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The Bauer Kitchen
The Bauer Kitchen

The Bauer Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charcoalgroup.ca/main8.cfm
  • Phone: (519) 772-0790
  • 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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 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 occaision.
  • Private Party Contact: Jordan Hobbs (519) 772-0790
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 occaision. Contact Jodan Hobbs for private dining inquiries: jordanh@charcoalgroup.ca or 519-772-0790.

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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I went to Bauer Kitchen to celebrate an anniversary and Kathryn took great care of us. From coming back to professionally pour our wine, to offering complementary glasses of champagne to acknowledge our celebration. The food was delicious and the wine selection was outstanding! A dinner to remember and a place we will visit again soon without a question."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The Bauer Kitchen offers some delicious and massive plates. The meats are cooked to perfection and the sides are carefully prepared."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A restaurant with casual modern dining in Waterloo. The plates from appetizer to dessert each a creative expession of what food can be when mixed with passion. Service levels are great, without the annoying "is everything alright". Meal was perfect from the Brie with smoked bacon and pickled canaloupe, to the Chicken Supreme. Only minor complaint....expresso was weak and a bit watery...but I was there for the food. 5 star"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I'm a frequent patron to Charcoal restaurants and have been to The Bauer Kitchen many times. Gilian was our server and was the best I've ever had at this restaurant - she was always there, yet didn't rush us as we like to take our time when we go out on dates. The food was delicious, and the wine was great. A little more pricey than other places, but for great service and a booth, I can't complain. I highly recommend the patio in the summer as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Heidi was attentive without being obtrusive. Knowledgable about the food and beverages. Very pleasant! The food was quite tasty. The last time I was there I thought the food was just so-so and a little expensive for so-so. This time I thoroughly enjoyed the flavours. Food arrived hot!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our visit didn't start well. We were seated a little apart from other diners and I think they forgot to assign our table. After 20 min a very apologetic server came over and took our order. The food and service after that point was outstanding, and they comped our dinner and put a rush on it. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "the food was great but the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My family of four celebrated my birthday at the Bauer Kitchener on the recommendations of my daughter who suggested we try somewhere new for dinner.I was impressed with chic, upscale atmosphere yet at the same time it felt very casual and upbeat. All of our food was very good beginning with two appetizers we had ,our main course the prime rib was delicious. I am quite picky about food and appreciate good food which is sometime hard to find when you dine out. I also loved the booth that my my family and I were seated at( corner booth )which seemed more private but it also felt like we were apart of the nice atmosphere The noise level was decent you could carry a conversation without yelling.I will definitely return to the Bauer Kitchener.!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our experience was fantastic and our meal was very delightful!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Good food with very attentive staff who seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy our meal."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Delicious upscale menu with a great ambience and excellent service."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I went to The Bauer Kitchen for my birthday dinner. I chose it based on good reviews from my friends, and it did not disappoint! I had the roasted salmon and it was delicious, most people at my table had the steak, one person had duck confit, and another had the chicken supreme. Not one bad thing was said about the food, and that doesn't happen often with this group of people. The service was a little slow at times, but our waitress never stopped moving, she was just having a busy night and kept a smile on her face the entire time. I don't remember her name but she was very pleasant. I also like how the kitchen area is viewable from the dining room, we were sitting right infront of the kitchen and it was very interesting to watch."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Tables are too close, and you can hear other peoples conversations. It is also extremely loud."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Won dinner through a st Patrick's day poetry contest.Absolutely a fantastic prize. Dinner and portions of food were amazing.dinner was served quickly and each one was a work of art .Displayed and presented with a smile. Each and every host and hostess were dressed in black very classy.Everyone was friendly and never stopped smiling or working. The restaurant was a hive of activity from the time we arrived until finished dessert.Will definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family.Thank you for a fantastic dinner .Strongly recommend making reservations early as the restaurant filled very quickly at supper time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "this is a great spot to meet friends and have an enjoyable dinner with easy conversation. I met a friend for dinner and spent several hours enjoying great food while we carried on a conversation without constant noise or interuptions. I had a great hamburger and my companion enjoyed one of their unique pizzas, all without feeling that we were being rushed out after we ate. I eat here often, and will certainly continue to do so."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great experience overall. Welcoming staff, amazing food, very clean and would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was okay, and the service was friendly. We ordered the pulled pork nachos and the romaine salad with grilled salmon. The pulled pork nachos were tasty, though there was limited pork and some of it was dry. The romaine salad was ordered without croutons, but there were a large amount of croutons at the bottom of the salad that needed to be picked out. The salmon was grilled and tasty, and the portion was generous. I could not finish the salmon, and left more than half, however, rather than asking if I wanted to take it home, the waiter placed my husbands plate on top of it before I could say anything and wasted a large lovely piece of salmon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wonderful .. I will visit The Bauer Kitchen again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "One of us really wanted garlic bread and it was not in the menu. We asked our serve Anna and she was glad to ask the kitchen and see what they can do. The result, the very best of the best garlic bread my friend ever had as far as she can remember. We will ask again next time. To be fair, we didn't expected it would happen because it was not in the menu. It was very nice of them to go the extra miles to please their customers."