The Bauer Kitchen

4.5
2048 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
The Bauer Kitchen is an energetic up-market 'bistro' set in a SoHo inspired, restored felt factory. The industrial steel, concrete floors, reclaimed wood and custom lighting combine to create a uniquely warm backdrop for your dining experience. Chef Todd Clarmo has assembled a spectacular menu of classic items prepared with the freshest local ingredients. An extensive ‘wine by the glass’ menu has been created by our sommelier to pair perfectly with each menu item.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and also the food was great. I have celiac and they always do an amazing job accommodating my dietary needs. We will definitely return!

AG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiancé there for his birthday dinner. We normally go to the keg for all of our big celebrations but we decided to change it up. We absolutely loved it! The truffle fries were AMAZING and we both got pastas and they were SO good. We sat inside which was very nice but we wish we sat on their nice patio as we didn’t realize there was a guy playing music and he was very good! If you want a nice date night with good quality food you should go to the Bauer kitchen. Also there have so much variety so there is something for everyone to enjoy:)

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular to Bauer Kitchen, especially for weekend brunch. It is always a good experience. The staff is knowledgeable and accommodating...the food excellent!

NH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My best and I had a girl's night on the patio at Bauer Kitchen on a Friday night. We had a great time; cocktails we're delicious (we had a red and white sangrias), service was very attentive and they provided features as well as their own recommendations. Atmosphere was lovely, music was loud but not obnoxious. My friend had the mushroom and black kale pizza and I had the mushroom risotto. Her pizza was delicious and beautiful presentation, same can be said for the risotto. My only feedback was that the risotto portion was quite small. It was truly yummy and I wanted more. When the server asked for feedback, I did tell her this and she said she had been receiving this feedback lately on the risotto as well as the gnocchi. Aside from this, it was a really great experience. I just moved to Waterloo and would return to Bauer Kitchen.

EJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only recommendation from us would be where we were seated on patio the umbrella didn't cover far enough so we were baking in the sun and some of us had to keep moving spots, and covering up with the napkins. Otherwise, server was amazing. Food was great!

m
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall pretty good. Didn’t enjoy the crispy chicken bahn mi. Unfortunately it had very little flavour. The rest of our group enjoyed their meals.

RW
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were incredible. The duck wings were unbelievable and the charcuterie platter was much better than many other local restaurants offer in the area. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the frites with truffle oil and parmesan were one of the best things i've ever tasted. Our server Nisha was fantastic, curtious and caring without being intrusive, she was funny and definitely a pro at her job. My wife and i were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have been happier with the experience.

MS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Ordered the fish special and waitress said nothing about it being a spicy dish. The spice in this dish was soo bad you couldn’t taste the food.

KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THe food was great, but Nisha was an incredible server!!

JS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed my anniversary at the Bauer Kitchen. The steak was wonderful, the pizza was flavourful, and the short rib gnocchi was amazing. Service was great! Thank you for a pleasant dinner.

VS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating several birthdays over lunch. Drink selection was great, all food was delicious including good kids menu options for 3 yo, great music and patio seating. Only complaint was time for our food to arrive and price of pizzas was a little high - though they were shareable, fresh, and delicious. Complementary desserts for birthdays were a yummy surprise. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

IS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food.
Very friendly service. I felt very welcome.

ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Michael was very friendly and charismatic. Went above and beyond to make birthday celebration special. Food was good, but not as well prepared as previous experiences.

CJ
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot for a patio lunch with friends. Looking forward to doing that again.

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 21 July 2019

Looking forward to seeing you too, Colin! Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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CT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Friday evening. It wasn’t too busy and the ambience was good.
The food was very good (fantastic steak) but a little expensive side, which is to be expected for the location and type of restaurant (this is NOT a roadhouse ppl) - overall I do think it’s worth it.
The service was excellent and our server was very attentive and knowledgeable.
Entrees and dessert for two plus a couple of drinks was just over $100

KD
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I went with 3 of my friends to celebrate a friends birthday. When we arrived I mentioned to the host that it was a surprise birthday that we were celebrating on top of what I had written in my reso notes. When we were seated I mentioned again to the waitress that it was my friends birthday. Everything was good until it came time to order our food. We ordered and that was basically the last we saw our server. My friends coffees took forever to arrive. The food was absolutely delicious and yes the server did bite check but that was it. My coffee was never refilled nor was I asked once if I wanted more. the water was never topped off and we ended up running out. Lastly the server came back to ask us if we wanted a dessert menu - which we didn’t because we were so stuffed. We then were brought separate bills - without asking for it - by another lady, when we wanted one bill which they would’ve known if we had had the chance to ask for our cheque. Lastly although I told them 3 times that it was friends birthday, never once was this acknowledged. Overall the food was delicious but service was awful!

