Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge
Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackshop.ca/
  • Phone: 5196214180
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Dan Potter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering events contact us 519 621 4180
  • Private Party Facilities: The Blackshop Private Room can accommodate up to sixty guests, but smaller groups of fifteen, twenty or thirty, feel just as comfortable. All the food is prepared on the premises from fresh, quality ingredients. Be it a business function, anniversary, wedding, baptism or any other occasion that calls for quality in an elegant setting choose Blackshop, and experience a flawless dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 5196214180

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheldon Drive
  • Public Transit: Main Hespeler Road Line
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking at front and rear of the restaurant.
A word from Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge
A Cambridge landmark, this lively restaurant offers both inventive and traditional cooking, delivered in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The restaurant's ambiance is comfortable and appealing, providing quality food, at the right price in an unpretentious way. The restaurant features aged steaks and lamb, along with fresh seafood, pastas and daily features. The bar offers a wine spectator award winning wine list, along with an extensive choice of scotch, and draught beer. The staff is professional yet friendly. An excellent choice for a business dinner, romantic get away or a great dinner for one.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)great for outdoor dining (30)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (27)romantic (26)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (15)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Red1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated a birthday dinner in a private dining room. The room was great as we had a lot of fun and chatter and felt we were not disturbing other patrons. The waitress Andrina was great - very personable and fun. Teh only down side was no foie gras which the birthday girl had on a previous visit and was looking forward to again. Will definitely book here again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Dinner!!
    AndiandWayne
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary at Black Shop, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience!! The food was spectacular; we highly recommend the appetizer platter to share (the baked goat cheese was my favourite)!! My husband had the Paella and I had the Beef Tenderloin...they were both fantastic!! The service was outstanding and the special dessert was a real treat..Steven took great care of us!! The beer and wine lists are fantastic, especially since they have my favourite brew, Steam Whistle, on tap!!! We had an amazing time, and we will definitely be back!! Thanks Black Shop!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of my favourite restaurants
    GLM777
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Blackshop is one of my favourite restaurants for lunch or brunch. The menu is very appealing with an interesting variety and good selection of dishes; likewise, there is a very good beer and wine selection. The food has always been excellent, consistently, on every visit. Service is always professional and pleasant. On our most recent visit, we dined outside on the patio for the first time as it was a beautiful day. The patio area is very attractive, and there was sufficient shade to be comfortable - perfect temperature. One of our group tried the mini-dessert; it was beautifully presented and not too big, a great idea. And lastly, I find the prices to be very reasonable, especially when you consider the quality of the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Patio for Outdoor Dining
    DianeJ
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My son and I went to Blackshop for a birthday dinner ! All the food and drinks were excellent - from appetizers through to entree and finally dessert. Not our first visit and definitely not our last. We will be sure to return !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Enjoyed the food, very tasty and well balanced. The service was excellent, cannot say enough about that, the waitress was knowledgeable and very helpful with the beverages....she made iced tea without sugar from an actual pot of tea (not a can). She answered all my questions as I was not familiar with the menu, it was my first time at your establishment. I thought the evening as a whole was an excellent experience and was conducive to my reservation...it was our wedding anniversary. Thank you for making it memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    EmptyNestDining
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have dined at this restaurant on a number of occasions and it has always been Fantastic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent cuisine
    annq
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Delicious, unique cuisine and wonderful ambience. A favorite restaurant of mine - never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Drove by this restaurant many times, and finally decided to have dinner for my boyfriend's birthday. It is just as good as all the reviews I have read up on for this restaurant. The ambiance is great, the food was delicious, staff very friendly and quick service. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was GREAT
    PARADISE1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were greated with VERY friendly staff. We were shown to our table (outside)right away. Our waitress greated us in a VERY friendly manner and was VERY gracious thought the whole evening. The atmousphere in the outdoor patio was the best I have seen in any restruant in the Waterloo region.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    SteeleFamily
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was excellent, great variety. What really stood out though was the service. Our waitress truly went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and the rest of the staff there seemed equally engaged with our visit. It honestly was a very memorable experience and I will be telling my friends and family about it and encourage they visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...slow service
    njdiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was great! Unfortunately it was a long drawn out meal due to the slow service. It was a very long time in between our apps and main course (45minutes). Rather than apologize and/or give an explanation our waitress simply avoided us during this time. Perhaps this was an off night, but not sure I would take a chance on returning as a result.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. They made us very welcome and accommodated all of our needs. Definitely going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good, As Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a great meal celebrating Father's Day. Only drawback was that my daughter forgot that she didn't like the banana-like sauce that came with her salmon dish. Maybe change up the sauce once in a while?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fathers day!
