Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

4.4
1137 reviews
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A Cambridge landmark, this lively restaurant offers both inventive and traditional cooking, delivered in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. The restaurant's ambiance is comfortable and appealing, providing quality food, at the right price in an unpretentious way. The restaurant features aged steaks and lamb, along with fresh seafood, pastas and daily features. The bar offers a wine spectator award winning wine list, along with an extensive choice of scotch, and draught beer.
The staff is professional yet friendly. An excellent choice for a business dinner, romantic get away or a great dinner for one.
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been twice now. Both times with had the fixed price dinners. First was the summer seasonal special, and it was very good. Highly recommend. Second was the Sunday prime rib dinner. Outstanding.

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful Sunday lunch/brunch experience!! We were greeted at the door by name...the restaurant was quiet so we were given our choice of tables...Chris...our server was thoroughly professional...knowledgeable...friendly...efficient...m wife and I ordered the same lunch...3 egg omelette with carmelized onions...shaved asparagus...mushrooms and Stilton cheese...it came with potatoes...and sautéed spinach...very very nicely presented...and delicious...they have a great wine list...and selection of draft beers...there was a regular lunch menu...a Sunday brunch menu and a special three course lunch prep fixe...(until the end of August)...cannot say enough about our outstanding server...even though it’s a 45 minute drive from home...would go back again...

ML
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The consistent, fresh prepared food, the high quality service and the friendly atmosphere make the Blackshop a consistent high performer. I enjoy showing Toronto friends and relatives Cambridge's finest.

RL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed when I dine there.Would recommend at any time.

T
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food every time. Best salmon. Only recommendation is the green room needs to be updated. I will always keep coming back.

GJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went a few years ago and visited recently for a special occassion. Glad we went back, excellent service and food was great. Very well run establishment, excellent management shows.

j
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Device was just okay food quality is not great.

BK
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I LOVE blackshop lamb dinner and always order it! I should have stuck with it but tried something new and was very dissappointed. My family was neither satisfied or dissatisfied.

MT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Fantastic meal at Blackshop! Everything was just perfect.

D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful family celebrations enhanced by two surprise tributes.

DS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to The Blackshop quite often, and are never disappointed. The service is excellent, as well as the food.
We’d highly recommend it for lunch or dinner.

SB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect! The food was excellent. We had salmon and gnocchi.
It was a Monday, so all was quiet, so I can't speak to the rest of the week.
We were celebrating a birthday, and the birthday girl was presented with a beautiful dessert, and she was thrilled with our choice of restaurant. This was our first visit, but we will visit this restaurant every time we take a trip to Cambridge.
I would recommend this restaurant for a date night or a celebration of any type.
We were dressed casually, and still felt comfortable.
Five stars!

3
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

If the food was better, I would. The prices were extremely high relative to the quality of the food.

DS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves going to Blackshop for lunches and dinners. The staff are very knowledgeable, and polite.
The food is consistent, and there’s lots of it.
We have gone there for years, and will continue to go.

S
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful evening to celebrate our Anniversary. Great service, delicious food, memorable evening.

BO
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we continue to return thus very happy

always waited on very attentively

BA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

On booking l was asked if this was a special occasion, l replied that it was my wife's 75 birthday, I also asked not to be seated in a corner, but on a nice table. On being show to our table we were seated on a small table facing a fireplace, my seats view was the blank wall holding the fireplace. To the right of the fireplace was an open door leading into a large room that was full of people celebrating a birthday party. The door was open during our meal with loud laughter and people coming and going passed our table talking on their phones.
I asked for a nice table, l don't think l was given a nice table. Why do you ask if this is a special occasion when you just dump off people facing a blank fireplace?
Our waitress was excellent, the meal was nicely served and was satisfactory, but l thought a little expensive for what we had.
I don't think we shall return.

t
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

After a horrific experience, they reached out and I went back to give it another try. The food was good. And much better than last time, cocktails were great, and the place is nice.

However! I can’t get over the prices for average food. Langdon hall prices but not even close to the quality. $47 for lamb? Halibut for $45? I have eaten at the top residents in canada for the same prices. It isn’t like you are paying for a view, or some remarkable food. You are paying because they are the only game in town?

