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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

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French, American, International, Bistro
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2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
519-746-3550
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 33
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  • 18
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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
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Have eaten in Symposium Restaurants in other cities and I just don't find the food in this location is of equal standard.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Susan C
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Waterloo, Canada
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Waterloo, Canada
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Have eaten in Symposium Restaurants in other cities and I just don't find the food in this location is of equal standard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I've only ever come to the Symposium later in the evening for a drink and something sweet to eat with my girlfriends. Let me tell you, the cake is expensive but to DIE for. I love how they have the dessert section set up where you walk around and choose what you want from their large selection. It has a... More 

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Moorefield
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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23 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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
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7 reviews
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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
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107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 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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Restaurant Details

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 11 - 23
  • Cuisine: French, American, International, Bistro

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?