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tomg
1 Review
2012/05/24
  • Hidden Gem!!!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This is the first review I have ever done for anything!
    I could never take the time to make a profile and sign up just to write something. This restaurant deserves my time and my perfect review!
    If it wasn't for a friend telling us to try it out we would have never given this restaurant the time of day do to the part of Hamilton it is in. This restaurant really is a hidden gem. It is open only on certain days and closed all July August because the owner wants to spend time with his family. It gives me the impression that the owner owns this restaurant out of love for the business and not just for money. It's almost as if its a Hobbie of his. We went on a Wednesday evening around 7pm. The place wasnt busy which made the atmosphere cozy and uncommercialized. The decor was warm and quiet. We were greeted at the door by the owner and were seated promptly. We looked at a wine list and decided on a Merlot. The waiter said they didn't have that name of Merlot that was on the list any more but did have a different brand of Merlot. We were hesitant so what he did was poor us a half a glass so we could try. We tried it and loved it. He then opened a new bottle. We were very pleased with the service. We then ordered French onion soup which was amazing. French onion soup is my wife and I's favourite. We have ordered this soup at many different locations and were always disappointed. This was by far the best we have had. our main entry came out at a perfect time without feeling rushed to eat our appetizers. My steak was great and juicy needed a little more flavour but was still great. My wife's filet mignon was cooked perfectly. The vegetable medley was very tasteful with zucchini, crispy pear shaped mashed potatoes carrots, beats and crispy onion.
    I have found a new fine dinning place I can call home. I commend the owner on the hard work he has done.

  • Order: french onion soup, filet mignon, ny steak
 
Mishy
23 Reviews
2012/03/15
  • SUPERB!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This was a very nice experience - was recommended by the owner of a restaurant I frequent and it was better than advertised!

    Service was friendly and attentive and the food was prepared with care.

    I have to laugh though. I am a frequent reader of restaurant reviews and I am shocked at the number of people that get "food poisoning". People, please.

  • Order: steak & caesar salad
 
CaledoniaFoodie823
1 Review
2012/03/10
  • Food Poisioning
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • My Fiancé & I got food poisoning.We both had Cesar salads and the New York steak.The staff is very friendly and the restaurant is nice and cozy! It is clean and the service is good! However,we called the next day to let them know we had food poisoning and the gentleman said not in 18 years has that happened.That could be true BUT that is not how you handle a food poisoning problem! My fiancé was letting him know maybe they should figure out what went wrong and he was rude about it.I will never go back there,the steaks made us very very very sick :( we dined with another couple who did not eat the steak and they were fine,they said the food was alright! Also worth mentioning, my Fiancé found a hair in his salad!!!! Ewww so gross! Food poisoning and hair in food can happen anywhere,It happened to us there!

  • Order: Cesar salad,New York Steak
 
ShawnaA
3 Reviews
2012/02/25
  • Absolutely the BEST dining experience!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • I have been here many times. Always treated like family. They take such pride in their service as well as what they are serving. We've been with friends, family and sometimes just the two of us and its never disapointed. Homemade breads to die for!

  • Order: steak, lobster, spanikopita
 
StephanieS
2 Reviews
2011/11/01
  • Very nice!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • The Purple Pear is a very pleasant atmosphere. It is very welcoming and the live music they played the night I had dinner there with my family was very soothing during the delicious meal. I went with my parents and two sisters and we all enjoyed our meals. They were also very good with my sister, since she is allergic to nuts, peanuts, egg, shellfish, and beans. They were very good to her and prepared her food specially for her and safely. I would recommend this restaurant and I would go again!

  • Order: Parmesean
 
she
1 Review
2011/09/17
  • QUALITY
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • My best dining experience by far since coming to live in Canada.
    I had rack of lamb which was just super and my husband had a striploin steak which was thick and juicy.
    Not too many vegetables and a wonderful pear shaped mashed potatoe croquette.
    Every morsel of food was perfect.
    We will be back

  • Order: Striploin steak; rack of lamb,prolific proffiterolle
 
KarenE
5 Reviews
2011/02/20
  • 1st time at Purple Pear
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • My husband and I dined at the Purple Pear this evening for the first time. First impression was not great, We waited at the front door with multible employees passing us with no welcome and we had made a reservation. We were seated at our choice of tables and waited at least 10 minutes for a menu or drink order. However, our experience excelled from there. We had a couple of cocktails, and looked over the menu. Our server was also the owner, and he did a great job. We ordered a Caesar Salad and Seafood chowder to start. Both were delecious. We were dissapointed in the wine list, but our dinners made up for it. I ordered the filet medium rare and the quality of meat literally melted in my mouth. My husband ordered a rib steak and really enjoyed it. I saw the previous comments about outdated decor, and do not agree at all. I thought the restaurant looked classy and think there should be more restaurants in Hamilton that have the same feel. I look forward to entertain more friends at the Purple Pear!

  • Order: caesar salad, seafood chowder, 8 oz filet, rib steak
 
MungoJerry
12 Reviews
2011/02/05
  • Value is Off the Charts
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I've been to the Purple Pear many times over the years, and as far as I am concerned, the value is off the charts. Some of my particular favourites are the crab legs, mixed grill (special), liver steak. There are usually really excellent specials on offer. They always do something extra with the vegetables which elevates the meal above the average fine dining restaurant.
    I consider the Purple Pear to be one of Hamilton's real jewels.

  • Order: soup, salad, stuffed chicken, sea bass
 
SED
2 Reviews
2009/12/17
  • This was my first time at Purple Pear, after...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • This was my first time at Purple Pear, after hearing excellent comments from friends and colleagues. That being said, I was still pleasantly surprised and impressed with the quality and appearance of the food, I have paid quite a bit more for comparable value. The food was fresh, hot, and had attractive creative accents, a nice assortment of breads and the coffee was very good. The service was excellent, the proprietors, Victor and Debbie, were very professional and pleasant and it is lovely to patronize a private business where personal pride and service is so evident. There was ample and convenient close parking. The background music was appropriate for the season and at a good volume for conversation. I was in a larger party, during the busy Christmas season and am eager to return soon with my husband so that he can enjoy the experience.

  • Order: Antipasto, Assorted breads, Caesar salad, Chicken surpreme and a decadent chocolate dessert
 
Ali
3 Reviews
2009/10/18
  • With a large party of 14 people we were not...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • With a large party of 14 people we were not disappointed. Only one order came out wrong, and it was promptly replaced with a properly cooked steak. The veggies were all fresh and cooked perfectly. The presentation was beautiful. If you can get past the tacky decor, the food is well worth it. Good portions, and fairly priced.

  • Order: Shrimp cocktail, surf and turf, prime rib, steaks, salmon, pasta
 
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