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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,
  • Soup,
  • Salad,
  • Seafood,
  • Shrimps,
    • Mussels,
    • Lobster,
    • Chicken,
    • Steak,
  • more...
  • less...

Features

  • Online Reservation,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Take-out,
  • Restaurant With Catering Services,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Trendy,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
370 Wilson St E, Ancaster, ON L9G 4S4
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  • $11 To $25,

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Davi4316
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Was not spoken to for the entirety of our 35-minute stay after being seated, save for halfway through being told by a server that she would be right back with our waters. 15 minutes later, while everyone else around us was catered to seemingly fine, we still had not received any service. Embarrassing as it was not terribly busy nor was our 2-person reservation unexpected/burdensome.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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imal2406
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A must-visit for me whenever I'm in, or near Ancaster. The servers are attentive without being intrusive, and the food never disappoints. Great choice for a celebration, or just a casual night out. Live music is a nice touch on the weekend.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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pinarne
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Cavallo morto

Three girlfriends an I just had dinner at the Cavallo Nero.....honestly the worse meal I had in years!!! The slow cooked lamb shank was dry....absolutely not slow cooked...mashed potatoes cold and some kind of cold red liquid....the calamari was soggy with oil....I can't go further it was terrible! PS: I eat out mostly everyday!!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 2/5
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Lia T
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My girlfriend and I come here weekly they have awesome pizza and great service!

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joemika11
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best breakfast in town, period!!!

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Ancaster1
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We have eaten on ...

We have eaten on a regular basis here and have found the food and service to be going downhill. The food has been very inconsistent and during our recent visit the service staff oblivious to our disappointment. Dining here has become very unpredictable, never sure how it will be making it impossible to take guests there. Very disappointed to see this once good restaurant become mediocre.

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Restaurantica12
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Cavallo Nero - what a great restaurant...

Wow, what a truly fabulous restaurant! From the moment we all walked in, it was like dining in Europe, where they smile and bring you warm, fresh bread right away! We felt very comfortable. The coconut shrimp and crab mushroom appetizers arrived hot, fresh, and incredibly tasty! The baby greens salad with salmon my sister had looked great.
All of our entrees were great too. I had the pork tenderloin that was stuffed with pears and walnuts. Mmmm!
Here's another nice thing: my daughter is on a gluten-free diet. Our waitress was quick to make some great pasta suggestions, and even made a slight menu alteration to suit my daughter's taste.
I thought the pricing was quite reasonable, considering the comfy atmosphere and all the friendly staff.
I hear they have great music on the weekends, so we're going back then for sure. Kudos to the chef, the management and the staff of Cavallo Nero! Mike M

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Restaurantica12
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AMAZING RESTAURANT

This is an incredible restaurant! The atmosphere and decor is beautiful -with marble tables, beautiful dark booths, and a gorgeous bar with a great wine selection. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted friendly by a hostess and brought to our table. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly with us throughout our dinner -our glasses were never empty! Despite what is said in other reviews, the food was amazing and extremely well priced. This restaurant definitely knows Italian food! I would recommend this restaurant and all of the food we had to anyone! Thanks Cavallo Nero!

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Restaurantica12
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HUGE disappointment !

Flies buzzing around our heads should have been the first clue to leave. Waitress came to our table while we were trying to kill the flies with our wine menu and she proceeeded to tell us about the "specials". I ordered the mussel appetizer which smelled disgusting and was cold. After sending it back it was taken off our bill. Our entrees were cold and tasteless. Pasta did not taste homemade. After reading other reviews I realize we didn't receive the complimentary bread and garlic butter.... might have been at least filling. The only thing that made this dinner special was getting dessert at the Purple Pony down the street.

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Restaurantica12
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Great decor

I've dined a few times and found the food fairly good though you are on your own for vegan options. The decor and atmosphere are very classy and everything I have tasted has been good but nothing unbelivable that has me coming back. Quite frankly on a student budget this place isn't likely to become a favorite but it is nice for a treat.

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Restaurantica12
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YUCK!!!

