About Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

595 Hespeler Road South
Cambridge, ON N1R 6J3
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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.

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 - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, 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

Private Party Facilities:
The Blackshop Private Room can accommodate up to sixty guests, but smaller groups of fifteen, twenty or thirty, feel just as comfortable. All the food is prepared on the premises from fresh, quality ingredients. Be it a business function, anniversary, wedding, baptism or any other occasion that calls for quality in an elegant setting choose Blackshop, and experience a flawless dining experience.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: 5196214180x

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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us this Mother's Day! We are open at extended hours 9:30am-4pm for Brunch & 4pm-9pm for dinner. Special 3 course pre-set menu available only. $31 Brunch and $41 Dinner

Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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who was the mystery purchaser

Dined on April 24, 2016

upon arrival the server brought orderves and wine-they were not on my bill -in our party of 12 no one owned up --and the serves indicated it was not Blackshop

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Business luncheon interrupted by a gentl ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

Business luncheon interrupted by a gentleman who dropped a card and a Canada lapel pin on the table. The card said .. DEAF MUTE (cannot lip read) Donation $3.00 .. Buy one .. For supporting my family. I'm not against charitable giving but don't think the Blackshop should be endorsing this at the dining tables. The gentleman was openly doing this at every table so I assume he had management approval. It didn't enhance the dining experience nor the business meeting that was underway.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good B U T .....

Dined on April 15, 2016

I purposely phoned early in day to ask if they would put candle in dessert for my daughters birthday and I was told definitely - even if they did not want dessert and did not order, they would bring something out - that never happened and I had no chance to remind anyone as bill was brought out very quickly. I think I might have spoken to a "Stephen" ?????

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience4
service4
value3

Disappointed

Dined on April 10, 2016

The service and the ambiance was very good, the meal was not. The steak was too tough to eat, so it was a disappointing meal and out of character for the restaurant. We were not charged for the meal, but it was a special occasion that turned out not so special. We will go back as we enjoy the restaurant, but not for a while.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Unbelievably Impressed

Dined on April 4, 2016

Amazing experience from start to finish. My boyfriends and I were thoroughly impressed with the food, service, and ambiance. It was our first time trying this restaurant and will definitely be back. Thank you for a great experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

A wonderful meal with sensational attent ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

A wonderful meal with sensational attention to quality and great service. Highly recommended.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

it was good

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

decent menu, good service, fairly decent execution, pleasant room - no complaints

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always a Perfect Fit

Dined on March 7, 2016

Blackshop is one of my all time favourite places to dine. The service is second to none, the food is always sensational and there is always someone I know dining too. I don't get there near as often as I'd like, that is my fault not theirs. The value is outstanding, highly recommended for any occasion.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Brunch

Dined on March 6, 2016

Really surprised at the taste and presentation of the food. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The selections were great and food better than other restaurants in London. Wish your restaurant wasn't as far away from London.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Absolutely Perfect

Dined on February 15, 2016

We don't usually go out for Valentine's Day, but decided to try Blackshop this year as we like the fixed menu they offered. We were delighted with the service, and the food. We will definitely return to Blackshop!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Was good

Dined on February 15, 2016

We sprung for the lobster tails and the first plates came and the tails were upside down and the meal was ice cold.. Second batch my girls steak was blue..( ordered medium).. Everything else was good and the waiter seemed as surprised as we were .. I would still recommend it

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Nice restaurant. Perhaps a bit over pric ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Nice restaurant. Perhaps a bit over priced, it was good just overpriced. Not the best selection of food either. There was a sticky residue left on the glasses. And when they brought us a new glass,they too were sticky. It was a nice restaurant, probably won't be on the top of our list for dinner choices.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

It was tough to compare this dinner to a ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

It was tough to compare this dinner to a lunch we had at Langdon Hall earlier in the day, so I compared it to the Keg instead...and the Keg would have been much better at this price point. We were sat with ONE menu and got ONE mint with the cheque...coffee was terrible and the dessert lacked imagination...seemed to have come from the frozen aisle at Costco with a drizzle of caramel on it. The meal lacked even the faintest hint of unique or special for any of the courses of the pre-set menu. Should have stayed at Langdon Hall for dinner. This was a Valentine's day let down for sure.

