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Rundles

9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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Ranked #17 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Price range: $36 - $91
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, 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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English first
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

They're expensive. The food would have been worthwhile at half or less the price. A 5 course meal with an adequate wine cost about $300 Canadian. The service was clumsy, this from a waitress who had been there several years in a row. Their reputation is far better than the reality. My recommendation _- stay away!

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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

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1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This restaurant is just amazing! The flavors were outstanding. Cooked to perfection! Thank you for a wonderful evening. Greetings from food lovers from Norway

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I had heard of Rundles from friends who have visited for years and finally was able to join them in July during the Shakespeare Festival. What an amazing experience. The staff, ambience, architecture, food - all top class. Food was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Great wine list although we stayed with champagne. So many desserts to choose from... More

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Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We dined at Rundles last Saturday evening while on our yearly pilgrimage to see all the Shakespeare plays for the season in one weekend. We always expect great things at Rundles from the service to the meal to the wonderful ambience of the lovely restaurant. This year not only were we absolutely delighted with our dining experience but we have... More

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Virgin Gorda
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We attended a Stratford Summer Music Festival brunch and had the great pleasure of listening to Anna Atkinson perform some of her original songs and the even more sublime pleasure of enjoying a great meal. The charcuterie board featuring locally produced cured meats and accompaniments was outstanding as was the pan fried scallops in a miso, ginger and kelp broth.... More

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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great food with a very inventive menu, it is a pre fix pricing, but timing off to get to the theater without rushing and it is really expensive

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Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I really wanted to love Rundles. Partly because of its repuation and partly because of the cost, which with the prix fixe meal, two 1/4 litres of house wine, tip and taxes, was near $300. We were in town celebrating a milestone anniversary, so I was prepared to pay big for a great meal, and I had high expectations based... More

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

First of all, Rundles had a spot for us when everyone else in Stratford was booked solid - one tends to think more favourably of a restaurant when they are helpful like that, and we were not to be disappointed. Secondly, the approach through a lovely small garden with pond to an unusual building that make good use of vertical... More

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1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been to Rundles at least twenty times and our last visit was my favourite! The food was perfect, the service amazing and the company made the night! One of my favourite things was when the chefs from the kitchen brought the tray of food to our server so I got to say hi to Nick,... More

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R M, Public Relations Manager at Rundles, responded to this review

Dear Frances & Bob, Thank you so much for dining with us, and taking time to share your positive review of your dining experience. We truly appreciate your patronage, and we look forward to welcoming you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team More

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