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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
+1 540-721-4333
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I went there last night with my husband for supper. Our waitress Melanie was very pleasant and attentive making sure that our drinks were full. My husband ordered pot roast and I had the ribeye. I had heard that Blackwater Cafe was known for their steaks so I thought I would try one. Well that was a mistake! I ordered... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Nice little place but wish it was better. Our group of 12 was seated quickly but was given a rookie waitress. She seemed to have zero experience and zero training. We still gave a great tip as we blame her short comings on management. The place was not packed at all however it took over an hour to get our... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Good ambiance, decent food and service. At times you may not get the best service and they seem to struggle keeping good servers. The food is consistently good but overpriced for the area. Wine list is better than average but the beer selection could be a little more extensive. I think if there were a better variety of menu items... More 

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Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

James: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Let me take a few moments to respond. We do not have much demand for beer although we do have 2 craft beers on tap and 12 bottles of various brands. We do sell much more wine and I take a lot of time to update our wine list... More 

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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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Marion: Thank you for your positive review. It is always appreciated to hear positive feedback. Please ask for me or my son, John the next time you visit. Regards, Tom More 

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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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Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Gregory: Thank you for your nice comments. We try to provide a great dining experience and your comments are very much appreciated. Regards, Tom More 

Moneta, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 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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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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Address: 4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
Phone Number: +1 540-721-4333
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Moneta
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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: Romantic, Special occasions

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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