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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

$$ - $$$, International,
1146 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3K9, Canada
+1 905-304-6226
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
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“mussels” (7 reviews)
“flatbread” (5 reviews)
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Bar, International, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1146 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3K9, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Service is both friendly , fast and courteous . Prices are very reasonalbe and well presented - Clean , modern and comfortable . The breakfast meal is quite exceptional and very reasonalbe price

Thank lesliel860
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food isnt special. This place could own Anacaters foody market if it upped its food game. Great service... Food tasted pre-made and packaged.

Thank MsMPHS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was fresh and well presented. The sangria was very good we had a few pitchers. So were the margaritas. The service was very slow. We were a group and some people didn't get all that they ordered or it came really late. Very...More

Thank MossGlen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited Symposium a couple of times. I really like the decor and atmosphere and the food is great! They have a wide choice of beers - very enjoyable.

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Martini was good. I had the teriyaki salmon and it was ok - 2 of my companions had the tilapia and said it as EXCELLENT. The desserts looked good but I had no room in my tummy! Friendly and helpful staff.

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second time we were here. We were not impressed the first time so we decided to give it another try. The food is average with above average prices. The location is not wonderful as it is in a plaza on a busy...More

Thank Drea M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I've never seen anything so beautiful! Went there mid afternoon and it was blessedly quiet. Ordered an iced tea but am definitely returning for a meal! A second review--coming soon.

Thank MB-1WorldTraveler
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Friday night is fish night so one would expect the best and not the worst. For $12 two overcooked pieces of fish and some soggy fries. The symposium burger for $12.95 was burnt and tasted that way. Five guys do a much better burger and...More

Thank mn_in_Ancaster
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Visited this place for lunch and ordered the Chicken Souvlaki Dinner from the entree section for $20.95 before taxes and tips. At best I would describe this dish as "Chunks of tasteless chicken breast, totally bland (boiled), with fries and a tiny Greek salad." I...More

Thank AshokSaha
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I met up with a few friends for a late breakfast/ lunch, and we had a wonderful time. the atmosphere is warm, the service good, and the food was delicious. Will definitely return

Thank Mary P
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19 August 2017|
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Response from FrazldMum | Reviewed this property |
when we were there it was quiet. Nice ambience.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1146 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3K9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Hamilton  >  Ancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 905-304-6226
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BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, BURGERS, DESSERTS & MORE Dine at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Ancaster and experience why it continues to be a favourite restaurant destination for the Ancaster, Ontario community. We are open 7 days a week – early mornings to late nights – offering complete menu dining options including full service breakfast and brunch (served daily until 4pm), mouth-watering desserts, burgers, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, fresh fruit specialty beverages, full bar, and rotating daily special features. With 95 indoor seats and 40 seats on our beautiful outdoor patio, Symposium Cafe Ancaster is a local favourite restaurant choice as well as a dining destination for guests from the Hamilton area. Try everyone’s favourite meal deal with our 7-Day promotions – the most innovative and popular in the Ontario restaurant market! And when combined with the Symposium’s customer service and quality, it’s no surprise that Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge continues to be honoured with Readers’ Choice awards including Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Family Restaurant, Best Business lunch, Best Desserts, Best Atmosphere and Best Bistro. >Full service Breakfast/Brunch menu: Omelettes, Waffles, French Toast, Freshly squeezed juices >Lunch menu: burgers, salads, soup, appetizers, sandwiches, and full breakfast menu til 4 pm >Dinner menu: steaks, seafood, pastas, rice bowls and unique appetizers >Fully licensed lounge: specialty cocktails, over 30 martini options, 12 beer on tap, 34 varieties of wine, specialty coffee beverages. >Restaurant open early mornings and late nights >Late Night Kitchen & Dining: full restaurant menu available until closing including burgers, steaks, seafood >Business meetings and staff functions party menus >Award winning restaurant concept >Large scenic outdoor restaurant patio >Good selection of vegetarian menu options >Extensive menu selection of desserts: cakes, freshly made waffles, ice-cream, crepes >Early Bird Breakfast, Early Bird Dinner, Kid’s menu >Monday restaurant special: $5 burgers and $5 domestic pints >Tuesday restaurant special: $5 gl of wine and 12.95 pasta and rice bowl specials >Wednesday restaurant special: $5.25 Martinis and $10.95 Mussels >Thursday restaurant special: $48 Date night – Dinner for Two deal >Friday restaurant special: $5 off Wine List with Seafood Features >Saturday restaurant special: $13.95 Pitchers of Draft with Appetizer Platter Specials >Sunday restaurant special: 50% off! Owner’s Cellar Wines – 2 for 1 Cake Slice Promo >Cocktail Hour Specials: $4 Bar Shots, 4pm-6pm Happy Hour Specials, 11am-3pm Mimosa & Caesar specials >Late Night Specials: 33% Off Appetizers 4-6 and 10 until close
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