Where to dine

There are many fine restaurants in Stratford, we can't list all. We change our recommendations periodically to reflect comments and input from our guests as the season rolls.

We get much of our take out sushi from Mr.Kim, just down the street at The General Store- 136 Ontario St. It's terrific. Take out! 519.275.2726. Monforte Dairy cheese store & restaurant at 80 Wellington Street for lunch & dinner. Their cheese is superb, try the Buffalo Milk Ice Cream. Watch for pop up music events at night. A small plates menu available in summer too. Pizza Bistro, a hit with locals is moderatly priced and greek inspired despite it's name.
Fosters for good steaks or simply mingle with the actors on their patio after the evening show-try the cobb salad. Bijou continues to amaze and will expand into the building next door in July.
Rundles (519.271.6442) are still doing their fine gourmet dining, but this is their last year of operation after 41 years, sadly the owner is retiring.  Stratford chefs school have cooking and sommellier classes during the summer now. The Prune have freshened up the restaurant and the patio is a beautiful spot to relax at. Try their new Bar 151 in the front lounge. Chef Ryan O'Donnell has added a vibrancy to the Mercer Hall menus (think bar food meets Japanese small plates) and who now have an extensive list of craft beers on tap & in bottle. Think 100 bottles of beer on the wall...you know how it goes from there!
Stratford Thai Cuisine is inexpensive but tasty eaterie. Green curried chicken is my favourite there. Set 2 course menu at lunch is about $11 and good value. Renees and Pizza Bistro have proved themselves well over the last few years. Also on Wellington street is Red Rabbit Bistro. Keystone Alley has really stepped up their game, the alleyway is a great retreat in the summer from the heat and noise of regular downtown patios.
Pazzo have 2 restaurants (Taverna) or their pizzeria downstairs, the menus look great. Renes is popular too. A good soup shop for the quick lunch or afternoon snack is Soup Surreal on Wellington St-everything made in house.
An excellent bread bakery is Downie Street Bake House....Thursday to Saturday (Sunday's at Slow Food Market). Pick some sourdough up before leaving town-it's the best to be found in Perth co.
York Street Kitchen on Erie is good for take out sandwiches, moved to 24 Erie St, a 3 minute walk from their old site on York st. Woolfy's has moved to downtown St.Mary's now operating as Little Reds. Try the bison burger with all home made condiments or the Fish & chips (Fridays) from English chef and owner Chris are the best-worth the 12 minute drive out. I don't recommend talking to him about 2nd place Spurs in the EPL!!!
Local pubs worth noting include The Boars Head and Molly Blooms. Mollies have entertainment 5 nights a week for the night owls. The Church restaurant is now known as Revival House. Check out the Frank Holt chandelier above the bar area.
FYI; if you're coming to Stratford from across the border around the Niagara area, you might like to know of a lovely restaurant called Lake House Restaurant. (35 kms westerly from Niagara Falls on QEW) It overlooks the lake and food is excellent. Ask for a lakeview window.
One last thing, we have a few new coffee houses here, but Revel Caffe (519 301 1600) is the one to check out. It's at 37 Market Square. All the coffee is fair trade and organic mostly from Las Chicas Del Café, the coffee chicks who's family stretches from London to Nicaragua, cutting out all the middlemen too "from plantation to cup" as they themselves say! Anne also makes all the coffee using the expresso machine before 'doctoring' it. Lots to choose from - I like to ask Anne for a regular Cafe Americano or try their drip extraction cold coffee.
You can pick up Las Chicas (Don Rey) freshly roasted beans there too or sample with our dinners served at the B&B.
You can also access a lovely restaurant publication from nearby London featuring a lot of Stratford restaurant reviews called eatdrink 
Click here for Stratford's Menu Guide.


2017 Season Playbill

Click for Stratford Festival 2017 Calendar
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season features

Romeo and Juliet
Guys and Dolls
Twelfth Night
Treasure Island
HMS Pinafore
The School for Scandal
Timon of Athens
The Changeling
The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Virgin Trial
The Breathing Hole
The Komagata Maru Incident

Forum events are ongoing-very much worth a look
Go to www.stratfordfestival.ca for more details.
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