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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

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2-4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
8:00 am - 12:00 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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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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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64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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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1 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Madeline D
Pelham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

7 of us showed up for lunch at a busy time on Saturday and the staff were very accommodating. Lunch was a bit slow as promised but we knew that ahead of time. Our waitress Lisa put up with all of our odd menu questions and requests and we had a fabulous time. The dessert selection is fantastic, and even... More 

Thank Rob V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I will often stop in to see which cakes are there today and then take some to go. I love the creme brulee, blueberry and apple cheesecakes, to name a few. If we dine in I'll have a blackberry milkshake with my meal. Unfortunately they no longer have the crab penne I used to order. In terms of service one... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

I love this place! I come here for every occasion: brunch with my parents, lunch and drinks with friends or for a date night. The menu is extensive and the food is always delish. They have the best desserts in town and make amazing martinis. The patio is also wonderful in the summer. The staff is also really friendly.

Thank Jennifer A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $23
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
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 Street North, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?