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Spencer's at the Waterfront
Spencer's at the Waterfront

Spencer's at the Waterfront Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spencers.ca
  • Phone: (905) 633-7494
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Andrew McLeod
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Corporate Breakfast Meetings: Our open concept and picturesque scenery sets the tone for a meeting that will surely inspire creative thinking. We can host 20-150 people and can provide all of your AV requirements. Let our special events consultants provide you will all the information to assist in your event planning. Our modern amenities, friendly and attentive staff and fantastic cuisine will not only meet but also exceed your expectations. Please contact us at info@spencers.ca
  • Private Party Contact: Management (905) 633-7494
  • Entertainment: Friday nights and Sunday Brunch with Adam Cooke

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brant Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Paid parking until 4pm on the West Parking Lot
A word from Spencer's at the Waterfront
Strategically located steps from the water, and embraced by greenspace, Spencer's at the Waterfront speaks not only to nature, and all the elements that surround it, but also to the Landmark renowned Earth to Table philosophy. Glass-walled to maximize the scenic nature of its waterfront location, inside and outside, the beauty of the lake and the limitless horizon of the Bay provide the visual inspiration that makes Spencer’s stand out as unique. Fashionably “in-town” and easy to reach,
here’s a place that rises to any occasion. Indeed with its water features, lakeside location and relaxing ambience, on a hot summer night – or
starlit winter night when the tranquility pool has been transformed into an intimate skating rink – this is a destination tailor-made for pleasure.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my third time back and the dinner was great... This really made my better half's birthday and we will defiantly be returning."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Sitting on the patio overlooking Lake Ontario is one of the dining highlights. Don't worry about the temp- blankets & heaters are provided. (Hoping they upgrade from the uncomfortable aluminum chairs though.) They have this hot (as in talented) chef, named Sara. Brilliant. Try the filet of lamb; oh so tender & packed with flavour! Roasted branzino was killer. Usually I get the pickerel. You can't go wrong with the specials. Try the pizza, although I found the toppings to be a little lacklustre, the tasty dough makes up for it.The octopus was my least fav... tasty sauce, but for me the giant tentacles had a spongy texture. Burgers, truffle fries, you can't go wrong. I hear the bavette is a "must order" but they ran out. Wine is pricey."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had the truffle sauce and pecorino burger and fries - it was very good. Service was excellent. Very attentive wait person. Sat on the patio overlooking lake. View was wonderful. Perfect lunch."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in the Hamilton area for business and pleasure I do travel all over the world and UST this restaurants with business clients"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is an upscale restaurant with an enviable location on Lake Ontario. The patio is lovely if the weather is good. Everything looks posh and comfy but alas the food is only so so."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great, the view is perfect especially on the patio. Only down side is the food, not that great for the price."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Dining at Spencer's is always a treat. I enjoy preparing and consuming good meals. Spencer's has never disappointed me. On my last visit I chose as an entrée the "heritage chicken with risotto, cipolinni and leeks". Marvellous flavours and the chicken was the absolute best. I would recommend this choice to anybody. To my surprise a complimentary dessert was presented with a candle at the end of our meal to my daughter who was celebrating her birthday. The wait staff are knowledgeable ,friendly and extremely well trained. The only negative was the noise level of the mostly full dining room. It was difficult to here the waitress and also to carry on most conversation. This negative will not keep me from returning."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "As always great! The servers are old school professionals! At 50 something I appreciate the service as much as the excellent food! Brought my 80 something dad and he felt like he was on vacation abroad which was very special considering he cannot travel anymore and was a frequent one for both business and pleasure. See you soon!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Food was outstanding ... only thing was that the food was just on the edge of cold ... out standing but not hot hot hot"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We went for my mom's birthday. I had booked online, and mentioned it on the comments. They brought us a dessert without even asking. Food & wine were delicious, lots of local options, and the view is lovely. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Celebrating a birthday. No complaints on anything, and I usually encounter something that is not up to my standards."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our night at Spencer's was a surprise birthday dinner. I could not have asked for a better night- everything about it was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went for my birthday for lunch; service was wonderful, knowledgeable wait staff, great food, beautiful day."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My steak was awfully burnt when I requested medium. The servers discriminated based on age. Treated poorly"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I booked on-line and informed that we were celebrating an anniversary. Requested a window table which was not available however the seating arrangement at our table allowed both of us to have a wonderful view of the lake. Our server was outstanding. The appetizers and entrees were delicious. The piece de resistance was the dessert which our server recommended as her favourite. The pana cotta was scrumptious. The complimentary champagne was a very nice touch."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great spot for lunch or dinner. Service is always outstanding. Wide variety of food choices. Ceviche was delicious and my steak was cooked to perfection. Patio offers an excellent view over the lake."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My second visit to Spencer's on the Water was very enjoyable since we were seated outside and the weather was perfect for it! Each time I've been there, to celebrate 60th birthdays each time, we were presented with a glass of sparkling wine, on the house, to toast the occasion, which was a very nice touch! The food, service and view were excellent. This last time I ordered the smoked salmon which I didn't like as well as the chicken lunch last time. I prefer smoked slamon, thinner and drier served with onions and capers. This was more like eating pieces of raw salmon which hadn't been smoked enough. Needless to say I couldn't finish it. The latte was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The dinner atmosphere was quite busy on the Sunday night we dined there including a rather large wedding party on the patio and in a private room. There was a lot of noise and really annoying problems with flies in the dining area. The food was good however and the server was attentive and good natured."