Spencer's at the Waterfront

4.1
2861 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Continental
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Located on the Burlington lakefront, the newly renovated Spencer's at the Waterfront offers fabulous food and breathtaking views. We offer a unique and varied food concept, featuring a daily market board, Craft Cut steaks, items for groups to share as well as a selection of fresh, chilled shellfish. Guests can enjoy the sparkling lake view from inside our glass-walled dining room or from our stunning patio.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental
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Hours of Operation
Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(905) 633-7494
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Aaron Linley
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Private Party Facilities
Corporate Meetings: Our open concept and picturesque scenery sets the tone for a meeting that will surely inspire creative thinking. We can host 20-150 people and can provide all of your AV requirements. Let our special events consultants provide you will all the information to assist in your event planning. Our modern amenities, friendly and attentive staff and fantastic cuisine will not only meet but also exceed your expectations. Please contact us at info@spencers.ca
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Private Party Contact
Management: (905) 633-7494
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Brant Street
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Parking Details
Paid parking until 4pm on the West Parking Lot
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,861 reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
32%
Good
13%
Fair
7%
Poor
2%
4.1
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GG
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food and service great. Bar had run out of Dillons Gin. Menu presentation slightly confusing. Waiter got us through it.

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PL
3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food cannot be compared to previous occasion. Mussels are not fresh. Some ribs are overcooked. At that price food should be much better. Disappointed.

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R
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Patio over looking lake is spectacular. Noise level inside was considerably higher. Outside seating IS weather dependant. While some seats are in a covered area, it can be really hot. Our evening was perfect, weather was moderated by lake and noise level was more than acceptable. Seafood specials were very good. Service was adequate. Parking can be a challenge especially if Spenser's is hosting a wedding. While they have a portion of the parking lot (on west side of restaurant) blocked off, we got the last paring spot.

Oeverall a very pleasant dinner on a beautiful, summer night.

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M
5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was the perfect restaurant for my hubby and I that we were searching for from a long time .. the view .. the menu .. the service all was great 🤩♥️
Tous étaient parfait.. mon mari et moi avons bien amusés .. à bientôt 😘

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OT
3.0Dined 4 days ago

Upon arrival, they allowed us to pick where we wanted to sit, which was pretty cool considering not a lot of restaurants do that. We decided on the outdoor patio which had a very nice view of the waterfront and pond. Our waitress Anne C, was blah, she rarely smiled . She didn’t make conversation. She asked us what we wanted to order and got our food and that was it. Besides Our waitress blahness, the food was very good! I just wish our waitress would have engaged with us a bit more. I get more engagement from pubs and pay less than what I got from Spencer’s. Upon leaving we passed a group of staff near the bar and they were chit chatting away. None of them stopped to say, have a nice day or thank you, they just kept chatting. I gave them 3 stars. Mostly based on the amazing food, and location.

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

All good although the menu hadn’t too much choice. What we went with was great however

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K
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent kitchen. Courteous very friendly and professional service. We live in Aurora so we would not normally make the 1 and 1/2 hour drive but when in the are would definitely go back.

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KR
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome summer night dinner on the patio. Enjoyed the breeze and summer air overlooking the lake and park areas. Great service, food and and ambiance.

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d
5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was a lovely afternoon eating and enjoying the view.

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SB
3.0Dined 6 days ago

Although the food was good, the wait time was unacceptable especially for a Thursday evening

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SK
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was delicious, very comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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L
4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Nice setting on the lake. Menu seems better than before. Great Caesar salad now. Fresh fish esp bronzino is a must.
be careful with alcohol prices. ask for cost before ordering. prices for booze is high.

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P
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

A screaming infant, and food that was not hot. Not their best showing at all. Wait staff was the bright spot of the evening.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We went to brunch to celebrate my sisters upcoming wedding. Spencer’s was the perfect choice. It was an incredible experience!!! I would highly recommend this place. Beautiful and upscale and the food was yummy!!!

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PM
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The restaurant was lovely. Beautiful view of the lake. You are def paying for the view not the food as I have had better buffets. The soup was cold and the perogies were rock hard.
Enjoy the drink and the view.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love this place every time we go! Great food, service. The Sunday Bruch is fantastic.

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M
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Beautiful restaurant overlooking the lake. Brunch is fabulous with tons of selection, all high end. Grab a seat on the patio if the weather is nice, great views and breeze off the lake

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OT
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Since the renos the Sunday brunch food quality and service have suffered. There are no hot stations by the kitchen, it is Very crowded as the food is not spread out through the kitchen, seafood was mediocre, eggs benny were terrible, the only saving grace was the desert, our server was not attentive never asked if we wanted a drink unless we did (not sure if they didn't want provide us mimosas as it was included in the price, felt like they were told only give each person 2 drinks) when we order a drink she would forget needing to remind her, she never asked if we were okay etc just came and removed plates from the table. I would not gonna back to Spencer's again for brunch and would not recommend to others so sad the quality has decreased so dramatically

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great and consistent experience as always

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A
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great service and a nice atmosphere. The food was ok, not bad, not great just OK. so probably a little pricey for just OK.
I would go back and hopefully the food might be better next time.

