Steak was amazing
Steak was amazing
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Steak was amazing
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
several visits.Always great service and food.Staff is very friendly.Parking out back
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.
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.
Although I am a frequent diner of many high end restaurants, rarely do I feel the need to take the time to place a review on a restaurant, but this place is well worth it. Immediately when my spouse and I entered the restaurant we were greeted by the owner. This place is owned by a husband and wife team and them and their wonderful wait staff were attentive, informative and very obliging. Despite the fact that they were also attending to a wedding party, they made sure we were well taken care of throughout the evening. At the end of the meal, when I was too full to finish, the owner wanted to make sure that I was happy with the food, which was wonderful to say the least. Now the food... of course bread was served which was a medley of homemade breads that were still warm from the oven. They made sure the bread kept coming too! For appetizer my spouse and I had soup, french onion for myself and seafood chowder for my partner. Both came out quickly and were full of flavour (which contradicts other reviews of this place). Our meals came out at an appropriate time, allowing us to enjoy our appetizer without feeling rushed which is sometimes the case. We both ordered prime rib which was delicious. Served with a medley of fresh veggies which included bok choy, parsnips, carrots and a pear shaped, breaded serving of mashed potatoes, the meal was very fresh and cooked to perfection. Not only is the food delicious, with large portion sizes, but it also affordable and does not possess the ostentatious character of other high end places. While the decor may leave something to the imagination, the great food and welcoming nature makes this place a wonderful restaurant to visit time and time again.
We came for a Christmas party and had a selection of a few different appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service was very poor, waited over 30 minutes for our drinks, and had to ask for them repeatedly. Got there around 6 and dessert hadn't even been served by 9:30, so we ended up leaving. Overall not very happy with the service, the food was OK but not great.
I have been to this restaurant 3 times now, can't wait to go back, To start with the owner goes above and beyond the call of duty, The food is fantastic, The presentation of the food is like no other I have ever seen, the potatoes and vegetables are to die for, everything is fresh, Unfortunately I never have room for any of the wonderful deserts. I have sent several people here and next week I am returning with another large group of friends, and last but not least the prices are more reasonable than anywhere else Ive been. Great Food, Great Service, who could ask for anymore. Thanks!
We were served by a lovely older woman -her service and manner was excellent. The setting was pleasant, but the overall decor seems outdated and dark. The restaurant has a 1980's feel to it. As does much of the menu have that same 1980’s feel. Small tip: Fresh pears by the door, or a big bouquet of fresh flowers, would be better choices than a stack of hollow, artificial pears. The roast beef was good. The seafood (in our pasta dishes) had a distinct ‘fishy odour’ that was off-putting. That alone is inexcusable and it made us decide that we probably wouldn't return to this restaurant. Seafood should have no odour. It should be smelled before purchase, and then, stored correctly before use. The sauce in the pasta was far too strongly flavoured with an herb, perhaps basil. It unpleasantly detracted from the other delicate flavours. The salads were mediocre, both in taste and in their presentation. Plain lettuce was used - no variety of interesting baby greens as is more common now in good restaurants. The calamari should have been crispy, but it was only partly hot and crispy. Most of it was a quite soggy (and quite cool) when we got it because the dressing had been mixed into it in the kitchen. We’d rather have added our own dressing at the table. It was like eating soggy French fries. The taste of the calamari was good. The yeast rolls and the tea biscuits were all of the white variety (we were surprised to see no whole grains) and all of them seemed VERY heavy in their inside texture. They were somewhat dry, too – almost as if they'd been previously frozen and reheated. Our desserts were wonderful (we all had the frozen lemon) and the coffee was excellent - far better than in most restaurants. The piece of chocolate was wonderful! It’s a place with SO MUCH potential, yet we all thought that it needs some serious rethinking and reworking, and perhaps, some chef/manager visits to other far more updated menus/cooking methods at other top-quality restaurants in The GTA.
The very best experience, have returned and will for many more
I was really surprised with the service and food here. The prices were good considering the portions. The friendly bantering of the owner at our table during dinner was fun but not obtrusive. He was always willing to answer any questions we may have had about anything on the menu. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and woulnd't hesitate to return. I will certainly recommend it to all our friends. Would have loved to try the desserts but was just too full.
This was my second visit to the Purple Pear and was as good as the first time. The presentation is absolutely wonderful and everyone was very happy with their meals. I had the Chicken Parmesan and Fettucine for the second time and it was every bit as tasty as the first time. One of my guests ordered the same and was also extremely happy with it. My other guest had the prime rib and was truly delighted with it. The service on this particular date was a little slow, however, the restaurant was extremely busy so it was understandable. I've already booked for next week and will introduce another guest to a wonderful dining experience. If I have any criticism at all, it would be that I would like to see a few plants scattered throughout the restaurant to provide just a little more privacy. It would definitely add to the dining experience.
I love this place! The entrees were excellent, and the prices very reasonable. Very nice atmosphere, and great service. The only room for improvement is the dessert menu. Did not live up to the entree....entrees were fabulous, dessert disappointing. The Apple Strudel wasnt heated through, so was warm at the edges but cold inside. That said, its a small complaint for the overall quality of the whole! Good going!
This is absolutely the BEST restaurant in the City. Victor and Debby are gracious hosts and the food is to die for. The best deal is the Valentine's special, which we keep coming back for. Choice of steak/primerib plus lobster, crab and all the trimings. Their vegetables are cooked to perfection and the presentation just makes you hungry. LOVE IT!