Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

307 Cundles Rd E, Barrie
About Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge:

Symposium Café Restaurant & Lounge at the North Barrie Crossing Shopping Centre offers something for everyone’s taste, from early morning breakfast to late night meals and full bar service.

It’s open every day from 8 am in the morning to 12 am in the evening (Friday and Saturday till 1 am) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The surprising thing is that they offer breakfast until 4 pm, something you can rarely find in the area of Barrie. The menu itself features items to satisfy anyone’s taste buds including juicy burgers, homemade pasta, fresh seafood dishes, and sweet chocolate desserts.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge takes pride in offering their visitors a pleasant atmosphere where they can enjoy a relaxing drink, have brunch with their friends or a fancy dinner with their family. What will welcome you there are their trademark stone walls and antique art pieces that create an upscale look, but the approachable menu prices and versatile food items are what makes this restaurant a true hit in the area of Barrie.

There are 95 indoor seats and 40 seats on a beautiful outdoor patio, so organizing special events and welcoming big groups of people is not a problem for Symposium. There are also separate menus that were designed for special events, so you can contact the Symposium if you have any specific requirements.

Although it continues to be visited by hundreds of diners weekly, many online reviewers on TripAdvisor and Yelp say that weren’t happy with how their food was tasting.


  • Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and late night meals
  • Full licensed bar service
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available
  • Has private parking
  • Offers takeout and delivery
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Some complaints about the quality of the food
  • Slow service

The Symposium seed was planted way back 20 years ago in London, Ontario and quickly became the locals’ favourite go-to place for late night drinks and desserts. As time went on, loyal customers wanted to experience more of Symposium which eventually resulted in the expansion of the menu and service. Various new breakfast, lunch and dinner items were added to it accompanied by late night meals and full bar service.

Today, Symposium’s menu includes many specialities ranging from comfort food to fine dining items that are accompanied by wine, cocktails, beer and other beverages. It’s spread to over 21 locations across Canada, giving diners the guest-oriented experience that made it so well-known across the nation and earned it multiple Reader’s Choice awards. Until today, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge has been honoured with Best Breakfast, Best Brunch, Best Family Restaurant, Best Business lunch, Best Desserts, Best Atmosphere and Best restaurant near me awards, another proof of the customer-oriented spirit and high quality.

Since day 1 when it was first opened, Symposium has been a community-oriented brand. They make regular donations towards various non-profit organizations, breast cancer research and organizes multiple charity events during the year to help their community grow and prosper together with them.

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