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.

Pizza Bistro, a hit with locals is moderatly priced and greek/mediterranean inspired despite it's name. You'll find some greek wine on the list you can't get elsewhere-wee gems I call them!

Fosters for good steaks or simply mingle with the actors on their patio after the evening show.

Okazu 85 on Downie, (5pm-2am Wed-Sun) Newer dining spot is great for late night cocktails or Japanese inspired food.

Bijou continues to amaze-a fab bistro and now has expanded their space to next door. Recommend-'Farm to Table' 3 course meals available to take the guess work out of your evening with wines to match.

The Common, good ambiance and terrific food. Chef/owner Tim has travelled much of the world, menus reflect this. Ask about the 'staff' special!

Stratford chefs school have cooking and sommellier classes during the summer.

The Prune have freshened up the restaurant and the patio is a beautiful spot to relax at. Try Bar 151 in the front lounge. Seafood inspired a la carte menu available summer 2108. 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! York street kitchen (previously on Erie st)moves back to 55 York St-grab your sandwiches there.

Stratford Thai Cuisine is inexpensive but tasty eaterie. Green curried chicken is my favourite there. Set 2 course menu at lunch is about $12 and good value as is Renes. 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 are great.

An excellent bread bakery is Downie Street Bake House....Thursday to Saturday. Pick some sourdough up before leaving town-it's the best to be found in Perth Co or maybe even Ontario.

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 if Spurs have lost recently in the EPL. That goes for me too!

Local pubs worth noting include The Boars Head and Molly Blooms. Mollies have entertainment 5 nights a week for the night owls.

One last thing-we have a wonderful coffee houses here, Revel Caffe (519 301 1600) 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, an Anne special or try their drip extraction cold coffee.
Edisons cafe at 46 Ontario St is another one to check out. (Vegan friendly) Now offering day tours of the surrounding area with lunch at Stratford Road Trips
You can also access a useful restaurant publication from nearby London featuring a lot of Stratford restaurant reviews called eatdrink 
Click here for Stratford's Menu Guide.


2018 Season Playbill


The Tempest
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Festival Theatre

Directed by Robert Lepage
Avon Theatre
Julius Caesar

Directed by Scott Wentworth
Festival Theatre

The Comedy of Errors
Directed by Keira Loughran
Studio Theatre (tentative)


The Music Man
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
Festival Theatre

The Rocky Horror Show
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
Avon Theatre


To Kill a Mockingbird
Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams
Festival Theatre

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Directed by Miles Potter
Studio Theatre (tentative)

An Ideal Husband
Directed by Lezlie Wade
Avon Theatre

Napoli Milionaria
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Avon Theatre (tentative)


Brontë: The World Without
Directed by Vanessa Porteous
Studio Theatre

Paradise Lost
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
Studio Theatre

Full 2018 details at Festival website