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“A first rate meal at the foot of Gros Morne mountain” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Black Spruce Restaurant

The Black Spruce Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $35
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
“A first rate meal at the foot of Gros Morne mountain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

We happened upon the Black Spruce within an hour from arriving at Rocky Harbour (15 minutes from the restaurant). I called the restaurant after seeing it listed in a guide book and the owner was so pleasant and helpful in guiding us there that I was looking forward to it. We were greeted very warmly by the owner and were seated very quickly in a pleasant room with a view of the water, surrounded by 4 occupied tables. The service was impeccable and very attentive.The menu offered a varied but not overwhelming choice of meat and fish.It was beautifully presented and it was delicious.Between my husband and I we tasted the parsnip and apple soup (delicate and delicious), the ceasar salad (very well seasoned) the turnip and sweet potato salad (perfect combination of tart and crunchy) and their special of the day roasted Halibut (perfectly done). The dark chocolate pot de creme was a perfect ending to the meal. We live in NYC and have traveled and eaten extensively. This was on par with good restaurants in urban centers. As much as we enjoyed the simple local fare, it was nice to indulge in a high end meal,which was very good without being pretentious.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lina S
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atcanad, Manager at The Black Spruce Restaurant, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for your review. I loved reading your descriptions of the food! I'm so happy you found us and that you enjoyed your dining experience here. We take pride in what we do and it is very rewarding to receive such positive feedback. Thank you for dining with us.
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English first
St. John's, Canada
1 review
“A Must Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

I visited The Black Spruce with family and friends and we were not disappointed! Not only is the location beautiful but the service and food made for a wonderful experience. The staff were friendly and funny and made us feel very welcome. The lobster timbale appetizer was fantastic and the "market fish" beautifully done and delicious. This restaurant is a hidden treasure in Gros Morne National Park and we will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sj_foodie12
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Neddies, Manager at The Black Spruce Restaurant, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy that you had such a good experience at our restaurant. Our market fish a popular dish as it is fresh daily from our local fish market and a wonderful sampling of fresh Newfoundland seafood. Thank you for dining with us!
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St.John's, NL
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We did not stay overnight at the Inn, but stumbled across it when touring the area while staying in cottages in Rocky Harbour. We were looking for a different place to eat dinner, and just had to try the restaurant. We were not disappointed. The prices were in keeping with the better restaurants in the larger cities, but the quality of the food and service totally warranted the pricing. As we didn't have a reservation, it took half an hour or so to get a table, and, in the meantime, the receptionist (maybe owner - not sure) invited us to enjoy the spectacular sunroom, overlooking the scenic bay or arm of Bonne Bay. If the rest of the facility is anything like what we saw, it would surely be a treat to stay there sometime.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank icicle50
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Neddies, Manager at The Black Spruce Restaurant, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you for your review. I am so happy that you did stumble across us...we are kind of tucked away and therefore not always found easily. Waiting for a table isn't such a hardship when sitting in our beautiful Sunroom is it? I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience, thank you for dining with us.
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Ancaster, Canada
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing views, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed at Neddies Harbour Inn and had dinner there one evening. The location is spectacular, the people working in the restaurant and inn were very pleasant and helpful. The mean was good but I would not say it was gourmet. Serving sizes were perfect. The meal was expensive, but most restaurants in Newfoundland (both coasts) seem to be expensive. Neddies Harbour is worth visiting.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LynnE673
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Neddies, Manager at The Black Spruce Restaurant, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us and your meal at our restaurant. Neddies Harbour is indeed a beautiful place. Thank you for staying and dining with us.
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely location but ......”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This inn is very well appointed, the setting is awe-inspiring and the staff friendly but we found the food in the restaurant too expensive for what was provided. We are not penny-pinchers. We are perfectly willing to pay for quality, but not presentation alone. Though the meal was quite palatable and tasty, it was not worth the price. Those were Scandinavian prices in a place called Neddies Harbour. Incidentally, we loved our entire journey to Newfoundland, quaint names and all.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank suchmar
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Neddies, Manager at The Black Spruce Restaurant, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed our place however I am sorry you felt our restaurant prices were high. We are actually quite comparable with other restaurants in the area and certainly not priced on a Scandinavian scale as we strive to be as local as possible in all ways. Thank you for dining with us.
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