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Blackwater Cafe

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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
+1 540-721-4333
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had reviewed this restaurant in May and I found it excellent on all levels. However, last night I ordered Prime Rib "Medium Rare" and it was served to me "Rare" and looked unappealing as well. I mentioned my displeasure to the waitress and she said she should we take care of it - no problem. She brought it back... More 

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Thank Phil M
Newport News, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to either dine in the bar or choose the dining room. Easy to find and reasonably priced.

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Thank vapilot1
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at the Blackwater Café. Hope you will visit us again. Regards, Tom More 

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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Blackwater stays open, at least part of the week, in off-season, and is a wonderful place to enjoy a delicious dinner around a warm fire on a cold fall or winter evening. The menu is excellent, and the prices are fair for the upscale place it is. From mojitos and bloody Mary's at Sunday brunch, to desserts and drinks in... More 

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1 Thank Ann S
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Ann: Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review on the Blackwater Café. However, we don't do the Sunday Brunch any longer and are actually closed on Sunday's in the off season. Regards, Tom More 

chantilly
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a restaurant that should make your list when visiting Smith Mountain Lake. Excellent food, reasonably priced, a bit higher than most of what's in the area but better quality as well.

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

Scottish Viking: Thank you for taking the time to recognize the Blackwater Cafe. Your comments are appreciated. We try to keep our prices reasonable as well as the quality of your dining experience. Hope you will stop and see us again on your next visit. Regards, Tom More 

New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

We dined only once this past February (2016) at the recommendation of friends. Offerings were described well, but the results were disappointing. It was reason enough (for newcomers used to NY dinning out) to keep a distance from the place. Not sure why BC didn't do better, but locals still rate it highly. Perhaps, we were too unfamiliar w/ their... More 

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

Thank you taking the time to write a review. Like you, I am a former New Yorker (Although I am Virginian now). I lived in Manhatten and it is probably one of the top places to dine outand hard to compete with. I am not sure what you mean about our "way" to dine out. You didn't mention the issues... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This rating is for my fourth visit to the Blackwater Cafe. I would rate the previous 3 visits as 4 star experiences. In all visits, the service was first rate. There are 2 dining areas: a more formal dining room and a more casual dining area with a bar and TVs. Both dining areas are great. There were 2 other... More 

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Thank Willdon X
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Willdon: Thank you taking the time to write a review. We did have an error on our on line menu that stated vegetables came with the Schnitzel. It has been corrected and i apologize for the error. As for the Pot Roast and Prime Rib, the Prime Rib is actually shaved Prime Rib with bordelaise sauce. They really don't look... More 

New Market, Virginia
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

This was a nice surprise on the night we arrived at our vacation cabin at SML. The area is quite rural and it was great to find something other than country cooking, tacos and pizza! Like most places here you have to drive a long winding way on country roads to get here but this time it was worth it... More 

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Thank shvc50
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. Hope you had a nice stay at SML and will come back and visit us again. Regards, Tom More 

Collinsville, Virginia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Attentive waiters and delicious food make this restaurant a special place to eat. The filet mignon is fantastic! The perfect date night for couples!

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Thank Brenda H
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Brenda: Thank you for your nice comments. We actually do have a "Date Night" that will restart again in Oct or Nov. Our website will have more information. Thanks again and hope you will visit us again. Regards, Tom More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Was takin their by my friends, great menu, friendly staff, a very well run restaurant unlike other lake establishments.

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Thank jtc228
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us at the Blackwater Cafe. Your comments will be shared with our staff. Hope you visit us again. Regards, Tom More 

Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Our first time dining here celebrating 33 years of marriage with a great dinner. Greeted by one of the owners, seated promptly and had a very friendly and attentive server. She covered the menu, specials, $4 martini's and made a couple of suggestions. They were spot on. Salmon appetizer and entree's of grilled trout and thinly sliced prime rib. Very... More 

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Thank 4winos
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you choosing to dine with us at the Blackwater Cafe. Your comments will be shared with our staff and happy anniversary. Regards, Tom More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
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
  • 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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