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Wild Orchid Cafe

££ - £££
Downtown Hamilton
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286 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L3, Canada
+1 905-528-7171
11:00 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Grimsby, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cod was dry, tasteless and full of bones. It does didn't taste fresh, and I couldn't eat it. When I mentioned that I didn't like it, The manager said that I would still have to pay for the meal and she wouldn't substitute something else. Neither the manager not the server offered even a sorry that you didn't like it.... More 

Thank brianjh59
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time to this restaurant. As you walk in the front doors, the restaurant is littered with awards for best seafood, best calamari etc. It was a great sized venue but not very busy on this Tuesday evening around 7. The menu had me salivating from the minute I opened it up. Everything on there sounded so... More 

Thank Phil L
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93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We have just finished our meal here 4 of us have mixed feelings. The lady's gave it 5 stars after eating the Cod da Casa and Espanola the boys gave only 3 stars for the Sea Bass and Beef A Casa the bass was over cooked and the fries with the beef were cold. When we mentioned about the fries... More 

1 Thank FredTracie
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I was craving seafood, and certainly wasn't disappointed! I started with the sardines: simple, rustic and delicious. Then we went for the signature rice sharer for two, and I was amazed at the generosity of the portion size for the money. It was packed with quality, fishy treats! Shelling the shrimps was a bit of a hassle though. Service was... More 

Thank James R
Ayr, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We love Wild Orchard. We've come come here a few times over the years. The menu has many choices. The portions are very generous. The food is delicious. Will definitely keep going back.

1 Thank avo50
Dundas, Canada
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149 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A Portuguese restaurant with an outside terrace in a lively location on the east side of James Street North, half a block south of Barton Street. Parking isn't easy in this area, but you can find free space on neighbouring residential streets west of James if you're prepared to walk a few blocks. The restaurant's interior is spacious but spartan,... More 

Thank ugh-lomi
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a portuguese restaurant. Chicken and potatoes really good. A little pricey but different food choices. My son really likes it here. Says to try the seafood

Thank Sue B
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Friday night reservation. Scored a seat on the patio! Great red wine sangria- each jug came with free mussels in a great sauce!! Shared apps and a another sangria :). Shrimp, scallop and bruschetta ( bruschetta was underwhelming- the rest good) Street was lively and noisy. Servers were in no hurry to kick us out.

Thank Lori K
Welland, Ontario, Canada
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123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

You may just drive past this place . You must stop . A nice outdoor patio but a bit noisy as it is on James street . We were greeted nicely by a very friendly server . The menu is very extensive with authentic food. The best calamari I have ever tasted, comes with a great red sauce . I... More 

Thank Andy G
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I had two very good meals here during my stay. One was the steak on fried potatoes with a fried egg on top and the Dorado fish plate. Both were very good...savory without being tough, overcooked or beaten up on the grill. The staff were present, busy, friendly and helpful. I would stop in again.

Thank Udovich

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Portuguese, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton>  > Downtown Hamilton
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 905-528-7171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?