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ontario street, Stratford, Ontario N5A3H1, Canada
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Ranked #15 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Canadian
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87% Recommend
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English first
ann arbor, mi
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Balzac's is a traditional coffee house right in downtown Stratford on Ontario street. Great coffee and muffins. Traditional atmosphere. What else would you want?

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135 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We go here for a sweet lunch before the matinee. The range of cakes, cookies and muffins is still good. We enjoyed the brief foray into sandwiches a year or so back, but with the good coffee, casual atmosphere and location on the main street, it's still our favourite.

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Hubby and I love good coffee and so are too often disappointed by the brew served in coffee shops.We like good quality coffee with rich flavor and full mouth feel. Walking about Stratford we took a coffee break at Balzac's and were very pleased. My Cappuccino was delicious, not bitter. Hubby enjoyed his iced mocha and chose from a large... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My wife and I just had time for a quick coffee, a magic bar and carrot cake. All were delicious and the staff were friendly, They have lots of choices for coffee but we didn't have much time.The atmosphere is cozy with patios in front and back of the restaurant plus ample seating inside. They also have a good variety... More

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London, Ontario Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There are a lot of good coffee places around these days but let me say that their latte is the best I have ever had at any place. The price for a medium was pretty much the norm. Their baked goods are great. The whole place has a cool vibe to it and I feel good every time I go... More

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Bandung, Indonesia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I try hot chocolate at Balzac, and always like the chocolate taste as it is not too bitter. but the sweet taste that comes after makes me could not finish the cup. next time I will ask for the less sweet taste. the atmosphere at Balzac is relaxing, open and soothing. people seems friendly because of that.

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Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Balzac's serves great coffee in all of its locations. This one has a front patio (beware the smokers), seating inside, and a back patio.. so lots of options for sun, shade, quiet, larger groups, and so on. Staff were friendly. They have lactose free milk.

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East Amherst NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The coffee was good and being balzac strong.I had a cookie and a Biscotti and I did not like either of them.

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Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I went here for a coffee one morning. It's a really appealing looking spot. It has a great front patio and a nice backyard terrace. The staff are not as friendly as you would normally find in Southwestern Ontario. They're more of a Toronto type, which seems to be typical in this town. They're not as chatty as they are... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My daily trip to the office includes a stop at Starbucks. Balzac's easily beats the flavor and I wish there were one in Chicago! We made several trips to Balzac's during our stay in Stratford, and one person in our party commented that it was the best iced Chai Tea Latte they had ever had. I had the Americano and... More

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