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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

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Bar, Canadian, International
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4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
+1 519-746-3550
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Kingston, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Symposium this past Sunday, the 29th of January at around 2pm for a late lunch. I am not familiar with the area, so the restaurant was a nice surprise and break in my day. The restaruant was busy, but I was seated quickly! My server, Christie, was extremely attentive, dispite having many other tables. I ordered the... More 

Thank tarawidnaw6787
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Recently went here for breakfast and they were actually open on New Years day! Great service and great food. Never disappointed. My only complaint is the lack of gluten free options. Most breakfast items come with bread or english muffins, so it'd be nice to have a gluten free option. (and I totally understand this won't be an issue for... More 

Thank Rebecca L
Region of Waterloo, Canada
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here a few times but this time I'm not sure I would come back. The service is ok.... friendly and attentive but there is just something lacking in the atmosphere and the food. The restaurant needs updating to feel more inviting and bright. The food is just so/so.

1 Thank 4Laura44
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I went to Symposium Cafe on numerous occasions and not only was the Fish and Chips were good but their Ice Cream Sundae was amazing as well. I go out on my own a lot to restaurants only to find I have been ignored by restaurant servers and treated at a different level since I go out on my own.... More 

Thank Alim N
Waterloo, Canada
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Consistently disappointed every time I visit this place. The only good time to go is on Sunday for 2 for 1 cakes (which are overpriced every other day of the week). Breakfast has the potential to be good, depending on the day and how staffed they are.

Thank Laura V
Регион Ватерлоо, Онтарио
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The picture of my salmon and cream cheese sandwich says it all. I was waiting for 40 min for my order and this is what I got. The presentation of the food was very poor and embarrassing for the restaurant. When I made a complaint to the manager he responded that the salmon is expensive.

Thank eleonora_shteynle
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This place has progressively gone downhill over the last few years. Used to be my favourite cafe in the city, new management has ruined the experience. Quality of food and drinks is not the same as it was 3-4 years ago.

Thank Sandra I
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

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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1,366 reviews
763 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 775 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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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118 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Bar, Canadian, International
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
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-746-3550
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?