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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

$$ - $$$, , International
8187 Yonge St, Thornhill, Vaughan, Ontario L3T 2C6, Canada
+1 905-881-2233
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good39%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8187 Yonge St, Thornhill, Vaughan, Ontario L3T 2C6, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit began with lovely clams and ended with marvelous desserts and drinks. The staff were friendly and while service was somewhat slow the end result was a great meal.

Thank skaszab2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love Wednesday night - Martinis and Mussels. Every night there is a different special. Thursday is Date night but haven't been to the other nights. Always great!

Thank Dinah Lee C
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Recommended by relatives, Five of us having dinner. My first time at this restaurant. Fairly busy even at 7 PM on a Tuesday. Clean, comfortable, convenient parking. Our server who is probably a student seeking Summer employment was not especially knowledgable of the wines and...More

Thank Mrfiz
Kris J, Director of Sales at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for writing this review and letting us know what experience was great and what we can improve on. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed you visit to our restaurant and hope you will visit the next time you are in Toronto.

Reviewed 22 July 2017

Visited Friday July 21,'17 at 1:00 pm. Party of 13 people. Restaurant wasn't busy. After waiting half hour had to ask manager for waitress to come take order. I ordered veggie wrap and garden salad. Everyhon else ordered hot meals. Waited long time for meals...More

Thank Debi W
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Food was average, didn't live up to the description noted in the menu. Service was so disorganized it was pitiful - lost count of the amount of times we asked for water and would you believe it came along with our bill. There were three...More

Thank MaireAnne2016
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Went for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Took 20 minutes to get a coffee and an 45 minutes to get our order. Will never go back.

Thank Ronnieraye
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Very Poorly Managed. The Customer is Always Wrong (Don't order what you want...they probably don't have it) Several years ago my wife and I ordered Symposium's burger and topped it off with blue cheese. It was wonderful and along with a order of sweet potato...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Every time we go to Symposium, we are never ever disappointed. My friend and her daughter and I went to watch a movie and wanted to finish off the night with a desert and coffee before finishing the night. What can I say but to...More

1  Thank sunhee k
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Overall I would have to say our experience at this restaurant, which we have been to a number of times, was about average. The serving staff was very nice, friendly and attentive. The table configuration in this restaurant is not conducive to large groups. We...More

Thank Gerry H
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Very nice looking restaurant. A little pricey. Food was very tasty and served hot. Waitress very nice and accommodating. I wud recommend this restaurant.

1  Thank IanWarsh
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, 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, 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: 8187 Yonge St, Thornhill, Vaughan, Ontario L3T 2C6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Vaughan  >  Thornhill
  • Phone Number: +1 905-881-2233
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There are many reasons to dine at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Thornhill. Located on Yonge Street, just south of the 407, we are open 7 days a week - early mornings and late nights – and offer complete menu options for dining. With 90 indoor seats and 40 seats on our scenic patio, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Thornhill is a favourite restaurant choice in this community. "Redefining the Cafe experience ™" since 1996, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is a fully licensed family restaurant, that offers a large variety of great menu options including: full service breakfasts (served daily until 4pm), seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, fresh fruit smoothies, and rotating daily special features; as well as exotic desserts, traditional european cappuccinos and specialty beverages. Symposium restaurants are a unique and exciting concept with a contemporary twist on a traditional cafe. Upscale, yet casual, the Symposium’s unique decor provides the perfect ambiance for any type of gathering: from business functions and family celebrations, to intimate dinners and formal cocktail parties. Open 7 days a week from early mornings to late evenings, we also offer open air dining options with vibrant, social, full- service seasonal patios. A complete Symmetry for the Senses. ™ 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 Cafe customer service and quality, it’s no wonder 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. Come see why Symposium Cafe is your best dining option. 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. Late night Kitchen open: full restaurant menu available til closing including burgers, steaks, seafood Our restaurants are open early mornings and late nightsAward winning restaurant concept Scenic patio dining Upscale, romantic restaurant: perfect for engagements, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners Good selection of vegetarian menu options Extensive selection of decadent mouth- watering desserts: cakes, freshly made waffles, ice-cream, crepes Kid’s menu Early Bird BreakfastEarly Bird Dinners Monday special: $5 burgers and $5 domestic pints Tuesday special: $5 gl of wine and 12.95 pasta and rice bowl specials Wednesday special: $5.25 Martinis and $10.95 Mussels Thursday special: $48 Date night – Dinner for Two deal
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