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Boo's Bistro And Wine Bar

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Hamilton, ON  L8P 3A2

(905) 296-7598

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4 star rating
Awesome food
July 14, 2014

A friend and I had heard many good things about Boos and decided to have lunch here one day. The ambience is nice and the service is good. Coming from Australia, we were both craving lamb and decided to try the rack of lamb. My goodness, it was one of the best racks I had ever had. Even my friend... more

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4 star rating
Omg
July 13, 2014

The food here is so delicious I couldn't stop licking the plates.
We had Wagjag coupons but couldn't use them as they are not redeemable on the weekend, so by the time we found out, we were seated anyway so we had to stay.
We had the Cuban chicken skewers, the curry chicken and the breast of duck with a... more

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4 star rating
Incredible
July 06, 2014

I came to this restaurant because a friend of mine is friends with one of the chefs. All she could do is rave about the food, So I took a chance.
I was not disappointed! I had the mussels in an apple and bacon sauce, so good I could have licked the plate clean! (I tried as good as I... more

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4 star rating
Another Wonderful Meal at Boo's Bistro
June 25, 2014

My husband and I dined at Boo's tonight. Being a Wednesday night it wasn't as crowded as usual which I guess was good for us. Service was excellent but we never felt rushed.
My husband fancied the mussels from the listing of house specials, so he also ordered the Mango and Stilton Salad (Bibb lettuce, sliced mango, White Stilton, crystallized... more

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4 star rating
One of my favourite Restaurants
June 24, 2014

I have taken my mom and family to this restaurant and have enjoyed it every single time. My favourite dish is the tornado steak with peper corn wine reduction. I love the vegetable and how they are prepared. I always make a point of going to this particular restaurant for family celebrations or just when I have a craving for... more

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4 star rating
A disappointing dining experience
May 27, 2014

It is with regret that I write the following review of this restaurant where, a couple of month's ago, we enjoyed a very good meal. Because our first experience was so positive, we decided to bring two friends to Boos with the knowledge that our treat would be well received. Alas, the opposite occurred.
The tiger shrimp appetizer was served... more

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4 star rating
Poor experience
May 26, 2014

I rarely write a negative review about anyplace that my wife and I go. But tonight the experience we had at this restaurant was so bad I need to tell people about it. We walked into the restaurant an we should have turned right around and left. It was so hot an muggy we started sweating as soon as we... more

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4 star rating
April 30, 2014

Charming find in downtown Hamilton! This was recommended to me by the Crowne Plaza & is my favorite restaurant I have tried in Hamilton so far.

Great menu, very knowledgable and enthusiastic staff, nice wine list. I tried the Mee Siam and it was delicious! Very flavourful. The cheese plate was also very good - interesting selection of cheeses.

I will definitely come back!

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4 star rating
April 11, 2014

Best place to eat in the city. Really tough to find high quality places with great people. Disappointed so many times by many places but finally found our favourite place in the city

Often we do not order an entree and order all the appetizers and then pair a wine with each

Great sport

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4 star rating
10/10
February 15, 2014

funky little restaurant. Everything ordered was superb. Staff very attentive but gave you lots of space and time between courses. From the crab cakes and scallop appetizers to the chicken and lamb mains to the cheesecake and creme bruelee desserts everything was delicious. Would go back in and heartbeat.....and we will be soon!!

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4 star rating
Try the beef tenderloin
December 29, 2013

Best beef tenderloin I have eaten anywhere-cooked to perfection and didn't need a knife. My husband ordered the roasted squash soup (delicious with some nice heat) and the halibut for his entree. While his portion was not huge (unlike his appetite) mine was the perfect amount. Parking on a Sunday night was not a problem and the restaurant was full.... more

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4 star rating
Ten Out of Ten
December 04, 2013

Four of us had dinner here after work. We all ordered something different and we all enjoyed our meals very much. The hostess was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient and made helpful recommendations. The winelist was very good offering a wide selction and all price ranges. The hostess (whose name I am very sorry that I can't remember but it... more

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4 star rating
Disappointed
November 25, 2013

Im not sure how this restaurant can possibly be ranked so high of all in Hamilton. Went there with a group of friends just recently. The service for drinks was incredibly slow. Our waitress was pleasant enough but the whole bistro was understaffed. When I asked her how she finds the special chicken supreme she replied "I dont know I... more

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4 star rating
Rude Hostess
November 08, 2013

Went in to Boo's with my mother and cousin after having read online that they offered Creme Brulee at the restaurant. I live in Toronto and my cousin was visiting from Boston. We had just come back from Niagara falls and were going to be heading back to Toronto later that night, but decided to stop by Boo's. We had... more

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4 star rating
Small portions...large prices
October 19, 2013

