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“Relaxed, Tasty, and Affordable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Down The Street Bar & Cafe

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
Price range: $10 - $45
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.
Kitchener
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Relaxed, Tasty, and Affordable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Meeting with friends at Down the Street was a much anticipated event. Long-time friends always makes a dining experience so much more of an occasion and memorable. More people makes for an opportunity to try more items on the menu. It is part of the fun. Our friends live in the states and this is also one of their favoured haunts. We arrived and ordered a drink until our friends arrived. When our friends arrived we were seated and of course chatted at length. We could visit and took our time ordering, because we were so busy getting caught up. Even then the dishes arrived shortly after ordering. What makes the meal the best is that food arrives in a timely manner and it did. As well, no surprises or disappointments with our food. So uneventful is good! Servers were attentive but not hovering, which I prefer. Lots of healthy options on the menu, alcohol, and a good atmosphere. Not too fancy but that is okay sometimes you just want a place to EAT.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“we love this pace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

we have been going to Down the Street since our first trip to Stratford 6 years ago. every visit has resulted in fun, excellent food and excellent service. we have been there during the day, for dinner and for late night after theatre snacks. there is no other place like it in Stratford, nor anywhere else in our travels. the atmosphere is definitely unique.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Eclectic flair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The experience one gets out "Down The Street" depends on the hour of the day one comes to visit this unique gem. Don't misunderstand my words. What I'm saying is that, if you are up to a nice, delicious and classy meal come for dinner and if you are seeking a late night spot to lounge, that is drinks and/or food, "Down The Street" is the place. This is the ideal spot to go for a "tertulia" after the theatre.

The staff is so attentive, energetic and cheerful making it the special treat of one's experience.

Needless to say that I have found only two places in Canada that serve the best "Kir Royal", and here is were I drink one of them.

Keep up the nice flair, cheers,

josé g.

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Thornhill, Ontario
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Way to Spend an Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We have eaten at this restaurant several times and every time it is good. This evening was particularly delectable. The kale and romaine Caesar salad was delicious even though the croutons were so so. I am very fussy about croutons. We had the pork chop which was very tasty and tender with an apple bacon salsa which was just great and the sweet potato hash excellent. We also had the panko crusted Black Cod ...sooo good. I asked for no sauce and it was delivered. The fish was soft and tender. The Chinese broccoli was quite tasty. The owner Susan Dunfield is very attentive and ensures that everything is just so as well as pitching in when necessary. The food delivery is quite good and the service is excellent and if you are going to a show, they always make sure you are out on time. The location is really in the centre of town. We visit Stratford once or twice a season and we are having a hard time picking a restaurant that will beat this one.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fraser, MI
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Cool place, interesting and fresh food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

First time here and we will be back. Atmosphere is nice with good music. Small plate and large plate selections were delicious as were our dessert selections.

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