Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.3
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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.

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Proof offers a variety of private and semi-private event spaces in Uptown Waterloo. From corporate meetings to weddings, our team of Event Coordinators will work with you to bring your vision to life.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My husband and I went there for a late Valentine’s dinner. The hosts were very welcoming and our server was great. She was serving other tables, too so we had to wait for our turn for a bit but we don’t mind. The food was good and reasonably priced, too. Overall, it was such a wonderful experience. My husband and I are actually talking about found back there again.

C
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food--friendly service. Have been there a number of times and will go back again soon.

L
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great burger! Stopped in for a quick late night bite and was happy with how fresh and flavourful the burger tasted!

J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere and service is excellent. However, the Lamb Shank was incredibly bland but cooked perfectly. Maybe they changed chefs for the night or they simply forgot to season my food but I was disappointed. The duck wings and cheesecake were good, but not as good as I was hoping based on reviews.

MH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food with fantastic service. Alway enjoy the atmosphere and great dining experience.

KC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Super disappointed, sent my son there with his girlfriend for their one year anniversary. Food was wonderful
Service was not! Waitress did not come check on them to see how their food was, took away his gf’s plate with half her food and threw it out and was too busy socializing
Behind the bar so my son had to chase her down for the bill! For such an expensive restaurant I expect more from
Your servers! Was it because they were young? Unfortunate as we eat there regularly and usually the wait staff is great! And to boot they didn’t even give them a free dessert for their special occasion! Sent my son there to have a special time and I am disappointed with how you treated them!

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and comments. We are very sorry that the evening was not up to our usual standards. We appreciate the opportunity to get this right and make it up to your son and his girlfriend. If you would be so kind as to reach me directly we can discuss further how to make it right. Laura Umbrio General Manager 519-208-3333 lumbrio@proofwaterloo

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C
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Parking was difficult to find , we had to wait around 20 minutes to get a table even having a reservation. I found the food a bit on the expensive side.

AM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The ambience was amazing and parking was plenty. Food and mocktails were awesome

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The food quality was good but not fantastic and very slow. Our server was very friendly but was not professional. To much reaching in front of you and a little sloppy.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the entree. Definitely need more appetizer options!

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Absolutely garbage service. They were an hour late for our reservation. Sure, it’s Valentine’s Day, understandable. Then they tell us that the Valentine’s Day menu we reserved was sold out an hour ago even though we were guaranteed the menu. Okay, fine, they forgot about us. Then, we made our order, turns out our server 1. Forgot an item I ordered and 2. Left my girlfriend’s filet mignon steak BLUE. As in more rare than rare. I will never come here again - I regret not tipping $0.01 for how ‘great’ the service was.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello, thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. We are very sorry that the evening was not up to our usual standards. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss further and make this right. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at your convenienc. Laura Umbrio General Manager Lumbrio@proofwaterloo 519-208-3333

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TA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is great as always, we enjoyed our time there and will definitely come back.

F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Misleading menu option was surf and turf but in fact was steak with just a lobster bernaise sauce. Steak was very tough and over done. Duck was tough

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and comments. We are passionate about good food and great service, and it sounds like we missed the mark on your recent visit. I would very much like the opportunity to make this right if you would be so kind as to reach out directly. Warm regards, Laura Umbrio General Manager 519-208-3333 lumbrio@proofwaterloo

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TR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Proof was very busy as expected for the Valentines evening however, we weren’t anticipating to wait nearly 40min to be seated with a reservation. Server was very polite and drinks came quickly and we ordered. Both appetizers and main were very slow to come out. When the mains came out we had to send my wife’s back as the shrimp was very under cooked. We had all finished by the time her main came out. The manager was kind enough to cover my wife’s dish and send a complementary desert for the table which was nice. Unfortunately this did not make up for the overall experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the environment and personal touches and the food was great too!

ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was super fast and friendly! Food was really well prepared and tasted amazing.

CP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was average but the atmosphere and dessert on point. Service was great

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We always go to proof and a

DP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

My first time. I would go back but try other menu items. My wine had sediments in it, so therefore not as good a rating as I might have given.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved my dining experience so much (enjoyed the vegan polenta/sausage/ratatouille which was excellent) came back the next day for lunch (had the vegan burger- which was disappointing). Returning to the area in March, looking forward to bringing friends and family- rarely can I, as a vegan, enjoy the same quality of food as my carnivorous friends. Thanks!

S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a table for 8 people and we were in great area with very little noise and excellent service. We would go there again!

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Caesar salad was virtually without dressing. Wine is bit over-priced. The sponge cake with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce had too much sauce. Waitress very good and pleasant.

JW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

- Nice atmosphere, but way too loud
- Pricey menu
- Cod dish was way too rich/heavy and the cauliflower rice it was served with was almost non-existent, mostly bacon...disappointing for $30
- kid’s menu should have a cooked vegetable option that is kid-friendly (i.e., not “charred” broccolini and root vegetables)

KC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with wonderful food! Well done

JH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was so delicious. My husband had the best burger he's ever had. We would highly recommend. The place was buzzing.

JA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely dinner out to celebrate my birthday. The meal was delicious and the server made me feel very special.

AH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere

a
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I invited my spouse for a nice quiet dinner and tonight the choice was Proof Kitchen. I am not new to this establishment, it has been great here but tonight was actually sublime. Seated at a quiet spot with the music just right we enjoyed our food and Brian made some excellent recommendations. We had the breaded Cod Fritters which were presented on a nice, refreshing, little salad with a spicy aioli mayo. We ordered the special, a flat steak on roasted potatoes and veggies. The execution was perfect and the taste was intense especially when the veggies were done just right. My wife ordered the Butter Chicken Curry which was succulent and creamy. The chef at this place needs to have a big recommendation for the way their kitchen prepared the meals. The dessert was a creme brulee for me, the custard was nice, solid and cold while the sugar formed a delightful crust. The sticky toffee pudding was sugar coma inducing and the rum sponge was warmed just enough to make the icecream melt. All in all a very nice evening, we spend about two hours and enjoyed a chat, the food and company.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience.
Food, atmosphere, service, all excellent.
Thank you to Janice, Amanda, Ryan, and all others involved in a memorable visit.

CP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vegan options were amazing from their winter menu,

JD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always awesome being food and atmosphere. Great place for dinner

JR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall experience was great. Would love to see Nickel Brook on tap there :) and the only disappointment was the Mac & Cheers, was expecting more from the description, its more cream then cheese.

CN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente place, food was delicious and service was super too.

MN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An excellent meal with good service made for a great dinner out.

EA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite. The food and drinks are amazing and the service is truly above and beyond. A very special place because of the staff. Always go here for special dinners.

CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service. We will be back!

m
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

The food was great and my group and I loved the food but the service was terrible

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

very good food but was not hot. Otherwise everything was great

MI
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Have been there a number of times and was great
Main coarse was way below average . Tuna bowl was tasteless and lacked tuna .
Was more like a bowl of rice

DS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

I've been to Proof before and it has been ok most of the time. I booked a table for 6 and the booking was incorrect when I received my confirmation. I called to reconfirm the details. When my friends arrived they said they didn't have the reservation listed. The service was ok. The food was good. But what really annoyed me is that they wanted to charge me $20 for a bottle of tap water. I checked the bill with the waitress and she said that it was correct. The bill came to over $450 but they wanted to nickel and dime me on the water. I was very annoyed and it actually spoiled the evening. I did challenge it and they took the charge off the bill but it wasn't the point. I won't be rushing back