2020 has been a year for the books. Fortunately it’s coming to a close, and with that a sense of hope and looking to the future for change, growth, and good health. To help make your holidays merry and bright, and the small businesses alive who keep our cities quirky, cool, and flavourful, here is the ultimate Waterloo Region restaurants, breweries, pubs, and catering guide. You’ll find food and drink establishments from around the Tri-Cities and the surrounding townships that are sure to please every craving!

It is important to note that this is a living and ever-changing list. If there’s a local business I’ve missed, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

For more Waterloo Region Local Shopping Guides, visit here.



Italian & Pizza

La Cucina – Italian

Rustico Kitchen + Bar – Italian

Nostra Cucina – Italian, Catering

Del’s Italian Kitchen – Italian

MJ’s Gourmet Pizza – Pizza

Pisa Pizzeria – Pizza

Franklin Pizzeria & Restaurant – Italian, Pizza

Delicious Pizza – Pizza

Pizza Roma – Pizza

Tito’s Pizza – Pizza & Wings

Pyramid Pizza & Wings – Pizza & Wings

Ares Pizza + Wing – Pizza & Wings

Stripes Pizza – Pizza

Magic Pizza – Pizza


Yo Sushi – Sushi

Nara Sushi – Sushi

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant – Chinese

Peking Gourmet – Chinese

Sushi Star – Sushi

Northern Thai Restaurant – Thai

Phở Ðầu Bò – Vietnamese & Thai

Cameron Restaurant – Chinese Seafood

Linhai Sushi – Sushi

Mr. Wok – Chinese

126 Chinese Restaurant – Cantonese Restaurant

Korean BBQ Restaurant – Korean BBQ

Egg Roll King Restaurant – Chinese & Vietnamese Cuisine

Crafty Ramen – Japanese Ramen

Izna – Japanese Donburi

Kinkaku Izakaya – All-You-Can-Eat Japanese

Phở Trần – Viet-Thai Restaurant

Pho DNK – Vietnamese

Thai Bistro – Thai

Hem’s Hakka – Indo-Chinese Cuisine

Leung Yue Hot Pot – Hot Pot, Asian

Taste of Seoul – Korean

Golden Dynasty Restaurant – Chinese

Lucky Garden Restaurant – Chinese

Mei King Restaurant – Chinese

Middle Eastern

Ace Shawarma – Shawarma, Burgers, Poutine

Queen Shawarma & Kabab – Middle Eastern, Fast Food

Babylon Restaurant – Shisha, Middle Eastern

Arabesque Family Restaurant – Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean


Omega Family Restaurant – Greek, Canadian, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lisboa Bakery & Grill – Portuguese

Two Goblets – Central European Cuisine, Catering

Pierogi House – Savoury & Sweet Pierogi, Catering

Veslo Family Restaurant – European

Kitchener Schwaben Club – Danube Swabian, German Cuisine & Events

Edelweiss Tavern – German, Family, Catering, Banquet

Concordia Club – German

Lancaster Shawarma – Greek

Kypreos Restaurant – Greek & Mediterranean

Metro Restaurant – Czech


Spice of India – Indian

Sahar’s Kitchen – Indian

Modern India Restaurant – Indian

Bombay Cuisine – Indian

Raja – Fine Indian Cuisine

Vijay’s – Indian

Latin American

KW Empanadas – Empanadas & Desserts

Pupuseria Latinos – Latin American

African & Caribbean

Rainbow Caribbean Cuisine – Caribbean

Mark’s Caribbean Kitchen & Seafood – West Indies Caribbean, Seafood, Catering

East African Cafe – East African, Vegetarian


Miltons Restaurant – Family, Casual Dining & Lounge

Fireside Deli – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Oscar’s Restaurant & Pizzeria – Family Restaurant

Moose Winooskis – Family & Bar

Angel’s Family Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DeliWorks – Breakfast, Lunch, Sandwiches, Catering and Meals to Go (Fresh & Frozen)

BBQ, Burgers, Fish & Chips

Crazy Canuk – BBQ, Pizza, Burgers

Jack Burger – Burgers

Prime Bar-B-Q Restaurant Ltd – BBQ

Southern Ontario Smoked BBQ – BBQ, Catering

Breakfast Blues & BBQs – Breakfast, Lunch BBQ, Catering, Food Truck

Howl at the Moon – Roadhouse-Style

The Fish Hut – Fish & Chips

King’s Fish & Chips – Fish & Chips


Mel’s Diner – All Day Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Catering

Checkerboard Restaurant & Coffee Bar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lounges, Bistros, & More!

