We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

East Side Mario's

$$ - $$$
Italian, Canadian
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1389 Upper James St, Hamilton, Ontario L9K1B2, Canada
+1 905-574-3890
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 68: English reviews
Level Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We always have great service and food at this restaurant. My grandsons love this place. It is always very busy

Thank Brian A
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I personally love this restaurant. I normally go for the italian wedding soup and all you can eat pasta. Usually i get full just off the all you can eat soup and bread. My family each gas there favourites to. We usually go here for special occassions like burthdays

Thank Johnnie1972
Level Contributor
59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were here for dinner, 4 adults & 1 child. My Canadian pizza was OK, but nothing to rave about. My wife's Basa fish was excellent, but the accompanying side of mixed vegetables was almost inedible due to excess salt. The other couple were also not impressed with their dishes. Our waitress was terrible and inattentive. My wife brought the... More 

Thank schmidklaus
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Horrible service. Called 20 minutes before arrival for wedding soup to go. Sat at the bar for half an hour and was basically ignored.

Thank Britney A
Level Contributor
65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Had dinner after our golf game Service was very good . Didn't have to wait for the service or our dinner. Our waitress brought out our bread just after we ordered our food. I had the linguine chicken amatriciana and it was delicious. Would definitely recommend this.

Thank HipHop2008
Mount Hope, Canada
Level Contributor
61 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This was the second time trying this location, both times had to wait far too long at the front entrance before anyone came to welcome us. There are 2 armchairs in the entrance that a Thrift Store would not even want, ripped and dirty. We were seated at a booth with cracked upholstery, the window beside was filthy with spider... More 

Thank Arleen H
Hamilton, Canada
Level Contributor
75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived for lunch and sat at the last booth in the bar area because it is quieter than in the main dining room. We have been doing this off and on for years and each time I think to myself that it really needs renovations. Two years ago I heard it was closing to do just that. It didn't... More 

Thank Kim K
Hamilton, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We used to eat here all the time as teenagers. Then they changed the menu and it was never the same. We thought we would give it another try now that's it been many years later and brought the kids and have to say its our new favorite restaurant to go on Sundays. Kids eat free and the food has... More 

Thank momof2fromhamilton
North America
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I went out to eat ESM (East Side Mario's) for the first time for my year and a half of dating. Yes I still do these mini monthly anniversaries with my boyfriend. Anyways, I open door, they were kind of sticky. Alright I let that slide but when I walked in, the place was a bit dark. It kind of... More 

Thank Jenn_Tu
Niagara Falls,
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have fond memories of they way East Side Mario's used to be but that's all they are, memories. From the frozen chicken tenders, yes they are frozen then cooked, gone are the days of fresh hand battered, to the watered down minestrone to the rubbery pasta that my eats everything child wouldn't touch. This is one place I will... More 

Thank 80tanyag

Travellers who viewed East Side Mario's also viewed

Binbrook, Hamilton
Dundas, Hamilton

Been to East Side Mario's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1389 Upper James St, Hamilton, Ontario L9K1B2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 905-574-3890
Hey Budda Boom Budda Bing! We are the Home of All-You-Can-Eat soup or salad and garlic home loaf and offer delicious Italian meals at great value. At East Side Mario’s your family is our family and we are committed to deliver Amore in everything we do!

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from East Side Mario's staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?