We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Williams Coffee Pub

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Canadian
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
170 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
+1 519-888-7254
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 28: English reviews
Sylvan Lake, Canada
Level Contributor
100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great muffins Great fresh Flat White Staff had trouble getting a till receipt on the drive thru window. Williams a unique positive experience Always positive

Thank steve r
Oakville, Canada
Level Contributor
661 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With two university campuses near by it is no wonder it is constantly busy with students. No matter the time of day you get here good luck in getting a table. Food is good but customer service can be hit or miss thing depending on how many staff they have working. No more of these places in either Oakville &... More 

Thank b0b55russell
Waterloo, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being next to the University of Waterloo, one would expect it to be busy. However, the hard surfaces (walls, floors, ceiling, furniture) magnify the ambient noise to the point where conversations are difficult. The food is adequate - basically cafe fare - quiches, salads, sandwiches. D4ecent coffee - no beer or wine.

Thank ToruismDoc
Waterloo, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Good place to meet friends. decent service, food and drinks, young crowd, can be busy depending on the time of the day.

Thank SleepingPanther
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
270 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

During the last few visits I've made to various Williams I've been frustrated by the few menu selections I enjoyed being removed from the menu. This last visit I tried their gourmet mac and cheese. It was one of the best I have ever tasted. The accompanying ice coffee was mediocre for a coffee shop. This particular Williams remodeled some... More 

Thank CdnGoldy
Level Contributor
57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Went here to do some work before a coffee meeting; the service was good and so was the wifi; but it was ridiculously loud. The music was so loud that people had to talk so loudly to each other to be heard over the music. Background music is fine; but for a coffee house where people go to socialize the... More 

Thank 69cynthiab
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Just a great place to take someone for coffee, lunch, dessert etc. Cannot beat the coffee! You can also get a salad or muffin etc...

Thank JFun2014
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

Great place for a late afternoon dinner. Great selection of food and drinks, and doesn't break the bank. Quality food in a fast-food set-up (order at the till and then sit down in nice booths).

Thank Alex T
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2014

Lord help you if you want to go to a Williams in this city and hold a conversation. It will not happen. All locations are absolutely flooded with university kids. Why anyone outside of the 25 year old range would still go to these restaurants is beyond me.

Thank Annie M
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Good coffee and fancy cakes. A little pricey, but okay for the occasional visit. No, we have not tried the meal items.

Thank Frances R

Travellers who viewed Williams Coffee Pub also viewed

Waterloo, Region of Waterloo
Waterloo, Region of Waterloo
Waterloo, Region of Waterloo
Waterloo, Region of Waterloo

Been to Williams Coffee Pub? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 170 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 519-888-7254

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Williams Coffee Pub staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?