There’s more local breakfast and brunch places than you can count in Hamilton so narrowing them down to a “best of” list is a daunting task, but we’re confident that you’ll be happy with our picks. From breakfast sandwiches and eggs benny, to pancakes and home fries — we got you covered.
Here’s our 2018 list for Hamilton’s 10 best LOCAL spots for breakfast and brunch.
Kicking off our list is a long-standing Hamilton favourite. The Harbour Diner is known for their hearty, classic breakfast options and welcoming home feel.
Walking into the Harbour Diner feels walking into your favourite eccentric Aunt’s house. Chairs and tables are mismatched, there’s funky wallpaper that’s much older than you are, and there’s an assortment of knickknacks that tell a lifetime of stories. Among the eclectic bits and bobs, there’s a sense of familiarity. Just like your favourite Aunt, this restaurant has character and an aesthetic unlike anything else.
The breakfast, served weekdays until 11 am and weekends until 2 pm, is classically delicious. They serve up all the favourites — bacon and eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, and eggs benedict. If you’re looking for a breakfast that’s going to keep you full all morning and power you through your day, visit the Harbour Diner.
Nique, known for their killer cocktails and adventurous menu items, make a fantastic brunch. Like their lunch and dinner menus, Nique’s brunch features items from Canada’s cultural mosaic. Serving both the familiar and unfamiliar, Nique is sure to win you over with their taste and presentation.
Nique’s interior is industrial chic, repurposing old items and breathing new life into them. Old tin containers are now used as light fixtures, old wood and wrought iron have been turned into tables and chairs, and wooden pallets are used as décor. Custom art hangs from the walls, and the kitchen is completely open for all to see.
The brunch menu offers both classic dishes and some that many may be unfamiliar with. Between your classic eggs benedict and brunch burgers, Shakshoukah and Huevos Tostones are listed as well. Nique celebrates Canada’s wide cultural influences, including the many delicious breakfast items from around the world.
If you’re looking for a hip place to try something new, Nique’s brunch is definitely worth a try.
Looking for a great brunch spot to bring the whole family? Breezy Corners is the place for you. This diner-inspired, family-run restaurant has a little bit of something for all ages and appetites.
The restaurant’s colour palette is orange and grey with wood and chrome accents. There’s plenty of space to accommodate guests, with a multitude of tables and booths to choose from. All booths have tabletop jukeboxes — a nod to their diner inspiration.
Everything served at the restaurant focuses on flavor and freshness. All of their soups, stocks, sauces, and batters are made in-house and from scratch. You can rest, and eat, assured that Breezy Corners is not serving anything processed.
Breezy Corners offers a wide variety of breakfast favourites. Omelettes, pancakes, bacon and eggs, breakfast sandwiches… you name it, they serve it. If you have a sweet tooth, I suggest keeping an eye out for their French toast and pancake specials. With flavours like strawberry cheesecake, pina colada, and s’mores, they are all uniquely delicious.
The Beverly on Locke takes your classic brunch experience and flips it on its head — you won’t find your basic bacon and eggs here. The Beverly’s menu approaches old favourites in new ways, giving you a brunch you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is warm and inviting — wood flooring and brick walls allow for The Beverly’s charm to shine through. The décor is homey yet stylish, keeping the dining room cozy and modern.
The chefs have made small yet delicious tweaks to your breakfast favourites, elevating them to an entirely new level. They do make French toast, steak and eggs, and eggs benedict, but The Beverly makes sure to give these items style, flair, and a multicultural influence.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flavours of a home cooked breakfast at Gage Park Diner. This restaurant prides itself in offering their customers no fuss, wholesome meals at an excellent price.
Gage Park Diner’s interior is beautiful, bright, and diner-inspired. The walls, curtains, and chairs are all a gorgeous shade of robin’s egg blue, setting a nice contrast to the building’s wood paneling. The tables and chairs have the 1950s diner aesthetic, featuring the classic vinyl upholstery and chrome accents.
Their all-day breakfast menu features a wonderful selection, including both gluten-free and vegetarian options. Some of the classic breakfast options include 3-egg omelettes, hashes, pancakes, waffles, and bacon and eggs. If anyone in your group is vegan, Gage Park Diner provides vegan options for both the pancakes and the hashes.
Brunch at Gage Park Diner is one of the most delicious and relaxing experiences. If you love the taste of a classic, home-cooked breakfast, make sure to give this restaurant a try.
