The Spice Lounge
181 Main St. East
Hamilton, ON
Celebrating 46 years in Hamilton!
  +1 905 528 0689
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Shakespeare's
 

About Us


While it's true Hamilton's best-known restaurant for fine dining is Shakespeare's Dining Lounge, how many people would know that it also serves ostrich filet mignon, buffalo steaks or wild boar?
When Chef Franco Putignano started his restaurant in 1969, it began as a steak house. But over the years, as the public's tastes changed, so did the menu. Now customers can order not only prime U.S. choice corn fed beef steaks, but also wild game such as caribou and venison.

Shakespeare's also provides an extensive selection of fish, including live lobster, fresh salmon, sea bass, trout, pickerel, red snapper and swordfish. The fish, just like everything else that is served, is personally selected each morning from Hamilton suppliers to ensure freshness.

Opening hours:

Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sun Closed

book your table:

We welcome walk-in guests. However, it is best to call in advance for a confirmed reservation +1 905-528-0689

Dinner
 

Dinner Menu

$ 28.95

Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Cocktail

$ 23.95

Avocado Pear

stuffed w/ crab & shrimp, topped w/ thousand island

$ 18.95

Fresh Bacon Wrapped Scallops

$ 14.95

Fried Calamari

$ 13.95

Shrimp Provencial

tomato sauce w/ white wine & garlic

$ 13.95

Smoked Salmon

w/ olice oil, lemon & spices

$ 13.95

Octopus

marinated w/ olive oil, lemon & spices

$ 11.95

Marinated Bismark Herring

w/ sour cream & lemon

$ 10.95

Escargots Bourguignonne

white wine, garlic, & spices

$ 11.95

Lobster Bisque

$ 10.95

French Onion (au gratin)

$ 7.50

Soup Du Jour

$ 6.50

Consomme au Sherry

$ 8.50

Chef

choice of dressing

$ 11.50

Iceberg

w/ blue cheese dressing

$ 10.95

Caesar

$ 10.95

Spinach

mushroom, bacon & onions w/ balsamic vinaigrette

$ 46.95

Filet Mignon (9.5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon

$ 39.95

Junior Filet Mignon (7.5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon

$ 31.95

Petit Filet Mignon (5.5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon.

$ 55.95

Thick New York Sirloin (16 oz.)

center cut

$ 45.95

Shakespeare's New York Sirloin (12 oz.)

center cut

$ 36.95

Junior New York Sirloin (9 oz.)

center cut

$ 51.95

Tender Ribeye (24 oz.)

bone-in

$ 31.95

Junior Ribeye (10 oz.)

$ 48.95

Steak au Poivre - New York Sirloin (12 oz.)

center cut

$ 39.95

Junior Steak au Poivre (9 oz.)

topped w/ black peppercorns, red win & cognac sauce

$ 44.95

King Henry VIII Cut Prime Rib (20 oz.)

bone-in

$ 34.95

Lady Macbeth Cut (12 oz.)

$ 48.95

Rack of Lamb

full rack

$ 33.95

Sir John Falstaff Pork Back Ribs

full rack

$ 26.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breasts

boneless, skinless

OSTRICH, VENISON, BUFFALO, WILD BOAR

market price

$ 9.50

Asparagus au Gratin

$ 7.50

Sauteed Mushrooms

$ 6.95

Onion Rings

Alaskan King Crab Legs(steamed)

market price

Lobster Tail (baked with wine & Lemon)

market price

$ 49.95

Dover Sole

amandine or meuniere

$ 47.95

Maritime Pleasure

king crab, scallops, shrimps, & calamari

$ 42.95

Tiger Shrimps Provencial

butter, white wine, garlic over rice

$ 42.95

Broiled Tiger Shrimps

w/ fresh garlic & lemon

$ 35.95

Swordfish

charbroiled w/ fresh garlic and lemon

$ 26.95

Filet of Salmon

baked w/ white wine & lemon

$ 26.95

Lemon Poached Salmon

choice of potato & vegetables served each order

$market price

Surf & Turf

5.5 oz. filet mignon w/ king crab or lobster tail

$ 50.95

Filet Mignon Neptune

7.5 oz. topped w/ crab & bernaise sauce

$ 49.95

Cordelia's Content

half rack of lamb w/ grilled shrimps

$ 49.95

Hamlet's Joy

5.5 oz. filet mignon w/ grilled shrimps

$ 36.95

Titania's Dream

broiled chicken breast w/ grilled shrimps

$ 29.95

Linguine Pescatora

scallop, shrimps, & calamari

$ 22.95

Rigatoni Primavera

tomato sauce

$ 18.95

Linguine Tomatoe Sauce

Monday To Friday Only

$ 44.95

Garlic Bread, Relish Tray

black olives. feta cheese. kosher dills

Apetizer (your choice)

French Onion Soup

Chef's Salad

Smoked Salmon

Entree (your choice)

Baked Filet of Salmon

Rib Steak (9 oz.)

