The Symposium cafe: Comfy, romantic, candle-lit
The Symposium Cafe is a finely decorated cafe located on King street, just a two-minute walk from the Princess Twin cimema. Its a chain with a few other locations It is usually fairly dark inside, with small candles/lights on each table and on the walls to aluminate the atomosphere. The menu has a huge variety of pizzas, soups, salads, wraps, desserts, specialty drinks, etc. Its pretty popular among university students and gets very busy on weekends (make a reservation if you want to go on a Friday night without having to line up!) Its a great place to come with a group of friends or on a date. The tables are small and round and they have comfy, cushiony chairs.
Favorite Dish: I really like the fruit crepes
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Noodle Hut: Great bargain food!
Here you can get a large portion of food for around $5 or $6 CAN (in 2008). Being across the street from one of the unviersities, its a popular place for the students to go. Not excellent service, but good food. Its a very casual dine in place that also does take out with a discount. Great little place to grab a bite!
Favorite Dish: I love the stir fry tofu and vegetable black bean sauce
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Casa Mia: The Italian Deli
Casa Mia is an Italian deli type restaurant that is meant to cater to the various office buildings and small businesses in the area. The traditional Italian eatery in Waterloo is called Vincenzo's and is a bit of an establishment, so this is supposed to be an upstart new restaurant that will give Vincenzo's a run for its money. Sadly, the Italian community in Waterloo is very small and as a result neither restaurant's food taste like actual Italian food. Nevertheless, if you have a hankering for genoa salami or mozzarella, stop on by - try not to notice the hot dog bun it's served on.
Favorite Dish: The sandwiches are probably your best bet.
The Duke of Wellington: Pub Stuff
I've actually only been to the Duke of Wellington for drinks and not food, so the opinions that I can give you really only relate to second-hand stories of the food. The Duke of Wellington is a standard British pub. It has a very casual atmosphere and it can get quite loud after work, especially on Fridays, as the surrounding area has a large number of office towers and buildings. The food, I hear, is also standard pub fare, with pies and stews dominating the menu. The quality of food in Waterloo is very low to begin with, so you really do take your palate in your hands when you eat out here. If you are planning on going to the Duke on a Friday, either go early or don't expect to sit down.
Angie's Kitchen: Worst Food Ever!
I have only been to Angie's once, mainly because I feared that eating there more than once would induce some sort of cummulative poisoning. My sister and I stopped in here at the beginning of October, when we were in town looking for an apartment. My sister insisted that it would probably be a good choice, since all-breakfast places are usually good in small towns. The slow service was really the least of our concerns. My chicken-cutlet sandwich contained a cold, dried out breaded cutlet from a box of factory-made chicken and was about 2 and a half inches in diameter. It came with some sleazy fries and a mainly-lettuce salad. My sister had bacon and eggs. The eggs were essentially rubber and the bacon was lukewarm and more grease than meat. The floors and washrooms were dirty, the coffee weak and everything seemed to be stored in dirty old bottles - I think it was their attempt at being kitschy.
Favorite Dish: NOTHING! For the love of God, find somewhere else to eat. I'm willing to bet I can make you a far better meal in my apartment if you're looking for somewhere to eat in Waterloo.
JB's Mongolian Grill: Great fun
This is a great restaurant, you can eat as much as you like, infact you make your own meals up and they cook it for you.
Also, they are great with people who have food allergies. A friend of mine went with me and they, specially cleaned a section of the BBQ for her, and used special utiensils to cookm her food. - excellent service
The idea behind the type of service is the Mongolians used to cook this way on their upturned shields when on campaigns
Favorite Dish: Its all wonderful
Lotus Tea House: Authentic, delicious and cheap
A Japanese exchange student I knew took me here for lunch and we had a great time. She said the food was very similar to what she ate back home in Japan. I have to admitt some of the things on the menu I'd never even heard of, but what I eneded up ordering was amazing. Each meal comes with free soup and a typical Japanese appetizer (which I have forgotten the name of) but its flattened cabbage soaked in vinegar and sugar and its VERY delicious. The best thing about this place is how cheap and affordable it is (what can I say, I'm a student.) Its cheaper to go at lunchtime than at dinner, and you get a discount if you're a university student. A big plus!
Favorite Dish: I had steemed rice and vegetarian chille with tofu when I went there - it was slightly spicey for my taste, but still very good.
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Zen Gardens Authentic Vegetarian Cuisine: A Herbivore's Delight..
This restaurant offers authentic, healthy vegetarian dining that you won't find anywhere else. The majority of the foods are Asian, spicey, but very good. The interior is warm, quiet, nicely decorated and the staff is very friendly.
I have to admitt most of the food I was eating I didn't even know what it was... I was eating a "noode" soup that ended up having bamboo shoots in it. There was several vegetarian sturfries available, tofu, spicey soups, variety of different green teas, rice, etc.
If you're a meat lover you probably won't see anything on the menu here you'll like. My boyfriend came along with me, and there was literally not one thing he could eat. They don't even serve soft drinks.
Also, be prepared to eat with chopsticks; they will be all you find at the table infront of you. I'm sure utensils are available if you're having trouble though.
Booster Juice: Healthy and tastey!
Booster Juice is a fruit and smoothie bar, which also sells sandwiches and wraps. It has many locations in Western Canada, but there are also a few in Ontario, one being right here in Waterloo.
The smoothies are about $5-6 each but they're very large and blended %100 with natural fruit. They also add in the Booster of your choice; soy, tofu, energy, protein, etc. The store is decorated very vibrant and happy inside, which is how you'll feel after you've drank one of their smoothies! There is a wide variety of different smoothies here, my favourites are Canadian Colada, Strawberry Sunshine and Breezy Banana.
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Jane Bond: Jane Bond
Very trendy retro atmosphere.
Great vegitarian food. Friendly staff. Indie music. Very small and intimate. Can be casual, can also pass as a dressier restaurant.
Sometimes will have live entertainment playing.
Favorite Dish: Eggplant Parmesan. The Panini of the day. Garlic bread with cheese.
Ethel's Lounge: Mmmm
Really great, cheap food. Great staff. Fun environment. Very casual. No deep fryer. Great breakfast.
Favorite Dish: Colonel Burger - Simple, just grilled chicken on a bun with sauce and cheese. So good.
Rajah - Bell peppers stuffed with Chicken & cheese. It's the spicy sauce that make this one.
Harvey's: Wonderful Burgers
The burgers at this chain are fantastic.
You have them how you like them, and with what you want
Try them, you will not be dissapointed
KORYO: Korean Barbeque
There are quite a few of these restaurants in Canada, mainly in the food halls in shopping malls.
The food is reasonably priced, good, and tasty.
Favorite Dish: BBQ beef and chicken combo
Viet Sun: Big Soup Restaurant
A great restaurant, serves great food and large portions
The locals call it the BIG SOUP. This comes from the huge bowl of Pho Bo soup that they serve, and its good.
Favorite Dish: Pho Bo Soup