On Saturdays, Sundays, and the occasional holiday, The French serves up a gorgeous brunch menu that is bound to impress. As a cosmopolitan style restaurant with a focus on French cuisine, this restaurant offers a mix of both Canadian and worldly cuisine.
The French’s atmosphere is incredibly modern, featuring white subway tile, dark wood furniture, and occasional marble accents. Pops of colour are seen all around the restaurant. The French’s overall charm comes from keeping the original architectural elements of the building it resides in.
The brunch menu offers both breakfast and lunch options. The breakfast side contains classics such as eggs benedict, omelettes, and crepes, but also introduces new, more uncommon items like duck waffles and pain perdu. Lunch items include croque monsieur, le turkey club, and a lamb burger.
This restaurant makes for not only an excellent brunch spot, but a perfect place to go on a date.
Motel serves the kind of brunch that dreams are made of. Whimsical, decadent, and delicious, Motel allows their patrons to explore their culinary guilty pleasures.
Vintage meets modern inside Motel’s interior. The atmosphere is that of a reimagined old motel; neon signs, rotary phones, free matchbooks, and pastels galore. Motel is painted top to bottom, with millennial pink walls and teal floors. The fixtures are wood, gold, and white, adding a beautiful contrast to the pastel colour scheme.
Motel’s brunch menu is both playful and indulgent — it’s recommended you bring your sweet tooth. All items have an air of luxury, whether they contain rich ingredients or are covered in edible gold flakes. Everything is designed to wow you, from their flavour to their visual presentation. P.S. their champagne pancakes are worth the hype.
Keeping things farm-fresh and locally grown, Papa Leo’s serves up the best brunch on the Hamilton Mountain. The small Concession Street restauraunt combines the idea of a local diner and gastro fair, creating a delicious and varied menu.
The atmosphere inside Papa Leo’s is cozy, implementing a warm, neutral colour palate. Artwork that is uniquely Hamilton lines the walls, including prints from the Jelly Brothers and work by Amanda McIntyre. With individual and communal tables, you have the option of dining privately or getting to know other locals over breakfast.
Their menu boasts both breakfast classics and new, adventurous dishes. You can never go wrong with their pancakes, breakfast sandwich, or their omelettes. If you’re looking for something new yet familiar, try their all day biscuits or crab cake benny. Whatever you order at Papa Leo’s, it’s bound to be delicious.
For being such a small space, something big is happening inside the walls of Saint James Eatery. With an ever-changing menu, the chefs are constantly bringing something new to the table. Keep your eye on Saint James Eatery because they set the bar incredibly high.
Although small in size, Saint James Eatery uses every aspect of their restaurant space to their advantage. Large windows allow for bright, natural sunlight and a clear view of James Street North. Each nook and cranny of the space is used, allowing for the most guests possible without it feeling overcrowded. Some tables are private two-seaters while others are communal — you can keep the conversation between just you and your party, or get to know the other patrons.
Since the ingredients are so fresh and locally sourced, some menu items only last as long as the season while others are available year-long. Bacon and eggs, avocado toast, and The Drive Thru breakfast sandwich are almost always available. Their short stack pancake flavour combinations change often to allow their chefs creativity.
If you love a delicious, fresh brunch that is locally sourced and crafted with love, Saint James Eatery is a must.
Coming in at number one is Aberdeen Tavern. Not only are they my favourite brunch spot in Hamilton, but also quite possibly my favourite restaurant in the whole city. Aberdeen Tavern does brunch like nobody else — their atmosphere, service, and menu is in a whole other class.
The atmosphere is the epitome of modern sophistication. It’s tavern chic, mixing dark woods with leather to create a cozy and inviting environment. The wall décor is showstopping with their antlers and old portrait paintings. Aberdeen Tavern’s interior is beautiful and always makes me feel a sort of comforting nostalgia whenever I visit.
The staff members are always incredibly polite and prompt. They’re always ready to answer questions, whether it’s about the menu or the history of the building. The customer service provided here is outstanding.
Aberdeen Tavern’s brunch menu offers both savoury and sweet items. They serve elevated classic items such as bacon and eggs, omelettes, and eggs benedict, but some of their most famous items are new takes on old classics. Their cheesecake stuffed French toast is a must try for any new patron, as well as their Mississippi benny.
When anybody asks me for brunch suggestions, I immediately answer Aberdeen Tavern. Between the atmosphere, the service, and the flavour, Aberdeen Tavern rightfully deserves the title of the best brunch in Hamilton.
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