Blackshop Restaurant & Lounge

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European
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.
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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. As always!

KM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Julie was phenomenal. The ambiance and food was fantastic. We were a party of 10 for a special birthday. We had our own separate dining room and the experience was amazing!!

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, food come out quickly and service was on point!

EL
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful place., good food, good drinks. I love everything about the restaurant

AC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately I wouldn't plan on visiting this location again. Our original waitress was very attentive and friendly although once her shift ended and we were finishing our main course, we were introduced to our new server. We ordered a couple cappuccino and a desert. After 35 mins no one came to our table. I went to he restroom which allowed me to pass the kitchen where our new waitress was leaning against the counter chatting with several other servers. 10 mins later, my husband went to the restroom and witnessed the same thing. We decided to go to the front desk and ask for our check. These ladies called for our waitress who came to us and instead of apologizing for leaving us unattended, proceeded to tell us that she hadn't forgot about us, but that the espresso machine was having problems. For a $200 meal, it ended up being a dissatisfying experience.

A
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had an amazing friendly waiter however I asked for a glass of wine & he brought an entire bottle - he didn’t really ask for specifications in regards to whether or not I wanted just a glass or a entire bottle and I assumed he knew I had only wanted a glass. It was a tad embarrassing having to tell him to take the bottle back after miscommunication. I also asked for my steak to be medium well & it arrived medium RARE with a side of frites when I had originally asked for them to be mashed potatoes! Because of this we had to wait another 20 minutes on top of the hour and a half we had already waited due to the kitchen being backed up with orders. I feel as if though the bill should have been deducted in someway due to these not one but several mistakes however it wasn’t so I paid and we went on our way. My recommendation would be in the future to most certainly offer some sort of compensation especially for multiple mistakes & such a long wait time on top of waiting longer because of the mistakes.

MF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I picked Blackshop for our first anniversary dinner together. The food was amazing and the overall restaurant is outstanding. I wish it was a little more private and service was slightly slow, but we cannot wait to go back.

MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Quality of main course was disappointing ...service and setting were great

BE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed to find a special spot to hold a birthday party that was between London and Toronto. We tried this and we're very impressed with everything. The food, the atmosphere, the menu, all the to a high standard. We will come again.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The night we were there there was new kitchen staff so our meal took a very long time to come to the table. This was not the servers fault but it certainly put a damper on our evening.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Wedding going on service was all over the place. Food was not the focus as the wedding was proirity. First time was a bummer

PH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Our mistake - we only had 3 vs 6 people attend.
They placed us in the middle of a noisy room (table of 4).
Initial contact slow. Long time to get a drink.
Steaks tough and overcooked for me and wife.
Potatoes forgotten and not delivered until well into meal - had to remind server.
Left for long periods of time without contact/service.
It was a special event, so disappointed.

GL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our visit to the Blackshop. The decor and ambiance were perfect. Our server was excellent (made great recommendations) and the food was delicious! Thank you... will definitely be back.

S
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. Always a great setting for a business meal.

DP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice to eat a good meal, from a wide menu, and have quality food in a relaxed space where I could actually hear the conversation. Will be back for sure. Enjoyable.

A
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andrejka served us and was terrific! The meals were delicious. It was our dinner and theatre experience gift to parents who don’t need more “stuff”.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to the restaurant on a number of occasions and will continue to come back. The food and service is always great

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience

AR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Favourite restaurant in the area by far!

FL
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Blackshop and we would return. We were lucky with weather and able to sit outside - food and service very good, good variety of choices as well. Only small issue was all of us struggled to find the entrance, but we’ll know next time!

DS
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, tables are spaced apart making it feel very roomy. Our server was excellent.

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure eating here! Great food, attentive staff, and fantastic ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been twice now. Both times with had the fixed price dinners. First was the summer seasonal special, and it was very good. Highly recommend. Second was the Sunday prime rib dinner. Outstanding.

