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  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 3.8/5
  • Service: 3.8/5
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Restaurantica12
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Unacceptable quality of food

This restaurant fell short of our expectations, and came nowhere near reaching the level of excellence of the other restaurants in this neighbourhood. All of the dishes were over-cooked. The Camenbert frites and stuffed chicken were clearly deep-fried from factory made frozen foods. The chicken had a disgusting taste, particularly the stuffing. The salmon was dry, and slightly burnt, suggesting that it was cooked on another date and then re-heated in an oven. Serving such a low quality of food shows a lack of respect for the customer. There are many much better options in the area. See Hometown Eatery, Bauer Kitchen, Sole et. al. for a better option.

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Vegan Options

For the most part the food was delicous. The service was average but that said the establishment was full and there was only two wait staff on the floor. I was excited to have the option of vegan fair. I order the coconut & quinoa salad. I was very disappointed. It tasted okay but nothing great. I didn't taste any coconut in the salad and it was rather dry. I didn't want to eat the grilled pineapple but had to to give the salad some moisture. Everyone else loved their meals. House wine was pleasantly good.

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Went again for 2 for 1 burger night last Monday! Every Monday night they have buy one get one free burgers which is an awesome deal. They make their burgers in-house and they are so fresh- you can really notice the difference. Also, the fries come half regular, half sweet potato which is cool because you get the best of both worlds. I noticed they have a website up now too, so you can check out the prices and menu items before going which is nice.

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THis place is a favorite !

This is a very cozy venue that serves quite a variety of different foods and always fresh and great quality. Attentive service and always a fantastic experience.

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This place is a favorite of mine. They have awesome daily specials, excellent food, pretty good service and the atmosphere is so cozy. Its a small place the fills up fast on weekends, so make a reservation if you plan on checking it out on a Friday or Saturday. I have enjoyed everything I've tried so far on the menu except the salmon teryaki sandwich- so don't try that! The fish was definitely just frozen salmon, didn't taste fresh.

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I had been driving by a few times thinking that it was such a neat little place to go to, when we finally decided to go we walked in and it looked nothing like i thought it would from the funky decorations outside. Needles to say the food was delicious,we started out with the bruchetta with feta very yummy. I had the ratatouille and both my friends had the 2 for 1 lamb burgers, great idea! they were delicious. The plates were funky, and the seats at the booth style section were comfy. But when it came to the coffee's we heard so much about . There infamous flaming coffees, don't expect a beautiful flaming coffee to be delivered, there will not be any flame....we asked our waitress about it and was told they lit it on fire as they were making it. What would be the purpose of even lighting it if we didn't get to see it? Isn't that the reason they light it? for presentation? They were delicious! Very strong, but not really flaming, we were fine paying for an almost 9 dollar coffee because of the flame, but, i wouldn't spend it again just for the mix of alcohol in it. Other then that we did have a nice time, and the food was tasty and affordable! Try it for yourself.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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Hot summer day, you'd think a pint was simple...

Hot summer day, you'd think a pint was simple enough. Perhaps it was a bad night for the waitress, but we waited a ridiculous amount of time for two cold pints. We got seats, then were smoked out by other customers who seemed to be loiterers from downtown Kitchener while we waited. Glasses were finger printed and dirty. Table wasn't cleaned, then when we asked, it took 15 minutes for the waitress to get a damp cloth. There were 6 people on the patio by the way. I give them 3 stars for having fresh beer. The rest speaks for itself. I'd definitely go elsewhere to find another sunny spot to eat and drink.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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I went out on one of the first 20+ degree weather...

I went out on one of the first 20+ degree weather and waited 15 minutes to sit on their small but decorated patio. The place was packed but the servers never wasted time and were efficient. Their milkshakes were super thick and in very large glasses. We couldn't figure out if the raspberry was better or the vanilla. We coincidentally went on Monday when they had their 2 for 1 burger deal. I ordered the lamb burger and he ordered the Champ burger. Both were nicely displayed and I was getting full just looking at the portions. My burger was almost spherical and succulent, his was dense and the red wine gravy covered everything. The filling in the lamb burger was creamy and smooth while the raspberry sauce was tangy. I would not use it next time (it came on the side) because it was tastebud overload Their deep fryer wasn't working but it was a good thing that their chef could make a light potato salad. All in all a more upscale burger experience, as a starving student, will definitely go again next Monday!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Uninspired

