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US$10 - US$24
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Canadian, Contemporary, Healthy, Dining bars
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to dinner by myself just to treat myself, and decided to come here. I’m not usually the one to write reviews but I bought the Butter Chicken meal, there was barely any sauce, no flavour, and the chicken was extremely dry. I honestly...prefer the frozen butter chicken from presidents choice. It was also $22, so for that price the meal was unfortunately disappointing. On a better note, the service was great and the staff was very friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 6, 2022

We decided to try symposium for a quick light supper tonight. The restaurant has a pleasant and relaxed vibe. The food was hot and very tasty and it came amazingly fast. We ordered a bottle of wine which was recorked and came home with us....The service from both the hostess and the server was lovely. They were pleasant friendly efficient and engaged. Our experience at symposium was a warm bright spot in a hectic day. We will definitely be back! Thanks!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

We had such a bad experience I wanted to share with others. The servers were nice and the hostess was nice but when it came down to it they didn't help at all. My husband had the eggs florentine - they were fine but bland....I had the fish tacos which were not good at all, but I ate them because I assumed I just picked wrong on the menu. The prices were very high for what we received. My chai latte was good. Disappointed with the meals we still decided to go for cake. We got the hummingbird cake. Looked beautiful, we both took a bite and immidiatly spit it out. It was hard like it had been left out for days. We immidiatly asked our server to please take it off the bill it was clearly hard and old . The server came back and said she couldn't take the cake off the bill because "that's the texture of the cake". My husband said ok, and paid the bill. I was super upset because I've never sent food back before in my life as it's usually not justified. But this was really gross, and they really dropped the ball. It wasn't worth talking to a manager about. I'll just leave this here instead. The fact that we spent over 12 bucks on a dried out old brick of a cake still bugs me. Don' t worry though, they offered to send us home with it. Horrible.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2020

Truly excellent service at our lunch today! Lovely sun, lovely lunch (chicken teriyaki bowl) and gracious good energy of our server: Ola aka Naomi! Thanks, Symposium!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 1, 2020 via mobile

The service and friendliness always is great. Food is very average.... Sounds good at first But never has lived up to billing. Cake usually fresh and tasty But sometimes served Stale.... Cake is an insane price at $12.00 + tax. Wish these guys well.... BUT.......they need to pull up their socks.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

I dropped in by myself for breakfast. I wish I could write that it was delicious however after sitting in a booth for over 15 minutes without a menu I got up and left. Patrons arriving after me received menus and coffee. I tried to...get the server’s attention but she kept walking by me. I won’t be returning to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Cappuccino was great. 5 table total occupied. Waited 45 minutes for cold eggs they were very rude about taking back. Will Never go there again. Owner has a complex; Blamed it on his new staff.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Just got back and had to send back milkshake as it basically tasted like chocolate milk. They re-made it and then same issue. Showed the waitress a straw and released it and basically water texture. She didn't look like she really cared. I'm not paying...$5 for a chocolate milkshake that didn't even taste like it had ice cream. Service really slow too. At the end wife asked for bill and prob waited 10 mins but nothing. I went up there to pay and she said wait a minute - she then proceeded to print it out. This should have been done when we asked for it and not left waiting. Will not be returning as other places in the area are better. Agree with other recent reviews - we won’t return and suggest you don’t either.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

My family and I decided to go for breakfast here. We'd heard it was better than the location on King Street North, and though I've never been to that location for breakfast (only dessert), it was also closer to my daughter's workplace. I would certainly...say that the decor and ambience are better! Overall, the food and service were quite good, hence the 4 "stars". We did think our eggs were on the greasy side, but otherwise the food was tasty and the portion sizes generous. Coffee was horrible, but coffee is always an issue for me, no matter where I go. Hard to find a decent cup. Stick to water. Prices were standard. While I should have realized the French Toast wasn't a "sandwich," its placement on the menu was somewhat confusing, so I thought the hash browns came with it, rather than as a side. The misunderstanding came with a $3.75 price tag x two (since two of party ordered French Toast with hash browns). What the FT does come with is a fresh fruit cup.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020 via mobile

Hands down the worst service I’ve ever received at a restaurant. We were seated for lunch promptly but waited 20 min to give our food and drink order and then another 50 for our mains. The appetizer didn’t come at all. No one checked in...on our meal after it was served and 20 minutes after finishing we finally got up and went to search out the server for the bill. No coffee or dessert was offered. When we mentioned to the server that the experience didn’t set a very good first visit impression she simply smirked at us. This was a Monday lunch with the restaurant about 1/3 full. We won’t return and suggest you don’t either.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Terrible food, service and ambience. Unbearable noise and inedible food was only made worse by our ridiculously rude waiter. Dont even bother.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