Charbroiled Chicken Breast

Deserts (your choice)

Hot Apple Beignets

Tiramisu

Coffee or Tea

Lunch
 

Lunch Menu

We proudly serve CERTIFIED U.S. ANGUS BEEF. Beef so exceptional that it is certified by the USDA grading service to meet the program rigid standards for excellence in marbling, texture and firmness. It is the top of the line beef that is always tender, juicy and the very best of the tatse.


$ 18.95

Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Cocktail

$ 17.95

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

$ 14.95

Fried Calamari

$ 12.95

Octopus

marinated w/ olive oil, lemon & spices

$ 12.95

Smoked Salmon

w/ olive oil, onions, & capers

$ 12.95

Shrimp Provencial

tomato sauce w/ white wine & garlic

$ 9.95

Escargots Bourguignonne

white wine, garlic, & spices

$ 6.25

Soup of the day or Chef's salad

$ 7.25

Salad

w/ Blue Cheese Dressing

$ 9.50

French Onion (au gratin)

$ 10.95

Caesar

appetizer $6.95

$ 10.95

House Specialty Salad

peppers, olives, feta w/vinaigrette

appetizer $6.95

$ 10.95

Spinach

mushrooms, bacon, & onions w/balsamic vinaigrette)

appetizer $6.95

$ 17.95

Chicken Caesar

$ 18.95

Seafood Salad

crab & shrimp w/house vinaigrette

$ 22.95

New York Steak

served w/ lettuce, tomatoes, onions & fries

$ 17.95

Prime Roast Beef

Mushrooms, bacon & red onions w/ balsamic vinaigrette.

$ 26.95

Linguine Pescatora

scallop, shrimps, & calamari

$ 19.95

Rigatoni Primavera

Mushrooms, bacon & red onions w/ balsamic vinaigrette.

$ 16.95

Linguine

tomatoe sauce

$ 29.95

New York Pepper Steak(7 oz.)

black pepper, wine & cognac

$ 26.95

New York Sirloin (7 oz.)

$ 26.95

Petit Filet Mignon (5.5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon.

$ 27.95

Rib Steak (10 oz.)

$ 14.95

Salisbury Steak

wine sauce w/ mushrooms

$ 18.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breasts

boneless, skinless

$ 31.95

Hamlet's Joy

5.5 oz. filet mignon w/ grilled shrimps

$ 20.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breast & Grilled Tiger Shrimp

$ 47.95

Tender Rib Eye (24 oz.)

bone-in

$ 42.95

Filet Mignon (9.5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon

$ 42.95

Shakespeare's New York Siroin (12 oz.)

center cut

$ 42.95

Promivi Veal Chop (12 oz.)

Special Selection Of Fresh Fish

Monday To Friday Only

$ 44.95

Garlic Bread, Relish Tray

black olives. feta cheese. kosher dills

Apetizer (your choice)

French Onion Soup

Chef's Salad

Smoked Salmon

Entree (your choice)

Baked Filet of Salmon

Rib Steak (9 oz.)

Charbroiled Chicken Breast

Deserts (your choice)

Hot Apple Beignets

Tiramisu

Coffee or Tea

Wine
 

Wine Menu

White Wines

glass (8 oz.)

1/2 litre

1 litre

Remy Pannier Sauvignon Blanc (France)

$ 9

$ 18

$ 36

E&J Gallo White Zinfandel (USA)

$ 9

$ 18

$ 36

Carmen Chardonnay Reserve (Chile)

$ 11

$ 22

$ 44

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio (Italy)

$ 13

$ 26

$ 52

Red Wines

glass (8 oz.)

