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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,
  • Soup,
  • Salad,
  • Seafood,
  • Shrimps,
    • Mussels,
    • Lobster,
    • Chicken,
    • Steak,
  • more...
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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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October 18, 2019

Olivia took great care of us. As usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 11, 2019

Really enjoyed our food. Great service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Comfortable seating, good service food was lovely and service was by the book. If you've been to an upscale chain restaurant then you will be comfortable at Cavallo Nero.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Love this restaurant find! We have stumbled upon it one summer and loved the patio/live music and more importantly the quality of food. We have used them for a family function and did not disappoint! And just recently for our Anniversary dinner. Excellent customer experience - great restaurant-staff & quality food. Thank you. PS fave appetizer-polenta frites!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2019

70th b-day celebration for my brother. Nice surprise at end of the meal with an assortment of gelato and a candle. We had a lovely time enjoying a delicious meal. Looking forward to next dinner at Cavallo Nero

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2019

We visit Cavallo Nero weekly and always enjoy the excellent service, great food and atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2019

Food and service were excellent! A beautiful atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2019

We were very satisfied with our lunch experience at Cavallo Nero. We will come again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2019

The atmosphere in here is awesome. The food is so flavourful and nice size portions. Our server was GREAT! She had such a great demeanour and she was very attentive to our needs. We asked if we could share a Caesar salad and she not only said Yes to us but brought them in separate bowls. Extra special service!’ There was only one complaint We had and that was we had arrived early just before it opened at 11:30am. When the man came to unlock the front door. He did so but didn’t bother to open it and welcome us to the restaurant. He just unlocked and walked away. We both found that very odd. Other than that everything was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2019

We had a lovely table by the fireplace. Our server was prompt but not pushy. Our food was delicious and drinks were nice. I would definitely go again and recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Brought our special friends who were visiting from California...we all loved it!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2019

Server was friendly and attentive to us. Food was uninspiring, pasta overcooked & sauce boring, table mates potatoes bland and lumpy. As a first time guest we will not be returning.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2019

Cavallo Nero is a local favourite for us! Delicious food, a great selection of wine (ask Mark P for recommendations off the list!👌🏼) and outstanding service ... They always go above and beyond! Love it here!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2019

First let me explain that this was our first time. It was a beautiful Friday night and we sat on the patio. Fantastic patio. Plenty of heaters if it gets chilly. Food was excellent. What wrecked our evening was after a nice bottle of wine and great food we sat with no service. Our dirty dishes and empty glasses sat on the table. Our waiter deserted us. The other waiter in the patio was busy looking after his tables but no one came to see if we wanted more drinks or dessert. Finally after almost 30 minutes we went in to pay for our bill ( still wasnt delivered to us). The manager was very polite and apologized and comped our calamari. But it sure put a damper on our night out. We are going to try again, not in the immediate future, as the food and atmosphere was great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

September 23, 2019

Service was prompt, friendly. Recommended a good wine. Dined on the nicely enclosed patio. Food was good & served timely. One course arrived just as we were finishing the previous. Only complaint was the baked Brie was a little short on Brie. Would recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2019

Hi We enjoyed the celebration lunch after my grandson's christening very much. What I was most pleased with was that the food all came out at once so everyone was able to eat and enjoy their meal at the same time. A big 'Thank you" to Olivia for the back and forth communication prior to Sept. 15.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

I ordered my favourite lunch: Margarita pizza and salad. Enjoy having lunch at Cavallanero! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

The service was perfect and the food superb, the waitress was extremely polite and friendly. Couldn't ask for better.!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 13, 2019

As usual, excellent service and excellent food !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

Great restaurant! Food was delicious! Staff is super friendly and attentive! Will be back for sure!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

Cavallo Nero is one of the best restaurants in the Ancaster/Hamilton area.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Another lovely evening out with friends at one of our favourite restaurants. Cheers to the chefs and delightful staff at Cavallo Nero.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

Love this restaurant! Food is always beyond great as is the service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2019

Server was great. Loved the live music. Food was OK. Had the sweet potato gnocchi and it was alright. A bit over cooked so some pieces were hard/burnt and it did not taste like sweet potato just regular gnocchi. Prime rib was Ok and the special pasta was good. The restaurant did get really hot at one point which made us a bit uncomfortable. And the napkins left white lint all over our pants not good if you are planning on going out afterward. Not the best and not the worst experience. Would give them another try.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 8, 2019

Misunderstanding over food order .. torn and worn menu cards were a put off and should be replaced immediately.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

September 8, 2019

Great service, food and music!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

Always excellent food and staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

Awesome food and exemplary service!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

AMAZING AS ALWAYS WE LOVE IT HERE FOOD DELICIOUS SERVICE AWESOME LIZ & BT

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 22, 2019

Our server was not friendly at all. She seemed annoyed some of us wanted our food boxed up and she just took it and brought it back without acknowledging us at all. Been there a few tunes before and have not had such poor service. Food was ver good though.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

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