bloom.
bloom.

bloom.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bloomatconestoga.ca/
  • Phone: 5198850300x5244
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 1:45pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:45pm - 7:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Paul Torrance C.C.C
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weber
  • Public Transit: King St. And Weber.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: If you are planning on joining us by car please enter the "East Entrance" parking lot off Marsland Street. At lunch time you will require a parking pass. There will be a student standing outside the "East Entrance" door to greet you and provide you with a pass. There is no parking pass required for dinner service but you may still look forward to being greeted by one of our students who will be waiting to direct you to the dining room. Thank you for your support of student education.
A word from bloom.
We invite you to experience bloom, the student-run restaurant of Conestoga College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program.
Our full service, upscale dining room offers exquisite 3- and 4-course meals and has recently been recognized by the Wine Spectator Magazine as having one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world. Aspiring Chefs and Restaurant Managers gain real life experience applying the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, by preparing and serving high quality food under the watchful supervision of our industry expert instructors. Please come and join us as we educate, eat and experience.
We look forward to serving you soon.
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bloom. reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (5)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was outstanding, portions were good. For the price you pay, this is hard to beat. We will continue to dine here as often as we can. Thanks to all the staff and students. Good job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food is always outstanding, and for the price you pay, this is a real good deal. We always look forward to our next meal with you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Marks Again
    Seonaid
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This Blooms restaurant at Conestogo College in Waterloo Ontario is a gem! Always exceeds expectations with the caliber of food, service, atmosphere. Gives an opportunity for guests to sample interesting dishes at very reasonable prices. Will continue to frequent this place and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming!
    Good2Eat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Alex was our table 'maitre' and he was absolutely charming. The courses were delicious and well presented. Portions were ideal. Everyone a the table agreed Bloom's was going on their list of favourite places.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet Food at Non-Gourmet Prices
    Mike
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Despite the fact that the restaurant is in a school and you have to walk through white, sterile hallways to get there, they've done a good job in setting up the room itself so that you feel like you're walking into a fine dining establishment: carpet, soft lighting, beautiful decor, soft music, and a maitre d' to take you to your table. The food was superb and artfully presented. The portions are not large, but adequate, especially in light of the relatively low prices you're paying for this quality of food. The service can be a little hit-and-miss (the waitress did not introduce herself and forgot to bring the condiment cart by for one of our meals), but this is excusable in light of the fact that they're still learning. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 211 reviews are from the bloom. reviews archive.
  • A nice night
    ClassProject
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My recent night at Bloom was alright but a little bit of a let down. The food was mediocre at best but the atmosphere and service were enjoyable. The menu I expected wasn't what was served (I had been expecting fish and chips) and that was part of the problem. The choices we were given were alright everyone at the table had issues with the food from iot being over/undercooked or weird sized portions. I've been to Bloom a couple times in the past and this has never been an issue.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectible
    Seonaid
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Once again an impressive meal...kudos to all who made it happen. And the good news is we can enjoy this treatment all summer, too! Looking forward to more delicious lunches at Blooms! Will be checking the website for the summer menus.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels Galore - great sauce
    Juhani
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The meal was superb, the mussels plenty, the sauce was finished off with the fresh bread, every last drop!!, the dessert was excellent (I didn't find any calories!!!!) The fish had a light beer batter nice and crispy, the fish was firmly flakey, not mushy. The service by Jason was entertaining, timely and the best server by far, he wins the GOLD FORK award. See ya next year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterloo Gem
    Terezinha
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I've lived in Waterloo for 8 years and I only just discovered Bloom. You'd never know it was there, since it's tucked away in Conestoga College's Waterloo campus. Worth the walk through the school to get to Bloom - amazing food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant is tha product
    Mervyn
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This restaurant is tha product of a catering school, the emphasis is on the food and service not the ambience or location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Kiwi
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We went as a group of 7, within reasonable expectations, all of which were exceeded. The server was attentive and ordered all of dishes exactly the way we needed (food allergies). The food was hot, delicious and portions were perfect. We will definitely try Bloom again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Student Restaurant
    NebbieVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I had an Asian themed dinner at the bloom. restaurant. The restaurant is run by the Conestoga College as a student kitchen. The food is decent, students had few good tries at the Asian cuisine, including steamed baozi, chicken satay and mie goreng. Overall, the food is a bit too salty and did not come out as authentically Asian. It was still very much enjoyable given the attentive service and a good drink menu. The whole dining area is located in a windowless classroom, a bit tacky. But you need to appreciate it for what it is as a student demo restaurant. $60 for app+main+desert for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasions
    Juhani
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    They respond to special events and seating very quickly and expertly, we had a special treat for our 42th wedding anniversary dinner just recently, the cake was absolutely delightful, ate every last crumb, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, like chocolate heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious, the
    Marie
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food was delicious, the food presentation was chef-quality, the service was very attentive, prompt, and not invasive, the atmosphere was pleasant and quiet, the food cost was surprisingly affordable and very reasonable. The wine was great and not overpriced. Overall, a great night out and experience to make us want to come back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was a little slow
    Nikki
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Service was a little slow and mixed up, Beans in the soup were under cooked. But over all, it was a nice meal and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    JJ2014
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    First time visit for my friend and myself on her suggestion as a gift for her birthday. I was very pleased with the gift of our lunch at Bloom. The food and service were top notch, and we had lots if time in a quiet atmosphere to chat and enjoy our time together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our wait staff was not good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Our wait staff was not good, didn't get water, or bread until we asked for it .. Our meal took a while for it to come out other table got served before us.. The dishes that came out were notexplained to us like the last time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad day for the cooking students
    CanadianFoodie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I have been here a number of times, but I have to say I was disappointed this time with the quality of food. The menu was italian, and they had only one item that was a veg entree. I order the veg pizza and it came with a burned crust, topping were okay, but no flavour. Service was excellent, and reception cheerful. I would go again, but I would think the chef in charge should step up his supervision.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • valentines special lunch
    CandC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had been taken to bloom once before, but decided it would be special to bring my husband for valentine's day lunch. He was pleasantly surprised by the room, the service and especially the food. We will be return customers and will bring some.friends.with us next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at great price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great food at great price. Students worked very hard to please. Came home and booked a few more reservations to try different theme nights.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Valentine's Treat
    Ameal2die4
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This was a special evening and we've been to Bloom a few times in the past. Just as before, we were very happy with the quality of the meal and with the enthusiastic attention we received from the servers/staff of the Bloom restaurant. We had a good time. Of note - the young lady who prepared our Caesar Salad gave us a history of the Caesar Salad as she was creating it. That little touch was fun and added to the occasion. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    jojomomma
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This was our first time to Blooms. We had the beef tenderloin which was superb. I am gluten intolerant and Blooms has great options. Just let them know when making your reservations. We had read some of the reviews and were a little hesitant. We went with the attitude that these are students learning the trade . Our waitress was very attentive and the hostess as well. The meal was delicous and our dessert was cherries jubilee, done to perfection. I would highly recommend Blooms. The price is fantastic and the experience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines' Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The experience started out a bit on the negative side - but when the main meal arrived - outstanding - the beef you could cut with a butter knife - done to perfection - compliments to the chef. The wait staff have a few things to work on ... we had to ask for bread twice and when arrived no butter - had to ask for that. Wait staff need to serve properly and not reach over for client's dishes to serve others, they need to be aware of filling up water, bread and wine. The floor manager was great and very good at keeping everyone comfortable and his advice towards wine selection was excellent. We are returning for the Asian evening with another couple and are confident in another fine meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent prices for the quality
    Neilson91
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Excellent prices for the quality of food you receive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Overall a nice evening out. Chicken dish was bland however and presentation was the same. Pork dish was OK but was heavy on the flavour of Sage. A matter of personal taste I suppose. Would we try again, absolutely and will do this season.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bloom Conestoga College Culinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    The best value in KW . We have never been disappointed here the food service and ambiance are always very good the students always do a great job, I can't say the same for some of the "upscale place we have been to here which are often over priced, poor service and mediocre food. KUDOS to the students and the faculty at Conestoga College. Reservation system and reminder are also great add on to service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, modest grub
    carroll
