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Checkerboard Restaurant and Coffee Bar

Diner, Canadian
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705 Belmont Av W, Kitchener, Ontario N2M 1P1, Canada
+1 519-742-5771
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Waterloo, Canada
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317 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped in here twice in the last month. Service was super, and very friendly, as it was the same server both times. Had pancakes, which were done well. The food came quickly and the price was amazing. Coffee and breakfast for about $10. Can't beat that. Great little find in a neat little neighbourhood. We will return.

Thank Scott C
Waterloo, Canada
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305 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Loved the mom/pop atmosphere of The Checkerboard Restaurant! We had a great breakfast. Every seat was taken when we went in, sort of cleared out, then a full house again when we left. Will definitely return! Not sure we would consider it a coffee bar though!

Thank Sue H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Homemade mom and pop cooking. Generous servings. Great place for breakfast or lunch. Many customers are daily regulars. I think that this says it all.

1 Thank Jean B
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Delicious well priced home cooked meals, large menu to choose from, clean, friendly staff (and owners)

1 Thank Sue H
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I cannot comprehend the good reviews for Checkboard. I have tried this 4 times each was bad. Deep fried bacon, ruined, waited one hour for a simple breakfast. Server was unfriendly, slow and lied about giving us decaf coffee. This is one of the worst diners in town. No mre chances from us.

Thank suesee
Kitchener, Canada
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89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We often meet family and friends for breakfast on the weekend and we thought we would give this place a try. We walked in looking for a table for 3. They were fairly busy but there was nobody else waiting. A few tables only had one person at them and some of the patrons clearly looked like they were close... More 

Thank Ted519
Waterloo, Canada
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered the pork souvlaki but it wasn't available so settled for the chicken souvlaki. It was ok. Compared to Mediterraneo's or Souvlaki Flame for same price I am giving the dish an average. Very good coffee. I arrived at 11:30 am and the restaurant was already very busy. Looks like this restaurant has a lot of loyal clients.

1 Thank cassal99
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Checkers is a classic mom&pop kind of place. Classic diner food, great coffee and at-home service. It's my go-to place for a quick and tasty meal. Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

1 Thank Veronica E
Elmira, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

The decor may be modern, but the menu is classic 1950's diner fare, starting with my own personal favourite: all day breakfasts. The food isn't cordon bleu but it is the good old fashioned style of rib sticking food my Dad loved in the kind of place you can find mashed potatoes sans garlic, or liver and onions. I wouldn't... More 

1 Thank Laurel L R
Kitchener, Canada
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295 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

My friend & I wanted to try this family style restaurant in Belmont Village because of a recommendation from a pal. The restaurant is what I would call a Greasy Spoon Type. The décor is very old fashioned and it was not very clean. You can see the greasy dirt around the ceiling vents and some of the ceiling tiles.... More 

Thank KitchenerJimmy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Diner, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 705 Belmont Av W, Kitchener, Ontario N2M 1P1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
  • Phone Number: +1 519-742-5771

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