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Spencer's at the Waterfront

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French, Seafood, International, Fusion, Bistro
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1340 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario L7S 1B1, Canada (Brant Street)
9056337494
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 204
    Excellent
  • 171
    Very good
  • 84
    Average
  • 38
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We took friends here who were visiting from New York. Since we visited a few vineyards in Niagara-On-The-Lake, we thought it'd be nice to bring a wine with us. We started with a few cocktails and 4 appetizers, then had our bottle brought out for dinner. We didn't just have the bottle we brought... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Ann B
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Burlington, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
Burlington, Canada
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The entire experience was just OK. The atmosphere is really nice and so are the views, but when it comes to fine dining the service and food was just ok. I think about what keeps me going back and it just didn't have it. We had a reservation for 7:30 and it took forever to get our table, yet others... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We took friends here who were visiting from New York. Since we visited a few vineyards in Niagara-On-The-Lake, we thought it'd be nice to bring a wine with us. We started with a few cocktails and 4 appetizers, then had our bottle brought out for dinner. We didn't just have the bottle we brought but somehow it was deemed appropriate... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Visited on a Sunday evening, peak hour (7:00pm), restaurant was busy so there was a short wait for a booth (4 people). Service was slow-ish, but that can be excused due to the restaurant being full and a wedding in the private area. My wife and I had fish which was overcooked (mine) and full of bones (hers). Food was... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The food was good but the prices were sky high and the restaurant was loud. The view is great IF you get a table that overlooks the water.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a beautiful restaurant, and the food is amazing! You get what you pay for, so highly recommend Spencer's for special occasions.

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toronto
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Came here for brunch after seeing some other reviews and pics. The location really is great in that the view is of the lake is excellent and for those who like to sit outside, the patio area is great. But the food was underwhelming... would've gotten better food at an eggsmart. All hot items from the "chef prepared" (basically they... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It's a beautiful place on the Lake. The wait staff are all very nice, and very helpful. We were a party of 4 adults and 3 kids. No kids menu or any simple options for kids, unless you want a $19 burger that ended up burnt to the point it tasted awful and daughter did not like it at all.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very nice setting atop of Lake Ontario. Excellent food and good service staff. However if you go there, then it is about the view...

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My friends and I have eaten at Spencer's many times over the past number of years. I always anticipated being there and expected and indeed knew that it would be a fantastic experience. I will not be returning for some long time. The room is beautiful and the server tried his very best. The noise level was so extreme that... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We visit Spencer's from time to time, it is the favourite place for my son and me to have a quiet lunch when he visits Burlington. The food is always good, above average BUT not this visit. There is a new menu and the selection is odd. My salmon was not fresh and under-cooked; my glass of wine had lots... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1340 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario L7S 1B1, Canada
    (Brant Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: 9056337494

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, International, Fusion, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?