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Wild Orchid Cafe

Downtown Hamilton
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286 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L3, Canada
(905) 528-7171
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Welland, Ontario, Canada
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110 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Hollywood, Florida
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was okay but bland, the server didn't explain the method of eating the grilled sardines and the Rice paella style dish had a nice qty of seafood but was Very bland.... Also the restaurant's AC needs to be refreshed...very warm The roasted Potatoes were excellent.

Thank garygtk
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

I went to celebrate an occasion with family. Our waitress was nice but there was an incident involving dropping a tray of drinks on two individuals. It was an accident, and the waitress was apologetic, but at the same time, I left the restaurant to go home an change rather than eat a meal literally covered in wine. We asked... More 

Thank Beelzebubs
Oakville, Canada
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145 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

The restaurant is located on Barton Street North in Hamilton, an area with a large ethnic background that is currently undergoing transition with many new and trendy businesses opening up. The decor of this restaurant is extremely sparse-it almost looks like it is still under construction. But this does not detract from the food - all items appear to be... More 

Thank wally434
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Jorge is the proprietor and Chef of the Wild Orchid restaurant . They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this coming June. Let’s look at what makes Jorge and his venue tick: The place where Jorge’s family is originally from is called Aveiro. The culture of Aveiro is worth exploring further as it would frame the reasons why Jorge built a... More 

Thank DonEmilio2013
Burlington, Canada
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Four of us arrived for our Good Friday dinner. I had been told to make a reservation, which I did. We waited patiently to be seated, probably 10-15 minutes. One waitress spotted us, and rather than excuse herself and deal with us, she stood chatting with customers at a table. The customers had paid there bill because I watched the... More 

Thank Jchuck51
Dundas, Canada
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Went for dinner with the family celebrating a birthday...very nice place. Food was very good, service was excellent.

Thank formykids12
Ontario, Canada
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Eclectic music and rustic decor gives this restaurant a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The food was good and all of our group enjoyed their entrees. The Anti Pasta appetizer was good but the Pao De Aveisa was dry and could do with either some dip or more filling in the middle. The service was a little slow and they ran out... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Having always been curious about the Wild Orchid we finally had diner there on a Friday night during an art crawl . Our food came in a timely manner. The portions were large and the pricing was fairly reasonable too. Nice spot for a date night.

Thank Trudy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Portuguese, Seafood, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton>  > Downtown Hamilton
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Hamilton
  • Phone Number: (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?