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Ventura's Signature Restaurant

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Downtown Hamilton
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178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
+1 905-777-8490
12:00 - 22:00
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Waterdown, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Mr. Ventura was warm, welcoming, and very helpful as we celebrated a birthday! Food was amazing-we shared everything-seafood, pork, cheese, calamari, soup-authentic Portuguese deliciousness! We will be back very soon-thank you Mr. Ventura!!!! The white port does take you to heaven and back!

Thank Tawnie1972
Hamilton, Canada
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Yet again the Ventura has not failed to impress us. From the staff to the owner, the treatment was delightful, I always seem to go to my favorite although other people with me have tried various meals and love them, I am stuck on the Beef A Casa, Even the fries are so good, I can't stop eating them. The... More 

Thank shirleymcmurray490
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

Thank ShaneMW1
Hamilton, Canada
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

Thank BHendsbee
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

Thank DawnCh
Kitchener, Canada
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Thank bitofasnob
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 

Thank Bud33eboy
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Thank DonEmilio2013
Hamilton, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Thank 44SilverSurfer
1 review
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.

Thank Jean W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Portuguese, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?