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Ventura's Signature Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Downtown Hamilton
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178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
+1 905-777-8490
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12:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times and it's always delicious. Very romantic as well. I would recommend the halibut or the beef a casa

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Thank ShaneMW1
Hamilton, Canada
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Have been here 4 times and the last three we have ordered the grilled calamari and Mr Ventura's seafood platter for 2. This is a fantastic platter if you LOVE seafood. It comes with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, scallops and jumbo prawns!!!! Some may think that iris a little pricy but I don't think that you will find better... More 

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Thank BHendsbee
Ancaster
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10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We went for dinner here and were very disappointed. The soup was very good and we had cod cakes as an appetizer. The cod cakes were pretty good. The main entree took almost an hour to arrive at the table. The server kept bringing us buns as I think she realized what was happening. When we finally got our meals... More 

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Thank DawnCh
Kitchener, Canada
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Ventura may not be hip but thankfully there's also no hype here. You'll get a menu heavy on fish and seafood that reflects Portuguese cuisine, and it's delicious. (Though portions were too large for us.) The owner/host is charming, and attentive. Very reasonable wine prices. An easy walk from the Hamilton Art Gallery. We're so glad we came upon this... More 

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Thank bitofasnob
Burlington
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

My wife and I wandered in during a James St. stroll and we are thankful we did.It is very Portuguese.The seating in the back is cozy and it feels like you are dining with the captain in a 1800's sailing ship.We were lured in by the sardines on the menu and they were incredible. We got them as an appetizer... More 

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Thank Bud33eboy
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

The owner, Virgilio is a complex individual. having worked in engineering, military and restaurant kitchens in Portugal and its colonies in Africa , he decided to open a pub in 1997 on James north. At the current location, albeit a smaller area. It occupied a fraction of the space of today's restaurant. Less than two years later he expanded to... More 

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Thank DonEmilio2013
Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Great authentic and delicious Portuguese cooking....the atmosphere is classic, beautiful wooden ship feel theme, very warm and comfortable. Excellent for business, date or friends....I've been to the best in town and this place is at the top.

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Thank 44SilverSurfer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner at Ventura's. Portuguese seafood, incredible mixed plate to share, great wine, good service.

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Thank Jean W
Burlington, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

my wife and I came upon ventras while we were sightseeing the area on our vacation and thought it could be an interesting dining experience. After looking at some of the comments on trip advisor we were looking forward to dinner at ventras. Just to qualify my comments we have eaten at Portuguese restaurants in Toronto as well as at... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

We visited Ventura's for Dinner last Sat. Sept 5. We arrived earlier than our 7pm reservation as we were hoping to get a table for 4 at the front of the restaurant overlooking the street. There was no table for 4 at the front so the waitress/maitre D / showed us to a table inside. We didn,t much like it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Portuguese, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton>  > Downtown Hamilton
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 905-777-8490

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