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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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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“clams” (3 reviews)
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Seafood, Portuguese, Mediterranean, European
$$ - $$$
178 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L1, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We went for dinner here and were very disappointed. The soup was very good and we had cod cakes as an appetizer. The cod cakes were pretty good. The main entree took almost an hour to arrive at the table. The server kept bringing us...More

Thank DawnCh
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Ventura may not be hip but thankfully there's also no hype here. You'll get a menu heavy on fish and seafood that reflects Portuguese cuisine, and it's delicious. (Though portions were too large for us.) The owner/host is charming, and attentive. Very reasonable wine prices....More

Thank bitofasnob
Reviewed 19 January 2016

My wife and I wandered in during a James St. stroll and we are thankful we did.It is very Portuguese.The seating in the back is cozy and it feels like you are dining with the captain in a 1800's sailing ship.We were lured in by...More

Thank Bud33eboy
Reviewed 10 December 2015

The owner, Virgilio is a complex individual. having worked in engineering, military and restaurant kitchens in Portugal and its colonies in Africa , he decided to open a pub in 1997 on James north. At the current location, albeit a smaller area. It occupied a...More

Thank DonEmilio2013
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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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