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Canadian, Contemporary, Healthy, Dining bars
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed April 16, 2022

We went for a late lunch, we were so disappointed. I have eaten at Symposium many times , but it has changed. The Teriyaki chicken bowl tasted like a froze dinner, the rice was not cooked properly and the chicken was minute pieces of chicken....My son had the Portuguese chicken meal...with 3 pieces of potatoes and the broccoli had bee over cooked and turned yellow. The chicken was thighs and a small amount for $24.95. The service was great..food awful.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed September 24, 2021

My husband and I have eaten here before and and nice meals. Tonight was a disaster. We ordered before dinner drinks, ok. We both ordered appetizers the calamari and the portabello mushrooms both delicious. The main meals where HORRIBLE!!!! I ordered the zucchini bowel. When...it came out the zucchini was cold and raw, not cooked at all. I sent it back. When it came back after i guess 5 seconds in the microwave it was still cold and uncooked. It was sent it back and gave up. the manager wanted to offer me a desert for my troubles yet I had not had a proper meal/ My husband ordered the butter chicken poutine. It was under-cooked, fries so soggy they were disgusting and over all not fit for a person to eat. The poor waitress was so apologetic . not her fault the kitchen staff could not cook. The manager did remove from the tab our 2 main courses. Yet over all we had 2 drinks and 2 appetizers with the mains removed still totaled $65 . Not again and this restaurant needs to seriously give its head a share over its pricing!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 28, 2021 via mobile

Nice patio, friendly nice wait staff. Unfortunately they were all very inexperienced, got behind on orders, served people out of order, waitress beside us dumped cutlery, napkins and unfinished food on customer! Waiting 40 min for.food and wasn't very busy at all. Food sat too...long before serving.. My eggs were ice.cold and the yolk ran through and soaked into the toast making it a soggy mess. The dish was clearly smashed together in a hurry. The poached egg yolk lying on the side of the plate intact like a bloated cherry tomato. Quite unappetizing. Ironically the fruit cup which was served with it was the bright spot of the experience! Actually tasted like fresh fruit, One of the best I've had but not quite enough to push to 3/5 because the main was so unpleasant.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 12, 2021

They tend to change employees often which says to me there not treating there employees good overall drinks are ok only one server that's been there knows what she's doing good has went down drastically

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2020 via mobile

Awesome vibe everything is perfect I recommend my friends come and enjoy with pleasant service ..........

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 9, 2020

I went there with some friends, we had an exceptional time. We were served by Brittany, Daniela, and Lindsay. Nothing short of excellent.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 4, 2020

Was in for breakfast and have eaten here many times! The service is always great and the food is delicious. Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed July 20, 2020 via mobile

On a pleasant day on the patio in these tough times, I enjoyed the first visit to this restaurant in a long while and the fish tacos which also come with a good choice of sides. Staff were friendly and the food was good value....It is obviously a popular place given how busy the patio was. Would certainly eat there again.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

Food is great at this restaurant! We have two family members with special dietary needs. The staff here go above and beyond to ensure we get great meals. Brittney and EKatrina are fantastic!!! And Brittney makes the best martini in town.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

Amazing staff great food I love this restaurant will be coming back definitely one of the best restaurants I've been to in oakville Ontario

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 3, 2020

Been here a few times, it is a bit of hidden (despite being in a corner) but one of the few options in the area for a nice casual dinner or drink - service is aceptable depending on how busy/packed is and food is consistent.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 20, 2019

I have to say brittney is one of the best things that has happened to symposium. Her cadence and level of customer service is beyond the industry standard. Food is great, service is better. She is the reason I return. Solely on the fact that...I leave every time knowing that she cares about customer experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 17, 2019

I was having a rough night and my friend suggested we go to Symposium. Brittany served us a drink and we chatted for maybe 30 minutes and I was literally feeling better because of her bubbly personality and the pride she takes in being a...good bartender. My friend and I will be back for a drink because of Brittany, unreal service and conversationMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 19, 2019

Do you like cake? If so, this is the place for you! Many options from 1 layer to 7 layers, chocolate to key lime! Wings are great too! Never had a bad experience. Service is great, especially when it's Brit and Ekaterina! See you again...soon!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2019

We try not to miss the specials on a Monday night from 4:30 to 6pm. You cannot beat the prices on beer, wine, and burgers (and fish, chicken and vegetarian) at Symposium.

Date of visit: October 2019
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work w, General Manager at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

you are too kind - we love that our regulars follow our daily specials. it is a treat to see familiar faces specific days of the week. Thank you, Bill

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SYMPOSIUM CAFE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Oakville - 1500 Upper Middle Rd W - Updated 2022 Restaurant Reviews, Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

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