I’m not afraid of paying high prices for great food, but there is a disconnect here. High prices and ok food.

I had the boar with some potato and raspberry sauce for $32. It was good, under seasoned but I’d eat it again for $20.
Halibut for 45 was bland, not the buttery fish you would expect, seemed to be a cooked from frozen piece on a risotto. Was ok for $25, but not $45.

The wine menu is way over priced, jlohr cabsav. 25 at LCBO. $120 there.

Everything comes with a premium at this place, except they forget the premium should be in the quality. Even the most expensive places to eat understand the guest should walk away with a feeling of delight. Not confusion.

Overall- they redeemed on the food and cocktails, but I won’t eat here again. These prices make it impossible to walk away satisfied.

There is such a disconnect between their prices and the quality that it makes it a low star review. If it was half the price it would be a 4 star place. It is equal to eating at a chain resturant.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party family dinner, food was great and excellent service. Very attentive server, gave us plenty of time between courses. We have been several times before, when we travel up here to see family and it’s always consistent.

SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been disappointed at this restaurant. Consistently great.

MO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

As always a warm welcome and friendly but un-intrusive service. On other visits the kitchen has excelled . . . a little less so on this one. A problem with one of the orders but it was rectified, though the wait for the replacement steak left the diner sitting twiddling thumbs. Sadly a fresh order of frites with the steak would have been the right way to go. The pasta order was somewhat over-oily for my taste but it was OK. Perhaps the most irritating part of the meal was being served close-to-cold coffee, and when a replacement was brought there was no question as to whether the other coffee drinkers would like theirs replaced. The place was quite busy so maybe this was why a request for ice was ignored or forgotten.

With these caveats I would still say a lunch or dinner visit to Blackshop would likely meet your expectations.

N
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled to have a private space for our group of 10. The food and service were excellent and
it was a very memorable evening. We will be back!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We waited for service only got drinks once and the bill was not correctly split. Food was ok. Could have been a better experience with. More attentive server.

B
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The birthday dessert was fantastic. Very nice touch.

HM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, beautiful patio...awesome easy casual not overbearing service!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

RK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated right away in a very cozy room off to the side of the Main Dining area. It was Father's Day so the restaurant was quite busy. Our server was excellent and knowledgeable about the wine and food pairings. The only thing that we experienced was slower than normal service from the kitchen.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Server disappeared.
Food was very disappointing.
Only 2 tables on the patio full but yet still did not see server. Had to wait 20 mins for the bill

IS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing place to have a special meal for a special occasion and great ambiance.

L
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were out celebrating Father's Day a day early and this was the perfect choice. Their prices have gone up since the last time we were there but it was well worth it. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great experience, outstanding food & beautiful venue. service was a little slow, however the restaurant was quite full and staff were working as quickly as possible. our waitress was lovely, can’t wait to go back!

JW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my friend for brunch on Sunday. The steak and eggs was out of this world good. Mimosa was great. Service was top notch. Great location and environment. Would definitely come again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, friendly helpful staff, great meal.
Very nice decor
I wear hearing aids and even thought the restaurant was not overly busy, I found it very difficult to hear my friends at the opposite end of the table. I think it was because of the high open ceilings which do not absorb sound well. But that is my problem - not yours!
We had a very enjoyable evening with former work friends. The location was central to all of us, coming from K-W, Cambridge and Hamilton.

MO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A delightful spot for a birthday lunch. Top-notch service and meals that were universally enjoyable.

AL
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Fatty steak

JO
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 4 enjoyed our Anniversary dinner! It was wonderful sitting in one of the smaller rooms. The service was impeccable! Our server was an absolute sweetheart. I have only been to Blackshop a couple of times and it is now going to become my “go to” restaurant for all our celebrations. I have food allergies and I have a large selection to choose from on the menu.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Yes I would recommend it to family and friends. A nice restaurant for celebrations eg birthdays anniversary’s but don't expect a free dessert ! Overall a good place for good , and ok service.

DC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Appreciated server allowing my friend and I time to catch up and not rushing us. Lovely decor. Will definitely visit again.

S
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent - attentive but not overbearing.

RB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't eat here very often but always like it when I do

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