The Spice Lounge
181 Main St. East
Hamilton, ON
Celebrating 45 years in Hamilton!
  +1 905 528 0689
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The Spice Lounge
 

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. Choise corn fed beef steaks, but wild game which also includes caribou and venison.
Shakespeare's also provides an extensive selection of fish, including live lobster, fresh salmon, sea bass, trout, pirkcerel, 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 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sat 9:00am - 08:00pm
Sun Closed

book your table:

We welcome walk-in guests,online at

Book table

Dinner
 

Dinner Menu

$ 27.95

Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Cocktail (6)

(fried dumplings filled with ground pork and vegetables)

$ 22.95

Avocado Pear

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

$ 17.95

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Puff pastry stuffed with ground chicken, onion, potatoes and currry powder with cucumber salad.

$ 13.95

Fried Calamari

$ 12.95

Octopus

marinated w/ olive oil, lemon & spices

$ 13.95

Shrimp Provencial

tomato sauce w/ white wine & garlic

$ 12.95

Smoked Salmon

with olive oil, onions & capers

$ 10.95

Marinated Bismark Herring

with sour cream & lemon

$ 9.95

Escargots Bourguignonne

white wine, garlic & spices

$ 11.95

Lobster Bisque

$ 9.95

French Onion (au gratin)

$ 6.95

Soup du Jour

$ 5.95

Consomme au Sherry

$ 10.95

Ceasar

$ 10.95

Spinach

Mushrooms, bacon & red onions w/ balsamic vinaigrette.

$ 9.95

Chef

with Blue Cheese Dressing

$ 7.95

Chef

french, thousand island, italian, balsamic or oil & vinegar

(topped w/ black peppercorns, red wine & cognac sauce)

$ 42.95

Filet Mignon (9 oz.)

wrapped with bacon.

$ 35.95

Junior Filet Mignon (7 oz.)

wrapped with bacon.

$ 29.95

Petit Filet Mignon (5 oz.)

wrapped w/ bacon.

$ 50.95

Thick New York Sirloin (16 oz.)

center cut

$ 39.95

Shakespeare's Cut New York Sirloin (12 oz.)

center cut

$ 32.95

Junior New York Sirloin (9 oz.)

center cut

$ 47.95

Tender Ribeye (24 oz.)

bone in

$ 29.95

Junior Ribeye (10 oz.)

$ 42.95

Steak au Poivre (12 oz.)

New York Sirloin

$ 35.95

Junior Steak au Poivre (9 oz.)

New York Sirloin

$ 40.95

King Henry VIII Cut (20 oz.)

bone-in

$ 30.95

Lady Macbeth Cut (12 oz.)

$ 47.95

Rack of lamb (full rack)

Full Rack

$ 32.95

Sir John Falstaff Pork Back Ribs

Full Rack

$ 26.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breasts

boneless, skinless

$ ??

Ostrich, venison, buffalo, wild boar

market price

$ ??

Alaskan King Crab Legs

steamed (market price)

$ ??

Lobster Tail

baked with wine & lemon (market price)

$ 49.95

Dover Sole

amandine or meuniere

$ 46.95

Maritime Pleasure

king crab, scallops, shrimps & calamari

$ 35.95

Swordfish

charbroiled w/ fresh garlic & lemon

$ 39.95

Tiger Shrimps a la Provencial with Rice

old way

$ 39.95

Broiled Tiger Shrimps

with fresh garlic & lemon

$ 26.95

Filet of Salmon

baked with white wine & lemon

$ 26.95

Lemon Poached Salmon

$ ??

Surf & Turf

5 oz. filet mignon w/ king crab or lobster tail (market price)

$ 47.95

Filet Mignon Neptune (7 oz.)

topped w/ crab & bernaise sauce

$ 47.95

Cordelia's Content

half rack of lamb w/ grilled shrimps

$ 47.95

Hamlet's Joy

5 oz. filet mignon w/ grilled shrimps

$ 34.95

Titania's Dream

broiled chicken breasts with grilled shrimps

Choice of potato & vegetables served with each order

$ 27.95

Linguine Pescatora

scallops, shrimps & calamari

$ 21.95

Rigatoni Primavera

tomato sauce

$ 17.95

Linguine Tomato Sauce

$ 7.95

Asparagus au Gratin

$ 5.95

Sauteed Mushrooms

$ 5.95

Onion Rings

Monday To Friday Only

$ 40.95

Garlic Bread, Relish Tray

black olives. feta cheese. kosher dills

Apetizer (your choice)

French Onion Soup

Chef's Salad

Smoked Salmon

Entree (your choice)

Filet of Salmon

Rib Steak (10 oz.)