We had heard great things about this place and decided to give it a try, boy were we in for a surprise! When we first walked in, the atmosphere was great, it was nicely decorated and the waiters/waitresses were very nice. As soon as we sat down at the table, our waitresses came by with some bread with a garlic dip, tasted okay, nothing great. It came too fast, we didn't even take off our coats yet, it seemed to me they were wanted to rush us out of there. Then, we ordered our food. First, the appetizers. We ordered the polenta sticks and the grilled calamari. The polenta sticks were so salty, they tasted awful! The grilled calamari were overdone and tasted like they were burnt, yuck! Then we ordered our main meal. The veal parmagiana came with a huge piece of veal, which tasted stale, and the pasta that it came with lacked salt and was cold. The gnocchi was okay, but it had too much cream. I had mentioned to the waitress when we first got there that there was a birthday, in hopes that they would sing 'Happy Birthday' or give us a piece of cake on the house. All she said was 'Since there is a birthday, would you like to order a dessert?' We ordered a piece of cheesecake and it tasted like store-bought, nothing superb. The manager had brought over all of our food and all he said was 'Hi, how are you?', and hurried to set down the plates and walk away. He wasn't friendly and didn't even ask us how we enjoyed our meal. The food was HORRIBLE!! We had told the waitress that the polenta fries were salty and she said 'I will tell the cooks in the back, they are still new to the menu'. This place has been open for almost a year, how could you still be new to the menu!! Another thing, there was no tiramisu for dessert! What Italian restaurant doesn't have tiramisu as dessert? We asked the waitress why there is no tiramisu and she said 'We used to have it, I don't know why we don't have it anymore.' Definitely not a great answer. Our bill was over $100, and we were definitely not satisfied, will not return and will recommend others not to either!!

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Restaurantica12
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will NEVER return!!

Our group of 6 dines out regularly. This was the worst dining experience ever. The atmosphere is quite nice, modern, clean. The meals however, left much to be desired. Two of the 6 of us barely ate at all, 2 others said their meals were OK and the other 2, who both had the tilapia, enjoyed theirs. The waitress did not seem at all concerned that 2 meals were returned barely eaten. I shared an appetizer with my husband, had a glass of wine, and returned 3/4 of my meal. I realize now that for $30 I had a glass of wine and 2 stuffed mushrooms! Will NEVER return. I think the management should be embarassed by what goes on the dinner plates for their customers.

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Restaurantica12
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Nice spot, enjoyable experience

I'm pretty surprised by some of the negative reviews on here. I've been 2-3 times and will gladly go back. Everything I've tried has been solid, from salads to pizza to pastas. Having moved out here from Toronto I'm always happy to see new spots open up and add to the variety of options in Ancaster. Decor and atmosphere was very pleasant, the patio is great in the summer, and while the service could've been quicker they were nice people and each time I've gone the place was pretty much packed so you have to allow for some delays in that scenario. If someone is just looking for huge portions at a discount price (which seems to be the case in some of the complaints) then yeah, this isn't the right place to go, but I'd sacrifice quantity for quality in my food every time.

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Restaurantica12
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Won't be returning

Ambiance was nice...beautiful interior. Our server I immediately recognized as an individual who had worked at, and been fired from two other establishments in Ancaster --- good job checking references and vetting your staff!!! Starter was ok, and a nice aoli was included with the bread basket. Meats were overcooked and under-seasoned. Accompanied by the most bland and uninspired steamed veg and roasted potatoes I have ever had. I have eaten better banquet food. This meal did not at allllll merit the 24 and 26$ price of mains.

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March 14, 2020

The four of us had a very pleasant lunch at the Cavallo Nero. A wonderful atmosphere and a very pleasant and attentive server.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2020

Took my friend out for her birthday. Wanted a glass of wine but there was only one Canadian red wine and it was only by the bottle. Very disappointed. Just drank water. Will not come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

Melodie our waitress was great, very attentive but not overly! It was obvious she knew the menu and made some great recommendations. Nice wine, great food just disappointed that you removed the tiramisu from the dessert menu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 7, 2020

Loved the live music, great food, nice complementary dessert for a birthday

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 7, 2020

We really enjoyed our meal. Our service was excellent and the food was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2020

4 adults in for lunch to celebrate our Leap Year daughters birthday. Waiter surprised daughter with a lovely assortment of Gelato ice cream for dessert. Very pleasant lunch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2020

I loved the experience all around! The website, excellent location, the food done to perfection, tasty, no complaints with portion size, loved the wine. I will try dessert next time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 21, 2020

