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Ethel's Lounge

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
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114 King St S, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P5, Canada
+1 519-725-2361
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Waterloo, Canada
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Comfort food for everyone in a lively setting. You can stay for an hour or all night. We've never had a bad meal here. It is nice to feel at home whether you are 20 or 80.

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Thank smetzger56
LONDON
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My most favourite bar/restaurant in K-W. Great food (no deep fryer! Yeah!!), brilliant staff, and simply a really welcoming (if sometimes loud) vibe to the place. Seems all ages gravitate to Ethels - families, people meeting up after work, friends meeting for drinks and a bite. Ethel's has, hands down, the best ribs in K-W, and their homemade beans will... More 

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Thank SUSAN K
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and a really fun atmosphere. My wife and I go here once every couple of months and have never been disappointed. The burgers are a staple and the meatloaf on Thursday is outstanding. I had the panzerati yesterday and it was fantastic. Can't beat the prices either.

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Thank Dave D
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very loud; filled with university students. My friend really enjoys the cheap eats but I was fairly turned off by the extremely loud conversations going on.

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Ontario
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the stuffed peppers and my husband had a burger. We both loved our food! But what was really special was to see items on the menu listed as gluten free (and vegetarian). That is so appreciated. And it's a bar/diner kind of place so you might not expect that. On top of that, the food is great and... More 

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Thank 0416
Waterloo, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Tuesday night taco night is a great deal - $2.00 for 4 tacos with the purchase of a drink! Be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a table.

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Thank Andrew P
Waterloo, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great place to sit and visit. Food is great with lots of variety and health concision (i.e. no deep frying).

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Thank l0rihill
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

(Almost) the best chili in town (next to mine!) Menu isn't huge but the choices they do have are good. Large portions for good prices (example, big bowl of chili with toast or tortilla chips is $11, but you'll be full). Has an old-time charm to it with formica tables and 50s type bar signs. Specials most days including $3... More 

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Thank joc209
Waterloo, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Ethel's is by far my go to place here in Waterloo. Every night there is a special, with Saturday Rib Nights being my favorite. The ribs are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth and a half rack is lots of ribs, it is served with house made brown beans that are to die for and their creamy coleslaw,... More 

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Thank lizzyt444
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Good music, great atmosphere, amazing food. Something for everyone. When visiting in the warmer months it also has a very popular fun patio that is welcoming. You won't want to leave.

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Thank Stephanie K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 King St S, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-725-2361

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?