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9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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Ranked #33 of 107 restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $35 - $90
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Description: 2014 Season: May 23 to September 20. "On the bank of the River Avon, Rundles is an idyllic spot for pre-theatre dining in Stratford. The room, all grey cement and pale wood, feels like a Mies van der Rohe-designed spa. Chef Neil Baxter, who's been head chef since 1981, has a flair for the dramatic, in a good way. The tender poached lobster with salmon roe, cubed cucumber, yuzu jelly and dill oil sparkles like a mosaic of multicoloured sea glass and tastes bright and clean. Flawless panfried rib-eye showcases classic training and finesse. At the end of the meal, the server suggests "the famous lemon tart." The bruleed concoction, studded with toasted pistachios and sided with smooth orange sorbet, lives up to its recommendation." (Toronto Life) Pre-theatre seating times: 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, or 6 pm. Closed: Monday and Tuesday.
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74% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We love Rundle's. on par with the best restaurants in Toronto or New York. Jim and Richard are charming. The room is so understated and elegant. Our favourite time is to go for brunch during the music festival. What a treat.

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Montreal, Canada
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254 reviews 254 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We went on a Sunday evening and was originally disappointed that they only have a limited bistro menu on Sundays. However, the meal turned out to be absolutely amazing. We started with a corn and crab soup. A beautiful broth, lots of crab and fresh local corn. The mains were lamb shanks. Very tender and flavourful meat plus lots of... More

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89 reviews 89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely meal from the limited menu on Sunday evening. The setting was enchanting, the food wonderful and the service just right. The host was a bit pretentious but I loved his jacket so forgave him...a delightful evening.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have eaten here before and, while it is the most expensive restaurant (I have tried them all over the years) it had been worth it in the past. Unfortunately this year (2013) it has really gone down hill. The service was really very poor (a kind of small-town-snooty, if you can get your head around that) but that could... More

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Pasadena, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and OpenTable, I expected to be wowed. And after a fashion, I was: I was shocked and terribly underwhelmed. The staff here act like they are doing you a favor and are so pretentious we just about walked out. My friend and I were dressed up and ready for a lovely meal at... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I'm puzzled about the comments regarding poor service. We did not have that experience at all. Gracious, impeccable service combined with absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared food to produce one of the most memorable meals we have ever had. The menu is creative and sophisticated, we left feeling quite satisfied and pampered. The perfect venue for a special lunch or... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Perfectly prepared lamb is hard to find, but Rundles knocked it out of the park. All of the food we had was outstanding. Great service, adequate ambience. Short but decent wine list. $50 per head for two course meal.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I feel a duty to report on this restaurant after I posted a very favourable review last year. The atmosphere is great but alas the food and service were very poor. The chap at the door in the red trousers (i think a manager) was very nice but when things went terribly wrong at the neighbouring table (an unfortunate accident... More

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Aurora, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Certainly over rated. The chicken dish we had was unseasoned and bland. Not up to its usual standards. Certainly not worth the money you pay. For top dollar one should expect top quality in the food. Will not return. There are too many other good restaurants in Stratford that offer better value and better food. Was quite disappointed in our... More

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Wellesley, Ontario, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The food and service at Rundles is impeccable. If you are looking to have an evening you remember for a long time Rundles is your destination. Chef Neil Baxter and Sous Chef Mike Booth are an amazing team that consistently provide dishes that will haunt you. You can't go wrong. Jeff

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