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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

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146 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3K9, Canada
+1 905-304-6226
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Ancaster, Canada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love this restaurant. The decor is unique and interesting and the food is really good. The specials of the day are good value.

Thank Martha O
Hamilton, Ontario
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the burger and fries and the burger looked and tasted like one of those pre fabbed bear paw meat patties you can buy at Food Basics. Service was mediocre at best. Gravy was cold. Not going back, this was my second visit and I am sure I will not be back.

Thank FrazldMum
Hanover, Canada
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109 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have tried this establishment on three different occasions over the time span of 10 months. I have been with my Mother twice and this last time my mother and daughter. This last visit was not pleasant. We have always had the same waitress. She was very condescending. Ask her a question and she snips or points! I first asked... More 

Thank snowbaby369
Hamilton, Canada
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are shopping or have an appointment in the new area of Ancaster like Walmart, Lowes, Canadian Tire and after all that time you need a place to eat, please consider the Symposium Café Restaurant on 1146 Wilson St. W. Ancaster you will not be disappointed. We paid a visit in the afternoon and had the opportunity to enjoy... More 

Thank Norman C
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for dinner. The service was good but the food was average. Don't think it was worth the price.

Thank bluebeepie
Ancaster, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

We've been to Symposium several times. However, the most recent trip the food was not as good as it was the previous two times. Perhaps there has been a change in kitchen staff. However, the wait staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is chic. Prices are reasonable too, as are the number of selections from the menu.

Thank Neuroman43
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Had breakfast there on Sunday for the first time and it was fabulous! I would recommend The Symposium for breakfast/brunch without hesitation and will be returning there many times in the future!

Thank Mark E
Ancaster, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

We often go to this restaurant for lunch or a late breakfast. They have all day breakfast which is one of our favorite meals and the service has been great

Thank Margaret R
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Stopped on way back from Niagara for brunch! Great service & Great prices... unique food! Definitely on the list for revisit!!

Thank Amy G
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

I have been here twice. Once the lady never came to check on us until we were done. Didn't get drinks replenished, didn't ask how everything was. Second time a friend who doesn't drink beer ordered a cider and the girl brought out a beer for him. He said he didn't order it and she argued and insisted he did.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $25
Bar, International, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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 - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 146 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3K9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton  >  Ancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 905-304-6226
Dine at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Ancaster and experience why it continues to be a favourite restaurant destination for the Ancaster, Ontario community. We are open 7 days a week – early mornings to late nights – offering complete menu dining options including full service breakfast and brunch (served daily until 4pm), mouth-watering desserts, burgers, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, fresh fruit specialty beverages, full bar, and rotating daily special features. With 95 indoor seats and 40 seats on our beautiful outdoor patio, Symposium Cafe Ancaster is a local favourite restaurant choice as well as a dining destination for guests from the Hamilton area.

Try everyone’s favourite meal deal with our 7-Day promotions – the most innovative and popular in the Ontario restaurant market! And when combined with the Symposium’s customer service and quality, it’s no surprise that Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge continues to be honoured with Readers’ Choice awards including Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Family Restaurant, Best Business lunch, Best Desserts, Best Atmosphere and Best Bistro.

>Full service Breakfast/Brunch menu: Omelettes, Waffles, French Toast, Freshly squeezed juices
>Lunch menu: burgers, salads, soup, appetizers, sandwiches, and full breakfast menu til 4 pm
>Dinner menu: steaks, seafood, pastas, rice bowls and unique appetizers
>Fully licensed lounge: specialty cocktails, over 30 martini options, 12 beer on tap, 34 varieties of wine, specialty coffee beverages.
>Restaurant open early mornings and late nights
>Late Night Kitchen & Dining: full restaurant menu available until closing including burgers, steaks, seafood
>Business meetings and staff functions party menus
>Award winning restaurant concept
>Large scenic outdoor restaurant patio
>Good selection of vegetarian menu options
>Extensive menu selection of desserts: cakes, freshly made waffles, ice-cream, crepes
>Early Bird Breakfast, Early Bird Dinner, Kid’s menu
>Monday restaurant special: $5 burgers and $5 domestic pints
>Tuesday restaurant special: $5 gl of wine and 12.95 pasta and rice bowl specials
>Wednesday restaurant special: $5.25 Martinis and $10.95 Mussels
>Thursday restaurant special: $48 Date night – Dinner for Two deal
>Friday restaurant special: $5 off Wine List with Seafood Features
>Saturday restaurant special: $13.95 Pitchers of Draft with Appetizer Platter Specials
>Sunday restaurant special: 50% off! Owner’s Cellar Wines – 2 for 1 Cake Slice Promo
>Cocktail Hour Specials: $4 Bar Shots, 4pm-6pm Happy Hour Specials, 11am-3pm Mimosa & Caesar specials
>Late Night Specials: 33% Off Appetizers 4-6 and 10 until close

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