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“Outstanding meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rundles

9 Cobourg St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 3E4, Canada
+1 519-271-6442
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Ranked #20 of 111 Restaurants in Stratford
Price range: $34 - $85
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Eclectic, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, 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.
Montreal, Canada
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“Outstanding meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We went on a Sunday evening and was originally disappointed that they only have a limited bistro menu on Sundays. However, the meal turned out to be absolutely amazing. We started with a corn and crab soup. A beautiful broth, lots of crab and fresh local corn. The mains were lamb shanks. Very tender and flavourful meat plus lots of local vegetables. Everything was really, really tasty. They have a limited wine list but it is very well chosen. Their wine recommendation was spot on. Service was very professional. Overall an outstanding meal at an extremely reasonable price.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely meal from the limited menu on Sunday evening. The setting was enchanting, the food wonderful and the service just right. The host was a bit pretentious but I loved his jacket so forgave him...a delightful evening.

Visited August 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Not worth the cost or the effort”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have eaten here before and, while it is the most expensive restaurant (I have tried them all over the years) it had been worth it in the past. Unfortunately this year (2013) it has really gone down hill. The service was really very poor (a kind of small-town-snooty, if you can get your head around that) but that could be forgiven if the food was good. Alas this year it was bland and quite uneven. It seems that it has started to rest on its laurels (including laurels bestowed upon it by me) and a certain contempt (a very strong word but one used advisedly) has developed between the restaurant and the patrons. A kind of "if you don't like how we do things, you lack sophistication" kind of attitude. A great shame given the town is so wonderfully friendly and I love to go back every year.

Regrettably, I have to advise that it is not the place to eat any more in terms of quality, value or plain old good manners.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Pasadena, California
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“NOT Worth It”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and OpenTable, I expected to be wowed. And after a fashion, I was: I was shocked and terribly underwhelmed.

The staff here act like they are doing you a favor and are so pretentious we just about walked out. My friend and I were dressed up and ready for a lovely meal at what is supposedly one of the finest restaurants in the area. Upon initial inspection as we approached the building, we were hopeful. Looking out on the water, which had canoes, swans and a small concert in the park, we assumed the restaurant would live up to our expectations.

Boy, were we wrong.

The maitre d' with his hippie attire looked bored and as if he wished he were someplace else (and after interacting with him, we indeed wished he worked somewhere else). He showed us to a table next to the kitchen in the back dining room when many others were available in the main room. Why? I own a restaurant and that is breaking rule #1! We had reserved a table weeks before, so we weren't walk ins. We requested another table but he wouldn't move us. We then asked a server, who was fine with us moving. By the way, in our 90 minutes in the restaurant, no one was seated at that table, and 2 additional 2-tops were open as well, so there was NO REASON TO SEAT US THERE in the first place!

Most people dining here have a 2 pm theatre performance to attend, yet the service was so slow that we had to skip a course and get up and request a check or we would have missed it.

The food was uninspired at best, and there was a light out at the top of a very precarious staircase where the washrooms are located. It was completely dark at the top, and given the elderly clientele, it was definitely a dangerous situation.

I would recommend dining anywhere else than this overpriced, underwhelming and SLOW restaurant.

Visited August 2013
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“worth the splurge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I'm puzzled about the comments regarding poor service. We did not have that experience at all. Gracious, impeccable service combined with absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared food to produce one of the most memorable meals we have ever had. The menu is creative and sophisticated, we left feeling quite satisfied and pampered. The perfect venue for a special lunch or dinner!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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