Lion Brewery & Restaurant

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  • 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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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
MrManning  (60) Hamilton, Ontario | January 23, 2008
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs  (501) Toronto, Ontario | July 7, 2007
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
mabel  (250) Toronto, Ontario | June 26, 2007
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy  (19) Hopville, Ontario | October 8, 2006
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Sammy  (661) Toronto, Ontario | July 17, 2006
A restaurant with about eight taps, including a seasonal. They brew their own, which are on balance, of water and concentrate malt quality. you can eat a regular meal, check your email here, and have what they serve. The Ale was the most drinkable. Good service and surprisingly packed in the cellar. You can also get beer outside in the beer garden. The cafe does not serve alcohol. If you are so inclined, you can get some of these in bottled form next door.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Crit  (146) Surrey, British Columbia | April 30, 2006| Updated September 14, 2008
A very comfortable place, i felt right at home.Decently priced , both food and beer. Beer was drinkable, but nothing special.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps  (7) Waterdown, Ontario | August 23, 2005
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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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint  (34) Edmonton, Alberta | 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
gilvanblight  (5) Windsor, Ontario | July 22, 2005
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.

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