The Bauer Kitchen
The Bauer Kitchen

The Bauer Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charcoalgroup.ca/main8.cfm
  • Phone: 5197720790x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Saturday: 2:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hodgson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Bauer Bakery Cafe offers a delectable selection of gourmet trays, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts for your next event! Pickup and delivery available (Delivery requires a $250 minimum order, with a $25 delivery fee).
  • Special Events: The Bauer Kitchen has 1 private room & 1 semi-private room that take advantage of the industrial aspects while providing a warm and approachable atmosphere for any group dining occasion. Contact Stephanie Lawrence for private dining inquiries: stephaniel@charcoalgroup.ca or 519-894-0110 x 0.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Allen St.
  • Public Transit: On the main 7 line heading to Conestoga Mall.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is plentiful! Stay warm and dry in our underground parking facility. Visit our website for a parking map: www.charcoalgroup.ca

    For restaurant location, click on the map link under our picture on the left of your screen.
A word from The Bauer Kitchen
The Bauer Kitchen is an energetic up-market 'bistro' set in a SoHo inspired, restored felt factory. The industrial steel, concrete floors, reclaimed wood and custom lighting combine to create a uniquely warm backdrop for your dining experience. Our Executive Chef Michael Hodgson has assembled a spectacular menu of classic items prepared with the freshest local ingredients. An extensive ‘wine by the glass’ menu has been created by our sommelier to pair perfectly with each menu item.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Bauer Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)good for groups (92)special occasion (84)neighborhood gem (82)notable wine list (61)great for lunch (53)hot spot (49)romantic (46)great for outdoor dining (41)late-night find (25)vibrant bar scene (21)great for brunch (21)kid-friendly (19)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Great place to eat.
    Lovemyfood
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I always love going to the Bauer Kitchen. Prices are good. There is a nice mix of people. I have been many times and intend to return as often as possible. A big thank you to all the staff there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High hopes - dashed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had heard great things so my wife and I decided to try it. The Oktoberfest menu was sad - prefab zwiebelkuchen and terrible goulash - disappointed (badly trimmed beef and cornstarch heavy gravy). With a glass of wine and a beer it was $90.00 and not worth nearly that figure.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hnter2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food and service was great , it was a relaxed atmosphere where we did not feel rushed at all.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable!
    casper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent server and service. Good menu. Nice ambience and ability to eat on the patio in suitable weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Lunch
    50somethingdaughter
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A truly enjoyable birthday lunch for my mother by all four of us! This was our first time here and it won't be our last! Not somewhere where you would go for lunch on a regular basis (due to price), but most definitely hits the mark for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The place and food are perfect for our family thanksgiving dinner !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, wonderful food
    Azurae
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The thing that really stood out during my visit was the service -- our server was incredibly friendly and efficient! The food was great and there was a large selection, easy to find something for everyone. The wine selection was also wonderful, and we found a new favourite. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good overall
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    have heard of this restaurant for some time now - have been wanting to try out - w went there for our anniversary - had requested a quieter spot and we were seated in the corner booth - very cozy. Ambiance was great and I was impressed by the nice variance in food options - from basic (but very tasty) steaks to more elegant dishes - nice selection for a small group that has different appreciations for food. Very happy with the wine list - excellent election of affordable wines that lets you experiment while not remortgaging the house. Definitely added to our list of must go places - on of the regions top 5 in our view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food choices
    DEBBie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had the Octoberlicious special - really nice for a lunch. I had a client who had a short deadline and the waitress was extremely good at keeping the service on track.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING
    Foody
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Reserved through OpenTable. The Charcoal group of resturants always deliver's great service and this time was no expection. We were taken to the best seat(booth) in the resturant. Service was amazing and the new food menu items fantastic. I had the new menu item of smoked ham shank and ... I could go back again already to have it. The presentation and quality of food at TBK never disappoints. The staff and the manager when over and above for the special occassion. Overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You will go back
