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Reviewed 5 days ago

**If you find this review helpful, please let us know by clicking the like button below! Thank you!** First visit to this Symposium. Service was quick and we were seated promptly even though the restaurant was very busy. Our server Tom (also trainee Chloe) took...our drink order quickly and they were very attentive during our visit. We ordered a BLT sandwich with home fries and a lunch special Schnitzel with fries. Order arrived in due course and were presented well. The BLT was very tasty but was falling apart with no hope of staying together, home were mediocre at best. The schnitzel was too thick and didn't seem to have been pounded very much at all therefore tough, The fries were ample and well done. Overall very average for the price, we expected better as we had the same meal in other locations of the Symposium. We were very happy with the servers (Tom and trainee Chloe) not so much with the meal. We will try this location again to see if it gets any better.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed May 6, 2024 via mobile

We went in the afternoon for an early supper. I enjoyed my Beyond meat burger and my friend enjoyed her meal as well. The drinks were good. Service was good though the server seemed new. We always enjoy meeting in this restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed February 5, 2024

Awful. Went on a Saturday eve and it was half empty, which is already a bad sign. The menu grew 5x as much as the original one and has random stuff on it now, which means that there's frozen food items in the back ready...to be microwaved. We ordered the spinach dip, calamari & mussels. The spinach dip came out raw with what seemed to be a kraft cheese slice torched on it. The calamari and mussels were served half cold. We spoke with the manager who tried to argue with us but eventually sent back the food and promised us our food would be made "fresh". Our food came out less than 10 mins later and we realized it was the same food we sent back, but re-heated. Disgusting. This new manager/owner has no idea what he's doing, is not a restaurateur and clearly thinks that his customers are idiots. Save your hard-earned money and treat yourself elsewhere.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed October 14, 2023 via mobile

I’ve visited and ordered delivery from Symposium several times over the years. All of their soups, their flatbreads, Greek salad and Portuguese chicken are all scrumptious. The decor is also beautifully done, with a Renaissance them. However, the service is almost always sub-par, with servers...taking a looong time to even bring sodas, forgetting items, and not knowing the difference between breaded and traditional chicken wings; they all clearly need more training. Their food is definitely why I would go back, not for the service.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed March 23, 2023 via mobile

Beautiful cozy ambiance and food was exceptional. Cappucino and apple dessert made it all perfect! Recommendable definitely👍

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 16, 2023 via mobile

Good food and service, get fried sweet potatoes, the mediterranean salad, veggies bread or the butter chicken, all good!👌🏻

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 10, 2023 via mobile

I recently visited your restaurant with two girlfriends and I have to say that I was totally impressed with the service and food at this restaurant. A big shout out to one of your servers Rhiannon. One of my friends has several allergies and Rhiannon...took the time and patience to accommodate my friend. Her knowledge of the menu was amazing. As well she was very attentive to all our requests. The customer service from Rhiannon was exceptional. On to the food, in my experience when you order fish tacos, a lot of restaurants prepare them with a thicker batter, however this restaurant just lightly dusted them. AMAZING. I ordered the Shrimp Appetizer and these were also lightly dusted with spices, yummy. My other friend had the steak sandwich which was well prepared and tender. This restaurant will be one of go to "Girls Night Out". Thank you Rhiannon and Symposium for the great experience and see you soon.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed October 21, 2022

I anticipated that they would be busy, so I called ahead and made a reservation. If you have a large group I would strongly recommend making reservations. When we arrived we didn't have to wait long to be seated. Tom was our server, and he...brought a lot of spunk and personality to the table. We ordered the Waffle with Fruit and the Caramel Banana French Toast The waffle was light yet still filling. The Caramel Banana French Toast was very rich and sweet. Even if this was cut in 1/2 I still wouldn't be able to finish it. While there the owner or manager was regularly walking around and asking customers if we needed anything. Once again another fantastic meal.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

We were surprised how busy this was on a Monday night. We had just had a 11-hour road trip so we just wanted good food relatively fast and this fit the bill. After being stuck in a car all day and eating poorly for lunch,...I just ordered a bowl of soup...which came out in a tureen! Ok, a little bit less than a tureen...but enough for two people to share. Their desserts looked delicious but we were all too stuffed to try them...and for a family with four teenagers, that is saying something!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

An acquaintance raved about it and we were pretty disappointed. Service was mediocre at best, slow to be seated and to be served. Waited until almost the end of my meal for a refill on my beverage. The food, the chicken was dry and tasted...like it was fried with fish. Myself, I had the burger and it was put together sloppily and the meat was flavorless. The fries could very well have been McCain from a freezer bag. We thought the atmosphere was nice, but we definitely won't be back to give it another try as the service and food wasn't close to on par with the rave review we witnessed. Oh, and the pricing was definitely not parallel to the value we received. $60 dollars for a burger and fried chicken plus two pops.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022

Four of us ordered from the breakfast menu at lunch (seemed more reasonable with lots of variety) and 3 of us had leftovers to take home. Hubby ordered a bowl of clam chowder in addition to his sandwich meal and it could have been a...meal on its own the portion was so huge. Everyone enjoyed their meal and drinks (yes, beer and bloody caesar works with breakfast!) and it was nice to have supper that night taken care of too! It's busy and service was a little slow, so plan for extra time.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 15, 2021 via mobile

We ate here about a month ago with 11 family members (adults & children) and found the restaurant to be extremely accommodating with excellent food and service. Was very impressed with how they organized seating for us to be all together. The restaurant itself is...not huge but has tall ceilings and appears very airy and clean. Their bar area is impressive looking. Their menu, albeit maybe a little pricy for some, has a good selection of meals for various appetites including breakfast items and everyone in our family group enjoyed their meals. The only negative comment I can say is that we asked for separate bills for various family groups and it was all put on one bill. I think that happened because more than one hostess/waitress was serving our table. Other than that we all had a great time, e joyed our meals and were happy and will return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 26, 2021

We ate outdoor on the large patio and the tables were spaced well apart for Covid. The server Natasha was very accommodating to my dietary restrictions. She checked with the kitchen to see which dishes could be altered to provide me with a much lower...sodium meal. They made me fettuccine Alfredo altering it for me. It was delicious! Not a lot of restaurants will do this! Very impressed. While we ate, the owner came around to every table inquiring if everything was good. The service here was excellent and we would definitely return again!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 2, 2021

We have been coming here since this locations opened. The food and service are still top notch. The manager always come to visit to check to see that things are ok. We went for breakfast this week and our server, Jeldin (I think that was...her name (was amazing. We will continue to come here to support this business.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021

I was celebrating my 70+ birthday together with my husband and sister-in-law and her husband, it was our first time in this restaurant. The lunch food was really tasty, wine and hazelnut Affogato fantastic. The tables on the patio were well seperated. Was a really...nice sunny but very windy day. The wind took the umbrella on our table out of the socket and with it, my leftover lunch ended up on the ground. Our waitress Megan who did an excellent job serving the lunch, right away ordered the "replacement" of my lost leftovers and brought them to the table. Later on, the manager followed up with us and checked if everything was to our satisfaction. We had a really good meal, excellent service, and a very good experience altogether. Definetelly will be back .More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Symposium Cafe Restaurant Ajax is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5