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Took my wife for our first year anniversary and was not disappointed. Food was 5 star and was delivered in a timely manner. Service was excellent, server was very engaging and polite. We even got a delicious desert compliments of the house because it was our anniversary. Perfect night all around."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "To begin with - we have been to Spenser's in the past and were quite disappointed overall on this visit. We had the later seating - and the restaurant was quite available once we arrived. The waitress did not share the specials until we asked her what they were, she recited the options, only to finish by saying they had run out. She then told us that Spenser's now charges $5 for a BREAD BASKET! I have NEVER in all my travels, nor has my husband heard of that! Our meals took a long time to come out - a gratuitous bread basket would have made a difference - we did not order one on principle. A restaurant of that calibre w those meal prices should rethink that, you even get a roll at Swiss Chalet! Not the night we were expecting - thanks."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Spencers is a very nice restaurant with scenic views of the waterfront. Food prices are based on the location. The food se3lction is not large. My family ordered Steaks and fish meals all we4re OK but not exceptional. We were seated at a booth at the back of the restaurant. This booth was right next to the bathrooms so for the entire balance of the meal we had many customers walk past us to go to the bathroom. The booth was also next to the air conditioning unit. Since this was a smaller narrower space each time the air conditioning fired up we were very cold. If not for the specific booth we were seated at it would have received 4 stars."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. Our survey was very attentive, friendly and accommodating. We had gone there for our 1 year anniversary and were surprised with the best chocolate mousse we've every had. I would recommend Specers for special occasions or to just have a drink on the patio overlooking the lake."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food was great. Waitress was great. Seating hostesses were rude and did not give us or even slot us for a patio table."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For the price and atmosphere of the restaurant, the food was awful. The pasta was simply cooked in butter with no flavour and the chicken was cold. The food should be the #1 selling feature, not the scenic view. The food should match the price point. I will never recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Ambience, view, service and food all excellent. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The wait after ordering was the perfect amount of time, not too short and definitely not long. The service was friendly, smiling, and efficient. It was our anniversary dinner and it was superb."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "When you factor the cost the overall experience drops to good. Nice views for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nice spot for a special occasion. They also accommodated my food allergies and I still felt like I had a fine dining meal and not a chicken & veggie substitute."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went for 34th wedding anniversary. So noisy could not hear each other. Food was just barely warm. It had seen it sitting under the lights for a while before it was delivered. I saw it there and was hoping it was not mine, but it was. Overall very disappointed. There are many choices for fine dining in area. This will not be one of mine again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • ".Although they got our dinner mixed up the server (Brandon)was apologetic and quick. He was very nice and attentive. I didnt however like it when the Manager (Man in a dinner jacket) came by and did not apologize for the mix up but rather asked us if we were ok with the meals we received??? he also offered a "Seafod Tower" that was mistakenly ordered and asked us if we would like it? - not once did he say it was on the house or that we had to pay for it. All in all I spent $187.00 and was pleased with the server but not with the manager and his recommendations . Not once did he mention that he would take care of the bill or subtract our meals. We ordered Cognac and espresso and dessert that were amazing but was not pleased with the meal"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Although Spencer's was very busy we arrived on time and our table was ready no where during the meal was there any gaps or delays in service Excellent"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Spencer's is a tastefully designed restaurant in a convenient location on the lakeshore. We experienced very good service and the food was well prepared. Unfortunately, the acoustics of the room are very "live" resulting in a noisy environment, making it almost impossible to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "we went for our anniversary. restaurant is very noisy and busy busy is good noisy not so much. The server was new i think. brought sparkling water instead of asked for tap. not sure of the specials. my wife had the halibut which she said was tough. I had the strip steak which was good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This used to be great place... but it has certainly gone downhill over the last year or two. My "pasta special" was drowing in oil... It took about 30 minutes to get a drink order, but yet our entrees arrived about 5 minutes after our appetizers... They charge a fortune for mediocre wine, then under-pour... Great patio, but the dining experience definitely needs improvement."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a great dining experience several month's ago and recently had brunch at Spenser's on the Waterfront.We have alway's wanted to get a chance to eat there , and when the time came we loved the dinner we had it was everything we had hoped it would be.The menu is perfect and anybody who likes classy and great tasting food with very fair portion's should dine at Spenser's.I have recommended spenser's to a lot of people looking for a great dining experience. (P.S. Try the Lamb , Rabbit , Fuagra , it will blow you away!)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Beautifully prepared and delicious meal for my birthday dinner"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent Food, although the truffle fries could have been a little crisper. We had the rustic chicken with risotto and the striploin steak with mushrooms and potatoes au gratin. Both dishes were fantastic and delicious."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Awesome food, a little pricey but well worth it. We had the steak ribeye and filet mignon, no regrets! !"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, as always, and the service couldn't be faulted. My only complaint was $35 corkage fee--come down to Earth, people--that's outrageous, especially when you consider that last time I bought a bottle of red wine here it was far too warm and had not been stored properly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Spencer's was a terrific choice for a special dinner the night before a wedding. Everyone loved the entrees, the wine selection and the new pastry chef did some spectacular work on the deserts! Go there and take a stroll on the promenade afterwards."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Restaurant is pricey but the food and service was excellent and it is right on the lakefront so there is a wonderful view of Lake Ontario."
    Dined on 6/18/2014