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Upscale contemporary dining experience - Proof Kitchen and Lounge, Waterloo, ON

Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.5
4.5
1695 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
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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, 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Global, International, Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (519) 208-3333
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Reid
  • Catering
    Please visit our Catering page on our website or call us to find out more about our catering services.
  • Private party facilities
    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. Please visit our website to see our Holiday hours.
  • Private party contact
    Fletcher Falls: (519) 208-3333
  • Neighbourhood
    Waterloo
  • Cross Street
    At the corner of Erb W and Father David Baur Drive
  • Parking Details
    All guests of Proof receive complimentary parking.
  • Entertainment
    Jazz Brunches every Sunday from 11- 2 pm! Squad Night every Thursday night with live music!
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,695 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,695 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very bad I had to return my plate and so that a few others in our table. The service was very slow It took over an hour and 20 minutes to get our food. I will definitely not be returning to this place

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  2. DianneA

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with friendly staff and excellent food. You will not go wrong picking this restaurant for an evening out.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was great. The eggs Benedict with home fries was outstanding. Everything was high quality and fresh. The staff was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be returning for more brunches here in the future. Only complaint was that it was very quiet in the restaurant, some background music would have been nice to make it feel more relaxing.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 18, 2024
    Hello! Thank you for leaving a review. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our The Eggs Benedict. We find it’s a favourite of our guests. We hope to host you again soon! We will make sure we work on the music. Cheers! Fletcher GM

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  4. RexA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and great ambiance. Meal was fantastic. A great experience .
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for your 5-star review! Our team works hard to make sure our guests have an amazing experience at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. We will share this with the team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.

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  5. kristenh

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kyle is an incredible bartender and you’re lucky to have him on your staff.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 14, 2024
    We're absolutely thrilled to receive your positive review and a five-star rating! It's fantastic to know that our service left a lasting impression on you. Thank you for your support

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  6. MichaelaA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding, the ambiance, lighting and sound allowed us to feel relaxed and enjoy the company of our guests. Our steak was a bit tough, but was compensated with a discount. Overall 9/10. We will be back
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 14, 2024
    Thank you so much for your 5-star review! Our team works hard to make sure our guests have an amazing experience at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. We will share this with the team to let them know to keep up the amazing work

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  7. DaltonT

    Edmonton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place, especially their dinner and drinks.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! For a hotel restaurant this is a must go in Waterloo
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 7, 2024
    We're delighted to hear that you had a positive experience at our restaurant. Thank you for your review. Fletcher GM

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  9. PaulaW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Proof many times for the Fish and Chips, both at Easter and other non holidays. My family has all made comments that this particular dish is outstanding. That was not our experience on Friday March 29 2024. The fish was doughy inside and very crisp outside (could barely be cut it was so crisp), and the fish flavour was vacant. My son did bring this to our server’s attention and one piece was replaced. From that point on, we didn’t see our server again and another server cleared our plates and provided the bill. My family is tiny, only 8 in total and we were very much looking forward to our dinner out at Proof. I’m not sure why the fish and chips dish was changed, but it was a really poor decision and experience.

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  10. LDueck

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We asked for a quiet, out-of-the-way table and they accommodated us. Great food and lots of great options.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on April 7, 2024
    We appreciate your review and the opportunity to serve you. We're glad we could leave a positive impression.

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  11. BB50

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our only seating option was a raised chair vs standard. I was certain that I selected standard in my choice on Open Table. However I cannot find that information now. In the end the raised chair was ok. However it would be worthwhile to determine where the error occurred. We found the wine prices high but the wine was of good quality. Food was more reasonably priced for the most part and of good quality. Service was consistently very good.

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  12. olegf

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and tasty. A great place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks here are always incredible, and the ambiance is perfect. Intimate enough that you can really converse with your friends, but still lively. Service has always been top notch as well!

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  14. ChantalP

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful! Our food was delicious! This is one of our favorite places and it never disappoints! Thanks for another great date night! See you soon :)

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  15. MathewA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience, thanks for your hospitality
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on March 24, 2024
    Thanks for the 5-star review, Mathew. You made our day! We look forward to hosting you again real soon.

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  16. LDueck

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I met my friends for Sunday brunch/lunch. I requested a quiet table and we were seated at a booth where we were able to hear each other and stay without being rushed. Great food!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to hang out after work, and with friends . Good music and service
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on March 24, 2024
    We’re thrilled you had such a great time at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. We hope to have you back soon!”

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  18. BryanL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solid choice to have a business acquaintance to have a hot breakfast and meeting. Food was great. I love that they have gluten free options. Would reccommend.

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  19. Moni

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night's "farm" themed Chef's Tasting Dinner was an outstanding and creative experience for our taste buds. Stories about each course from the team showed us just how much the kitchen values their local farmers. We loved the chance to try many new foods (like sweetbreads, tartar) and trimmings (for example, edible flowers, sea buckthorn, truffles, wild mushrooms chaga..). Pairings were perfect.

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  20. LazElaine

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top-notch service, incredible food, and an amazing atmosphere. It was my first visit but it won't be my last!

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  21. CraigP

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have never had a bad meal there, food is always great and Wednesday wine night is great value, our server forgot one of our apps ahead of the meal which he compensated free desserts for, overall a great outing.

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  22. LianneH

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, as usual. Service was excellent. Had a great time.

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  23. ChantalP

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was really busy and our waiter tried very hard to keep up He did a good job. The lady at the front cleaned a table for me so that I could have my requested booth. Everyone worked hard to ensure our date night was fabulous. Thank you Proof

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great, just attentive enough without being overwhelming. Ambiance had a pleasant vibe. The food was very good and portions were very reasonable.

