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20 Wellington Street | 1-877-508-1777, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
(519) 508-1777
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dining in Stratford

Every time I visit Stratford I have an early dinner at Rene's Bistro. Reservations are usually required because this little bistro gets packed (as it is quite popular). If you go just when it opens you can manage to get an early dinner spot right before the reserved dinner-theatre crowd come in at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Konstance K
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Every time I visit Stratford I have an early dinner at Rene's Bistro. Reservations are usually required because this little bistro gets packed (as it is quite popular). If you go just when it opens you can manage to get an early dinner spot right before the reserved dinner-theatre crowd come in at 5:30-6pm. The chef's specials are quite nice.... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What a delightful restaurant, featuring local food. We ordered the roasted beet salad and mussels for dinner. The greens were fresh and tender and the local goat cheese was rich and smooth. The mussels, done several ways, were cooked fresh to order. Our server, Bennett, was professional, personable and knowledgable about food preparation and ingredients in answer to our concerns... More 

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Windsor,Ontario,
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79 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a lovely little restaurant opposite Stratford's magnificent Town Hall. Food we had (a Seafood Stew) was delicious and most satisfying. Strange bread for dipping--heavy and moist + Fish stew came with two pieces of grilled similar bread--most heavy. A lighter, baquette bread might work much better. Service was good, friendly and as we spoke French, the charming server... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants in Stratford ! You leave there full, the service is fantastic and the food is superb, I had to seafood Mac and cheese and it is to die for ! I will definitely return

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Stratford, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We love to visit Rene's when all the theatre attendees are gone to their plays, so we can relax over a slow 3-4 course meal. The food is well prepared with local ingredients and creative foods. It is a quiet, relaxing place to dine

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

a marvellous dinner at Rene's is a must when in Stratford! Mostly local ingredients combined in tasty & innovative dishes by Chef Rene & served in a friendly& relaxed atmosphere. Start with the mussels -- they're divine!!

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Dined here for dinner and the food was absolutely amazing. The service was great. All of the servers were attentive. The restaurant building itself however needs a lot of updating. There was not much to look at, and the tables were very close together. Hardly any space to move my chair back until the other party finished. Would definitely return... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Renee is the cook. He went to the Stratford Culinary Arts School and I'm sure he graduated "top of his class". Margaret, his wife, runs the front operation. He prepared mussels 6 different ways and it was enough for a meal. My husband said it was the best chicken he ever had. Service was friendly and nice.

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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Loved the Lamb and the wine pairing The atmosphere is intimate and pleasant. The staff attentive and fast

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Ottawa, Canada
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got there the week before closing for the season but glad they were still open as the food was excellent. The tenderloin was wonderful as were all the specials they had that night. Great place for dinner on a show night.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Wellington Street | 1-877-508-1777, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: (519) 508-1777

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?