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About Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

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.

595 Hespeler Road South
Cambridge, ON N1R 6J3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am to 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Sheldon Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(519) 621-4180

Website:
http://www.blackshop.ca/

Catering:
For catering events contact us at 519 621 4180

Parking Details:
Ample parking at front and rear of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Main Hespeler Road Line

Executive Chef:
Dan Potter

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Fun (3)
Authentic (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 8 hours ago

A consistent high quality experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner with customers. Great calm place to discuss business. Food was excellent and staff very professional and courteous.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Appetizer and dessert serving size are a bit small for the price but the meal was very good overall.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

food was top drawer. The service could have been better. We had to ask for the evening specials and for the wine list to be returned b4 the mains. I suspect our person was new to the job as she was pleasant and friendly. Side room had an event and the noise level was quite high. Mini desserts were a good finish.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was delicious, our waitress was fantastic, and seated by the fire. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overall very satisfied with service and quality of food

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server Matteo was amazing! Made our special day even better with such great customer service!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

great rest..w friends... waitress was amazing!!! great wine tips and so friendly!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful experience as usual. Great food atmosphere and service!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ambiance and staff are lovely. The food is quite tasty. The downside is the horrendous pricing for menu items that are good but not that special. $12 for caprese salad that consisted of three small slices of tomato and two small sliced of fresh mozzarella. $30 for salmon entre that consisted of a small piece of salmon served on plan basmati rice. It was good, don't get me wrong, but NOT specially and WAY overpriced. Won't go there again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food / Atmosphere and service, management was also very attentive at the tables. Highly recommend the dining experience

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Lovely venue, art and decor excellent. The wait staff were great attentive and left us alone to visit very thoughtful! It was a date so this was great and we both loved the venue and menu!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere, food and the service was great. Great for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was lovely! Will definitely come back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We ordered both menu and feature items - all were great. The Blackshop remains one of our favourites. Some elements of he restaurant are starting to show their age - could use some minor updates.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It was out anniversary which I made note of on the reservation, but at no point did anyone make mention of it. Drinks took forever while I could see the bar tenders and staff just talking, appetizers took awhile as well. We were given a piece of cheesecake as compensation for having to wait for things. Also had wait staff walking through the restaurants discussing the crappy tips people had left them. Not sure if I would return or not.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service and Food both very good. We have made this our meeting place for our family reunion luncheons for the past 3 years and each time have been very pleased. The waiter was so hospitable and attentive, we all felt like we were in a very high end Restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful as usual.

Great menu, love the ambiance, the service was above and beyond again.

Great wine list, very accommodating staff (re food allergies).

I highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food overall was great. The waitress was really friendly and new the menu well.

Tags: Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food and service, the management was by a few times to insure we were having a great meal

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I visit the Cambridge area twice a year for a trade show. I make a point of our group having a dinner at the Blackshop. The food is always excellent, the service awesome and a good evening for all. I would recommend the restaurant for a quiet dinner, special event or dinner meeting. We will be back again in six months!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were seated promptly and our dinner experience was great. Our daughter enjoyed her birthday surprise.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Overall we enjoyed our evening. our meals took too long to arrive after ordering but was tasty..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

There for a birthday celebration. We were here one other time and the experience was just as good.
All staff were very attentive, polite and were always smiling.
The food was superb and with that and the rest of our experience there, definitely made the dollar value very good.
We are not local to Cambridge but will be coming back.
Mmmm.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Late night date after theatre. Welcomed by friendly professional server. Appies only but fabulous quality. Big patio. Will be back.
Perfect for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Three course prime rib dinner is an amazing deal! Wine is reasonably priced. Our waitress, Andrea, is cheerful and very professional, adding at least 2 stars to the already great experience!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Our Luncheon was lovely, with exceptional food and service; however, a nearby table was very loud and intrusive and was occupied by Blackshop staff and several rotating wine merchants trying to sell tgeir wine selections. We finally had to ask other staff to have the owner, John, request some peace and quiet for us.
Not the usual Blackshop ambiance, but we believe it was downright Rude !!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Casual
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Have always had good food at the Blackshop. The service is a little slow so best suited to a leisurely timetable, not a rushed lunch. The staff are helpful and never invasive. They respected our need for quieter area due to hearing difficulties and turned down the music in our area. I would hghly recommend the Blackshop, a little pricy but very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The service was excellent. I had the salmon... $30 for the tiniest piece of salmon (I've ever received at any restaurant...as I like to order fish when dining out) on top of spinach and a bit of rice with a bit of fish roe. For $30 I can go to the grocery store and buy a fillet large enough to feed at least a family of 4.
I understand we are eating at a nice restaurant and items will be a bit higher in price but I shouldn't feel ripped off and hungry when finished.
Otherwise our experience was very good. My husband really enjoyed the special and found it had good value.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great night with family. Server was fantastic. Comfortable and quiet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Am amazing meal and wonderful time. Our server Jenna was excellent.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

I suppose it was necessary but we were interrupted far too many times during conversation and not during breaks in our conversation.

It was fine but I definitely won't be coming back as it was way over priced in my opinion

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Michelle was our server. She was a total pro and very attentive. We had a great get together.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went for a nice anniversary dinner, waiter was great but food very disappointing, we have had better at chains! It was not worth the price of the bill!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Went with friends for dinner on a Friday night. Excellent food! Have gone to Blackshop multiple times over the last 16 years and have never had a meal I did not enjoy.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Enjoyed my evening dining here with an old friend. AmbIance was pleasant and service was good and not rushed (a summer evening so restaurant not crowded). Appetizers (Tacos) were delicious, but we made wrong choices for dinner - not quite as expected. Still, would highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

I made a request for a quiet table as I have noise sensitivity from a brain injury. Generally this request is never available when it comes to dining out. We ended up with a beautiful room all to ourselves with a wonderful server! The food was outstanding, atmosphere was amazing and the overall experience will have us back again soon!!!!

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Absolutely Outstanding
Great service ans great food

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

On arrival at the Blackshop the hostess who was very pleasant asked if it was a special ocassion which it was, our anniversary.
Candice our waitress was exceptional and very attentive which we appreciated. I asked if I could make a substitution to an item on the menu and she went out of her way to oblige me to the point of asking if I would get like to taste the sauce served with the fish when it was served. She offered an alternative and promptly had it replayed and served again.
Candice followed that with special anniversary desserts which topped off a great dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The table for two that we had was very close to other diners on both sides. It made it had to have a conversation when the one couple was very loud.
Otherwise service, food and price were excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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