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Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge
Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackshop.ca
  • Phone: (519) 621-4180
  • 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 (519) 621-4180

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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?"
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    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........."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Expect 4 or 5 star service and food here. Did not get this time. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food and service was amazing. Portion sizes were perfect. Everyone's dish was perfect. Not one complaint!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent service from our server, Tamie. Great food as always."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A wonderful lunch during the fish festival and in a charming room with great conversation and thoroughly enjoyed."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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"
    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"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, Fast and friendly service.I will Return and also highly Recomend this place."
    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!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our group of 8 enjoyed a great night out. The friendly and efficient staff paced the delivery of our drinks, applies, entrees and desserts very well. My wife also has a difficult food allergy and the chef created a special dinner for her. She was thrilled. We were seated at table that was a little set apart from the rest of the sections giving us the feeling of dining in our own room. Well done, Blackshop! We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Met Kitchener friends there last Sunday to celebrate their 40th anniversary. We drove from Pickering. Very impressed with the unique and varying decor but service from Sarah and some food quality issues were unacceptable. Sarah: Immediately detected an attitude. Didn't like us wanting to take our time ordering and that we wanted to know about some of the specific ingredients in some of the dishes we were considering. The more we asked about, the more curt she became. After her spilling our coffees into the saucers, a simple request of her to replace the entire cup and saucer made her even more enraged. Lots more to comment on but survey says characters exceeded. Suggest you find a new survey provider."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Seatingg was prompt. Waiter was professional. Food good as usual. Occasion was birthday celebration. Had 7 year old daughter along. Kid's menu was available. Overall, a positive experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have eaten here a few times now. Lunch and Dinner. The food is always fantastic. Well presented. A great variety. Great taste. Would come here any time with anyone. Service was great too. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. I made the reservation months in advance and told them that it was our first anniversary. I would have expected a better table. The waitress was awful. I would go back to this restaurant but certainly would ask for another waitress next time if she was waiting on us again. Will go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent. We ate on the valentines weekend, and found the set menu had plenty of interesting choices. Service was very good, and considering how busy it was, was quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Valentine's Day menu. Appetizer's and main course were delicious. Steaks were sooo tender and flavourful! Cheese cake dessert was excellent as well. Service was perfect, attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Was there on valentine's, we were last people there and no one asked us to leave, when we realized it was past 1am , and for that I especially appreciate the service for being so considerate, overall service was amazing, my favorite restaurant in the region by far...thank you Blackshop staff!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014