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RF
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The place has totally changed since our last visit. It was noisy and way more casual that I had planned for our dinner. The menu is radically different and while the food was excellently prepared - it was plain old steak and seafood. I know you pay a premium for the location - but with the changes to the menu and the remodeling, it's just a waterfront bar. We won't be back.

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BH
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Having been to Spencer's many times before, I was looking forward to a similar event last week. My expectations were dashed after the meal when my date and I went for drinks at the bar. The bar staff wasn't busy so I was surprised that we were seated for a good half-hour before someone approached us and asked if we had been served.

My date actually approached the bar and asked if anyone was serving the tables and if so, would they mind taking our order for drinks. By this point, I was ready to walk, but because this was the first date, I didn't want to cause a scene.

We had our drinks and left soon afterward. At this point, I am reconsidering my opinion of Spencer's.

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j
1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

45 minute wait for our first drink order, one of the cocktails was horrible and sent back, apps finally arrived 1/2 hr later, spoke to manager and he just shrugged that they were busy, not, the restaurant was not full! Small portions for the price but terrific food - too bad as it was a celebration and wished we’d left before the mains. Our server was terrific, I think embarrassed and tried to keep us calm. Was our favourite place - too many great restaurants in the Hammer!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Waiter was good, came the right amount of times to where he wasn't annoying and got us all we needed. Food came pretty quickly for what we ordered.

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KB
2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The server recommended a wine that was $29 a glass
Seems like a way to increase your tip
Lacklustre presentation for the price
Obviously paying for the view

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j
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent waiter

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DC
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Spencer's has been our preferred restaurant since it opened so long ago. It remains perfect in every way

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JH
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything was great except we found the service to be slow.

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PT
2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The ingredients are all there for an amazing dining experience but the execution was lacking. Holiday Monday might have been a factor. Would try again, but...they might be leaning a bit too hard on the great view.
Side note: simple foods (Caesar and coleslaw salads) were unusually peppery.

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ME
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Chris, our waiter, was great! Exceptional service! Thank you.

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DC
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

lovely restaurant and view - but food was ok, not bad but not great. Prices were ok.

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OT
1.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The service was awful! The excuse from the Manager was we are short staffed it's Canada Day weekend...REALLY
It took us 20 minutes to get a drink, tables were not cleaned, no water served. We ordered burgers and told the waiter no bacon it came with bacon and raw onions that were not listed on the menu. I have an allergy to onions so they had to take them back, which took 30 minutes to make two more burger. When the burgers did finally arrive they were good. Our martinis were also good and the bottle of Red wine. They did remove the martinis & burgers from our bill. I had visitors from out of town and they couldn't believe the service.

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e
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

we were there Canada long weekend. Great place for brunch!
Not a hugh selections of food but the food quality is excellent. They have fresh west and east coast oysters.
Restaurant offers beautiful lake view!
Our server is good! Staff is acknowledgeable and friendly.

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MD
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

A confusing dining experience. Based on the website and the online menu I was expecting an evening that was closer to a fine dining experience - what I experienced was something between noisy Toronto patio and roadhouse. The menu was compact, and had a little bit of everything on it. Our meals were competently prepared, tasty, but certainly not dramatic or adventurous. The dining room was very busy, noisy, and was attended buy a wide range of patrons. Some guests dressed in tank tops, flip flops, and ball caps, other guests dressed for an on-site wedding reception. The wedding guests continually moving through the dining room to use the washrooms. The service was good, and had a casual attitude. A three-course meal with drinks for a party of two was about $200. In short I feel as though Spencer's is trying to be all things to all people, resulting in a dining experience that was erratic and unfocused. This will likely be my last time visiting this restaurant - not because I didn't enjoy any single component of the evening, but because I expect a fine dining experience when paying fine dining prices.

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JB
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

First time at Spencer's - table of 4 enjoyed all of our menu selections. Service from every staff member was timely and knowledgeable and very pleasant. We definitely look forward to enjoying Spencer's again very soon.

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SJ
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We continue to frequent this restaurant and always enjoy the experience . Great food and service are the key!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Beautiful surroundings and delicious food.

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KC
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Our server (cant remember her name right now) was the reason this experience was great! The food was good, but not as amazing as I expected, HOWEVER, again our server was so amazing and polite and attentive that she makes it worth trying again!

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M
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food took long to get to the table but I believe it's because our group arrived later than the reservation and there were several groups going on. Presentation was lovely!

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J
2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Service was extremely slow. Caesar Salad was tasteless.

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