The Phoenix Bar & Grill

1280 Main St. McMaster University, Hamilton ON L8S 4L8
$ Hamburger Recommended New

The Phoenix, a tradition at McMaster University since 1969. We're located in a beautiful Refectory building, overlooking Cootes Paradise. It's the perfect place to enjoy lunch on our woodland patio or relax with one of our 25 craft draught beers. Owned and Operated by the Graduate Students Association. All members of the community are welcome to enjoy the great food and large selection of beverages the Phoenix offers.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

We’re into parties of all sizes!
To help you plan your perfect gathering, we take online reservations for up to 12 guests. If you are coming along with more than 12 people for a meal,
please shoot us an email at [email protected]
We do accept patio table requests but cannot guarantee patio seating.
Reservations will be held for a maximum of 15 min, please call the restaurant if you need to make any last minute changes to a party.

Business Info

  • Address: 1280 Main St. McMaster University, Hamilton ON L8S 4L8
  • Cross Street: Cootes Paradise
  • Cuisine: American | Hamburger | Pasta | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Available
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner | Late |
  • Parking: Public Lot | Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24405
  • Features: Full Bar, Catering Services, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Healthy Options,
  • Occasion: Meet for a Drink, Quick Bite,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Monday 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday
Tuesday Hours 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday
All Day - Restaurant 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday
All Day - Restaurant 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
All Day - Restaurant 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed - Restaurant
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.69 out of 5 stars based on 219 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 12, 2022
Pat C.
Great food, great service! Strongly recommend the patio.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 04, 2022
Helena C.
Great service with a smile and friendly disposition! Thanks!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 23, 2022
Loretta R.
found the fries too greasy. otherwise good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Feb 12, 2022
Robyn S.
Excellent service and food!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 18, 2021
Jordan L.
I forgot the server's name but she was really nice. It was her 6th day there.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 07, 2021
Chad H.
Best beer selection. Very friendly and astute staff - humourous and respectful! Food is great, but a little pricey for a campus eatery. Love the patio - favourite in Hamilton!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 04, 2021
Christine C.
love this place and the food!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 03, 2021
Martin V.
We had a great time. Thanks! Waitress did forget to give us the grad student discount after I had asked for it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 17, 2021
Sean E.
Great food, awesome patio, good drinks. Server was great as well! Looking forward to going again.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Jun 24, 2021
Tim S.
Generally good food and faster service than when campus is fully open. Somewhat pricey compared to similar pub style food at other venues.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
Judith W.
awesome

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2020
Nathan C.
The phoenix patio is magical. The food is tasty pub food with portion size that is value for the dollar. The draft beer selection is second to none.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 09, 2020
Kim Y.
Great service, our waiter was on top of everything.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 06, 2020
Rose L.
I like the fact that the tables are spaced very far apart. I felt very safe and enjoyed my meal.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 15, 2020
Alan C.
Excellent food and service! We appreciated the recognition for the graduate. It's great that you've reopened.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 14, 2020
Susan H.
Great time and good service, veg nachos were not the best, only a small amount of topping and no sour cream only an extremely small tub of salsa

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 01, 2020
Christiane d.
Absolutely the most beautiful patio in Hamilton. Our server was very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. The food, we ate vegetarian, was good. Ratings of 10 in all categories

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 6/10
May 05, 2022
Rita C.
When we were seated, no one came to take our order. We saw two tables seated after ours and orders taken. We flagged down a staff member and she was sympathetic and took our order. She put in a rush as we had to be back for a meeting. The final rating has been modified to reflect this recovery.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 23, 2021
Joanne H.
Best patio in Hamilton! Menu is still somewhat limited as post-covid reopening takes place, but enough choices to make everyone happy. Great selection of draft beer.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 3/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 06, 2022
Kerri L.
it was unfortunate that the server wasn't able to focus on our table. Our meals were late, we ran out of water, we had to go to the front to pay our bills, we had to ask for containers for our meals. Once our meal order was placed she never returned, not once, until we had to start going to the front to pay. Sorry to provide this review, it's such a great place for a meal.. hope the service can be better next time we go.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 0/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 0/10
Value: 0/10
Jul 04, 2020
Ron M.
It wasn't open. You should prob stop taking reservations for the Pheonix until it reopens.