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The Black Cauldron, Nelson, BC

The Black Cauldron

4.6
4.6
147 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
A magical lounge and apothecary bar in Nelson, BC, specializing in all local BC charcuterie-share plates, bewitching cocktails, and non-alcoholic elixirs. Sip, snack, and warm up by the fire tables.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (778) 463-4633

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Nelson

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 147 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great addition to Nelson, had a great time and wonderful food and service. Enjoyed the taro reading as well- so fun
  2. LT

    LaurelT

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely. The flavors were fun and delicious, food was amazing.
  3. E

    Evalynn

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a warm and cozy vibe. Delicious cocktails, laid back and eclectic atmosphere. A favourite place!
  4. k

    kevin

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place food and ambiance is awesome
  5. DC

    DavidC

    Edmonton

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very unique dinning experience, great outside space, highly recommend, great drinks menu too.
  6. N

    Nikki

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It was nice enough - we asked to sit outside and hoped to be on the back patio but were sat on the front instead with a good view of the alley. This wasn't really the restaurant's fault as we mentioned not wanting to be in too close confines due to COVID concerns. The drinks were stellar! The food was very lacklustre. The "sourdough" bread with the vegan mezze was tasteless, more like a supermarket French loaf than anything else. Portions were good and the server was super nice. We'd definitely return for drinks at the bar.
  7. RD

    RobD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very much know the niche in their unique experience. Menu is limited to a few very tasty and unique dishes. Beverages are well thought and crafted to enhance the entire evening. Delightful staff who are attentive and know their product well
  8. l

    luvgoodfood

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered The Black Cauldron last year on our way thru Nelson - we had the most amazing Charcuterie Board for 6 along with the most fascinating cocktails - we couldn’t wait to come back again this year and we were not disappointed! Once again we were served an outstanding array of meats, cheeses, dips, pickled verges and spreads with what seemed like an endless basket of fresh baked bread! And like last year, the drinks were spectacular - between the 6 off us we must have tried each of them! And we finished the evening off with a round of The Witches’ Brew - prepared and flamed at our table! The staff are all great and added to our fun! We’re already making plans to come back next year - thank you!!!
  9. D

    Danyav

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely, witchy spot with snacks galore! A perfect calm spot to spend time chatting with friends.
  10. k

    kickaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was awesome and the service was great. The only complaint I have is the background music was very very loud. So loud it was very difficult talking with my companion
  11. NF

    NelsonFoodie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the party board for 4 people and it’s was awesome. Would recommend for sure.
  12. SB

    SarahB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very cool vibe, awesome cocktails, and fantastic service!
  13. KK

    KevinK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place to eat! Would go back again and sit out on the patio
  14. S

    Stan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent, food was great, we had a very relaxing lunch. We will be back.
  15. CL

    CarolL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great place to experience. It was our first time visiting and Makenzie (Bar Manager) went above and beyond with food and drink suggestions that made our evening very enjoyable.
  16. C

    Calgary

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sooooo good! Excellent service and ambience! Would definitely recommend!
  17. TD

    TomD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool decor. Interesting drinks. Good food. Great date night place.
  18. AD

    AndreD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will definitely be back. Staff is tremendous. Food is scumptious!
  19. RM

    RobinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love that they have very fancy drinks that don't have to have alcohol in them. The server and kitchen were very accommodating for some challenging dietary restrictions.
  20. LB

    LisaB

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our afternoon at the Black Cauldron was simply lovely. Our server was so knowledgeable about the food and drink and the service was attentive without being hovering. The ambiance was quiet at 3:30-5 when we were there and we felt relaxed and never rushed. The cocktails were amazing! And we’d go back just for those, but the food was so delicious I’m sure we’d order something to eat again too! My husband had the prize winning burger and I had a scrumptious meat and cheese board.
  21. G

    Grey

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best server ever! Thanks for getting us both tarot readings. You made our nights!

