Proof Kitchen and Lounge

4.2
1130 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.

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 1130 people are saying
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DGmath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great, the food excellent, but the price definitely upscale.

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MariaA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place. Calm and sweet. Great food and the service is so fast. But they keep trying to take my leftovers away. Lol.

But that’s because I want to eat it all! So good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining here, several times, in the past few months and have found the service, ambiance, and food to be consistently top notch.

This restaurant has excellent servers (not to be taken for granted during these “Covid Times”) and the chefs and kitchen staff (in the background) create wonderful specials and appealing meals. Hold on to them!!!

We’ll be back!

DM
DMBC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall we enjoyed our evening or with friends at Proof. The atmosphere was lovely. The staff was friendly but not able to answer or questions regarding wine selection. They tried to get others to help but they also didn't know. A brief description of each wine would be helpful.
The market salad was so flavourful and delicious but the pickerel dinner was tasteless, almost watery and the mushy peas were pureed not'mushy'. All other dinners ordered were good.

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ElliotF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service. We had a wonderful evening!

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HMirza
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
Always looking for a restaurant with halal food options and a nice ambience
Got both and extremely happy with food and service.
Will definitely come back again

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RosaE
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food took over an hour to arrive, but i think it's most likely a lack of staff issue because we've always had good service before.

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MarilynS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ours was a very good dining experience. The food was tasty and plentiful w/ some new and interesting combinations of spices and herbs used in the various dishes. It is relaxed and leisurely dining. Just what we wanted.

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AndrewM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall it was very good. Food was good. Service was very good. I did ask for a quieter table to celebrate my wife’s birthday which didn’t really happen but they did bring her a wonderful desert at the end.

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ZinaP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was ok there. Caesar salad very difficult to eat. Maybe it was my food menu choice that made my experience ok. The server was awesome!!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were very good. Everyone in our party was happy with their meal. Our only negative was that the lighting was extremely dim. I would return again to enjoy another meal

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Niagarafoodie
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I very seldom write reviews and certainly never bad ones but i cannot help it. Maybe it was just a bad night and the chefs were off. I know that covid is stressing out restaurants to restart with the necessary help - but this was a poor meal from start to finish. We started with the "grilled: calamari. It was spongy, the "grill marks" looked prefab; it did not look or taste grilled - or like fresh calamara. The puttanseca sauce was good but completely cold - maybe it was supposed to be?The bread was not the focacia advertised on the menu - but just plain grilled bread. For our mains, my husband had the breaded pickeral and chips. I asked him how it was and he said 'it's only ok". Usually he raves about fish and he never complains . As the meal progressed, (and my main was not enjoyable) I took a small piece of fish he had cut off and it was not only - not fresh - it had turned and was bad. (I had to spit it out in a napkin). He said that he had cut this part off the end because it was discoloured. I told him that he should not have eaten any of the fish but by that time it was almost all consumed. I had the duck on barley. It sounded delicious but I ate only one piece. There was no maple syrup taste only the overwhelming flavour of liquid smoke. (The menu said it was brined in applewood - I suspect merely liquid smoke). Not enjoyable - i took the meal home and gave it to my pets. 3 Strikes. I won't be back. I do hope they get their act together because the ambiance is quite nice - casual but a good room.

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ShawnaH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Very super quiet. Too quiet. Appetizers were excellent. They were about to have a menu turnover so couldn't get the cocktail I wanted. Entrees were decent - the duck was very fatty and chewy, but the risotto was good. Everything could use a bit more seasoning.

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MHolmes
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We know that COV conditions have made things really challenging, but the kitchen timing was off (mains arrived while we were still eating starters); wine did not arrive until after the main was served... cocktails took some 20 minutes (We think maybe there was no bartender working?)...
Meats were beautifully cooked... perfect... and the starters were great...
Asparagus out of season was tough and overcooked...
We are hopeful that you can rebuild the kitchen and serving staff so that timing and delivery can be better. Excecutive chef should give some attention to seasonality and avoid "supply chain" problems that way (as well as having better quality on the plate).
In non-COV time, I'd be more cranky about all these things. In current conditions it would not prevent me from making a positive recommendation, but I would warn a friend to "manage their expectations".

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BarbB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

SEveral dishes were tasty but kitchen was very busy so food delivery was very slow. Drinks were disappointing and some food undercooked.

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vipSuzanneB
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food , wonderful ambiance , professional friendly staff !

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Noproof
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Seated next to the bathrooms even though there were many more tables available, told that none of the drinks on the menu were available because they were "changing the menu". Music was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk even though we were in a corner booth. In the end we couldn't stand it, only ordered drinks and left.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great experience all around. We went for a birthday and they brought out an amazing dessert. I tried the duck and it has me wanting to go back. Fully recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
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 on October 21, 2021
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.

OT
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

DH
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.

CC
ClaireC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
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.

MS
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.

OT
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!!

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

Awesome as always

LH
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

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

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

OT
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!

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 4.2 stars by 1130 OpenTable diners.

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.