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Blackwater Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 Winner

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Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad
Mixed field greens tossed in honey balsamic vinaigrette with roasted pear, dried plums and shaved red onions
As entrée $10.99
Fried Chicken Tenderloins
Chicken tenderloins dipped in buttermilk and panko breadcrumbs served with natural cut fries and honey mustard
Fried Catfish and Country Ham
Crispy fried catfish served on top of a grits cake with country ham and covered in homemade red eye gravy
Warm Goat Cheese and Pepperonata Bruschetta
Roasted sweet red peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic stewed in extra virgin olive oil topped with goat cheese and grilled bread
Mussels with Saffron and Mustard
Fresh mussels‏ steamed in a white wine mustard sauce with garlic confit, saffron and fresh herbs
Blackwater Caesar Salad
Hearts of romaine dressed with creamy homemade caesar dressing, grilled and marinated red onion rings, garlic croutons and a parmesan crisp
Mixed Field Green Salad
Mixed field‏ greens, tomatoes, cucumber, shaved red onion, grated carrot and garlic croutons with choice of buttermilk garlic, honey balsamic, blue cheese, honey mustard or orange poppy seed vinaigrette
Sauteed mushrooms $+1.49
Sauteed onions $+0.99
1/2 Pound Certified Angus Beef Blackwater Bacon Cheeseburger
Ground chuck burger with your choice of cheese on a kaiser roll topped with smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion served with natural cut fries
Braised Basque Chicken
Half chicken braised in red wine and sweet piquillo peppers served with chef's potato and seasonal vegetable
Grilled chicken $+3.99
Grilled shrimp $+5.99
Blackwater Carbonara
Made to order classic carbonara with parmesan cheese, pancetta and bacon over linguine…$16.99
Butcher's Block Selection
Fresh Market Seafood
Chicken "Under a Brick" Saltimbocca
Pan roasted chicken breast "under a brick" with prosciutto, sage, garlic and tomatoes in a white wine pan sauce and served with gnocchi and seasonal vegetable
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
With savory bread pudding served with homemade onion marmalade and seasonal vegetable
Shrimp and Grits
Sautéed shrimp with mushrooms, scallions and smoked bacon over cheesy stone-ground yellow grits topped with diced tomatoes
Grilled Certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon
6 oz. Beef tenderloin steak topped with red wine bordelaise sauce served with chef’s potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Braised Beef Pot Roast
Beef roast braised fork-tender and finished with a pan gravy served with chef’s potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Family restaurant with focus on Customer Service. Your Dining Experience is our Priority. Casual dress with a nice ambience. Reservations are suggested.
US$7 - US$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The drinks are honest, main courses better than average. Golden beet and feta salad outstanding. Calamari disappointing, breaded rather than battered. Would benefit from sweet chili sauce instead of mayo-based sauce. Service was simply superb, and with a large group to take care of. Will...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 9 December 2018

this is the place for a great over the top experience in eating and food. we have taken friends there before and we all have loved the great food selection and the great service there.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ronald R
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Ronald. Thank you for the nice comments and your ccontinued support.

Reviewed 6 November 2018

We will go back, try a different dish. Also, they offer two venues a bar side setting more casual and a more formal setting area.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Linda3865
Reviewed 12 October 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mike C
Tom G, Owner at Blackwater Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

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 2 October 2018

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

Date of visit: September 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: June 2018
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!

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: June 2018
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

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank pattym773
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.

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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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