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“Quick Service, Good Food on a Friday Night”

Bentleys Bar Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 142 Restaurants in Stratford
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Bentley's is one of Stratford's most popular restaurants, and a frequently visited pub by both locals and visitors. If you're looking for a good pub, or restaurant in Stratford with great food and friendly atmosphere, you'll feel right at home at Bentley's.
Kitchener, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Quick Service, Good Food on a Friday Night”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We had a reservation for 6:00 pm, with a tickets to a play at 8:00. We were quickly seated and served. We did order quick prep dinners (she had the quiche special (ham asparagus, mushrooms & brie) and I had an old favorite--5 cheese macaroni. We both chose the house salad to go with the meal. The salad wasn't fancy, but the greens were crisp and fresh. The food arrived quickly, and we were able to be leisurely with our coffee after dinner. They have a nice variety of wines, though they're not cheap.It was very loud, but the place was packed, and we weren't too far from the bar. We've been here before, and likely will be again. When busy, it's not the place for romance because of the noise.

  • Visited July 2013
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Ayr, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
386 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“OK as is. Could be a fabulous restaurant if they renovated.”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We didn't make reservations for dinner before the show (Blithe Spirit) so we decided to go to Bentley's hoping they weren't fully booked. We didn't have to worry. It was late Tuesday afternoon and the place was less than half full.

We've been here before (it used to be called Jester Arms) and we knew what to expect. The place is still way to dark and much better suited to a sports bar than a fine dining establishment. But they don't claim to be one of those restaurants. The daily specials are displayed on large coloured monitors that also show some of the dishes. Helpful and tacky at the same time. There is a small outdoor patio that looks inviting.

Both of us ordered the daily soup: cream of asparagus. It was very good.

My husband ordered the daily quiche and it was good but it looked very lonely all by itself on a large plate. It looked like something was missing. Salad would have been extra $.

I ordered the special which was Perth County Pork Tenderloin grilled with rainbow pepper relish (which tasted similar to Hungarian lecsó), mini baked potatoes and fresh veggies (they were steamed).

For dessert my husband tried the mixed berry meringue. He said it was delicious.

Overall the portions were fairly generous and the food was tasty. Our server was prompt and friendly.

Note if you're new to Stratford: If you would like a brighter restaurant and a different menu, try the Annex Room on Albert Street, right behind Bentley's. It's the same business. The Annex Room has windows but it's in a semi-basement. And you're more likely to need a reservation there.

  • Visited June 2013
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Lansing, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Bentleys has a great wait staff”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed freshly-made food for lunch at Bentley's. I had the quiche of the day, with fruit, and he tried their jumbalaya. He found the jumbalaya a little over-spiced, but I enjoyed the quiche with a number of vegetables and chicken.

Visited June 2013
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Cobourg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A sports bar with good food that stays open late”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

In the old days - say 20 years ago - it was not a problem to eat after the evening show in Stratford. Now it is really hard to find somewhere, particularly in the early part of the week. So we were really happy to find that Bentleys was still open and serving after 11 p.m. You don't go here for the ambiance - it is straight up sports bar with multiple screens, dark interior. But the staff were very pleasant and I could not fault my Bistro Burger. My husband similarly was very happy with his steak and fries.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Favourite Burger Place in Stratford”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

We always manage to duck into Bentley's for a burger while in Stratford. The fires are also yummy. They have many other items on their menu, but for my partner, there is no getting away from the Burger! I love the many appetizers! Great for a lunch, esp if you get to sit out on the patio.

We've been coming back for nine years or so now, highly recommend it!

Visited June 2013
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