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“Sarcoa has love atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sarcoa

Sarcoa
Ranked #230 of 1,216 Restaurants in Hamilton
Price range: $7 - $29
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Welcome to Sarcoa, Hamilton's premiere waterfront dining experience and events centre. Using fresh local ingredients, our chef's make everything possible in-house. Our goal is to provide you with gourmet comfort food in a warm, contemporary setting. Our 350 seat Waterfront Patio is the jewel of Hamilton. This year on the Waterfront Patio, we no longer be utilize an outdoor kitchen with a separate menu. Instead, the area behind the outdoor stage is now a self-service lounge area. This lounge space is for enjoying drinks and waterfront views. We kindly ask you grab your own drinks at the outdoor bar, and take them back to enjoy the lounge. If you are interested in joining us for lunch or dinner, you will need to make a reservation in advance, and will then be seated in a designated area with service: the interior of Sarcoa, Sarcoa's Upper Patio, or at a glass table in front of the patio stage. We understand the concept of our patio is a little different; however, because our chefs strive to serve the highest quality of freshly made menu items, in doing so, we must compromise with the ability to only serve a limited amount of guests at one time at a slightly slower pace. We kindly ask for your cooperation and understanding in regards to the way we orchestrate our patio. Our goal is to give you and your family and friends a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy well-crafted food on the best patio in Hamilton. We hope to see you out there soon! Cheers, Management
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Sarcoa has love atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Coffee was good, Sandwich was good but seemed a little pricey. Very windy day but we liked being outside. Staff was new and just learning the ropes but trying hard. will come back.

Visited September 2012
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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“A very pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We live very close to Sarcoa and have been looking forward to enjoying a great restaurant/bar close to home with the best views around. We had dinner for four tonight and had a great experience. Our server (Brian?) was spectacular and the manager manager Maryanne was amazing. The food was so great--we began with a roasted beet salad--a lovely portion with an interesting dressing; two of us enjoyed delicious large seared scallops, we enjoyed seared trout with a lovely sauce on the side and the steak was perfectly prepared. Overall, we had a great evening and will be telling others about this restaurant. The live music with a grand piano and a guitarist is a wonderful addition.
Looking forward to you success this spring/summer! We hope you realize that you have the best visual location in Ontario!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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“A great evening at Sarcoa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

My wife and I visited this restaurant for the first time for dinner on a Friday night in March. The waterfront location is beautiful and the atmosphere in the restaurant is exactly what we were looking for; very relaxing, somewhat quiet with live entertainment at the piano beginning at 8:30 or so. The only comment I have against the place is that there is no place to hang your coat.

The menu is limited with 8 or 9 mains but has something for everyone. The chicken and waffle was quite extraordinary as was the beet salad. All of the food courses were very well prepared, we enjoyed everything we ordered. This isn't a complaint but we thought some of the portions were a little larger than needed. The chef is quite particular with his presentation; there is no bread served nor is there salt and pepper on the table - it is available should you want it.

I've read about service issues but we didn't experience any of them on this visit. Jose was our server and he was very good; always there when you needed him without being intrusive. The staff also seemed to work pretty well as a team to take drink orders and present the wine.

It is somewhat expensive but we thought the price was about right when to compared to other restaurants, our only complaint here is the wine list. The wine list is extensive but there are very few bottles under $50 (3 or 4).

One last comment on ambiance; it seems to be best suited for groups rather than couples, the lighting, although beautiful, is a little brighter than I would have chosen. Before dinner our waiter took us for a tour of a new section of the restaurant to open in May, it's called Pier. This is a much smaller room with a fireplace that appears to be more intimate. Our waiter said they plan to serve meals with wine pairings. We will definitely try this when it opens.

  • Visited March 2013
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Burlington, Canada
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“A nice place on the waterfront in Hamilton? Who knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

I was born and raised in Hamilton, and I have to say finding more upscale places to eat isn't IMPOSSIBLE, but I have to say this should be a welcome addition to dining in town. Right on the bayfront, the view is really tranquil, and I would imagine it will be even more lovely in the summertime. The bathrooms are nicely appointed. I was there for lunch, and the menu was not large, but there was something for everyone on it. We split a beet salad and ordered the sea scallops (both excellent). The wine list was varied, but I thought a little pricey. That's just a trifle. It was an excellent dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
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“Good food, beautiful place, nice service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

We have been several times at Sarcoa. Fine dining or just getting there after a long walk in an Saturday afternoon, or meeting friends in a nice sunny day. No disappointments so far. From frugal to elaborate dishes they served us in this beautiful location by the harbor. The service is precise and accommodating.

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