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Sophisto-Bistro

9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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Ranked #44 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $45
Cuisines: Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian, Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: 2014 Season: May 23 to September 20. "At Stratford's top choice for sophisticated haute cuisine the look is summery and modern: brick is exposed, windows are unadorned and panoramic, and, with a theatrical flourish, flowing white silk scarves hang from primitive stone masks... The more relaxed Sophisto-Bistro, at the same location, has two- and three-course dinners that might include hot-smoked trout salad with fingerling potatoes in a hot bell pepper cream or, for dessert, poached apples and candied apple ice cream. Considerable artistry is lavished on preparation and presentation." (Fodor's Travel) Pre-theatre seating times: 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, or 6 pm. Closed: Monday and Tuesday.
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English first
Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The service and food timing in this theater dominated town was simply shocking and unforgivable. If I had be able to see and heed my own warning in the title of this review, I could have avoided all of the following occurrences- each of which remarkably happened within about 1 hour and 45 minutes of a single dining experience: 1.... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had a 5:45 reservation. The fun started with my wife's drink being spilled down her back. The waiter, after expressing that "this will probably get me fired" never returned with the promised towel to help dry my wife off nor a fresh napkin for her. Not sure what was going on but the tension in the air was impossible... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Had heard about this for years, but the price was ridiculous, but finally we decided to try it. Yes, the food was good, but the place was so, so pretentious. Have you ever walked into a store where the staff acted as if they were better than you. Here it is in the flesh. And the tension in the room... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We arrived at 5:45 and received our dinner at 7:25. We had a 20 minute walk to get to an 8:00 theatre, which left us 15 minutes to eat a hugely expensive dinner. It was the worst dining experience ever, anywhere. The waiter did the best he could, but the temperamental cook staff seemed to be the problem. The staff... More

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New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Yes, pricey, but cheaper than the regular Rundle's, and just as pretty. 2-course menu w/o drinks (or tax or service) $40; 3-course $50... but definitely worth it for that special meal in Stratford. And, they understand play schedules. Conveniently located between the Avon and Tom Patterson theaters and walking distance from the Festival too.

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Sophisto-Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us, and taking time to share your review of your experience. We look forward to welcoming you in future. More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lovely spot to enjoy pre theatre dinner in Stratford, and we totally recommend it. Excellent food and service. We enjoyed the set two- and three-course menu, great value. The bistro wine was also very reasonable, at $35/bottle ($9/glass). Amazing find, the best bistro in town, and we highly recommend it. But, make a reservation well in advance, especially on weekends,... More

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Sophisto-Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us, and taking time to share your review of your experience. We look forward to welcoming you in future. More

Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I had dinner at Sophisto-Bistro in August. Looking back on our one week in Stratford, it was my favorite dining experience. We ate at all of the other highly rated restaurants in Stratford during that week. The service, atmosphere and food at Sophisto were wonderful. We brought our own bottle of wine which they served with a... More

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Sophisto-Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us, and taking time to share your review of your experience. We look forward to welcoming you in future. More

Canterbury, NH
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had an excellent meal here. The service is first rate and each dish is carefully prepared and beautifully presented. It IS pricey but well worth the cost.

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Sophisto-Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us, and taking time to share your review of your experience. We look forward to welcoming you in future. More

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Very pricey and elaborate for pre-theater since their business is so slow that Bistro was closed and given a table and menu for Rundles. Service was attentive, food, food was good, but more elaborate and costly than expected or needed pre-theater.

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Stratford
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

as always, a fabulous experience at Rundles... never a let down in quality from the staff to the food the attention to detail is spot on and not pretentious making every moment enjoyable and one to remember

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Sophisto-Bistro, responded to this review

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