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McGinnis Front Row - CLOSED

160 University Ave W, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3E9, Canada
+1 519-886-6490
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Overview
  • Excellent11%
  • Very good43%
  • Average29%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible3%
17 Oct 2013
“Definitely a nice spot to lounge”
15 Apr 2013
“Terrible”
Restaurant Hours Closed
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Southwestern
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LOCATION
160 University Ave W, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3E9, Canada
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1 - 10 of 26 reviews

Reviewed 17 October 2013

For the longest time this place had been my go-to in Kitchener Waterloo. I love their wings and the other items on the menu. In the summertime have a great patio as well. The reason I stopped going to this bar is because of the...More

Thank BizTravelGyal
Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

I've been here a couple of times throughout my undergrad with groups from 4 up to 20 people. It is honestly a horrible bar-style restaurant. The food is overpriced, poor quality, and arrives very very late- on two separate occasions we've had orders that never...More

Thank lvoloshin
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2013

Thanks for your review. I'm sorry that your experiences with us haven't been better. We pride ourselves on being a fun place for people to hang out and enjoy their food and drink. While most of our visitors enjoy themselves, it sounds like we've missed...More

Reviewed 9 February 2013

I went twice during my stay. The bar is next to Waterloo university making it a prime spot for students. The service was fast and friendly. The burger was good, and the nachos are huge. Both time I left at midnight, and the bar was...More

Thank Arnaud L
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2013

Arnaud, Glad to hear you enjoyed your visits! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'll share this with the whole team. Happy to host you anytime you're back in town! Cheers, Cindy General Manager

Reviewed 12 January 2013

Good food, the service is decent and at times good... depends on how busy it is. Overall a good place to go with friends and to watch sports

Thank Jennifer02_84
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Jennifer, Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you enjoy our food—we'd love to watch a game with you soon! Best, Cindy General Manager

Reviewed 30 December 2012

The staff is very bubbly and attentive to their customers. It is one of my favourite places to be in the summer months. Relax and have a few nice bottles of Corona Extra with wonderful appetizers.

Thank Kamla P
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Kamla, Sounds like a good day to us! Thanks for your review. I'll share your compliments with the team, as well. Looking forward to your next visit! Cheers, Cindy General Manager

Reviewed 29 December 2012

After spending four years as a UW student, I've had numerous opportunities to give front row a second, third and fourth try - and they always seemed to disappoint. Ive had the buffalo chicken wrap, which was very bland tasting and soggy. I've tried a...More

Thank K N
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoy our beer and sports, though I apologize if the rest of your experiences haven't been at that same level. We're always looking for ways to improve, so I do appreciate your feedback. Thanks again, Cindy General Manager

Reviewed 17 December 2012

Lots of tvs. Kinda expensive. No good deals. But decent food and good environment. It's your straightforward sports bar. They try to do a bunch of sports-related specials like giving away tickets. It's a better, brighter environment then many sports bars.More

1  Thank AndrewNoble
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Andrew, Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoy our environment, however, I apologize if you feel we're fairly expensive. We only use the highest quality ingredients in preparing our food, and the increased cost of those ingredients can sometimes lead to a bit higher...More

Reviewed 5 November 2012

Another great Waterloo Standard........... Great Pub Grub, Cold Beer and a nice spot to hang out after work on Fridays

Thank savard
Cindy F, Manager at McGinnis Front Row, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2013

Proud to be a standard! Thanks for your review. Hope to see you on another Friday soon! Best, Cindy General Manager

Reviewed 7 October 2012

Visited with my wife around 1pm on Sunday October 7, 2012. There was one other person in the place. I ordered fish & chips ("tempura" batter) with sweet potato fries, my wife ordered a chicken and cheese quesadilla. The fish was dark brown, soggy not...More

Thank Clay W
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Surprisingly good because from the outside it looked like a student hang out popular due to the location. However, the food was fresh and flavorful: Spicy wings, crisp fried pickles, well prepared dips and dressings. Excellent drink choices and selection. I would go back for...More

2  Thank CellMark
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Restaurant Details

Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Southwestern
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 University Ave W, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3E9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-886-6490
Description
Front Row Sports Bar & Restaurant is a favorite local destination in Waterloo for classic bar food and the best sports viewing around.
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