TWH Social Bar & Bistro – Dinner & Cocktails

Grand Trunk Saloon – Food & Cocktails

Old King Bistro – Brunch

271 West Restaurant – Lunch, Dinner

Janet Lynn’s Bistro – Lunch, Dinner

Borealis Grille & Bar – Local & Sustainable, Heritage-Focused

Grain Food Lounge – Lunch, Dinner *Closed until further notice

Swine & Vine – Charcuterie

Public Kitchen & Bar – Lunch, Tapas, Cocktails, Gift Baskets

Golf’s Steakhouse & Seafood – Brunch & Dinne

Charcoal Steakhouse – Steakhouse

Wooden Boat Food – Organic, Locally-Sourced, Sustainable, Catering

Graffiti Market – Restaurant, Market, Food Truck


Italian & Pizza

Ennio’s Pasta House – Italian

Bianca’s Pizza – Pizza

Campus Pizza – (Gigantic!) Pizza

Buddy’s Pizza & Wings – Pizza and Wings

Fratello Pizza – Pizza

Score Pizza – Pizza Bar

Figaro Pizza – Pizza

Thyme Pizza – Persian-style Pizzeria


Sandy’s Kitchen – Cantonese Restaurant

Sushi 99 – Sushi Bar

University Garden – Chinese & Thai

Busan Korean BBQ – Korean BBQ

Hot Pot Noodle – Asian *Closed

Sowon Korea Dining – Korean

Seoul Soul – Korean

Onnuri Waterloo – Korean (*try the Fried Chicken!)

Shinwa – Asian

Baba Chicken Grill – Chinese

Ken Sushi House – Sushi

Izna – Japanese Noodle House

Mr. Yin – Chinese

Asakusa – Ramen & Donburi

Foodie Fruitie – Ramen, Juice, Sushi

Bao Sandwich Bar – Vietnamese Sandwiches, Taiwanese Steamed Buns

The Poké Box – Poké Bowls

Sakura Island – Japanese

Jia Jia Lok – Chinese

Bhima’s Warung – Asian Fusion

Kim’s Kitchen – Korean Chicken & Beer

China Garden – Chinese

Star Wok – Modern Chinese Cuisine

Crystal Palace – Chinese

Middle Eastern

Mashawi – Syrian-Lebanese Grilled Meals *Closed

Phillips Shawarma – Lebanese Shawarma

Kabob Hut – Persian

Shawerma Plus – Halal, Vegan Options, Catering, Donate-a-Meal Lunch Boxes

Mozy’s Shawarma – Middle Eastern

Shawarma Royale – Middle Eastern

Spot Lounge – Hookah Lounge & Middle Eastern Food

Phat Pharoahs – Fast Food


Solé – Mediterranean, Premium Beers, Scotch, Wine

Mediterraneo – Greek

Pierogi House – Savoury & Sweet Pierogi, Catering

Angie’s – German Canadian, All Day Breakfast, Bakery, Catering

Teremok – Eastern European Cafe specializing in Russian and Ukrainian cuisine


Masala Bay – Indian

Shiri’s Kitchen – Hyderabadi & South Indian

Kismet Restaurant – Indian

Empress of India – Indian

Classic Indian – Indian

Latin American & Mexican

The Cactus – Mexican


Mel’s Diner – All Day Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Catering

The Daily Grill – Breakfast & Lunch

Korner Kitchen – Breakfast & Lunch

Bridge Street Kitchen – Breakfast & Brunch, Family-Style


Jack’s Family Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fast Food

Box Marley – Jamaican

Smoke’s Poutinerie – Poutine

Sonny’s Drive-In – Fast Food

BBQ, Lounges, Bistros, & More!

Lancaster Smokehouse & Crumb Bakehouse – Southern BBQ & various sweet treats

Kentucky Bourbon & BBQ – American Smokehouse

Proof Kitchen & Lounge – Upscale contemporary dining, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Cocktails

Beertown Public House – Modern Beer Bar

Red House – Bistro Restaurant

The Bauer Kitchen – Up-Market “Bistro”


Italian & Pizza

Amici Restaurant – Emiglia-Romagnia & Tuscan Italian

PIatto Pizzeria + Enoteca – Italian, Pizza

Tommy’s Pizza & Wings – Pizza & Wings

Andy’s Pizza – Pizza, Subs, Wings

Cambridge Pizza – Pizza

Famous Pizza – Pizza


George’s Fine Chinese Food Restaurant – Chinese

Mama Jean Kitchen – Chinese

Bombay Sizzler – Bengalese & Northern Indian

Nagano Sushi – Japanese & Korean

Middle Eastern

Mozy’s Shawarma – Middle Eastern

CT Shawarma – Middle Eastern, Burgers, Wraps, Family Restaurant


Greek Street Gyro – Greek


The Village Takeout – Indian, Family, Wraps

Royal Indian Buffet – Indian, Buffet

Grain of Salt – Fine Indian Cuisine

Saffron Indian Restaurant & Bar – Handmade Indian

Latin American & Mexican

Latinoamerica Unida – Mexican

Breakfast & Brunch

Langdon Hall – Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Private Dining


Cambridge Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Zaz Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tony’s Family Diner – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

M&M Bar and Grill – Breakfast, Dinner

Country Girl Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Family, Catering

Fast Food

Wuddup Dog – Gourmet Hot Dogs & Sausage, Fryer Foods

Barnacle Bill’s Fish & Chips – Fish & Chips

Burger Factory – Burgers, Milkshakes, Funnel Cakes

BBQ, Lounges, Bistros, & More!

