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Wild Orchid Cafe

Downtown Hamilton
European, Portuguese
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286 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L3, Canada
(905) 528-7171
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Great date spot

They have excellent seafood at a fairly reasonable price. It's a nice place to bring a date.The service is excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Hamilton, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my first time at the Wild Orchid and my second time trying a Portuguese restaurant in Hamilton... the first was Acclamation...and it wasn't that great. Upon entering the restaurant Wild Orchid, I was greeted with their many "Awards" on the wall for best in Hamilton etc etc. Thought we would be getting some good seafood as that is... More 

Thank g g
Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

They have excellent seafood at a fairly reasonable price. It's a nice place to bring a date.The service is excellent.

Thank Randy-the-eater
Hamilton, Canada
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Being very fond of seafood, I love coming here. This is our 3rd visit and will not be our last. My spouse had the rabbit which was tender moist and very tasty. I had the shrimp primavera... If I had to say anything negative it would be that the quantity of food for the entree was huge and I could... More 

Thank CyberKat_CB
Hamilton, Canada
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Went here with some colleagues from work for a Wednesday lunch. I went with the Bras ($13.) which I felt was very good although I was disappointed by the amount of fish bones left in my meal. My guest went with a large seafood salad ($13.00) and a Virgin Caesar both which she felt was excellent. Besides the bones in... More 

Thank David B
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

What a joke. Someone must be cheap in the management. No service. A dark miserable setting. Greasy food. Visible cockroachs. A owner should own up.

Thank Joe K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Was taken out for my BD and settled on the Wild Orchid. The rolled bread stuffed with sausage was delicious. The brushetta bread was to die for. I had seafood alfreado with wine sauce..Wooo excellent. Other had fish dishes which where all delicious. I had to have a bite. Waitress was great soooooo friendly and brought a tart and candle... More 

Thank KennyJH
Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Was happy with the food and priced well but way understaffed and took away from the experience. This has been like this for a while and would do so much better if they had better service.

Thank ray s
Hamilton, Canada
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Impromptu dinner out and I wanted seafood, so we scrolled through restaurant menus online and settled on the Wild Orchid. The spicy shrimp were delicious, but would have liked 1 or 2 more for the $7 price point. I had the halibut steak, veggies and salad. I specifically chose the healthy option I just wished for more flavour on the... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

took my beautiful girl out for a celebratory lunch and once again was completely taken aback with the superb quality of the freshness of the food. My partners fish was as fresh as if it was just caught that morning. The waiter that served us both was on top of the game, he looked after us with full attention but... More 

Thank jdacosta16
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Ordered combination fish dish. $27.00. " Spanish" rice oily and lukewarm. No veggies. Fish greasy. Many many bones. Bread doughy white. Server polite but didn't know much about the food. Faked it. Atmosphere --well needs a facelift . Wooden chairs paint peeling, dragged along noisy tile floor. Won't go back. Too many other modern upcoming places in Hamilton.

Thank Wilva T

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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

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