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Harbour Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner, Canadian, International
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486 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1J1, Canada
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tue - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hamilton, Canada
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a very rustic dining spot with an interesting menu, great cuisine, friendly service, and good value. This is definitely a find! I had the meatloaf because it was Meatless Monday, which was extremely tasty and a large portion. That coupled with a beer came to $17.00; so great value. The restaurant has a unique charm with its mismatched... More 

Thank John D
Caledonia, Canada
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So very disappointed after hearing about it on " You Gotta Eat Here" I was looking forward to a great breakfast and catch up with my best friend. Instead we were served the same meal but one had half the eggs on it. Went to taste it and found after waiting a long time for our home made meal it... More 

Thank 756Rita
Jessie S, Owner at Harbour Diner, responded to this review

Hello! I am so very sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing visit to our restaurant. I would love to get some more specific details so I can follow up with the kitchen and service staff to ensure this doesn't happen to future customers. Please email me personally with the date of your visit and a description of... More 

Owen Sound, Canada
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90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Harbour Diner on Monday night. Our group of four had three different entrees. I enjoyed one of the specials on the chalk board, the shrimp and scallop spaghettini. My son in law very much liked the BATA burger. The lobster and crab mac and cheese was good but too much of one taste. Jessie was server and one of... More 

Thank Craig B
Jessie S, Owner at Harbour Diner, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Hope to see you on your next visit to Hamilton. Jess More 

Fonthill, Canada
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place did not disappoint in any way shape or form. Not much to look at from the outside and the interior held little potential, but wow, the food was amazing and the service was exemplary. We were a party of six and each of us had a different entree, and everyone raved about their choice. This place is very... More 

Thank seasonedtravellers57
Jessie S, Owner at Harbour Diner, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! So glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend had been wanting to try this place after hearing about if from others. We went for a Wednesday evening dinner. It's a small, cozy place that sort of looks like grandma's kitchen, it's very kitchsy with old wallpaper and lot of vintage tables and chairs. We sat near the big window at the front. The menu board of... More 

Thank Blecky
Jessie S, Owner at Harbour Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review The Harbour Diner! We value your feedback and look forward to serving you again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time here and wow was I impressed. The vibe alone was enough to make me come back; cozy, homey, and quaint! The service was matched by the restaurant itself, as I was served by a wonderful woman named Laura who made my first time there something to remember. I had the meatloaf (special on Monday) and it was heavenly.... More 

Thank Elliott G
Port Colborne, Canada
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We opted for the Harbour Diner after a visit to the Hamilton Farmer's Market; I'd checked out the menu online and thought it looked interesting. The restaurant is small and some tables are tight, but it's still comfortable enough, and cute as a button with the mismatched seating and stools at the counter. We were there right as they opened... More 

Thank RobinRosemary
Hamilton, Canada
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast with the bf on a Friday morning. The waitress was great and unfortunately I can't remember her name. We both had a lovely breakfast, I chose to have all sausage as I don't like the ham usually served for breakfast at diners....man was I jealous when I saw the bfs ham!!! It was real ham not the "deli"... More 

Thank keljohn75
Listowel, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

First time here & it won't be the last! The tuna steak with carrots & arugula salad was excellent! My husband had the all day breakfast which he loved. Our friends enjoyed the lamb shank & Naked fish & chips. Outstanding!

Thank Mary Kaye H
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97 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Don't be fooled by the atmosphere or the neighbourhood. The food is great and the menu is anything but just diner. The Lobster and Crab Macaroni was fantastic. A rich creamy cheese sauce smothering tender macaroni with lots of lobster and crab meat. Bring your appetite. the lobster and shrimp on a croissant was excellent. The coleslaw was very flavourful... More 

Thank Jim K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Canadian, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 486 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1J1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: 19055237373
Family run Diner with an emphasis on home cooking. Everything now made in house, from scratch. Comfort food at it's finest!

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