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All 111 Stratford Restaurants

Rene's Bistro

20 Wellington Street | 1-877-508-1777, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
(519) 508-1777
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Ranked #1 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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199 reviews 199 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I have been traveling to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival almost every year for the past 50 years and well remember the paucity of good restaurants in Stratford in the early days. That has clearly changed in recent decades, with dozens of good to excellent restaurants. Rene's Bistro has been open for the past three or four years,... More

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Fairview, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Easy to make necessary advance reservations. We were seated promptly and attended to by our server immediately. Menu was explained highlighting specials. We ordered two of their signature dishes, Shrimp Mac & Cheese and Braised Lamb Shank. I also enjoyed a huge order of mussels prior to our main course. the meal and service was excellent. We highly recommend this... More

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Cobourg, Canada
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100 reviews 100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is the sort of place that I thought had gone out of fashion - small but bustling, music quiet, not deafening, pleasant staff who can talk to you about the food in a knowledgeable fashion. Also, thank goodness, it caters to those whose taste buds are rather firmly anchored in the last century rather than offering only wildly inventive... More

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Cleveland
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165 reviews 165 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This must have been our fourth or fifth visit to Rene's over the years. We have tried almost all of the better restaurants in town, and keep coming back here for one of our meals every year when we visit the festival. The people are friendly, the atmosphere is casual, the service is efficient, and the food is consistently first... More

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Ontario, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I was lucky: I got in without a reservation on a Friday in September at 5:30! Enough said? From the welcome by the hostess and then my server through to the farewells (including a handshake from René when I went to the kitchen to say "Thanks!", the meal was an utter delight if not without a few places for improvement.... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Everything! Great food great service Good location. We have been before and it just keeps getting better

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Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Overall we were disappointed with our anniversary dining experience last night. We were met at the door by a friendly but poorly dressed (baggy gray pants and a sloppy looking blouse) woman. If first impressions count we were a bit surprised. There were guests wearing shorts and flip flops. Again surprised. The servers were in black which looked smart. Why... More

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Mags1976, Manager at Rene's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your response. It is unfortunate that we as a society try to keep bullies out of our schools. It is really unfortunate when adults have to bully other adults. I do not like to wear tight clothing. Your response is very immature. Rene's bistro is not a French and Italian Bistro. We paid for a new sign... More

St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Rene's is a restaurant we always come to when we visit Stratford, usually prior to an evening performance. This year we wanted to savour the restaurant rather than rushing off to the theatre. I want to say that the food and service have always been impeccable, and I can't imagine a trip to Stratford without a dinner at Rene's. Two... More

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Indialantic, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Dining with friends at Rene's during a weekend in Stratford, we had salads and mussels as appetizers which were all very good. Two of us had the mushroom fettuccine, and two of us had the seafood pasta. We all agreed, we enjoyed the mushroom fettuccine more. We all had desserts which were of good size and tasty. But the star... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Really enjoyed the meal here before the theatre. I always get the penne pasta as it is delicious. I have always had an outstanding meal here and I like the attention that the servers pay to you while serving you. Great location to the Avon theatre and can always find parking there.

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