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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

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US$6 - US$22
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Canadian, Contemporary, Healthy, Dining bars
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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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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Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

The service was good. The food was fresh and delicious. It has an open floor plan that gives an up lift air.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Great food and excellent service. They never have a problem with substitutions and modifications to your order according to your personal needs. This location has many times accommodated our large group (25+) even on short notice and our experience has been excellent every time.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2019 via mobile

Our best meal and service of our whole holiday. Came here from a recommendation of a family member for our last day in Canada. Waitress was very attentive, food was lovely and we are stuffed. Recommend the chicken parmsan burger it was delish!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

On Mondays Symposium features $5 burgers. This is the closest bugler to homemade I’ve had. Absolutely delicious! Add the sautéed onions and Jack Daniels sauce and its burger heaven. This is a very popular restaurant with excellent service, clean washrooms, and plenty of free parking....Good WiFi connection is an added bonus. The French fries and breakfast potatoes are hot and crunchy.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

Extension menu, lots to choose from. Excellent food. Waiting for my turn to recommend dinner location with friends.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

This is a good local restaurant between fast food or the Keg. Good choices for all meals. Especially nice if you can get a booth. In summer there is a patio. Sometimes noisy.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

We had a delicious family dinner for my parents wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived we were made comfortable and felt special. Our server Meagan was the best and made my elderly parents feel comfortable and important. From appetizers to entrees to deserts we...enjoyed it all! We will be back! Thank you for a perfect evening.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Check their website. Symposiumcafe
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check out their website...they have a lot of choices and variety for pretty much every taste :)
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SYMPOSIUM CAFE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Ajax - 338 Rossland Rd E - Updated 2022 Restaurant Reviews, Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge offers takeaway services.

Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge offers delivery services.

Yes, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5