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Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge

$$ - $$$
Bar, Canadian, International
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4 King St N, 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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Waterloo, Canada
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349 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. We will certainly return.

Thank Scott C
Waterloo, Canada
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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. The restaurant is long and narrow and the aspects of the old building are incorporated... More 

Thank BakingBookworm
1 review
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
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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
Waterloo, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Fantastic way to spend Sunday p.m. Buy one piece of delicious cake and get the second one free. Coffee, dessert and friends, what could be better.

Thank hub7318
Caledon, Canada
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We went to this restaurant today for the first time. We don't live in the area but we were visiting family in Kitchener and they suggested we go here to eat. The service was amazing, very attentive waitress. The food was so delicious. I had the Veggie wrap which was the best wrap I have had in a very long... More 

Thank Paula M
Kingston, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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 4 helpful votes
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 41 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank 4Laura44
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$22
Bar, Canadian, International
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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 St N, 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?