Charbroiled Chicken Breast

Potato and Vegetables

Deserts (your choice)

Hot Apple Beignets

Tiramisu

Coffee or Tea

The Spice Lounge
 

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 (6)

$ 11.95

Smoked Salmon

with olive oil, onions & capers

$ 12.95

Fried Calamari

$ 9.95

Escargots Bourguignonne

white wine, garlic & spices

$ 11.95

Shrimp Provencial

tomato sauce with white wine & garlic

$ 13.95

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

$ 12.95

Octopus marinated with olive oil, lemon & spices

$ 5.95

Soup of the day or salad

$ 6.95

Blue Cheese Dressing

$ 8.95

French Onion

au gratin

$ 10.95

Caesar

$ 6.50

appetizer

$ 10.95

Spinach

mushrooms, bacon & onions w/ balsamic vinaigrette

$ 6.5

appetizer

$ 10.95

House Specialty Salad

peppers, olives, feta w/ vinaigrette

$ 6.50

appetizer

$ 17.95

Chicken Caesar

$ 18.95

Seafood Salad

Crab & Shrimp with house vinaigrette

$ 19.95

New York Steak

served with tomatoes, onions & fries

$ 15.95

Prime Roast Beef

served with red wine sauce & fries

$ 20.95

Linguine Pescatora

scallops, shrimps & calamari

$ 15.95

Rigatoni Primavera

Tomato Sauce

$ 12.95

Linguine

Tomato Sauce

$ 22.95

New York Sirloin (7 oz.)

$ 22.95

Petit Filet Mignon (5 oz.)

wrapped with bacon

$ 22.95

Rib Steak (9 oz.)

$ 25.95

New York Pepper Steak (7 oz.)

black pepper, wine & cognac

$ 12.95

Salisbury Steak

white sauce with mushrooms

$ 17.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breasts

boneless, skinless

Special Collection of Fresh Fish

$ 28.95

Hamlet's Joy

5 oz. filet mignon w/ grilled shrimps

$ 18.95

Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breast & Grilled Tiger Shrimp

All items include Hot rolls and pickles, vegetables and potato of the day.

$ 39.95

Tender Ribeye (22 oz.)

bone-in

$ 39.95

Filet Mignon (9 oz.)

wrapped with bacon

$ 38.95

Shakespeare's Cut New York Sirloin (12 oz.)

centre cut

$ 39.95

Provimi Veal Chop (12 oz.)

The Spice Lounge
 

Wine Menu

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White Wines

glass (8 oz.)

1/2 litre

1 litre

Remy Pannier (France)

$ 9

$ 18

$ 36

E&J Gallo White Zinfandel (USA)

$ 9

$ 18

$ 36

Carmen Chardonay 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

$ 22.00

Wolfblass Chardonay

White Wine (Australia)

$ 55.00

Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico

White Wine (Italy)

$ 30.00

Masi Campofiorin

White Wine (Italy)

$ 25.00

Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

White Wine (Chile)

$ 20.00

Folonari Valpolicella

White Wine (Italy)

