Where to dine

COVID-19 in Stratford has our city and fellow businesses doing the 'fundemental'. Changes happen daily so we're leaving our old blog below up, but we'll update you when you make a reservation on all the goings on and about town. Let us be you concierge and tour directors for your stay in Stratford in 2020

There are many fine restaurants in Stratford, we can't list all but feature those that are consistently good. 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! CALL AHEAD 519.275.2726.

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

AO Pasta A local hangout. Wines from $5 and local brews from Black Swan on tap. Pasta is excellent. Take out available. Moving in 2020 to 20 Wellington Street.
Fosters for good steaks or simply mingle with the actors on their patio after the evening show. Best vegetarian burger in Stratford, hand made on-site unlike most in Stratty-consider yourself informed!

Okazu 85 on Downie, (5pm-2am Wed-Sun) Newer dining spot is great for late night cocktails, conversation or Asian/Mexican inspired tapas food. No TV's!!!!!!!!! Fun spot after an evening performance.

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. Tapas menu is a hit too.

The Common, 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. Chef Jamie Crosby, watch this name! His menus are crafted and executed with sublime aplomb.
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)moved back to 55 York St-grab your sandwiches to go 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. Also on Wellington street is Red Rabbit Bistro.

Rene's Bistro move to 38 Albert street for 2020 season. (old Annex restaurant site)

Keystone Alley has really stepped up their game, the alleyway patio is a great retreat in the summer from the heat and noise of regular downtown patios. They now make wonderful brews for onsite comsumption-make sure to try one or three! Watch for their new addition Braai House restaurant which opened late July 2019 and is fast becoming a favourite in Stratford. Late night/after theatre cocktails and food cooked over fire available.

Pazzo have 2 restaurants (Taverna) or their speedy 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.
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)
The original Balzac's coffee is a minutes walk from the house, opens at 7am but sadly does not roast onsite anymore. Mind you we have our coffee available in the sunroom at 7am.
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, but mainly contains adverts and not many menus from some members of Tourism Stratford.