    Scooterville
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very enjoyable meal. All three guests enjoyed their choices. The fried Brie and cranberry chutney was delicious. The chicken schnitzel was crispy and cheesy, really enoyed the spaghetti squash. Ate on the patio. Server very accommodating in regard to requests. Asked for a certain item to be eliminated from entree and had no problem in achieving this. Enjoyed the special touch in the writing (in chocolate) of "happy fathers day" on the dessert plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find
    ShelleyD
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We celebrated Father's Day on Saturday, June 14th. The service was excellent, as was the food. Our only complaint was that the tables were very close together. We could overhear the conversation at the next table, and felt that they were listening to ours as well. It was a bit disconcerting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awwwwwonderfulfood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is truly a gem. When we got there I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday and we wanted a more secluded table. When it came to the dessert my husband's dessert had a candle and Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce lettering on the plate. This was such a nice touch and they certainly went the extra mile doing this. We did mention that the appetizer was not hot enough temperature wise and received complimentary desserts. Other than this issue the food was excellent and the service was fantastic!! We would certainly travel from Toronto to visit this restaurant again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 19 Appreciative guests
    19FloridaFriends
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our friends from Florida group, met once again for lunch (brunch) at Blackshop. One couple surprised us by flying from Nova Scotia to join in our little celebration. The staff was so accommodating when another couple showed up (reservation was for 15). The food was excellent, as it has been any time we visit. Our first experience was a Mothers Day Brunch at least 4 years ago. We have never been disappointed.........
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    HappyFam
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We enjoyed a memorable evening at the Blackshop celebrating our daughter's graduation from university! Wonderful food, superb service - a place we have been to and will return for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We we're meeting friends in Cambridge...neither of us we're familiar with restaurants in the area. I looked on Trip Advisor and chose Blackshop....we we're very pleased with the meal and the setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!!!!
    MeanSpitfire
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Went for our 33rd anniversary. Our first, but certainly not last visit at that restaurant. My wife had the Peppercorn Steak and I had the Top Sirloin, the best I ever had anywhere on this planet, and I indeed have had that dish at quite a few restaurants on both sides of the Equator over the past several years. Our waiter, Steve, truly went out of his way to make our meal a superb experience. I find the wine list could be more extensive, but it does seem to cover a variety of tastes. My wife had a dessert that she truly enjoyed. I had a dozen white roses sent there, and phoned the Blackshop asking them precisely when I wanted them brought to our table. They obliged 'perfectly'. I cannot find a negative point to raise. Way above average!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    Bardboundtraveller
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    One of the better restaurants in Cambridge. It has a sheltered out door area as well as a more traditional patio. The inside is broken into several rooms and a bar area. The bar and the main area with its fireplace can be noisy. It was when were were there last. And the place was far from full. The food is good and reasonably priced. The pasta special was very tasty. The scallop appetizer was tasty. Ok for sharing if you ably want a taste: two each. The wines by the glass list is Ok but could be longer. Given the location, someone will be driving and only want one drink with dinner. I liked the Malbec on offer better than the Merlot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    love2dineout
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Expect 4 or 5 star service and food here. Did not get this time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night and Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was our second experience with The Blackshop in a couple of weeks. This experience was like night and day compared to the previous occasion. The service was impeccable. We were even informed of daily specials. The appetizers and entrees were incredible which is what we have always enjoyed at The Blackshop. The flavours and presentation were perfect. It was a most enjoyable evening. I would recommend The Blackshop wholeheartedly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!
    Blondie451
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food and service was amazing. Portion sizes were perfect. Everyone's dish was perfect. Not one complaint!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Itsjo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The room we were in looked like it hadn't been updated since the 80's. The steak had very little taste to it, especially considering how much you pay for it! The service was pleasent, but I probably wouldn't attend again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Cambridge Find!
