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

Spencer's at the Waterfront

  • 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 - 3:00pm; Mid-day Menu: 3:00pm - 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 9056337494x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Spencer's at the Waterfront reviews from OpenTable diners
260 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (198)special occasion (164)great for outdoor dining (113)fit for foodies (105)romantic (97)great for lunch (83)great for brunch (72)good for groups (69)neighborhood gem (60)notable wine list (41)hot spot (23)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • brunch with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    One of my favorites for brunch. Excellent selection and variety and the view is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was fantastic, (best Calamari ever) Presentation first class. Food was delicious, service was A -One. Ambiance very warm and friendly. A bit noisy for my liking but overall a top notch restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More choices needed in this new menu please
    none
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I love having lunch here. In the past I found a lovely salad and main course to order. This time I had a delicious organic greens salad that was perfect. I looked for a vegetarian main course and found nothing except for the pasta with cream and peppers. I hoped for a garlic and olive oil sauce with lots of grilled vegetables in the pasta but none were there. There was no veggie burger either. My Father did not have his usual order as the menu changed. I ended up ordering fires for my main course. They were delicious but not what I expected for a main course. Just my thoughts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just awesome
    SteveYanni
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The restaurant is spectacular in every aspect. Our waiter "Doug" was extremely professional. He knew everything and guided us on the steak options. Food tastes very unique, cooked to perfection with rich flavours in every bite. Drinks are amazing and everything was just made perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Biffanddi
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took my sister again this year to Spencer's and was not disappointed. As usual service was great, lunch was delicious ! We had a lovely booth overlooking the water. A great spot for lunch or dinner and I hear the Sunday brunch is great also !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fastastic
    Vlasic
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    It started with a very warm and smiley welcome. From there the service was fantastic and the food was even better than the last time I went! Our meals were a perfect combination of both savory taste and food quantity. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch to Die For
    roryrobbie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I can not find any complaints to record for Spencer's! I went for brunch and it was the most incredible Sunday. Three drinks included in the price, a deal in itself! The view of the lake and fall trees was spectacular. Service was impeccable. The wait staff was extremely attentive and on the ball. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best brunch ever!
    Libs
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    What a great spot for brunch. Incredible food and friendly efficient service. The views of the lake are just the icing on the cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and great location
    2foodies
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was outstanding! We both ordered steaks and they were cooked exactly as ordered. Location has a beautiful view of the Burlington waterfront, unfortunately we didn't get a table that overlooks the water, but maybe next time because we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mitch
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The menu choices were a little too off the norm for our liking.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    KrisnBaldy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My bf brought me here for date night and I was pleasantly surprised Service was great and food was delicious. We would come back here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Absolutely fabulous meal!! The service was top notch. A little noisy, but it was a great lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Jesse6
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a treat to visit Spencer's. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and the wait staff are the best around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous dinner
    canucks
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    A friend and I had dinner to celebrate her birthday. Service was great --time taken to explain items on the menu--the server acknowledged the birthday. Dinner was delicious--fabulous kale caesar salad--the beef filet was cooked perfectly--melt in your mouth. It's my go to place when celebrating special times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Outstanding service (Matt). Great wine list (Napa Merlot) Wonderful entrees (Buffalo, chefs special steak) Divine dessert (brownie with sponge toffee) Really good mushrooms. I hate brussell sprouts, but even they were good. Great ambience. Excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect.
    Marlie59VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    As always the service and food was of the highest quality. No request was too much trouble and it was a welcome feeling to not feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration lunch
    Susaben
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We recently went to Spencer's to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food there is always delicious and the service is attentive without being intrusive. We shared a kale Caesar salad. It was okay, but I found the kale flavour overpowered tHe dressing. I wouldn't choose this again. My husband had the burger, which he declared to be the best he's ever eaten. I had the pasta special, which was also delicious. Desserts were fantastic. An overall very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but too loud!
