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Ethel's Lounge

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
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114 King St S, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P5, Canada
+1 519-725-2361
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Waterloo, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your high-end entertain the boss location. It has a casualness in decor/operation to enjoy a decent drink or down-home cooking or both.

Thank danbeverley
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

we were there last wed night for wing night,.great wings baked not fried no French fries thou just chips no deep friers that's ok, good service, good priced beer all and all great night out

Thank Michael L
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped into Ethel's for a late lunch and was pleasantly surprised. It is a lounge atmosphere and the tables were the metal legged laminate topped tables that I remember from my Grandparents kitchen. The decor on the walls are coming attraction posters from the 60's. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and ordered the special... More 

Thank eleanorh906
Waterloo, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Comfort food for everyone in a lively setting. You can stay for an hour or all night. We've never had a bad meal here. It is nice to feel at home whether you are 20 or 80.

Thank smetzger56
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My most favourite bar/restaurant in K-W. Great food (no deep fryer! Yeah!!), brilliant staff, and simply a really welcoming (if sometimes loud) vibe to the place. Seems all ages gravitate to Ethels - families, people meeting up after work, friends meeting for drinks and a bite. Ethel's has, hands down, the best ribs in K-W, and their homemade beans will... More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Great food and a really fun atmosphere. My wife and I go here once every couple of months and have never been disappointed. The burgers are a staple and the meatloaf on Thursday is outstanding. I had the panzerati yesterday and it was fantastic. Can't beat the prices either.

Thank Dave D
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Very loud; filled with university students. My friend really enjoys the cheap eats but I was fairly turned off by the extremely loud conversations going on.

Thank jamesbV391GG
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

I had the stuffed peppers and my husband had a burger. We both loved our food! But what was really special was to see items on the menu listed as gluten free (and vegetarian). That is so appreciated. And it's a bar/diner kind of place so you might not expect that. On top of that, the food is great and... More 

Thank 0416
Waterloo, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Tuesday night taco night is a great deal - $2.00 for 4 tacos with the purchase of a drink! Be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a table.

Thank Andrew P
Waterloo, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great place to sit and visit. Food is great with lots of variety and health concision (i.e. no deep frying).

Thank l0rihill

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 King St S, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-725-2361

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?