The restaurant decor is great, the service was good and our server took the time to have conversation with us. The food was excellent - we had Maple Glazed chicken from the Valentine's menu and it was delicious. When there was no guarantee of a...nut-free dessert, the server kindly offered ice cream on her, which was kind. I've been at this location on a number of occasions and will be back. Always an enjoyable experience with great food.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

My husband and I visited Symposium Cafe last Valentines Day and loved the menu service and food quality.So this Valentines Day we decided to return to our favourite spot once again only to be disappointed. The service was impeccable but the menu had changed but...not the price. For example the menu offers a 4 course meal for $35 a person. We started with our roasted pepper soup which is delicious and then followed by a ceasar salad and the main course which we were disappointed with as last year 2019 we had the surf and turf which consisted of a steak with a skewer of shrimp garlic mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables which was so yummy yet this year is was downsized with 3 skewers 2 of beef which y husband enjoyed about 4 chunks of beef that were the size of a thumb nail with roasted potatoes all topped onto a spring mix. It was not enjoyable and then we were sadly disappointed when the dessert dish came and we had to share it as last year 2019 we each had our own plate with a brownie ice cream and whole strawberries and this year we found the portion sizes small and not as good quality. The menu was changed and not for the better and if items were taken off and the quality was downgraded then why wasn't the price lowered as per quantity and quality?? We felt very rushed as when our soup was served after 3 spoonfuls the salad was right next to it and when we finished our soup and were about to start our salad our main entree was served right away so by the time we finished our salad the main entree was cold. I didnt notify the server as she was very pleasant cheerful and learning her job but I want management and the owner to know that as per our elegant Evening out especially for valentines because we were disappointed in our time at Symposium we are sad to say we wont enjoy another valentines dinner special at your restaurant as we wont know what to expect for 2021. We are happy to say this gives us the opportunity now to enjoy a new destination for our future valentines day dinners.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020 via mobile

My wife and two hungry teenagers had a really nice dinner at Symposium tonight to celebrate the end of their term exams and classes. Firstly we had an amazing Waitress, was very friendly and took the time to answer questions and understand our order. She...had a great attitude and really added to our dinner experience:-) Monday night they have a $5 burger, or Chicken Sandwich special which is excellent. It’s my youngest son’s new favourite burger in town. Is big and tasty! My wife and I enjoy the chicken sandwich, is lightly breaded, tasty and a good size. For the special you just need to order any drink, which makes it a great value. Cheese (wide variety) is $1.45 extra which is reasonable. They have other daily specials you should check them out on their website. Total bill was only ~$50 plus tip which included a side French fry (good portion for 2 or 3), $5.25; and a side house salad which was honestly excellent with a nice vinaigrette dressing for $4.95. 1 beer, 1 pop and a large apple juice ($2.95-3.50). I will go back just for that salad was really nice. Excellent value for a nice family meal out. We will definitely be back! After ordering a Sleeman Light, a very good $5 pint special, a bartender must have overheard us chatting about the beer and came over to let us know in a very friendly manner that this was the last time they will have Sleeman Light, and replacing it with Sleeman Clear. This was unexpected and very nice of him to do that! We said to each other how everyone here is so friendly, is a nice touch and one if the reasons we’ve gone back (in addition to the tasty food). We’ve seen people complain about their meal, which it hard to understand and likely being a way too picky especially on $5 burger night?:-) I’ve been here perhaps 6 times in the past 6 months and would rate all at 4 or 5 out of 5. I personally think you need to set your expectations reasonably for the restaurant and some people need to chill a bit. This is a good casual, moderately priced restaurant (excellent daily specials especially Mon. $5 beef burger, chicken burger, selected pint beer 🍺 night); and we’ve had some who are perhaps better servers but overall I think they are trying to do a good job and provide good service. Just relax and enjoy!😊👍👍More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020

Had lunch today with friends. Server was lovely and prompt. Ordered fruity vodka drinks, manager made them looking at a recipe which wouldn’t be an issue if they tasted like they should. One very strong of mint and the other of lime juice. They were...gross. Manager confronted us when we reported the drinks weren’t made right and she made excuses for lacking ingredients rather than giving the customer and options before making it. Dishes arrived one person at a time and missing main ingredients. When we expressed this to the manager she said she had no words except sorry, then said she’s be right back and then a new manager came to the table to say she took over. We explained again what had happened and that the dishes that were wrong wouldn’t be paid for. The remainder of the food was paid for. Have been to many Symposium locations and was fabulous. This was extremely disappointing.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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SYMPOSIUM CAFE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Waterloo - 668 Erb St W - Updated 2022 Restaurant Reviews, Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

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