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US$6 - US$19
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Canadian, Contemporary, Healthy, Dining bars
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited yesterday. The Date Night Special is a scam-false advertising! Do not order! Fine print charges not explained. Servers were great, not their faults but management eventually adjusted bill after much wasted time! Food was not good either-Stuffed Mushrooms was more like double deep battered...fried mushroom-not edible!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022 via mobile

My service was jus wonderful when I came a few weeks ago! Great food and amazing atmosphere. I wanted to give a shout out to my server Syd, she definitely knew what she was doing. She first off was so kind, generous and had a...wonderful welcoming smile. Secondly, she has full knowledge of all menus and seems like she can basically run that place. I’ve seen her behind bar, making desserts, seating people and doing take out! The owners really found a good one. I definitely recommend coming to this establishment and asking for her!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

I honestly don't where to start. We were a group of 5 celebrating 3 milestones - two birthdays and one graduation. We sat down, ordered our food, and the waitress disappeared. I had to flag down someone else to ask if we could get coffee...refills. 40 - 45 minutes later our food arrived. Well, two orders anyway. Ten minutes later another order arrived. Still, we waited. Finally, I went and asked to speak to a manager about the fourth and fifth meals. I was civil, but the speed of service (and lack thereof) was awful. i mentioned this. The waitress told me that when we sat down the place was full. Not only was this a gross exaggeration, there wasn't anyone sitting at the table behind, in front, or next to us. The tables I could view in the bar area were empty. At no time was the place more than 40% full. And the place had plenty of staff on. The explanation was ridiculous, I would rather she had just apologized (she did, when giving me the bill later, but it rang hollow). My meal finally came (my fries piping hot, my sandwich cold) and I asked what happened to the ciabatta bun on my chicken sandwich (what I got was a dried hamburger bun). I was told that due to the Ukraine situation, Symposium had to switch suppliers and could no longer get ciabatta buns. I was told other customers had mentioned this. I don't know about you, but if I was running a restaurant and I couldn't offer something (on a menu that's printed, not laminated), I would change that menu. Especially if customers are asking. Or at the very least, tell the customer when they're ordering that the item is NOT as described. Because although I tried, I could not finish this sandwich. And certainly they must have had other options besides a hamburger bun for a chicken sandwich. I'll tell you why we came here. Two months earlier my mother and I visited the Symposium in Georgetown (maybe 25 minutes away). The service, food, and presentation were fantastic. I assumed this was reflective of the chain, but that was a mistake. In Georgetown, the waitress was pleasant and checked on us - frequently. In Georgetown, my order was as described on the menu. In Georgetown, the fries were put in a separate mini skillet and the sandwich looked appetizing. In Milton, what we got was no service and serve yourself cafeteria-style presentation. This was how they decided to make it up to us - deserts for everyone, on the house. Ah, but not really. When the bill came. two deserts were charged. This is what the waitress said: we took your meal off, which is the equivalent of two deserts. No, see, I can do math and it's not even close. Anyone whose interested in Symposium I would suggest driving to the Georgetown location. It's worth the drive, believe me. Our party was supposed to be a big event, a celebration that we had all been looking forward to (three of us had driven 75 minutes to get there). But the event fizzled out thanks to the staff, service and poor food at Milton Symposium. We left unhappy and frustrated.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022 via mobile

I visit here frequently, always good service and fair prices. Friends for dinner or morning breakfast, never disappoints!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 30, 2021

Met some friends here for lunch the service was ok though we were asked to order quickly as there was a table of eight and they could not handle both at the same time. My wife and I both had chicken sandwiches but the chicken...was dry, it was pre cooked and had been sitting around too long. Won’t be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 21, 2021

Food is very good, service, too. Atmosphère ok. What I liked least, as a retired professor of Classics, was the nonsense written on the wall about the Greek symposium. I delivered à letter to man4ager about it à week ago but have not yet been...deigned à reply. John Yardley, M.Phil. (Oxford), MA, PhD (St Andrews) in Classical Studies, Prof. Emeritus, University of Ottawa, now résident in Milton).More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 30, 2020

Beware of choosing this restaurant. They are extremely unprofessional! Servers refuse to even acknowledge their customers despite staring at them for several minutes. If you order for pick up, the food is left sitting on the counter with servers going about their way while you're...standing their waiting to be attended to. At 9 something pm on Tuesday, 30th of June, I witnessed a delivery driver working for a courier company just stand there with the food sitting on the counter, right by the servers, but the servers refused to even attend the driver for probably 10 minutes! The servers were a woman with a terrible attitude and a young looking guy just busy with his work. The woman definitely saw the driver several times but ignored the driver and let the food sit on the counter to get cold. Then a man comes from behind the kitchen (likely the manager) and has the audacity to tell the driver to "make noise". I saw all of this and had to leave the restaurant and didn't even want to eat their food as I doubt it's even safe to eat food with such an immorally and unethically run place. If they let delivery food sit on the counter and get cold because their servers are a bunch of unprofessional degenerates with attitude (the lady that was working that night), I can only imagine what they do with your food behind the scenes in the kitchen! You have been warned! Eat here at your own health's expense and be ready to be treated piss-poorly. A joke of a restaurant. Glad I decided against eating there.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 28, 2020

I visit Symposium last month with my husband. We bought like chicken souvlaki so we ordered. We didn’t expect nothing special from chicken souvlaki but we get surprised!!! Omg so fresh and good!!! Greek salad was amazing!!!! I will definitely go back there in the...future!!! Totally recommend chicken souvlaki😋More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 8, 2020

Ordered a special, beef/mashed potatoes and fresh hot vegetables. Food was tasteful, plentiful and service was good.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 5, 2020 via mobile

The food was nice. All day breakfast is a nice idea. The eggs beni was lovely. The waitress was attentive and came around regularly with coffee. We had a large group so the food came in a timely manner you would expect for such a...big group. This is the 3rd time in 12 months eating here and each time has been good. All in all a return is on the cards.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 22, 2020

Great atmosphere, perfect service and a fantastic Cobb Salad with honey mustard dressing and perfectly crispy bacon. I will go again!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

good food, good flavour and amazing desserts. Many choices on the menu for whatever you like. Daily specials as well.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 30, 2019

Been here a few times ... although I enjoy their 3 egg breakfast and $5 mimosas I always find the service slow and food takes awhile even when not busy . ( they have daily specials ) the mimosas are their staple for Sunday’s. I...think I will try one more time ..More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

Comfortable and friendly, this cafe chain offers an impressive selection of specialty coffees, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as well as a decent offering of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Lush couches in booths and good acoustic design provide for a quiet, relaxing experience. A patio...facing the street is also available. Service is quick, and prices are reasonable. Plenty of plaza parking, wheelchair accessible.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2019

I ordered the mussels they were delicious in a tomato sauce and the zucchini noodles as my main. Very very pleased !, excellent food

Date of visit: September 2019
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SYMPOSIUM CAFE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Milton - 611 Holly Avenue - 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
  • Atmosphere: 4.5