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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
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Food, service and atmosphere was great. Our server was friendly and helpful. The owners were present and out visiting with patrons. We enjoyed prime rib friday. We will definitely return to this restaurant and hope to hit seafood Wednesdays.

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Moneta, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sooner or later this place will cease to exist, and IMO, it won't be soon enough. We had a horrible experience with the waitress, and then let the owner know, and he listened - and then said "Well this is her last week" as if this will solve the problem. Somehow, a bit more concern from the owner would have... More

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

I am not sure why your visit to the Blackwater Café was in September 2013 (per your review) and you are just now writing this poor review. I do not remember any discussion with you about your experience and poor service. I take service very seriously and would not have responded as you indicated. Please call me if you would... More

Zebulon, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I dined at this restaurant on Saturday evening, August 2. There were 5 members in my group and we each ordered something different, then passed around the plates when they arrived. Everything was cooked exactly as it was ordered and was absolutely superb! The only drawback to the Blackwater Cafe is the lack of a view of the Lake but... More

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OBX
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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Took my parents to dinner here while on vacation at Smith Mountain Lake. Glad we found the restaurant. Our server was very good. My wife and mom had the Salmon Cakes and both enjoyed them very much. My dad had the steak and said it had a great flavor. Shrimp and Grits were also very good. I had a Caesar... More

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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