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Sophisto-Bistro

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9 Cobourg Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1A1, Canada
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12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Rundles' Sophisto-Bistro will no longer be available. Rundles...
Rundles' Sophisto-Bistro will no longer be available. Rundles Restaurant will be open as usual, for our 39th season in Stratford, from May 22 to September 19, 2015. Cheers, The Rundles Team
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 31
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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun pre theatre dinner.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2014
Thomas P
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Sophisto for the third year in a row. We did not experience any problems with timeliness of the food. The owner has always been very nice to us, and we have never experienced rudeness or aloofness from our server. However there certainly is a "feel" in the restaurant that one could... More 

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Michigan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Cobourg Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1A1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32 - 40
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Rundles' Sophisto-Bistro will no longer be available. Rundles Restaurant will be open as usual, for our 39th season in Stratford, from May 22 to September 19, 2015. Cheers, The Rundles Team
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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