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Rene's Bistro

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20 Wellington Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We usually don't make reservations before a show but Rene's was recommended to us and we were not disappointed . The waiter was warm and helpful. Food was very good and my friend who is gluten lactose free had many options. Glad to discover a whole new street of good eats in Stratford.

Thank chevy2020
London, Ontario, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived for 715 (after the theatre rush). We were greeted by several staff including management. Everyone in our party of 8 had an amazing meal. Often salmon in a restaurant is not really hot orbif it is it is dry. 3 of us had the salmon and loved it. Steamy hot and moist. There was a small issue with... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was good, but food did not live up to our expectations. We had mussels; the broth was very thin and flavourless. Some of the vegetables with our entree were undercooked, the Brussels Sprouts were essentially raw. The redskinned potatoes were covered with some kind of green paste that was dry and bland. The pecan tart was the best thing... More 

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Sarnia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I called and left a message that we would like a reservation for that evening but would be travelling during the day to get there. The hostess called on my cell phone and confirmed the reservation as we were on route. The service was great with a friendly, knowledgeable, waiter. We all enjoyed our meals and finished everything, even though... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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150 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The servers and manager were very attentive and friendly. Food presentation is elegant but the quality could be a little better. My lamb shank was tender and tasty but I've had better. My wife's chicken was a bit dry.

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Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the BEST dinner I have had in a long while at this restaurant, a tilapia dish! While the menu may be considered pricey this place does it right...a limited menu allows the chef to do his/her magic. It was worth every penny! The fish was perfectly cooked and delish! Dining alone and with no reservation, the staff was... More 

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Mount Forest, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We started with the cold soup which was very tasty...our entrees of the sea food Mac & cheese , and talapia on mash did not meet our expectations. BUT, the dessert of brûlée was the hit of the evening.

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Huntington Woods, Michigan
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Rene's. The hostess' friendly manner added to the charm. The wait staff was attentive. The menu, though not large (not a bad thing - quality over quantity), had lots to choose from. Our meals were delicious - from the appetizers through the dessert. Will definitely be back.

1 Thank Linda_F_Z
Fairfield Bay
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rene's is a good place for a pre-show dinner, especially if you are going to the Avon as you can easily walk to the theater. The service is good and the food arrived relatively quickly. We were part of the pre-show crowd. My husband had a pasta dish which he liked, but was not overwhelmed about. It was only a... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming to Stratford for years to enjoy a few plays/musicals. While there are plenty of places to eat dinner before a show, there are surprisingly few places that offer a nice atmosphere and decent food at a reasonable price. Rene's Bistro is one of these. We recently had dinner there and we enjoyed the mussels, sea food... 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, American, European
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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 Street, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?