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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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American, Vegetarian Friendly
4730 Scruggs Rd, Moneta, VA 24121-4994
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a trip to the lake to relax for the afternoon. Decided we didn't want the usual casual food at at the dock, so we decided to take a short drive to the Blackwater Cafe. Probably the best decision made in a long time. Just...More

Thank Mike C
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mike. Thank you for the nice review. It means a lot to hear from our guests especially from a positive point of view. Once the season ends at the Lake you can never tell how busy you might be. In any case, please introduce yourself...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was slow. We were told when we sat down that they had a big party and they apologize for that. With a party of six, our food was average at best. I think the only meal that was great was the filet. My...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We wound up at Blackwater Café having left The Landing at SML after a horrendous experience there (read review of The Landing). Anyway, we have overlooked the Blackwater Café in the past, probably because it doesn't have the "ambiance" of the waterside restaurants. Big mistake!...More

Thank Larry S
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Larry. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your comments. You are correct almost all shrimp outside of coast areas are frozen. I lived in a coastal commumity and shrimp off the boats is the very best. Hope you come...More

Reviewed 2 August 2018

Blackwater Café is one of the top two finer dining restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake. It was Father's Day weekend and they were very busy, good thing we had a reservation. Sue was our server for the evening and she is a "hoot"....ask for her...More

Thank KiKiBug
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

KiKiBug: Thank you for taking the time to express your kind words. Hope you come back for another visit and please introduce yourself.

Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

We just enjoyed a wonderful family meal with our grandkids, son, and his family! We will definitely return!

Thank Hensienm
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. Glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope you return on your next visit to the Lake.

Reviewed 1 July 2018

After our initial pleasant visit to Blackwater Cafe last June we were eager to return and they did not disappoint. First we shared the appetizer Charcuterie; very good. The four adults in our party each ordered a different entree and each was very pleased with...More

Thank 911Traveldude
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Travel Dude: Thank you for your nice comments and hope you enjoy your stay at the Lake.

Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Went here on a recommendation and we were glad we did. Place has two dining rooms; one casual and the other a bit fancier. Figured since we came in nicer clothes than our usual shorts & flip flops we’d go for the cloth napkin side....More

Thank Patty M
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thank you for your kind words and for your support. We will take your comments under consideration. Enjoy your stay at the Lake.

Reviewed 18 June 2018

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 19 June 2018

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 29 May 2018

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

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Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

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

Reviewed 19 May 2018

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 20 May 2018

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.

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Joseph B
5 August 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
21 June 2016|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Sorry for not responding sooner
21 June 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
US$7 - US$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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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