Lion Brewery & Restaurant | Waterloo, Ontario
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Lion Brewery & Restaurant
Good based on 19 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

59 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario Canada [ print map ]
519 886 3350

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Lion Brewery & Restaurant

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19 reviews for Lion Brewery & Restaurant
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  67%
 Selection  57%
 Food  66%
 Value  69%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  68%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint  (34) Waterloo, Ontario | July 22, 2005
Basement brewpub/resteraunt. Wood and brick decor, tables decorated with their beer logos, various wall signs. German menu, plus other things like pizzas, panzerottis. A step above pub food. Beer and food both very afforadable and enjoyable. Quick service. Seasonal/special beers offered (this time it was IPA). Gets very hot in the summer. No debit (Interac) machine.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris  (891) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 2, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber  (270) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | June 23, 2014
Sports bar with plenty of drunk regulars. Service was passable. Food was weakest part. It was obvious that hamburgers were made of frozen patties .....They do offer cheap tasters. Beers were decent.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | December 9, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
Stoutgirl86  (13) Kitchener, Ontario | March 31, 2012
Descent food and much better service then Barley Works (upstairs and essentially same restaurant) But three words: Clean your lines!!!!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn  (105) Waterloo, Ontario | March 25, 2011
Large patio is nice in the summer. The historic building is nice, and their in-house beers are quite cheap, and not bad. The English Ale is the best Iíve tried there. Food is decent, but the real value lies in the beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Zenwolf  (52) Waterloo, Ontario | September 15, 2010
Decent place with drinkable, but not fantastic in-house brew. The menu is vast and varied with something for everyone. Interesting building with several distinct areas with different feels (sports, patio, pool, dinner, etc). mostly a macro beer type place with the house brews as a cheap option.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Spab  (57) Toronto, Ontario | October 26, 2008
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
PaulHegedus  (26) British Columbia | October 12, 2008
This place is a well known establishment in the uptown area, a historic building, good stop in the area for decent pub food and beers unique to this location. I have many fond memories of hanging out after WLU concerts with friends here. There are far better beers available just feet away across Princess at Jane Bond, or down the street even at Failte. Best to skip the beer at night time and pick up coffee and excellent eggs benedict here the next morning.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215  (71) Cambridge, Ontario | August 26, 2008
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
JesseM  (43) Margaritaville , Ontario | April 15, 2008| Updated April 16, 2010
I FINALLY went here for my 20th birthday. Very nice historic building. The pub is downstairs, with the old lagering cellar within site (very interesting!). Service was very nice and helpful. This was a Monday night, and it was somewhat busy, so I wonder what itís like on their heavier days. But the old-timey tavern atmosphere is really cool. The Wuerzburger Lager is definitely the flagship brew, and the pick of the litter. The food was pretty decent too, I loved the fries. I would recommend this place to anyone is KW looking for somewhere with decent beer at astronomically better prices than the other lousy bars in the area! EDIT: Word to the wise: Avoid the management. They can be jerks for one reason or another and generally display an unfriendly attitude towards customers. They also refuse to hire specific groups of people (ie. students), and Iíve become a lot more hesitant to recommend the place to people, or spend my money there. And a word of warning to out-of-townerís, this place is hardly worth a visit anymore. Total lack of respect for customers as well as their own beers. Avoid, and go to the Kick Off, walking distance away in University Plaza. A certain member of the family which owns the premise, whoís name may rhyme with "Ronia" (and starts with an S) seems to be the source of a LOT of grief and generally horrible business practices.

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