1/2 litre

1 litre

Pasqua Merlot (Italy)

$ 9

$ 18

$ 36

Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvigon (USA)

$ 13

$ 26

$ 52

Jacob's Creek Shiraz (Australia)

$ 12

$ 24

$ 48

$ 35.00

Crema Chardonnay

White Wine (USA)

$ 23.00

Wolfblass Chardonnay

White Wine (Australia)

$ 25.00

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

White Wine (Italy)

$ 55.00

Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico

Red Wine (Italy)

$ 42.00

Crema Pinot Noir

Red Wine (USA)

$ 30.00

Masi Campofiorin

Red Wine (Italy)

$ 20.00

Folonari Valpolicella

White Wine (Italy)

$ 19.00

Santa Caroliona Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

White Wine (Chile)

$ 350

Dom Perignon

French

$ 170

Veuve Cliquot

French

$ 44

Prosecco

Italian

$ 15

Prosecco - Piccolo (200 ml)

Italian

$ 120.00

Tawse Meritage Reserve

Canadian

$ 80.00

Tawse Cabernet Franc

Canadian

$ 38.00

Peninsula Ridge Estates Merlot

Canadian

$ 38.00

Peninsula Ridge Estates Carbernet-Merlot

Canadian

$ 85.00

Chateau Neuf Du Pape Mommesia

French

$ 40.00

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux

French

$ 37.00

Beaujolais Pisse Dru

French

$ 99.00

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico

Italian

$ 75.00

Barolo Batasiolo

Italian

$ 140.00

Barolo Batasiolo 1500ml

Italian

$ 63.00

Chianti Classico Ruffino Ducale Riserva

Italian

$ 35.00

Valpolicella Classico Folonari

Italian

$ 44.00

Wolfblass Caberbet Sauvignon Yellow Label

Australian

$ 44.00

Wolfblass Shiraz

Australian

$ 65.00

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

Californian

$ 40.00

Woodbridge Merlot

Californian

$ 40.00

Cline Zinfandel

Californian

$ 35.00

Santa Carolina Carbernet Sauvignon

Chile

$ 32.00

KWV Paarl Roodeberg

South Africa

$ 35.00

Finca Flinchman Malbec

Argentina

$ 40.00

Cave Springs Riesling

Canadian

$ 40.00

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Reserve

Canadian

$ 40.00

Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

Canadian

$ 40.00

Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay

Canadian

$ 55.00

J. Lohr Chardonnay - Sonoma Valley

Californian

$ 45.00

Wente Chardonnay

Californian

$ 75.00

Pouilly Fuisse

French

$ 65.00

Sancerre

French

$ 55.00

Petit Chablis

French

$ 36.00

Mouton Cadet

French

$ 48.00

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio

Italian

$ 27.00

Blue Nunn Liebfaumilch

German

$ 40.00

Wolf - Blass - Chardonnay

Australian

$ 32.00

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay

Australian

$ 325

Le Petit Mouton Rothschild '96

French Bordeaux

$ 95

Chateau Pipeau - St. Emilion Grand Cru '11

French Bordeaux

$ 55

Chateau Argadens - Grand Via Bordeaux Superieur '11

French Bordeaux

$ 125

Chateau Neuf Du Pape - La Roquete '10

French Rhone

$ 125

Pommard - Clos de la Platiere '12

French Burgundy

$ 395

Ornellaia Tenuta Dell '12

Italian

$ 250

Tignanello - Antinori '12

Italian

$ 155

Barolo - Aurelio Settimo '10

Italian

$ 100

Brunello Di Montalcino - Barbi '09

Italian

$ 125

Amarone - I Castei - Campo Casalin '10

Italian

$ 120

Chianti - Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro '09

Italian

$ 125

Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley '12

California

$ 75

Napa Cellars Zinfandel - Napa Valley '12

California

$ 55

Irony Cabernet Sauvigon - Napa Valley

California

Cocktail
 

Cocktail Menu

$ 9.95

Black Russian

$ 8.95

Bloody Caesar

$ 8.95

Bloody Mary

$ 12.95

Long Island Iced Tea

$ 9.95

Champagne Cocktail

$ 7.95

Daquiri

$ 8.95

Pina Colada

$ 9.95

Rusty Nail

$ 8.95

Singapore Sling

$ 9.95

Margarita

$ 10.95

Zombie

$ 10.95

Manhattan (3 oz.)

$ 12.95

King Manhattan (4 oz.)

