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“Tasty Treat in Guelph” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #23 of 381 Restaurants in Guelph
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: Bar, Healthy, Canadian
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Dine at Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Guelph for a special dining experience in the Guelph, Ontario community. Located in Guelph’s business area, across from Stone Road mall, Symposium Guelph is 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 140 indoor seats, 2 private rooms for large groups/business meetings, a 60 seat bar lounge and a beautifully redesigned outdoor patio, you will easily see why Symposium Cafe Guelph is a go-to destination for the bustling Guelph community. 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
Guelph, Canada
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tasty Treat in Guelph”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

Nice atmosphere, good food. Nice if you want to go somewhere a little bit special but not over-the-top. Staff is friendly and helpful. Crab cakes are very good!

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English first
Guelph, ON
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119 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Best Patio in Guelph”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

Patio is off the main road, so it is actually pleasant to sit out on! Food is good, and the service is good, and the servers knowledgeable. Did a Christmas party here for over 30 and they handled it perfectly!

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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A GREAT Sunday afternoon brunch at The Symposium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

We had an an amazing brunch. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. The food was served promptly and it was hot. Their tomato veggie soup is very good. The atmosphere is nice with beautiful paintings and the chairs are comfortable. We were not rushed . That was good as we wanted to spend some time together after a busy week.Way to go Synposium Guelph Location!!!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hurley060
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Rockwood, Canada
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not worth the wait!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

Our first visit to the Symposium Café on a recent Sunday shortly after 11:00 a.m., Seated quickly and server was quick to acknowledge our presence , coffee , tea ordered and delivered rather promptly (unfortunately they were out of Earl Grey my wife’s favorite tea, disappointing but not a huge issue). Waitress took our food order, in a timely manner, omelet for my wife, bacon and eggs for me, nothing out of the ordinary. So far so good .. we thought
Then the wait began 10 minutes, fifteen.. Waitress came by once, apologized and suggested it would be a few more minutes. Another ten minutes went by still no food. Finally after what we thought was 40 or so minutes breakfast arrived. Inquired of the waitress why the long delay, explanation was busy, rush, things got backed up. Manager came over to the table a little while later acknowledged that we had waited a long time (actually corrected our 40 minute estimate wait time and suggested he checked and it was 25 minutes…. nice touch being corrected as a customer!!!) Again explanation … sudden rush of many orders, busy ……
Anyhow breakfast was O.K although my wife’s omelet was somewhat runny and $8.45 for basic bacon and eggs, no coffee included a bit steep given other competetitors in neighborhood. No attempt made to alter the bill total; I thought in the least they might have comp the tea and coffee
Needless to say, based on this experience, and staff response to our obvious displeasure we won’t be back Many other choice spots in Guelph for breakfast, that offer better value in equally pleasant surroundings.
An excellent kitchen should be rated on how they manage when things are busy not when situations are quiet. If you have a facility with considerable seating you should be able to handle the volume. If back-ups do occur management should acknowledge that the situation is inexcusable from a customer’s perspective and do something tangible to illustrate to the customer that their business and potential return is valued. Even fast food joints have gone out of their way in the past with us to provide free coupons when unexpected delays have occurred. We would have expected at least the same from this level of establishment.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Wilin
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Oakville, Ontario
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good Breakfasts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

I was here with 3 friends for a late breakfast before a round of golf. Everyone ordered different items and all reported that their food was good. We were able to eat on the patio which was nice. The also have specialty coffees like espresso or cappuccino. Portions were good. Its not cheap, but you get a good meal, so I'd say the prices are fair. Trying to find this place was not easy as it its tucked in the end of a strip mall.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank deltakilo34
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