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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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November 14, 2019

Enjoyed the visit. Our server was good at his job, attentive and friendly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 10, 2019

When the hostess called to confirm my reservation that I made 4 weeks before, I asked for a window seat and she swiftly said “no, we are too busy tonight”. I found this rather rude and dismissive. At least I thought perhaps she would said they would try. I was made to feel my reservation and patronage was not valued before I even arrived. When we did arrive we were not seated near a window and my request was not even acknowledged at all no we tried, is this table okay, nothing. I left it alone as it really isn’t a big deal but the big deal to me was the attitude of the hostess. I will not dine at this restaurant again only for the principal of not being treated respectfully.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

November 10, 2019

The music, atmosphere and service were very pleasant. I really enjoyed our appetizer, the main special was good as well. My only criticism would regard the chicken a little over cooked. Aside from this, we enjoyed our entire experience. My fiance's food was cooked to perfection; veal parmesan.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 8, 2019

Totally satisfied, everything was so delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 7, 2019

Lunch was delicious as usual and our server Olivia was attentive and very good to us as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2019

Been here a few times now and have never been dissatisfied! The food is always hot and the portion size is good. Love the live music and it’s great that they keep the volume at a normal level so that you can hear the people you are having dinner with. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if someone was looking for something different from the usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2019

ordered the chicken pesto pizza. The chicken had absolutely NO flavour. The pizza seems dry and cold. Would definitely not order it again.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

November 2, 2019

As usual, amazing

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

Always great atmosphere, service and food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

Loved the food, the service, the environment! Couldn’t be anymore perfect :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2019

Outstanding service from Olivia. We had a table of 6 and water was always topped up, bread replenished and great recommendations. Food was hot and tasty. No complaints. Excellent. Would highly recommended for families, couples and friends. Great wine great food great atmosphere amazing staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2019

It was our first visit here. Our food was delicious and hot! The service was excellent. There was a singer and guitar accompanied and they were fabulous. The prices were reasonable and portions were perfect! So great, we will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2019

Great service, great food, great prices

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2019

Server was always interrupting our conversation - felt rushed even though we told her we not finally had to tell her we would put menus at end of table when we had decided what we wanted ! Chicken picatta would have been hood if it was played properly. Needs to be on a plate - it was in a bowl too much sauce and made rice soggy! Sweet potato gnocchi- always a favourite at Italian restaurants keep it classic raw veggies red peppers and Brussels sprouts inedible sent back got a salad. On a positive note Buffalo app - amazing don’t change a think cooked perfectly- carrot cake and coffee for dessert the best part ! I will dream of this carrot cake . I feel like the ambiance was so great we would come back but just do wine and pizza. If the pizzas not good we won’t be back unfortunately.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

October 23, 2019

Private, quiet room for three 80’s trying to hear (plus one 60+), absolutely delightful server who was attentive and kind. The food was incredible: the tortellini, salads, carrot cake, wine...a wonderful birthday get together!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2019

We always have a great time at Cavello Nero!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2019

We had a great dinner. The food was delicious but what made the evening was the waitress. She was patient, bubbly and very efficient.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2019

Great service , Great food as usual :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 19, 2019

Alex gave us great service. We love the location and ambience as the restaurant is in a great location for all of us. So it’s our go- to place when we meet every 3 months. Love the round table as it suits our conversations .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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