Lion Brewery & Restaurant | Waterloo, Ontario
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Lion Brewery & Restaurant
Exceptional based on 18 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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18 reviews for Lion Brewery & Restaurant
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  67%
 Selection  56%
 Food  66%
 Value  70%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  68%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn  (80) 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 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber  (231) 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  (502) 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 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  (51) 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  (65) 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.
  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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