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Seeking Stratford Dinner Recommendations

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I know that Stratford is not Toronto but because so many Torontonian go there, I decided to ask. Are there any places for dinner that are recommended? We are staying right in Town so walking distance from the downtown would be preferred but not absolutely necessary. I won't say that price is not important but pricey is not an obstacle if it is worth it. We will try any type of food. Thanks.

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  1. Good places are Bijou and Down the Street (Road?). Church and Rundles are overpriced and past their prime.

    1. Down the Street is very good. By all means, do not go to Rundles!!!! The food is very good, but the atmosphere is bizarre (out of place "folk art" who wants to look at rusty beer bottle caps while eating their foie gras?), the poor staff looks so downtrodden, probably because of the opressive "amishware" uniforms, the picture of the chef on the menu is laughable, the menu is inflexible, and it's priced so that they can get a year's worth of profit from five months of business, IMHO.

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      1. re: John

        I was hooked on Down the Street awhile back when I lived in Waterloo. Great simple bistro food, and a great space to eat it in. Small menu, but lots of variety at the same time

        1. re: John

          My family does not agree about the decor, not at all, as we like it a lot. What we object to is the minuscule portions on the plate.

        2. I would have to reccomend Bijou number 1. Rundles is expensive yes but the food is spectacular. The Old Prune, if not for its terrible decor the food is enjoyable and not terribly expensive.

          1. We just had a very pleasant experience at Bijou. Unusual food, mainly based on local ingredients, with plenty of choice. Absolutely fine for pre or post theatre. On the pricey side - $180 for two with wine including every thing.

            1. make sure you check out the Rheo Thompson chocolate store before you go! Their mint smoothies are great. I think we spent $60 in chocolates there and ate half of them during a show we went to.

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              1. re: tj2007

                We used to enjoy Rundles and The Church, although both are pricey. In recent years they've both taken to giving birds' portions, and it's frustrating when the family wants to go out for hamburgers after an expensive dinner. And The Church has become a bit precious, with unlikely combinations of offbeat ingredients that don't always appeal. We have enjoyed Down the Street and Pazzo, but our best experience was to go right past Stratford to the Aberfoyle Mill, about an hour's drive east. Their pistachio crusted spiced salmon was especially delicious, even if slightly overcooked. The atmosphere is very enjoyable too, but reservations can be necessary. It was full to the rafters the Sunday night we went in late Oct. An added advantage is that you can attend a matinee, have a pleasant dinner at the Mill, and be back in Toronto by 9:30 p.m.