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Blackwater Cafe

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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
+1 540-721-4333
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family restaurant with focus on Customer Service. Your Dining Experience...
Family restaurant with focus on Customer Service. Your Dining Experience is our motto. Casual dress with a nice ambience. Reservations are suggested.
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  • 40
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and drink- loooong night...

The food is excellent and consistent they have a martini night that's creative and enjoyable. The atmosphere is upscale, small, intimate and friendly but the service is slow, really slooooow. It's the place to go it you want a long dinner to enjoy the table for the night with good friends. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Keith L
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We just had dinner at the Blackwater Cafe. We really enjoyed the meal,the service and the atmostphere. We would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is quite good and well prepared. We have been there several times over the the past few years and have always had a great meal!

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Hardy, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Always a great meal. The owner and staff are all wonderful and friendly. It's hard to find good food AND good service at the lake!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Excellent! The steaks were outstanding as were the sea food entries. My wife ordered her favorite and it came on time and was well received. We ate late but every thing was available and served without complaint.

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Moneta, Virginia
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have visited The Blackwater on Sunday's and use the main dining room for special occasions. Last visit was for Valentine's Day and it was packed one needed a reservation . We ordered the Grouper Stuffed with crab which was excellent . Definitely worth a visit . Great desserts !!

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I eat at the Blackwater Cafe as often as possible. The chef does an amazing job and the food is the highest quality wIth a professional wait staff. If you live in FrankLin or Bedford Counties it is well worth the drive. Excellent wine selection with a knowledgeable sommelier.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Not on water restaurant with nice ambiance. It's too bad the prices are so high and the food isn't better. Maybe given more time and experience the relatively new female chef will improve the menu. Sure hope so!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The food is excellent and consistent they have a martini night that's creative and enjoyable. The atmosphere is upscale, small, intimate and friendly but the service is slow, really slooooow. It's the place to go it you want a long dinner to enjoy the table for the night with good friends. The bread is served and maybe reserved while you... More 

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Moneta, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

My husband and I were absolutely impressed with the restaurant last Saturday night. We made reservations a few weeks before but the day of but we had to amend our night a little and bring our 6 month old daughter along. Everyone was extremely understanding and engaged with her the whole time we were there. We had wonderful service, great... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went here for New Years' Eve. Some very unusual dishes (bone marrow - not recommended) but in general very good food. Service was poor, but they appeared unprepared for a full restaurant and hopefully that was an aberration. Definitely will go again, but I would hope that for a special occasion they would acknowledge a special evening and do... More 

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, United States
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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a local restaurant at Smith Mountain Lake. My husband is very fond of the special steak nights. I think they do most everything well except the seafood. It appears to always be overcooked.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Moneta
  • Phone Number: +1 540-721-4333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Family restaurant with focus on Customer Service. Your Dining Experience is our motto. Casual dress with a nice ambience. Reservations are suggested.

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