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: 9056337494x
  • 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 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 Service
Spencer's at the Waterfront reviews from OpenTable diners
309 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (238)special occasion (190)great for outdoor dining (178)romantic (120)fit for foodies (103)great for brunch (99)great for lunch (83)good for groups (66)neighborhood gem (64)notable wine list (51)hot spot (40)late-night find (21)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • I Was Manipulated!
    JCOntarioVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a most unpleasant experience with Spencer's that the on duty Manager, Cameron failed to understand, acknowledge, or compensate for. Being a frequent guest to Spencer's both for personal and with group's from my business I was stunned by how I was in hindsight so obviously set up and manipulated to show up for dinner at the same time Burlington Ribfest was on at Spencer Smith Park. The story is too long for the allotted space herein but since CAMERON did such a great job "managing" the situation that we will not be back nor will I spend anymore of my companies money bringing groups in. GOOD ONE CAMERON! Carriage House is down the road and is as good if not better! You think because your always busy that you can treat people that way?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorely Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have eaten at Spencer's a number of times over the past few years and although the food was average it has always been way over priced for the quality. That was until last night when my wife and I went for our anniversary - Spencer's took it to a whole new level of disappointment. When making the reservation Spencer's was made aware that this was for our anniversary and yet not even recognition by our host or server was made. Service was exceedingly slow, soda was flat and we were told "that's just how it is here", medium rare steak comes out medium well, lobster bake was a terribly concocted dish. For the price, Would recommend Carriage House over Spencer's any day!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Val5105
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner very much but it was a bit on the pricey side .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Spencer's and it was a wonderful meal with lovely scenery overlooking Lake Ontario. We sat in a booth because the patio was not available, and we really enjoyed that location even more. The waitress was especially attentive and offered to take our photos and brought me a slice of a birthday cake with a candle to blow out, which was just the right size for me. The food was excellent -- fresh, seasoned just right, and cooked just right. I loved the hamburger and my husband had the pasta. The desserts were spectacular. For the quality of the food and the experience, the lunch was well worth it. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great All Round Except Dessert
    Petepi
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our family of four enjoyed just about everything at Spencers particularly the great choice of apps and mains. The wine list was a bit disappointing and marked up higher than is normal. A great view and fantastic waitress were almost enough to excuse a pitiful dessert selection. We tried two, the chocolate and the ricotta cheese cake. The chocolate was a desiccated brownie and the cheese cake boring. Then tried the cheese selection to find one of the five, the brie, was all gone. Cost about $400 for four with one drink each and an average bottle of wine. Not bad but needs a closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spencers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It was a great experience. Would suggest that they invest in some crisp white table clothes and cover the damaged tables - it would take the restaurant to another level. Spencers has a fantastic location by the lake with wonderful food and wine
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Spencer's at the Waterfront
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I loved everything about Spencer's - from our great waiter, Doug, to the wonderful deck. It was a very hot day when we sat outside for lunch, but my friend and I enjoyed every minute of it! The food was fantastic (loved the Kale Caesar) and it was a really memorable experience. Thanks Spencer's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    TravellingFamily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Menu selection was good. Ambiance excellent. Service perfect. Our go-to place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, great view
    Foodfiend
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Staff is great, lots of tasty food choices, buffet is a bit cramped to get around and the hot food could be hotter, some was only slightly warm. Still enjoyed it despite these problems, definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to love this place but...