$ 10.95

Martini (3 oz.)

$ 12.95

King Martini (4 oz.)

$ 12.95

Apple Martini

$ 12.95

Chocolate Martini

$ 12.95

Cosmopolitan

$ 6.95

Vermouth (sweet or dry)

$ 6.95

Amaro Averna

$ 6.95

Campari

$ 6.95

Dubonnet

$ 9.50

Glenfiddich 12yr

$ 9.50

Glenlivet

$ 12.50

Glenmorganic

$ 12.50

Laphroaig

$ 12.50

Macallan

$ 20.00

Oban

$ 26.00

Glenlivet

21 years old

$ 6.95

Jack Daniels

$ 6.95

Jim Beam

$ 6.95

Canadian Club

$ 7.95

Crown Royal

$ 6.95

Wiser's

$ 6.95

Dewars

$ 6.95

Johnnie Walker Red

$ 9.95

Johnnie Walker Black

$ 9.95

Chivas Regal

$ 25.95

Johnnie Walker Blue

$ 6.95

Beefeater

$ 6.95

Tanqueray

$ 7.50

Bombay Sapphire

$ 6.95

Absolut

$ 6.95

Kettle One

$ 6.95

Stolichnaya

$ 9.95

Belvedere

$ 9.95

Grey Goose

$ 6.95

Bacardi

$ 6.95

Captain Morgan Dark

$ 6.95

Mount Gay (Barbados)

$ 6.95

Appleton (Jamaica)

$ 6.95

Jameson

$ 6.95

Bushmills

$ 7.95

Black Bush

Desserts
 

Desserts Menu

$ 6.50

Amaretto

$ 6.50

Bailey's

$ 6.50

Creme De Menthe

$ 6.50

Frangelico

$ 6.50

Irish Mist

$ 6.50

Kahlua

$ 6.50

Sambuca (white or black)

$ 7.50

Tia Marie

$ 7.50

B & B

$ 7.50

Cointreau

$ 7.50

Drambuie

$ 7.50

Glayva

$ 7.50

Grand Marnier

$ 9.00

Courvoisier (V.S.)

$ 13.00

Courvoisier (V.S.O.P.)

$ 13.00

Remy Martin (V.S.O.P.)

$ 26.00

Courvoisier (X.O.)

$ 10.00

Demontal V.S.O.P.

$ 10.00

Vecchia Romagna (Italy)

$ 10.00

Calvados (France)

$ 9.50

McClelland Speyside

$ 9.50

Bowmore 12yr

$ 9.50

Glenfiddich 12yr

$ 9.50

Glenlivet 12yr

$ 12.50

Glenmorangic

$ 12.50

Laphroaig

$ 12.50

Macallan Gold

$ 15.00

Dalwhinnie 15yr

$ 20.00

Lagavulin 16yr

$ 20.00

Oban 14yr

$ 35.00

Glenfidditch 21yr

$ 9.95

B52 Cheese Cake

$ 9.95

Hot Apple Beignet

$ 9.95

Tiramiso

$ 9.95

Chocolate Parfait

$ 9.95

Chocolate Cake

$ 7.95

Ice Cream

$ 9.95

Sorbet

$ ??

Fresh Fruit

Market Price

$ 2.95

Coffee or Tea

$ 3.95

Expresso

$ 4.95

Cappucino

$ 5.95

Cafe Latte

$ 5.95

Cafe Au Lait

$ 10.95

Spanish Coffee

cognac & tia maria

$ 10.95

Irish Coffee

irish whiskey & irish mist

$ 10.95

Shakespeare's Coffee

galliano & dark creme de cacao

$ 13.95

B52 Coffee

bailey's, kahlua & grand marnier

$ 13.95

Brazilian Coffee

cognac, tia maria & grand marnier

$ 13.95

Monte Cristo Coffee

kahlua & grand marnier

$ ??

Ports - 2oz. glass

$ 9.95

Taylor Fladgate's Late Bottle Vintage

$ 10.95

Sandemans's Vintage Port

$ 12.95

Taylor Fladgate's 10yr Tawny Port

$ 17.95

Balao de VIlar Vintage Port 2011

$ 37.95

Graham's Vintage Port 1983

$ 9.95

Nonino

$ 9.95

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Franco Putignano
 

Franco Putignano

Franco Putignano is a chef and owner of Shakespeare's and has more than 45 years experience in food Industry.