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 10 July 2019

Hi Kaitlyn, Thanks so much for reaching out to us about your recent experience. I'm so sorry to hear that your birthday celebration was sub-par; it doesn't sound like it was up to our standards at all. I'd really appreciate getting a couple more details about your visit, if you could please shoot me an email at mforrester@charcoalgroup.ca at your earliest convenience. Thanks again, Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were, as always, wonderful. Two minor errors from the kitchen that were quickly and gladly rectified.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 21 July 2019

And we love you! Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With friends, it was a wonderful experience!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Would defiantly recommend to people and come back . So many different menu items I want to try. The Boston tea party and watermelon mojito were amazing drinks

PN
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

General experience history is good. Most recent visit was mediocre. Wait for water refill. 3 of 5 felt food was simply average. One meal arrived cold. Server very apologetic and comped a dessert sampler to make up for delay in meal arriving. Overall, likely won’t be back to BK for a long while.

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 3 July 2019

Hi Pamela, I was one of the managers working on Sunday, and again I am so sorry about your cold meal. I'm disappointed to hear that water refills took a while too; sounds like we dropped the ball during your visit. I'd really love the opportunity to make up for this experience and WOW you like I know we can. Please feel free to email me at mforrester@charcoalgroup.ca or call the restaurant at 519-772-0790 to make arrangements! Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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D
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service and quality of food is average at best.
Prime rib was thin and tough.

j
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service
Will definitely go again

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thanks so much, Janet! Glad you had a great time with us. Can't wait to see you again! Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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SP
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was delicious!

l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just find it very hard eating in a restaurant when noise level is not buffered at all. It wasn’t even very busy when I was there and sometimes my friend and I couldn’t hear what each other said.
I have been in the evening and it has been even worse. I would like to enjoy my meal and visit with friends or family without having to be concerned about the noise level.

CR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times - food / drinks/ service are consistently great !

MW
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is impeccable. Very original takes on what would be a basic dish at other restaurants. Our server, Elizabeth, was very friendly. She was quite knowledgeable about all the dishes. There was one beer that we asked about that she was unsure about, so she asked another server to answer our questions about that. I would recommend this spot to most people looking to have a nice dinner with a few friends.

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friends birthday. Had a nice quiet table. Server was helpful and communicated our dietary restrictions accurately to the kitchen. Meal was delicious. Was VERY impressed that the manager noticed our meals and decided that the veggie portion was not to her liking. Our meals were brought out so we could get started while she had the chef prepare additional veg.

Only suggestion would be when you want to bless someone with a dessert for their birthday it would be prudent to check with someone else OR them if need be what they can have. A delicious chocolate dessert was presented that she could not eat. Alternatives were then kindly offered but I think it would be proactive to ask about gluten, allergies, vegan etc in advance

SF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal, as always! Our server Elizabeth was awesome! Thank you!

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 22 June 2019

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sarah. Hearing that Liz is awesome is not a surprise for us, she's the best! I'll be sure to pass on your comments to her. :-) See you soon! Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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FN
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate with some friends. We needed good food, good beer, a nice patio, and an atmosphere for catching up. This was definitely a good pick! Our waitress was also super friendly. They gave us blankets when it got cold on the patio and a birthday treat. We’ll definitely be back!

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 22 June 2019

I'm so glad to hear you and your friends had a great time with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon, Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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LK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience, the service is excellent! However the quantity for the price was not great. My dad got the chicken and waffles and it was a really small portion. When we asked the waitress why it was so small, she said it was usually inconsistent with size. So shouldn’t we pay less if we got less than normal? For the price we probably wouldn’t go back.

KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Father’s day brunch—flavour was great but meal was luke warm—attributed it to a busy day—will try again

MJ
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the Eggs Benedict and I found it to be average at best.
The biscuit the eggs sit on are dry which makes the meal not that enjoyable..

CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, friendly service, and a wonderful experience!

SC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I thought for the price it was not at all great. My salad had minimal toppings and the dressing was very oilly. The soup bowl was half full. The pasta dish only had like 6 noodles under it - really? Why skimp on things like this - for the price you should provide a bit more ingredients!! I would not recommend this place because of these reasons.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Server timing was off! As we sat down, server was there to ask what we wanted to start. Hadn’t even had a chance to open the menu.

MZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service at the Bauer Kitchen. All the food was great!

The Bauer Kitchen
Responded on 22 June 2019

Glad to hear you had a great time with us, Michael! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Megh Forrester Beverage Manager

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A
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu has changed since the last time we were there, more roadhouse style now - not as creative. The service was very good, with the server being very attentive. It was very loud, I would not recommend it for anyone wearing hearing aids.

S
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

great place for upper scale dining in the waterloo region

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