Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.4
960 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 960 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMelly
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service is always top notch! So happy they are able to open the patio back up!

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BobA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Free parking, a patio, a beer, and probably the best hamburger in the area.
Second COVID shot done. This restaurant is helping things get back to normal!
Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic experience! for our anniversary! The food is amazing!

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JacquelineH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service. One of our favorite spots for dining.

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NaviJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved this restaurant! The food was served quickly and tasted incredible. The staff were friendly

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SelenaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant, with great service & food! 10/10

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BogdanB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

all was good, thank you for your remarkable food and service

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clovergarden
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn’t expect the food in a hotel lounge to be so good. Excellent flavours in everything. It’s clear that the chef has a creative vision and excellent ability to create beautiful unique flavour palettes. We had homemade Caesar salad dressing, short rib tomahawk, a plate of pita wedges with tahini, hummus and warm olives and a chicken Tinga bowl. All were outstanding. We also shared a crème brûlée and we’re glad we did as it was huge. A delightful experience all around and we will be back!

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chrystala
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

great experience. felt comfortable as all Covid protocol was in place. The decor and atmosphere was great. And our server was outstanding ! We have a very nice brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was mediocre.
Staff are great.
Need a chef

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ScottK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

Great atmosphere and staff do a good job following COVID precautions. Nicely lit place for dining and decent drink selection.

Was disappointed in the food - we got the fish tacos and the spicy fried chicken sandwich. Both were bland and not very enjoyable. Maybe it was an anomaly with the food but it really turned us off from wanting to return to this restaurant.

Staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs.

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AlisonG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great!

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EmmaM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I tried this restaurant for the first time and enjoyed the food and ambience a lot. The interior design and layout are really nice and the food was amazing. They put a delicious twist on ‘normal’ food like their chicken sandwich (which I had) and it was so good. This is the perfect spot for drinks with friends or a semi casual intimate date.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service! Great food and a safe experience fo

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CHRISTOPHERL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Went for an evening out with my wife. Booked a table indoors. The server seemed scattered. My wife ordered an appetizer as her main and I ordered the vegan burger. Here dish came and went before my burger arrived so we both sat and watched the other eat. My burger was so tall that even after crushing it down, I still was unable to fit a bite in my mouth. Why make it like that. The patty was some in-house patty that was a bit mushy in the middle. Not good. Disappointing.

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JJCC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very good, and the service was excellent.

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ThomasG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are great. The chef is top notch and they keep the menu fresh with new options every season. They also use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. But don’t take my word for it, the Proof is in the pudding!

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KimberleyM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the cappelletti with lobster bisque! Service was great - consistently great dining experience.

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DevonA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worked at Proof, and keep coming back. Cocktails, food, date nights, even just a quick pint while I'm out wandering. You can't go wrong!

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JuliaP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Accommodated our group of two even with the new separate household regulations

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LArm
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

I feel the quality of the food has gone down and the customer service is very stiff and not as friendly as it used to be. There was a table beside us they was quite "lively" but it was not addressed. I likely will not go back as it's not as special as it used to be

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback concerning your most recent visit. We are sorry that the visit was not up to our usual standards! I would very much appreciate the opportunity to have you visit again. If you would like to reach out directly so I may make this up to you please email me at lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co. Thank you again, Laura Umbrio General Manager

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TimSchatten
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We were literally rushed by our server. We had no acknowledgment of our 5 year anniversary even though it was setup as that... Drinks were good and the restaurant. Our table didn’t look clean and the food was mediocre for the price... Tasted very frozen.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hello Tim, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent dining experience. I am so sorry that the evening felt rushed and we did not acknowledge your 5 year anniversary. I would love the opportunity to make this up on a future visit. Please feel free to reach out to me directly so that I may turn this around for you! Laura Umbrio General Manager lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co

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PCQC
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food and service was top notch. Even though we sat outside the area was warm, table still nicely set with outdoors plants and heaters surrounding us. Even though we had a time limit we never felt rushed. One of my favourite places to go

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vipLuke
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited with a friend for dinner on the patio. Our meal was the closet dining experience to pre-COVID vibes, while still upholding health and safety measures, either of us have had. The staff were engaging and attentive, the food was outstanding, all while still maintaining COVID standards. I will absolutely go back.

