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Down The Street Bar & Cafe

30 Ontario St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3G8, Canada
+1 519-273-5886
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Ranked #17 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $45
Thu - Sun 5:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cuisines: American, International, Healthy, Gastropub
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in historic downtown Stratford, since 1993. Warm lively bar, neighbourly high-energy bistro dining. Open kitchen, seasonal menus featuring local and organic produce. VQA award-winning wine list, local craft & import brews. Upbeat music. "Stratford's hippest late night spot". Reservations may be made in person or by telephone.
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Ottawa, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We found this restaurant when looking for a place to eat prior to our play. It was fully reserved but since we were early (just after 5), we were able to sit at the patio. Our waitress was extremely pleasant and helpful. Menu includes a nice variety of small and larger plates - that range from such things as fish... More

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Rochester, New York
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170 reviews 170 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Plenty of atmosphere, efficient and friendly staff, eclectic menu, delicious food. This is a good before or after show eatery. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED but they can accommodate early arrivals at the bar or outside. I had no reservation and arrived just after opening around 5:30. The hostess, very friendly, asked if I had a reservation. When I said no she offered... More

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Burlington, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Really enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly servers. Food selection was different than expected but turned out to be very enjoyable. We intend to return. Would like to see restaurant open for lunch more frequently than is the case now

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Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We are Stratford residents, but discovered this local gem when visiting Stratford prior to moving here. The menu is eclectic, featuring local produce, cheeses and meats..try the aioli frites as a pre appetizer! Service is friendly and timely and the bar scene after theatre is lively...many of the Stratford Festival actors hang here after their evening performances. DFB Stratford

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have lived in Stratford for over 18 years and just this past weekend managed to finally get out to try Down The Street. My review - WHAT AN IDIOT I HAVE BEEN! I can't believe that I have lived here this long and have missed out on this amazing little restaurant. The meal was really, really tasty and an... More

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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After looking glazed-eyed at the menu to decide which of the yummy sounding choices to pick for my lunch, I asked the waitress, to help me narrow it down between the classic reuben or the burger. After the first bite of the burger I was Soooooooooo glad I went with her choice. You'll need both hands for this wickedly juicy... More

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Toronto, Canada
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307 reviews 307 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Sitting outside, weather permitting, is the best way to enjoy this restaurant, whose food is very good. If you go inside, you should be prepared to put up with loud music, usually with a heavy 4-4 bass line. When I asked a server whether it could be reduced several decibels, she informed me that their clientele expected it to be... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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173 reviews 173 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great service, interesting twists on traditional recipes, tasty food. The tiny sidewalk patio was perfect for a lunch before the show. Wine prices are some of the best we saw in Stratford. We would not hesitate yo go back.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We decided to try Down The Street before going to see King Lear. The room was casual and fun with music in the background. The place became very busy very fast! Good thing we made a reservation well in advance. Many customers had to be turned away at the door because they were completely full for pretheatre service. The menu... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were a party of 10 and they accommodated us without hesitation. When you first walk in it feels like you entered a restaurant in NYC! There is music playing loud but not to loud that you can't have a conversation. I loved the small, bohemian feel of this place. Food was amazing and came hot to the table. Place... More

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