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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Business Meals (22)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Romantic (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 hours ago

- Wine list was extensive
- Scallops were undercooked
- Steak was ordered medium rare but came medium/well
- Creme brulee was delicious

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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

We always have a great dining experience at the Blackshop. Very friendly staff, great food, and great atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was OK, my mashed potatoes were cold. We have certainly had better meals at this place in the past.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great dinner, and a seat by the fireplace. Very nice. The service was a bit slow, but pleasant.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

We came to celebrate a friend's birthday and were not disappointed with the menu choices nor the wine list (his favourite). The service was great......the quiet family dining room was intimate and the surprise birthday dessert was delicious and not expected. Thanks for a lovely evening.
Jan

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

I found this spot on Trip Advisor having never heard of it before. I made my reservation through Open Table. Very easy to do. The decor was lovely and the service was outstanding. Our server helped us with selections and was very attentive. The food came out hot and delicious. I ordered the pasta special and it was excellent. Good wine selection as well. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will defiantly be back.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

It is very rare we go out for a nice dinner experience. I really enjoyed all three courses. The Beef tenderloin just melted in my mouth.
We did not feel rushed and could enjoy our meals and have a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The Blackshop was very accommodating regarding menu items. The last time I was there was about 2 years ago and the restaurant had plain schnitzel with mashed potatoes as an entrée. I do not like cheese and did not see this item on the menu. When I asked about it, the waitress indicated that it could be done without cheese. As well, I just wanted a garden salad that was not listed on the menu but again they were very accommodating.
The only issue I had was that when I did the booking online, I did indicate that it was for my birthday but somehow that message did not/was not conveyed over as I did not receive my birthday dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The ceasar salad and french onion soup was delicious..but the salmon entree didnt taste very good at all...and for 31.00 you should be able to enjoy your meal..
Also....the seating could be more private...
You felt like the people beside you were at the same table..
We had a gift card to try it but probably wont be back...sorry

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very attentive service. Food looked and tasted very good. Liked the touch on the desert, for the birthday girl.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

This was my first experience at Blackshop & based on the would definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent restaurant. If we lived in Cambridge we'd eat there every week. The restaurant is very relaxed in its colour palette, comfortable seating and quiet atmosphere. The menu has enough variety and the wine list is superb. Service is always friendly, professional and attentive. We look forward to dining there anytime we need to be near Cambridge.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a lovely evening at the Blackshop. The appetizers were delicious (mixed platter) and the beef tenderloins were cooked to perfection, exactly as we asked - medium rare - and warm! The only shadow to the evening was a very loud table of 6 close by...

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Would only recommend to a friend for their main courses and for sitting in the bar area. The seated couch area is not very cozy or intimate. Feels like your eating in a group setting or in a fish bowl. Our Ceasar salad was underwhelming. We think they forgot to add the dressing and our coffees came to us lukewarm. Unacceptable for a restaurant of this magnitude. So will restrict our attendance to when we want a good main course without the unnecessary fanfare. Thus the bar and the high seating areas are more suitable to ensure we get some privacy while we eat and talk.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Birthday - great experience as always

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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Had a special, cod with a beet cream sauce among other things. Very tasty!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is hands down the best restaurant in the city! The food is excellent. Cooked with no shortcuts or added chemical flavour enhancers. Just true, talented cooking. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Always our go to place for special occasions, dates, dinner with friends and business dinners. Hope this restaurant is around for a very long time as we would have to travel a very long distance to find another awesome place to eat!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great authentic food. The steak tartar appetizer was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the Winterlicious dinner special. We felt that it was really good value for the cost and was most delicious. In the past we have enjoyed the summertime specials and look forward to them again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Above and beyond tonight - thank you so much for the private table for our unexpected celebration! Everything was wonderful - food, drinks, special dessert, and awesome service - thank you Andreja:) That’s why we always keep coming back to the Blackshop

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

5 of us met for a Sunday brunch, 3 of us have been here before. 3 ate off the brunch menu and 2 of us ate off the lunch menu; nice that there was a choice. We all had a difficult time choosing as there were many good choices. The 2 people who were visiting for the first time were highly impressed with the ambience and the food. Our service was outstanding, around enough if we needed anything but did not rush us at any time. We all agree that this will be a go to place for us in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great place, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff that didn’t rush or push, fantastic food

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always great food! Usually go for their seasonal specials, this time Wow her dishes, didn't disappoint!
The go to is always steak frittes!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We are regular customers at the Blackshop and this visit was to endulge in their Winterlicious Menu. We were not disappointed! The Goulash soup was excellent, (our favourite soup!) and both the Shepards Pie and Pork Tenderloin were delicious. The sugar pie was decadent and as always, the service top notch (thanks Tanya!).

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Disappointing. Food was not the quality we have come to expect and service was poor.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Beautiful ambiance. Classy but not too fussy. Staff was wonderful. Food was absolutely amazing, right from appetizer to dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I have been using the Blackshop for over 25 years ( in 3 locations) and this was overall the worst meal I have ever had. Very disappointing and in a way sad.

The food was well below the old standard in terms of quality and quantity.

The current staff have an obligation to keep the standards at a very good level.

Although the staff were attentive they lacked energy and vibrancy.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always a great meal at Blackshop. A couple new menu item from our last visit. Recommend the meatballs, the steak tartare and the schnitzel.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

US Beef??? Not impressed. Average meal over priced. Server was best part of the evening. Very friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We loved the private room for our group. It was beautifully set up and our seever was excellent. Attentive yet in the background. Good food and everyone had an enjoyable evening. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a very nice evening in a comfortable setting.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The greeting was pleasant and polite. We were given options for our table and we able to choose the ideal spot for a nice Sunday evening meal. The food was excellent as was the presentation aling with the attentiveness and help from the staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Asked when reserving if we could get a table that was not long as it is difficult to communicate.

Not only did they give us a square table, but they gave us our own little room.

All the ladies enjoyed their lunch and were happy with the atmosphere as well.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Overall experience was excellent. Will certainly do that again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Took my wife out for our Anniversary. It’s our new go to place for great food and excellent service. This our third time there and they have never disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

My friend and I had a birthday that we wanted to celebrate. (Even though we didn't mention it was a special occasion). We consider Blackshop to be a special occasion restaurant as we come from out-of-town and normally is priced above frequent dining for us. We enjoyed the service, beverages and meal very much and finished off with delicious deserts. Thank you for the gracious serice and delicious meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience as always. Food was delicious and our waitress went above and beyond. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Restaurant was extremely noisy to the point I couldn't hear conversations at my own table.
Appetizers were cold , and my chicken dish was dried out. Total was $360... Totally not worth it.
Would not recommend or go back

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Enjoyed a great meal and the service was wonderful. We would go back for sure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food is outstanding. Terrific place. Just keep going back.

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