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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
+1 540-721-4333
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    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:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Moneta, Virginia
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
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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139 reviews 139 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have dined at Blackwater Cafe a few times this year. The Shrimp and Grits entree is tasteful and plentiful. Also, on Friday nights during the summer, they offer $4 martinis! I intend to attend one of their wine and dine dinners in the near future.

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Cary, North Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

New chef - new menu items. As much as we enjoy this restaurant the appetizer menu was disappointing - 1 scallop for 12.95!? Some menu items remain and some new but nothing WOW! This is a good restaurant and has good service and I think it will take time for the menu to evolve. On that note, the new pastry... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

My wife and I had a fantastic dinner tonight at Blackwater Cafe. Our server was very nice. The quality of the food was exceptional. The dining room is a little dated but we liked the table cloths and candles. The menu is not large but everything we had was delicious. I had a filet. It was perfectly cooked, tender, and... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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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