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Excellent hamburgers and sweet potato fries. We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The bauer kitchen is a great place to go if your hungry and want to dine in a little more upscale restaurant than your basic road house. The food is very good, cooked fresh. The service is excellent. Overall a very nice evening with my wife."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was a FANTASTIC choice for my husband and I!! We had never been and it was amazing. Right from the get go the service was amazing, she was able to suggest a wine for us and it was perfect. She was very attentive to our needs and made sure we had everything we needed. The food was AMAZING - way more than what I had expected. We would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went here for lunch earlier in the week. Our waiter was a younger gentlemen from Ireland. He was very energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend going back!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I enjoy my time at BK. The food is always outstanding, and I love me some good wine, and their wine list does not disappoint. I was a bit disappointed they don't include the 'pairings' on the menu anymore (obviously I haven't been there in a little while haha). I had told my dinner companion about the 'pairing' and he was excited, so was a bit of a shock to see that aspect of the menu was gone. Regardless, I always recommend BK to friends and family, and look forward to my next experience there!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Excellent food. Great service. Cool atmosphere. Been before and will go again, just not very often. Quite expensive: Lunch, two pastas, two soups, no drinks: $60 bucks including tip! You get what you pay for I suppose."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Bauer Kitchen, last Friday. The entrees were especially delicious and the service was quick and friendly! I would definitely recommend TBK to a friend. Additionally, the management staff go very far to ensure that guests leave happy and also feel appreciated."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Met a few friends who were in town and we got a nice round booth in the corner. It was a Sunday night so sound level was low and made it easy for us to get caught up in conversation. Food was excellent although my wife found her prime rib a little chewy but flavour was fine. We also ordered a turkey burger, short ribs and a regular burger and they were all amazing."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The burgers were delicious and the fries were to die for!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Love the Bauer Kitchen! Food is great, awesome customer service, great atmosphere and love that it's uptown Waterloo. The coffee is amazing."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our server was not very attentive. But we were having lunch with old work friends so we didn't care too much. If we only had a hour we would have been upset."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "got loud later in the evening when the DJ arrived. I met up with 2 friends and we wanted to catch up- but the volume made it difficult to talk and hear each other."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my time at The Bauer Kitchen in Waterloo with my girlfriend on Valentines Day. Not only was the waitress very helpful when explaining the food options, but one waitress in particular noticed that our table was wobbling once we sat down and came to fix it before we brought it up. The food was unreal and I will be coming back in the near future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had a last minute lunch here on Valentine's Day. We were able to make a last minute reservation online. Got a nice, cozy booth in a quiet corner. The lunch menu had a good selection that was sure to please anyone. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The service was fantastic. My husband and I shared two different lunch dishes, and both were very good. We never felt rushed and we were in and out (and on our way back to work) within an hour."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was really good, busy fun atmosphere. Food was excellent and on time. Had one issue where lady forgot to bring one of our drinks but all in all it was excellent. I had bacon wrapped steak,."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable valentines dinner at this restaurant. The food was great, the service was excellent and the ambience was enjoyable. our one complaint is that the music got to be very loud. We sometimes had a difficult time communicating without yelling. Thanks."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service, atmosphere, apps and drinks were great. Unfortunately my meal was slightly cold and chicken was over cooked. Little flavour. Despite this I would still come back, perhaps focus more on micro beers and appetizers because the music and ambiance was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you dig a cup of good espresso, try their Hammerhead. I had a cup of those with Creme Brulee, the combo alone was worth driving 45 mins to go there for. Lamb shank was excellent."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu was quite varied but still great that you have the various and different pizza options. I love the thin crust."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We went for breakfest with friends, egg benedict is delicious, great people nice atmosphere"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We loved the relaxed and casual yet still 'uptown' feel of the dining room. The service was near perfect--friendly, professional, and well-timed. The red pepper soup with the pinch of fresh chopped basil arrived steaming hot. The salad was fresh and crisp, the croutons tasted homemade, and the Parmesan was fresh off the block, thinly sliced and generous, tossed with just the right amount of garlicky creaminess and topped with whole slices of crisp bacon. Our only 'complaint' was the French onion 'fondue' more accurately resembled a dip. Be that as it may, it was so delicious and decadent we hardly cared. We had a wonderful lunch experience at TBK and will be returning without a doubt. I've already recommended to a number of friends!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014