Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.4
460 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Additional
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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Reviews from verified diners
460 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
58%
Very Good
31%
Good
8%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

D. Wendland

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was good.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Service was a bit slow, but overall everything was excellent

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Good food and quick professional service

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Kyle and Meagan were wonderful. The new menu displays the Chef’s sound food knowledge and confidence in the team. Our meal was well executed. Great attention to detail. As always we were made to feel as though we were the only guests in the restaurant.
We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I made a reservation for our Anniversary this past weekend, having never been there before. We were very happy with our experience! The atmosphere was fantastic on the patio, menu had a lot of options, including many creative vegetarian options! The staff was very friendly, and the food came out very quickly!
Overall we were extremely pleased with our experience

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere! Thanks for our anniversary desert! A great touch to cap off our evening.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was a good meal but the service was very slow. Probably as the restaurant was so busy and they did have a few very large groups dining there.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our family enjoyed a wonderful dinner celebrating birthdays. The food, service and ambiance was terrific. This wasn't our first or last visit. We have always enjoyed our dining experience at Proof Kitchen.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great cocktails, great food, great service. Really enjoyed my first dining experience at Proof. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Really enjoyed the patio opener last week. Great vibe..a real welcome to summer and al fresco
GM Laura is an awesome host and ensures everything is top notch.
Proof is a great destination for food and fun

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

GREAT HOSTESS GREAT FOOD GREAT BIRTHDAY TREAT
LOVE THE PLACE 😊😊😊

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We really enjoyed our experience and were really impressed with the 40 minute experience! Shocked to be back to UW in our offices by 1! Loved the coffee and cookie to go. The salmon lunch special seemed a bit stingy for the price. But otherwise a great lunch!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our server was excellent! He was thoughtful, attentive and shared recommendations with great thought and detail.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have been visiting Proof for the past 4 Mother’s Day weekends. This will be our last visit. Each year the food and service declines.

The experience started with us joining several other groups of people at the host station. There was no one in sight and the confusion grew as did the line of people. There was no acknowledgement of the wait or where to go once we were told our table was in the process of being prepared.

Our server was very kind and attentive. He did a great job in spite of the business of the day.

Our food was a big disappointment. Each person who ordered poached eggs received one that was so overdone it could bounce. The coffee was cold, even upon ordering a second cup. The hollandaise had congealed. The potatoes were no longer rustic, but akin to something one would receive at a diner. No manager came to see how things were going after logging our concerns.

Cold food, a lack of engagement and expensive pricing means that we will be looking elsewhere for celebrating special occasions in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day brunch! The food was delicious and very filling. The venue is beautiful. We had excellent service. Would definitely go back.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Don't go for breakfast.

Didn't know what to expect taking mom out for mother's day breakfast, but, what we got was the standard cold breakfast buffet of any budget hotel (cold bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a toast station).

Made 8:30 am reservations, settled in to some conversation, and was advised by the wait staff after 10 minutes that we had better get moving because the buffet comes down at 9:00.

Have had better experiences for dinner, but, would definitely not recommend for breakfast.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The Proof house burger is possibly the best hamburger I've eaten. Juicy and hot, on a beautiful bun and served with delicious fries!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Oor party thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Food, service, ambience were excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great place and very comfortable. Excellent serve too.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The restaurant / kitchen was very busy so there was a little wait for drinks, but appetizers and mains came smoothly . The dinners and service were excellent. Steaks and fries were as expected but the grilled vegetables were a true surprise.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

One of my favorite spots to go in in Waterloo. The food has always been fantastic and the service is friendly and amazing. I have been with friends, with my husband and would also go to Proof for a group function. A great place for lunch and dinner and can't wait to try their brunch. The wine list is small but perfect as they have a wine to please any pallet. My favorites are the chicken Bao and salads for an app, the Dragon Green Curry or tenderloin (one of the best steaks is KW) and a B52 coffee for desert. I will continue to go to Proof! Oh and they have onsite free parking which is not always easy to find this close to uptown Waterloo.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great experience, great food, and really great service.

The vibe was great and really enjoyed the food!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was excellent. Our server was great! Good recommendations and just let us enjoy a friend's night out checking in periodically but not over the top. Fun night out and I would definitely recommend Proof Kitchen and Lounge.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Tasty food including surprise chocolate dessert for birthday celebrator! Wonderful service by friendly knowledgeable server who made us feel at home.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Would definitely go back. Great quality food with an intimate atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The restaurant is pretty and comfortable, the wait staff were pleasant, and the food was delicious and arrived fairly quickly. I had a great time, I will definitely go again!

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