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Rundles

9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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Ranked #22 of 110 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, 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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Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
16 helpful votes 16 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
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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

Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is an exceptionally beautiful restaurant which looks across a park at the River Avon. They have a prix fixe menu and the food is wonderful.

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

Dear Douglas, This is our 38th season in Stratford, and we thank you for choosing to dine with us (and sharing your positive review here). We trust you enjoyed your Stratford experience. Thanks again for your thoughtful review. We look forward to welcoming you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team More

Toronto
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Rundles is a delight. Exciting innovative dishes that you don't find at most restaurants. It is on the pricey side but we think its worth it. Attentive staff and great food make you feel like a King. Its been awhile since we have been in Stratford and we have noticed the portions at Rundles have increased in size while the... More

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

Thank you for choosing to dine with us, and then taking the time to share your positive review on T.A. This is our 38th season in Stratford, and we do our best to create unique dishes each year. Thank you for noticing this fact. We appreciate your thoughtful review, and we look forward to welcoming you in future. Cheers, The... More

Birmingham, Michigan
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Just had a fabulous dinner. Their all inclusive dinner at $90 per person includes amuse bouche, appetizer choice, entree choice and dessert choice. Every dish we shared was excellent in all respects. Even the bread was delicious. If you have money to burn, this is still the place to go in Stratford for upscale dining

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Yes, this restaurant is expensive. But the food is excellent. If you are a gourmet, who is looking for a memorable experience in Stratford with delicious food, bread, butter, and wine, then you must go to this restaurant! You won't be disappointed, if you are ready to pay for the quality. As French tourists, we loved this place. It is... More

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

Thank you very much for sharing your kind comments. We are happy you dined with us during your recent visit to Stratford. This is our 38th restaurant season in Stratford, and we try our best to create a unique dining experience, similar to what one would find at a Michelin-starred establishment in France, or, elsewhere in Europe. (We regularly go... More

Troy, Michigan
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

It was only after we were seated for dinner and looked at the menu that we realized the only choices were prix fixe, starting at $89.99 a person. Martinis were $17.99. With three drinks between us, our dinner and tip were $320 CA, the most I've ever spent on a meal in my life. At least it was a very,... More

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

Dear Maggi, Thanks for dining with us last month. Plus, we appreciate you taking the time to pen a positive review with photos of your experience at our establishment. We trust you enjoyed your sojourn in Stratford. And we look forward to welcoming you again, maybe next time, over a luncheon service at Rundles (as our luncheon menus are priced... More

Toronto
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We love Rundle's. on par with the best restaurants in Toronto or New York. Jim and Richard are charming. The room is so understated and elegant. Our favourite time is to go for brunch during the music festival. What a treat.

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