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Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.3
866 reviews
CAN$30 and under
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.

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Offers

Thursday Night Party!

Oct 8 - Nov 26, 2020 · Mon - Thu 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Featuring great tunes with The Main Man DJ Marlon + $7.95 Drink Specials all night

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 866 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our daughter’s engagement and were concerned about going into a closed restaurant environment. Everyone made us feel welcome, safe and comfortable. The service was attentive and respected our timing. The food was outstanding! Overall a memorable evening to cap off a memorable day.
Gary

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1Cowboy
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. Very nice setting for dinner or any other meal.

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zoto
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, great food and wine, fair price, comfortable and quiet ambiance.

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ChantalP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was wonderful at Proof.
The casual elegance should be remarked upon. They do it just right. We were a party of four and each of us enjoyed our meals immensely. Jeffrey, our waiter was delightful and informative. Our evening could not have been nicer. Thank you proof for making an evening out one to remember.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bachelorette party

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hutchiae
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Seemed busy for covid times and understaffed as a result. Food was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, portions were just right. Service was warm and friendly and the right amount of checking in without being too much. Exactly what we needed for a fun and relaxing meal. Well done!

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SharonM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

meal and service were excellent. covid precautions were adhered to and we all enjoyed a great meal!

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Jeeter
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, standard food, good service. Overall a fun time out.

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amberh
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Location and restaurant was amazing esthetically, but the food was overpriced for the quality. We ordered two apps, the calamari was very odd - tasted like nothing and texture was more like rubber/tofu. It was cut in strips, and very rubbery in texture but zero taste.
Our main course was fine, besides having to request a salad instead due to requesting no carbs and received a bowl full of pasta.
Wine was very good, server was very respectful and helpful.
Wouldn't return for food.

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JHamilton
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Our appetizer was odd and difficult to eat (too hard/crunchy/messy). Our entrees took a very long time to arrive and when they did they were not hot. Would have loved to stay and tried dessert but after the first 2 were not up to satisfaction we chose to leave. Our server however was friendly and accommodating

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on 6 October 2020

Hello, thank you for your feedback and review from your most recent visit. I am truly sorry that we missed the mark with your experience. We are passionate about providing delicious food and great service and we strive to continually improve. If you would like to discuss further, I would be eager to connect with you directly. Thank you, Laura Umbrio General Manager 519-208-3333 lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely room, great service.

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ConcettaS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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JAKD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
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 on 26 September 2020
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 on 26 September 2020
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
12 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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Kevin
Toronto
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.

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 866 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.