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Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.3
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853 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in Waterloo’s historic Barrel Yards, Proof Kitchen + Lounge is Waterloo’s first choice destination for dining. We are offering an upscale, hip and contemporary dining experience coupled with a Chef driven menu that boasts healthy, casual, interesting food from brunch through dinner, complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, a renowned wine list and a great selection of local craft beers. The setting for all of this is a restaurant space conceptualized by an award-winning designer that will delight the senses and create a perfect backdrop to every occasion.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 853 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ConcettaS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. Menu is a bit eclectic. Ambience is lovely.

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JAKD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience4

My hamburger meal was excellent. My husbands beef tenderloin was excellent, however his vegetables were cold and the waitress was no where in sight to let her know right away. Our server introduced herself and then didn't see her again until the bill came. Two other employees looked after us for water, drinks and taking our orders. We were not charged for my husband's meal however that's not what we wanted. This is his 3rd bad experience and he won't be back. I however have had great food and service other visits I've made with friends.

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AuntiesBirthday
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While waiters who were not ours stepped up we waited too long for ours. The service was not bad just a bit slow. The food was very good as was the ambiance.

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pschoefer
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. Few vegan options for a main other than burger and a bowl. I had salmon which was fantastic. Appreciates an excellent vegan dessert.

Would be lovely to have one more plant based item for the entrees that is a bit more creative, that being said the ones that are offered are also very good.

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MaryB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We chose to have an early dinner on a Sunday evening - the dining room was quiet, the staff weren't rushed and were able to spend time discussing the menu items and service was excellent. Our food selections were delicious, from salad to dessert and we enjoyed our evening. Will certainly be back.

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Brandi
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is such a nice restaurant. The food was really good, although our steaks were both overcooked compared to how we ordered them. We were disappointed to see guests walking around without masks on, it made us feel a little uneasy.

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NashaK
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience dining here. Had the fish and chips and poke bowl. The poke bowl felt like it was missing some flavor maybe lack of sauce. Service was just a tad slow for there being a dining room with hardly any people dining due to covid restrictions, which makes me wonder how we might have fared under regular circumstances. However, we were given a very nice birthday treat and the overall vibe was pleasant and fitting for the occasion.

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BrianM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our first time there website looked great so thought we give it s shot. She had the Cider Smoked Chicken and I the Beverly Creek Lamb. my lamb came with a side of brown rice and it was severely undercooked, it crunched when I tried it. I didn't want to be one of those customers so my date tried she said its not cooked, the lamb was good just didnt eat the rice. As for chicken she said was just OK. The place has great potential but I dont see myself going back, to bad they have a great patio just seems the food is a bit lacking.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi Brian, Thank you for the feedback and review of your recent visit on Saturday. I apologize that the farro was underdone- this was an error on our part. I hope that we can encourage you to visit us again and show you a more rounded and well executed Proof experience. If you want to reach out directly I would be happy to ensure your next visit is exceptional. Laura Umbrio General Manager lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co

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CandaceY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food absolutely delicious and tasty, staff is wonderful we were in on a friday so service lacking a little

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vipNicholasV
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was a amazing dinner. Our server on the patio was amazing as always. So happy we can finally come back and enjoy dinner

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Robyn
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My husband took our boys and myself for my birthday. Food was delicious, yes a little on the pricey side but thats expected for that type of restaurant. So worth it! The cost of beer was a bit on the high side .

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KatT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience for a birthday lunch. I testing menu items. Would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed for our Reso everyone at the front area ignored us we waited for 5 minutes then left. Defiantly won’t be returning. I’m a server have been for 15 years... unprofessional.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hello, Thank you for your rating and feedback. We are heartily sorry that we missed you on your last visit. We are often running in a few different directions these days with all the enhanced protocols and we truly don't want to keep anyone waiting. I do hope you will reconsider and visit us again. If you would like to reach out directly to me I can ensure your visit exceeds expectations. Laura Umbrio General Manager lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co

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RyanS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof never disappoints. The food was excellent and it has great atmosphere. My wife and I both had the Chicken Tinga bowl and it was excellent!

