Spencer's at the Waterfront

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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Located on the Burlington lakefront, Spencer's at the Waterfront hosts a stunning patio and a glass walled dining room with breathtaking views. Great for a group or a romantic setting. Sip wine while enjoying a fresh and innovative seafood tower, daily changing fresh market fish and dry-aged craft cut steaks.
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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Took just over an hour to get our mains. During that time waiter was MIA... never came around to ask if we wanted another drink or update us on the whereabouts of our food. Once the food finally arrived, just over an hour, it was OK. Big disappointment. Won’t go back.

AS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was ok location service everything else was excellent. Good oyster selection.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

I would for the view, but your prices are high for what you get. I had a coupon is why I came with out of town guests.
The wine I had was off and was replaced.
We waited a long time for our meal others around us got their meal before us and were seated Long before them and when we came the restaurant wasn’t very busy. We ordered the special so service should have been quicker
I haven’t been to your restaurant in a while, because I thought then your prices are overly high.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We booked the Sunday Champagne Brunch to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Despite marking the box for celebration “anniversary”no one ever asked nor inquired whether we were celebrating anything at all let alone which anniversary.
We had a 2:15pm reservation and showed up for 2:15pm. However it took another 10 minutes to seat us. Not a big deal even though we were all hungry. We were seated at a booth furthest from the buffet but closest to the bathrooms. So at times it was busy with bathroom traffic or people just hanging outside the bathrooms waiting for others in their party to finish in the bathroom. Only redemption about this location was that it was still along the windows looking out to the lake and the bathrooms were very close for my son who tends to go multiple times during a meal.
The buffet itself and service was phenomenal!! The server cleared plates, filled glasses, refilled our napkins religiously!! And he asked many times, like at least 10 or more if we needed anything, needed something else to drink etc. Now that’s attentive I like!
The food and selection at the buffet was spectacular!! Something for everyone. However my only complaint as we were the last seating for brunch, some items on the buffet were not replenished or what was left was cold. Examples, the beef bourguignon had absolutely no meat or vegetables left, it was just the stew gravy left. The pasta was cold and the roasted red skinned potatoes when they ran out was replaced by very dry chunky hash brown pieces. Fresh strawberries at the dessert fondue station, the bowl was empty. The fresh shucked oysters were plentiful and he kept shucking!! Crepes were great according to my daughter but more ingredients other than just chocolate or blueberries should be offered. And the blueberry scones with butter and homemade jam, totally delicious!! All in all, I would say it was a fabulous buffet and we left completely stuffed.
Great view of the lake and I would definitely return.

P
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nicely laid out although busy for Sunday brunch. The inside temperature was a little humid ... air conditioner should have been stronger.

MO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience at Spencer’s. Fantastic selection and variety. Quality and views are perfect for a special occasion. Will return and highly recommend.

h
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was amazing. The ambiance is perfect specially for Brunch. The food was great and servers were very nice and accomodating.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated Birthday. Three things that we wanted to order were not available which was a bummer but overall Food and service was good.

HW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. I am vegetarian and they always have something delicious for me. The greeting at the front door, the hostess seating us, the servers, the food and ambiance was all fantastic.

C
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Our dessert this time we’re not that wonderful. The strawberry shortcake had only one strawberry, the banana s’mores had banana chips in it not real bananas. The rest of the meals were only okay not exciting.

MM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful time spent out on the outdoor patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Paul was sensational. Overall food presentation was lacking in portion size and a confused order. Tasted delicious but would’ve loved more for the price. Thank you to the staff for being over accommodating.

LD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spencer’s is a great place for Special Occasions! Romantic, great service, and great food!

AM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A pleasure as always, great food and a great view. We celebrated our anniversary and received a very nice gift certificate as well.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great night. Highly recommended. Cheers.

FB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service, ambience and location are all outstanding. The servers are all attentive and pleasant. The food can be hit-or-miss; with some great dishes and others that miss the mark. Dessert leaves something to be desired: more fruit or simply some more low-carb options in that area would be appreciated.

S
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Service! Excellent Food! Great view of the Lake, over all I fantastic night!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Very romantic for a date! Good time!

SH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great, so friendly and attentive. Our waiter was AMAZING!

I got the tagliatelle which was a little bland.

Steaks were great

Lamb was amazing

Tuna ceviche and calamari was great too!

DB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great service from our waiter. Excited to go back!

TK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Food is very disappointing. Wait time is very long, over 30-45 min for the main course.
Except waiter had excellent service during our stay.
Definitely over-rated....

