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Ventura's Signature Restaurant

178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
+1 905-777-8490
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
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“clams” (4 reviews)
“seafood” (10 reviews)
“beef” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, Portuguese, Mediterranean, European
$$ - $$$
178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

When we arrived there was only one table filled The restaurant is quite large and the ambience is lovely. We waited a few minutes until our friends arrived. There was only one server and the service was slow. The food was ok. Not the dinner...More

Thank Margaret D
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We had the Ventura seafood signature platter for two. It was excellent. It had mussels, scallops, crab legs, clams, and shrimp which was steamed and some were sautéed in garlic. We also had a chef salad before the platter, which was nice but not enough...More

Thank linda_tiacat
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We decided to try out this restaurant while we were at super crawl on the friday night. I had been meaning to try this restaurant for a while as it looks very nice as you walk past it. There were four of us and we...More

Thank ancastertravelle2016
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

I have eaten here about a dozen times and the food is consistently good. From the appetizers to dessert it is all fresh and tasty. The physical building is impressive. You can eat in the front window and watch the James Street crowds walk by...More

Thank BazRasty
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Traditional fish restaurant with a lot of fried fish and a good selection of traditional dishes. Service was good. Inside with a darker older style restaurant with a Portuguese/nautical flair.

Thank F1Q
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Had a late lunch here and would return for dinner sometime. Large and well decorated space. Food was good but not my favorite. Fish was good but too bony and therefore hard to eat.

Thank JudyandDave
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Mr. Ventura was warm, welcoming, and very helpful as we celebrated a birthday! Food was amazing-we shared everything-seafood, pork, cheese, calamari, soup-authentic Portuguese deliciousness! We will be back very soon-thank you Mr. Ventura!!!! The white port does take you to heaven and back!

Thank Tawnie1972
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Yet again the Ventura has not failed to impress us. From the staff to the owner, the treatment was delightful, I always seem to go to my favorite although other people with me have tried various meals and love them, I am stuck on the...More

Thank shirleymcmurray490
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times and it's always delicious. Very romantic as well. I would recommend the halibut or the beef a casa

Thank ShaneMW1
Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Have been here 4 times and the last three we have ordered the grilled calamari and Mr Ventura's seafood platter for 2. This is a fantastic platter if you LOVE seafood. It comes with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, scallops and jumbo prawns!!!! Some may...More

Thank BHendsbee
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton>  > Downtown Hamilton
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 905-777-8490
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