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  25. GeorgeS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was very attentive - gave us the time we needed - food was very good - enjoyed our outing with friends.

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  26. IrfanG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very bland. Drink were great. Overall pricey for food quality.

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  27. MacKenzieW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, very kind and out going servers. Food was amazingly delicious and brought in timely fashion. The atmosphere made our group feel special.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    MacKenzie, thanks for taking the time to review us. We’re dedicated to providing our guests with the best possible dining experience and are glad that this was reflected in your visit. We look forward to serving you again. Thank you! GM Fletcher

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  28. PaulaL

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were staying at the Delta Marriott, so Proof Kitchen was very convenient! We enjoyed burgers for dinner the first night, and they were excellent… We did breakfast the next morning everything was cooked to perfection and hot… Nothing worse than cold food in my opinion… After a long day at the market and antiquing, we came back for dinner that night, and had the steak dinners.. I opted for the sirloin, which to be honest is not one of my favourite steaks, but it was juicy and tender and cooked perfectly… Our waiter. Both evenings was Darrell and he was very Chi the first night, but the second night he was quite funny, but both nights he was very professional and did a great job. I would certainly record mend this restaurant, and look forward to enjoying a meal There again in the near future kudos to the staff and the chef.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    Paula, thank you for picking our restaurant and taking the time to write this review. We're happy to hear that you had a good time. Our staff strives to ensure that every guest has a great dining experience, and we're delighted that you found our cuisine tasty and our service professional. We will be sure to recognize Daryl for taking care of you. GM Fletcher

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  29. kellyw

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had planned a long overdue girls' night and half priced wine Wednesday did not disappoint. The menu had so many fabulous choices and we were all very pleased with our meals. Our server was amazing!!
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    HI Kelly We're absolutely thrilled to receive your positive review and a five-star rating! It's fantastic to know that our service left a lasting impression on you. Thank you for your support! Please let us know who your server was so we can recognize them. GM Fletcher

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  30. MichaelA

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you we had a lovely meal our waiter Mati was amazing , the only thing was the scratchiness of the music No other faults . we shall come again!
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    Hello Michael, Thank you for leaving your amazing review we will be sure to recognize Mati for taking care of your table. GM Fletcher

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  31. NatalieR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at Proof! Our waiter was very attentive and also made some great recommendations! The restaurant was busy but the noise level was quiet and a great atmosphere. Will be back again!
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    We're absolutely thrilled to receive your positive review and a five-star rating! It's fantastic to know that our service left a lasting impression on you. Thank you for your support GM Fletcher

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  32. AbsolutelyT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really really good, except the butter chicken where the rice wasn’t cooked. Otherwise super happy with our dinner. 5 star food at a good price!

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  33. Bunys

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent, the service was incredible. I found it very loud with people talking, there isn't much noise buffer between sections. I'd go again! There's items on the menu I look forward to trying next time.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    Bunys, thank you for picking our restaurant and taking the time to write this review. We're happy to hear that you had a good time. Our staff strives to ensure that every guest has a great dining experience, and we're delighted that you found our cuisine tasty and our service quick. Fletcher GM

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  34. KrystalG

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Parking is a problem. Giving a license plate to only dine is frustrating. Service was fantastic! Food was good!! Glass of wine is usually offered 6 or 9oz at most restaurants whereas here was 5 or 8 and prices were higher. Very accommodating no matter the size of guests

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten at quite a few higher-end restaurants and was not expecting anything exceptional from a hotel restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised from the minute I walked in the door until I left. The wait staff ALL greeted us as I walk through the restaurant on the way and on the way out. NO exception… if I walked by them, they thanked us for coming and wished us a good evening. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable, suggesting portions, and drink ideas. I was there to pick up my granddaughter from the university and wanted her to have a special evening… it certainly was. We had the hummus appetizer to start, then the beet salad, and shared the vegan smash burger. Topped off with the truffle dessert. Everything was delicious! I felt like I was at a five star restaurant. Well done Proof! If I didn’t live three hours away, I would be there often :)
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    Our team loved your review, we shared it with the whole team Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We can't wait until your next visit. Fletcher GM

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  36. BethC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We very much enjoyed our Proof signature burgers and had friendly and attentive service by our server Mary and looking forward to going again in the future.
    Proof Kitchen and LoungeResponded on February 28, 2024
    Beth, Thanks for giving us a 5-star review! The team at Proof Kitchen + Lounge can’t wait to host you again.” We will make sure to recognize Mary for her service. Fletcher GM

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  37. Jrow

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food took so long and the food was dry and to salty

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  38. DanS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just had to wait to be seated even if I did booking in advance.

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  39. Ethan

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Never have I had such a sub-par dinner for 80 dollars. The shrimp was rubbery and tasted awful the salmon was dry, risotto was soupy, and the lamb shank was completely overwhelmed by an enormous amount of soggy fried onions

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  40. CC74

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was no bread offered at the table. The Coastal Risotto was gummy & not hot.

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Proof Kitchen and Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 1695 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Proof Kitchen and Lounge

110 Erb Street West, The Barrel Yards, Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    At the corner of Erb W and Father David Baur Drive
  • Neighbourhood
    Waterloo
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Global, International, Canadian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    All guests of Proof receive complimentary parking.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Reid
  • Entertainment
    Jazz Brunches every Sunday from 11- 2 pm! Squad Night every Thursday night with live music!
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (519) 208-3333
  • Catering
    Please visit our Catering page on our website or call us to find out more about our catering services.
  • Private party facilities
    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. Please visit our website to see our Holiday hours.
  • Private party contact
    Fletcher Falls: (519) 208-3333
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