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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 #113 of 305 Restaurants in Waterloo
Price range: $13 - $26
Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Continental, Bistro, Family Fare
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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
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
112 reviews 112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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 via mobile

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Alberta
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205 reviews 205 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My first time there. Contrary to some of the reviews, the service was great - fast, friendly, and we caught one server going off shift but the replacement was just as good. It was a weekday noon so not crowded at all. We all had a flatbread, three different kinds. They were ok but served without flourish or garnish. Why... More 

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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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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 13 - 26
Cuisine: American, Continental, Bistro, Family Fare

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