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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.
Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2
International, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Service: 11:45AM, 12:00PM, 12:15PM Seatings
Dinner Service: 5:45PM, 6:00PM, 6:15PM Seatings
* Services subject to change, please check website for up to day service times.
Bloom menus change weekly to provide Culinary/Hospitality students with the opportunity of producing different styles of cuisine throughout the semester.
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
King St. And Weber.
Chef Paul Torrance C.C.C
Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
bloom. Ratings and Reviews
I know the serving staff is all cuisine students. So it's hard to be tough on them. But some should know some basics of the process before their turn in the dining room. When to clear things off the table, warning of very hot plates when they come out...
Otherwise the food was incredible and we'll very happily be back next month.
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's lunch. The food and ambience was good. Although this was a college restaurant the students serving were very nervous and lacked personality. It was very difficult to understand what they were saying, quiet with a heavy accent.
I would definitely recommend eating there and we look forward to our return.
I have dined at Bloom a number of times. Lunch at Bloom with a friend on January 30th was a very pleasant way to celebrate a milestone birthday. The caesar salad was second to none according to my companion and was certainly excellent. The butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with brown butter and sage sauce was really good, if a tad salty for those of us on reduced sodium diets. Service was both friendly and attentive. I will be dining with other friends at Bloom in a few weeks and will certainly recommend the restaurant to others as a place to try new dishes at very reasonable prices, with the expectation that service will be friendly and attentive.
An excellent lunch once again at Bloom. The cauliflower veloute was silky smooth and delicious, served in a heated bowl. The beef tenderloin was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. I ended the meal with a lovely gateau St. Honore. Great service and excellent quality and value.
Food was very good and really enjoy the variety offered. A great opportunity to try new things. Servers were very nice but very shy and soft spoken without a lot of interaction and conversation. ( also realize it is new and they will do great once a comfort level is reached) they were all very attentive keeping a watchful eye on the tables and clearing empty plates. I look forward to your dinners beginning in January and will certainly return. Are gift certificates available?
I have been to Bloom about 6 or 7 times, each time was enjoyable, it is sweet to observe and provide positive feedback to the aspiring students. But this Oct 2017 visit we were very delighted that the late session students were preparing our lunch. The food taste and presentation was second to none. IT WAS DELICIOUS, beyond expectations.
My boyfriend and I are both Conestoga alumni and have wanted to try Bloom for some time. We like that it was inside of the school. Service was friendly, though we did have to wait a bit long for the entrees. Any issues we had with the food were minor. Tart shells could have been flakier. The soup bowl was a bit large for the serving size. Overall a fantastic experience. The price is beyond reasonable for the quality of food and service. We have recommended Bloom to our friends and we will definitely be back!
Food was great but it was a little unappetizing to be served cheese and nuts with the server's fingers. The buffet was a bit confusing as they put the appetizers and main dishes out all at once so we weren't sure if we were supposed to take both courses at the same time. Would have been nice if our server had let us know.
My husband and I ate at Bloom on Thursday March 9, 6PM seating. We were greeted in the hallway which was nice, as we were a bit lost. We were welcomed warmly and our coats were promptly checked. We were shown to our table, and given the menu. The ambiance was lovely - considering we are in a school, we felt the staging was well done. Perhaps sitting closer to the kitchen and bar we’d have had a better sense of restaurant though. The service was prompt and courteous. There were people who served water, brought bread, etc. Overall impression was that they worked well as a team and were learning how to work in the industry, so our expectations were adjusted.
The food was very good, the leek soup was delicious and perfect temperature. My husband ordered the pork and really enjoyed it, I had the fish which was overcooked but edible. Everything else was delicious. The lemon meringue pie for dessert has a thin, crispy crust, which was not my preference, but it was still very good.
Our expectations were lowered as this is a school and all members are there to learn.
We ordered the special cocktail and beer to drink. The drink prices were very reasonable and tasty too.
Overall, we were very pleased with the experience and we would go back, both for a nice dining experience at a reasonable price and to support the local college students. Well done Bloom!
Servers were pleasant but could have benefited from some supervision. e.g. butter was placed in front of one customer looking like it was being served to her only. It would be courteous to inform customers that there is an extra change for sparkling water and coffee. Overall the food was excellent and it was a very good experience!
I've been to Conestoga Bloom at least a dozen times and have loved every minute! I also send teams and groups for lunches and they all come back amazed. The students work hard to impress and do an excellent job. It's just as good as any other 5 star restaurant in Kitchener Waterloo.
I had a very enjoyable evening with friends. Lovely setting and atmosphere. Service a little slow but not terrible. Beet salad was a hit and I enjoyed the salmon. We all had the beef wellington which was cooked to order, side garnish just a little meagre. Lovely tasting tarte; pastry was wonderful. Dessert almost too big. Nice bottle of affordable wine. Overall a great night out, great meal, nice atmosphere, would definitely go again.
Food was delicious! The beef tenderloin was outstandingly tender and flavourful. The bread was the best I have ever had in a restaurant. One of us ordered the ravioli. While it was delicious, there were only 5 ravioli in the lunch serving, much too little for an entree, more of an appetizer. That truly was the only negative thing I could say about our lunch experience.
I would definitely recommend Bloom to others for something a little bit different.
We had lunch at Bloom. The food was absolutely fabulous, however, the portion size for the ravioli was very small. The French onion soup was amazing. My spouse had the beef tenderloin medallions which was cooked perfectly. Finally, the dessert (creme brule and chocolate mousse) was delicious. Great meal overall!!!
Bloom offers high end food prepared exquisitely for mid range prices. The restaurant area is very nicely lit and decorated. The students/staff are attentive and alert. What would be a rather formal experience has the edge taken off of it by the friendliness, awkwardness, and genuine attitude of the students, and my date and I were very much at ease.
Thank you Bloom for a wonderful dining experience. The four of us really enjoyed our meal. And we loved the full service, it reminded me of our recent trip to Italy. Our lead server Mandy quickly established a friendly but polished rapport which set the tone for our time with you. See you soon XO
I have been patrons of bloom for many years. I and one or more friends come for a meal several times a year. I can honestly say that I have never not enjoyed my meal. Occasionally the service is a little awkward, but on the whole the service is excellent. The servers are courteous and show some personality as well as friendliness if an overture is made to toward her/him. The bloom menu is always interesting. Meals feature well balanced portions and flavours that compliment one another.
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