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Spencer's at the Waterfront

4.5
4129 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian

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 menu highlighting local and seasonal produce, daily changing fresh market fish and dry-aged craft cut steaks.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4129 people are saying
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ChrisB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall was a nice experience. First day of checking for vaccine proof was handled well. Weather did not allow to enjoy the full ambience, waterfront experience.

Service was excellent, glass of champagne for our anniversary was very nice.
Only comment was no offer for fresh ground pepper or bread with salad.

Enjoyable evening.

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LynneG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat in the solarium which has an excellent view. The staff was efficient and courteous. The food was delicious. Good wine selections as well.

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Lydapple
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best lunches the 4 of us have had. Lobster roll was superb!!!!
Desserts are awesome!!!!! Service is there always.

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Firsttimeguy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time there. Loved the atmosphere. Sadly I won't be back until the vaccine requirements are lifted. But, I understand that is not your fault. Hope we all get through this together.

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DanB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers at Spencer’s had a great meal, service was top notch and the view of the lake not to shabby either. Would highly recommend Spencer’s to anyone wanting a great meal, ambiance and good view.
I’ll be back 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from the food to the service

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DaveK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a lovely spot, easy to get to and beautifully situated at the water’s edge. Great views over the boardwalk, the lake, and the Burlington Skyway in the distance. The food was excellent (I had the lobster roll and my friend had the tuna). Excellent service! I will definitely go back.

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tiffanym
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The view outside is beautiful! Service and the food was great. Wish we got bread and butter to start and the meals came with more food. Steaks alerted extremely tender but don’t automatically come with a side which was odd to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food

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Sharath
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. The view is amazing and the live music was excellent. Loved the afternoon we spent with the family and service was excellent. The food tasted great.

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SylviaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and also the price is good
Very good condition

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AndresF
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but should consider to include more veggie options. Service was a little slow and our order was not complicated at all. The restaurant has a great view!

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Thomas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and we were seated on the patio with a spectacular view of Lake Ontario. Only recommendation I would have is to add umbrella's to help shade guests from the sun.

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PAMMYVAN
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch yesterday with my Grandsons, food very fresh & fast service.

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Helen
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, Robert, was fantastic! The Chef made a spur of the moment request for my vegan friend, veggie risotto, so so tasty. The avocado salad was split to accommodate my vegan friend. Didn’t expect outdoor seating… that was an extra special treat, plus we were not rushed!
All excellent news🤗

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FrankM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and terrific service. Beautiful setting.

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Christi
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best halibut I have ever had!! My boyfriend had the short ribs and it was so tender and moist. 1000% recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing hospitality will be back again!!!!

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Jacqueline
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reacquainted with friends! Natasha was an amazing waiter!!!!

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WendyA
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with good friends September 14, 2021, to celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. Our server Ian was exceptional, catering to our every request. Our food and beverages were as ordered and delicious. I had the lobster tagliatelle and my husband had the short ribs. Both highly recommended. We were lucky to have out door seating on a beautiful evening. Thank you Ian and Spenser’s for making our evening special

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RobertW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue for lunch or dinner. Especially since they have outdoor seating.

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Gustavo
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! We had a great time with fabulous food and really friendly staff

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BonnyH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say.? From the lovely front door greeting to our server Chris and Natalie to the food and the GREAT seating we felt like royalty!! It was our 58th W.A. We were treated so well. We will be back!!

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Stephane
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

My experience at Spencer's was great. My wife and I enjoyed the ambience, our server was great and the overall atmosphere was very pleasant. My issue was that I ordered a 18 oz. steak bone in and my steak was pre-cut, and not the serving portion that I expected. I ordered medium well, but still found the steak to be without flavor, dried out and again cut into portions that I did not request. My wife and I looked at the Spencer website to see if this was a common practice for them to do so, but found not images of the sort. While I would recommend the restaurant, my steak was lackluster and I would not order it again unless they specifically say how they will have the meal prepared in advance.

Thank you,
Stephane

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ZackJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the tagliatelle. Braised shortrib is amazing as well!

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Blondeguy
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Fast service and good food.

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Mira
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good service, good food. A bit pricy but worth it.

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Ange
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was fast and friendly. I would definitely return with my family and friends.

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The welcome you receive at check in does not set an appropriate tone for the remainder of the evening. It's like as if you've shown up to the wrong place unannounced. Also, while you wait, staff are carrying food and beverage (dirty and clean) between the restaurant and event space.

Once ready to sit, they chose a less desirable table...

The server was friendly and efficient considering the number of tables they had. For the standard the restaurant is trying to achieve, the one thing I would suggest to keep an eye on the guests' water and beverages.

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Mikee
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Check your sandwich before you bite in.
The rest of the meal was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making this birthday celebration such a joyous occasion for my friend. Food, service, and patio view were exemplary. Thanks to the Spencer’s staff and a shout-out to Chef Matteo as always.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was expecting more of a fine dining experience. We got a somewhat upscale bistro. Didn’t live up to expectations.

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Dallas
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Dessert menu is not good at all. Need more options

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RCCanada
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening on the patio and as usual the food was superb from start to finish. Service was as exceptional as the food - you can’t go wrong with Spencer’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had to wait a bit but got the outside table I requested.

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Lulu
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fabulous waterfront view and experience. Excellent service. Only drawback was fries on both lobster roll and hamburger were undercooked. Very busy so we didn’t bother to complain. Also I had put a note on my reservation on open table that I wanted a birthday dessert brought to the table at the end but that didn’t happen. No worries my friend is shy and was probably happy no to be centered out. Will definitely be back.

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Timbo
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great patio, John Was our server and he was amazing. Lobster rolls were pretty good, a little small but pretty good.

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Shane
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Patio view was great. Food came out very quickly but was cold. Almost like it was pre made and kept on a warmer…

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vipRamiR
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Short menu with decent variety though not much in the way of creative cuisine. Caters to the clientele of mostly well off downtown Burlingtonians. Service was professional and friendly. Although hostess greeting of “Welcome to Spencers, do you have a reservation?” was a little on the aggressive side. We had a reservation but I can imagine walk-ins being a little put off. The location is lovely with water view from most tables. There are several restaurants in the area with better and more innovative offerings but you come here for the lakeside setting and the ambience.

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Loraine
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was impeccable!
The burger was delicious.
Fries were crispy.
Basque cheesecake the best one I had.

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Spencer's at the Waterfront is rated 4.5 stars by 4129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.