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.
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
CAN$30 and under
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For catering events contact us at 519 621 4180
Ample parking at front and rear of the restaurant.
Main Hespeler Road Line
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:
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
Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews
who was the mystery purchaser
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
Business luncheon interrupted by a gentl ...
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.
Good B U T .....
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" ?????
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.
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!
A wonderful meal with sensational attent ...
A wonderful meal with sensational attention to quality and great service. Highly recommended.
it was good
decent menu, good service, fairly decent execution, pleasant room - no complaints
Always a Perfect Fit
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.
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.
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!
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
Nice restaurant. Perhaps a bit over pric ...
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.
It was tough to compare this dinner to a ...
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.
My wife and I had high hopes for the Bla ...
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......
Our overall experience was fantastic, th ...
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.
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
We did find the chairs to be old and wit ...
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.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service Thanks
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.
It was my mothers 86th birthday and the staff were very attentive to her. Appreciate their thoughtfulness. The food and wine were good.
Excellent Service and ambiance
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.
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!
Good; but, value questionable.
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.
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!
The service was fantastic and the food w ...
The service was fantastic and the food was amazing! Great place to take a first date on.
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
Above & beyond...
The service is non pareil....food delicious...ambience warming...
Excellent start to the Christmas season
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.
Corporate Christmas event.
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.
Attentive and personable Service
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.
Restaurant is nice, food was fine, but s ...
Restaurant is nice, food was fine, but service was very slow
Excellent venue for a business lunch
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.
A wonderful place to meet between London ...
A wonderful place to meet between London and Burlington!
Sorry I haven't been often enough to che ...
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.
Excellent Food and Service
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.
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.
for the nice evening and the great food and ambiance
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.
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
A culinary delight!
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.
Love having the family room for our gathering.
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.
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