience is perfect. Food, drinks and service is awesome every time he have gone there, you might get lucky and have live music and even have Peter the owner singing that night.....cheers
Written December 4, 2021
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Alvaro V
Dear Mike; Since your 1st visit to our restaurant, something special has happened. You, your family and your friends have transformed from guests to close members of our family. Your support, kind words and patronage has strengthened our beliefs that sincere service and authentic cuisine create more than just memories. Thank you for using the word "Gem". We strive everyday to polish ourselves so that we can shine even brighter. Thank you for your kind comments but more importantly, thank you for your friendship. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written December 6, 2021
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DJMHamilton
Hamilton201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
My wife and I had reservations at Brothers Grimm Bistro last night. This is a basement restaurant with an inviting entrance. Unfortunately our table was situated directly across from the busy bar which allowed for no privacy. The table itself was very tiny. There is not enough room for anything other than your dinner plates and wine glasses. Our server (Cat) was pleasant and helpful. Our appetizers were both excellent and the best part of the meal. I ordered surf & turf for my main course. The lobster was excellent but the steak was salty and riddled with gristle. My wifes' tuna was bland. Dessert (wafer) was a nice surprise. It was light, tasty and not too sweet. Portions were all very generous and pricing was in line with other similar style venues. I believe we would have enjoyed the experience more if our table had been in a different location and a little larger.
Written November 27, 2022
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Alvaro V
Hello DJM, We really appreciate your detailed review. Next time, please let us know your table preference and for sure your request will be accommodated. Hope to see you back soon. Take care
Written December 3, 2022
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Daniel W
Essex13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
I visited this restaurant with my partner just for a casual meal out. From the minute we walked in the customer service was great and we loved the decor and atmosphere. We were quickly seated and seen to and all staff knowledge of the drinks and food menu was great, you can tell this was more than just a job to them. We were sat just by the bar which is entertaining in itself, watching the drinks being prepared. We ordered the meatball and Brussels sprouts to start and the hen and sausage board for mains. All good was very tasty but I found the portion sizes were quite small, especially for the price, which is a shame, as they have almost nailed it. I would mind paying the prices if the portion sizes matched. The drinks were great again with lots of choices, but again, very overpriced. We liked it here and would to say we would come back, but I’m not sure I could warrant the prices again.
Written November 28, 2021
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Alvaro V
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience. I'm pleased that you mentioned the passion and dedication of our Team. It was pleasure being of service to you. Hope that you enjoy the upcoming Holiday Season. Merry Christmas. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written December 6, 2021
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Scott
Binbrook4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 couples
Location is downtown Hamilton so no need to say more. Inside the atmosphere is nice and quaint. The food we had was the risotto which was very good. The smoked hen was good but a bit salty for me, but my wife enjoyed it. The steak was underseasoned and tough for a medium rare. The drinks were good and the waitress even returned my wife's first drink with no issue. Mary was great BTW. Dined early 630pm and had a great table and sat immediately. The food arrived quickly so not a long wait. Overall I liked the atmosphere and drinks and loved the risotto, but seriously overpriced. At 42 for a steak with fries I expected better. FYI automatic 18 % tip included in the bill and Mary was well deserving, but I could not offer more since I did not enjoy my meal. Would not say not to go, but do not have high expectations and be prepared to pay downtown Toronto prices. Some good things some bad. BTW I do not usually complain much at all.
Written September 2, 2022
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Alvaro V
Dear Scott, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Your insightful review is highly valued and serves to help us improve in the areas that need our prompt attention. We hope to see you back in the future to let us know how we are doing. Take care.
Written September 8, 2022
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Paula V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
I went with a group of six friends and we had a fantastic evening. I have quite a few food sensitivities and the server was great about answering all my questions and ensuring to relay the same information to the kitchen staff. We all had a wonderful time and were made to feel like special guests. I highly recommend going out of your way and driving to Hamilton and checking this place out. I only wish they had a patio.