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review, Grey! We are glad you enjoyed your night with us and hope to see you soon :)

  22. NV

    NativeVictorian

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Such a wonderful atmosphere. We enjoyed the former restaurant here for many years. The service was very uneven - mistakes were made, at times it prompt and at other times slow. My husband ordered a non alcoholic drink. He thought it had alcohol in it but I thought he was imagining things until we saw the charge for an alcoholic drink on the bill. The cocktail I had was awesome as was my husband’s. The phyllo cup appetizers similarly very tasty. The kale and quinoa salad was edible but nothing spectacular. The vegan mezze platter was another thing. It was $32 for a double and mostly consisted of two dips both of which looked unappetizing and lacked any flavour. The candied walnuts were good but the other components were mostly fresh vegetables and bread. We will definitely not be returning.

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022First, would like to give our apologies on the mix up on the alcoholic vs non alcoholic beverage! The price of the mezze board reflects the quality of the ingredients & the dips + sourdough bread are made inhouse. We source from local farmers as our philosophy is to support local growers. We try to keep our prices as low as possible but things have increased across the board & we want to maintain quality while sticking to our local ethos. It is important to us to know where our food comes from.

  23. W

    Wendy

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed the drinks charcuterie and dessert board with 2 co-workers. This is the second time I have been to the Back Cauldron. I'd recommend it if you have plenty of time.

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you, Wendy!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar as usual!

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you!!

  25. PB

    PatriciaB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcominh staff. Delicious food! Looking forward to more cocktails too!

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you, Patricia! Hope you see you again soon :)

  26. MA

    MichelleA

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great little place . Something different and delicious

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you, Michelle!

  27. SH

    SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute and cozy with witchy vibes and a theme that’s different and definitely worth going for. Beverages are all clever in design. The soup is also so delicious!

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thanks, Sam! Hope you see you again soon :)

  28. MF

    MikeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so cool! Such a unique experience... the decor is beautiful - I walked around to check out all the art and even the bathroom was fun! The elixir (drink) list is so interesting and so hard to pick! Great service and very friendly. We got a charcuterie board and everything was delicious. Can't wait to go back!

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thanks so much, Mike!! Look forward to having you back :)

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the valentines three course meal and it was fantastic, service was wonderful and over a great time. I'll definitely be back.

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thank you so much! Love to hear your feedback on the night. Happy to hear you really enjoyed your night with us! Hope to see you again soon :)

  30. SM

    StephanieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fantastic place! The staff and owner were amazing. Will definitely be back and recommend to everyone

    The Black CauldronResponded on March 31, 2022Thanks so much, Stephanie!! :)

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always exceptional and the cocktails are fabulous!
  32. DH

    DanikaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience, wonderful servers and really good food. Definitely recommend!
  33. JS

    JanosSzeman

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An awesome new addition to Nelson's food and bar scene. My fav place in the entire Kootenays!
  34. AL

    AprilL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So awesome! Comfy chairs! Great music! Delicious drinks! Epic food!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Super impressive service with only one server and one chef. Hope everyone feels better soon xoxoxo
  36. KL

    KennethL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed it but thought that a vinegar dip should have come with the meal, not extra. we had plenty of good bread but needed more to do with it.
  37. SB

    ShadowB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    very nice services and calm restaurant, very unique dinning experience.
  38. BR

    BrentR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place, felt like home. Can't wait to see the patio in the summer
  39. AC

    AllisonC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO FREAKING COOL!! I want all the recipes for the drinks, I tried 3 (all different flavors) and loved them all. The charcuterie board was unbelievable and beautiful, next time I want to bring extra people to try the party board. 100% coming back everytime I come to nelson, what a spooky lovely place all around.
  40. KF

    KootenayFoodie

    Vancouver

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Nice evening. Service was very good. Would definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Black Cauldron offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 463-4633.

The Black Cauldron is rated 4.6 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Nelson

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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