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Blackwater Cafe

4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
+1 540-721-4333
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good22%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“filet mignon” (9 reviews)
“crab cakes” (3 reviews)
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4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
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Reviewed 2 days ago

the food used to be excellent but not so much anymore, hope they will go back to what they were doing beforeMore

Thank V6133IFwendyh
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wendy: Sorry you don't like our menu but not sure how to respond without more specifics. Many of our entrees are in the mid/high teens so I don't think we are over priced. In any case please feel free to call me at the restaurant...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Owner Tom Gordon and his very dedicated and professional family-run restaurant have a well-deserved reputation for providing the area's most outstanding cuisine, ambiance and service. Executive Chef Michael Liga's meticulously prepared dishes never disappoint. Of special note are monthly, gourmet wine dinners, with advance reservations...More

Thank treeeeman1
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Tree Man for the nice comments. Are you eating meat again?

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was absolutely terrific! Wait staff very friendly, helpful and determined to make the dining experience delightful. The meals were well prepared and delicious. We will definitely return.

Thank jopa331
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your nice comments. It is always nice to hear the appreciation for the effort that we make. Please introduce yourselves to us the next time you are in. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 2, 2018

I've lived in the SML area for three years without trying the Blackwater so the wife and I decided to finally try it on a Sat night. I had Chicken Cacciatore while the wife had Filet Mignon. The menu described the Chicken Cacciatore as a...More

Thank Allen S
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Allen. Sorry to hear about your experience at the Blackwater Cafe. I wish you would have asked for a manager so we could have resolved the issues. The rare steak could have been cooked more to the mid rare temp if you let us know....More

Reviewed March 31, 2018

The meal was very good and the ambiance was just as nice. My husband had the special which was "rock fish" and he said that it was perfectly seared. I had the crab cake... it too was very good. I will take "Mom and Pop"...More

Thank ReneePratta
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Renee. Thank you for your nice comments and glad you enjoyed your visit to the Blackwater Cafe. Hope to meet you both the next time your are in the Cafe

Reviewed March 28, 2018

The management and staff go way out of the way to ensure a pleasant evening. I have several severe diet restrictions and they always find a way to accommodate me.

Thank Casey K
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2018

Casey. Thank you for your comments. It is always a pleasure to go the extra mile for people like you. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Although this restaurant has offered wine dinners for several years, we finally indulged. The theme was Italian wines paired with each course. The food was beyond scrumptious. The wines were also pleasant, however, I do prefer white over red. I look forward to the next...More

Thank Kathy M
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Kathy: Thank you for your nice comments. Our next wine dinner on Tuesday, March 13th has 1 Rose, 2 whites and 1 red wine. Hope to see you again. Best Regards

Reviewed November 11, 2017

we went out with the neighborhood and it was all it was supposed to be. the service was outstanding (it was crowded) and the food (at the least mine) was good.

Thank Gregory R
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2017

Gregory: Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Glad you had a good experience and hope you will return soon. Regards, Tom

Reviewed September 21, 2017

The Blackwater Restaurant is a family run establishment that has been in business for 15+ years. The staff is friendly and very personable. The food is consistently great and served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality food,...More

Thank Bill M
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2017

Bill: Thank you for your kind words and glad that you enjoy the Blackwater Café. Hope you come back soon and please introduce yourself to me, my wife (hostess) or my son, John (General Manager). Regards, Tom

Reviewed August 25, 2017

Was hoping for this place to be more quant. We told our Server it was our anniversary and she said that was nice....... was hoping for a little excitement. Service was good. Food was tasty, but nothing off the charts. I probably could of reconstructed...More

Thank funmom43
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2017

Thank you for your comments. I wish we knew it was your anniversary in advance as we normally would do something to help you celebrate. The Server should have let us know. We try to accommodate all people at the restaurant and that's why you...More

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Joseph B
August 5, 2016|
Response from jstafford | Reviewed this property |
I don't work there, but they do have a website with a menu to view. They have seasonal dishes and special menus on certain nights. It's a wonderful place to have a really nice meal at SML. You can find their website under... More
June 21, 2016|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Sorry for not responding sooner
June 21, 2016|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Yes, the eblast will go out next week. The dinner is always the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Call the restaurant or send me an email if you want more information. Regards, Tom
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $28
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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