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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

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American, Continental, Bistro, Family Fare
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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Food - Horrible Service

We went with two friends that were recommended this restaurant by their daughter. It was a Saturday night so it was busy but that should be no excuse for the poor service we had. For our appetizers, we ordered mussels, which were advertised on a side walk folding sign as a feature. Instead of the... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Derrick B
,
Cambridge
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cambridge
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went with two friends that were recommended this restaurant by their daughter. It was a Saturday night so it was busy but that should be no excuse for the poor service we had. For our appetizers, we ordered mussels, which were advertised on a side walk folding sign as a feature. Instead of the mussels we were given deep... More 

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Allow me to begin by saying that I do in fact come here lots, because it is a convenient place to meet up with people for a quick catch up. But I never like the chairs, the food or the coffee. All I have ordered in the past 2 years is an americano and its never been good. The menu... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Having lived in Kitchener-Waterloo my whole life, it took our daughter to convince us to try Symposium a few years ago. I never knew what I missed, and this soon became one of our favourite eating spots in Waterloo. The service is always friendly and the food is consistently good. My favourite dish is the Pork Tenderloin , always done... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I went there twice in the last few months, once for my birthday and once for a friend's. The first time we were charged the two piece fish and chips price even though my dad and husband both only had the one piece. Unfortunately my dad didn't notice until he got home, and he doesn't live close enough to correct... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The food was fine but the atmosphere was not so nice. It still seems to have a beer smell from earlier bygone days. I didn't feel it was as clean as it could have been. Too much lounge and not enough cafe/restaurant.

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Waterloo, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have been several times. I come for the carrot cake and I stay for the Sangria. Both are great. Cakes are really for sharing unless of course you don't share (like me). Sangria is also for sharing (but I don't share). Wait staff are also quite lovely (and sometimes also quite attractive). This can be a pro and a... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The service was friendly and the food tasted very good. I have eaten at the Restaurant a number of times and was always very satisfied. Without hesitation I can certainly recommend the restaurant.

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Alberta
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211 reviews 211 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I am writing a second review as I went back again to this cafe for lunch on a Thursday. Again, the experience was pleasant. The restaurant was EXTREMELY quiet for the 4.5 hours that we were there. That's right, a 4 hour lunch! Service was very nice; our young server was fun and friendly and brought an ice bucket for... More 

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1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The business is poorly run and they turn away customers. Although the food tastes great, the service is atrocious and takes forever. They either need to relocate to a bigger kitchen or shut down all together.

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Ontario
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My wife took me here after a movie one night for some late night dessert. I'd never been before and she'd been once or twice. We were just getting desserts and drinks. The waitress gave us menus, and I looked over the modest selection of desserts, and picked one. Then, my wife told the waitress that she'd like to go... 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 12 - 24
  • Cuisine: American, Continental, Bistro, Family Fare

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