$ 350

Dom Perignon

French

$ 160

Veuve Cliquot

French

$ 37

Henkell Trocken

German

$ 44

Prosecco

Italian

$ 65.00

Mission Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve BC. VQA

Canadian

$ 55.00

Hillebrand Estates Trius

Canadian

$ 36.00

Peninsula Ridge Estates Merlot

Canadian

$ 34.00

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

$ 85.00

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Negrar

Italian

$ 75.00

Barolo Batasiolo

Italian

$ 63.00

Chianti Classico Ruffino Ducale Riserva

Italian

$ 35.00

Valpolicella Classico Ruffino Ducale Riserva

Italian

$ 44.00

Wolfblass Caberbet Sauvignon Yellow Label

Australian

$ 33.00

Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz

Australian

$ 65.00

Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

Californian

$ 40.00

Woodbridge Merlot

Californian

$ 35.00

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

$ 35.00

Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay

Canadian

$ 55.00

Irony Chardonnay - Napa Valley

Californian

$ 42.00

Wente Chardonnay

Californian

$ 65.00

Bouchard Pere et Fils Pouilly Fuisse

French

$ 65.00

Sancerre

French

$ 50.00

Bouchard Pere et Fils Petit Chablis

French

$ 36.00

Mouton Cadet

French

$ 43.00

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio

Italian

$ 27.00

Blue Nunn Liebfaumilch

German

$ 40.00

Wolf - Blass - Chardonney

Australian

$ 32.00

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay

Australian

$ 500

Chateau Pavie 1st Grand St.Emillion '82

French Bordeaux

$ 300

Le Petit Mouton Rothschild '96

French Bordeaux

$ 80

Chateau Pipeau St. Emilion Grand Cru '08

French Bordeaux

$ 55

Chateau Argadens Grand Via Bordeaux Superieur '09

French Bordeaux

$ 125

Chateau Neuf Du Pape - La Roquete '10

French Rhone

$ 325

Ornellaia Tenuta Dell '02

Italian

$ 250

Tignanello - Antinori '10

Italian

$ 125

Barolo Ascheri '10

Italian

$ 120

Brunello Di Montalcino - Barbi '07

Italian

$ 125

Amarone - I Castei - Campo Casalin '08

Italian

$ 100

Amarone - I Castei '08

Italian

$ 60

Rodney Strong Zinfandel - Knotty Vines

Californian

$ 55

Irony Cabernet Sauvigon - Napa Valley

Californian

The Spice Lounge
 

Cocktail Menu

$ 9.95

Black Russian

$ 8.95

Bloody Ceasar

$ 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

$ 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

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Desserts Menu

$ 5.95

Amaretto

$ 6.95

B. & B.

$ 5.95

Bailey's

$ 6.95

Cointreau

$ 5.95

Creme de Menthe

$ 6.95

Drambuie

$ 5.95

Frangelico

$ 6.95

Glayva

$ 6.95

Grand Marnier

$ 5.95

Irish Mist

$ 5.95

Kahlua

$ 5.95

Sambuca (white or black)

$ 5.95

Tia Maria

$ 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.)

$ 9.95

Demontal V.S.O.P.

$ 10.00

Vecchia Romagna (Italy)

$ 10.00

Calvados (France)

$ 15.00

LePanto (Spain)

$ 9.50

Bowmore

$ 9.50

Glenfiddich

$ 9.50

Glenlivet

$ 12.50

Glenmorangie

$ 12.50

Laphroaig

$ 12.50

Macallan

$ 20.00

Oban

$ 26.00

Glenlivet

21 years old

$ 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

Sandmans's Vintage 2000

$ 12.95

Taylor Fladgate's 10yr Tawny Port

$ 17.95

Quinta Da Roeda - Croft Vintage 2005

$ 19.95

Jose Maria Da Fonseca & Van Zeller Vintage 2003

$ 39.95

Warre' Vintage 1977

$ 39.95

Porto Barros Vintage 1983

$ 7.95

Bottega

$ 9.95

Nonino

$ 9.95

Poli

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Franco Putignano

Franco Putignano is a chef and the owner of Shakespeare's for more than 45 years expereince 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. Choise corn fed beef steaks, but wild game which also includes caribou and venison.

Shakespeare's also provides an extensive selection of fish, including live lobster, fresh salmon, sea bass, trout, pirkcerel, 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's been approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation fo 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 and steady clientele, a large number of which 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," he says "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 receission, 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 in the many other honours in 1995 alone are his nomination as Iron Man of the Year 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 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. And 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. And I'm proud to have been a part of Hamilton for 45 years."

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PRIVATE DINING



WEDDING? PRIVATE PARTIES? CORPORATE EVENT? No Worries

Our private dining room can suit all your special events, surrounded by art decorations and fitting upto 20 seats and serving all your catering requirements for a very special price, this private room is perfect for hosting clients or offers an intimate gathering of close friends. whether it is:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Celebration or Party
  • Business Evenets
  • Business Meetings
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Catering

Each Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants offers private Chicago dining experience. Our staff has a wealth of involvement in customizing all types of events.

Self-Serve Buffet

Catering item for groups of 4 or more and includes a full meal starting at just $9.99 per person.

  • Company Picnics
  • Company Lunches/Dinners
  • Holiday Parties
  • Corporate Catering
Party platters

Unique platters are the perfect choice for hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, or simple platters for group events of any size.

Boxed Breakfast

Brown bag sandwich lunches is sure to impress with various unique options in individual, pre-packaged containers.

  • Company Picnics
  • Company Lunches/Dinners
  • Holiday Parties
  • Corporate Catering
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Reservation

You can make a reservation by calling us on +1 905-528-0689 . Please note that reservations are only confirmed once we check availability.

 

Contact Us

Most Credit Cards Accepted.

   #181 Main St. East, Hamilton, ON

  + 1 905 528 0689
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