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Rene's Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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20 Wellington Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
+1 519-508-1777
16:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I have been to Rene's several times and have always been impressed by the quality of food and the service. Margaret and Rene are very lovely people and their attention to detail shows up in every facet of this lovely restaurant. Food and service is excellent. My only quibble would be to offer some different dishes to the line up... More 

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farmington Hills MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This was recommended by a friend. We got lucky because we came after the show and they were booked but had a cancellation. Very tasty food. I ordered their soup to start and then a trout special which which was nicely presented. Good efficient service. You cant go wrong if you eat here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

A good variety on the breakfast menu at reasonable prices. Nice baked good offered too. A clean and cute restaurant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My friends and I had a pre-theatre dinner at Rene's in October. The staff are amazing; atmosphere was cozy and chic. Friends had a wonderful trout, I had delicious lobster mac-and-cheese. Good sized portions, but not huge so you have room for dessert!. Two of us had cocktails the other local craft beer. My Key Lime Martini was to die... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The best bruschetta we have ever tasted! All the food and service were top quality, thank you! Will certainly be back next May!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a small place with limited seating. We didn't have reservations but it was a night when no plays were scheduled so we were told it was a slow night. Otherwise it might be wise to make resevationsl The service is great, the ambiance is subdued. No harsh lighting here. A great place to chill out. My partner had... More 

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Cobourg, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Food was Excellent, Staff were all very attentive The Creme Brulee wes Very very good and the Hostess was very friendly, The ambiance was good; they have made things a little more private wirh curtains between areas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

In September, two friends and I (all retired teachers) were in Stratford for the Stratford Festival. Each night we chose to eat at a different restaurant. The dinner we had at Rene's Bistro was the best. Even though the outside of the restaurant was very bland, the food and service inside was fabulous. I had salmon on a plank which... More 

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Covington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Our first visit to Stratford and because of the Festival we made our reservation several days before we arrived. Others we were travelling with were surprised that we were able to get in. My husband picked the place from pictures liking the unassuming storefront. We enjoyed the penne dish and the seafood mac & cheese. When we realized that we... More 

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Grimsby, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Once more, we made our traditional dinner reservation at Renés while we were in Stratford for a series of plays. Renés has become as much of a destination as the Stratford Festival's offerings each season. Margaret (Co-Owner) greeted us at the door and literally swept us to our table. Immediately, our mood was lifted and the taste buds activated! There... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$27
Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Wellington Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Stratford
  • Phone Number: +1 519-508-1777
Rene's Bistro is located at 20 Wellington Street in beautiful Downtown Stratford. Rene Delafranier is the Chef of our Bistro. Rene is also a graduate of the Stratford Chef School. Margaret Masters his fiancé is the front of house manager. Rene uses fresh local ingredients on the menu. Everything is made in house this includes the breads, vinaigrettes, soups and even the desserts. Thank you so much and we look forward to you dining with us. Please visit the website for the correct menu items. Thank you

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