food1
ambience4
service3
value3

My wife and I had high hopes for the Bla ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

My wife and I had high hopes for the Blackshop restaurant. We originally visited the restaurant approximately 10 years ago and were disappointed. When my company recently took us for lunch to the Blackshop it was a very good experience, so I thought the wife and would give it a second chance. Sorry to say that the side of shrimp was served cold. We told our server and it was brought back to the kitchen. The chef put the shrimp back on the grill and burnt and over coked them. I had ordered the Jumbalaya. The shrimp still had the tails on them and I had to pick through my food to remove them. Second chance failed for us. To bad we were looking for a new local restaurant other then "The Mill", guess not......

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our overall experience was fantastic, th ...

Dined on February 12, 2016

Our overall experience was fantastic, the food was done to perfection , the wine was Devine and the waitress was the best, friendly but not overbearing polite and right on point. I will certainly recommend the Blackshop Restaurant to all my family my friend.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Very impressive

Dined on January 31, 2016

Came with friends from Toronto. They are fussy, but ended up very impressed. We will be back and I am sure our friends will visit your restaurant again

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

We did find the chairs to be old and wit ...

Dined on January 30, 2016

We did find the chairs to be old and without the usual appropriate support to allow comfortable seating for the whole meal. Food was good and otherwise the service quite friendly and acceptable.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service Thanks

Dined on January 23, 2016

Love the on-line reservation and warm, efficient welcome. It's great to have a restaurant of this caliber available in the business district with prices affordable to all. It's immediately evident on entering the Blackshop that it's a cut above, suitable for families, for business meetings and for friends to meet and relax. Thanks for providing Cambridge with quality dining.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great ambience

Dined on January 22, 2016

It was my mothers 86th birthday and the staff were very attentive to her. Appreciate their thoughtfulness. The food and wine were good.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Service and ambiance

Dined on January 17, 2016

Service was excellent. Our server Steve was very attentive and accommodating to all of our needs. The restaurant had taken note from my online booking that it was my husbands birthday. They greeted him on arrival and discreetly presented him with a special dessert. Nice personal touches that make you feel welcome and wanting to return for future occasions. Food is always of a high standard and never fails to please all tastes.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

duncansworld

Dined on January 10, 2016

I will most certainly going back to Blackshop. Polite service and in no way rushed service, ideal as we were having brunch with friends. Food was excellent, everyone loved the pasta, but calamari was a bit salty. Wine list was superb, spoilt for choice!

Tags: great for brunch, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good; but, value questionable.

Dined on January 8, 2016

Good food. Good service. Value questionable. Pricey for comparable quality and portion size. Staff did a great job making my son's birthday an enjoyable one.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Birthday Celebration

Dined on January 6, 2016

Dinner out with several friends is enjoyable in itself. The setting we experienced at Black Stop allowed the six of us to visit with each other not having to raise our voices to be heard as well as not having to be concerned about other parties listening to our conversations. Other than a small mixup where the Chef neglected to put the escargot in our appetizer the meals were enjoyed by all. Our waitress was attentive, but not overbearing. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday crepe provided to the birthday girl was a hit!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

The service was fantastic and the food w ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

The service was fantastic and the food was amazing! Great place to take a first date on.

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ambience4
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service

Dined on December 27, 2015

I received a gift certificate from my family for my birthday , Have been to Blackshop on numerous occasions and found the food to be good ,This visit was disappointing ,the server although friendly enough .did not seem to know the menu when asked about substitutes .and I had to ask for bread after we received our meal . My daughters steak was good ,but my wife and i had the prime rib , we found to be cold . So I dont think we will be rushing back in the near future

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Above & beyond...

Dined on December 24, 2015

The service is non pareil....food delicious...ambience warming...

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent start to the Christmas season

Dined on December 19, 2015

My wife and I had an excellent meal with great service. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was a great way to start the Christmas season.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Corporate Christmas event.