The Aging Oak – Whiskey, Wine, Tapas, Charcuterie

EVO Kitchen – Restaurant, Patio, Banquet Hall, Gourmet Boxed Lunches, Catering

Cambridge Mill – Restaurant, Wedding Venue, Events

Blackshop! Restaurant & Wine Bar – Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

The Bruce Craft House – Craft Beer, Freshly Baked Bread & Bagels, Local Food

Obie’s Bar & Grille – Handmade Food *Closed

Ernie’s Road House – Food & Drink

The Village Eatery – Bugers, Wraps, Poutine, Shawarma

RestaurantsElmira, St. Jacobs, Heidelberg, New Hamburg, Breslau, Wellesley

Elmira Tandoori Grill (Elmira) – Indian

Sip & Bite (Elmira) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Central Tavern (Elmira) – Pub Fare

Tien Lee Chinese Food (Elmira) – Chinese Food

Harvest Moon Family Restaurant & Banquet Hall (St. Jacobs) – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Stone Crock (St. Jacobs) – German & Swiss

The Village Biergarten (St. Jacobs) – Mexican, Local Craft Beer, Wine, Cider, Spirits

The Olde Heidelberg Restaurant (Heidelberg) – Pennsylvanian Dutch (German), Canadian

Scran and Dram (New Hamburg) – Scottish Pub

Melina’s Grill (New Hamburg) – Gyros, Tacos, & more

The Imperial Market Eatery (New Hamburg) – Brunch, Dinner, Groceries

Puddicombe House (New Hamburg) – Casual Fine Dining

Pizza Belisa (Breslau) – Pizza

Nith River Chophouse (Wellesley) – Steakhouse


Never Enough Thyme (Elmira) – Food shoppe, Catering, Bakery, Gift Baskets

Kara’s Smart Foods (Kitchener) – In-Season, Locally-Sourced, Platters

Gilt Catering (Kitchener) – Corporate, Weddings, Grazing Tables, Bar Services

Gather & Graze (Kitchener) – Local Artisan Cheese + Premium Charcuterie *Closed

The Grazing Table (Kitchener) – Boutique Catering, Grazing Boxes, Charcuterie

Davenport Catering (Waterloo) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sandwiches

Mambella’s Market (Waterloo) – Italian Frozen Food & Catering

La Lola Catering (Cambridge) – Spanish Catering for Families, Small Groups, and Couples, Paella Parties

Virtuous Kitchen (Cambridge) – Catering, Private Cooking Lessons, Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselling

Little Mushroom Catering (Cambridge) – Catering, Food Shoppe (local groceries), Frozen Meals,

Remember Me Inc (Cambridge) – Catering, BBQ, Milk & Cookies Program


Breweries, Cider, & Brewpubs

Rural Roots (Elmira)

Block Three Brewing (St. Jacobs)

KW Craft Cider (Kitchener)

Arabella Park (Kitchener)

Descendents Beer & Beverage Co. (Kitchener)

The Falls Road Irish Pub (Kitchener)

Counterpoint Brewing Company (Kitchener)

TWB Cooperative Brewing (Kitchener)

Waterloo Brewing (Waterloo)

Wave Maker (Cambridge)

Jackass Brewing (Cambridge)

Four Fathers Brewing Co. (Cambridge)

Pubs & Bars

Martini’s Bar & Patio (Kitchener) – Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Family, Cocktails

Grand Surf Lounge (Kitchener) – Tiki Bar

AOK (Kitchener) – Arcade & Craft Beer

SugarRun Bar (Kitchener) – Hidden Bar

Hack’s (Kitchener) – Pub Fare

McMullan’s (Kitchener) – Canadian Pub & Pizzeria

StrykerZ Kitchen and Bar (Kitchener) – Pub Fare

Malt & Barley Public House (Kitchener) – Celtic Pub Fare with East Coast Flair

The Bent Elbow (Kitchener) – Pub Fare

The Rabbid Fox (Kitchener & Cambridge)

The Chill Bar & Grill (Waterloo) – Pub Fare & Catering

Jane Bond (Waterloo) – Food, Drink, Funky Tunes

White Rabbit (Waterloo) – Handcrafted Food & Drinks

Morty’s Pub (Waterloo) – Wings & Pub Fare

Ethel’s Lounge (Waterloo) – Breakfast, Wings, Pub Fare

The Duke of Wellington (Waterloo) – British Pub Fare & Breakfast

The Pub on King (Waterloo) – British Pub Fare

21 Fir Whiskey Bar + Kitchen (Waterloo) – Prohibition-Inspired Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Churchill Arms (Waterloo) – British Pub Fare

The Easy Pour Winebar (Cambridge) – Winebar

The Argyle Arms (Cambridge) – British Pub Fare

The Black Badger (Cambridge) – British Pub Fare

Gator’s Tail Sports Shack & Grill (Cambridge) – Sports Shack

Rhythm & Brews (Cambridge)

Thank You for Supporting Local!

Thank you for making it through this large Waterloo Region Local Guide to Food and Drink in the Tri-Cities and surrounding townships! If there’s an independent food and drink establishment I’ve missed, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

For more Waterloo Region Local Shopping Guides, visit the main guide page here.

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