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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
519-746-3550
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Ranked #96 of 297 Restaurants in Waterloo
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Continental, Bistro, Family Fare
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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
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English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been to this restaurant 4 times in the last two years, and much like the reviews it is very hit and miss. Only twice when I have been to Symposium have I actually had the opportunity to be seated. As was the case last night when I walked in with my boyfriend. Half of the restaurant had "closed"... More

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Overall great time and food. The setting of the restaurant is unlike any other place my family has been to, and it's a great setting for almost any crowd (party, quick get together, date, ect.)

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Kitchener, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I'm very understanding when it comes to the service industry, I know how it can be. Waited 20 minutes for waitress to come, close to half hour for a drink. Over an hour for food, which was cold and bland. Was never checked on. After being long past finished and our stay was close to 3 hours, we wanted to... More

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Ontario
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82 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I ended up at Symposium for the dinner for two Thursday. The soup was good (neither amazing or bad). The dinner was okay. I guess what they are known for is the desserts, and we picked a fluffy coffee type cake which was good and I would go back just for the desserts next time. The highlight... More

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Toronto, Canada
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59 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Visiting for the day, we all wanted brunch and ended up here. The chairs were so dirty I didn't want to touch it nevermind eat in it. Absolutely filthy. Since our guest choose the restaraunt we kept quiet. Waffles, eggs and sandwiches were all OK. Nothing special. Just typical diner food served on chipped plates. The service was average.I would... More

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Kitchener
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39 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Making my way toward the outdoor patio, I passed by the mouth-watering desserts behind the glass case. Mmmmmmmm does look good. It reminded me of walking into a European café and seeing the desserts there. I wondered if the cakes are very sweet as European baking usually is not. We sat outside the patio underneath a big umbrella. It would... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The desserts here are amazing and huge!! I went with family a few weeks ago when they had their Sunday special (buy any drink and get a dessert for half price). There were four of us so we each got a different dessert and shared. They were all really good but the cheese cake was especially good. I've been here... More

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I took another couple there for dinner. The service was prompt, the menu and specials were clearly explained and our orders arrived in a reasonable time, The food was really good and the server checked back with us several times. Dessert and coffee were produced on short order and the price was fairly high end, but worth... More

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Fanny Bay, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Being from BC, I asked my niece where she would like to go for her birthday lunch and she suggested the Symposium Cafe. Entering the restaurant, it's quaint, comfortably dim and has an old world charm. Both of us enjoy Eggs Benedict or their variations and this restaurant has 6 versions of it. My niece chose the Eggs Benjamin, which... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Belgian waffles were great with strawberries on top, aside fruit cup. We were there with a group of people so had the back room. A reservation was made. Parking is on the street, Waterloo town square and behind the restaurant.

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