Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.4
568 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there for a lunch with coworkers. The food was delicious, the service was fast and staff was very friendly.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Have been many times.
Service, food entrees and quality have always been excellent.
Staff has always been attentive and friendly.
Pricing is in line with other equivalent restaurants.

I have been many times and recommend and have taken family and friends.

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KO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We both had the Express lunch. Quick and delicious and it included a cookie! Yum!

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pleasantly suprised for a restaurant attached to a hotel, but once again Marriott/Delta stepped to the plate. Enjoy your visit.

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CJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

I brought clients in for lunch and was rather embarrassed at the length of time we were left waiting
to order. The restaurant was not busy. After discussing a dairy allergy with the server and asking to have the meal prepared without cheese, it arrived with cheese...after another long wait. The poor woman then had to wait again, while we ate. This server was not very good...didn't seem to care. I've had much better service in the past.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I shared our birthday dinner at Proof, and it was a fantastic evening, and we will be back regularly.

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were very pleased with our food, table selection and waitstaff. It was early in the day for lunch, so the noise level was good enough to converse, which has not always been the case. As I had mentioned a birthday celebration, we were delighted to see a special treat for the birthday girl!

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took a chance on Proof not having been there before but we heard a good review from a friend and decided to try it out. We absolutely LOVED Proof. The whole place is calm and lit perfectly, a great place for dates, even an anniversary dinner, a night out with your parents, your significant other, your friends, etc. The food was delicious, steak was done to perfection - the butter shrimp is AMAZING. Honestly, my favourite spot right now. We will definitely be going back again - maybe for their squad night :)

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good on all accounts. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Appetizers in particular were delicious. Tacos and steamed buns with chicken.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, service was excellent, dinner was great! Will recommend to friends.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Previous experiences have been better regarding the food. I ordered the butter chicken because I had it before but this time it wasn’t hot.

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r
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. The portions were large and the ambiance was cool . Our server Jeffery was the best. Would recommend Proof to anyone

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W
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Customer service was excellent! Even though very busy the wait staff welcomed us and were attentive throughout our time. Will be back

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Restaurant is inside Delta hotel. Decor is very nice, and there are lots of separated areas, but noise level was very high. For a high end restaurant, there were a lot of kids playing, babies crying; which increased the noise level, but even after they had all left, it was hard to carry on a conversation over the table without raising your voice.

Restaurant was great at accommodating allergies. The manager brought out all of the dishes after ensuring there was no contamination.

Food was excellent. The taco appetizer was unique and delicious. Had the reuben sandwich with side salad. Salad had a strong dressing, almost pickled. Very tasty. Reuben sandwich was piled high with brisket, not just store bought processed meat. Could tell ingredients were quality.

Dessert menu was a bit limited with only 4 options. We had the deconstructed cheesecake, which was tasty, but was a bit small and was mostly fruit. Would probably skip dessert next time. Coffee and tea were both good. Didn't get charged for water thankfully, but had expected it from the menu.

Service was very good. Waiter was attentive, and accommodating. Came by multiple times to see how we were doing and if we needed anything else.

Overall a good experience, but probably would not go back for dinner due to the noise.

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

the romaine lettuce seemed saugy and almost past the prime, lamb was generous portion, coconut ginger soup was ok

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Made a reservation for a high top table at 8:15. The table I had reserved wasn't ready. Defeated the purpose of making a reservation.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I went to Proof for Valentine's Day dinner with my fiancee and had an excellent evening there! The food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced for a more upscale restaurant. Because it was busy we did find the service a bit slow, but it didn't dampen our overall experience.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had the Quebec Scnitzel however we have had it about a year ago and was so looking forward to it again but it wasn't quite the same Thicker and then reading was very course So a little disappointed

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s
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have nothing bad to say about this place. The staff were amazing, the food and drinks were amazing and the ambiance inside was fantastic. I thought the menu was pretty diverse and interesting as well and can’t wait to go back and try more food. I think I’ve found my favourite go-to place.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Brunch was lovely and we especially enjoyed the $5 Cesars. We felt a bit of a delay off the start getting our drinks and taking our orders but the food came out right away. Likely our fault as we were a little late for our reservation. Great experience and would recommend!

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was outstanding!
Food, atmosphere and value are spot on.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great place . This is an amazing place to eat and chill

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LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our Sunday brunch experience. Daniel the waiter was super attentive. Jazz vocalist was fabulous. Food came hot and plentiful. Loved the macaroons at the end of meal. Well done everyone!

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CN
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was an amazing experience. We really enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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PW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Our waiter was really slow, I wished I knew my chicken bowl dinner was going to be all served cold, even the chicken was grilled but was cold, the mushroom ravioli, was a big surprise for my guest for there was only 6 ravioli on this big plate , just an FYI, if you plan to serve Polish Vodka to a brush of Polish girls make sure you place the Vodka bottle in the freezer, not serve your guess wash Luksusowa Vodka. Not a really great dinner to celebrate my birthday. The desert was the best part , although I finished my dessert before my cappuccino arrived.

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RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was super hot and delicious!! Nice sized portions! Service was great!

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great restaurant to attend except on a Friday night if you’re hungry. Between the time I sat down and got the main entree it was one hour. Thankfully the manager deducted the appetizer from the bill and included a birthday desert platter on the house for the long wait. Will define go again.

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PP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, great options for a vegan but our server Kyle made all the difference!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was very delicious. The service was slow and almost nonexistent. We have been there multiple times and had great service.

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y
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was great but where we were sitting (for 2) was in the vicinity of a large, very loud group. We had to shout to each other to be heard. Not really an evening to enjoy each other’s conversation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Made reservations for brunch on my bday. When I got there they had stopped serving brunch, after the website gave me the option to book that time a lot specifically for brunch. Then I asked if it was possible to still have the 5$ mimosas, and they couldn’t do that either. The customer service was awful. I work in customer service, and this was their mistake! I was hoping they would’ve done something for me but they just did not care. I will not be going back again. Very dissatisfied.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good meal in a pleasant space backed by excellent service. Our party of five enjoyed choices from the eclectic menu, which included an excellent steak, fish and chips, and a butter chicken "bowl". Everything was well prepared and beautifully presented.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for romantic date night. Excellent food, excellent service. Very nice atmosphere. Would go back 100%!!

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k
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the Wild Mushroom Ravioli which was a tasty vegetarian option. Speaking from a vegetarian/vegan point of view, it would be nice if future revisions of the menu highlighted which meals were vegetarian/vegan. Also, I found the dinning room area a little too dark. I don't know if it's normally that dark but a little more warm lighting would do well.

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been to Proof for dinner and drinks about 5 times now and it's always incredible. The libations drinks are always unique but delicious. The food is always amazing and there are so many different options that you don't see at other restaurants. I also noticed a seasonal menu change which is wonderful because even though the food is incredible I love the fact that I get to see something new every few months. Good job Proof! Keep the good food coming ;)

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Lighting was very poor for seeing our menu. Music was very loud. We asked to have it turned down a bit, but that didn’t happen. Hard to talk and hear people at our table.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Way too long. Been here for 3 hours!!! Still waiting.......

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our table of 10 enjoyed a wonderful experience on new years eve. Great menu..higher end items for those who wanted it and burgers and sandwiches for those who were wanting more moderate dining. Great service timed perfectly..not too rushed and not slow:)

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the 1st time I was there and I would absolutely go again. The food was scrumptious, the atmosphere lovely and the service was friendly but not intrusive. The price point is excellent - great value.

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