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We enjoyed our experience, as usual. The students make a real effort to make guests feel welcome and I appreciate that very much. The onion soup was stellar, but the rest of the meal wasn't. The under-seasoned pork was not hot enough and the mixture of "ancient grains" was dull. There was no chutney on the plate. Also, two pieces of pork would have been adequate for lunch. My friends enjoyed the creme caramel. My ice cream (ice milk?) was frozen solid -- it had been plated and then popped in a freezer, without the raspberry coulis or cookies. This was the moment when the server faltered. I pointed out that the ice cream was inedible and wondered about the missing components. I got a deer-in-the-headlights response and she wandered off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Job everyone, just need
    marshallmcp
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Great Job everyone, just need to remember your a team. Even if it is not your job if you walk by a table that needs water fill up the cup. It was your first service of the semester so other than that it was amazing. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, pretty good food
    carroll
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We found the pear and parsnip soup to be flavorful but it needed a touch of unctuousness, some yoghurt perhaps, given that it was lightly curried. The flan had garlic in it, usually a big mistake in a custard, especially since two of us got big, off-putting mouthfuls of garlic. In such a small flan I would have chopped the mushrooms more finely. The osso buco was tasty but not tender. The saffron-infused risotto was gummy and too al dente. On two of our plates the carrot coins were burned black on one side -- the hidden side. That was naughty. The dessert was pleasant but needed some serious dark chocolate. The coffee was great. The servers were terrific. We were charmed by how seriously they seemed to take their work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always Bloom was top notch,
    Mervyn
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    As always Bloom was top notch, their are some limitations primarily due to the fact that the facility is the product of Conestoga College's school for catering. Carry on with the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall is a good place for
    Kitkit
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Overall is a good place for dining out . Experience the French style cuisine . Price is reasonable and services is good . Menu change weekly to attract me to try again .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I suggest that this restaurant only being open for six weeks this term, and operated by students, would put most retaurants to shame. Great food, service was good if a little nervous. Can't wait to go back. Well done to the faculty and students. Ian john
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet Blooms
    blender
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    The buffet experience at Blooms was terrific. The food was first rate and the 1st year server was very conscientious. I would recommend this program to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with friends and had
    BB6905
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Went with friends and had an enjoyable experience. It was buffet style and there was an excellent selection. Food was fresh and made just right.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, affordable, unique.
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Quite simply a unique destination not to be found anywhere else in the region. The chance to both support local students education AND enjoy a delicious, fairly price meal should not be missed! We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/fair service
    HungerGames
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    The food was really good. It was nice to try different food which I would not normally order on a menu. The service was ok, waiter was very inexperienced and did not have a lot of knowledge. Overall a good experience, would try again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Efforts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    My wife and I enjoy eating at Bloom because of its unique experience. The students of Conestoga College getting hands on experience from the public, makes the dinner that much more satisfying. Good food, great price and solid efforts from all how helped us out. We will be back again to see where these young Hospitality & Culinary students progress to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night out with the girls
    Raisins
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Excellent dinner. Ample parking with signs to show us the way to the restaurant. We were greeted with big smiles and a "Welcome." Our coats were hung immediately after we arrived. The service was attentive but no overly so. We enjoyed a wonderful Washington red wine. The roasted corn and potato chowder was served piping hot and perfectly seasoned. Beef tenderloin, though small in portion, was perfectly cooked - medium rare. We were able to talk without shouting. Forgotten cutlery was quickly brought for dessert when asked along with a gracious apology. It was a thoroughly delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Kept Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This is a fantastic venue, the servers did a great job, very friendly and approachable. The food was amazing and very well presented. I would definitely come back and bring some friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Bloom
    TorontonianInKW
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    My mother and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Bloom last week - excellent and unexpected flavours thoughtfully presented. The meal and experience were worth far more than our wee check reflected. I noted an allergy in my Open Table reservation and expected it would preclude me from enjoying some elements of the meal given the set menu. Upon arrival, the server was aware of my allergy, which was accommodated in every element of every dish! A special portion of the menu dessert had been prepared, which was such a nice surprise. Beyond the personal attention, everything we were served was wonderful and beautifully presented. These are obviously passionate professional chefs with very bright futures - hopefully we can keep them in the K-W area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet