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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
  • "The food was disappointing . The Caesar salad was good but the mixed salad didn't have enough dressing. . The steak was chewy ."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "were too. salty,especially for kids and meat inside was a little stiff."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • " scallops done to perfection -food was excellent - service was great - will return -"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Had an excellent evening on the patio dining on seafood - lovely octopus, calamari, lobster and salmon."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our server was great. She made sure our dinning needs were met."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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 !!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Beautiful food, wonderful food, and service was friendly. Couldn't really ask for more."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I came as a get away to rejuvenate myself from the current stresses in my family. You provide the perfect atmosphere and service. Being a beautiful day helped as well. All was so appreciated. Thank you. God bless you."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely dinner with a wonderful window view of Lake ontario, celebrating our wedding anniversary. Menu provided a number of good choices, food was good and the service was very prompt. Overall a good evening out, with the ambience/view/location being the number 1 asset. Will come again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Outdoor dining: the patio is covered in plexiglas: a good choice for a greenhouse, not for a patio. For lunch, the menu is limited at best. The waiter forgot to let us know about the specials and was not particularly caring. The food was good, but after we felt heavy afterwards."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went there to celebrate our fourth anniversary. We wanted something upscale and romantic and it was!!! Our cocktails were delicious , the Dudes break feast and the waterfront. Unfortunately we didn't get a patio seat maybe next time but you still have a god view from inside as well. Our mains were the steak and half lobster and they were delicious too. We even got free champagne to toast our anniversary , which was a thoughtful touch! Great night out and we walked the pier afterward, great location"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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