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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 - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
VERY GOOD FINE DINING

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2014
TheLearnedDoctor
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
300 reviews 300 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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 57 - 103
  • 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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