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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

$$ - $$$
Bar, Canadian, International
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2-4 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Waterloo, Canada
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Consistently disappointed every time I visit this place. The only good time to go is on Sunday for 2 for 1 cakes (which are overpriced every other day of the week). Breakfast has the potential to be good, depending on the day and how staffed they are.

Thank Laura V
Регион Ватерлоо, Онтарио
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

The picture of my salmon and cream cheese sandwich says it all. I was waiting for 40 min for my order and this is what I got. The presentation of the food was very poor and embarrassing for the restaurant. When I made a complaint to the manager he responded that the salmon is expensive.

Thank eleonora_shteynle
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

This place has progressively gone downhill over the last few years. Used to be my favourite cafe in the city, new management has ruined the experience. Quality of food and drinks is not the same as it was 3-4 years ago.

Thank Sandra I
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

I usually go here for coffee and a dessert late in the evening. They usually have a good selection of desserts (mainly cakes)... the desserts are factory made and of mixed quality. The food is average quality; breakfasts tend to be a little pricy compared to dinners.

Thank Tom B
Toronto, Canada
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1,292 reviews
718 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 647 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

We ended up at Symposium by accident, having been led astray by some very confusing detour signage associated with the reconstruction of Erb and King Streets. We were looking for coffee and a snack and ended up sharing a waffle with fruit. It was more than ample in size and tasted very good. The ambience is agreeable; we sat on... More 

Thank operalover939
Ontario, Canada
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108 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Went here for a lunch out with a friend. The lighting in the restaurant is very dark but the big windows along the side wall help to brighten it up a bit. Navigating the menu was a task since it was way too long. I understand having variety is a good thing but it was ridiculous how many options they... More 

Thank Globetrotting_Lolo
Kitchener, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Not busy but we were stuck in a back corner on the deck. We had to finally get our waiters attention after a 5 minute wait. We came for their "signature carrot cake" but was told they didn't have any so we ordered banana cake and coffee. When the coffee came it was warm and so we returned it. By... More 

Thank nanacarolj
Waterloo, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

The atmosphere was casual and relaxed which is what we were looking for. It was quiet so we could have a conversation in a nice quiet room. The dessert was decadent and most enjoyable. The waiter on the other hand was very scatter brained. He forgot to bring us our water and then forgot the put lemon in the water... More 

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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

Was hesitant to check this out as their sister restaurant in London, Ontario is well below par. Happily, Symposium Waterloo is NOTHING like the London location. The dining areas are spacious and comfortable, the service is consistent and servers are attentive (and really outgoing and friendly!) and the food was very tasty. We opted for breakfast and/or brunch and it's... More 

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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

I had only ever been to Symposium for breakfast, which is always excellent. We went for dinner, for a girls night out, and it was awful. We made reservations and when we arrived we were showed to our table. We waited almost 15 minutes for someone to greet us, when the girl did arrive she seemed very rushed, she asked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $22
Bar, Canadian, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-4 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 15197463550
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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