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Blackwater Cafe

4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
540-721-4333
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Ranked #3 of 39 restaurants in Moneta
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Staff & service were very good. Our server was knowledgable and very attentive. Menu prices were fair. The only knock is our entrees lacked seasoning. Salmon special was fresh but a little bland. Shrimp & Grits were very good as well, but also needed s&p. We will return next time we visit SML.

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Cary, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Moneta and the Smith Mountain Lake area doesn't have too many restaurants; this could cause the few restaurants to take advantage of the public looking for a place to eat but not the Blackwater! The Blackwater Cafe offers specials during the week and weekends, and a menu to satisfy not only your taste buds but you pocketbook. The nightly specials... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Very good pesto pasta, crab and corn fritters, mussels, etc. One of the best meals we have had! Thank you for the great service Sue.

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Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We arrived and the restaurant was not even half filled and after standing at the door for 5 minutes without being greeted, someone rushed to the host stand, asked if we had called ahead and when we said we hadn't we were told they were understaffed and it would be 20 mins before they could seat us. That is understandable... More

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Hardy, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Blackwater Café is our go-to restaurant at Smith Mt. Lake for special occasions. The atmosphere, staff, service and food are very good. Recently, I had a surprise party for my wife's 50th birthday. We had 40 people there and everyone was complimentary of the whole evening. I highly recommend this family owned restaurant!

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Moneta, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I eat at the Blackwater Cafe quite often. The food is always good and the management and staff are friendly and welcoming. Chef Cara often talks with guests about the menu. You can eat outside on the patio or choose from a semi-formal or informal setting.

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SML VA
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Blackwater Cafe is a family owned and run, family oriented restaurant that specializes in giving quality meals, graciously served, at reasonable prices. They are a dependable choice for any kind of occasion and will go out of their way to help you. They believe in being part of the community and support many local causes. They keep the menu fresh... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The environment comes across as inviting and on the upper scale. The service was good but the food was worse than average. The filet mignon was tender but tasteless like the mashed potatoes. The mahi mahi just didn't taste good. The only positive thing I have to say about the food was the bread. For the price of the meal,... More

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Wirtz, Virginia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Our dining experience is always Grand at The Blackwater Cafe. The Owners (Tom & Lynn Gordon) insure that your food quality and enjoyment are superb as they, their son John (Manager) or his wife Miranda, are always there to greet you as you come to the door....usually opening the door as you walk up. The staff are equally superb in... More

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richmond, va, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

First the good: We went to celebrate a graduation. New to the area, we ran a little late and the restaurant was very accommodating - called to check and were pleasant about our delayed arrival. We also had to add a person at the last minute - they added a place at our table which made it a little cozy... More

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

I am very sorry for our poor performance. I was there that night but didn't hear of any issues. We strive to meet everyone's expectations but I know it is very difficult. Your concerns are valid and I am embarrassed. Please contact me via our website or phone so I can make this up to you and your guests. I... More

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