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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 - 7:30 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 Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions
Description: (RUNDLES IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.) "On the bank of the River...
(RUNDLES IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.) "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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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 11
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  • 7
    Terrible
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
Most beautiful food I've had

We arrived at our reservation and were greeted by the lovely staff who showed us to our seat and started us off with a glass of champagne. We browsed the menu and concluded that everything sounded amazing. We were so excited for our first course to come. I started with the seasonal soup which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2015
Vanessa R
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Hamilton, Canada
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Stratford, Canada
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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

After living in stratford for over 2 years and hearing about Rundles, I finally decided to take my wife there for a nice evening. We were excited as it was the 'place to go' in town. The atmosphere is lovely and our waitress was great. When the food was brought out it looked amazing and was probably the 'prettiest' thing... More 

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1 Thank Mike R
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We arrived at our reservation and were greeted by the lovely staff who showed us to our seat and started us off with a glass of champagne. We browsed the menu and concluded that everything sounded amazing. We were so excited for our first course to come. I started with the seasonal soup which was a local corn. The presentation... More 

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1 Thank Vanessa R
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Excellent food and service. Been going there since 1974 and they never disappoint. The duck confit was delicious. As was the pickeral and squash tortellini.

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Thank whitrodg
Mississauga, Ontario
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I went to Rundles during a brief visit to Stratford to see a plan and visit an old friend. Thursday night I reserved for my one fancy dinner during the trip. I often eat alone while travelling but I always bring a book. As I got out of the car I realized I had forgotten my book but it was... More 

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Thank 504janea
Forest
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This is a nice environment for dining with very attentive staff and excellent food and wine but despite the fine architecture of the restaurant it lacks the social setting for good conversation.

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Thank 269franko
Port Hope, Canada
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Read and liked the reviews in TripAdvisor, liked the exterior design, liked the physical location, even liked the limited menu selection but then was gobsmacked upon arrival. Rundles wouldn't last two weeks in a truly competitive restaurant environment. Oh, against pub food in Stratford, Rundles is in a class by itself but put it up against true epicurean endeavours and... More 

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Thank Robert P
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The food was almost too beautiful to eat, but no worries, it tasted as good as it looked. The service was excellent, especially Christopher. I was a bit of an oaf and knocked over my husband's water glass, spilling water and ice over myself, menu and chair. I was not made to feel in the least embarrassed and it was... More 

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Thank Jennifer C
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Our family (our children are 17 and 19) recently spent the day in Stratford. We got fries at Ken's, saw Hamlet, took a stroll along the river and finally had dinner at Rundles. Everything about Rundles was lovely. The restaurant itself is beautiful - modern design that manages to be warm and elegant. The service was attentive, but not overbearing... More 

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Thank jules643
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Rundles is a very different dining experience. It is quite formal, so be prepared for this. However, the food is exquisite and the service is perfection. The decor is beautiful and the atmosphere keeps your attention from the minute you enter. While each course we enjoyed was delicious, if you have a large appetite, you may find the portions small.... More 

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1 Thank ladydiver27
Toronto, Ontario
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

My wife's favourite restaurant; great garden, good food and fine service. We will come again whenever we go to Stratford. Visit Indigena 100 yds away.

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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 50 - 90
  • Cuisine: French, International, Contemporary, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

(RUNDLES IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.) "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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