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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

4 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
+1 519-746-3550
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  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible11%
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Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Food was bland, low in quantity, and overpriced. Service was embarrassing- waited around for more than an hour to receive our menus, while waiters and waitresses stood around twiddling their thumbs.

Thank Elliot J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a hidden gem. From the street you cant see that this place has a lovely patio. We went there on a weekday morning and enjoyed an early lunch. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The owner even came out to see...More

Thank m0m1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staff really know their stuff at this location. The cheesecake is outta this world and the bar menu is very comprehensive. Booth seating is very cozy and the location on a corner lot in uptown Waterloo couldn't be better. 5 stars.

Thank Doug G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Symposium in Uptown Waterloo for a friends birthday, It was a Thursday evening and there was 4 of us so we did the date night special. I ordered the greek salad appetizer with the cognac and dijon steak as my main, The salad...More

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 18 August 2017

A clean, pub-style atmosphere with booths and open tables. Lots to choose from on the menu. Appetizers and main were all good. Cajun shrimp app and the butter chicken both had just the right amount of heat. Desserts looked awesome, although we didn't try any....More

Thank CaroStev
Reviewed 9 August 2017

My husband and I often go to Symposium when we visit our daughter who lives in Kitchener. The food is always good, and so is the service. The cakes are excellent. I would give this restaurant a 5*, except I find it kind of pricey.

Thank Kay G
Reviewed 8 May 2017

My wife and I love the 2 for 1 cake on Sundays. Today we had coffee/wine and two pieces of cake. My wife had the creme brûlée cheesecake and I had the nutty chocolate. Both were excellent. The server was great, very friendly and helpful....More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I went to Symposium for the first time this weekend with a group of work friends. There were 18 of us and John was our very patient and organized server. I have known about Symposium for awhile. But hadn't been before. The atmosphere is nice....More

Thank BakingBookworm
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Great customer service, my friends and I come here often.. Nate is always nice enough to give us a cake tour! We are definitely making our visits more regular. :) Food is amazing, staff is great, we always feel at home!

Thank Natalija B
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We were in a private area which was nice. Service was a bit slow as they were busy. It was a sun buy one get one free cake which were the best cakes I have ever tasted.

Thank Michele M
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Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
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, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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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: 4 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-746-3550
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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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