When Chef Franco Putignano started his restaurant in 1969, it began as a steak house. But over the years, as the public's tastes changed, so did the menu. Now customers can order not only prime U.S. choice corn fed beef steaks, but also wild game such as caribou and venison.

Shakespeare's also provides an extensive selection of fish, including live lobster, fresh salmon, sea bass, trout, pickerel, red snapper and swordfish. The fish, just like everything else that is served, is personally selected each morning from Hamilton suppliers to ensure freshness.

In addition to his efforts to bring his customers the finest in dining fare, Mr Putignano regularly travels to Europe to personally select wines for his table. Now his wine list offers the best selection in the city. "I'm very strong on quality, freshness and service." Mr Putignano explains. "To me, good food, good wine and good service all go together." he adds. "I want people to have the best dining experience possible, and I want them to feel at home when they're here, "Exotic dishes and quality steaks aren't the only things emphasized on Shakespeare's menu.

Mr. Putignano has also devised a "Heart Smart" selection of dishes which are low in cholesterol and salt. It has been approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and reassures diners that healthy eating need not be bland and boring. The result of the care and service to customers means that Shakespeare's has managed to weather the recession and keep a steady clientele, a large number of whom are regular customers.

In addition, celebrities such as Tom Jones, Ricardo Montalban, Harry Belafonte, Liberace, Rock Hudson, Kathleen Robertson, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Tom Cochrane, Daniel Lanois, Marc Garneau, Bernie Falonie, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier, Martin Short, Angelo Mosca, Janet Jones and Peter Ustinov have all made their way to Shakespeare's when they were in town.

Mr. Putignano's son Leo manages the dining room, while his daughter Christina bartends in the restaurant. Their mother, Nicole, handles the bookkeeping and weekend hosting duties and his son-in-law, Peter Smith, also assists in managing the restaurant. The arrangement enables Mr. Putignano to see his family through the week while working from 9 am until 1am, Monday to Saturday. "I don't mind the long days," says Mr. Putignano. "I've got the business in the blood, and I love people. I work longer hours now, but I love it," he adds. "During the recession, we didn't cut back on quality. We always tried to do better. And it worked."

In 1994, Mr Putignano was issued a certificate by the City, honouring him for his 25 years in the business. Included among his many other honours, is his nomination for Iron Man of the Year in 1995 from the Hamilton & District Chamber of Commerce and the bestowing of three Spectator Reader's Choice Awards for Best Steak House, Best Sea Food Restaurant and Best French Restaurant. The awards are a fitting recognition for his dedication to providing the best to his customers for so long.

"Nothing comes easy. You have to work hard," Mr Putignano says, "I feel proud of my family, my staff, and my restaurant. I'm proud to have been a part of Hamilton for 45 years."

Welcome to our new Website! We Sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay...

Franco Putignano

"I feel proud of my family, my staff, and my restaurant. I'm proud to have been a part of Hamilton for 45 years."

Private Dining
 

PRIVATE DINING


WEDDING? PRIVATE PARTIES? CORPORATE EVENT? No Worries

Our private dining room is a beautifully decorated room which is suitable for any special event. Fitting up to 22 seats, this artistically crafted area is capable of serving all your catering needs at a very special price. The private dining room is perfect for any type of social get-together, whether it be for hosting clients or an intimate gathering of close friends. Also great for:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Celebration or Party
  • Business Evenets
  • Business Meetings
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The Spice Lounge
 

Testimonials

Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food.


Eating there again soon!

"Will definitely be eating there again soon, Good Taste and Great Price and very prompt service."

Michel. Pennington, NJ

Great Food and good taste

"The Spice Lounge is a Great Food and good taste on many occasions I have gone for lunch there is always a reasonable crowd."

David jacob Lawrenceville, NJ

The service is great!

"This is an awesome place to go for food and entertainment, Happy Hour is a must! The service is great! David does a great job, thank you! "

Davis. Trenton, NJ

Staff friendly good atmosphere.

"Thank you for a wonderful evening. My Family had a memorable evening, Food is always great. Staff friendly good atmosphere, professional as ever and the food was fantastic. "

Steve Jones. Princeton, NJ

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    Opening hours:

    Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:00pm
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sun Closed

       #181 Main St. East, Hamilton, ON

      + 1 905 528 0689