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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Spencer's at the Waterfront reviews from OpenTable diners
321 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (247)great for outdoor dining (186)special occasion (186)romantic (121)fit for foodies (106)great for brunch (96)great for lunch (89)good for groups (68)neighborhood gem (66)notable wine list (49)hot spot (38)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We joined another couple on a weeknight for dinner. We were greeted and seated promptly and our server came to the table to attend to us right away. We enjoyed our appetizers and main course. The halibut was cooked to perfection. Our server did not rush us, but was attentive. Prices were what one expects in this type of restaurant. The noise level was high, making conversation across the table almost impossible. This was not a big problem for us, but anyone wanted a nice quiet dinner would be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Anniversary to Remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Was it the fabulous view of Lake Ontario and the reflective pool from our window seat or was it the friendly and efficient wait staff or was it the great food served and cooked to perfection or was it the glass of champagne that welcomed us to our first experience at this restaurant? In any case it was truly an anniversary to remember (38 years by the way!). Thanks Spencer's! we'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UK visitors
    Pacemaker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Service was absolutely "spot on" friendly, timely, attentive, professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medicocracy Dressed Up
    SavoirFaire
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    At first glance Spencer's is a beautiful restaurant with a scenic view of the lake. The ambiance is somewhat romantic with low lighting and pleasant decor. My partner had the Seafood bake which was lobster, clam and mussel served with potato and half of a corn with broth. I had the Butcher choice with mashed potatoes and mushroom. The steak was too fatty for my liking and it needed some more seasoning, it was a bit bland, but overall not a bad dish. We later had the chocolate cake which was really a small very extremely cooked brownie with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. The dessert for $11 was overpriced as well as the meals was exuberantly over priced for the quality of food we were served.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food descriptions were pretentious
    26thanniversary
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the setting for the restaurant. Interior was warm and inviting. Aisles were too narrow. Noise level elevated quickly to where it was hard to carry on a conversation with someone right across the table from you. The electronic blinds to block the setting sun were impressive. The intimate booths might have also been placed at the window where the scenery could have been enjoyed more privately. Food portions were on the smallish size, but nicely presented. I really felt the food descriptions were pretentious to say the least and ridiculous that we had to have the dessert menu translated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Over-priced & lacklustre
    Opfoxley
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful as is the views of the lake, but the price point is way out of line for the food quality. For example, $22 for adding lobster to a steak when the lobster was barely the size of an average shrimp. The $38 halibut was approximately 2 oz served with corn and very little else. The vegetables served with the steak (broccolini) couldn't be cut ever with a steak knife and the potatoes Au gratin were dry and flavorless. The restaurant wouldn't last a week in any other city but it seems to be the best in Burlington. The restaurant was seeming to try to hard to make its food fancy to justify the price point when it's quality was actually lower than better restaurants like the keg or canyon creek. I'd avoid this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could do better
    jimview
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were a party of 9 adults and 2 children. One of the children was sleeping but was not all owed to sit with mother. We ordered 2 bottles of wine but were supplied with dearer wine than ordered which was not noticed at time. When phoned later was offered $50 but this ended up as $30 out of a bill of $666. Not good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Calamari starter was completely bland and rubbery. Steaks were okay but potatoes gratin were inedible and tasted lije soap. ?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will definitely return
    Johnofiowa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and service from staff and chef. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience at Spencer's
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we wanted to try a new restaurant. The restaurant was modern and the view was beautiful. Our server was amazing. The food was excellent. We would definitely come back and recommend it to our family and friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible.
    UnhappyCustomer
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The restaurant was absolutely beautiful however the food was disappointing. We had a delicious scallop appetizer which set our expectations for the rest of the evening. We ordered two seafood dishes, the Mediterranean Seabass and the Salmon with Ricotta. The salmon tasted undercooked and the ricotta was awful. The entire dish lacked flavour. I would not recommend this place to anyone. It's a beautiful restaurant, it's a shame the food is not up to par.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Ponce
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Spencer's is a MUST when you visit Burlington. Breathtaking view, excellent food and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mandr
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Outstanding lake view. Service, ambiance and food quality were very good as always. One of our favourite restaurants for a special celebration. It's worth the drive from Toronto.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!! Not tourist friendly
    Mausalbo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Honestly the food Was fine, and the wine ok. Our waitress had a hard time understanding us, even tho we speak English. Weird attitude. Our experience would've been different with a friendlier service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and view
    LovesGoodFood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was outstanding. We split the Calamari and Octopus apps., and I had the 12oz veal chop main. It was cooked perfectly (medium rare). The starters were delicious too. The waiter was very polite, accommodating, and made sure that we had everything that we needed. I've been there for brunch too, and will always recommend it if anyone asks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining at Spencer's
    Divamarie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I brought my parents to Spencer's early Sunday evening to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary... we sat outside on the deck and truly enjoyed the view, the food and the atmosphere. My parents were thrilled and I was really happy they enjoyed everything so much - they're hard to please sometimes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suen
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great for special occasion. Good food! Good service! Good atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    Vinc
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great location, great food. We always go for the Sunday brunch and is always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, 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.
