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Rundles

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French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian
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9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 2015 Season: May 22 to September 19. "On the bank of the River Avon...
2015 Season: May 22 to September 19. "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. Late dinner seating available. Closed: Monday.
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    Very good
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    Average
  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still the grande dame of Stratford dining

The restaurant now offers four tasting menus. The classic includes the dishes they are most famous for, including a lemon tart dessert and a duck confit main course. There is also an exploratory / contemporary menu (the kitchen projects menu), and a full selection menu, as well as a fourth (39th... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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London
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Took my husband, there 30 years ago for his birthday and always intended to go back, finally did, still great setting, attentive quiet unobtrusive service. The food is thoughfully prepared and attractively served. Took advantage of the wine parings to best suit our different menu choices. The selections matched the dishes perfectly and the pour was generous! Will definitely not... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Before making the decision to dine at this pretentious, overpriced restaurant with no choice and poor service, be sure to check the website for menu and prices. There is no a la carte menu; the least expensive option is a $79 per person (plus tax, tip, wine, drinks, cappucino etc) prix fixe menu - hardly worthy of the term "tasting... More 

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The restaurant now offers four tasting menus. The classic includes the dishes they are most famous for, including a lemon tart dessert and a duck confit main course. There is also an exploratory / contemporary menu (the kitchen projects menu), and a full selection menu, as well as a fourth (39th anniversary menu) that seemed quite expensive and quite remarkable... More 

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London, Canada
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We have gone to Rundles for many years now when going to the theatre. This year they seemed to have changed their menu. Pre Fix is either 79.00 or 99.00, Cannot just order off the menu. We did one of each. Asparagus soup was runny and said to have Gnocci in it...There were 4 the size of my baby finger... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

For our first time in Stratford we picked Rundles for one of selections during our 2 nights stay. We were 4 and the choices suited everyone's different dietary pallets. The price is fixed at $89.50 per person. The place was packed, so that did not seem to deter dinner quests. Over all we were very pleased with our meals and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Rundles is the best fine dining option in Stratford ..... period. But I do have to say that overall I prefer its little sister, Sophisto Bistro. Sophisto is my favorite restaurant in Stratford.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We made a last minute reservation and were able to handle dinner before a show. The price fixed in the bistro was wonderful. The lamb shank and the steamed chicken were lovely. It is located a short walk from the Tom Patterson Theatre. The service is wonderful and attentive

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

I do not care for Rundles. The food is good enough. The service is sterile but attentive. The portions are small. Very small. One of those restaurants where the list of ingredients suggests you might get a portion of that ingredient. I had a tomato and pineapple salad. Well, it was tomatoes. With a light sauce. And some crumbled bacon.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

With a few minor tweaks, our Saturday dinner at Rundles would have crossed into Michelin-star territory. Aesthetically, nothing was missing—this is one of the most architecturally impressive modern restaurants I’ve visited, a harmonious marriage of glass, concrete, metal and beech. The calm, subdued interior lighting is broken up by gorgeous floral arrangements popping under spotlights. The space would be ravishing... More 

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Ottawa
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great food, great ambiance, attentive and polite staff, and location made for a good meal before the theatre

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Additional Information about Rundles

Address: 9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 519-271-6442
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 56 - 100
Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: +1 519-271-6442

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 56 - 100
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

2015 Season: May 22 to September 19. "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. Late dinner seating available. Closed: Monday.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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