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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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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks, Dessert, 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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  • 30
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  • 17
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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 and atmosphere! Slow service.

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Mecheng1
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Kirkland, Canada
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Kirkland, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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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
123 reviews 123 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 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 reviews 3 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I have given this place three chances over tge past four months. The chairs, tables and carpet are worn to almost threadbare, the service is slow (seems to be very understaffed). Once after waiting almost half an hour for a server to come to our table we walked out . This place used to be one of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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545 reviews 545 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

They have a really wide variety of food. I haven't found anything I haven't liked. If a variety of good food is what you want this is the place.

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Waterloo, Canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a Sunday afternoon go-to place for my wife and I. We love to linger with a coffee, some dessert and while away a cold afternoon. However, this time I mixed things up with a French Onion soup and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty, with a little too much salt, but hearty and filling for our currently bitter... More 

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Caledon, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We have been to this location several times in past three years. Waiters are great, food is good, but the chairs are very low, bulky and need cushioning. We have been to the Bolton location. Chairs are better, sturdier and comfortable not so bulky to move in between. You would think by now chairs would be dealt with. Come on... More 

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Cambridge
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 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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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, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?