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“Excellent and snooty”
Review of Rundles Restaurant

Rundles Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 142 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $55 - $99
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: (41st SEASON OF RUNDLES: MAY 26 TO SEPTEMBER 23, 2017.) "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. Late dinner seating available after. Closed: Monday.
Elizabethtown KY
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent and snooty”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Foods outstanding and service is excellent with a light touch of "foodie" standoffishness. Beef was surprisingly well prepared, fish fresh, and salads delightful. We choose from the Bistro menu which is somewhat limited and a tad cheaper. My wife loved the lemon tart. Service was very efficient to accomodate a 6:30 Sunday show. Lump crab appitizer was the table favorite. Reservations a must every night.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank JimrfEtown
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R M, Owner at Rundles Restaurant, responded to this review, March 19, 2016
Thank you for dining at our establishment, and then taking the time to review us here. We look forward to serving you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team. (40th Season: May 27 through September 24, 2016.)
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Rochester
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Stratford”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The set menu is quite good value, food was nice and the service friendly and efficient. We have tried all the upscale restaurants in Stratford over the years and this is our favorite.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank ClaesRoc
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R M, Owner at Rundles Restaurant, responded to this review, March 19, 2016
Thank you for dining at our establishment, and then taking the time to review us here. We look forward to serving you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team. (40th Season: May 27 through September 24, 2016.)
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“I've been to Rundles numerous times”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

The service is always excellent and the food always unique and inspired. The staff always elegantly and fashionably dressed.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank ReneeKnight
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R M, Owner at Rundles Restaurant, responded to this review, March 19, 2016
Thank you for dining at our establishment, and then taking the time to review us here. We look forward to serving you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team. (40th Season: May 27 through September 24, 2016.)
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Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Forget your budget and splurge”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

This is one of those rare places where you are enabled to forget finances because you are so wrapped up in the experience of some of the finest food you have ever eaten. Finally it is so worth the price that you stop even asking that question. Stellar service and exquisite presentation are certainly up to par but it is truly the food which forced us to return within a 4 day visit to Stratford. It is one of our reasons to plan a visit to Stratford next year. We are a family of four adults, foodies and admitted food snobs. And we were set on our heels and transported. Portions were delightfully appropriate so we could enjoy all courses and still go to theater without feeling . . . well, sleepy at least, to be polite. If you love all you can eat of meat and potatoes there must be a better fit for you, but this was a delight for us. If you think you are a foodie, don't miss this and don't rush it.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Lynn J
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R M, Owner at Rundles Restaurant, responded to this review, March 19, 2016
Thank you for dining at our establishment, and then taking the time to review us here. We look forward to serving you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team. (40th Season: May 27 through September 24, 2016.)
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Oakville, Canada
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4 reviews
“exceptional”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Rundles is always on top of our list after theatre picks. The cuisine is superb as is the service and ambiance. It is a must every time we are in Stratford

Visited July 2012
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Thank Beth C
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R M, Owner at Rundles Restaurant, responded to this review, March 19, 2016
Thank you for dining at our establishment, and then taking the time to review us here. We look forward to serving you in future. Cheers, The Rundles Team. (40th Season: May 27 through September 24, 2016.)
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