The ratatouille had a strong taste of tomato paste - less a stew than a combination of a few vegetables and the tomato paste that kind of held it together. I'd prefer to have it served over rice, but it was served with a roll instead (which, of course, I knew because it was listed as such on the menu). My daughter's crepes were covered in sauce, which was too much for her taste. The footlong was decent - took my husband back down memory lane much to our chagrin from the stories he started telling. LOL. The wings were enormous and my son quite enjoyed their taste and the potato wedges were fine. We wished the server had come to offer a refill on the drinks and the air was quite cold - so we didn't linger. Nice decor.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
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First time there. The service was great - casual...

First time there. The service was great - casual & very friendly. The patio was really enjoyable - furniture could be re-freshed but it's OK; there is a TON of parking within a 45 second walk - couldn't be closer short of parking inside the restaurant. Food was absolutely delicious - all three dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere and plan to return often.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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fish was too fishy and pasta was odd tasting...

fish was too fishy and pasta was odd tasting. Portions were small.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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My wife and I have been going here since it...

My wife and I have been going here since it opened in the 1970s. Our kids also enjoyed the place when they still lived in Waterloo. And we've had various group functions here over the years. In what must be dozens of visits over this period, obviously have had the occasional problem. For example, food not properly heated. But the staff has always promptly rectified any issue, and the items mentioned above are always a delight. (My personal favourite is the Basic Burger with mushrooms added for $1.00). My occasional sortees into their more exotic fare, usually on the specials board and not in the menu, have met with mixed success. But the standard menu items can be counted on to please virtually every time. This is the place to go when you want a nice atmosphere, not stuffy, good portions, reasonable price, and a good quality meal. What more can you ask for? (Note: I also found the salmon had a fishy taste, really, what a terrible surprise; seriously, a salmon is a fish, duh).

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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This was my first time to Marbles. I work down...

This was my first time to Marbles. I work down the street and it was suggested by a fellow employee. Her suggestion was dead on, good food, the right price, and an efficient staff. Marbles is a hidden gem and a must try.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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We arrived at the resturant after not being there...

We arrived at the resturant after not being there in many years. We are all Waterloo residents since birth, and thought we would try something different. We all ordered drinks which were excellent, but came with a straw that couldn't be drank out of, no need. One of my dinner guests ordered a burger, which they are known for, to be taken as take out when we left. Salad came and was amazing. Then our pasta arrived and was 4 shells with 'little' of the 4 cheeses it was labelled as on the menu. All four of us had the same meal, and all four looked different. The burger never came even after waiting a half an hour for our bill, and then waiting another 15 minutes until the waitress came back! May give it another try, may not?

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Took my In-Laws for dinner after reading the...

Took my In-Laws for dinner after reading the reviews. I will not go back. Samosas were dry with very little taste. Spring Rolls, Hummus and salad were edible but nothing special. One pasta arrived with lots of tomato chunks and onion pieces, while the other hardly had any sauce and no chunks of tomato or onion to be found. Burger was good. The worst part was the salmon my In-Laws ordered. They said it had no flavour, and had a "fishy" smell. The rice was dry and the asparagus was over cooked. I think my In-Laws felt bad since I was paying so they chocked it down with a heavy dose of salt.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 3/5
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We are new to Waterloo and Marbles reminds me of...

We are new to Waterloo and Marbles reminds me of a restaurant from home in New York. Warm service and great food.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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My boyfriend and I had the 2 for 1 pasta special...

My boyfriend and I had the 2 for 1 pasta special which we both enjoyed. They were also selling bottles of wine for 14.95. The staff was really friendly and professional, we will definately be eating here again!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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this is a nice place to go witha group of friends...

this is a nice place to go witha group of friends or a loved one. they have great food and the staff were great and it is in an old barn for 100 years ago. it's a really great place to be!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Marbles consistently provides quality food and...

Marbles consistently provides quality food and more than affordable prices. We have been regular customers for almost 15 years and have never been disappointed!!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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amazing food, the servers are just so friendly! i...

amazing food, the servers are just so friendly! i will go back again most definetly

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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