    lovefood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    service as gone downhill lately. hostess was very rude and unaccommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic venue for brunch. Plenty of variety including seafood, eggs Benedict, freshly made crepes, lamb, roast beef, salmon, fresh salads. Would love to return every month! Servers are extremely hospitable, wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Globo1g
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place is pretty amazing and is a nice little special occasion spot. Love the food and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notuptosnuff
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was disappointing . The Caesar salad was good but the mixed salad didn't have enough dressing. . The steak was chewy .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The server was very welcoming, and knowledgable about the menu. The noise level was a little higher than what we anticipated but it was fine. The food was very bland!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Pauline
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The staff is friendly, courteous and professional. The waffle/crepe guys, the oyster shucker, the people doing the hot items in the kitchen, our server, everyone is pleasant and helpful. The man in the kitchen didn't even scorn my request for very well done beef! We liked where we were sat--in the booths at the side, overlooking the deck--because the noise level is more comfortable there for conversation. 2 small things--One of the boys refilling the buffet had some kind of earphones on. Bad server etiquette, I think. Also--the caesar glasses are small. But all in all, great meal, great staff and great ambiance! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    mmmgood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was outstanding and quite high quality with nice variety. A bit of a wait at the waffle station at times but I'd go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome lakefront dinner
    Elvis
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was an exquisite setting right outside overlooking the lake. Good food, steaks, calamari appetizer, salads. Very attentive smily waitress. Definitely recommend it for a good romantic dinner for a couple. Or a good small group outing for some good food and an awesome ambiance. Can always follow it with a walk by the lake! Cheers
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely view
    FaiGow
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I dined with my spouse on a Saturday, and the noise level was such that you had to lean in to hear your companion speak. Some may find that romantic, some not. For appetizers, my husband ordered soup of the day (carrot ginger) which was good if not a tad salty. For main course he had the Bavette steak which was excellent. I had kale cesar as starter - good, but cesar salad could have used a tad more anchoviness/kick to it - found it a bit too bland-creamy. My halibut main course was very good, but again the fish was rather salty on the surface. I think one goes to Spencer's for the overall experience (great service, beautiful view), but if it were for food alone, I'm not sure I'd make the special trip out there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hamburgers
    julia
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    were too. salty,especially for kids and meat inside was a little stiff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Late night drinks
    perrierjouet
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Seated on the beautiful patio in a lounge area as requested but I guess the waiter didn't realize we were there for drinks so no one came by to check on us or ask us if we wanted another glass of wine or any food until I got up and approached them. We sat there for maybe an hour waiting, pretty surprising in such a nice venue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overall great experience
    outofthecoup
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    scallops done to perfection -food was excellent - service was great - will return -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seniorfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Spencer's. It was a birthday celebration and your staff made it very memorable. The food was delicious. We all had different meals and the three of us enjoyed them thoroughly. My steak was perfectly cooked as was the salmon and halibut my friends enjoyed. The champagne topped off the evening perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch on the patio!
    MAMS
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I arranged our yearly luncheon get-together at Spencer's once again as everyone loves it! We enjoyed the patio, even though it was a cool day, as the wind from the north was blocked by the building. All four of us chose different entrés and we all loved our choices! I had the organic sprouts, shoots and leaves topped with roast chicken. The chicken was perfectly cooked and very moist. We loved the choice of Ontario wines!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and wonderful service
    Ernie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I wanted to take my wife to a special place fo rour 37th wedding anniversary. We asked for a table by the windows and enjoyed the view of the water and the pond where people were playing with their model boats. The server was excellent and asked if we were celebrating something special. When we told her she responded with Champagne for toasts. We were informed of the specials and given a description of some of the specialities. We were very pleased with our choices. The steaks were perfect. The kale cesar salad very good. The Beer Battered Brie was excellent. A great night out. Worth the drive from Toronto.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio dining
    Brian
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had an excellent evening on the patio dining on seafood - lovely octopus, calamari, lobster and salmon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Grtservice
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our server was great. She made sure our dinning needs were met.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at Spencer's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was my first visit to Spencer's and it was my wife's and my anniversary. We were able to have a nice table by the window on the lake. The service was prompt and friendly. Our waitress's suggestion of the special of the day was a very good and tasty choice. The wine list was quite diverse in our preferences. The wines that we choose were well presented and enjoyable. All in all this was a memorable evening for my wife and me and I would highly recommend this restaurant for a pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Sharpie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A wonderful restaurant to celebrate our 30th. We wanted somewhere special to remember this occasion and Spencer's fit the bill to a tee. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience over all !
