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“Not so happy :(” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Down The Street Bar & Cafe - CLOSED

Down The Street Bar & Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $45
Cuisines: American, International, Healthy, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Susan Dunfield has retired Down The Street is now under new ownership
London, Canada
Level Contributor
148 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Not so happy :(”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

Down The Street continues to have a charming atmosphere and interesting menu, but we were really underwhelmed with our experience last night.

We went with another couple, but we're unable to get separate checks. The server informed us correctly but brusquely that it said 'no bill splitting' on the menu when we had the timerity to ask.

We were accidentally served an app of mini toasts and a spread. Assuming that this was the bread basket (there never was one) we dug in. After we had had a mouthful or two, the server recognized the error, and snatched it back from the table. It almost seemed that it was our fault somehow. We watched, aghast, as she threw it out rather than letting us finish it.

The food was good except for a rather poor copy of a Caesar salad, but we did feel a bit embarrassed with the experience since it was our idea to have our friends go there with us.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Rick K
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  • English first
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English first
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
186 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“High marks for food and people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

This is perhaps the best all-round restaurant in Stratford. It has good affordable food, sometimes with an Asian flair. Whether lunch, dinner or after theater, There are spring rolls, entrees and pizzas. There are inspired salads with local produce. Down the Street has the friendliest staff, too...shout-outs to Scott and Marjorie. Run after theater if you want to get a seat on the weekends. You might even be able to eavesdrop on the actors and crew members of the night's productions.

Visited August 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank colleen C
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Clio, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great for a late night drink”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

My husband and I went here for just a social drink and we really loved the atmosphere. We sat on the patio and really loved how we could relax and enjoy a beer on a beautiful August evening.

Visited August 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank abbycork4
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Trumbull, Connecticut
Level Contributor
107 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Reliable food and good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

We've been visiting Down the Street for at least the last ten years while in Stratford for plays. The food has been consistently good and the staff pleasant and helpful.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank JeffG1234
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent bistro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Delicious meal, great wine selection. Great selection of local foods, paired with local wines!! Interesting vegetables with excellent seasoning. Staff was very friendly and well informed. Fabulous decor! Had to go back for brunch the next day.

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
4 Thank Gianna M
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