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“Slow service, wrong order and poor value for money”

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #231 of 484 Restaurants in Oakville
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Dine at this Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge - Oakville located at the Abbey Plaza. This Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge location is conveniently located on Upper Middle Road and Third Line and it opens 7 days a week, early mornings and late nights for your restaurant dining pleasure. The Oakville Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge seats 90 indoors and over 40 seats in a scenic stunning garden setting patio. It also features a bar lounge for your next party or special event. We specialize in large group settings and can accommodate last minute dining functions. Hope to see you soon at our Oakville Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge location! • Beautiful Restaurant Decor • Scenic Patio • Fully Licensed Bar Lounge • Open Early Mornings • Open Late Nights - Dining Available to Closing • 90 seats indoors and a 40 seat outdoor patio
Toronto, Canada
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“Slow service, wrong order and poor value for money”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We have a running group of 10 who mad ethe mistake of going to Symposium Oakville. The wait staff were slow to provide coffee; got the orders wrong for nearly half the group; the eggs are the the smallest you can buy and the rest of the orders were small for the cost; got the bills wrong for most people and the manager never showed his face.

This restaurant is off our Saturday morning list - go to the Fifties Diner of Moe's - they are much better service and value for money.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Symposium Oakville”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have been to this restaurant about 16 times as it is local and they have an extensive menu. So basically it has something for everybody. Each time that I have gone it is usually packed and now that they have opened a patio it has increased the seating capacity. As a result the service was slow but that didn't bother me as it was understandable being a Friday night rush hour dining.
In addition to ther extensive menu they have specials each night of the week and Friday is fish night. I have had the blackened Basa fish twice before and was surprised both times as to how it was cooked to perfection. It was fresh, moist and delicious. Last night they had fish and chips or salmon creole on a bed of rice. I would say that either the chef left the salmon in the pan for half an hour as they were obviously super busy but I'm inclined to think that it was cooked the day before in batches and then thrown in the pan as a fast warm up. It was very dry and it was cold to lead me to believe it was pre-cooked in order to cope with the crowd. Worse meal I have ever had. My friend had the fish and chips and I wouldn't recommend that to anyone. Too much batter and the french fries are bland and have no taste. Need to select a new supplier.
The salads and wraps are good and the Monday burger and beer is excellent value. Carrot cake is delicious and they give you a generous portion. Better to share as there desserts are huge.
They have early bird specials for dinner or starters are 33% off. The Cajun dusted shrimp are excellent. They also have early bird breakfast specials during the week although I prefer to order the poached eggs on crab cakes. The guy that makes the poached eggs and crab cakes needs to give a lesson to the other guys on how to cook salmon as even the salmon on a salad is not very good either. Very disappointed and need to be careful with your selection.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This restaurant opened recently and the atmosphere is actually quite good, it is located in a strip mall in Oakville. The food we ordered was of relatively good quality, the chicken skewers selection was just OK. However everything else was pretty good. It certainly has a great choice of desserts and many people were just there for the desserts only. They have now added outside seating, that can be at times a little loud and they certainly have added as many plants as possible to counter the road noise off of Third Line Blvd. Worth checking out.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Robert G
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