Went here for dinner with friends. We had heard so much about this restaurant that we couldn't wait to go. Before going my husband and I had checked out their menu on the their website. Well, it couldn't have been more different. When we asked the waitress she informed us that it had been a very long time since the... more

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4 star rating
We tried to have dinner, but
September 28, 2013

There were four of us in our group, and we made our reservations for 5:30, but were told that we were being squeezed in and had to be out by 7:00. Fair enough, thanks for squeezing us in. We went to the restaurant, and we had a fantastic table. Kudos. The menus came, and they were just 8 1/2 x... more

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4 star rating
A Great Meal, Good Service but a bit too noisy for easy conversation
September 27, 2013

It's been a bit over a year since I reviewed Boo's Bistro in downtown Hamilton. I'm still a big fan of the food but continue to feel that conversation is difficult even when the room isn't crowded. It would be nice if they could do something about that as then it would be pretty near perfect!
My husband wasn't enthusiastic... more

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4 star rating
What a Great Find
September 19, 2013

Went to Boos as a second choice because our first choice was closed on Tuesday, but Boos will be the first choice from now on. Downtown Hamilton has a couple of well known high end restaurants which I have been going to off and on for a couple years, but their food does not compare now that I've tried Boos.... more

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4 star rating
Outstanding Meal
August 27, 2013

Scallops as an appetizer. Ancho beef for the main. Creme brulee for desert.
All in the food here was delicious and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants to try something just a little cut above in Hamilton. We loved the creme brulee so much we came back the next week just for coffee and desert.

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4 star rating
Amazing Food
August 24, 2013

Went with a group of friends, one of whom highly recommended this restaurant. We were not disappointed. Each of us had a different dish and all of us were impressed with the food. I had the rack of lamb, which was served with a light curry sauce on a bed on lentils. It melted in your mouth, was simply delicious.... more

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4 star rating
Boo's food is amazing
August 18, 2013

Been to Boo’s a few times for lunch and always enjoyed the food. Recently, went for dinner. Had the seared scallops to start. Superb. My main was a delicate lightly breaded halibut portion in a coconut curry sauce served with naan bread. My husband had the beef tenderloin - cooked perfectly and served with shoe string frites. (Boo’s steak outshines... more

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4 star rating
A nice little bistro
August 11, 2013

4 of us recently went to Boo's Bistro in downtown Hamilton and enjoyed it very much. The service was friendly and professional, the menu was eclectic and the food was quite good and reasonably priced. I especially enjoyed the European ambiance and would go back again for either lunch or dinner.

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4 star rating
A fine dining treat
August 07, 2013

I don't usually equate Hamilton with fine dining, but my son arranged dinner for our small family group recently, and I was surprisingly impressed! Boo's is not much to look at, but the meal was exceptional. I had a crab cake appetizer with a glorious zesty red onion marmalade. At $15 it wasn't cheap, but well worth it. For main... more

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4 star rating
Great lunch in Hamilton
July 31, 2013

Spent the morning in Hamilton so stopped by with my wife for a quick lunch bite at Boo's. Service was pleasant, quick and professional. Food was wonderful. I decided on vegetarian (not my usual choice) and was extremely pleased with my pasta. Nice, but brief, wine-by-the-glass list. The place has also been recently renovated.
Overall excellent and will return.

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4 star rating
It's where I bring folks I want to impress with Hamilton
July 15, 2013

Tragically, I was only introduced to this place just before I moved away from Hamilton - had I known about it earlier, I would have spent a *lot* of my time here.
The food was fantastic - just don't expect the same menu all the time. I think the chef likes to experiment and so the menu seems to be... more

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4 star rating
Great meal, great service
July 14, 2013

Had a really great meal there a couple of weeks ago.
The food was great, not a big menu, but you can find something for sure.
Wine choices are not bad, they are able to make good suggestions.
Make a reservation if you are going for dinner!

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4 star rating
Fantastic food
July 13, 2013

We came to Boo's with the expectation of good food and were not disappointed. The decor of the bistro is quite plain, but we were there for a food experience. From the pear, walnut and Gorgonzola cheese salad to the crab ravioli and Cajun halibut that we had as our main courses, the flea ours and presentation were excellent. My... more

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4 star rating
Just lovely
July 09, 2013

Finally decided to visit Boo's after hearing good things from many people. We (2) sat down at about 7:30 to a full restaurant and only one waiter on the floor! Much to our surprise, he did a wonderful job and gave us good service. Crispy scallops were wonderful, and the lamb and tenderloin mains were both grilled very well. Aside... more

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4 star rating
It's a Boo boo - don't bother
July 03, 2013