Dined on December 18, 2015

Wonderful seating location and as we reserved for 2:00 pm the room became quiet for our visit. Service was outstanding as was the food in selection and taste. The entire party was of the same mind - we'll be back! Thank you for a wonderful corporate Christmas event venue.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5

Attentive and personable Service

Dined on December 11, 2015

I hadn't been to The Blackshop for a few years and not to their new location. The place was packed for Christmas season events so it was a refreshing surprise that the service was impeccable even with the full house. Our dinner meals were delicious and hot. At least two managers/owners stopped by our table to inquire how our meals were and the server was warm, personable and attentive from start to finish.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service1

Restaurant is nice, food was fine, but s ...

Dined on December 11, 2015

Restaurant is nice, food was fine, but service was very slow

food4
ambience3
service4

Excellent venue for a business lunch

Dined on December 7, 2015

It wasn't very busy for this Monday lunch. We were seated away from a couple of larger tables their for their Christmas lunch. Nice and quiet. Attentive service without being too aggressive. Food is varied and well prepared. Room is beautiful as is the table setting.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5

A wonderful place to meet between London ...

Dined on November 29, 2015

A wonderful place to meet between London and Burlington!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service5

Sorry I haven't been often enough to che ...

Dined on November 27, 2015

Sorry I haven't been often enough to check mark items in the above list. Most of the food was excellent - steak, beef tenderloin, veggies, dessert - but the frites were awful. They tasted like they came from a fast fry joint.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Excellent Food and Service

Dined on November 27, 2015

We were having a lunch meeting and the staff accommodated. They put us in a separate room just off of the main restaurant and it was perfect. Quiet enough to talk without fear of being overheard and still connected to the rest of the people in for lunch. The food was excellent and the server gave us lots of time and space(almost 3 hours) without even a hint that we should hurry up. Obviously, they want to be helpful and accommodating. And they were in spades. I will return for sure whenever I need a place to eat in Cambridge.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent!

Dined on November 14, 2015

The Blackshop has earned the highest praise for guaranteed predictable excellence in food and service, in a lovely setting. No matter the occasion, it's our favorite go-to place. In winter, the fireplace spreads a special warmth, while in summer, the private patio awaits. Several rooms can accommodate a small quiet get together, up to a large special party. From the friendly greeting at the door, to the farewell as we leave, we feel welcome. Servers are attentive without being intrusive, well-trained and well-informed in every regard. As well as the regular seasonal menu, daily specials are tempting, too. The bread basket and the desserts deserve special mention for high YUM factor! Bring a good appetite, as there's so many tempting dishes to try.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Thank you

Dined on November 6, 2015

for the nice evening and the great food and ambiance

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Beautiful

Dined on November 1, 2015

It was a beautiful evening. i spent my birthday there and the ambiance was exceptional. The food was beyond this world. Special thanks to the chef as well as the server who did an amazing job.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service2

Disappointing

Dined on October 24, 2015

I have been to black shop many times before and always enjoyed my experience. This time I did not! The service was slow and it took over two hours to get our dinner when we did get our food everything was either cold or not cooked properly. I was so disappointed that I will not return to this restaurant

food5
ambience5
service4

A culinary delight!

Dined on October 24, 2015

One of my favourite dining spots in Cambridge. First time for being seated in the main room, which I found somewhat noisy for dinner conversation. Ask for seating I one of the adjacent smaller rooms if you want to chat. Our service experience was good but very paced and in our situation somewhat slow as we had tickets for the theatre, so if you want a relaxed evening at the table, this is your spot. The big surprise was the nightly special...I enjoyed the fish which was amazing served on a bed of delishious root vegetables and finished with a hollandaise sauce and an apple chutney. Presentation of the dish was a wow....on a bamboo serving board and a piece of art really...I didn't want to disturb it. Very flavourful and great value....a nice surprise given the rest of the patron around me were ordering what looked like absolutely superb steaks...but come on folks give the chef and your taste buds a challenge, try something a little more creative.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Love having the family room for our gathering.

Dined on October 24, 2015

Our group has met here for a total of three times, and all three times were excellent. We reserve the family room which provides a great place to have a semi private place to dine without the other background noise in the restaurant. Food was great and the location is handy since our group is coming from different areas.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion

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