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About bloom.

Top 100 neighborhood gems for 2017

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.

108 University Avenue East
Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Weber

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(519) 885-0501

Website:
http://bloomatconestoga.ca/

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.

Public Transit:
King St. And Weber.

Executive Chef:
Chef Paul Torrance C.C.C

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

bloom. Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.1

ambience

3.9

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (439)
Fit for Foodies (391)
Good for Groups (273)
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Neighborhood Gem (263)
Special Occasion (254)
Notable Wine List (171)
Romantic (115)
Great for Brunch (38)
Kid-friendly (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Outstanding Value (24)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Casual (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our servers Arlene and Amanda were friendly and added to our enjoyment of our meal. They provided excellent service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The food was fantastic. The potato and leek soup is still a fond memory for me. The only complaint was that it took a bit longer than I expected. For a lunch you really need to allow 2 hours.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 1, 2017

I did leave a comment form after dining so won't repeat here other than to say the time between placing our orders and receiving our meals was inordinately lengthy. It was delicious and hot when served though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 20, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Excellent place for lunch or dinner. Attentive waiters/quality cuisine/nice ambiance.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Bloom is a great restaurant to get a good meal at a good price while having the opportunity to support the local college We highly recommend it

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 7, 2017

An interesting experience to support the next generation in the restaurant industry. All good, slight polish needed for simple things but nothing worth writing about. Great flavour and thought into meal planning.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 23, 2017

I have been to the restaurant twice with friends, both times were very enjoyable with very good food and a nice selection to choose from. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I like the option to book on line. I will be back.

Bonny N

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Food was well prepared. Atmosphere was relaxing and great for quiet concersation. Had some constructive feeback but sent to the director of Bloom. Was and overall charming experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 17, 2017

First time experience. I was interesting to see how students do in a real life and the food was good. Nothing really special tho.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent meals served with class the way I remember it in European fine restaurants. Not like the lower class found in so called high end Canadian restaurants. It's also great to meet the students.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Restaurant was very accommodating. I mentioned I did not want gluten and they went out of their way to accommodate my preference. Excellent restaurant, would highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Excellent meal and presentation,
Food was delicious

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised with our meal. Great food and great service...we will,definitely go back again and again.....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2017

The food was excellent very attentive staff. Prompt service i would recommend without reservation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Have been there a few times and enjoyed it each time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2017

It's great to participate in helping other learn. The food was great and I try things I would not normally order. Staff was very friendly and willing to make our dining experience memorable. I recommend it whenever I can. Keep up the great work.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 24, 2017

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The meal was delicious, well presented but too salty.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Excellent food, excellent service. Great overall experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Service can be choppy since the servers are still learning, but it's an outstanding value. Food is very good and prices quite low.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 23, 2016

It is nice to have a sit down meal with table clothes and interesting menu items. The servers were attentive and friendly. All courses were tasty and generous in size.The meat was very tender and their vegetables still had a nice crunch due to their cooking method. Excellent value for the money. Something beyond the ordinary!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Great value for money and great experiences for the students

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Casual, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2016

It was nice to be served an excellent meal coupled with formal service. Very rare in most establishments.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Service was very slow, and servers didn't know details of the food they were serving. Food was good though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Food and service were wonderful. Great experience!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Great lunch with thoughtful alternatives. Best pork medallion I've ever eaten!
Enjoyed the music and trying different food combinations.
Carmelized Granny SMith salad was unique as was the ice cream with berry compote.
Great value for the three course meal. We'll do it again for sure!

Tags: Outstanding Value
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