Booked a table on a chilly night and got some chilly service.
3 of us ordered 3 different mains -just one Appetizer, the battered scallops were burnt on the outside and bouncy hard - sweet sauce drizzled over them did not enhance the flavour.
Mains were small, and all 3 were sweet!
- veggies were wet and wilty lacking in... more

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4 star rating
Nice atmosphere with great food
June 17, 2013

We had a delicious dinner here the other night. It is a bit of a surprise in downtown Hamilton. The decor is comfortable and trendy. The menu is creative and with just the right amount of choices. We were a party of 8 and were served with professionalism and friendliness. All our meals came out in a timely manner and... more

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4 star rating
Must try
June 09, 2013

I was in town for a visit with my daughter, She lives and works close to Boo's. She has been in many times for lunch as it is a favourite with some of her collegues. She had never been in for dinner until she took me. We had a wonderful dinner complete with wine and special coffee...oh and dessert too!... more

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4 star rating
If you haven't been, get there
June 05, 2013

There is nothing average about this place. I have eaten at some pretty upscale outstanding restaurants in my life, and this blows a lot of them out of the water. Keep in mind, its a small spot and not a lot of tables so there is no reason to ver staff, and yes they are busy (who opens a business... more

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4 star rating
Expensive but worth every penny
May 11, 2013

Thai beef salad was an exquisite appetizer followed by supreme chicken, which was also outstanding. All four in our party thoroughly enjoyed our meals and would go back in a minute. Highly recommended.

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4 star rating
May 08, 2013

Great meal for a reasonable price

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4 star rating
Lots Of Attitude Without The Substance
April 27, 2013

We had a reservation for a table for four. We arrived (on time) and the woman there had given our table to another group - not an apology for this. The appetizers were the best part of the meal and they were average. The entrees were small , the plate was filled with greasy fries along with a tiny piece... more

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4 star rating
I'd go back but
April 19, 2013

I like the menu but found they need to follow through further with what they promise to deliver.
Started with the scallops with wasabi mayo and ponzu sauce. The wasabi was barely hinted at; the ponzu but a little dribble. Come on! Don't be shy! Coulda been great but instead underwhelmed.
Next up was the char feature. Sounded delicious and... more

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4 star rating
Hidden Gem in Downtown Hamilton
April 17, 2013

My wife and I just happened to come across this place while on an appointment in the area. We had seen the name mentioned in a local paper and figured while in the area to give it a try. The menu is quite simple and straight forward and the wine list is quite eclectic for a small bistro.
The server... more

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4 star rating
March 22, 2013

Great spot. Very tasty food, not inexpensive, but very good quality. Nice background music, but you can still talk. Try it out!

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4 star rating
mouth watering steak
February 20, 2013

My Boyfriend and I started going here about a year and a half ago. The first time we went I got the spicy Ancho Beef tenderloin $31 it is absolutely the best steak I have ever had and I am not a big fan of spicy dishes but the sauce was amazing. We both get this dish every time we... more

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4 star rating
Small but Mighty
December 10, 2012

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Hamilton. The restaurant is very small so make sure you have a reservation. The ambiance is romantic and inviting. The choices are exotic but not strange so you get the basics with a twist. The portion sizes are good and for the quality and service the prices are excellent. The menu changes... more

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4 star rating
Great place
October 13, 2012

The menu is very interesting, the chef is experimental with flavours....great food overall, I've enjoyed trying new things at this restaurant! A cozy atmosphere, to relax and enjoy an evening out.

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4 star rating
Bad food, good service
August 23, 2012

After several recommendations, we went to Boos Bistro for my birthday. We ordered the crab cakes and they took 45 minutes to arrive despite the fact that we were one of two tables occupying the restaurant. The ribs we ordered were bone dry, the filet minon was ok, but the plate was covered with french fries....no vegetables Not what I'd... more

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4 star rating
Excellent Food but very noisy
June 30, 2012

We are so happy to have found Boo's Bistro! My only complaint is that it was a bit too noisy for easy conversation. The food, however, was glorious. My husband had the lamb and I had one of the specials that day which was pickerel. Both were delicious and came with very nicely prepared vegetables. With a glass of Malbec... more

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4 star rating
creative chef
June 14, 2012

there are some great dishes here, some great daily specials and Boo has a knack for being really creative and taking great care. But be careful about buying any wagjag coupons as they seem to just cut the portions down to take into account the coupon...as in a scallop appetizer consisting of 2 scallops for about ten bucks...wtf?

