Visit Hamilton Halton Brant and you’ll find restaurants that are not just stops along the way – they are the destination. Expert sources from the New York Times and Food Network can point you in the right direction when it’s time to jump in the car and head to a road-trip worthy restaurant. We’ve compiled the top recommendations for restaurants that are worth taking a trip.
In summer 2017, the venerable New York Times advised readers on “Five Places to Go in Hamilton, Ontario”, agreeing with Mexican director and Hamilton fan Guillermo del Toro that the city is “full of promise and surprises.” Three such surprises highlighted by The Times were culinary stops, including ethnically inspired restaurant Nique, daytime-only eatery Saint James, and the tiny espresso bar, Smalls.
If you put the most stock in recommendations from fellow diners, you’ll want to consider the rankings on Open Table and TripAdvisor.
Two restaurants in Hamilton Halton Brant made the most recent list of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada as voted by Open Table diners – Brux House Craft Beer and Kitchen in Hamilton and Quatrefoil in Dundas. Amongst the best restaurants overall in Southern Ontario as voted by Open Table diners were Berkeley North in Hamilton with a 9.4 rating, and Ancaster Mill in Ancaster with a 9.2. Ancaster Mill also took a spot on the list for Best Restaurants for Brunch in Southern Ontario.
Air Canada’s enRoute magazine is the recognized go-to source for ranking new restaurants, and making its Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada list is a sign of high praise for rookie destination dining spots.
Since its opening in 2010, Quatrefoil Restaurant in Dundas has been named among this top 10 Best, and Brux House Craft Beer & Kitchen in Hamilton was one of the chosen few to make the magazine’s shortlist for a top ten honour. Brux House was also one of 32 restaurants across the country that was up for the People’s Choice award in enRoute’s annual Eat & Vote contest, and the only restaurant on that list from Hamilton.
On the network’s popular television show, You Gotta Eat Here, host John Catucci is on a quest for Canada’s most delicious, mouth watering, over-the-top comfort food and visits great joints, greasy spoons, and legendary restaurants. Over the years, John has tasted food from Hamilton’s Chicago Style Pizza and The Harbour Diner, and Stoney’s Bread Company in Oakville.
In Toronto’s Life’s recent round-up of 15 of the best restaurants outside of the Greater Toronto Area, Ancaster Mill in Ancaster received a 4 ½ star rating and was recognized as a fine-dining destination that is worth the drive from Toronto, with its “spectacular man-made waterfall” and its “great value” tasting menu. Quatrefoil in Dundas also received a 4 ½ star rating and “is a polished throwback to the glory days of fine dining…as suited to cocktail-attired special occasions as it is to fleece-and-jeans weeknight dinners.”
Countless top ten lists and recommendations can be found online, as a search for best Hamilton Halton Brant restaurants will attest. Popular travel and lifestyle websites have found culinary bliss in the region, recommending many local spots as truly “road trip worthy”.
According to thrillist.com, Rapscallion in Hamilton is notable for its vegetarian-friendly and nose-to-tail menus. Huffingtonpost.ca recommends Hamilton’s Earth to Table Bread Bar and soup restaurant The Burnt Tongue, The Ancaster Mill and Cavallo Nero in Ancaster, and Quatrefoil and Detour Café’s coffee house in Dundas.
Destination dining is just one way to get your foodie fix in Hamilton Halton Brant — our region serves up a heaping helping of flavourful diversions. Find out more about our food and drink activities, from breweries and wineries to farm fresh experiences.