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful Sunday lunch/brunch experience!! We were greeted at the door by name...the restaurant was quiet so we were given our choice of tables...Chris...our server was thoroughly professional...knowledgeable...friendly...efficient...m wife and I ordered the same lunch...3 egg omelette with carmelized onions...shaved asparagus...mushrooms and Stilton cheese...it came with potatoes...and sautéed spinach...very very nicely presented...and delicious...they have a great wine list...and selection of draft beers...there was a regular lunch menu...a Sunday brunch menu and a special three course lunch prep fixe...(until the end of August)...cannot say enough about our outstanding server...even though it’s a 45 minute drive from home...would go back again...

ML
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The consistent, fresh prepared food, the high quality service and the friendly atmosphere make the Blackshop a consistent high performer. I enjoy showing Toronto friends and relatives Cambridge's finest.

RL
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed when I dine there.Would recommend at any time.

T
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food every time. Best salmon. Only recommendation is the green room needs to be updated. I will always keep coming back.

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

Went a few years ago and visited recently for a special occassion. Glad we went back, excellent service and food was great. Very well run establishment, excellent management shows.

j
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Device was just okay food quality is not great.

BK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I LOVE blackshop lamb dinner and always order it! I should have stuck with it but tried something new and was very dissappointed. My family was neither satisfied or dissatisfied.

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

Another Fantastic meal at Blackshop! Everything was just perfect.

D
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful family celebrations enhanced by two surprise tributes.

DS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to The Blackshop quite often, and are never disappointed. The service is excellent, as well as the food.
We’d highly recommend it for lunch or dinner.

SB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect! The food was excellent. We had salmon and gnocchi.
It was a Monday, so all was quiet, so I can't speak to the rest of the week.
We were celebrating a birthday, and the birthday girl was presented with a beautiful dessert, and she was thrilled with our choice of restaurant. This was our first visit, but we will visit this restaurant every time we take a trip to Cambridge.
I would recommend this restaurant for a date night or a celebration of any type.
We were dressed casually, and still felt comfortable.
Five stars!

3
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

If the food was better, I would. The prices were extremely high relative to the quality of the food.

DS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves going to Blackshop for lunches and dinners. The staff are very knowledgeable, and polite.
The food is consistent, and there’s lots of it.
We have gone there for years, and will continue to go.

S
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful evening to celebrate our Anniversary. Great service, delicious food, memorable evening.

BO
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we continue to return thus very happy

always waited on very attentively

BA
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

On booking l was asked if this was a special occasion, l replied that it was my wife's 75 birthday, I also asked not to be seated in a corner, but on a nice table. On being show to our table we were seated on a small table facing a fireplace, my seats view was the blank wall holding the fireplace. To the right of the fireplace was an open door leading into a large room that was full of people celebrating a birthday party. The door was open during our meal with loud laughter and people coming and going passed our table talking on their phones.
I asked for a nice table, l don't think l was given a nice table. Why do you ask if this is a special occasion when you just dump off people facing a blank fireplace?
Our waitress was excellent, the meal was nicely served and was satisfactory, but l thought a little expensive for what we had.
I don't think we shall return.

e
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

After a horrific experience, they reached out and I went back to give it another try. The food was good. And much better than last time, cocktails were great, and the place is nice.

However! I can’t get over the prices for average food. Langdon hall prices but not even close to the quality. $47 for lamb? Halibut for $45? I have eaten at the top residents in canada for the same prices. It isn’t like you are paying for a view, or some remarkable food. You are paying because they are the only game in town?

I’m not afraid of paying high prices for great food, but there is a disconnect here. High prices and ok food.

I had the boar with some potato and raspberry sauce for $32. It was good, under seasoned but I’d eat it again for $20.
Halibut for 45 was bland, not the buttery fish you would expect, seemed to be a cooked from frozen piece on a risotto. Was ok for $25, but not $45.

The wine menu is way over priced, jlohr cabsav. 25 at LCBO. $120 there.

Everything comes with a premium at this place, except they forget the premium should be in the quality. Even the most expensive places to eat understand the guest should walk away with a feeling of delight. Not confusion.

Overall- they redeemed on the food and cocktails, but I won’t eat here again. These prices make it impossible to walk away satisfied.

There is such a disconnect between their prices and the quality that it makes it a low star review. If it was half the price it would be a 4 star place. It is equal to eating at a chain resturant.

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