Located in Uptown Waterloo’s historic Barrel Yards, Proof Kitchen + Lounge is a restaurant that offers an upscale contemporary dining experience coupled with a menu that reflects a dedication to using thoughtfully chosen ingredients with a local and world-conscious initiative – we make good choices. From breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner to late night to weekends, our menu is complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, a renowned wine list, and a great selection of local craft beers. The setting for all this is a space that will delight the senses and create a perfect backdrop to every occasion.

Where We’re Located

110 Erb St. W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T5
(519) 208-3333

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Book Your Private Event

Proof Kitchen + Lounge is ideal for private parties and special occasions. We have two private and semi-private dining rooms hosting up to 75 guests.


Meet Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team at Proof Kitchen + Lounge is a group of seasoned professionals who bring their unique talents and expertise to create an unforgettable dining experience for our guests.

Proof Kitchen + Lounge’s Executive Chef Ryan Reid

Ryan Reid

Executive Chef

Chef Ryan Reid initially entered the culinary world as a means to fund his education, but the kitchen quickly became his passion. After experiencing a different career outside the kitchen, he realized the unique energy and authenticity of the culinary industry were unmatched. At Proof, Chef Ryan has been a valuable asset for years, showcasing not only culinary expertise but also a positive attitude.
Fletcher Falls, General Manager of Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Fletcher Falls

General Manager

Fletcher, with 29 years in Hospitality and a B.COMM from the University of Guelph's program, has deep roots in the industry—his great-grandparents owned pubs in England. As a father of two boys, he balances guest care with family time and martial arts coaching. A craft beer enthusiast and hobbyist brewer, Fletcher loves global flavors. His passion lies in crafting memorable experiences for our guests.
Kevin Rhind, Manager at Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Kevin Rhind


Original Proof team member returning after many years. He enjoys all things craft including locally sourced beer, wine, and food! Father of three wonderful young children and if he isn’t hanging out with them you will find him playing Pickleball. He likes to always be the pace of the restaurant making sure our guests are enjoying the service and the food & beverage.
Nilmani Das, Manager at Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Nilmani Das


With 15 years in hospitality, Nilamani Das, with a Hotel Management degree and Postgraduate qualification, started at Hyatt Regency Mumbai, gaining expertise in Italian wines and 5-star service. Through his diverse experiences and comprehensive skill set, Nilamani Das has emerged as a dynamic professional with a passion for excellence in hospitality.
Tony Le, Banquet Chef at Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Tony Le

Banquet Chef

A lifelong resident of the KW region, Tony, despite a psychology degree, thrives in community involvement. His passion for food and beverage has led him to culinary destinations, and he dreams of exploring Japan and Italy for inspiration. Advocating for trying anything twice, Tony enjoys experimenting with new flavors on days off, often cooking seafood dinners for family and friends.

What Our Customers Are Saying

“Wonderful experience! Actually the best burger I've had in waterloo. It's either Joshua Weissman's teacher or Gordon Ramsay making the food because the attention to detail was insane.”


“The flavor combination of each dish was unique and surprisingly delightful. The staff were all friendly, nice and helpful. Most certainly will come back, and definitely recommend this place.”


“I ordered the tomato carpaccio, wild mushroom ravioli and creme brulee. They were all delicious. The staff were also great! It was lovely to have such a nice restaurant in the hotel.”


“Fine dining at a reasonable price. Cocktails and appetizers are great. Service and ambience is excellent. Kid-friendliness: They have a high chair and a kids menu.”


“Strongly recommend going for their happy hour, both the drinks and appetizers are delicious and well made. Great service every time.”


“Good menu selection, excellent service. We had lamb shank, steak, miso cod and Korean sandwich. Sandwich was overly messy but good flavour. Everything else excellent.”


“Excellent food, exceptional service. Great ambiance!”


“We were a group of 10 and we served promptly and efficiently. The food was yummy and the mimosa set delicious!”


“You must visit this place...Good food, comfortable seating and very good service.”


“Wonderful experience, dinner with friends, great service, food and atmosphere”


“Food was amazing, server friendly and helpful , we were a group and had a private room, it was really nice.”


“A beautiful setting with an exceptional and unique menu, both for drinks and for food.”