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ontario street, Stratford, Ontario N5A3H1, Canada
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Ranked #16 of 110 restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Canadian
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86% Recommend
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English first
East Amherst NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
29 helpful votes 29 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Hands down best espresso in town. Their seasonal specialty drinks are not to be missed, especially in the fall. I usually get a caramel latte. It is always artfully done and the quality is unbelievable. Their treats and sweets are to die for. I personally recommend the lemon tart and carrot cake.

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Oakville, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I always panic when I go to a smaller town because I know that it will be fine hard to find a good cup of coffee. We were able to get a cup of coffee in Paris without actually having today to go there, or at least Quebec City. The coffee and baked treats were fabulous.

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Midland, MI
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The coffee -- especially the "Caffe Canadien" made with maple syrup -- was terrific, with good pastries and a really great décor. Staff are pleasant. What a lovely stop while shopping!

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Royal Oak, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I enjoy Balzac's every time I go. I love it's fiercely Canadian flavors (the Atwood blend, ahem) and world class coffee options, its delicious bakery offerings, the friendly service, the cute patio. It's a great coffee place with ample options and seating, located most conveniently on Ontario street.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The place is very nice decorated. I had a tea, but my husband had a coffee and in his opinion, it was just average.

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Kitchener, Canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Three friends and I went to this coffee shop for coffee and a dessert this morning after a wonderful breakfast at another restaurant in Stratford. This coffee bar was GREAT! I enjoyed their "house" coffee and home made butter tarts. My friends also had some of the variety of coffee and tea along with other desserts for the counter top... More

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Stratford, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

As a chai drinker, the luke warm beverage and rather slow service plus disinterested staff make this an underwhelming place to visit in Stratford. The Balzac at the Toronto Reference Library could teach the Stratford staff a thing or two about hot beverages and service.

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