Spencer's at the Waterfront

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3377 reviews
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Located on the Burlington lakefront, Spencer's at the Waterfront hosts a stunning patio and a glass walled dining room with breathtaking views. Great for a group or a romantic setting. Sip wine while enjoying a fresh and innovative seafood tower, daily changing fresh market fish and dry-aged craft cut steaks.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Would have loved to be in the main dining area, however because we were a larger party we were put in the atrium area. If I had known this when I booked I would have asked to be in the main dining area. Although the view was beautiful, the atrium is very cafeteria like and it echos. The food and service were amazing as usual.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was generously gifted a gift card to Spencer's. My husband and I decided to use it for their brunch which we have had several times over the years. It is a pricey meal for 2 ($135.00 tax/tip). The food was good, but there was not a great selection. If you liked seafood, it was o.k., but for a vegetarian, there were just salads and cooked veggies.
The service was friendly but we had to ask for our drinks, bill and a plate to put our shell fish discards. Over all, we decided not to return due to cost and lack of food options.

GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was excellent with the exception of waiting 23 minutes for a table with an 8pm reservation and being told you were getting a certain table and being brought to a completely different table.

BM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality food, for reasonable prices. Good value for the quality.

PT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

In general we had a fabulous lunch celebration for our Mom. Our server, Jill, was fabulous and our meals were very good. The lobster roll was a lobster and shrimp roll (with quite a bit of shrimp) and a lovely salad with too much dressing. The burger was great, as were the mussels, and the Caesar salad with steak. The special birthday plate with truffles for my Mom was very sweet. We enjoyed it immensely. The noise level (lots of other people celebrating!) was a bit tough at times.

Would definitely recommend Spencer's for an elegant lunch, in beautiful surroundings with top notch staff.

w
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had noted when making the reservation that we were celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday.
It would have been nice if she was recognized with something special.

CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Specials were delicious but very small portions. Certainly not worth $40.

EF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, the view from the patio was excellent but the food was bland and overpriced. We will return and try something different, hoping for better results.

RT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stunning views across Lake Ontario from the balcony patio.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was attentive and friendly. Tuna appetizer was excellent!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were quite disappointed overall. Our server was over-stretched and the portions were too small.

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food weren’t as good anymore . Service was soso.

VC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch is outstanding. Love the decor and view as well

AR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious, wait staff were courteous and friendly, selection was unbelievable! All inclusive was an amazing value. Will definitely be back again!

JM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

pleasantly pleased with the food and service. Much improved from a previous bad experience where all the meals we chose tasted the same (fish on the menu and a fish special were identical in flavour) so was pleased the experience was great this time.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend Spencer’s for the ambiance and service, but not the food. It sadly doesn’t match up to the value. The food was good but not great.
We were celebrating two birthdays and the server brought us over a glass of Sparking wine. That was a lovely touch!

KT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great service and great ambience! perfect for a romantic evening or going out with friends

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

Our waitress went above and beyond for our anniversary and the food was amazing!!! Will absolutely come again.

MN
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed very much the food and views at Spencer's. The Arctic Char was perfectly cooked and seasoned on a delicious bed of cord chowder. The calamari was crisp with tasty creamy dill sauce. My business colleagues had the clams and said they were amazing.

One suggestion for the restaurant is to open early every day for breakfast until 11am. I looked around for a restaurant with breakfast on the water to no avail. It would be a very successful addition to the restaurant!

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

Great view from their elevated patio. Top tier service.

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

Always consistent

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited for 20 minutes to get seated when we made reservation ahead of the time. Staffs were not very happy maybe because it’s busy on Sunday? There were flies inside as well.

JF
London
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We requested and received a quiet table with a beautiful view. Our waiter was also particularly attentive. This restaurant has been erratic over the years with respect to food quality and service. If we continue to have the same experience as this latest, I will recommend more highly in future.

PT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful environment,perfect set-up and the presentation of food was absolutely phenomenal.l am definitely coming back with friends and family.

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

My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner. We were treated to two glasses of champagne to celebrate the occassion. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and the view and atmosphere were great! I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a special occasion spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server was good but too long to be seated and waited too long to receive the wrong order that had to be redone.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Meh. See TripAdvisor for my review.

BS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter made all the difference. He was awesome.

RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Spencer's for the location and view. We had a pasta dish with scallops and shrimp. Disappointed to find the scallops were the baby ones and the dish was quite bland. We live in Mississauga so we might consider the drive out for a drink on the patio. We didn't enjoy our meals enough to rush back for another. Lots of great restaurants closer to us.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed lunch, but my experience at dinner was not the same. The value was not there. I paid twice as much for the dinner fish entree and got less than half the food value. It was such a rip off that I would not return at dinner ever again.

LP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, beautiful view, and fabulous food!! Can’t go wrong!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location on the water. Lovely patio. Branzino and Burratta were outstanding. Our server Alex was a delight. Thanks for the enjoyable evening catching up with a friend. We will return again soon.

KR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service from Chris. We had the shrimp and crab dip and calamari for apples, both were great and very ample servings. The mains were shrimp and scallops with egg noodles and Cornish Game Hen, again very tasty and well done. Overall, we had a great time.

CA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I would say just for the food. The service needs to improve.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was executed well but unfortunately they were already out of lamb by 6pm, several drinks on menu not available and no cheesecake selection for dessert.

T
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Glad we made a reservation, all tables on the patio and near the windows. The lobster roll was lovely, lots of lobster, great roll. A glass of rose was perfect for a hot summer. The Caesar salad includes roast, sweet, soft garlic with a creamy homemade dressing. Lovely location, easy parking.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for our 35th wedding anniversary. And it was so delicious by far the best steak we’ve ever had. Morgan was an amazing host he congratulated us and was always smiling Great atmosphere and view

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Main courses were poorly prepared Lake views are nice, but do not make up for the lack of quality. Would not recommend.

YC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was really good! Would have loved some melted butter for the crab legs and maybe a larger variety of fruits but everything was really good- the sangria was the best

AV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We wanted to try Spencer’s brunch as we love the food offered at other locations. We were all very disappointed with the small selection and how most platters were empty each time we went up to check. At 1:30, some dishes stopped being refilled entirely which we found to be unfair to those customers with later seatings. I will not return here for brunch again.

Our server was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. I have been here for other meals and had excellent experiences.

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