  • Gorgeous view
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've been to Spencers 3 times, dinner and brunch. Always a beautiful place. The food was lacking this time. The hot food was not very hot, many items were bland such as the curry chicken and roast beef. The best part of the food was the omelette and waffle station. The items were tasty and hot because it was made to order. Even dessert was disappointing. Bread pudding, a few cookies, not what I consider high end dessert. Very expensive for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love spencer's
    Mon1
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was my third time at Spencer's, first time for brunch. The food was wonderful, the service fantastic and the view amazing. I recommend this restaurant to everyone looking for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointed
    rubyfoody
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Scene was uninviting. Web wasn't clear that we wouldn't receive champagne at our brunch just because we went to the earlier seating. Staff did not engage at all, no smiles, didn't ask what we were celebrating. Crepe station: unorganized, plates were dirty, nobody asked how they could help, just left us standing there until we said "I'll have a crepe", guys weren't wearing gloves, kept touching the dirty outdoor railing behind them and then touching the food. Food was ok, but not worth the money. Was thinking of having a special occasion there, no thanks!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome place, but Not for steaks!
    Elvis
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Second visit to Spencer's. First one was awesome with couple of friends. Good food that time. Ambiance: Awesome Service: Amazing Food: Not sure what happened this time, but we ordered some steaks, they came out really cold to the look and to taste! Could be because it was right at time kitchen was closing 10pm! But for sure if we go back it will be for the beautiful setting outside & for the amazing friendly waiter we had. Might just stick to the appetizers such as Octopus and Calamaris!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The wait for our dinner was excessive ( one hour). Appetizers were good. Main course was disappointing. Lobster/mussels dinner was very poor - a lot of corn and potato 2 mouthfuls of lobster and 5 tiny mussels!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We has been coming to Spencer's over the years for special occasions, and had gotten used to the main menu items. With the new chef, the menu has changed considerably, and is much shorter. There is a lot more fish dishes. While the dishes like the vegetarian pasta were excellent, the addition of some of the old appetizers would help
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful view but food just okay
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The view of the lake is wonderful but the food is just okay. We ordered the cheese plate for appetizer which was really good but really small for the price. The burger and fries were good but very messy so don't order if you're there on a date or business lunch. Skip the caesar salad. The salad was room temperature, not cold, and the kale used in the salad didn't go with the dressing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The evening was pleasant. The food and drink excellent. Insufficient parking resulted in a $45 parking ticket on top of a $200 tab for two. Not worth the dollar output.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BooBoo
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing dining experience. Had a gorgeous lunch on the patio at a shaded table on a perfect day!! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bijou
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    we had a wonderful lunch and your thoughtfulness in bringing us a welcome drink on the house was very special and everyone enjoyed the food and the ambience immensely. Our Edinburgh friend was very impressed! Thank you for making our lunch 'special'
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Celebrated my retirement with a family lunch. Food and ambiance were fabulous. Service was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went there for a birthday dinner and sat out on the patio overlooking Lake Ontario. The service was sublime and exceptional with unobtrusive refilling of drinks, presentation of food, etc. The food itself was exquisite, and the server's recommendations spot on. The kind touch at the end was 4 flutes of champagne to toast the birthday girl. I highly recommend this establishment for that "special" dinner, or someplace to go for good food. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent waterfront restaurant
    JustMy2Cents
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A bit far to go for a Torontonian, but well worth the drive. It is the nicest waterfront restaurant i know anywhere in or near Toronto. Much nicer view of the lake, beautiful contemporary building and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time!
    bebitongVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We made a reservation via Open Table with a note that we were celebrating our 1st year anniversary. Our server, Victoria, brought us complementary champagne. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gesture. We were given choice to sit inside or outside. It was a beautiful evening and we were sat at the very end of the patio which gave us room and quiet. The food was better than we had expected. My husband had fish and I had the lobster bake. The fish was done just right. Our server also gave us idea on wine pairing and suggested the delicious tomato salad, it was quite heavenly! We had such a good time at this restaurant and will sure return. This is our third time visit, every time, the food had been consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorely Disappointed
    Will0523
    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!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great brunch
    BrunchatSpencers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is our third time going to Spencers for Brunch. The food is outstanding as well as the variety. They have sample plates at the kitchen window(Prime Rib with Yorkshire, leg of lam, a seafood and a pasta dish). You pick which sample dish you want and the chef prepares a fresh plate for you!! I have recommended Spencers to many co-workers and no one has been disapointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 84theluv
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is our first choice of restaurants for special occasions. We love the setting right by the lake with the views of the boardwalk and Burlington pier. The food is amazing with lots of terrific choices; we've never been disappointed. As far as the service goes, it's truly outstanding and each time we've been we've felt pretty special. We've recommended it to our friends and none of them have been disappointed either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    Doug
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was great for a party of 8. Service was fantastic and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view average food
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food was average, service was not the best. outstanding view, despite the service and food, I still recommend this place for the romantic and scenic atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Surprise
    bdgirl
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate