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Rene's Bistro

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20 Wellington St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dundalk, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Reserved corner window table months and months in advance but when I got there it had a reserved sign... but not for me, however, cheerful Margaret graciously let me have it. My server, Todd, was friendly and professional in perfect proportion. First course delivered by junior servers came way too fast and after I had said at the outset I... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The moment you walk in from the picturesque street you are greeted by friendly staff. The service is professional and relaxed. We always go in for the mussels and say we will not order anything else ( only because it is a meal on its own). Then you read the menu and hear the specials and you just have to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent service and outstanding food. My new favourite in Stratford ! Careful attention to food allergies and sensitivities much appreciated.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We shared mussels as an appetizer. The broth was delicious but we both ran into some grit. My husband enjoyed the filet but ignored the slab of bread pudding. I enjoyed the pineapple salsa and peanut sauce on the salmon but was disappointed that the chef did not choose to sear the fish. The fish itself was perfectly cooked. Nice... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked in after an afternoon performance with no reservations they were totally booked but said if we could finish in one hour they could accommodate us. The hostess was very helpful and charming to everyone who came in also without reservations. We order chicken dish and a pasta with mushrooms both were fantastic very hot and tasty. Highly recommend this... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service in a packed restaurant but mussels were not cooked in broth. Chicken supreme was not special. Spinach salad was just OK. Chocolalate Callebaut did not taste like rich dark chocolate made from scratch. Offering while ganache was a contradiction as there's no cocoa butter in white chocolate.

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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We like to eat here at east once in a year and more often if possible. It is almost always crowded and reservations are a must. Go early to see a show afterwards. They help you get out in time. The maitre d' remembers us. Fantastic.

Thank semigourmet2016
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reservations are a must at Rene's. A small number of choice appetizers are available but you could have mussels prepared a half dozen ways or more. The menu rarely offers more than a half-dozen main courses but you won't have trouble finding something you'll love. Rene's makes fine salads and hard-to-resist deserts. The atmosphere is always pleasant, the servers are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were treated like royalty here. The food was of high quality and very fresh. I particularly liked my Shrimp Slaw salad and. the fish special of a planked Char. My parents who attend the Shakespeare festival here annually make this a must stop. I can see why.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was for a special birthday. Although it was mentioned in the reservation, the birthday was never acknowledged - not that that was a big deal. Reservation was for 7pm, and we had requested to be notified if there were ANY chance at getting in earlier. We got in at 7:20 after standing around since 6:40pm. Everything step was slow.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $27
Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Wellington St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: 15195081777
Rene's Bistro is located at 20 Wellington Street in beautiful Downtown Stratford. Rene Delafranier is the Chef of our Bistro. Rene is also a graduate of the Stratford Chef School. Margaret Masters his fiancé is the front of house manager. Rene uses fresh local ingredients on the menu. Everything is made in house this includes the breads, vinaigrettes, soups and even the desserts. Thank you so much and we look forward to you dining with us. Please visit the website for the correct menu items. Thank you

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