    Daniel
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great service, vibrant and modern ambience, and fantastic food! Whether you're a wine lover, foodie, burger fiend, or simply love a trendy, modern scene, The Bauer Kitchen is a place you will WANT to go back to time and time again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Waterloogem
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had never been to Bauer Kitchen before but had heard a lot of great things about it, Bauer didn't disappoint. The food was amazing and you could tell it was freshly made and our waitress went over and above. A couple of small things though: the lighting in the bathroom was too dark and the menu we saw online was different then the one we had. The waitress did say that you just switched to the fall menu but online should reflect that as well. Overall though, great gem for Waterloo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for anniversaries
    ocb27
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was a little slow to start. Had a server then couldn't find them. Once we got a new server everything was great. Best steak I've ever had(tenderloin). Also they were nice enough to give us a desert and some champagne for our anniversary. Definitely will be back even though I live 3 hours away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Visit this area annually and was looking for a new restaurant to try. Aware of CG restaurant quality and vibe so eagerly booked it. A little bit pricey but truly enjoyed the food. Our waiter Brenton was excellent and very diligent. He made recommendations that we tried and we felt genuinely cared for. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not as good as we expected
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was good but not as good as we expected from the reviews we read. We also expected a more upscale environment. The restaurant is casual but comfortable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad but not spectacular
    LadyLocke
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dined here....the space is well done and we chose the bone marrow and calamari to start. The calamari was my favorite app as I found the bone marrow to not be quite cooked enough and much too rich. We both the had the Waygu burger which for $19 I expected to be much better. Over cooked, under seasoned and one note flavour profile- I found it all to be a little underwhelming. I do not mind paying $19 for a burger and a few sweet potato fries but I do expect that burger to be the best tasting thing and it just wasn't. I might consider going back at some point but it would not be the first place I would consider.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    HazziesaFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love the 'feel' of BK. It's hip. It's hot. It's a great overall vibe. I had requested a specific table; even called earlier the day of the reservation to be sure I got the correct table. However, when we arrived, it was not the table I had requested and/or wanted. Luckily the people at the table I wanted, were just leaving. BK was quick to move us right in to the correct table :) I was a bit surprised at the lack of service at the bar (whilst we waited for our table). In 10 mins, not 1 bartender asked us for our order?? This is not like my other experiences at BK, so I chalked it up to a one-off. Our appies and entreés were delish as usual. We closed the place down :) We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    kpopfoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had a wonderful time at the Bauer Kitchen, food was great, cocktails presented really nicely, great ambiance & fantastic service. Really made my birthday dinner special. Would definitely recommend to all my friends and would be a nice place to the parents for a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit
    TheRef
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have to say the second visit the food was outstanding. Had a small issue on the first visit and that was well taken care of by staff and especially the manager. Most places I have been to would not handle it as they did. Would recommend to anyone who enquired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First time here food quality was ok service was extreamly slow
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband and I were here for dinner for our anniversary and it was fantastic. We had been to the Bauer Kitchen once before for brunch and it was great but supper was amazing! The food was delicious from appetizers to dessert and the service and atmosphere was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Gathering
    Chris
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I chose this restaurant off UrbanSpoon, as I live in Toronto but needed a restaurant to host family from all over southern Ontario for my Grandmothers 91st birthday. We came on a Sunday night and the entire table was thrilled to hear the special was a Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings. Our server was fantastic, patient, lively, and flexible. The food was delicious! The portions were quite generous. The atmosphere and design of the space is gorgeous! They did up a little candle on Nana's desert. We had kids, adults and seniors and everyone was made comfortable. I hope to go back again when I'm in town. p.s. the bathroom soap smelled fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was great (although the pasta could have been a bit hotter); the service was excellent and overall very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bauer Towers Above!
