Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.3
1112 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Located in Waterloo’s historic Barrel Yards, Proof Kitchen + Lounge is Waterloo’s first choice destination for dining. We are offering an upscale, hip and contemporary dining experience coupled with a Chef driven menu that boasts healthy, casual, interesting food, complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, a renowned wine list and a great selection of local craft beers. The setting for all of this is a restaurant space conceptualized by an award-winning designer that will delight the senses and create a perfect backdrop to every occasion.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1112 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the lamb chop which was half fat… literally half of the deboned meat was full fat and cooked to medium rare and made it so hard to cut through the meat with all that much fat.
I asked the sever to check with the chef and she returned saying that’s normal to have that amount of fat in a lamb chop which wasn’t really convincing since it wasn’t the fist time I ever order a lamb chop.
I would never order that meal again.

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Smiley21
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great experience overall for a first visit.

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MikeM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased to be able to return for in-person dining. Food was exceptional - Proof’s always provides a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner! Both my wife and I loved our dinner! She had the signature burger and I had the California grilled steak bowl (salad based). Super delicious and I would highly recommend. See picture for the California filled steak bowl.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience food, waiter

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ChantalP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. You can feel good ordering anything off this menu. From the steak to the chicken sandwich, everything is done to perfection. The staff are very knowledgeable while reccomending wine to go with your dinner. Highly recommended

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DeeH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My meal was so so, but all others at the table enjoyed their meals very much.

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ClaireC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and delicious food! Can’t wait to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always dine at this restaurant when I stay at the Delta. Usually an amazing experience. This time, however, our server seemed a bit inexperienced, and our food took a long time to be served, and when it was served it was a medium temperature. Didn’t complain because everyone was hungry and needed to eat.

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Marlene
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very nice place to dine. I had a good time and the food was really nice.

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AnneBee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Did not disappoint.

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MichelleS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch on the patio. Our sever was amazing. Thank you for the great dining experience. This was our first time getting together in person in over 19 months.

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StephanieL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant and amazing staff. My only suggestion is the cups that the PINK SAPPHIRE beverage came in were extremely tacky, worn out and did not fit the aesthetic of the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything came out way too fast

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Yummy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

My friend had quite a draft coming down on her. We were able to adjust the table so she was comfortable.

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marym
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed my appetizer with humus and ricotta cheese. The warm olives were perfect.
The patio is lovely and the weather was perfect to eat outdoors. Lovely outdoor venue!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and appealing to the eye. Service was friendly and efficient. The patio is well-spaced and comfortable.

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Ellen
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Appetizers and mains all delicious, modern and worth the value.

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ReneeR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

we found the food to be underwhelming & the prices high for the type of food being served.

Caesar salads were good, pork belly sliders were on stale buns, beef carpaccio was meh. The burgers were just OK, the turkey focaccia was soggy and lacking flavor. I personally would not recommend based on our experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavours, perfectly cooked steak, can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Friendly service, perhaps the best cocktails in town, beautifully cooked food, and great dessert. My wife had the Moroccan Chicken (the stuffed eggplant on the dish was the star), and I had the Chef's Cut Elk, priced at a premium, but paid off with its superb seasoning and cook. We cleaned out plates!

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Cool
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Kinda slow service but the food was great. Wish it came to me a bit faster

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Steve
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Ate a wide variety of appetizers. Most were really good. The calamari was tasteless - left 2/3rds uneaten. The soup was served cool and was reheated upon request.
Service was sporadic. Initial service timing was top notch and then slipped progressively from there. We interacted with 4 wait staff (unclear why); they didn't work as a team.
Really like the outdoor setting.

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ChichyZ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter is so lovely. He recommended us lots of nice and beautiful drinks and food. The Corn Chowder is really a good choice for vegan. And the duck breast and chef's cut are also very delicious. However, it turned to be very noisy after 7:00 pm. There were also flies and mosquitoes around our table, my friend and I were both bitten by them :(

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Michelle
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and food were both fantastic we forsure recommend Proof to our friends and Family

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Mary
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Busy place. Food good not great. Ethan was a great server/bartender.

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RalphB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service…food “ok”

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Dylan
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would come back, great food, great service. First time going!

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed their vegan and vegetarian offerings.

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sarah
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Prices have gone up way more than before for the food only being average. Service was great. But wouldn’t say it was worth the price.

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Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was good and our server was pleasant and helpful. The entire restaurant is very noisy so don't expect to have a quiet dinner. It was hard to hear people at my own table. It's ok if you're having a party! Price on the high side but a lot of prices have gone up recently.

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MaxG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I really appreciated that they were able to get us a cozy booth in the back as requested.

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VanessaC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve ever had.
Everyday Salad was also great!

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Aneca
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our Dinner Date at Proof Kitchen thoroughly. The staff was great and courteous. The food, service and ambience was definitely worth the price.

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PatH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always hesitate eating in a hotel restaurant, but this one definitively breaks the mold! We got recommended an excellent wine bottle by the sommelier, the appetizer squid was meh, we had tenderloin (fresh and cooked to perfection) and fantastic breaded pickerel (highly recommend). House salad was also excellent. Service was low-key (appreciated) and reasonably fast. Alas we did not have desert because we were full, but they did look good! Ambiance was perfect for a date!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was not impressive and it took well over 1.25 hours to make the table

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MarkC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not the first time we have been to Proof and have enjoyed the experience…but for some reason they seemed to be short staffed and we had to wait quite awhile for our meal…we were not in a hurry but the staff was obviously not happy!
Too bad as we really enjoy going there

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Short staffed and chef not on duty. Out of several items on menu.

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SarahV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Sat on the patio. Stains on seat cushions, tables are all scratched up. Lamb was not cooked medium, more like well done other than that food was good, flavours were good. Foxcroft wine was delish! Music on the loud side but I would rather that then just listening to road noise as Erb is a busy st.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Proof Kitchen and Lounge using the Order Online button. Proof Kitchen and Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (519) 208-3333.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge is rated 4.3 stars by 1112 OpenTable diners.

Proof Kitchen and Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://proofwaterloo.com/catering/#.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.