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Rundles

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French, International, Contemporary, 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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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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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Still one of my top ten restaurants

I visited Rundles again this past weekend during my visit with friends to the Shakespeare Festival. It is my second year to visit but for my friends an annual event for 25 years. They always book Rundles for the Saturday night prior to theatre. Rundles is visually and gastronomically superb. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I visited Rundles again this past weekend during my visit with friends to the Shakespeare Festival. It is my second year to visit but for my friends an annual event for 25 years. They always book Rundles for the Saturday night prior to theatre. Rundles is visually and gastronomically superb. We started with champagne and then enjoyed an amazing bottle... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We have made the trip to Stratford, Canada's Shakespeare Festival more than a dozen times and each trip has included dinner at Rundles. Our tradition is to save Rundles for our final evening so we can make it a special one. The serene, intimate dining room is as refreshing as it is relaxing. From appetizers to dessert, the food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A summer without a visit to Rundles is a sad summer for me. We just made our annual trip there and were delighted, as always, that the food and service continue to be world class. The artistic presentation of each dish begins the gourmet dining experience. The perfect composition of flavours can only be described as exceptional. Everyone raved about... More 

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Queens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

One of the highlights of our annual trip to the Stratford Festival is dining at Rundles. The hit to our wallet is more than compensated by the super nova to our stomachs.

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London, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Rundles is my destination dining experience - there is no place like it. The quality and care taken in the preparation of the food is evident. Every bite is packed with extraordinary flavours.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Are there after a show. Ambiance and service are good. Choices on the fixed price menu are somewhat limited. Taste of food was average. Presentation was excellent. Small quantity. Did not think it was worth the cost.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I could not get a ticket for a Thursday night performance and a very dear and long-time friend (over 30 years) who had already been in Stratford for a week had an evening free from the theatre. I invited her to dinner at Rundle's which we both wanted to experience for decades. We were not disappointed! For appetizer she had... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Our first visit to Rundles and it will be the first of many. Everything was exceptional: the welcome, the service, the food, the wine, the room. Truly, Rundles is a memorable and special experience to savoured with people you love and who love food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We have been dining at Rundles every year since it opened on our annual trip to Stratford to see Shakespearean plays. It has often been the highlight of our trip and this time as usual Rundles did not disappoint. The food was spectacular with each member in our group ordering mostly different dishes. A perennial favourite (and one of Rundles... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was our third visit. The food, atmosphere, and service were excellent. Two in our party are vegan and the staff was able to accommodate them. We look forward to a future visit.

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Restaurant Details

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 53 - 94
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, International, Contemporary, 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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