    Foodie1975
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was fabulous! Had the Yukon gold appetizer and steaks. Portions looked small, however everything was very filling. Side of half lobster tail/claw was VERY small. Spent $155 (with tax and tip) for 1 shared appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 ice teas, so it is definitely on the higher end price wise. The view of the lake makes it worth it. Venue was open and live musician was a nice added touch. Noise was horrific and had to repeat ourselves repeatedly, although this was no fault of the establishment. Were given a table by the window as requested and the service was very good. Waitress and waiter were attentive enough to feel taken care of but not at the table too much to feel bothered. Free champagne to celebrate my BFs 40th was thoughtful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jennywill
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    like most real good resturant, excellant service and food, a little pricey and smaller portions
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Vikingmedic
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We went for our anniversary. We had a wonderful waitress who was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Service was very good. The oysters lacked flavour and my husband's swordfish was put on a risotto base and the greens were very, very bitter which took away from the meal entirely and almost made in non-palatable. Our friends had steak which they said was very good. The chocolate dessert that the others had was very good but the cheese plate I received needed a microscope to find the cheese. We found it as noisy as a Il Fornello which was surprising considering it was a Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Table4Four
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was delicious, the location lent to beautiful views, the restaurant esthetics were warm and inviting, and the staff were unbelievably helpful, fun, vibrant and made it all a truly wonderful experience! . . . Spencer's has it all. Absolutely great place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a delicious & lovely evening
    Alwayswiththefood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been to Spencer's three times in the last year and have never been disappointed. The menu changes seasonally but the kale ceasar and the salmon tartare are my fav appetizers. The steaks are always cooked to our liking which can make or break my meal experience. This last meal I had the polenta wth king mushrooms - delicious! We will continue to bring friends and family here when they make the trek to Burlington and we want to treat them to a special meal. The view of the lake is always lovely, but even nicer as the sun goes down and the bridge lights come on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great and the views of the lake were amazing especially as I was able to get a booth overlooking the water as requested during my reservation. The only knock on them is the menu which had a steak item tagged as the "Chef's favourite" which was not available and the dessert menu was somewhat cryptic as it was unclear as to whether each item was cake, yogourt, salad or otherwise. Overall a great experience and would definitely visit them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    ICE9
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been to Spencer's a few times prior to this (October 4th) & every time it's been an amazing experience. I live in Vaughan & have no problem traveling to Burlington for Spencer's. I highly recommend for a romantic dinner. The music inside the restaurant was a bit louder this time then usual, but it was busy, so maybe they were trying to drown out other people's voices. Still, louder than needed. There was a wedding reception at the time, we were not disturbed by it & the restaurant did a great job at making sure of that for the whole place. The food is always impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shopper
    Shopper
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Overall the meal was good BUT my friends kale salad didn't have any bacon or croutons as mine did and her pasta had a hair in it at the first bite. We thought we should have been offered something in compensation but weren't!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine in!!
    Dinenamite
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Love the location - right on the lake - great atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hello
    vanda
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I thought the food was mediocre in comparison to the high prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very good but expensive! Unfortunately the restaurant won't take reservations for outdoor seating which is what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Birthday Celebration
    moreplease
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My family travelled from various cities in Niagara to dine at Spencer's for my 65th birthday. The hostess and waiter were great in helping us to be seated and allowing us to order as the group arrived at various times due to traffic delays. Our food arrived in timely fashion so that we were all eating together as the evening progressed. Everyone enjoyed the food presentation and taste. The servings were large. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Setting! Great staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Unique in that can have brunch on the patio on a beautiful day and enjoy a great view. Like a mini holiday. Appreciate use of local produce and the friendly attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit to Spencer's
    DonPen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our first visit, likely won't be our last. Our waiter (I think his name was Mac) was truly excellent and provided gratis flutes of champagne at the end of our meal to toast our 39th wedding anniversary. A surprising and much appreciated nice touch. As nice as the food and service was, it was of course the location that lent the most to our dining experience. The Burlington Teen Tour Band was practicing on the waterfront. The views over the water, dotted with sail and power boats, were outstanding and as the outside lights gradually came on and table candles were lit, the interior lighting was dimmed too. All in all a delightful experience - if a little pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall experience did not live up
    nightout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were placed at the last window seat right by the door to patio and server station. This is the most undesirable location to be placed: servers whizzing by every 5 seconds slamming into each other, commotion, very loud. It was horrible. Our order came out wrong (gave me chicken dish while I ordered vegetarian pasta), had to wait to have my correct meal made and have my husband's put in the warmer to wait for me. Felt rushed, the place was a commotion, and our view was of a another couple 3 inches in front of us outside the window on the patio. For a special night out away from the kids it was an hour and half whirlwind that we will not be repeating, for the cost of the bill and overall disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service when we got there didn't exist. It took about 10 minutes before someone came to our table. It was the bartender that noticed and sent someone over. That kind of started off on the wrong footing. Would we come back? No.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spencer's - Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food, ambiance and service was outstanding, however a little expensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was buzzing
    Queenie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our lunch was great. The summer weather finally arrived but so did bees! We were constantly swatting while trying to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spencer's Burlington Waterfront
    Peacock
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Exceptional Burrata. Salmon was firm and tasty. Good service. Great view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome!
    Antho
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated out first wedding anniversary here and everything was great. The food, the service and the ambiance. Also, you can't go wrong with complimentary sparkling wine to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience
    Aguirrvi04
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We arrived and our table was ready, the waitress told us that they were closing the kitchen because they stopped serving lunch and the only items available were the starters and some salads without the option to add chicken, etc. I was so angry, my kids were hungry. We arrived passed 3 and they say in their website they serve lunch until 430, the policy of closing the kitchen one hour and a half before the time posted on their website is not clear. It was pricey for what they served us. When we went out, they were prepping for a wedding and the waiters were having an awesome hamburger, that was not available for us in the menu, we just felt they were short staffed and they were having other priorities.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waterfront Gem
    CityHome
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The setting is really beautiful. I loved the modern building and was drawn to it because it's on the lake. It was an incredibly windy day when we were there but the patio was sheltered from the wind so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. The staff was friendly and the food was great. My sister and I are both Vegetarians so we had the pasta. It had eggplant in the dish so the only negative comment I would have is that I would have preferred that the eggplant been cooked a bit longer. Other than that everything was outstanding and I would definitely go back. It was worth the trip from Toronto for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would return
    Bridget
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was good to very good. I thought the menu was a little pretentious. The restaurant is quite noisy so highly recommended if you are looking for a 'party/casual' atmosphere but not recommended if you are looking for a romantic venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.