Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

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CAN$30 and under
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European
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
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go here on date nights.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I’m not sure why but the food the last couple times we’ve been has just been okay. Unfortunately, this time our server knocked a full glass of water all over my wife before we even ordered. Very little was done to help or make up for the inconvenience

T
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Blackshop is wonderful... great food always fresh. Waitress Michelle is great. The one room in the back should be updated but overall it’s a great place. I highly recommend it

MM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My wife and I have been a couple of times for group events, but this was the first time we had been just ourselves. It was our anniversary so we were looking for a great meal and it just didn't deliver.

The food overall was just nothing special and nothing of a higher quality than the pub next door. My wife's pesto gnocchi had no pesto on it and was just dry and tasteless. Because of this, obviously we didn't feel we got great value since it is a little higher priced menu but on this occasion below average food.

With so many good options now, I would have to recommend others spend their dollars elsewhere.

LP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our group was given a separate room and a large square table. We were all able to see each other and hear everyone. I hadn't requested that, but it was perfect for our reunion. Excellent Caesar salad I might add.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing like always

OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal good service

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was excellently cooked and seasoned. Salmon was tender and prime rib was perfect. Portions were on the moderate size. Service and ambience were great. Only drawback was the bread. It had absolutely no flavor at all and the butter was unsalted to boot. Keep up the great work!

BH
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food and service was good however I don’t like the new menu as there isn’t as many choices that the four of us liked

BO
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

we were behind the the short curtain with a party of 7-near the kitchen and bar.while the curtain was closed noise was noticeable from other patrons- understand for parties of 7 etc there is a RED room and another room-as we frequent often will inquire on our next reservation and visit the location

CD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter (Matteo) was fantastic always there when we needed him and discreet when I needed him to be. He included everyone in the conversation. Please do something extra special for this wonderful person! He deserves it!

NK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place to dine although we had a mixture of appetites late in the evening (we were seated at 8pm and just wanted light food to share with drinks) and the server made us feel like we were supposed to all order entrees. Otherwise, schnitzel was delicious and would recommend for an atmospheric spot.

GB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambience, even for larger groups. Overall food was good, and deserts excellent. A bit pricey, but overall great experience.

WA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was terrific! Our server was excellent! Food was delish. Thank you.

RF
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Business dinner was excellent. Attentive staff, particularly helpful with wine selections. I had rack of lamb and it was cooked to perfection. Duck confit was really good, as was the pasta. Shout out to a great staff that anticipates your every need. Excellent night out!!

l
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have visited Blackshop many times and have always enjoyed the experience and the food. My last visit was not the best experience. It was a very busy time with many work groups visiting for their Christmas celebrations, so I did make allowances for the noise level. My dining guest ordered the pickerel on risotto. She said the pickerel was good but the risotto had no flavour and she was disappointed. It was the special for the day and should have been a hit. I ordered the mushroom rigatoni. The mushrooms were plentiful and flavourful but the sauce on the rigatoni was bland. I wasn't offered parmesan but I asked for it and hoped it would add some flavour but it didn't help much. We both ordered the beet salad. It was just soso. Again, the dressing was bland. We both ordered coffee, both regular and decaf. Both were lukewarm. We were offered refills but the results were the same. Our server was attentive in spite of the restaurant being really busy. I will go again but I won't order the mushroom rigatoni again. I had been there just a couple of days before and had ordered the burger. It was delicious!

RF
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great dining experience. Food choice & preparation were excellent. Xmas food options were unique.
Service was excellent, good attention to detail and anticipating our needs. I had rack of lamb for my main and it was cooked to perfection. I highly recommend this restaurant, one of the best in the area.

FM
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous...our favorite restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Office Christmas dinner for 9
Blackshop did a wonderful job. They reserved the Chef’s Table for us. Food was wonderful. Our server was friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful time!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! From the cozy/intimate but chic ambiance to the delicious dishes and also the high level of service.

BE
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and delicious food. My sister and I had a lovely time and we could hear each other. Our server was charming and so helpful. We will return before Christmas.

p
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chris was our waiter, he was excellent. very attentive. 4 of us dined on a sunday night. 3 ordered the prime rib , cooked to perfection. 1 order of the tenderloin came out a little cool. Chris took care of it immediately. we all enjoyed the meal very much!

MB
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food for our table of 8 was mediocre to good. Steak & frites were especially disappointing- hard dry frites and over cooked steak. Seafood stew had plentiful and tender seafood but bland sauce. Prime rib was quite good but fatty and mashed potatoes were not creamy. Everything else was fine. Service was good and we did not feel rushed at all. Will not rush back.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Been here many times but today was horrible experience. They don’t have enough staff and if you want a meal served to you within a reasonable time, It will not happen. If you notice a large group of people have arrived in the restaurant at the same time as you, turn around and pick somewhere else because you will wait very very long for your food. They make large groups their priority and ruin your experience. Very disappointed

SR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing classy service and great food. Highly recommended.

r
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The atmosphere was excellent. The food was awful. This Resturant was recommended by my colleague but it was very disappointing. We both had steak. The steak was the toughest I’ve ever had. My guest said the same thing. I also had mash potatoes that were literally cold. Even the butter did not melt on the potatoes. We did not complain as we figured we would just never return. Again, very disappointing.

MO
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at the Blackshop Restaurant. A cozy table by the fireplace celebrating our anniversary. The food was great, the service was amazing and the extra touches added to our special day.

JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great location for a business lunch. Service was excellent, the food was very good.

CF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and food was up to usual high standards. Adequate portions and nice presentation

P
Wilmington
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a business dinner with a customer, excellent wine selection, service is outstanding. Nice varied menu, will definitely return

N
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the atmosphere and food of The Black Shop, our go-to place for any occasion.

L
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The place is dated. The food is good. Needs some loving care in improving the atmosphere. Too dark and furniture should be changed.

DG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service and atmosphere were wonderful.

S
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, it was a great meal with great friends.

h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent decor, service, and food quality and choices.

MO
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We rarely suggest restaurants to friends but the Blackshop is one of the few we know will exceed most people's expectations. The atmosphere is what you would expect to find in downtown Toronto, Chicago or other major centre. It is sophisticated without being pretentious and is equally, in our opinion, appropriate for a special celebration, date night or business get-together.

EI
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find. Warm welcome when we arrived for an early dinner and
continued great attention through the meal. The Sunday rib roast attracted us to
the restaurant, but one of the party had to be at the theatre early, so we were not
expecting to have the special. We were very pleasantly surprised that it was
ready and it was definitely outstanding. A beautiful restaurant. Wonderful service.
Thank you.

D
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was professional. Server was knowledgeable and able to accommodate food sensitivities. Food out of the kitchen was incredibly slow (over 1 hour in getting entire out). Overall, a pleasant atmosphere and good food but not exactly a good value.

t
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drinks were superb as always at The Blackshop. The halibut special was generous and perfectly paired with pea prosciutto risotto, and the mushroom rigatoni creamy with scallops pan fried to the exactly right temperature. Delicious!

KS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for conversation. Food and service were outstanding!

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