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Hmmm
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Incorrect order served, burgers were extremely soggy when served (buns were soaked), fries were wet as well, cocktail low value

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hello, thank you for your feedback. We are heartily sorry that your visit was disappointing. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further with you and hope to make this right. Please feel free to reach me at lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co Warm regards, Laura Umbrio General Manager

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vipSuzanneB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat on the patio , was perfect ! Thank you again Proof❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good service. The patio was nice and warm (it was 5 degrees out) fast service, friendly staff. I will definitely be back!

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MrCG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Throughly enjoyed dinner there. Steaks were amazing. Would definitely recommend it.

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Trevor
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of the best patios in town. Nice rotation of dinner options.

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TrevorM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Clean. Pandemic restrictions limit occupancy to 10. Indoor and outdoor option available. We selected indoors and enjoyed the meal. This is a well appointed and staffed restaurant within the Delta Marriott and I would recommend both.

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vipMarkC
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Restaurant was freezing!

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NicoleD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

The food, drinks and service was fantastic. I had the choice to book inside or out, I booked out because of the description posted about how warm it was made. I completely understand that the world has turned upside down but it was freezing in there. The one side of the tent was cut away where the windows are but with no hard seal to the building all it did was allow for the hot air to escape and cold air to come in. the top half of my body was ok, with a jacket on, but the lower half froze, it might be beneficial to have additional heaters lower to the ground, hot air rises. The opening to the tent was big enough for 3 people to fit through, having been a server I understand how big trays can get but this was just another way hot air got out. There was condensation dripping on us. I purposely didn't order steak because I knew it would get cold before I could finish. I loved what I ordered but I shouldn't have to worry about my food getting cold be as a consideration as to what I order.
All of the staff were amazing, polite quick and efficient. I am sure that the patio in the summer is fantastic.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hi Nicole, thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit, we truly appreciate it. The outdoor tents do have to meet a specific criteria from the city by-law in order to be considered "outdoor dining", which does prevent us from enclosing them any further, sadly. We are thrilled to hear that your enjoyed the service and food and drinks and we do hope to see you as the weather warms up!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was outstanding. Better than expected. Pricing on wine is curious. Cocktail pricing is great value. Need better insulation on the back patio. It was very exposed and cold.

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Jessica
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Took us an hour and 15 minutes to receive our appetizer. Then told we only have 15 mins until we have to leave. Got our meal 5 minutes later (only 10 mins left of our reso by the time we got our meal and drinks). I understand there’s a time limit but not fair to punish the guests for the kitchen taking an hour to bring our first course. We tried to eat as fast as we could and also had wine (I was driving) so was not willing to chug my glass. However, the waitress was extremely rude. Wouldn’t say a word to us because we were going over our time even though it was completely out of our control. Took our plates away in a hurry while sighing. We felt so much pressure it was not enjoyable to even eat. And quite the liability to pressure your guests to chug alcohol because your kitchen was slow.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge
Responded on March 10, 2021

Hi Jessica, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent experience. I am heartily sorry for the missed timing, resulting in a negative visit. I would love the chance to make this right. Please feel free to email me directly to discuss further. Warm regards, Laura Umbrio General Manager lumbrio@proofwaterloo.co

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Cree
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time visiting Proof and I will definitely come back. Our server, Sarah, was amazing, very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. We sat on the outdoor patio and I was a bit worried it might be cold but it was actually very cozy and I was able to take my coat off. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful, too. I would recommend coming a few minutes early just because the seating process was a bit disorganized, but I think that's only to be expected given the restrictions with COVID. I would recommend Proof to anyone! Thank you for a great night.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We sat outside on their winterized patio and it was super special. We weren’t cold and we had a warm cocktail that is o my available on the patio and it was spectacular!

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HH123
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing and knowledgeable servers who are willing to help! Their classic dishes (that have been on the menu for a while) are amazing! Ask servers for recommendations. The duck was a bit too chewy but the Cappelletti was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Looks nicer than expected inside. Service was a bit lacklustre but acceptable. Food was good for the price.

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FaisalR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

No one asked us for dessert. There was no attention given to us after our main server was finished his shift, except to hand us the bill.

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Anon
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and don't be afraid to take one of their "outdoor" tables as the heaters work so well we had to ask them to turn it down! It was nice to have some normalcy in our life with a dinner out!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Proof Kitchen and Lounge using the Order Online button. Proof Kitchen and Lounge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 208-3333.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge is rated 4.4 stars by 960 OpenTable diners.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://proofwaterloo.com/catering/#.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.