    Ross
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I made the reservation online for 5 guests to celebrate my parents 45th anniversary, when we got to the restaurant I had made an error and should have made the reservation for 6 guests. The staff member who seated us didn't even mention it, and just seated us and brought another place setting without asking. Our amazing waiter (Brandon) was unbelievable… he helped pick a nice bottle of red wine, really pushed the sea bass special ( which was really amazing ) and suggested a great meat option as well. Brandon really made our dining experience even better when he surprised us with a glass of Champagne to make a toast to my parents and had us try a lemon sorbet for dessert. We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chaotic unorchestrated unsupervised
    superreviewer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Second time visit - found that atmosphere and help in the dinning area to be notably different. We were helped by 3 different wait staff at random times -some efforts were overlapped by each of the 3 staff. Despite the amount of wait staff that evening, none of them were supervising the other patrons who had kids that were exploring the dining area on their hands and feet underneath the tables. One of the wait staff had incorrectly taken our main dish order causing a missing side and incorrect meat temperature. We brought this up to a different wait staff at the time and we had to review the issue with another wait staff member. By the end of the evening, the original waitress that first greeted us had brought the wrong bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    omnomz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Beautiful food, wonderful food, and service was friendly. Couldn't really ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "less then less."
    2CanDine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    To be honest the steak was dry. The dinning experience was awful, My online reservation was not even taken to my special request. I was very disappointed in an overall experince. Asked for a romantic setting for our wedding anniversary with lake view... Ended up behind a sales team of obnatious drunks that where rude and pigs good job by the Hostesses /Manager overall the expectancies where not met nor exceeded, there for not worth the paper the menu is written on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out4lunch
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had a requested a table outdoors as we were bringing friends from out of town but when we arrived we were told the patio was full. We asked if we could sit at the small cocktail table while we waited which we did and ordered a glass of wine. While waiting we noticed the staff bringing out a table and setting it. It was for us! They quickly set it up and moved us to it before we even received our drinks. Very accommodating staff! We had a wonderful lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spencers at the Waterfront
    Urbanhymn
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    While I felt our waiter was excellent and both the mussels and the Kale salad were superb the main course arrived both very late as well as very cold. Neither my date nor I wished to create an issue in public so we tolerated our experience. The potato gratin was under done and almost to the point of crunchy. My sirloin was cool and the portion size left something to be desired and there was a distinct bitterness to what I recognized as possibly broccoli. I can only assume that all of this was the result of a Sunday evening wedding reception since we have previously had an excellent dining experience at this establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as always
    Cflage
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Have gone to Spencer's before for dinner and brunch was delicious. For $47 you get unlimited beverages and 3 alcoholic drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dennis
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food portions were slightly small given the price, so on this end I would have expected more. But food taste and service (2 complimentary glasses of champagne for our wedding anniversary) were both very good and I was very pleased about this. In the interest of best hygienic practice, I think cutlery and flatware should be placed on a napkin, serviette or plate instead of directly onto the table top.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does 1 bar for sound mean not loud?
    Canadianbishop
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great location, gor seated at a Windowside booth overlooking the lake. The server knew her food, Was professional and fun (joked back when I joked) The food was very well cooked. It was a lot of fun and de-lish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only one hickup
    Wingding
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Met people already at our table. Not a big deal but did not get water until we asked. The only issue I had was the Bread Platter had all the spreads but there was 7 of us but six pieces of bread That said this is a fine restaurant and would recommend it to everyone The service was also very good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    the place is lovely, the view spectacular. Our drinks were great! the food ranged from ok, to mildly disappointing. The steaks were good, the potato accompaniment was dense. and The wild salmon was far too dry to be enjoyable, with so little sauce it could not be enjoyed. The pizza was just no fun at all. The choco dessert was great. The cake dessert left us all wondering what they were attempting with crumbs scattered in a moon shape over half the rim of the plate, and no discernible flavour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold good and late service
    Marmoura
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had reservations for 5:30. Arrived 5:35-we're seated in the very cold area on the way to the washrooms- asked to change seats-which we did then food arrived at 7:15?? We were ready to leave at that time- it was cold my salmon was cold but didn't bother to ask to chane as we just wanted to leave
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate