Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.3
515 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Cozy
  • Business Meals
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, Contemporary American, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am
Sat + Sun 7:00 am–9:45 am

Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:15 pm

Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm

Hoppy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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
At the corner of Erb W and Father David Baur 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
Jazz Brunches every Sunday from 11- 2 pm!

Squad Night every Thursday night with live music!
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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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, 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 515 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.0
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten at Proof several times. I can walk from my home. Every time I go the food is better. Good place to visit.

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ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere and service from our waiter was very good. We had to wait a very long time for our meals to arrive and the waiter did apologize for that. My Caesar was very limp and wilted but the shrimp (4 of them) were good. The others in our group said their food was good.

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

It was a nice experience. Special thanks to Emily !

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m
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall a great experience. The food was brought out to the table very quickly, and was very good. The bartender certainly knew what he was doing (I’ve been to places where there was a severe lack of knowledge - but that was not the case here). It’s a great place to go for a date, although the parking is a little confusing as the signs aren’t very well lit up (if arriving in the dark).

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal and enjoyed our time. We were a bit shocked to see your glass of wine was $18. That is excessive and outrageously expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Nice place, would have liked a wider menu though

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AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I didn't understand what they meant by high top seating vs standard. I asked for it and they sat us in an area surrounded by televisions playing hockey. They moved us nicely when we asked.

The waiter in the other section was very attentive and the chef's soup was excellent. I found the space a little too dark to read the menu, and my wife and I had trouble hearing each other while talking across the table.

So: food great! Dark and conversation with difficulty.

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r
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and exceptional service great ambiance

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Love the style, food, and service, but the noise level was far beyond acceptable. Our party of three had to bend over to each other to speak and be heard, even when speaking at very loud levels.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, ambience & customer service. Will be back again!

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DM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Proof is always a favourite for us. We tried it when it first opened and we keep going back. We like the seasonal menus but the popular items just keep reappearing.

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DE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never lets me down - always great food and service!

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W
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Overall the food was very good. The calamari was also delicious, however, some of the larger pieces had a rubbery texture. The ceasar salad was perfect, as was the dressing. My wife had the chefs' special and raved about how good it was. My steak was perfect, although there was a small area of it that was a bit tough. Neither of the small issues would put me off of going there again.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

There was an issue with the kitchen and service staff.
They seemed short staff for the amount of people they where trying to serve.
As a party of 5 we waited over an hour for our appetizers and another hour for our main courses. We did not complain as none of us were in any real rush. Had we had a performance or other appointment to attend we would have most likely left.
The food, once we received it, was excellent.
The good note about all this is that the manager on duty did make contact with us and provided substantial discounts on our meals and drinks. She did so on her own accord without any prompting from our party. Due to her attention and the quality of the food we will return and try this restaurant again.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Painfully slow service. Meal
Not bad, but they got the food allergy wrong, twice

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HP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Most of the food we ordered was delicious and beautifully put together. The menu has lots of options for those who are adventurous to old standards such as hamburgers and mac and cheese with a twist.
Our server was pleasant, attentive and didn't mind that we spent a long time chatting before ordering.
The issue for us arose after we had finished the meal.
First of all, we were charged $3 a person for water. This was the restaurant's own water, in unmarked reuasble bottles. This was not discussed before the water was brought.
Second of all, we ordered dessert "to go" which yes, might be a bit unusual... but the creme brulee we ordered was literally poured into a cardboard box. Perhaps it was meant to be served in a ramekin which obviously couldn't be "to go". Rather than receiving a puddle of creme brulee in the bottom of a soggy, leaking box, I think it would have been more appropriate for the kitchen to either alert the server to the problem, so they can discuss with the customer, or find an alternate method of sending the dessert as carry out. What a disappointing end to an otherwise lovely meal!

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good although dessert menu is lacking and then they didn't have one of the desserts so it was very limited. They did bring out a dessert for my daughter's birthday as I had written that on our online reservation so that was really nice. Took a long time to get someone's attention at the front in order to sign in our car (have to sign in your license plate # so free parking) as the machine was not working and to tell them we had arrived for our reservation.

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PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch there. Getting someone to notice us at the entrance was difficult. One guest, who came later, gave up and just came and found us. The food was excellent. Quick service.
One note: it's not a quiet place when busy. One of my guests has hearing issues and found it difficult to be part of the conversation .

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NP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, wait staff did all seem a little stressed with many tables but were obviously working very hard to serve everyone! Overall we had a great time! The parking garage was a little annoying though in that it’s a dead end with no where to turn around. I’d park outside if you have the choice.

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, music was a great selection and at a reasonable volume.

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K
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Oh, Proof! I love your food so much, but service always falls short. 40 minutes for lamb shank (the server will say 30 minutes but that is because it took so long to input the order)...really? Lamb shank takes two hours to cook so it would have been pre-cooked. So why 40 min ? The server said he would give me a brunch ticket to make up for it...but, nooo...no brunch passes, of course. Proof, you are much better than this.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent managers and brilliant waiter. birthday celebration with family was perfect.

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PB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, it exceeded our expectations for dining! Especially the fantastic service from Kyle who went above and beyond in making sure our dining experience was a fantastic one! Highly recommended you give this place a TRY!

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T
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and decor. Wish the service was faster for a group of 6, since we were waiting a while to get our order taken and to get our bills.

Mushroom ravioli and the Mediterranean chicken are not as big of a portion as you’d think.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was a lovely man. He was very good at his job.

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

I came to Proof for my 21st birthday and my friends and I had an amazing time. The food was amazing and they brought out four plates of complimentary desserts!

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J
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I am always happy when I visit Proof, good food, exciting menu and the service is always great.

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EU
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal here. Menu has a nice creative spin and enough choice to cater to most tastes. Prices are quite reasonable for the quality. Nice decor too. Wines by the glass are a bit limited, and I'd prefer to see a few more (and more adventurous) Ontario selections.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great spot to enjoy a meal with friends or your date.

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m
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there on a recommendation from a friend and boy was it worth it!!! I will go there instead of Toronto from now on .. I had bone in schnitzel. The food was amazing... only negative was the type of Gin they serve ...other than that 11 out of 10

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
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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LJ
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I have one of the best prime beef ever. Love this place. Keep it up!!!

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O
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
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 on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
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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