Written October 5, 2021
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Alvaro V
Hey paulavelas; I'm so glad that our server was instrumental in dealing with your food sensitivity and safety. I am extremely proud of my Team and we Always strive to go the "Extra Mile for a Smile". I'm sorry that I wasn't in to meet you but look forward to seeing you and the gang again soon. Cordially, Franklyn, General Manager
Written October 6, 2021
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DanaMarie500
Hamilton11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
This is our favourite spot in Hamilton. We were looking for a new restaurant to check out and now we can’t go anywhere else. The brick and stone walls with the whisky barrel decor gives it such a warm and cozy feeling. The staff is so friendly. Frank, the general manager comes around to talk to everyone and personally greets you. All the staff are lovely, I wish I could name them all. Always smiling, friendly and down to earth. The food comes quickly but not too quick so that you feel rushed. The food is amazing - the flavours and textures of the food are nothing like I’ve tasted before. The sausage board is our favourite, but all the food is great. Highly recommended!!
Written May 7, 2022
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Alvaro V
Good day Dana; Thank you for taking the time to support us. We sincerely appreciate your kind words and your frequent patronage. Our Culinary Team insists on fresh product made in house especially the wild game sausages. Yes, our flavor profiles are unique and are striving to create even more palate pleasers in the future. See you soon. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written May 9, 2022
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Jason C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 couples
You can’t get a better place for service, food and atmosphere in downtown Hamilton. From the moment you walk in you’re met by Frank, the host, who makes you feel very welcome. Our server, Mary, gave us great suggestions off the menu and interacted with us, but gave us our privacy to enjoy our date. The food was perfect! The sausage board was excellent and I would highly recommend it. The atmosphere was comfortable and trendy. We really enjoyed our high top table tucked into a nook, surrounded by wine barrels. We will be definitely going back for another date night.
Written February 12, 2022
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Alvaro V
Hey Jason; Thank you for taking the time to post these kind words. We are truly blessed to have Mary on our Team. She is the true epitome of poise and professionalism. We strive to provide a satisfying and memorable experience. I'm glad that we hit the mark. Please visit again soon. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written February 16, 2022
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Jeanette G
Stoney Creek5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 friends
A perfect night from beginning to end!! First we walked in and had a very warm welcome from Frank. Such a relaxing atmosphere with a guitarist playing in the background. I highly recommend the smoked cornish hen for your main and a tequila mockingbird for a tasty cocktail (recommend by our wonderful server Nick). At the end of the evening we were greeted at our table with a beautiful serenade which made the evening so special. Thanks again we will definitely be back.
Written October 7, 2021
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Alvaro V
Hey Jeanette; It was indeed a pleasure meeting you, Rich, Diane and Phil. Thank you for your kind words, I am very proud of my staff and Nick is definitely a keeper. We are endeavoring to have more live music. Hope to see you again soon. Cordially, Franklyn, General Manager
Written October 13, 2021
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Eva T
Toronto28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 couples
The hospitality at Brothers Brimm felt like a mix of big city professionalism and small town warmth — I can’t wait to return. The food was also incredible, the Cornish hen, cauliflower fritters, mushroom risotto and chocolate torte was all delicious. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Also, the ambiance was a perfect combo of comfort, intentional design and intimacy.
Written September 18, 2021
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Alvaro V
Hey Brendan; Our Team was thrilled that we could share in your Birthday celebration. It was indeed a pleasure to meet you and Eva. Please keep in touch over the next few weeks as we are scheduling more live music. You're always welcome in our home. Cordially, Franklyn, General Manager
Written September 25, 2021
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Julia R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 none
My family and I had an excellent time dining at the Brothers Grimm for my birthday. The general manager Frank was an exceptional host and made us feel so welcome! Our server Nick was very knowledgeable and friendly. On top of it all, the food and drinks were outstanding! My sister is a vegetarian and they were very accommodating and she loved her meal. Will definitely be returning and recommending this place to everyone! Thank you so much!
