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“Tapas Tuesday!”
Review of The Martini House

The Martini House
Ranked #9 of 474 Restaurants in Burlington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Burlington, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Tapas Tuesday!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Been here a few times for the Tuesday apps deal, as well as once for a private party upstairs. We love the bruschetta and asian nachos. Oysters + vodka are also an elegant treat. Martinis are a bit pricy but incredibly well made. Favorites are vanilla chilla and the key lime pie (you can literally taste the whole pie, crust and all!) Service has always been great, and the owner/manager is fun to chat with if hes there when you sit at the bar. Patio is great for downtown Burlington people watching in the warmer weather. Great spot for date night or special celebrations. Grand marnier shots anyone?!

  • Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Service”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The food is lovely...but at this time I am taking a moment to commend the outstanding staff at the House- Colleen and Barry are phenomenal & hospitable!

  • Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“Great night good food friendly service”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The food here is great. It's not just about the 100 martinis. ( although the are great as well)
There is flavor and flair ( and I have tried most items on the menu)
The service is always Friendly and fast.
It is I must say more of a Girly restaurant. Beer is not their forte ( tap was a bit flat and bottle a bit warm) but it is after all called the Martini house :)
Beware if you have a fish allergy - they use fake crab meat In the crab cakes(fish) ( which is too bad. I thought that was abandoned by most restaurants years ago)
It would be fun to have a Martini of the Day. As part of the specials.
The pink cotton candy served with you bill is a cute fun touch.
A great evening as usual. :)

  • Visited August 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Great patio location!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

My friend, nephew, and I had the pleasure to dine at the Martini House on the patio. During Burlington Summerlicious and the menu provided a variety of appetizer and dinner options. The food was hot and full of flavour. Beautiful patio and great service!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank ProfessorOT
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“What a disappointing return visit!”
Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Ok, we have been to The Martini House now at least six times. Enough times to recognize a few annoying things that really reduced our enjoyment.

1) if Carl isn't working, the service is completely unfriendly and unattentive. He's single-handedly holding the service together.

2) although the owner has been right there three times when we were dining, he's more interested in enjoying his celebrity status than thanking guests or checking in on our experience. He completely ignored all tables except for his friends every time we see him.

3) the apps are divine, the cocktails are stellar but the entrees disappoint. The southern fried chicken was inedible. Hard as a rock. Flavorless. Swimming in oily gravy. Disgusting. Our server did not check in on us even once!! My husband ordered the New York at $38. A skinny cut of cheap meat, overcooked. In no way a $38 steak. Again, it was ordered medium rare and arrived well done, but not one person asked how our meal was

4) our server schlepped around completely unenthusiastic - no specials, no friendliness, no caring. We were completely done for ages and someone else finally cleared our plates

The patio is beautiful and shaded. This is entirely an issue with food quality, ownership and service. We both agreed that if this was our first time visiting we would not be returning.

  • Visited July 2013
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