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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

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American, Bistro, Family Fare, Continental
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2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
519-746-3550
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Dine at this Symposium Café Waterloo restaurant located at the historic...
Dine at this Symposium Café Waterloo restaurant located at the historic Waterloo hotel directly at Uptown Waterloo. This Symposium Café Restaurant location is conveniently located on King and Erb, and is open 7 days a week, early mornings and late nights for your restaurant dining pleasure. This Waterloo Symposium Café Restaurant seats 120 indoors and over 70 seats in a scenic patio, and has a private 40 seat private room. We specialize in large group settings and can accommodate last minute functions fairly easily.Hope to see you soon at this Waterloo Symposium Café Restaurant location!• Beautiful Restaurant Décor• Scenic Patio• Private Dining Room Dining• Open Early Mornings• Open Late Nights + Dining Available Until Close Restaurant HoursSunday – Thursday 8am to 1amFriday & Saturday 8am to 2am
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  • 32
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food but service needs improvement

We had a reservation for a large group from work. They did not staff appropriately for our table. The food was slow and some orders were messed up. The waiter didn't seem to care. The food was good but they need to work on the service.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Moorefield
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We had a reservation for a large group from work. They did not staff appropriately for our table. The food was slow and some orders were messed up. The waiter didn't seem to care. The food was good but they need to work on the service.

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We have given this place several opportunities to impress and it's just disappointing. The atmosphere is nice and the staff is great. The food is not good. We order simple things off the menu; the chicken wrap and a flat bread. We had calamari to start - it was expensive, it arrived cold and there was barely enough to share.... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Hostess was amazing with a terrific welcoming sense of humour. Server took care of our needs. Food came as ordered, was delicious. Hostess came by a couple of times to see how things where. She made the visit!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I have been here multiple times for the various cheesecakes and the big drink menu. Nothing really special on the drink menu but offers various choices on the type of drinks. Usually, I go with my fiancée and it is pretty busy. There are various cheesecakes that we love trying and we enjoy the romantic atmosphere. The food on the... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I've been there thrice and all three times the desserts have really bowled me over. The entrees and starters I have otherwise ordered were always decent enough to never disappoint you. The prices are fair I believe and the service is not horrible.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Easily handles large groups and offers a wide selection of tasty dishes. Burgers are great . Service was quite slow and several in our group were served after everyone else got their meals. Reason given: ran out of fries. Everyone enjoyed their food once it was served.

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Elmira, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We couldn't believe how slow our service was despite the number of staff standing around and the fact that it wasn't even very busy. Had an excellent Chocolate Brownie Banana Split but it took forever for someone to come and take our order, and then to collect payment. I'd expect a better experience for a place expecting people to pay... More 

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Ontario
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I ordered the Broiled Haddock Fillet. It was bland other than the Dijon sauce and somewhat over cooked and dry. The rice was oily for some reason but also had no flavour. The veggies were also oily with no flavour. A dish no one tasted before it was served. Before people say that I should have gotten a dessert there... More 

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Owen Sound, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Popular Place,Great Daily Specials. Love the 2/1 Cake Special on Sundays.Enjoyed the Seafood Special for Dinner on the Saturday Evening. Good service from Servers .

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Parry Sound, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I've been here multiple times. Always enjoy the selection of hot drinks, and the cake menu is always diverse. The desserts are very well done. Only complaint is the service is occasionally slow. Overall, definitely recommend!

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Additional Information about Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

Address: 2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
Phone Number: 519-746-3550
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
Cuisine: American, Bistro, Family Fare, Continental

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 519-746-3550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Bistro, Family Fare, Continental

Description

Dine at this Symposium Café Waterloo restaurant located at the historic Waterloo hotel directly at Uptown Waterloo. This Symposium Café Restaurant location is conveniently located on King and Erb, and is open 7 days a week, early mornings and late nights for your restaurant dining pleasure. This Waterloo Symposium Café Restaurant seats 120 indoors and over 70 seats in a scenic patio, and has a private 40 seat private room. We specialize in large group settings and can accommodate last minute functions fairly easily.Hope to see you soon at this Waterloo Symposium Café Restaurant location!• Beautiful Restaurant Décor• Scenic Patio• Private Dining Room Dining• Open Early Mornings• Open Late Nights + Dining Available Until Close Restaurant HoursSunday – Thursday 8am to 1amFriday & Saturday 8am to 2am
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?