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Bijou

105 Erie St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada
519-273-5000
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Ranked #20 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, Canadian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Rochester, NY
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185 reviews 185 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The diverse menu is completely on a chalkboard near the entrance. The place has a very nice relaxed feel (note that the entrance is not on the street, but access rather is from the parking lot behind the restaurant). Dinner at 5:30 gave us ample time to enjoy the food and lovely service and still easily make an 8:00 curtain.... More

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Wayland MA, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went two nights in a row to Bijou, which has a chalkboard menu of beautifully prepared and presented dishes. "Sharkuterie" and a goat cheese/tiny eggplant/mushroom salad were among the appetizers. Superb venison and trout among the entrees. A decent but not terrific wine list featuring Niagara region wines.

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Amstelveen
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83 reviews 83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

We've eaten here on several occasions and our visit in early July was just as pleasant as the other times. I cannot imagine that the other 17 restaurants currently above Bijou in Trip Advisor are superior to this. Their food is creative and delicious, and the selection of wines by the glass is also well done. I was pleasantly surprised... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The new chef is imaginative, the portions generous, the food beautifully presented and the staff always interesting and attentive.

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Venice, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Have eaten here for years and been pleased and excited by the food. July 30 however was a major disappointment . No one came to the table for 20 minutes and only to give water. Several staff members were hovering at the bar and one was slowly making drinks. There was a general feeling of bemused incompetence. To cut a... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Nice to know that Bijou is still great (and clearly - judging by the crowd there last Thursday night - still appreciated). I had feared that, with the owners/chefs now (apparently) splitting their time with The Bruce Hotel, standards at Bijou might have slipped slightly. But not at all. I had the sweet corn soup with "Nik" sheep's milk cheese... More

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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The blackboard menu emphasizes fresh and local and is highly unusual for the accompaniments to the dinner, Friendly with great service.

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We ate at Bijou for dinner late in July. We went there because my partner had been there quite a few years ago and had enjoyed the restaurant. It was much smaller then. The food we had was poorly conceived and generally badly prepared. I had a dreadful green salad and after that an OK lamb dish. We both felt... More

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Grand Rapids Michigan
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121 reviews 121 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The food was terrific. Well prepared. My appetizer was an octopus yakitori with tuna and it was beautiful. A lovely jicama salad underneath. the seven seas soup (spicy tomato base) was great too. Venison was perfectly prepared. A nice tea selection too (we had to ask for that menu). On a Friday night at 8, service was very ragged. One... More

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Oakville, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Not sure why the mixed reviews. We agree that the staff are somewhat inexperienced but they make up for it with enthusiasm and friendliness. Everyone needs a chance to learn! I personally go to restaurants for the food - and Bijou was excellent. I would definitely put this on my Stratford "must eat there" list.

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