The 3 of us ladies had a great time, weren’t rushed at all, the food was delicious as was the wine! Our young waitress was wonderful, too. We will be back!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Server Quinn was very attentive and allowed us some time to just chill and enjoy some wine before we ordered. Shiraz and Malbec were very good. We both had the beef tenderloin special which was excellent. Very tender and juicy, and medium as ordered. Advertised as 6 ounce but seemed bigger. Neither of us wanted the risotto with the dish so they accommodated us with extra vegetables which were slightly undercooked exactly the way we like them. Sat in our favourite area with photos and memorabilia from Hamilton Golf and Country Club. Prices are not exorbitant for the quality of the food and the atmosphere. This is a favourite "go to" for us. Only thing I wouldn't mind seeing is a bit more extensive menu of main courses, but there's still enough variety, including the appetizers. I highly recommend Cavallo Nero.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

The beef tenderloin with butterfly shrimp over risotti was superb! Honestly, and of our group of 4, 3 three of us had the special we all agreed the meal could not have been cooked better. One of the best meals we have had in years. Kennedy, our darling waitress was courteous and knowledgable and attentive. Mark, of course, was his usual perfect host. The Cavallero Nero did itself proud as is always does.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Amazing food and atmosphere! Wonderful experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

excellent food and service - great experience. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

Very enjoyable. Highly recommend it to all.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2020

Our wait person made the evening. She was perfect giving attention without be obsequious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

We had a relative in from Kelowna. He hoped we weren’t taking him to any chain or somewhere they have in the West. We knew just the place ....The food was fabulous. We all enjoyed our entrees very much. Polenta Frits new to us and great. Service was wonderful as well. Only great great things to say. Highly recommend Cavallo Nero! Thank you so much .... see you soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

The best gluten free pizza!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

We all enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. The music was very good but subtle which was great for one member of our group who suffers from noise sensitivity. Our waitress was great and knowledgeable , unfortunately I don’t remember her name. The young woman who brought our food was also terrific. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Server Abby R. provided excellent service. Very attentive to all of our needs.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2020

FELT SO RUSHED First time at your restaurant and the server said 'we close at 9 so you should get your order in now' We arrived on time for our 7pm reservation From there, we were each taken aback on her as our server Food was good but she set the tone and I wanted to let her know we were leaving when it was 8:40pm. Business dinner with my boss who was in town. I recently moved to Ancaster (5 months ago) and I am not sure I want to come back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 2, 2020

Olivia is the best !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2020

We had a great time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 26, 2020

Cavallo Nero is one of my favourite spots to dine with friends, family and/or co-workers! The food is delicious and the wine choices are always abundant! The service is outstanding ... a big shout out to Mark and Olivia who make Cavallo Nero the awesome spot that it is!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2020

This a favourite meeting place for me and my friends. The food is always excellent, the service was great and we were entertained by a duo playing softly in the background. I had the seafood linguine and it was superb! We were there for 3 hours and never felt rushed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2020

Lively atmosphere with great live music. Our server was great and was very accommodating - she gave us lots of time and didn’t rush us at all. She also gave some good tips about what to order. 2 of us had the lasagne, 1 of us had the chicken and pesto cream sauce and the other had veal parmigiana. Buffalo cauliflower was outstanding!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2020

The food!!! The food was fabulous! We had the seafood linguine and the blackened salmon. They were both amazing! Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. It's a great place to go for a really good meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2020

Amazing gluten free pizza!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 9, 2020

We’re came to eat here after our short wedding ceremony on Wednesday night. Sadly to say our waitress was not in a good mood when we arrived and was quite unpleasant with us. I was a bit disappointed by this and the fact that she didn’t ask us if we were celebrating anything. We asked about the “date night” special, and were met with the response “it’s not ready until 5 and she would not know what it was until then (it was 452pm). We told her we wouldn’t mind waiting to hear what it would be and she was very displeased by this response. I have to say though the atmosphere in the restaurant and the food were both fantastic. I really just wish our waitress was a little happier and nicer on the night we came.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

January 8, 2020

Always a wonderful meal at cavallo Nero. Great atmosphere, clean, friendly and delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2020

Always outstanding food and service. Never disappointed!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2019

I like the intimacy of the space, however, this makes it difficult to have a conversation when the music is sometimes too loud. This makes patrons feel as though they must compete with the overall noise in order to carry on a conversation by having to raise one's voice.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

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