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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge - Guelph

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US$6 - US$17
Bar, Canadian, Cafe, International, Mediterranean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed August 30, 2021

We had a rather large group and we're given the 'room' to hold our family gathering in. The waitress was most attentive and friendly, but that's where the positive rating ends. I ordered the vegetarian burger with an additional jalapeño peppers and the salad with...feta cheese. The salad came and was rather small with no cheese - I looked at my burger and there was one slice of pepper and 2 partial slices - I called the waitress over and showed her - she said she would bring me more and was so sorry about this - she was true to her word and I received a generous amount of peppers in a bowl - I didn't bother about showing her the salad. My husband and several others ordered sandwiches or fish & chips - no one received more than 14 pre-made french fries. The portions received were really tiny - and some meals could not even be eaten. I reached out to both the restaurant and their head office concerning these meals - no one even bothered to return an email. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone! Our waitress was amazing - but that's where the positive ends!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

Symposium Cafe Restaurant, Guelph ...A dreadful experience. 1. As our cell phone was left at home, our waiter sounded very annoyed that he needed to print off a menu for us. 2. The onion soup was terrible. The broth looked like it was made from...a paste. The onions which were scarce, were not from a fresh product. Instead of prepared croutons, there was an uncut slice of bread in the soup bowl. It was topped by a thin slice of mozzarella cheese, which had not fully melted, & had not been baked in an oven. 3. The Quesadilla was tasteless. When placing out order, the waiter informed us if we were not going to eat (the 2 sauces & sour cream), he would not bring them out, because they would be wasted! Really! How would we know that we would not eat them, if we did not have the opportunity to taste them? 4. The soup, Quesadilla & steak pieces all were barely warm, not hot. 5. The waiter was rushed to clean off our table, telling us that he was going off duty, & he did not want to leave the table to clean for the next staff. Our impression was that he wanted his tip. 6. I paid with a $50.00 bill & requested some change. I did not consider two 5 dollar bills as change. In summary, the food & service were terrible. We will not return!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 4, 2020

I ordered food through Uber Eats because of the pandemic. My order included a chocolate milkshake for $9.45. I could not believe that I was charged that price for a milkshake delivered in a coffee cup. When I called to discuss the outrageous price, I...was told that Uber Eats was at fault because they set the price. I was asked to email of photo of the cup size, but have heard nothing since I sent the email several days ago.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 27, 2020 via mobile

We are now able to dine, since I did not bring my lunch to work, I decided it was high time to go to Symposium restaurant. Well, it was great as always. Had the 3 egg breakfast, toast and turkey sausage, all perfectly done and...presented. Great service, great patio and just an all around great place to eat!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 11, 2020

Due to covid we cannot go to the restaurant but takeout is possible. We had enjoyed breakfasts here but decided to get wings 1 LB and fries with it. We got small overcooked wings and a very few fries - it honestly looked like a...snack pack. Very disappointed and will not return.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed January 29, 2020

Go on a Monday they have $5.00 burgers, or chicken on a bun, or fish on a bun. One criticism they have recently switched to an in house made dressing for their ceased salad which tasted very gingerly. There burgers are great an 8 oz...patty nicely cookedMore

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 7, 2019

When i need to have a business lunch meeting, i often go here to the symposium, always great food & excellent service by Paul!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 1, 2019 via mobile

Breakfast was great, very fast service. Free WiFi is awesome, hard to find this at other breakfast places in town. Warm atmosphere. Breakfast special Monday to Friday includes coffee, haven’t found a better deal than this in town.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 16, 2019 via mobile

Had a family reunion brunch Food was delicious, and plentiful Atmosphere was nice, there was no rush or pressure to leave Server was very attentive Would definitely eat there again.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Great service great breakfast/brunch. The waiters/waitresses were very helpful, breakfast was quick, coffee and food was very good and there is a very large selection big and small. As you can see, not only would I go again, but I DID go again. Love it.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge - Guelph offers takeaway services.

Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge - Guelph offers delivery services.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge - Guelph is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4