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4 star rating
Good Food, Bad Service
June 11, 2012

I had dinner at thisrestaurant in March 2012. Reservations were made nearly two weeks prior for 7 p.m. I was looking forward to a relaxed evening with some friends that were visiting from out of town. I had been to Boo’s several times previously as I live in the area and have always enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service.
This... more

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4 star rating
Changed our mind about going back
June 09, 2012

First off, I must admit that we did not have a reservation. The waitress made us feel that she could just get us in, even though the restaurant was empty save for a party of 6. The food was quite good. I had the ancho tenderloin, which was excellent, and my husband had the lamb. The service up to this... more

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4 star rating
Wow all around
May 26, 2012

We simply avoid going down to "downtown" after work hours, but friends brought us here and we were all very surprised. The service, food, wine list and recommendations were all bang on. Staff were genuine and concerned about their restaurant. If you go, you will be pleasantly surprised. We'll be back.

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4 star rating
Amazing food, service and ambience
May 05, 2012

Four of us went to Boos for dinner on a Saturday. We ordered Ceasar salad, Mango salad, crab cakes, calamari , ancho beef, gorgonzola beef and two thai beef salads as a main. The food was absolutely wonderful and carefully executed!! Our waitress who was also Boo's sister-in-law was superb! She was extremely knowledgable and friendly! One of the best... more

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4 star rating
fantastic global cuisine in a relaxed upscale setting
April 22, 2012

we live just down the street from Boo's ... I meet friends for lunch their frequently ... Boo is originally from Singapore and he creates original, amazing tastes ... blends different foods and comes with really tasty dishes ... the atmosphere is comfortable without being "fine dining" in that people come in for a business lunch or in casual wear... more

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4 star rating
Always excellent
February 19, 2012

Another return visit. A Friday evening and it was packed which is definitely attributale to the great food. We tried the deep fried scallops as an appetizer which were lovely, so quickly fried not a trace of oil, and melt in your mouth. Cooked perfectly! We enjoyed Boo's specialty Spicy Beef Ancho, a generous tenderloin with a lovely ancho sauce... more

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4 star rating
January 24, 2012

I wish I could give this place 0 stars!
Let's start with the entrance. There is a vestibule- the first door pushes out and the next door pulls in. So you kinda get cramped in before entering the semi- basement. We noticed there were some cracked tiles and the furnishings were cheap and dark. We decided to start with the appetizer. We had crab cakes. Two cakes the size of a loonie. They were... more

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4 star rating
Good Bistro
January 21, 2012

My wife and I had a good meal at Boo's Bistro. The overall taste of our entrées (Gorgonzola steak and ancho tenderloin) was good but the quality of the meat wasn't worth the price. The service was friendly and very efficient. After reading the other reviews I was expecting a slightly better experience but there was nothing bad about this... more

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4 star rating
Best finer dining in Hamilton
January 19, 2012

The menu is varied. While not what I would call a traditional ceasar salad - it was one of the best I have ever tasted, you can tell that freshness and attention to what is served is happening in the kitchen. The tables are a bit too close together and the place does get a bit noisy when full of... more

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4 star rating
Great atmosphere, Superb friendly service and mouth watering food makes for a good time
January 10, 2012

We first went to Boo's after seeing a coupon for it on Wagjag. 4 of us went and we were all raving for the food. The sauces are incredible and every single time since we've had different waiters and they have all been fantastic.
I moved to Hamilton a few years ago from Toronto and this has to be our... more

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4 star rating
This Boo won't frighten you
October 29, 2011

We went with friends for dinner in September and all of us enjoyed our meals. Boo has great creativity in his cooking, lots of interesting taste combinations. The setting is nice and tasteful, attentive knowledgable servers, great food. It is not a very big restaurant so reservations are a good idea. Would recommend.

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4 star rating
May 22, 2011

James Street South is lucky to have this little gem. We've had just about everything on the menu, and its very well rounded. There's a great wine selection and the atmosphere is unique and romantic. The staff is very warm and genuine, just the right amount of interaction. This is a perfect place for a first date if you're looking to impress. Try the Spicy Ancho beef.

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4 star rating
October 19, 2009

Sort of an asian fusion type place in a way. Went her for a staff luncheon, and was happy with the food. It was a set menu which blows, due to the lack of choices. I had the sesame beef and mango stilton salad along with creme brulee to finish. Very quaint, and intimate place with good quality food. Hard to find kind of, but no complaints.

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4 star rating
August 30, 2008

I think its a bit over rated. The food looks good and is well presented, but the sauces themselves are from a bottle. Hardly the stuff of "real" chefs

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4 star rating
February 19, 2008

food was amazing service wasn't pleasing I felt rushed to get out and the place had everyone cramped in like sardines.

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4 star rating
February 18, 2008

food was great prepared to just the way we asked, the staff were well prepared for serving and recommending food from the menu. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone

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August 17, 2013

Boo's Bistro & Wine Bar offers these services: restaurant.

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