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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 #2 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
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Mississauga, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Staff were very attentive and provided a relaxed dining experience. Food is well prepared and very reasonably priced. A great choice if you are taking in a show at the Avon Theatre.

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Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Visited Stratford September 24th with 3 friends. Had dinner at Rene's Bistro. It is small but the staff are very friendly and the food excellent. It was within walking distance to the Avon Theatre and the downtown shopping area. Unfortunately it is only open during Festival Season. I would definately go back.

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Toronto
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Rene's is a family run Bistro in the heart of Stratford Ontario. It is conveniently located in town and a walkable distance to the theaters. While not "fine dining," it is a pleasant and comfortable restaurant with friendly service and a creative menu, which while small, offers some unique choices. For example, we had a very interesting potato and goat... More

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New York, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Always a pleasure to eat here, with perfectly cooked food, welcoming hosts and excellent service. Wine list is very fine and they can also accommodate special dietary needs. It's the first reservation I make when I know when I am coming to town! Try the mussels, they are superb!!!

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I tried this restaurant out a couple years ago and thought it was ok but nothing special. The other couple that was with us felt the same way at the time. We had not been back in 3 years but we decided to give it another chance since its reviews or so stellar. Honestly, I am not... More

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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201 reviews 201 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
84 helpful votes 84 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 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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