Written December 18, 2021
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Alvaro V
Salutations Julia; It was indeed a pleasure being of service to you and your Family. Thank you for allowing us to share your Birthday with you. We strive to create a memorable visit for All of our guests. Would love to have you as a regular. Merry Christmas! Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written December 21, 2021
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biffnali27
Welland55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Last night was the first time my husband and I tried this restaurant. It was my birthday, and I'd always wanted to try this place, so I was excited to get the chance. What a disappointment. From start to finish. We were seated at our table for about 10 min. before anyone came to our table to get our drink orders. After getting those drinks, it was another 20 min. before our food orders were taken. Yet we kept seeing other tables who were seated after us getting food served when we still had just been sipping on our drinks waiting to see when the server would be back around. And there were maybe 5 tables of customers, not full by a long shot. When he finally came to get our orders, I ordered my steak medium, but I was told by the server that even though I ordered medium, it was advised to get the steak medium rare by the chef, so I said that was fine, and I'd get whatever the chef recommended. Well when I got my steak, it was blue rare. The meat was so rare it was reddish-purple, and completely cold to the touch. When the server came back to check on how I liked the doneness of the steak, I mentioned that it was just way too rare and I'd prefer it done a little more. So he took my plate away to do that. When I got my plate back, it was the same steak (which was disappointing, but not surprising), with the same cuts I had made into it when trying it the first time. But not only was the steak the same steak I had sent back, it was the same fries that had obviously sat there the whole time the steak was being cooked longer. When I got my plate, the steak was so fatty and tough I had a hard time even cutting through it, and there was no seasoning on the steak, no sauce, no nothing. So it was just a plain, tough steak, and cold fries. That was my birthday dinner. The server didn't even ask us if we were happy with the meals. And even though my husband mentioned it to the server and it was mentioned on the reservation, our server told us he had no idea it was my birthday, otherwise he said he would've brought me a piece of cake too. I said, "well, if it could be wrapped up to go, that's fine, but I just want to go home". He said, "Oh, sure I could get it wrapped up for you"...and yet he didn't offer it, he waited for me to mention it. Extremely disappointing evening. :(
Written March 29, 2024
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Alvaro Valencia
Hello Pauspo, We sincerely regret to hear that you had such a negative experience while dining at Brothers Grimm Bistro. As you can appreciate what you have described in your detailed review does not reflect the standard of care and service we provide to our customers. We have shared your concerns with our staff to make sure situations like this don't happen again. Would love to make it up to you. Kindly send us an email to bgheadoffice@brothersgrimmbistro.ca to proceed accordingly. Thanks again for sharing your experience with us.
Written April 1, 2024
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Alvaro Murillo
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 family
On February 6th we had my wife's Birthday party at Brothers Grimm Bistro. What a great celebration we had, thanks to the delicious food, fruits and vegetables offered. We had a great family gathering in which we received an outstanding service provided by owner Mr. Valencia, Manager Frank and staff. No doubts in recommending Brothers Grimm Bistro for family celebrations, couples dinning or even lone individuals. Excellent place !
Written February 10, 2022
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Alvaro V
Dear Fanery Family; It was such a pleasure being of service to you all. It was an incredible experience to be part of. The room was full of energy, excitement and Love. The Mariachi Band was a Wonderful surprise. My Team truly felt that we were part of the Family. Thank you for your kind words. We are always here to support you. Cordially yours, Franklyn GM
Written February 16, 2022
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Stephanie L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 friends
This restaurant was absolutely fantastic. Every aspect of it was perfect. They had offerings for vegetarians as well as hearty meat eaters and creatively crafted cocktails. The food was amazing, the service was amazing, the ambiance amazing. It was flawless. Thank you for a fantastic dinner experience!
Written July 11, 2022
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Alvaro V
Hey Stephanie; We are blushing from your praise and strive build a perfect customer service experience. I am extremely proud of my Team and will pass on your kind comments. Looking forward to being of service to you again soon. Cordially, Franklyn GM
Written July 13, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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