KN
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The portions are small for the price, but the food was good. However the side green is literally just a handful of spring mix, with a very small drizzle of oil and vinegar. Pretty tasteless and unimaginative. The lobster roll was good but tiny. Not enough food for a man. Also red onion isn’t listed as being in the lobster roll but it was full of raw red onion. The service was outstanding though.

F
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What I like about Spencers is the atmosphere and how personable everyone is to us patrons. The food is always delicious and so nicely presented

AB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful sitting on the heated patio
Service was excellent.
Food was good, but find that dinner meals are better than lunch

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service, friendly atmosphere. The patio is lively and looks out over Lake Ontario.

WM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had not been to Spencer's at the Waterfront for a while. It was a special occasion so we thought it would be a nice treat. The hosts and staff are friendly and accommodating. Our server was friendly and efficient while giving us time to enjoy our meal without too much time between courses, but without rushing us. So the service was very good. The food is good, but not amazing, especially for the price. I had the tuna ceviche. It was very good, but the tortilla chips that were served with it were too salty. We both had the special which was halibut. It was good and a decent portion, but not enough vegetables were served with it and perhaps a small serving of some kind of rice could be added. The experience was good. It's just a bit overpriced.

ND
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been here many times. The food and experience is always amazing. This time, our server Briar was particularly special. She made the whole experience even more incredible. We will definitely be back. What you get for the cost is unheard of.

L
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good amount of food but the buffet needs to be spaced out more to see the options better. More vegetarian options would be nice.

RF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service from all wait staff. The food was very good ,hot and plentiful . The creme brulee was runny and not set properly but the staff corrected the problem to my satisfaction. Overall I would say this was one of the best experiences we have had in some time. Well done.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The overall experience was awesome. It was a birthday anniversary night. Our waiter was very attentive and professional. The outside balcony seating was very comfortable (temperature). The food was very tasty. We took advantage of the free corkage Thursdays which in itself is a great deal.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The server was great.
The pasta was good.
The burger was a bit dry and salty.
The ambience was great.
Pleasant dining on the balcony

G
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The menu was interesting. The flat iron steaks were excellent. We found the piped music intrusive.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service. Food. Atmosphere perfect! Cannot wait to go again!

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I shared a great evening here.
The food was great and came in a timely manner, cooked and presented just as we asked for it too. Everything looked, smelled and tasted great. All of this was enhanced by the genuinely present nature of our waitress, Joey. She was knowledgeable through the wine list and food offerings, and found ways to help us out whenever she could.

Great evening all in all, but the bottle of wine I purchased -although delicious - wasn’t the exact same as the one listed in their book. Turned out to be a different vintage, but still great.

N
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a terrific place to celebrate my 30th birthday with my husband. Truly a special treat. The service and food were both phenomenal. I am 150% planning on doing this every year for my birthday.

The only thing I would count as "negative" (although I ranked the experience 5-star overall) is the ambiance and seating:
- I wasn't able to request a "window seat" when reserving online (I'm not sure if that was an option, but it was already taken). We ended up sitting in a "middle-of-the-room" table, which is fine.
- However, I feel like we were a little too close to the next table; It was almost like the server was reading them the specials as well when he was telling us about it.
- The server kept having to move out of the way of other servers coming down the "aisle" when he was explaining the specials or pouring drinks, so there wasn't much room between tables.
- Also, we had a "table for two" that could barely fit our drinks and dinner plates - so it was awkward when we ordered an appetizer and we had to juggle plates when other food arrived.

Again, I really loved the experience and will be returning. It just would have been an even better experience if the tables were larger and spaced further apart - it would help create a more "exquisite" ambiance that matches the price-point and expectations.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere. Thoughtful, efficient staff. The steaks were delicious and cooked as ordered. Half lobster (small About 2 oz of meat) was overpriced at $30

FW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Well, to start with, the waiter was late getting our drink order. Then, it took all of 20 minutes to get that drink. My Margarita tasted like watered down lime juice.....only worse! had to send that one back. Then, I ordered grilled shrimp, and they came out sauteed, and the shrimp were not even cleaned properly, and they were small. Our waiter was nowhere to be found when we needed him, but he was smiling the whole time at least. The steak was the only good thing that we had, because, its difficult to mess up a steak! I will never, EVER go back to this restaurant, which is a poor excuse for upscale dining.....more like down-scale eating:(

KF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Location is fabulous... Unfortunately, food is underwhelming! We sat on the balcony/patio and the view and ambiance was great. We were very grateful not to be inside as the acoustics make for a very loud place when it's busy.
Again....the balcony was lovely. We enjoyed our evening together. The food was food.

DA
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent location. Comfortable seating Waterfront view Superb server Hannah

C
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great Service. Food was amazing and my anniversary was a unbelievable time. I recommend to anyone going on a date or just dinning by yourself.

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