    Goldielocks11
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Took a shot on this for my cousin's 21st birthday. What a treat. Even though we hadn't booked in a separate room, our hostess immediately suggested we may want more privacy (i thought this was a great value-add instead of being plunked down to someone else). The ambiance is fantastic and my husband (both a foodie AND wine-o) immediately dove into their offerings. We really had a great experience and most definitely will be back. I work in sales and can easily place this in my top 10 of local establishments I'll be treating clients to. Great GREAT place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 527 reviews are from the Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Great Experience
    the4ofus
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We visited your restaurant with Canadian/Swiss friends. They are very particular about all aspects of restaurants including food, service and ambience. They have no problem expressing their opinion if something is not up to par. In your restaurants they were most impressed and could not say enough about an excellent dining experience. Of course my wife and myself fully agreed with their assessment.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    Rosemary
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Four of us decided to try Blackshop for dinner before going to the Dunfield Theatre. It was the perfect choice as we were able to take our time having dinner and chatting. It was quiet in the restaurant so we were able to enjoy our conversations without having to raise our voices. It was a very enjoyable evening and I would recommend Blackshop for a nice evening out. I am from Toronto and plan to return in July to celebrate a friend's retirement.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the Blackshop
    DrewB
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent service from our server, Tamie. Great food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic night out
    Karel
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It was our first time at Blackshop and we enjoyed our dinner from start to finish. Staff is very pleasant and professional. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, this is the place to go to. Food was amazing. We will be back in the future. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful lunch during the
    ranchofan
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A wonderful lunch during the fish festival and in a charming room with great conversation and thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food, Lacklustre Service
    NebbieVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Décor: classy design, romantic lighting, spacious rooms Drink: decent wine selection and lots of appealing cocktail options Food: I ordered the steak tartar and chicken supreme. The steak tartar was delightful and definitely exceeded my expectation. The main course was somewhat inconsistent. The chef put shaved asparagus skin on top of the chicken as garnish. The asparagus is raw and chewy which worked against the chef's intention. Service: this is the disappointing part of my dinner experience. My server did not tell us the daily specials like the other servers did. Nor did she give us new cutleries after appetizer. Overall, a lack of details coming from a fine dining server. Price: 130 for wine+app+main+dessert
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • third trip for prime rib
    anniversarycouple
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our first two meals were very good, but we were both dissapointed with the meat, texture, as well as the potatoes, no real flavour. Ceasar salad was good and we liked our table. If we come back, hopefully it will be better
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To much noise
    Danlou
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    It's my first time in the back room, i've been i guest lucky of always dine in front. Now this will be the last time in the back room, the noise level was high, to high to have a private conversation, plus if like me you have a earring problem stay away from that back room. The room is absolutely not design to reduce ambient noise, sad for a restaurant so respectful like the blackshop . I enjoy and expect when I go to dine in a fine restaurant to be able to have a conversation without raising my voice to be heard by the people with me. I can even tell anyone if we had background music. To be totally honest this time was an unpleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is a restaurant that has been decorated in a manner that is relaxing yet cheerful due to the bright paintings on the walls. It was good to eat somewhere without music in the background but on the downside the acoustics seem to heighten the noise level which can be disconcerting at times. The food is well presented and tasty although there is a lack of imagination that would give the offerings some needed zing, although for middle of the road cuisine that satisfies a wide spectrum of people it really hits the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i was disappointed to find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    i was disappointed to find the relocated Blackshop on Hespeller Road. It was a big of a come down from the nice old building on the river. But never judge a book by its cover. The new restaurant is superb in design and the food is as good as ever. Fine dining with a more casual atmosphere. loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great restaurant overall! Been many times and have had great good and service. This visit was good but have had better at previous visits. Still my favourite overall in Cambridge!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Sleeting outside, cozy inside. At a lovely table by the fire we sipped creatively made, tasty drinks and nibbled the appie plate, enjoying the variety of textures and tastes. Stephen, our waiter was charming and attentive to our leisurely pacing. We both enjoyed the pasta special. With tender beef and asparagus heralding spring. A shared dessert (not crazy about the pecan chocolate tart) and coffee rounded off the evening nicely. Our intent was to have a quiet evening to chat and catch up. Black shop provided the perfect venue. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Experience
    Mark
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was outstanding, Fast and friendly service.I will Return and also highly Recomend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner For 2
    dinner42
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is our second time celebrating at Blackshop and it was equally as good, if not better this second time around. My husband and I are from Toronto and love the Blackshop restaurant! We came to celebrate my birthday with dinner at this great restaurant and then onto a theatre show in Cambridge! The food at Blackshop was excellent once again and the service was outstanding! The waitress was very friendly, attentive, and efficient. We had a wonderful table for 2 in a quiet back room of the restaurant. I actually ordered the same entree as last year which was the salmon dish served over basmati rice, spinach, and a delicious banana cream sauce! It was even better than the last time! Blackshop never seems to disappoint!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.