    Smack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had an amazing birthday celebration lunch at Bauer Kitchen this past week ... delicious! Quick service, great food very nicely presented, and an unexpected birthday treat with our coffees which put a nice cherry on top of our experience. Will definitely be back, and we're bringing our friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant is a fun place to eat paired with a varied menu of carefully prepared dishes made with quality ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good experience
    vitito
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was great and the staff was very pleasant, will definitely continue to go back. Took our one month daughter with us and the noise level in the restaurant was perfect, not pure silence but appropriate dinner ambiance, she didn't wake up once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch meeting spot
    Waterloodiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is a great spot for a lunch meeting. The food is good and the service is very good. Be sure to ask for stable that is near a window - I find it is a little quieter. Great bar to meet for a drink after work too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak Tartar
    penny2cpVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I am so glad steak tartar is on the regular menu. They have specially made steak tartar twice for me a month ago and it was exceptional. Try the steak tartar from the menu tonight and it was equally as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two great lunches
    Harrogate
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've eaten lunch at TBK twice a couple of weeks, and consider it a great discovery (I'm from out of town). The first time I was hosted by a friend from KW; the second time I brought a guest from out of town. On both occasions the service and food were excellent. Both waitresses were extremely friendly, attentive without being intrusive, and really well informed about the menu. At lunchtime the menu isn't hugely ambitious but the food is well-prepared, nicely presented, and extremely flavourful. There's a good selection of wines by the glass. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit everytime
    Calgary123
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant consistently hits it out of the park with great food, a superb vibe, and conscientious staff. You can't go wrong at the Bauer Kitchen
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Sparky
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have grown up with the Charcoal Steak House since we were young and it still rocks however The Bauer Kitchen, Wild Craft are overrated. Have been to these locations twice where we have been disappointed both times. The service was very good in both restaurants but both times we waited close to an hour for our food and it wasn't even busy. On Monday when the food arrived it was dry and tasteless (probably sat under the heat lamps for quite a while). The ceaser salad was the best thing we had. It was my daughters birthday and she felt hungry when we left. Sorry but don't think we will be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Noteaplease
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I have always been at the Bauer Kitchen for lunch. This last time I had a late lunch and I sat at the patio. Only 2 other tables busy, therefore it was quiet. The waitress was exceptional. I had the steak with fries. The meat was "medium" as I had requested it. I found the fries too salty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    Laura
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to the Bauer Kitchen for brunch Sunday morning and absolutely loved it! The food was great and the service was unlike anything we've experienced before! Will definitely be back for drinks and dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Mike
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything at the Bauer Kitchen was generally good. Service was great, atmosphere was nice, the experience was excellent. We had appetizers, mains(steak, chicken pasta dish) and desert. Food was decent but not great. It wasn't really good enough for us to go back and have the same meal. But I would go back to try something else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TBK Salad and Calamari
    penny2cpVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was good as usual but the TBK Salad and Calamari were exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty much best restaurant
    Gixxer18
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Compared to all it's competitors, Bauer kitchen is one of the best balanced food to noise to fast service to great atmosphere. This place rocks. My new favorite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good For Me
    Candyman
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was a birthday dinner for my son-in-law. Your restaurant was the request of my daughter, she has been there before. My wife had a salad and duck, the duck was just so so. TI choose the daily special which was the veal parmesan. To be honest, it was terrible. The sauce tasted like left over tomato sauce, noodles and mixture was absolutely tastlest and the veal blah. After a couple of mouthfuls, I had the waitress take my plate, I couldn't eat the food. She offered to bring something else and I said no thank you, my stomach was all ready turning upside down and having trouble keeping it down. Sorry but I will not be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    maverick86
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service! Server was very friendly. Service was fast and food was delicious and priced well for quality. Ambience was lovely for our little group. Will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Bauer Kitchen: Wonderful!
    EatMoreGoodFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful service, great bar!!! The food is always fantastic...one of my new favs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AThistle
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Bauer Kitchen is consistently one of my KW faves. The food is always top notch, and my dining companions really appreciate the gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.