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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
+1 540-721-4333
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Washington, DC
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127 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up on Smith Mountain Lake and my family still lives there. I have been looking for a great restaurant for dinner whenever I visit and yes, I have dined in all of the restaurants that the Lake and Bedford has to offer. My husband, sister and brother-in-law dined here for the first time in June. We all loved... More 

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

Thank you so much for dining with us and for your nice comments. Hope to see you again when you visit your family. Best Regards, Tom More 

Burlington, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good spot for upscale restaurant on the lake. Folks are very nice and you can eat in bar or with white tablecloths in dining room.

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

Thank you for dining with us and we hope you will choose the Blackwater Cafe again. Regards, Tom More 

charlotte,nc
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I discovered Smith Mountain Lake a couple of years ago and have been trying new restaurants during each visit. We decided to try Blackwater Cafe last night and had a wonderful meal and excellent service! Sharon was our server and she was terrific from start to finish! We started our meal with a Charcuterie tray and a... More 

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

Mr. & Mrs. Stafford: Thank you for the nice compliments. Very happy that you have enjoyed coming to beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and keep returning for visits. Next time you are in please ask to speak with me or my son, john. Hope to see you again at the lake. Regards, Tom More 

Lovingston, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We tried this for the first time for dinner and the food was very good. The service was very fast and the atmosphere was good as well.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. We appreciate your patronage. Regards, Tom More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

First of all, my husband, son and I were visiting my brother for a weekend at Smith Mountain Lake. My son wanted to surprise us for our 45th Wedding Anniversary on May 29th by taking us to what he thought was the finest restaurant in the area and highly recommended. It started out that we were the 1st table seated... More 

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

I apologize for our poor performance but there are several factors that need addressing. Yes, the Server did spill sauce on your blouse and she offered to not only clean your blouse with club soda she also offered to have the blouse dry cleaned if you weren't happy with the club soda results. The fact that others may have been... More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

One of the nicer restaurants in the Moneta area. My wife and I moved to the lake two years ago. Wish we had found this place earlier. Maybe the best option in the area for something "a little more than" unless you drive into Roanoke.

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

Thank you very much for your nice compliments. Welcome to the Lake and hope to see you more often. Regards, More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I recently visited the Moneta area and were advised to try Blackwater Cafe. We certainly were far from disappointed. The ambiance was relaxing and cozy. Our server did a great job, however she was covering tables all over the restaurant, which made drink refills few and far between. She had a great outlook and was doing her... More 

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

Thank you so much for your nice review. It always nice to know our hard work is appreciated. May is a difficult month to schedule for as we don't know if we will be busy or not. We schedule our Servers so they can make a living doing what they do but sometimes we are busier than expected and they... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

The ending to a perfect day: Left work early this afternoon and went JetSking with my wife Kathy ... all over Smith Mountain Lake. What a way to start a weekend! At about 6:30Pm we were in the mood for Prime Rib and there is only one place on Smith Mountain Lake that makes Prime Rib the way we like... More 

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

Phil: Thank you for your nice comments and glad you liked your experience at the Blackwater Café. Hope to see you Friday night and other nights as well. Regards, More 

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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

We live at the lake. We don't eat out a lot, but when we do this is one of our favorite restaurants. John and staff are always friendly and accommodating. Had a nice conversation about my T bird with him. There is a choice of casual pub type or more formal dining. Good for both a quick meal, romantic dinner... More 

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

David: Thank you for your nice comments and hope you do get out more often...and come the Blackwater Café. Enjoy the summer and the Lake. Regards, More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Went last night. It was date night. 2 entries, shared appetizer or 2 salads, 1 bottle of wine, and one dessert - $50.00. Well worth it.

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

Art: Glad you enjoyed "Date Night". It will start again in the Fall and we love to see people out on a Date. Enjoy the Summer and the Lake. Regards, More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Moneta
  • Phone Number: +1 540-721-4333
Description
Family restaurant with focus on Customer Service. Your Dining Experience is our Priority. Casual dress with a nice ambience. Reservations are suggested.

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