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US$7 - US$18
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Canadian, Healthy, Dining bars
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

Service was polite , food was excellent and hot. Nice ambiance. Loads of choices to choose from double apps and meal each was more than plenty.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

We have been to Symposium several times and it is always a good experience. The staff really try to please and they are very efficient. The staff wear masks even though it isn't required which is nice to see. Also, we like the open feeling...these days. Everyone was satisfied with their food in our party of 4, 2 teriyaki salmons, 1 chicken souvlaki and 1 chicken wings. All the food is nicely prepared, like the roast potatoes and the French fries with the wings looked nicely done. The desserts look really special if you are a dessert person.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed August 8, 2020

I guess I started the title with "Pleasant Place" because Symposium has a nice atmosphere....large inside and very generous patio space. The food is nicely made, always good quality. Service is exceptional, Brooke was friendly and helpful....very competent. I had a hamburger with a Caesar...Salad....the salad was especially fresh with a nice blend of ingredients, hamburger had a nice bun and tasted homemade...liked the sauteed onions option. My partner had Chicken Souvlaki and asked for roasted potatoes instead of rice which they will substitute. All very nice....I would like to try one of the bowl dishes another time.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

We haven’t been here for over a year. My wife who must eat gluten free did had very limited options at that time and what she had was not good. My wife is in Ottawa now, so I decided to try it out. It’s Friday...so I ordered the fish and chips. Two thumbs up. The best fish and chips in town, for $14 to huge portions of fish and ample of fries. I got early here do the house wine is $4.00. I am a big eater but I cannot finish my meal. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Went there with some friends for lunch, I had the chicken wings. $10 for a pound.. I’ll take that! Can’t go wrong with those $4 Caesar’s they always have as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Great service, great food, and awesome specials!!! Will definitely be back for Wednesday’s half off bottles of wine and mussels.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

Every time I go here the food is good. We went as a large group now several times and the service was fantastic and we were all very happy with our food. The best part is their delicious carrot cake!

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2019

Tried this place a couple of times each time was horrible. Wait time is very long each time orders were screwed up. Or didn’t get what was ordered even when asking if they had ranch dressing as I like it for when I have wings....Once order brought to the table was told they don’t carry ranch dressingMore

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2019 via mobile

Their service and food are great. I've been several times and never been disappointed. If your ever in Waterdown stop by.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

although the service has been quite slow 3 of our last 4 visits the daily specials are a good value and nice if you have a group that wants to share a bunch of items. The french toast was delicious. If it is sunny and...not rainy the patio is a great place to connect with friends after work or for families having Breakfast or Brunch on the weekend.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 15, 2019 via mobile

One of best attributes of this restaurant is the spacing between tables so that you can enjoy a private conversation with your friend(s). Food is Great Value as well.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019

We ate there on a Sunday as a family including 2 young (2 and 4) very active children. We were concerned that they were hungry so we ordered their food first with the option of ordering a broiled chicken breast for the 2 year old...who is a picky eater. The childrens meals arrived quickly and were generous and delicious. We wound up sharing all the ordered meals between us. The adult meals arrived hot and promptly. We all recommend the Pad Thai ( everyone's favourite). The early bird special steak was also cooked exactly as ordered. The 2 year old accidentally dropped her ice cream dish and it broke spilling glass and ice cream everywhere. It was cleaned up quickly and efficiently. Another ice cream was promptly brought in a cardboard dish...much better with the 2 year old. We recommend the Waterdown Symposium. The daily special offerings and overall food was perfect for us. Combine that with good friendly service and nothing more is neededMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019

There was a woman pacing around the restaurant who looked like an tired worn down old woman wearing a long blond wig. She looked like a drug addict.Well guess what, when we walked into the bathroom , there she was shooting up with a needle...stuck in her arm. We told the waitress while the manager was listening from a table. The lack of response by him was shocking and he said something to the waitress of , like ya, I know ,go check out the bathroom. He Should have immediately stood up and approached my daughter and apologised to her.Instead he sat till I gave him glaring looks, at that point we left as we could see he wasnt bothered. For me , if a junkie is scaring away customers, she should not be allowed entry. As for the food, the diet coke was flat, The burgers though were super tasty, but try and get them on half price day. So, if you dont mind a crack head waking about and shooting up on the bathroom, then its an ok place.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019

Gathered with some friends today for a birthday lunch and thought we would give this restaurant another shot. Well I am sure glad that we did! Everything was fantastic! Jackie was our server, she was exceptional; recommended items for the menu, told us about the...specials, and took our order in a timely manner. The food came out in a beautiful production line, all at once and right on time, nice and hot and exactly as ordered. The rice bowls and salad bowls are delicious, and the turkey BLT were delicious, sweet potato fries were yummy… all fresh and good size portions. Jackie really made our lunchtime fun, and is a Super Server! Ambiance is nice as well, good noise level, not too loud for large group conversations! We will definitely be back here! Thanks Jackie :)More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

When they first opened, they tried a lot harder. Service was slow, but the decor was pleasant and the food was excellent, so it was well worth the wait. However, the last time we were there, we found the food was less generous, and the...final bill seemed more than what it was worth. Getting back to the way they started would be recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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SYMPOSIUM CAFE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Waterdown - 64 Hamilton St N - 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: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5