Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.4
484 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International
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Hours of Operation
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!
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Phone number
(519) 208-3333
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jeritt Raney
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Catering
Please visit our Catering page on our website or call us to find out more about our catering services.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Father David Bauer Drive
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Parking Details
All guests of Proof receive complimentary parking. Please register your licence plate at our host stand upon arrival.
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Entertainment
Join us for Jazz Brunches every Sunday from 11- 2 pm!

We have live music every Thursday night on our 100 seat Patio!
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Special Events & Promotions
Please visit our Private Dining page on our website or call us to for more information.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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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What 484 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was great food with awesome service. It was a bit noisy as there was a bartending contest happening in the next room. Not offensive and they did work at keeping us away from it but the contest are not a dialy occurrence. We will be back

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O
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Only issue was the calamari app portion was far too tiny and tasted like it had a mix of fried turnip pieces mixed in which made the portion even smaller. The drinks are fantastic, don’t do ordinary. Bar section gets over crowded or atleast it did the night I was there making it an uncomfortable walk through 40plus buisness men who seemed to purposely move very little. If they could fix one thing it would be to keep a clearer path to the restrooms from the dining as it really made my self and friend feel uncomfortable. The food was fantastic. The charcuterie was full of amazing flavours. I’d recommend to anyone looking to enjoy a night out.

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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was fantastic. The food is local and fresh.

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KL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, service was great. Our server, Kyle, was very knowledgeable about the food selections and checked in with us adequately along with his new trainee. Will definitely be back!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great! Food was amazing! Very interesting drink menu.. A bit pricey but overall very good experience.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly service, food was not what I had ordered they rectified the situation promptly. Overall great place to eat.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Food was fine, but the server gave us the impression we were an inconvenience. We were a group of 8, but the place was empty.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was great and the food exceeded expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Overall the dining experience was good but my girlfriend had the pork belly dish and got quite sick the next day I was thinking of calling them back the day after but had forgotten .it was the third time there and the food was excellent evertine so I don't wanna give a bad review on one experience I just hope others did not get sick from the dish that night

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was absolutely fantastic! The server we had, a gentlemen who I can’t remember his name was very attentive to our needs. I can’t say more about him as he was great! The food was wonderful and timely without a long wait! Value was reasonable and expected for this type of restaurant. The noise level was a little loud for us (they were hosting a wedding reception in the front while regular reserved guests were at the back - I appreciated them trying to distance us from the noise). I will definitely be going back!

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LG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great. Amber took great care of us.
Had no idea they had such a good kids menu.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One word... AMAZING! We have never had as much fun as we did at your establishment. When we booked on line it asked if it was for an occasion, which it was our anniversay. We were wished a happy anniversary from every staff member who assisted us, and after dinner we were brought a special dessert for the occasion.
Charlotte was nothing less than outstanding, what a host! She is a gem to your restaurant, couldnt think of anywhere or anyone that has made us feel as comfortable, important and fun as she and your staff did. She even posed for a pic with us to celebrate our special day. Food was teriffic. Cheers to all of you, what an experience!

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place, the best steak in town and awesome cocktail menu, with reasonable pricing

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J
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot to celebrate- burgers, beer, pasta, and grilled chicken. Good food, good service, good company :)

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Stayed at the hotel this restaurant is in, so I had a number of opportunities to sample the food. I was blown away every time! Food and drinks are great and the ambiance is lovely. Check it out if you can!

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

On a hot day, more shade on the patio would be nice. Even tilt umbrellas would be an improvement.
As for food.......asking for a hard-boiled egg seemed to create some consternation. For a ploughman's lunch.....based on a meal of cold meat and a hunk of cheese that would be packed in a farm labourer's backpack......a soft boiled egg would never have been considered. It was also a shame we couldn't wash it down with a pint of ale. Wimpy lagers just don't cut it with a ploughman's......but no other choice was available.

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DJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good lunch spot - not too busy and noise level moderate.
Food always excellent.

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SM
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fabulous, the service attentive without being over bearing. Would dine there again in a heartbeat!

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N
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

My husband and I drove from Toronto to have dinner for his daughter's bday. There were 6 of us. We arrived first and it took a long time before the server even acknowledged us. Then it took forever for our drinks to arrive. One of his daughter's ordered a mocktail (can't remember the name) but the other daughter ordered the same drink but with alcohol in it as she was not driving. When the drinks arrived the server did not know why one had alcohol in it and since they are under 22 they are not allowed to consume any alcohol if they are driving. The drinks had to be returned. I think there was some miscommunication between the servers. The food was delicious, we all enjoyed our meals and it turned out to be a good time. I would recommend this restaurant, however, would not drive 1.5 hours in traffic again to eat here.

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AH
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Stopped on way back to Toronto from Stratford - in the Delta Hotel

Upscale well designed aesthetically and service was knowledgeable friendly and attentive

Good portions and nice variety of wines - beers and appetizers

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D
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

You really appreciate a good restaurant when things go wrong and they now how make things right. Good food, nice atmosphere, good service. I recommend.

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TA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great cocktails. Very pleased.

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MI
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful night on the patio, great food, wine andcompany . What more could you ask for?🍷🍻🍴

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DW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Service was very good. One suggestion - clean the insects out of the overhead lights.

D. Wendland

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was good.

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RB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

The food and service were both great. I had beer but others enjoyed their cocktail specials. The outdoor seating experience was decidedly mixed. We were at a high top table outdoors, which was quite nice until the music started. What looked like a quiet guitar duo turned out to be banshees wailing as loudly as possible. It made conversation impossible and was just unpleasant.

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

PROOF didn't disappoint. I chose it for a business lunch because I knew it would provide a quiet venue for conversation. The food choices were outstanding and everyone enjoyed their meal. The only tiny gripe is that I would have appreciated a glass of water while waiting for my party to arrive

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is delicious. Restaurant atmosphere is pleasant. Very good value

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were once again not disappointed in the food or service. Our one criticism was quickly resolved by the server. We have been here several times and will go again.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I took a group of friends for breakfast.....all Proof first-timers. You didn't let me down. You lived up to my recommendation...and more! They'll be back for more, so the only question remaining is: when do I get my discount?!

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k
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent, waiter was amazing, food was very good enjoyed the whole outing . Thank you !!!!!

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

we both had the veggie burger - tasty but very crumbly/messy. the side salad was pretty bland. i wouldnt order it again unless it was without the bun and part of a veggie platter.

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really great food and service. Our first time at PROOF - we'll be back :)

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Had the steak and frites but I subbed the salad. Salads are pretty good here. Steak was super fatty - I would have sent it back but I was on a business lunch. This place is just ok.

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EM
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Father’s Day dinner. Day enjoyed the Sunday Roast and capped it off with a scotch. Great service!

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PM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance (love the warm, mid-century vibe) - the evidence: my husband, son and I enjoyed our dining experience on Father's Day at Proof Kitchen and Lounge. Our appreciation is also extended to Kyle, our affable and knowledgeable waiter, who provided us with excellent service.

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

This is a great looking but very noisy restaurant mostly because of being cavernous and without any acoustic damping - if anyone in your party has hearing difficulties this is not the place to eat. Sunday breakfast (from the menu, not buffet) for Father's day was expensive but not great quality. Cold, dried out home-fries/potatoes.. ugh. Server was very pleasant but overstretched.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at Proof is a consistently good experience, from the food to the service to the atmosphere. In the nice weather, love enjoying a meal out on the patio there!

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was a bit slow, but overall everything was excellent

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and quick professional service

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