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vipdiner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great evening with friends. Felt secure dining in during COVID times.

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MelanieD
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a great meal and will definitely be back! Thank you!

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Celebrate
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly people!

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BeckiC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was just OK, nothing spectacular… Overpriced moderate food. I’ve been here many times in the past and the food was much better

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was fine but pricey. There is a limited number of main options and only one pasta (with seafood). The Caesar salad was disappointing - too much dressing and only the dark leaf lettuce. We had to send our sangria back as there was little taste. Can’t go wrong with beer. We ate inside and the tables were nicely spread out.

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vipFrankM
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Very limited menu. Shd update menu as what we went for was not available

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Prakashk
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was plenty and delicious. Under these difficult circumstances job well done.

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JoshL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Looks like a nice place, but the quality of food is not there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time! Clean everyone was friendly but it’s a nicer place so expect to pay a little more!

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Zzzzzzxzxxx
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening at Proof. It was our first time eating out during COVID-19. Everything felt very safe and we watched all the protocols for sanitizing which were excellent. The service was excellent and friendly. I would highly recommend anyone go out for a meal there. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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SuzanneB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent service , food and atmosphere ! Our favourite patio !

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant spaced out Patio. Service was genuine and non intrusive. Food was spot on with very good Vegan options. The fries are on another level!!!

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MaryB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had dinner on a very hot Sunday evening and it was wonderful to sit in the air conditioned comfort of the restaurant. Service was excellent. We are seniors and our food requirements can be difficult because of various allergies, etc. Our dinners were quite satisfactory and we enjoyed our time spent in the restaurant. Thanks.

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JacA
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were spectacular, portion sizes were good, service was prompt and accommodating. Would recommend!

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and money well spent, always a pleasure to dine in with Proof. Delicious meals for both me and my wife with great vegan options for her. All menu items are amazing from mixed drinks to deserts.

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JbeeM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening! The food and drinks were fabulous and the staff was wonderful!

JD
JanD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Heffrey was amazing. Great service. Food was awesome and quick service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Also super accommodating for folks with allergies!!

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PaulS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were delicious and came with no problems. The steaks and fries were outstanding.

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ScottieP
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed in the quality of food and service. Looking forward to going back again soon!

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MonicaR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After we toasted with our red/white wines, we dove into an order of Lamb Spiedini. Reviewing the menu, we found ourselves yearning for a replay of: Cappelletti alla Vodka + scallops + tiger shrimp + lobster bisque rosé (it was just a couple weeks ago we tried it for the first time). On this visit though the weather was more co-opertative and we could enjoy the gorgeous summer evening and fresh air on Proof's patio. We brought a guest and she enjoyed the grilled salmon. We barely had enough room for shared orders of cheesecake & creme carmel. Service as always was outstanding! (Dinner portions were so generous, we even took home a doggie box.)

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AlbertM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service is super.Servers are well acquainted with the menu. Presentation was great.We will definitely return.

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Patricia
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious, innovative food, a bit slow between courses.

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StacyG
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The service and the food were both very good. The patio looked quite tired. Needs to be spruced up to reflect the image they want to portrait. Tables had no fanciness to them(ie flowers/decor) and the cushions were marked. I would have expected the decor to be more upscale than it was. But did have a good time.

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RonP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The apple chicken dinner was not great. Chicken was dry and I did not like the sauce it came with. My husband had the pork chop which he liked. Salad was good and creme brûlée also. The price for a glass of wine was ridiculous . Decent house wines that are more affordable should be available.

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AshishP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We have been there a few times but on this occasion the food was terrible and the rest all was okay.

FAQs

Proof Kitchen and Lounge offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 208-3333.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge is rated 4.3 stars by 853 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.