Canada > Ontario > Waterloo
matt7215 (71) Cambridge, Ontario | August 26, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
this place offer some of the best fresh lagers ive ever had. the english ale is also quite nice. the bar upstairs is the place to go for very reasonable pint prices and pub food, while the pub downstair has more of a steakhouse feel to it. ive never had bad service but ive never really been blown away either. the downstairs pub also offers samples of the beers brewed on site. this is a regular stop for me on my way home from rounds of golf in the waterloo area. check it out.
JoeMcPhee (518) Toronto, ON, Ontario | December 9, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Popped in to the Huether Hotel while my inlaws were in town recently for a few drinks and some lunch. The place is a nice cozy basement pub. Low light and lots of brick with a very friendly server. I started with a sampler and I quite enjoyed all of the beers in it - considering the fairly low ratings for the products, I was quite surprised by the quality. The lager was fresh and balanced and the bitter had a solid balance of malt and earthy/spicy hops. Our lunch was also pretty good - massive portions for the price (lunch could easily have been two meals). Iím not sure if there were quality problems before, but of the five beers I tried, four were absolutely solid for the style. No complaints here.
gilvanblight (5) Windsor, Ontario | July 22, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Very nice restaurant style brew pub located in the historic Huether Hotel in downtown Waterloo. Excellent food and comfy atmosphere combined with some good pints. Flights (samplers) are sold at $3.25 CDN for 4 tasters. 8 beers +1 seasonal were avaliable at time of visit. Will probably visit every time in the area.
Ferris (771) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 2, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
A nice semi underground restaurant with stone walls and wood galore. Would have been great, but tack beer decor is everywhere. Service is good and selection of their beer is plentiful. Unfortunately beer is pretty bland. Food is nice though. Not worth a specific stop, bud not bad if you are around.
pootzboy (18) Hawgville, Ontario | October 8, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Go to the Heuther Lion brewery restaurant-pub for the atmosphere and food. The beer is a tad lacking in body but clean and drinkable for extract brewed beer. The seasonals and the Wuertzberger lager being the best. The food is chef quaklity eclectic from Baked mussels to Schnitzel to pasta and beef....all main dishes are under 12 bucks. The main attraction is the basment pub built in the old 1840s Huether breweryís brick lined lagering cellars.
Worth the trip.
MrManning (60) Hamilton, Ontario | January 23, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A unique concept for this building. Thereís the restaurant, a cafe, an on site brew your own, (both beer and wine), a bar with a huge patio, a billiards room.....shall I go on? I ate and drank in the restaurant which is actually in the old brewery. Nice ambiance supplied by the old brick and old brewery collectors items displayed everywhere. Beer was fresh and tasty. Food was simple and well prepared. Service efficient, but it did get a little slow towards the end of our visit, but thatís only a minor complaint.Worth a stop if youíre in the area. As an aside to this, you can go the the Crown Brewery retail shop in the same building, and they sell completely different beers than the bar or restaurant.
mabel (230) Toronto, Ontario | June 26, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a busy and sunny summerís weekend evening, there was enough seating and beer available to quench our interests. The sunny porch upstairs at the Barley Works and cool stone-walled Lion Restaurant in the basement were packed with hungry locals comfortably enjoying themselves. We ate upstairs (yummy grilled chicken pannini and pizza and panzorottos) and enjoyed the English Ale and featured Spiced Wheat with dinner, but only the basement gave samplers of their brews, which were fresh (but quite similar to each other). Service was commendable considering the time of day, season and fair available. Will have to return to explore more of their interesting food and beer choices.
jercraigs (333) Toronto, Ontario | July 7, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Been here a bunch of times, the last visit we ate on the Barley Works patio, which was nice but overly sunny - could use some more umbrellas. Wings and panzerottis were delicious. Beer ranges from the bland to the quite nice. Service was friendly and appropriate. Worth a stop if you are in town. Samplers are only available downstairs.
Spab (54) Toronto, Ontario | October 26, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Couple different spots in a nice old building. I usually go with the Barley Works, especially with a nice, really big patio in the summer. Decent selection of beers brewed on site. Food is nothing to get particularly excited about. Prices are pretty good. Certainly worth a visit when youíre in Waterloo.
joeycapps (7) Waterdown, Ontario | August 23, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The Lion Brewery and Restaurant is located in the basement of the Huether Hotel, an establishment which has a brewing tradition going back to 1861. The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy, perfect for a brewpub: wood, brick, & stone decor with low ceilings. The food is quite good--definitely a step up from traditional pub fare. The beer, unfortunately, is mediocre at best. And, while the service is good, the waitstaff isn’t particularly beer knowledgeable. Nonetheless, I always make it a point to go to The Lion when near Waterloo for the atmosphere and the food and, perhaps, a new rating or two.
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